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GOP Washoe Senate District 4 Candidates Question Opponents’ Records in Televised Debate

By Sean Whaley | 2:54 pm April 20th, 2010

CARSON CITY – Two of the four Republican candidates seeking to replace Sen. Randolph Townsend in state Senate District 4 in Washoe County attacked one another’s records in a debate televised today on the Nevada NewsMakers program.

Assemblyman Ty Cobb said one of his opponents, Ben Kieckhefer, has called for “revenue enhancements” which Cobb said is support for a tax increase. Kieckhefer denied the charge.

Kieckhefer said Cobb has been an ineffective lawmaker by failing to stop legislative tax hikes and by getting only one bill signed into law in two sessions of the Legislature.

Cobb said his record opposing tax increases is evidence of his effectiveness.

Two other candidates did not wade into the fray to such a degree, with Todd Bailey calling for the repeal of the state payroll tax as a way to create more private sector jobs.

“We need to get Nevada back to a place where we create a lot of new jobs,” he said. “That’s what we need to be focused on.”

Frank Wright said the recession gives lawmakers a chance to reign in the runaway government growth of recent years by reducing taxes and creating a more favorable business climate.

“We have for the last 10 years had a crazy increase in government spending and now we have to cut back,” he said. “It is because of the policies we have enacted that haven’t worked. We need to bring businesses back to this state.”

Cobb was also asked for a brief statement on a recent incident in which he kicked down a political campaign sign for Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, a Democrat who is running for a different state Senate seat.

Cobb said he apologized and offered to pay for a replacement, and that the incident is not a reflection on his judgment as a candidate for public office.

Cutting taxes, reducing the size of government and improving efficiencies in how necessary state services are provided are ways offered up by the candidates to help bridge what is expected to be a multi-billion dollar hole in the next two-year state budget.

Kieckhefer, currently the public information officer for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, said improved efficiencies is one key to balancing the budget.

Kieckhefer, who said he will step down from his state job if he is elected to the Senate, said an example is an electronic application process being implemented in his agency that will make government more efficient.

“We need to pare down government to its most effective and essential levels, we need to cut our spending to that level, and at that point we need to evaluate as a state how we provide our services,” he said.

This would include a review of which levels of government are providing which services as a way to improve efficiency, Kieckhefer said.

Cobb said as a member of the Assembly he has consistently voted against tax increases approved by a majority of lawmakers. To get people back to work, he said Nevada should stop paying benefits to illegal residents, reform the public employee pension plan and limit the size of government to increase the amount of money available to the private sector.

The debate got a bit heated when Bailey accused Cobb of voting to eliminate the ability of voters to elect judges. Cobb rejected the claim, saying all he did was vote to put the issue of whether to elect or appoint judges to the voters in the 2010 general election.

Kieckhefer jumped in at this point, saying taxes and spending are the big issues in 2011.

“We’re all against higher taxes,” he said.

“No, you’re not against higher taxes,” Cobb said.

Cobb said Kieckhefer has made statements supporting higher taxes.

“I have not said that,” Kieckhefer replied.

Pointing to Cobb’s record, Kieckhefer said it is one of failure, demonstrated by the fact that Cobb has twice been voted the worst lawmaker in Carson City.

“I think the people of Washoe Senate District 4 need better representation than that when we’re going into a session that is going to be deciding redistricting  and deciding the future of our state,” he said. “He’s no good for us and we need to do better.”

Cobb replied that his ranking of worst lawmaker was the result of lobbyists grading him poorly because he has refused to raise taxes or expand the size of government.

“What I’m suggesting is that when Mr. Kieckhefer says we need revenue enhancements, which of course means tax increases, we cannot afford tax increases,” he said.

Kieckhefer said as a former member of the Gibbons administration, he worked on a policy of lower taxes.

Besides the four Republicans, Independent American M.K. Yochum is on the ballot in the Senate 4 race.

Candidate Filings: Week Two, Day Four

By Elizabeth Crum | 11:28 am March 11th, 2010

2:00 PM:

Jim Gibbons (R) – Governor

Todd “Taxpayer” Bailey (R) – Nevada Senate District 4

Lynda Upton (R) – Assembly District #40

Gary Bernstein (R) – U.S. Senate

3:25 PM:

Cliff Ferry – State Board of Education, District 10
Non-Partisan office

Warren Markowitz (IAP) – State Controller (filed in LV)

John Chachas (R) – U.S. Senate (filed in LV)

5:00 PM:

Ed Goedhart (R) – Assembly District #36

Stephen G. Yeater (R) – State Senate Capitol District

Mark E. Hunt – State Board of Education, District 10
Non-Partisan seat

Senate Candidate Launches Issues Campaign, Calls On Legislators To Weigh In

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 2:00 am November 9th, 2009

RENO — State senate candidate Todd “Taxpayer” Bailey has introduced an issues campaign called the “The Top 10 In 2010″ in Nevada, launching a new website that explains the agenda and lists candidates who support some or all of the platforms.

“”The Top 10 In 2010″ is an agenda that will make Nevada stronger, right now.  It is something every taxpaying voter can appreciate, even if they do not agree with every single position. In 2010, it’s important to understand where every candidate for every public office stands on the issues that effect all of us,” said Bailey.

“All candidates, regardless of political party, are welcome to endorse all or part of “The Top 10 In 2010.”  It’s about common sense, not party politics. It’s about taking positions that voters can understand and rely on,” he said.

Included in Bailey’s “Top 10″ is a call to end the payroll tax in Nevada.

“In a recent interview with Jon Ralston, even gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid called for an end to the payroll tax.  He said it’s a “bad idea,” and I agree,” said Bailey.

“Getting an opinion on this and other key issues from every legislator and candidate is important,” he said.

Other issues in Bailey’s “Top 10″ include making the SAGE Commission permanent and granting it greater authority, STAR bond equalization reform and constitutional ethics reform centered on applying open meeting laws to the state legislature.

“I will be traveling the state of Nevada for the next 12 months speaking on behalf of those candidates who are ready to tell the voters what they intend to do when elected, and who are ready to put it in writing. Candidates must have a plan they are willing to discuss that goes beyond the usual political slogans,” Bailey said.

A resident of Washoe County and South Reno for over 40 years, Todd “Taxpayer” Bailey is a candidate for Nevada Senate District 4.  He claims he is running Nevada’s most efficient political campaign with contributions of $25 or less.