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Nevada Independent American Party Files Presidential Candidate With Secretary of State

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 1:13 pm June 25th, 2012

CARSON CITY – John Wagner, state chairman of the Independent American Party, today filed the party’s U.S. presidential and vice-presidential candidates with the Nevada Secretary of State’s office.

John Wagner.

Presidential candidate Virgil Goode is a former congressman from Virginia. Vice presidential candidate Jim Clymer is the immediate past national chairman of the Constitution Party. The Independent American Party is the Nevada state affiliate of the national Constitution Party.

Goode was a member of Ron Paul’s Liberty Caucus when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was chosen as the Independent American Party’s presidential candidate at the National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in April.

The Independent American Party also filed the names of the party’s presidential electors in order to vote in the Electoral College.

“Now the people of Nevada have a real choice for president, not just the twin party candidates that offer us more of the same,” Wagner said.


Independent American Party Holds State Nominating Convention On Saturday In Capital

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 2:58 pm March 1st, 2012

CARSON CITY – The Independent American Party will hold its State Nominating Convention here at the Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 801 South Carson Street, on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

The Independent American Party will nominate state and local candidates for the 2012 election, update the platform and elect state officers at the convention.

Richard Mack, the former sheriff of Graham County Arizona, and a Republican candidate for the 21st Congressional District in Texas, will open the convention. Orlean Koehle, state president of the California Eagle Forum, will speak at noon on the topic of “Agenda 21, Destroying our Liberty and our Sovereignty.”

“We had an historic year in 2010 with 54 state and local candidates, three who were elected and one who was re-elected,” said IAP State Chairman John Wagner. “We are the third largest party in Nevada and we are building for the future. People are dissatisfied, because it doesn’t seem to matter which party they vote for they get the same thing.”

The party had nearly 50,000 active registered voters as of January of this year, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

State IAP Chairman John Wagner.

“The twin parties, Republicans and Democrats, have given us a floundering economy, fewer jobs, higher taxes, more bankrupting wars, destroyed the value of our currency through debt and inflation, and failed to protect our borders,” he said. “They have jeopardized our constitutionally protected rights to privacy, due process, and trial by jury, most recently with the Defense Authorization Act.

“We offer voters a new vision, a return to constitutionally limited government, which protects individual liberties, our families and our pocketbooks and we invite those interested in liberty to join us,” Wagner said.

State Controller Wants Access To Bank Accounts, Licenses, In Debt Collection Effort

By Sean Whaley | 4:58 pm March 9th, 2011

CARSON CITY – State Controller Kim Wallin is seeking new authority from the Nevada Legislature to collect from those who owe the state money.

Senate Bill 81, heard today by the Senate Government Affairs Committee, would give Wallin the authority to identify those who owe money to the state using the databases of the many different professional licensing boards. This would ensure real estate agents, physicians, attorneys and other professionals either paid any outstanding taxes or other monies owed to the state or they would not get their licenses renewed.

“We have professionals that owe sales tax, any number of different debts, and to me it’s just another tool,” Wallin said. “If you are a professional and you owe the state of Nevada money, you need to pay your bill.”

State Controller Kim Wallin/Photo: Cathleen Allison/

The legislation would also allow Wallin to compare those owing the state money with bank accounts held by the debtors to improve collections.

It would work like child support collections do now, she said.

“If you owe for child support, they send an electronic file out to the banks, and if there is a match, then the banks withhold whatever money is in that account to pay the bill,” Wallin said.

Wallin has taken an aggressive approach toward the debt collection responsibility of her office, launching a new website last fall that includes a list of businesses and individuals who owe money to the state and the amounts they owe. It is updated about once a month.

When state agencies are unable to collect outstanding debts, they turn these accounts over to the controller’s office for collection. The list shows about $80 million in old debts owed to the state, although some of it is likely noncollectable.

Wallin said the money owed to the state wouldn’t entirely solve Nevada’s current budget crisis, but it would help.

The panel took no immediate action on the bill, referring it to a work session to resolve concerns raised by Janine Hansen, a member of the Independent American Party and a frequent candidate for political office who said she and other party members would be adversely affected by the ability of the controller to tap bank accounts to collect debts.

Hansen, along with several other members of the IAP, owe thousands of dollars in fines to the Secretary of State for alleged violations of campaign law.

Hansen said she was assessed $15,000 in 2007 for changing the wording on her campaign contribution and expense reports from her 2006 race to reflect that she swore the information was true in the name of Jesus Christ. Hansen said the fine is a violation of her freedom of religion.

The order imposing the fine shows, however, that Hansen did not properly fill out the reports because she was reporting only contributions and expenses made in “gold and silver dollars” of which there were none.

Hansen said other party candidates who ran in 2002 did not file reports because they spent no money on their races, but they too were assessed fines amounting to thousands of dollars as a result, even though there was a question as to whether the reports were required.

While some party members are challenging the fines, if SB81 passes, Hansen said she would not be able to maintain a bank account because the money could be taken by the controller’s office to pay what she says is an unconstitutional debt.

Hansen said the fines are unjust and are the result of persecution of the IAP by Secretary of State Ross Miller.

Committee Chairman John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, asked Wallin to work with Hansen and panel member Sen. Joe Hardy, R-Boulder City, to see if the concerns could be accommodated.

Hardy said the provisions of the bill would cast a wide net that might have unintended consequences.

Audio clips:

Controller Kim Wallin says SB81 would provide more tools to collect money owed to the state:

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Wallin says professionals who owe the state money should pay up:

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Wallin says the bank account access would work like child support enforcement does now:

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