Posts Tagged ‘Michele Fiore’

Sandoval Asks For Assessment Of School Security

By Sean Whaley | 10:39 am December 20th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval today said he wants an assessment of how Nevada’s public schools are doing in regards to security following the horrific shooting deaths a week ago at a Connecticut elementary school.

Sandoval made the request as chairman of the state Homeland Security Commission, which met today by teleconference. A presentation will be prepared for the next meeting of the commission.

“I think it would be worthwhile perhaps if we had an item on the agenda where we could get some type of presentation of where our state stands in terms of school security,” he said. “I’m interested in terms of what is best practices and if there are things we need to recommend or do.

Gov. Brian Sandoval. / Nevada News Bureau file photo.

“I also am curious in terms of fencing and single points of entry and buzzing in and out,” Sandoval said. “Just how we’re doing with the newer schools and the older schools. Perhaps it might be appropriate to have a representative from the two largest school districts.”

Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza forced his way into the elementary school, where he killed 26 adults and children before taking his own life.

Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley said the review could include a discussion of a proposed “campus carry” bill being sought by Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas. The measure, first reported on by the Nevada News Bureau, would allow those with concealed weapons permits to carry their weapons on the campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Concealed weapons are now prohibited on the campuses except for rare exceptions.

A similar bill proposed by former state Sen. John Lee in the 2011 session was the focus of intense debate but did not pass.

Haley said he opposed the bill in 2011 as president of the state Sheriffs and Chiefs Association. The higher education system also opposed the bill.

Haley said there should be a discussion about what the position of the commission should be in regards to the proposed law.

“As we all know, even though we are at a university with young men and women, we also have day care centers in those universities, we also have high school students meeting there for college-level training, and we have kids moving in and out of those facilities on a regular basis,” he said.

Adam Garcia, director of University Police Services at the University of Nevada, Reno, said he remains opposed to the bill as he did in 2011.


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Gov. Brian Sandoval says he wants a report on the status of Nevada school security efforts:

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Sandoval says he wants to know if Nevada schools are following best practices:

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Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley says there should also be a discussion of a proposed “campus carry” bill:

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Campus Carry Bill Back On Tap For 2013 Session

By Sean Whaley | 10:38 am December 11th, 2012

CARSON CITY – A newly elected Republican state lawmaker plans to push forward with a bill next session to allow students and others with permits to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R- Las Vegas, elected to Assembly District 4 in November, has submitted a bill draft request to prepare a measure for consideration in the 2013 legislative session.

The one-line description for the request says: “Authorizes the possession of a concealed firearm on property of the Nevada System of Higher Education under certain circumstances.”

Fiore, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, made 2nd Amendment rights a key part of her campaign for the Assembly.

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas.

The “campus carry” issue was a controversial topic in the 2011 session, when former state Sen. John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, brought a similar bill to the Legislature. The bill passed the Senate but did not get a vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee late in the session.

Lee sponsored the bill on behalf of Amanda Collins, a concealed weapons permit holder who was unarmed when she was raped by James Biela in a University of Nevada, Reno parking garage in 2007. Collins gave emotional and candid testimony on behalf of the measure at the 2011 session.

Fiore cites the Collins case in requesting the bill, saying in an email there is no reason to prohibit concealed weapons permit holders from being able to protect themselves while on a campus of Nevada’s higher education system.

“In our communities today the bad guys have guns and the good guys obey the law and sometimes because of our firearm laws us good guys are put in a compromising position,” she said. “That is not OK. I will not hesitate to protect myself with my handguns. If I have to make a choice between saving my children’s lives or my own life or letting a scum bag take our lives, I’ll choose to take the culprit out.”

Collins said in her 2011 testimony that she could have defended herself if she had been allowed to carry her weapon on campus.

Biela was sentenced to death in 2010 for the murder of another Reno woman, Brianna Denison, in 2008.

Lee said at a hearing on his bill in 2011 that the decision to make Nevada college campuses “gun-free zones” actually created “defenseless-victim zones.”

CCW permit holders must be at least 21 years of age and take an eight-hour training class.

The Nevada System of Higher Education and several law enforcement groups opposed the measure, however, arguing in part that the discretion to deal with weapons on campus belonged to the Board of Regents, not lawmakers.

Concerns were also cited with how to deal with campus athletic events where alcohol is served, and how to ensure weapons would be safely stored in student dormitories.

Michele Fiore Campaign Correction Contains Another Misstatement

By Elizabeth Crum | 8:55 am May 20th, 2010

The woman who says she is best positioned to take down Shelley Berkley in November seems to be having some trouble getting her facts straight.

Last night, after this post about a misstatement in a press release that went out on the wires yesterday, CD-1 candidate Michele Fiore’s campaign team issued a correction:


Las Vegas, NV – May 19, 2010 – The Michele Fiore for Congress campaign is offering a clarification of pledged support and endorsements of her candidacy.

In a previous campaign email announcing the endorsement from The Asian American Group of Nevada and Grassroots support, the campaign mislabeled Michele’s RNC Rule 11 letter as an endorsement rather than an authorization allowing support.

The Nevada Republican Party leadership and both RNC committee members authorized the Rule 11 letter. The letter allows the RNC to back one GOP candidate over other GOP candidates in the pre-primary race if it chooses to. It is not a traditional endorsement, comparable to the endorsements Michele has received from RNC Committeeman and Former Governor Bob List, State Assemblyman Ed Goedhart and businessman Monte Miller. The Rule 11 letter from the NRP is an announcement of support from the state party for a selected candidate.

The campaign is pleased to clarify this and apologizes for any confusion. Michele looks forward to working with the RNC once she becomes the GOP nominee for CD1.

Er, yeah.

Except that a Rule 11 letter is not a show of support from the Nevada Republican Party.  It is simply a letter of support signed by the three National Committee members from Nevada.  The letter never went before the Executive Committee or the Central Committee of the state party, and the party has not endorsed her nor ever stated that it supports her.

Michele Fiore’s Rule 11 letter was simply a statement of support by three people:  Bob List, Heidi Smith and ex-chairman Chris Comfort.  Only one of whom, incidentally, is even registered to vote in CD-1.

While we’re on the subject, Fiore endorsers Ed Goedhart and Monte Miller, while both good guys, don’t live in CD-1 either.  But then neither does Michele Fiore (she actually lives in CD-3).

So…what we have here is a candidate who has claimed to be a strongly endorsed primary front-runner with both RNC and state party support but who in fact has a handful of endorsements comprised of only one person who can actually vote for her — even if we include Fiore herself.

You can’t make this stuff up, Dear Readers.

CD-1 GOP Candidate Michele Fiore Falsely Claims She Has RNC Endorsement

By Elizabeth Crum | 5:10 pm May 19th, 2010

This Michele Fiore press release would be really great, except for one thing.  It’s not true.

The RNC has not, in fact, endorsed her (a Rule 11 letter is not an endorsement, if it is to that which this missive refers).

And as far as I know, Fiore has no basis for saying she is the front-runner, either.  Including fundraising, because according to the Q2 reports, she had next to nothing ($570) in her campaign coffers while her opponent, Craig Lake, had about $290K.  (Guess that Rule 11 letter ain’t worth much.)

Here’s the offending release:

Michele Fiore for Congress

Republican Candidate for NV Congressional District 1

“Getting Ready to Change America”


Grassroots Nevada Says Fiore is “Taxpayer Tested, Grassroots Approved”

Las Vegas, NV – May 19, 2010 – Michele Fiore, the RNC-endorsed GOP front-runner in Congressional District 1, says her campaign is gaining momentum in key voting blocks that have traditionally been democrat-strongholds. This week, Fiore received an endorsement from the Asian American Group of Las Vegas and won a straw poll conducted by Sun City Conservatives. Grassroots Nevada also endorsed Fiore for Congress, calling her candidacy “Taxpayer tested, Grassroots approved.”

“This is further evidence that we are building a true, conservative Republican coalition in CD1,” Michele Fiore said. “We are bridging multi-cultural and multi-generational gaps through common, conservative values. Over the past 18 years, my volunteer work and home health care agencies have connected me with so many different groups of people in this district. I know where they’re coming from, so it’s easy for me to listen and really understand their concerns,” she said.

About Michele Fiore, Republican Candidate for Congressional District 1: Michele is a Nevada businesswoman and mother of two daughters, Sheena and Savanah. Michele and her mother, Lill Fiore, own and operate two successful home health care companies. Michele volunteers with a national organization called the Trauma Intervention Program, which helps victims cope with disaster and loss. She also sits on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Use of Force Citizen Board.

Michele is also an independent filmmaker. Her recent film, Siren, was debuted by her team at the Sundance film festival. This is her first run for elected office.

For more information, contact

David McGowan, The 525 Group



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