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CNN Debate Recap — Contention, Condescension, Dissension

By Elizabeth Crum | 6:42 pm October 19th, 2011

Now that the dust has settled, Dear Readers, thought I’d recall a few memorable moments from last night’s CNN debate at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas:

Best Zinger

My pick for the best one-liner of the night:

In his self-introductory remarks, Perry said he was was “an authentic conservative, not a conservative of convenience.”

(Yes, he was talking to you, Mitt.)


For the first 25 minutes of the debate, it was Pick on Herman Cain night, as follows:

Rep. Michele Bachman:  “Anytime you give the Congress a brand-new tax, it doesn’t go away.”

Sen. Rick Santorum: “Herman’s well-meaning, and I love his boldness. I give him credit for — for starting a debate, but it’s not good for families.”

Gov. Rick Perry: “Herman, I love you, brother, but let me tell you something, you don’t need to have a big analysis to figure this thing out. Go to New Hampshire, where they don’t have a sales tax, and you’re fixing to give them one.”

Rep. Ron Paul: “Herman. It’s not going to fly.” And: “It’s very, very dangerous. And it will raise more revenues.”

Gov. Mitt Romney: “The analysis I did, person by person, return by return, is that middle-income people see higher taxes under your plan.”

Cain repeatedly defended his plan, insisting that it was being misrepresented and would not raise taxes on poor people.

“The reason that our plan is being attacked so much is because lobbyists, accountants, politicians — they don’t want to throw out the current tax code and put in something that’s simple and fair,” responded Cain.

Team Cain’s spin room take? The attacks proved he’s considered the frontrunner. They also said he would be releasing more details in the near future.

Health Care

Romney and Santorum got into a shouting match over the Massachusetts health care measure passed when Romney was governor of the Bay State.

Santorum: “You just don’t have credibility. Your consultants helped craft Obamacare.”

Attacks on “RomneyCare” aren’t going away, as much as the former Massachusetts governor might wish they would.

Romney’s best defense is probably the one he’s lately been sticking with and did again last night:  What he did in MA was good for that state given the situation. And states, not the federal government, should be legislating health care solutions tailored to the needs of their residents.

Illegal Immigration

Perry attacked Romney on a story that recently surfaced: “Mitt, you lose all of your standing, from my perspective, because you hired illegals in your home and you knew about it for a year. And the idea that you stand here before us and talk about that you’re strong on immigration is, on its face, the height of hypocrisy.”

A shouting match ensued as the two governors took turns interrupting and talking over one another.

At one point, Romney condescendingly said to Perry, “This has been a tough couple of debates for Rick, and I understand that. And so you’re going to get testy.”

(Romney did acknowledge that a landscaping company he hired employed illegal immigrants, but he said he fired the company when he found out.)

Also notable: During an exchange of barbs, Romney at one point put his hand on Perry’s shoulder. Aggressive.

Looking Forward

There are 12 more Republican debates scheduled in the upcoming months (yes, really).

Most of the campaigns have not started running a full menu of TV ads. Once the field is culled (a factor of campaign dollars), the remaining contenders will have many more chances to rip their opponents on these and other issues.


Nevada’s October Jobless Rate Declines for First Time Since 2008

By Sean Whaley | 11:03 am November 20th, 2009
(Updated at 11:51 a.m. on Friday.)
CARSON CITY – Nevada received some rare good news on the economic front today as a state agency reported that in October, the state’s jobless rate declined three-tenths of a percentage point to 13 percent from September.

The reasons for the decline tempered the good news to some extent, however.

Bill Anderson, chief economist for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation attributed the lower seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to a decline in the state’s labor force and “some” stabilization in the employment situation.

Until today’s report, Nevada’s unemployment rate had risen, uninterrupted, since 2008.

“As we head into the holiday season, this is welcome news; however it is not a reason to be overly optimistic,” he said. “The state’s well chronicled economic difficulties are far from over. We expect the unemployment rate to continue to rise over time, but we are seeing some signs of stabilization.”

Anderson said the decline is due more to a stagnant or declining labor force than an improvement on the employment front.

“At best, October’s trends, coupled with a growing belief that national conditions are (tentatively) on the mend, suggest that the economy may be in the process of stabilizing, but at a level which will still result in continued hardships for many Nevadans,” he said.

Gov. Jim Gibbons said in a statement he believes the drop in the rate is only temporary.The jobs report said there were 175,300 state residents officially counted as unemployed in October.

“The decline in unemployment has not been followed by an increase in the employment base,” he said. “Clearly the federal stimulus dollars have been better at retaining existing jobs rather than creating new jobs.”

Gibbons said unemployment rates are expected to rise during the month of November and again in December when the completion of several Las Vegas Strip construction projects including City Center will result in a significant loss in construction jobs.

“My office continues to receive reports from businesses who regretfully must implement additional employee layoffs,” Gibbons said. “We are working diligently on all fronts to bring new businesses to Nevada and to develop a new renewable energy industry in Nevada to create green jobs. I will continue to fight for new jobs for Nevadans.”


Although the unemployment rate actually increased by four-tenths of a percentage point at the national level in October (to 10.2 percent, seasonally adjusted), it is still 2.8 percentage points lower than in Nevada. Nevada’s October reading is up from 7.7 percent in October 2008.

Within the state, the unemployment rate fell approximately one full percentage point relative to September in each of Nevada’s metropolitan areas. The rates in the metropolitan areas are not seasonally adjusted.

Las Vegas’ unemployment rate came in at 13 percent in October, down from 13.9 percent in September. In the Reno-Sparks region, the jobless rate settled at 12.2 percent for the month, down from 13.1 percent.

“Economic conditions in the near-term are likely to be quite volatile, with some months (such as October) being better than others, while in some months we will likely take a step back,” Anderson said.

All told in October, there were 1.18 million jobs in Nevada public and private sector establishments, essentially unchanged from the previous month. However, measured relative to a year ago, payrolls in Nevada have been cut by 75,100 jobs, a six percent decline. October job readings in 2009 are nearly identical to those from the same month in 2004, suggesting that that the current economic downturn has erased five years of expansion, Anderson noted.

The construction sector’s difficulties are well-documented. Statewide job levels peaked at close to 150,000 in mid-2006. October 2009 job levels came to just 83,700.

The state’s largest employer, the leisure and hospitality sector, continues to struggle. An additional 2,000 jobs were cut relative to September. At 307,700, October job readings were down by nearly 20,000 relative to a year ago.