Posts Tagged ‘Pat Hickey’

Assembly Republican Suggests Tax Reform Debate

By Andrew Doughman | 10:46 am March 8th, 2011

CARSON CITY – Assemblyman Pat Hickey, R-Reno, says he is interested in changing the state’s tax structure.

He wrote in a weekly newsletter he might consider broadening the state’s tax base, an idea that he has talked about with UNR economics professor Elliott Parker.

“The good professor understands scientifically what we all know intuitively – that the golden goose of gaming in Nevada will never again lay the same revenue egg that the Silver State has enjoyed for so long,” Hickey wrote. “Parker’s proposal for a small tax on the state’s new service economy – is worthy of serious consideration.”

Parker has suggested that the new tax could be coupled with a corresponding decrease in the sales tax. This would prevent the government from collecting more revenue. In theory, it would spread the tax burden around to a greater number of sectors.

“These kinds of revenue-neutral but long-term sensible approaches might attract members of the GOP to the table,” Hickey wrote.

Parker has written several editorials during the past months. He has advocated for more government spending rather than cuts, and has equated budget cuts to the Donner Party cannibalizing itself.

“If the Legislature passes a tax on services, but delays it for a couple of years, this would give us time to figure out how to best collect it, and we would avoid raising taxes during the depths of Nevada’s depression,” Parker wrote. “If we borrow against this future revenue to fill the current gap, we are just smoothing out when we spend it. We would not have to repay from moneys we won’t have, and not risk our credit rating.”

Hickey said the professor’s specific, revenue-neutral approach would fit into the Assembly Republican’s list of goals for the session.

The Nevada Policy Research Institute, a free-market think tank, has also advocated for a similar change in the state’s tax structure. They claim it would spread the tax burden around, although some disagree that it would be revenue neutral.

Hickey said he will not be introducing a bill for a tax on services with a provision for a reduction in the sales tax.

He said the proposal is worth “considering” and “discussing” during this legislative session.

The Legislature is 30 days into its 120-day session, and deadlines are fast approaching for lawmakers to submit bills.

Nomination for Worst Mailer of Campaign Season

By Elizabeth Crum | 2:59 pm May 24th, 2010

Dullard Mush has it (calling it the worst contrast ad in the history of political mailers) along with an analysis.

Definitely nominated.

Other similar categories on our 2010 list:  Worst/Best TV Ad, Worst/Best Radio Ad, Worst/Best Campaign Press Release, and Worst/Best Response from a Campaign Spokesperson

Dear AD-25 Candidates: Might Be Time to Get Those Issues Pages Up

By Elizabeth Crum | 3:25 pm May 21st, 2010


There are five candidates vying for the GOP nomination for Heidi Gansert’s Assembly seat and only one of them has an Issues page on their campaign website.

This guy:


These candidates don’t:
And the other candidate, Dan Meyer, doesn’t even seem to have a website.  (Can’t find it.)

You guys know early voting starts tomorrow, right…?

The Dem candidate, who is unchallenged and is waiting to take on the winner of these five, does have an issues page:

Cookie Cutter Candidates

By Elizabeth Crum | 4:45 pm May 17th, 2010

This has been in my Inbox since mid-morning.  Looks like Republican Assembly candidates Randy Kirner and Pat Hickey have a lot in common:  their stance on immigration and their mail piece guy.


Hope both didn’t pay for design/layout work.

Hickey’s opponent, Orrin Johnson, used it for ammunition for a press release this afternoon:

(Reno, NV) Nevada Assembly 25 Candidate Pat Hickey and Assembly 26 Candidate Randy Kirner issued campaign literature over the weekend that coincidentally enough, were virtually mirror images of each other.

“You just have to shake your head and wonder – why would you bother running for office if you don’t have ideas and solutions of your own?” said Orrin Johnson, Republican candidate for Assembly 25. “And frankly, it’s troubling that anyone would put their name to a product so clearly not their own.”

In spite of opposition to illegal immigration being a position almost all GOP candidates share, Pat Hickey had been attempting to make illegal immigration the main theme of his campaign. Apparently, however, he hadn’t spent a great deal of his own time crafting his own messages or solutions. Voters are looking for candidates with fresh and realistic ideas that will help Nevada return to economic prosperity.

“This is clearly the product of a campaign and a candidate who isn’t serious about solving Nevada’s illegal immigration problem,” Johnson said. “It certainly shouldn’t give anyone any confidence that my opponent will bring anything new to the table in Carson City.”

“Frankly, this lack of seriousness from politicians in general is exactly the kind of thing voters in my district are so frustrated with, and why they’re so eager for a fresh voice, fresh blood, and new ideas,” Johnson added. “I know I feel that way, and that’s why I’m running. More than anything else, this ‘Photocopy Campaign’ is perfectly emblematic of why we need a new generation of principled conservative leaders in Carson City.”

Orrin Johnson is committed to being part of a new generation of principled conservatives and has worked hard to fully understand the issues and priorities important to the voters of Assembly 25.