Posts Tagged ‘petition’

Nevada Lottery Proposal Still Active But Chances For Success Slim, Supporter Says

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 11:41 am September 17th, 2010

CARSON CITY – An effort to change Nevada state law to expand the ability to raise money through charitable lotteries is having a tough time gaining support, the sponsor of the proposal said today.

Larry Benefield, CEO of Charity Partners Giving Foundation, said not many volunteers have come forward to circulate the initiative petitions needed to change state law to bring the issue to the Legislature next year.

“Our website just became activated yesterday so people can download the petition and the guidelines, but we don’t seem to have a lot of volunteer support,” he said. “We’re doing the best we can. We’re giving it our best shot.”

Benefield, who resides in San Rafael, Calif., said he selected Nevada for his effort because the state does not have a lottery. Charitable lotteries are permitted, however, under state law.

Benefield said he formed his Nevada non-profit corporation to change state law so it can “conduct common office pools online over the internet. This will enable Charity Partners to conduct fundraising globally.”

Benefield has to gather 97,002 signatures from Nevada registered voters by Nov. 9 to qualify his proposal for consideration by the Legislature. His is one of several measures seeking to change state law now in circulation around the state.

All the money raised through the proposal would go to the state education system and charitable groups, he said. The petition proposes to provide 20 percent of any profits to Nevada higher education, another 15 percent to teachers and college students in the form of grants, awards and zero-interest loans and 65 percent to Nevada local and national charities.

Benefield said he is not aware of the potential conflict his petition might have with the national restrictions on online gaming.

The Nevada Legislature frequently sees proposals to amend the state constitution to allow for the operation of a lottery. None have been successful. The list of bill drafts for the 2011 session includes a proposal to amend the constitution to allow for a lottery to support public education.

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Larry Benefield says petitions can be downloaded from website but volunteers are few:

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Pataki Is Coming: One If By Land, Two If By Sea

By Elizabeth Crum | 6:30 pm April 18th, 2010

I’m guessing the former three-term governor of New York may have some unfulfilled political aspirations, as evidenced by the following press release about a national tour and petition drive that includes a stop in Reno tomorrow:

Governor George Pataki Kicks off National Petition Drive to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare with Six State Swing

Washington – Former Governor George Pataki (R-NY), Chairman of Revere America (, announced today the first six stops of the new organization’s grassroots tour and national petition drive to gather the signatures of one million Americans who want to repeal and replace ObamaCare with the responsible reforms our health care system needs and that the American people want.

Revere America will formally launch its national petition drive at an event in Boston on April 18 – the 235th Anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride.

The schedule of events follows. All times are local.

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010

Boston, Massachusetts

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Venue: Paul Revere Mall

Address: 416 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Lincoln, Nebraska

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Venue: Cornhusker Hotel, Garrett Room

Address: 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508 USA

Reno, Nevada

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Venue: Sierra Marketplace

Address: 3652 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502

San Francisco, California

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Venue: Marriott Marquis, Club Room
55 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA  94103


Austin, Texas

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Venue: Texas State Capitol (South Steps)

Address: 112 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Des Moines, Iowa

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Venue: Embassy Suites, Salon E

Address: 101 East Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

FYI:  Pataki declined a 2010 U.S. Senate bid after reports that he had been approached by Senator John Cornyn, head of the RSCC, about a possible run for the seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand.  George Stephanopoulos reported at the time that Pataki had said he was not interested in becoming a senator at the age of 64 and would rather run for president in 2012.

In November 2009, Pataki traveled to Iowa, sparking speculation about a possible presidential bid in 2012.  Looks like he’ll be there again this week.

Sec of State Lists One Candidate Challenge, Four Withdrawals and a Pending Petition

By Elizabeth Crum | 8:30 pm March 30th, 2010

The Nevada Secretary of State said his office received one challenge to a candidacy prior to the March 29 deadline. Mark E. Hunt of Lyon County filed documents on March 23 challenging State Board of Education District 10 candidate Gordon Cornell’s qualifications, claiming Cornell doesn’t live in District 10. (Hunt also withdrew his own candidacy for the seat.)  The challenge will be turned over to the Attorney General’s office for resolution.

The Secretary of State also confirmed his office is a co-defendant in a petition filed by Independent American Party candidate Tim Fasano who is seeking to disqualify Scott Ashjian from running for the U.S. Senate as a “Tea Party of Nevada” candidate. A hearing is scheduled in the First Judicial Court in Carson City on April 14.

Four candidates who had filed with the Secretary of State’s office formally withdrew their candidacy prior to the March 23 deadline. Republican Sherry Brooks of Reno and Democrat Roy A. Woofter of Las Vegas both withdrew from the race for U.S. Senate.  Twelve Republicans and four Democrats now remain in that primary race. One Independent American Party candidate and four Non-Partisan candidates will appear on the general election ballot. And, of course, the courts will determine whether Tea Party of Nevada candidate Ashjian is on the general election ballot.

In other races, Democrat Robert Potter of Carson City withdrew from the state legislative race in the Capital Senatorial District and Mark E. Hunt of Dayton withdrew from the race for the non-partisan State Board of Education District 10 seat.

A Little Tea Party Bird Told Me…

By Elizabeth Crum | 9:50 am March 22nd, 2010

Three reliable sources have told me there will be News later today re: the legality of the candidacy of U.S. Senate hopeful Jon Scott Ashjian (not related to a failed attempt last week to challenge party petition signatures).  I’m making calls and gathering details and documents and will post later when I’ve got it all verified.  Preliminary research shows there may be some legal teeth here – and either way, there will be some political fallout – so this could get interesting.

Stand by…

Update: A media friend points out that JLS at the LVRJ beat me to the pre-scoop Scoop over the weekend.  Apparently I’m a mere afterthought for my tea party and conservative grassroots sources.  Sad…

ProgressNow Nevada Circulating “Save Our State” Petition

By Elizabeth Crum | 5:16 pm February 12th, 2010

While we’re putting citizen eyes on petitions (I will now prepare for my Inbox to be flooded with petitions of all kinds), here’s another one.  Here’s the text:

We the undersigned citizens of Nevada believe that these sensible and fair solutions that combine minor cuts with new revenue should be adopted first to help balance the state budget:

Lawmakers must — shuffle available funds to fill the hole ($150 million one-time as outlined by Speaker Buckley).

Lawmakers must — eliminate statutory deductions the mining industry uses to avoid paying its fair share. ($150 million annually).

Lawmakers must — implement a state activity tax of .50 percent on all businesses earning more than $350,000. This will exempt most small businesses in the state (estimated $500 million annually).

Lawmakers must — cut the remaining $82 million in expenditures with the care of surgeons. We urge no layoffs of state employees or teachers. We support shortening the school year or adding an additional furlough day to achieve this cut.

PLAN Circulating Petition re: Mining Taxes

By Elizabeth Crum | 5:12 pm February 12th, 2010

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada has a new website called Nevadans for Fair Mining Taxes.  Includes a petition, a call for volunteers, donations, and sign up for action alerts.  Explains itself thusly:

Nevadans for Fair Mining Taxes is a coalition dedicated to ensuring a stable and equitable revenue source for our state by undoing antebellum Constitutional provisions which allow the mining industry to evade paying its fair share of taxes.

If you think the mining companies are under-taxed or are just curious, go check it out.

Personhood Appeal Filed with Nevada Supreme Court

By Elizabeth Crum | 3:21 pm February 12th, 2010 has a post on the appeal of the petition that was overturned by a District Judge in early January.