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CARSON CITY – Legislation that would provide for the transfer of federal land to the City of Yerington to expand a copper mining operation and create jobs was introduced today by Nevada U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller.
The Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act of 2012 would also create a new 48,000-acre wilderness area.
Separate legislation that addressed only the land transfer proposal has already passed the House primarily through the efforts of Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev.
CARSON CITY – Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., said today he is pessimistic that Congress and President Obama will be able to reach agreement on the so called “fiscal cliff” before tax hikes and mandatory budget cuts take effect Jan. 1.
Amodei, speaking by telephone from Washington, DC, said the sniping back and forth by Republicans and Democrats over extending tax cuts and cutting spending doesn’t get to the real root of how to reduce the federal deficit over the long term.
Getting the country’s economy back on track so jobs are created and consumer spending rises will do more to generate tax revenues and reduce the deficit than any level (Continue reading…)
CARSON CITY – Nearly 1.3 million Nevadans are registered as active voters as of the end of November, the Secretary of State’s office said today.
The increase of more than 41,000 active voters since the close of registration for the general election was due in large part to the number of inactive voters who cast ballots on Nov. 6 and automatically became active voters according to federal and state law.
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Of the 1,299,126 active registrants statewide, 42.1 percent (546,903) are Democrats, 34.4 percent (447,406) are Republicans, 17.5 percent (227,151) are non-partisans, 4.7 percent (60,590) are members of the Independent American Party, and (Continue reading…)
CARSON CITY – Secretary of State Ross Miller announced today he is seeking legislation in the 2013 session aimed at curbing the potential for voter fraud by including photographs of registered voters at polling places on election day.
Miller said today his proposal is not a voter identification measure. Instead it would be an upgrade to the current antiquated paper roster system by implementing electronic voter rosters with the enhanced feature of a photograph of each registered voter.
Secretary of State Ross Miller.
The requirement of a photograph in the new electronic roster would prevent ineligible voters from impersonating other, eligible voters at a polling place, Miller (Continue reading…)
CARSON CITY – More than one million voters cast ballots in the 2012 general election, an all-time record high turnout for Nevada, the Secretary of State’s office reported.
Of the 1,257,621 active registered voters, a total of 1,013,195 voters, or 80.56 percent, turned out during early voting and on Election Day. Both the number and percentage of voters exceed the 2008 general when 970,019 voters, or 80.27 percent of active registered voters, cast ballots.
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“I believe an election like this, with record turnout and minimal problems, creates great momentum for future civic participation,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “It’s been clear (Continue reading…)
CARSON CITY – The Republican National Committee said today that there is evidence to suggest that voters in six states, including Nevada, have encountered situations with electronic voting machines recording votes for President Obama when Mitt Romney was selected instead.
The RNC in a letter asked election officials in each state to recalibrate all voting machines on the morning of election day to ensure there are no problems with the machines.
“I further understand that the causes of this problem are varied, and include miscalibration and hyper-sensitivity of the machines,” said the letter signed by John R. Phillippe, Jr., chief counsel to the RNC.
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller wasted (Continue reading…)
CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval said today he is disappointed by the leadership of the Clark County Education Association for blocking a $40 million school district application for federal Race to the Top funds.
“The Race to the Top federal grant can be used to hire additional teachers and provide much-needed support to some of our most at-risk students,” Sandoval said in a statement. “I am particularly supportive of the district’s plan to use technology and early-intervention strategies to help the district’s growing number of English language learners catch up to their peers faster.”
Gov. Brian Sandoval.
Sandoval said he had a discussion with U.S. Education Secretary Arne (Continue reading…)
CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval said today he disagrees with the political prognostications of his friend and adviser Pete Ernaut, who earlier this week predicted that President Obama will win Nevada on Nov. 6.
Gov. Brian Sandoval.
“Pete and I have been friends for many, many years,” Sandoval said. “Gov. Romney has my full support. I believe that Gov. Romney is going to win the state. He has a great amount of momentum at this point. And we’ll know on election day.”
CARSON CITY – A long-time Republican political consultant said today he sees Nevada voters supporting President Obama on Nov. 6 while at the same time giving Republican Sen. Dean Heller a victory against Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley in the hard fought U.S. Senate race.
Pete Ernaut, president of government and public affairs for R&R Partners, said he believes there is an Obama-Heller voting bloc in Nevada.
“If Gov. Romney carries Nevada, without a doubt Heller will win the Senate race,” he said during an interview on the Nevada NewsMakers television show. “I don’t think there is a Romney-Berkley voting bloc. But there is clearly an Obama-Heller voting bloc.
CARSON CITY – Washoe County experienced record turnout on the first weekend of early voting, surpassing the 2008 presidential election numbers by more than 60 percent, the registrar of voters office reported today.
Ballots cast this weekend totaled 14,475 compared to 9,036 in 2008. In 2008, 56 percent of all voters cast their ballots during early voting, the county reported.
All early voting polling sites are running smoothly with additional machines delivered to areas experiencing higher than normal turnout. Voters can choose from 22 early voting locations, spread geographically throughout the region, through Nov. 2. Weekday voting is generally slower than weekends, with Saturdays and the last day of (Continue reading…)
CARSON CITY – Washoe County registered an all-time high of 241,400 voters prior to the close of registration Tuesday, exceeding the record of 231,400 for the General Election in 2008.
Registered Republicans in the county outnumber Democrats by a thin margin of 1,160 voters, with 91,937 Republicans and 90,777 Democrats. Nonpartisan and minor party voters now registered in the county total 58,686.
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“We’re very impressed with the citizens of Washoe County,” said Senior Deputy Registrar Luanne Cutler. “More than 2,600 registered in the final week and took advantage of our extended hours to do so, and we believe this General Election in (Continue reading…)
CARSON CITY – While Washoe County voters continue to register for the Nov. 6th general election, the gap between registered Democrats and Republicans remains narrow, county Voter Registrar Dan Burk said today.
“Washoe County is the most closely divided jurisdiction in Nevada,” Burk said. “As of late last week, we have 230,567 registered voters, of which 86,835 are Democrats and 89,443 are Republicans, so it’s just a one percent difference.”
Republicans are 38.8 percent of the total and Democrats are 37.7 percent.
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CARSON CITY – The results of a poll of Nevada residents conducted on behalf of the Retail Association of Nevada (RAN) show that 45 percent of those queried believe a 2 percent margins tax on business proposed by teachers will generate the revenues necessary to support public education.
But 49 percent say the new levy, if approved, would raise prices, increase the state’s already high jobless rate and hurt business, according to the poll by Public Opinion Strategies of 500 likely voters taken Sept. 19-20. It has a margin of error of 4.38 percentage points.
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CARSON CITY – A statewide multimedia campaign promoting Nevada’s online voter registration system, available statewide for the first time in a presidential election, is bringing a dramatic increase in voter registrations, doubling the daily average in just the first week since the television and radio campaign started.
During the first seven days of the television and radio campaign starting Sept. 17, new registrations averaged 550 per day, twice the number of new registrations during the first 16 days of September. Updated registrations in the same period prior to Sept. 17 averaged 189 per day, nearly doubling to 362 per day once the campaign began.
The data was reported by the Secretary of (Continue reading…)
CARSON CITY – The Retail Association of Nevada’s (RAN) latest installment of its semi-annual survey, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, shows the presidential race in a tie and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., opening up a lead against Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. in the Senate race.
With early voting beginning in just 26 days, the race for president is tied with 46 percent of voters indicating they would reelect President Obama and 46 percent of voters indicating support for Gov. Mitt Romney. Only 2 percent of those polled said they were undecided. The survey results come just days before both Obama and Romney visit Nevada (Continue reading…)