Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nevada Clips 11.30.11

2012 ELECTION

  • RJ – Former Henderson councilman earns Republican caucus endorsement – LINK
  • RJ – Cain files to compete in Nevada GOP caucus – LINK
  • LV Sun – Ralston: Nevada’s Godfather fixes the primaries – LINK
  • RGJ – Heller vs Berkley: It’s all or nothing, a battle of political survival – LINK

CONGRESS

  • LV Sun – Harry Reid calls efforts of bipartisan group looking at cuts ‘happy talk – LINK

EDITORIALS/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • RJ – Letter: UNLV program can help many students – LINK
  • RJ – Frank and gaming – LINK
  • RJ – Both sides push to get justices off ObamaCare – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: Lack of trust dogs our society – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: Monetary system is destined to fail – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: UFC doesn’t merit positive publicity – LINK
  • RGJ – Editorial: We must learn to be smart consumers of health care – LINK

ECONOMY/GAMING

  • RJ – Retiring lawmaker will continue Internet gaming push – LINK
  • RJ – Cantor Gaming to build, operate new Palms race and sports book – LINK
  • RJ – Hooters Hotel management agrees to auction – LINK
  • RJ – Officials tout indicators tied to Nevada tourism – LINK
  • RJ – Airport passenger traffic continues upward ascent – LINK
  • RJ – Report: Las Vegas hits new post-peak housing low – LINK
  • LV Sun – In wake of real estate collapse, crazy deals abound – LINK
  • LV Sun – Project to create new Nevada tourism brand speeding up – LINK
  • LV Sun – At tourism conference, Sandoval encourages collaboration – LINK
  • LV Sun – Las Vegas tops list of travel searches – LINK
  • LV Sun – Hooters hotel-casino to be sold at auction – LINK
  • LV Sun – Palms, Cantor sign deal to launch new sports book – LINK
  • LV Sun – Las Vegas home prices fall to February 1998 levels – LINK
  • LV Sun – McCarran’s No. 5 carrier, American Airlines, seeks bankruptcy protection – LINK
  • RGJ – Homes in Washoe County see increase in taxable value despite tough economy – LINK
  • RGJ – TRI uses demographics from UNR to help attract tenants – LINK
  • RGJ – Tourism: Rural areas receive tourism grants – LINK
  • Nevada Appeal – Nevada finishes dead last in opportunity index – LINK

STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • RJ – DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE DOESN’T TREAT POLICE SHOOTINGS LIKE OTHER LAS VEGAS HOMICIDES – LINK
  • RJ – Henderson council hires Josh Reid as city attorney – LINK
  • RJ – Pedestrian vs. motorist law needs clarifying – LINK
  • RJ – Effort to recall North Las Vegas mayor stalls – LINK
  • RJ – Henderson councilwoman’s resignation will have to wait – LINK
  • RJ – Sebelius: To avoid accidents, teach kids physics – LINK
  • LV Sun – Sen. Harry Reid’s son Josh named Henderson city attorney – LINK
  • RGJ – Washoe District Court now complying with gun law regarding mental health issues after RGJ investigation – LINK
  • Nevada News Bureau – BLM Rejects Sandoval Proposal To Speed Up Mining Permit Process, But State Says Progress Being Made – LINK

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

  • RJ – Pipeline project opponents’ protests get lost in the din – LINK
  • LV Sun – Group delivers petition with 21,000 comments against water pipeline – LINK
  • Pahrump Valley Times – Concerns shared that solar plant might harm river – LINK
  • Pahrump Valley Times – BLM rounding up wild horses – LINK
  • Pahrump Valley Times – Solar project raises concerns over Spanish trail, fire service – LINK
  • Nevada News Bureau – Coalition Calls For Rejection Of Groundwater Pumping Project By Southern Nevada Water Authority – LINK

EDUCATION

  • RJ – Panel approves $150,000 study to compare higher education funding – LINK
  • RJ – Role of education called key in Nevada’s economic recovery – LINK
  • LV Sun – Secretary of Education: ‘We have to look for radical change’ – LINK
  • LV Sun – School District approves hiring $138,650/year general counsel – LINK
  • LV Sun – Legislative panel begins work on higher education funding – LINK
  • RGJ – A complex curriculum – LINK
  • RGJ – UNR Faculty Senate forms Commission on Future of the University – LINK
  • Nevada Appeal – Committee studying higher education funding sets deadline for report – LINK
  • AP – Education chief: Higher learning will fix economy – LINK
  • Nevada News Bureau – Study Of Nevada Higher Education Funding Formula Gets Under Way – LINK
  • Nevada News Bureau – Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program Open Enrollment Period Begins – LINK

Holiday Cards for Military/Veterans

Hope this note finds you doing well! With the holidays upon us I know you are getting ready to send out your holiday cards. It would be great if you could include our military so far away from home and those injured and under care in our hospitals.

Here are two addresses for you. The first address goes to the Red Cross who will ship your card overseas. The deadline to send that card is December 3rd — so please don’t wait on that one. The second address goes to an injured member of our military.

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20889

[UPDATE:  Letters addressed to “A Recovering American Soldier” are rejected for security reasons. Walter Reed suggests using the first address (Holiday Mail for Heroes). http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/walterreed.asp ]

It will make someone’s day for sure! Feel free to pass this info along.

Have a great day … Marla Turner, NSDP Secretary

Nevada Clips 11.29.11

2012 ELECTION

  • RJ – Upheaval continues for Democrats vying for Nevada Legislature seats – LINK
  • RJ – Titus campaign releases poll showing big lead over Kihuen in congressional race – LINK
  • RJ – Flip-flop ad suggests Dems think Romney is The One – LINK
  • LV Sun – Member of Harry Reid’s re-election team returns to run Democrats’ 2012 war room – LINK
  • LV Sun – Campaign poll shows Dina Titus with large lead over Ruben Kihuen – LINK
  • AP – Kelvin Atkinson to run for Steven Horsford’s Nevada Senate seat – LINK
  • RGJ – Congresswoman Shelley Berkley views Caughlin fire devastation in Reno – LINK

CONGRESS

  • RJ – Key on-line gaming lawmaker announces retirement – LINK
  • RJ – Partisan clash coming over payroll tax break extension – LINK
  • LV Sun – Harry Reid committed to extending payroll tax holiday – LINK
  • Nevada Appeal – Janice Ayres: Supercommittee adjourns – LINK

EDITORIALS/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • RJ – Letter: Look at police shootings long overdue – LINK
  • RJ – Run, Rebels, run: New coach has UNLV in national spotlight – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: Politics needs a dose of humility – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: The tale of the toxic Newt – LINK
  • RGJ – Editorial: Court must comply with law on the mentally ill and guns – LINK

ECONOMY/GAMING

  • LV Sun – Subcontractors fight Harmon demolition plan – LINK
  • LV Sun – Debt counselors say underwater homeowners overlooking assistance programs – LINK
  • LV Sun – Report: Nevada ranks last in nation in job opportunity – LINK
  • LV Sun – Boyd says deal to sell Dania Jai-Alai called off – LINK
  • AP – Wynn stock gains 8 percent today on Macau strength, Vegas recovery – LINK

STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • RJ – Flaws acknowledged in system that never finds fault with police in deadly shootings – LINK
  • RJ – Police panel OKs changes in discipline procedures – LINK
  • RJ – Councilwoman to give up post – LINK
  • RJ – Reid should have stayed out of son’s job hunt process – LINK
  • AP – Critics say animal cruelty law inadvertently keeps cases secret – LINK
  • LV Sun – Native Nevadans remain a small minority among residents – LINK
  • Daily Sparks Tribune – Council approves capital improvement projects – LINK

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

  • RJ – Regulator to see deluge of pipeline input – LINK

EDUCATION

  • RJ – U.S. education secretary to join town hall meeting – LINK

HEALTH CARE

  • RGJ – Cardiology wars: patients’ wallets are casualties – LINK
  • RGJ – Patients love their doctors, hate rising costs – LINK
  • RGJ – FTC, state investigate Renown Health for possible antitrust violations – LINK

Nevada Clips 11.28.11

2012 ELECTION

  • RJ – POLITICAL EYE: Aide says Sandoval courts businesses – LINK

EDITORIALS/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • RJ – Letter: What have these kids been doing for 12 years? – LINK
  • RJ – Editorial: Fixing the rules: Quicker elections atop Big Labor’s agenda – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: Pipeline tied to our security, success – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: Committee was super useless – LINK

ECONOMY/GAMING

  • LV Sun – Welcome back, tourism forum – LINK
  • RGJ – Retail: On Cyber Monday, consider state sales tax ramifications – LINK

STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • RJ – ANALYSIS OF CASES SINCE 1990 REVEALS PATTERNS IN LAS VEGAS POLICE SHOOTINGS – LINK
  • RJ – Police, handbillers get grip on Strip clutter – LINK
  • AP – Washoe County buyouts to deal with shortfall total 86 – LINK
  • AP – Few courts comply with gun law; Clark County an exception – LINK
  • Daily Sparks Tribune – Capital projects, revenue streams on council agenda – LINK

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

  • RJ – Nevada pipeline’s fate in state engineer’s hands – LINK
  • AP – Lake Tahoe Basin endorses concept of more local control – LINK

EDUCATION

  • RJ – Seventh president comfortable at Nevada State College – LINK
  • AP – Campaign urges Nevada students to finish degrees – LINK
  • RGJ – Washoe County IEPs are the path for disabled or struggling students to succeed in their own way – LINK

Nevada Clips 11.27.11

2012 ELECTION

  • LV Sun – Quietly, Obama getting reorganized in Nevada – LINK
  • LV Sun – Legislative leadership positions are no lock now with term limits – LINK
  • AP – Southern Nevada to gain clout in next session – LINK

REBELS

  • LV Sun – Rebels party like it’s 1990, knock off top-ranked North Carolina – LINK

EDITORIALS/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • RJ – Nevada is not a low-tax state – LINK
  • RJ – Sebelius: But it’s all we’ve got – LINK
  • RJ – Letter: The fix is in, and Harry Reid’s behind it – LINK
  • RJ – Letter: Feel-good classes don’t make a better school – LINK
  • RJ – A question of police training, oversight – LINK
  • RJ – Baggage fees – LINK
  • LV Sun – Americans should push members of Congress to compromise – LINK
  • LV Sun – We’d forgotten what a depression looks like – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: Do they deserve to be reelected? – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: Daylight saving isn’t worth trouble – LINK
  • Nevada Appeal – Jim Bagwell: It’s time for leadership — or economic meltdown – LINK

ECONOMY/GAMING

  • RJ – Hiring of insider sparks speculation – LINK

STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • RJ – HOA scheme victims say plea deals ignore them – LINK
  • RJ – ALWAYS JUSTIFIED: POLICE SHOOTINGS SUBJECT OF INVESTIGATIVE SERIES BEGINNING TODAY – LINK
  • LV Sun – County funds under scrutiny from SEIU – LINK
  • LV Sun – North Las Vegas calling for ‘citizen summit’ to discuss city’s future – LINK
  • RGJ – Northern Nevada courts not complying with gun-ban notification on mentally ill – LINK
  • RGJ – New Nevada law makes animal abuse cases secret from public – LINK
  • Nevada Appeal – Officials to consider new ward boundaries – LINK

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

  • AP – Forest Service tries to save threatened aspen grove – LINK
  • RJ – Companies go big in Nevada with concentrating power plants – LINK
  • AP – TRPA begins easing grip on regulatory control – LINK

EDUCATION

  • LV Sun – The home school revolution – LINK

BigOil TransCanada Attempting to Use Eminent Domain to Get Its Way

In Nevada, nothing can get folks riled up faster than messing with their guns, their water rights, or their property rights.   It’s absolutely unconscionable that TransCanada is trying to confiscate land from American citizens for its pipeline that hasn’t yet been approved.  They’re attempting top use eminent domain to sue landowners who don’t want their dirty tar sands sludge pipeline on their property.   The arrogance of TransCanada is shocking, even for an oil company.

Even while the White House has delayed the process for assessing a required permit for the Keystone XL, TransCanada is suing landowners who won’t sell their land in its preferred pipeline path.

That path includes the 600 acre working-farm that Julia Trigg Crawford’s grandfather bought in 1948, along the southern banks of the Red River on the Texas, Oklahoma border; just East of where the Bois d’Arc Creek — which waters the farm — runs into the Red.  Even though TransCanada doesn’t have a presidential permit to build the pipeline, the company has been threatening to confiscate properties like this from people like Julia Trigg; using eminent domain if the landowners don’t immediately accept the foreign corporation’s offer to buy an easement for the path of its pipeline.

It’s wrong for TransCanada to expect landowners to accept permanent damage to their land for the Keystone XL pipeline, or possible oil spills in the rivers and creeks they rely on. It’s doubly wrong to threaten these landowners and force them to comply for a pipeline that the company doesn’t even have permission to build!

Tell TransCanada: Stop using eminent domain to confiscate private property for a pipeline that hasn’t even been approved yet.
Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Under eminent domain, the government can force landowners to accept monetary payment for the use of their land for certain public-good projects like highways and railroads.  This is a FOREIGN corporation who will take its profits at our expense … and that is not in the public interest of the ordinary citizens of this country!

Of course, TransCanada’s massive fuse to the carbon bomb of the tar sands shouldn’t qualify as one of these projects — it does great harm and only helps the profits of a foreign corporation. But regardless, the company doesn’t even have the permit to build it — in fact the White House just put a likely year-long hold on pipeline development after a massive grassroots backlash from environmentalists. But that hasn’t stopped TransCanada.

According to an article last month in The New York Times, the company has at least 34 eminent domain actions against landowners in Texas, and 22 in South Dakota.1 And their threats to landowners in Nebraska2 helped spark massive public opposition and a special legislative session that were key in the decision to consider a different route.

Many of these landowners are being sued by the company, and told that if they don’t take the small monetary offering — sometimes less than $10,000 in exchange for the permanent damage to their land, and huge risk of spills — their land will be condemned and TransCanada will seize the easement.

Many landowners, like Julia Trigg, are fighting back and doing everything they can to oppose TransCanada’s land grab.

Let’s make sure that TransCanada is being called out for these reprehensible tactics, and that landowners who are taking on this foreign corporation know that we’ve got their backs.

Tell TransCanada: It’s beyond arrogant to confiscate land for a pipeline that hasn’t even been approved yet. Stop using eminent domain to sue landowners who don’t want a dirty pipeline on their property. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Nevada Clips 11.26.11

CONGRESS

  • Nevada Appeal – Congressman Amodei: Polarization in D.C. frustrating – LINK

EDITORIALS/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • RJ – Target practice – LINK
  • RJ – Letter: Sebelius should consider basic economics – LINK
  • LV Sun – NFR+ Las Vegas = Cowboy Town USA? – LINK
  • LV Sun – Sheila Leslie: Nevada not the place for personhood initiative – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: Safety nets have negative effects – LINK
  • LV Sun – Letter: Some people are dead wrong about pedestrian safety – LINK
  • RGJ – Editorial: Many individuals and groups came to rescue of fire victims – LINK

ECONOMY/GAMING

  • RGJ – Northern Nevada company aims high – LINK
  • RJ – Gaming in Macau still going gangbusters – LINK
  • RJ – Local apartment occupancy improves during third quarter – LINK
  • RJ – Banks may have opportunity with underserved market – LINK
  • LV Sun – Traditional stores making high-tech changes this season – LINK
  • Daily Sparks Tribune – Shop local, revive the economy – LINK

STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • RJ – Occupy Las Vegas protesters target mall crowds – LINK
  • RJ – Plan for Lake Tahoe bikeway moving forward – LINK
  • AP – BLM offering reward in arrest of metal fence post thieves – LINK
  • AP – Elko County mine accused of safety violations – LINK
  • LV Sun – High-speed rail from Salt Lake to Vegas: long shot or good bet? – LINK