Washoe County GOP

NEWSLETTER
FROM THE
WASHOE COUNTY
REPUBLICAN PARTY
March-April 2014, Volume 2, No. 2
TOM DICKMAN
Reno-Sparks
Tom Dickman
First Vice Chairman
Randy Lloyd-2nd Vice Chairman
Jim Plugge-3rd Vice Chairman
Secretary-Barb Hawn
Cell 775-250-4296
Treasurer-Chuck Reno
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Ste C-8
Reno, Nevada 89502
775-827-1900
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Tom Dickman, First Vice
Chairman of the Washoe
County Republican Central
Committee, is now interim
chairman until the April meeting of the WCRCC.
In a surprise moment at the
end of the January meeting of
the WCRCC, Tom Taber announced his resignation, as
chairman. He stated he decided to resign for personal reasons and wanted to make it
possible for someone new to
have time to reposition for the
coming elections.
DICKMAN:
“WHAT I BELIEVE”
President Abraham Lincoln
referred to our country as “...
the last best hope of earth.”
President Ronald Reagan often referred to our country as
“...the shining city on the
hill...”. I believe they were
both right.
I want to take this opportunity to share with you my political beliefs, and I think I can
best accomplish that with
some quotes I’m sure you’ll
recognize.
*“In Philadelphia, outside
Independence Hall, a woman asked, ‘Well Doctor, what
have we got, a republic or a
monarchy’ Benjamin Franklin replied, ‘A republic, madam, if you can keep it’”.
*“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is
force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful
master.” George Washington
*“Liberty once lost ... is lost
forever.” John Adams
*“I am for preserving to the
States the powers not yielded
by them to the Union.” Thomas Jefferson
*“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a
superficial appearance of being right.” Thomas Paine
*“No one’s life, liberty or
property is safe when the legislature is in session.” Mark
Twain
*“History does not entrust
the care of freedom to the
weak or timid.” Dwight D.
Eisenhower
*“Extremism in the defense
of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice
is no virtue.” Barry Goldwater
*“Freedom is never more
than one generation away
from extinction.” Ronald Reagan
These are but a very few of
the statements over the past
238 years that form the basis
of my personal political be-
liefs. I believe in liberty and
the initiative of the individual,
not the power and authority of
government.
First and foremost, I’m a
believer in the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights. Secondly, I’m a conservative. And
thirdly a Republican. A Republican who is proud of the
principles of lower taxes,
smaller government and personal liberty. And a Republican who is not willing to compromise on those principles.
I believe the Republican
Party is, at the moment, the
only viable party able to promote, preserve and protect
those principles that made this
the greatest country in the history of the earth.
But, sadly, I also believe the
Republican Party is in danger
of losing its identity and the
ability to effectively implement those principles. I believe the Party has been far too
silent for far too long. I believe
the Party has allowed itself to
be defined by the Democrats,
the press and others, and has
not had either the courage or
the determination to reply. I
believe the Republican Party
must find its voice and proudly proclaim and promote its
principles. I believe the Party
has the responsibility of holding the sacred trust of all Republicans, who are Republican for a reason; that reason
being they believe in low taxDickman continued on Page 3
A POSITIVE PATH TO YOUR FUTURE!
GOP EVENTS
MARCH AND APRIL
GOP EVENTS
CONTINUED
Tuesday March 4 and April 1
NEVADA REPUBLICAN
ASSEMBLY
At Republican headquarters
Monday, March 10 and April 14
REPUBLICAN ADVOCATES
INCLINE VILLAGE
5:30 PM
March 7 and April 4
FIRST FRIDAY
Wednesday March 26 and April 23
MT. ROSE REPUBLICAN
WOMEN
Dinner Tamarack Junction 6 pm
Saturday March 8
WASHOE COUNTY
CONVENTION
John Ascuaga’s Nugget
Signup 7am-9am
Tuesday March 11
REPUBLICAN MEN’S CLUB
DINNER
6 pm at the Atlantis
AND
Tuesday April 8
REPUBLICAN MEN’S CLUB
LUNCHEON
11:30 am at the Atlantis
Tuesday March 11 and April 8
REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF
INCLINE AND CRYSTAL BAY
Wednesday March 12 and April 9
SPARKS REPUBLICAN WOMEN
6 pm Sparks Nngget
Thursday March 13
REPUBLICAN WOMEN
OF RENO
Lunch 11:30 am Atlantis
Wednesday March 19 and April 10
WASHOE REPUBLICAN
WOMEN
Lunch 11:30 am Atlantis
Thursday March 13 and April 11
REPUBLICAN CLUBS
ROUNDTABLE 5:30 pm and
WASHOE GOP EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE 6:30 pm
GOP Headquarters
Wednesday March 19 and April 16
WASHOE
REPUBLICAN WOMEN
Luncheon at the Atlantis 11:30 am
SAME SEX
MARRIAGE
Ray Hagar Gazette-Journal
Feb. 12, 2014
The big news so far this week is the
state of Nevada will no longer defend the
state’s ban on same-sex marriage before a
federal appeals court. Recent court rulings
have turned Nevada’s defense of traditional marriage into a bowl of mush.
“Case law over the last year and a half
has completely turned our argument upside down,” state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said Tuesday during a
taping of the “Nevada Newsmakers” TV
show.
The concept that marriage is only between a man and a woman seems to be
crumbling nationally. Nevada has raised
the white flag in the 9th Circuit Court, and
same-sex marriage proponents are winning legal battles across the nation.
In a one-month span from December to
January, two federal judges struck down
state bans on gay marriage. Seventeen
states now have same-sex marriage protections.
KARL MARX
“The oppressed are allowed once every
few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to
represent and repress them.”
“The philosophers have only interpreted
the world in various ways: the point, however, is to change it.”
“Religion is the opiate of the masses.”
“Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day,. Teach
a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful
business opportunity.”
“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”
MARIAN BOND REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF RENO
In 1949 Republican Women of Reno
was formed, and for 65 years has been a
strong leader in Washoe County supporting Republican ideals, candidates, and educating members. The club will be celebrating this momentous year with a special
party in July. We will be inviting all Washoe County Women’s Clubs to join us as we
honor our past and current leaders and
65th birthday. We will also recognize present and past leadership in all the other Federated organizations.
This year the club has dedicated our
programming toward important issues and
highlighting candidates. We had a very
successful candidate forum in January
where we had Assemblyman Randy Kirner, and candidate Lisa Krasner on the platform to share their views.
In February we brought in John Eppolito, and Steve Coe, and the subject was
the Common Core State Standards. Our
members now are well informed on this
controversial issue involving the education
of our children. We send our thanks to
John and Steve for their valuable program.
March will again serve as our time to
present important candidate views with a
Forum featuring Sue Lowden, who served
as a Nevada State Senator and State Senator Mark Hutchison. Both are running for
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. This will
provide an excellent opportunity to learn
their positions on this elective office.
Luncheon meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, and commence at 11:30 am. The venue is Atlantis
Casino Resort Spa. Reservation line is
866-806-5501. Price is $20 with reservation, $25 for walk-ins. All are welcome…..
1st Vice-President Marian Bond
Promoting transparency in government
has long been at the core of (Nevada Public Research Institute) NPRI’s efforts.
Not only do we citizens have a right to
know how our government operates and
how it spends our money, but that information is essential to making wise judgments in public policy. Feb. 4, 2014
“Capitalism did not create poverty—it inherited it,” observed individualist philosopher Ayn Rand.
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JOANELLOEN SLOCUMB
PRESIDENT INCLINE
VILLAGE CRYSTAL BAY
REPUBLICAN WOMEN
We are proud to announce that our Jo
Marshal scholarship winner for 2013 was
Lyndsay Slocumb. She will be featured on
National TV Fox News on Sunday, March
9th on KAME Channel 21. This show features young adults who have overcome
great hardships in their lives and Lyndsay
was in a tragic ski accident while she was
racing at Boreal Ridge six years ago. So
our fund raiser at the Governors' Mansion
in May will be for scholarships in our village. We would like to have you contribute
a basket or an appropriate gift for the silent
auction. Please contact Celine Nugent at
815-5587 if you can help.
Save the date May 13th, Tuesday at 5:30
pm in Carson City at the Mansion. We will
continue to keep you informed on the candidates and issues concerning our community. The Margin Tax will be presented at
our March 13 meeting by Incline Village
resident Jim Clark
Lisa Krasner will speak to us on the
constitution. She was appointed Commissioner of the State of Nevada on Aging and
Disability and wants to create a brighter
future for our Great State.
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Dickman continued from page 1
es, restrained government and personal
liberty.
I do not believe the Republican Party
should move to the left after the election
defeats in 2012. Sadly, there are those who
are determined to move the Party to the left
in the hopes of winning future elections.
But in doing so, the party will compromise
its own principles, lose its identity and become, in essence, nothing more than a minor league Democrat party.
Finally, the 19th century philosopher
Friedrich Nietzsche said “There are no
facts, only interpretations.” Personally,
I’m not on board with that statement at all.
But I suspect it may be not only convenient, but true and taken to heart for those
who would urge Republicans to move to
the left. I hope you’ll join me in keeping
Washoe County truly Republican, and far,
far away from the left.
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GOP CONVENTION
RAY ROCHA - PRESIDENT
NORTHERN NEVADA REPUBLICAN MEN’S CLUB
The February luncheon meeting was
very successful with 70 + attending and we
received excellent coverage from the media. Governor Sandoval spoke and then
introduced State Senator Mark Hutchison,
who is running for Lieutenant Governor.
Ray Rocha then introduced Chuck Reno,
candidate for Mayor of Reno.
At the February Executive Board meeting there were some changes to the Board.
Pat Shea is now Treasurer and Membership Development Chairman, and Frank
Brittian was elected Vice-President. It was
also decided we will conduct quarterly executive board meetings with workshops
and special meeting scheduled on an asneeded basis. On a monthly basis prior to
the general meeting we will have primarily
a one-topic agenda meeting.
The Republican Men’s Club of Northern
Nevada will next meet on March 11th for a
dinner meeting at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. There will be two speakers on the
agenda, Sue Lowden, former Nevada State
Senator, and candidate for Nevada Lieutenant Governor, and Eddie Lorton, a long
time Reno resident and local businessman
who is a candidate for Mayor of Reno. Our
speakers will be introduced by President
Ray Rocha. Cost for the March dinner
meeting is $35 for members, $40 for non
members. For reservations & payments
call Pat Shea, Treasurer with questions at
(775) 721-6742 or go to the club email site
[email protected]
The agenda for the April meeting is currently in the planning stage.
FROM SENATOR
DON GUSTAVSON
Recently, I sent a survey of 25 questions
to my newsletter subscribers. A question
was asked, “Do you support repealing
the current Silver State Exchange law
that implements a government run
healthcare system in Nevada” More than
500 of you weighed in on the question, and
the result was osignificant: 8.6% were undecided or had no opinion and 9.4% opposed disarming the program.
But an outstanding 81.9% of you agreed
that the Silver State Exchange needed to
be taken down! Your voice is heard. What
to do then?
Feb. 12th, 2014 Michael McDonaldChairman, Nevada Republican Party
The Nevada Republican Party is
pleased to announce that at the 2014 Nevada Republican Convention in Las Vegas
this April 12th and 13th, delegates will cast
their ballots in a Presidential Preference
Poll for the 2016 election.
Nevada is proud to host the “First in the
West” Caucus in early 2016, and with the
Presidential Preference Poll at our convention we’re continuing our role as a leader
in grassroots empowerment in the Republican Party. The poll will be conducted by
secret ballot, and because privacy of the
vote is assured, results of this poll will express the will of regular Nevada Republicans, free from the influence of pundits or
professional political consultants..
The convention delegates will be selected by tens of thousands of their fellow
Nevada Republicans at the neighborhood
precinct meetings and county conventions
across the state in the coming weeks.
I encourage all Nevada Republicans to
go to your precinct meetings, get involved
and participate, including taking the opportunity to become a county convention
delegate and possibly a delegate to the
state convention where this vote will take
place.
For information about your county’s
precinct meetings and county convention,
contact your local GOP central committee
- contact information is here. You can also
contact us by replying to this email, and
we’ll connect you with someone near you
that can help you get involved.
I look forward to meeting you in person
at the Nevada Republican State Convention – thank you!
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REPUBLICAN ADVOCATES INCLINE VILLAGE Meet: Second Monday; Crosby’s Pub, 5:30
pm, $25, [email protected]
SPARKS REPUBLICAN WOMEN: Meet every Second Wednesday, 6 pm, Sparks Nugget, 3rd
Floor, SP Room, $23 members, $28 non-members
and walk-ins; Buffet dinner; Lois Lefebvre 775-3561979 or [email protected]
MT. ROSE REPUBLICAN WOMEN Meet: last
Wednesday at 6 pm at Tamarack Junction. Members
$25, guests $30.; 225-3011 or [email protected]
WASHOE REPUBLICAN WOMEN meet third
Wednesday, noon, at the Atlantis,. buffet lunch. $20,
$25 non-members; 828-2395, [email protected]
INCLINE VILLAGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN
Meet: the Chateau Incline Village, Lunch $25 speakers to be announced .Contact Millie Carter 831-4596
or Joanellen Slocumb 831-4984
NORTHERN NEVADA REPUBLICAN JEWISH COALITION No set meetings; 772-8610,
[email protected]
REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF RENO Meet: Atlantis Hotel,second Thursday, Second floor, $20, 2nd
Thursday 11:30 am, Heidi Smith 775-742-3330
REPUBLICAN MEN’S CLUB OF NORTHERN
NEVADA Meet: Atlantis Hotel, second floor, Second
Tuesday 11:30 am, $20 members, $25 non-memebers, 775-721-2742 [email protected]
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MISSION STATEMENT
The Washoe County Republican Central Committee (WCRCC) is the governing body of the Washoe
County Republican Party.
The purpose of the WCRCC
is to assist in the election
of qualified Republican
candidates to public office
through recruitment, training and voter education.
WASHOE COUNTY FACTS
Washoe county is unusual in its shape and size.
It is approximately 195 miles north to south and 35
miles west to east.
It has 13 counties on its border.
Pershing County - east, Churchill County - east,
Lyon County - southeast, Storey County - south
Carson City - south, Placer County, California southwest, Nevada County, California - west, Sierra
County, California - west, Lassen County, California
- west, Modoc County, California - west, Lake
County, Oregon - north, Harney County, Oregon northeast
Its county seat is Reno
It has 6500 sq miles and a population of 429,000
THE DEM REPORT
RGJ by Ray Hagar Feb. 23, 2014
The Reid Machine’s engine was revved
up for the first time this year on Saturday,
as county caucuses of the Nevada Democratic Party were held across the state in
preparation for the 2014 election.
The Washoe County Democratic Caucus
at Wooster High School, drew a estimated
crowd of more than 250. The crowd
shocked Mary Connelly, the state director
for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid, D-Nev.
Reid has made it his goal to have a fully
funded and efficient state Democratic Party, thus the nickname, the “Reid Machine.”
(ED NOTE: Where does the money come
from to promote these programs? Is it local? Is it from Reid’s warchest? Just wondering!) Nevada is considered a battleground state, though Democratic President
Barack Obama has carried it in the past
two presidential elections.
Connelly was surprised so many attended the Washoe caucus, since it is a nonpresidential year.
“We didn’t do any betting on how many
people would come,” Connelly told the
crowd. “But let me tell you, based on the
numbers we were throwing around, we
would have all lost. You completely blew
us out of the water.”
The goal of the caucus was to choose
delegates to the upcoming Washoe County
Democratic convention. Yet it was also a
forum for some of Nevada’s lesser-known
Democratic candidates.
OH YES. AND IN ANOTHER STORY
BY RAY HAGAR FEB 23 IN THE RGJ:
(Nevada Senator Harry) Reid said
someone else is already lined up to run
for the Democrats. But he would not name
Nevada’s new challenger to Sandoval.
“I’ve had a number of conversations,
and we will fill every one of our spots,”
Reid said.
“We are going to be competitive in all
of the state offices –– from controller up to
governor,” Reid said.
Reid would give no hints on who the
new Democratic gubernatorial candidate
will be, even if he lived in Northern or
Southern Nevada.
The surest sign that intelligent life exists
elsewhere in the universe is that it has
never tried to contact us. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
PERS PAYOUTS
NPRI February 13, 2014
Chantal Lovell, 702-222-0642
PERS information now available,
searchable on TransparentNevada
LAS VEGAS — Nevada PERS pension
payouts for January 2014 are now online
and searchable by name at TransparentNevada, the Nevada Policy Research Institute
announced today. For the first time, the
searchable database at TransparentNevada.
com/nvpers will allow taxpayers to easily
see how much money former government
employees are collecting from Nevada’s
taxpayer-backed and woefully underfunded Public Employees’ Retirement System.
The database features retired employee
names, January 2014 gross payout amounts
and projected 2014 total payout amounts,
calculated by multiplying the January payout by 12.
Despite a recent Supreme Court ruling
that PERS payouts, retiree names and other
pertinent information, including retirement
dates, years of service and job titles are
public record, PERS continues to defy public-records requests from NPRI and others
and has only provided data for January
2014.
On TransparentNevada, users will find
that 1,054 past workers are poised to receive more than $100,000 this year in their
retirement payouts from the Public Employees’ Retirement System. Another
10,755 are on pace to take in more than the
state’s median household income of
$54,083. Over half of the 49,073 retirees
collected more than $2,642, the maximum
monthly Social Security benefit for someone retiring at 66. And PERS retirees can
begin collecting in their 50s or even their
40s.
An analysis of the data reveals many reasons for concern over “spiking” — the
practice by which public employees inflate
their pay during their final year, two or
three to inflate their reirement pay.
PAT CADDELL: The establishment Republicans want the IRS to go after the Tea
Parties. Got it? They want to go after the
Tea Parties because the Tea Parties are an
outside threat to their power hold, and I’m
telling you, the lobbying, consulting class
of the Republican Party and Republican
leadership who have been attacking the Tea
Parties and alienating them, they want the
IRS to do this. From Rush Limbaugh
February 17, 2014
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VOTING PROCESS
By Bob LeGoy
In a story in the Reno Gazette-Journal
February 16, 2014 by Ray Hagar he reports Sharron Angle claims voter fraud is
rampant in the United States.
As a long-time member of the Washoe
County Election Certification Board I am
familiar with how it works in Washoe
County’s computer system.
First it is important to know there is no
connection with other computers anywhere. It is only Washoe County’s voting
system. This is an obvious necessity.
Second there is a very important effort to
make sure each voting place ballot is fully
vetted to make sure it is correct, checked
and rechecked.
Before an election voting machines are
examined to make sure they are in working
order. Since each has a battery they are
charged 24-7 and occasionally need to be
replaced. These jobs are filled by trained
workers to make sure they are ready to receive the voting program.
Once the machines are ready the programs are installed by the trained workers
and it is time for the certification board
members to check a Secretary Of State
-mandated sample of the machines for accuracy of voting ballots.
Then after the election the certification
board members are again called upon to be
sure results are true. And since there is a
paper trail on the voting machines the voter can see his or her results and approve or
change their vote to agree with their
choice. When the certification board meets
after the election a mandated percentage of
machines are checked against these voter
agreed paper votes. And as a member of
certification board I have never seen an error.
As far as the allegation by Sharron Angle, there is fraud I cannot say dead people
or those who moved without changing address, have not voted. And, of course, this
is where fraud can more easily take place.
To me, it seems strange photo ID is not a
part of the process because you go almost
anywhere today and someone demands to
be shown photo ID.
In my opinion photo ID is necessary to
insure integrity to the voting process.
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“It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another — it’s one damn thing over and
over.” — Edna St. Vincent Millay
RENO’S FINANCES
Reno Gazette-Journal January 27, 2014
From a story written
by Anjeanette Damon
Last month, when the Reno City Council voted to sell off a piece of land at a loss
to rescue one of its bonds from default,
more than one council member said their
motivation to back the deal was driven by
the desire to keep Reno from becoming “a
Detroit,” which filed for bankruptcy last
year.
Reno may not be on the brink of insolvency, but it is facing some pretty significant financial challenges, not the least of
which is the fact its overall debt load is
nearly nine times what it was 15 years ago.
Here are five things that should concern
you about the City of Reno’s finances:
1) Reno is cash strapped.
2) Reno is leveraged to the hilt.
3) Train trench bonds are a house of
cards.
4) Reno is not socking money away to
pay retirement benefits.
AND 5) Reno’s not socking money
away to pay workers’ compensation benefits either.
ED NOTE: This is a long story and if
you missed it your time will be well spent
to go to RGJ.com and read it. There is not
space for it all here.
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OTHER REPUBLICAN
ORGANIZATIONS
ASIAN-AMERICAN REPUBLICAN
CLUB OF RENO
Elena Brady (775) 825-3972
[email protected]
COLLEGE REPUBLICANS
Ashley Corcoran, President
Meetings: Joe Crowley Student Union,
every other Wednesday
8:00 P.M. [email protected]
NEVADA REPUBLICAN
ASSEMBLY(NvRA)
Bill Anthony, President 775-787-6017
Meeting at WCRCC headquarters
1st Tuesday at 7:00 P.M.
For more information email
[email protected]
WHO IS MARK
HUTCHISON?
By Andrew Doughman, Las Vegas Sun
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 |
Gov. Brian Sandoval tapped first-term
Nevada State Senator Mark Hutchision as
his chosen running mate, saying earlier
this year Hutchison
would make a “tremendous” lieutenant governor.
Hutchison, a 50-yearold litigator can recount
his credentials and recite
his appreciation for education, job creation and supporting small
business like any political candidate.
“I’m very much the product of a bluecollar environment and very hardworking
parents,” he said. “I grew up in a very traditional LDS home and lifestyle. Church
was very important to us and a very big
part of our life, and continues to be now.”
His dad, Garry, would tell his son to keep
his head down, work hard and get an education.
A self-described hard-charging, Type-A
Bonanza High School grad, Hutchison
scrapped his way through law school at
Brigham Young University, started his
own law firm, represented Nevada in a
multistate lawsuit to overturn “Obamacare,” got elected to the state Senate and,
in July, announced he’s ready to lead the
state.
“Gov. Sandoval and I have a history of
teaming up together and supporting and
defending Nevada’s constitutional rights
and legal rights,” he said.
After 2014, Hutchison said, they would
continue to be a team: Sandoval, the former federal judge at the helm, and Hutchison, the bulldog litigator on deck.
If Sandoval wins re-election, there’s a
chance the popular Hispanic governor
might again ascend to the national stage.
Sandoval might even challenge Sen. Harry
Reid, D-Nev., when Reid is up for re-election in 2016.
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Thomas Jefferson, 1774: “God who gave
us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of
a nation be secure when we have removed
a conviction that these liberties are the gift
of God?”
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WASHOE COUNTY
FIRE PROTECTION
Reno, Nevada. Feb. 25, 2014. The
Washoe County Board of Commissioners
held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25, and took action on items including: approved a mutual aid agreement
between the City of Reno and the Truckee
Meadows Fire Protection District to provide fire and rescue services.
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD): Item 7. Acting as the Board
of Fire Commissioners, the Board approved an amended cooperative agreement
between TMFPD, Sierra Fire Protection
District and the City of Reno to provide
fire and rescue services in mutual aid situations. “I am happy to see the restrictions
that caused unnecessary delay in calling
for mutual aid will be removed,” said TMFPD Chief Charles Moore. “We anticipate
the City of Reno will also approve the
amendments.”
From Washioe County press release
Feb. 25
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OUTREACH
COMMITEE
WCRCC Executive Committee
Makes Appointment
Sherry Powell of Reno was nominated
and approved by the Washoe GOP Executive Committee on February 19 as the new
chairperson for the Washoe GOP Outreach
Committee.
SUE LOWDEN
Sue Lowden is a long-time Nevada resident, philanthropist and an award-winning news reporter, anchorwoman businesswoman. She has also
served as a Nevada State
Senator and Chairman of
the Nevada Republican
Party. She and her husband Paul have been
married 32 years and reside in Las Vegas and
Laughlin, Nevada
In the Nevada State Legislature, Lowden
served as the Senate Majority Whip and
the Chairman of the Senate Taxation Committee. Throughout her legislative service,
Senator Lowden was well known as an ardent sup-porter of low taxes on Nevada’s
working families and a fierce proponent of
responsi-ble state spending. Her work in
office earned her the Guardian of Small
Business Award from the Nevada chapter
of the Na-tional Federation of Independent
Businesswomen.
Running for Lieutenant Governor
of Nevada Lowden erxplains the Lieutenant Governor serves as the President of
the Nevada State Senate, Vice-Chair of
the Interagency Committee for Tourism
and Economic Development, Chair of the
Advisory Council on Economic Development, Chair of the Commission of Tourism
and is a member of the Board of Economic
Development, Board of Directors of the
Department of Transportation and the Executive Branch Audit Committee.
Besides these duties the Lieutenant
Governor serves as acting Governor every
time the Governor leaves the State. This is
not a part-time job.
IT’S NOT OVER
Reno Mayor Race Still Up In The Air - Reno Gazette-Journal Feb. 26, 2014
Former Councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza has asked the Nevada Supreme Court
to reconsider its ruling banning term-limited council members from running for
mayor, saying the court was pressured to issue an expedited ruling before candidate
filing opens on March 3.
The court’s ruling last week abruptly ended Sferrazza’s campaign for mayor. She
is now arguing that the court did not consider a list of precedent setting cases in its
opinion.
“After conferring with my attorneys, who have analyzed last week’s decision
carefully, there appear to be relevant Supreme Court precedent regarding candidate
eligibility cases that merit bringing to the court’s attention for reconsideration,”
Sferrazza said in a brief interview. “This was an expedited case decided under the
pressure of the candidate filing deadline and the issues to be resolved in this matter
are of enough public importance to make sure all aspects of the case receive appropriate deliberation.”
REP.MARK AMODEI
From the Reno Gazette-Journal
Ray Hagar, February 26, 2014
REP. MARK AMODEI, of Nevada’s
2nd U.S. House district, has been in Congress since defeating (Nevada State Treasurer Kate) Marshall in 2011. He’s said he
has become frustrated by the “political
sport” in Washington, D.C.
“There are a lot of people who are obsessed with the political sport,” Amodei,
R-Carson City, told the RGJ editorial
board last week. “I sometimes refer to it as
the culture. But it is political sport where
it’s like, ‘I want to beat you on this issue so
I can go out and politically say I’m here or
I’m there or I’ve won.’ Meanwhile, back at
the ranch, the barn is burning down on an
issue.’”
Amodei gave two examples — immigration reform and the Yerington land-transfer
bill.
The biggest frustration is that there is a
heck of a lot of effort and energy focused
on political sport in the time I’ve been
there,” Amodei said. “And even if you
win, where is your trophy?”
MANY CANDIDATES
Reno Gazette Jurnal Februart 26, 2014
By Brian Duggan
With last week’s Nevada Supreme
Court’s decision killing the mayoral candidacies of former Councilwoman Jessica
Sferrazza and Councilman Dwight Dortch,
several local politicos have expressed interest in the position.
While filing for the office doesn’t start
until Monday, here’s a look at some of the
notable names suddenly coming out of the
woodwork to take on declared candidates
Eddie Lorton and Chuck Reno:
• Barry Breslow, Reno lawyer and cousin
of former Sparks mayor Bruce Breslow
• Reno City Councilwoman Hillary
Schieve
• Dan Gustin, former Reno City Councilman
• Reno Councilwoman Neoma Jardon
• Washoe County Commissioner Kitty
Jung
• Washoe County Commissioner Marsha
Berkbigler
Thomas Jefferson letter to Wilson Nicholas — 1803: “Our peculiar security is in
the possession of a written Constitution.
Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”
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LINCOLN DAY
DINNER
The Washoe County Republican Party
held its Lincoln Day
Dinner on Valentine’s
Day, February 14th at
the Tuscany Ballroom
at the Peppermill Resort Casino. Every table
was filled as supporters
met candidates, enjoyed
LARS LARSON
a formal meal and competed for enticing auction items.
Lars Larson, syndicated talk show radio
host was the keynote speaker.
Republican Unity was a theme heard
throughout the evening. Reaching out to
a more diverse voter base and shared concerns for cementing Republican election
results were sentiments expressed by every
attendee interviewed.
Socializing and discussions with the
many, many candidates present was a major focus. The evening’s highlight included
a stirring speech from Lars Larson, popular national talk show host.
Major donors were honored, and the final auctions items were redeemed.
It was a successful fundraising event for
the upcoming electoral season.
TOM TABER
Here it is March already. In just nine
months we will be completing our General
Election ballots (sooner if you vote early)
and hoping that we have managed to
change the balance of power at the national level. At least that appears to be the level
of focus. Not saying that by holding on to
the House of Representatives and managing to be the majority party in the U.S.
Senate isn’t a good idea and a wonderful
goal, but let us take a look a little closer to
home shall we?
The Democrats currently hold four of
our six Nevada Constitutional offices. We
do have an opportunity this year to make it
a clean sweep for Republicans. After all,
an Attorney General who will look after
the needs of our fine State would be a clear
pleasure from that of the current holder of
that office. Having a Secretary of State
who is interested in the welfare of our political world via the protection of our voting rights and privileges would be an inspiration to ensure that all legal Nevada
citizens were the only ones voting in our
elections. To have the Treasurer’s position
inhabited by someone who actually understands finance would be a great pleasure.
It would be a boost to Nevada to finally
have someone who actually desires to uphold the position of Nevada Comptroller
and function in that position for the benefit
of Nevadans.
A change of one seat currently held by
Democrats in the Nevada Senate to a Republican candidate will provide control of
that body to Republicans. This will be a
big assistance in keeping our State from
following California into the socialistic
pit. Moving the State Assembly toward
Republican control is a bit more challenging as we are down by 27-15, which is a 12
member deficit. BUT, if we pick up three
seats in the Assembly, 2014 will change
the numbers to 24-18. By working hard in
2016 we can pick up another three seats
making the numbers tie at 21-21. This
would be a grand improvement! Who
knows; we might even find that by 2016
we can achieve 20-22 and by golly we
have control! Why is control so darn important? Because without control under
the rules of the Legislature, we do not chair
any committees, our bills are not heard and
we are not allowed to bring legitimate testimony to the hearings.
SO! Let us all learn about our 2014
Republican candidates. The close of filing
for office is March 14th. Get behind your
picks in the Primary elections! Most importantly get behind the Republican candidate in the general election following our
June primaries. The top of the ballot is
important but every other office on the ballot is also important; judges, school board,
city offices, etc.! Don’t stop voting until
you have voted to ensure Republican ideas
and ideals throughout the entire ballot.
Remember, there is no such thing as a nonpartisan position! Tom
It really is up to the other branches of government to stand up when their power is
being usurped, when they are, in essence,
being violated. But nobody in Congress is.
The Democrats in Congress love it. The
Republicans in Congress are paralyzed.
The Republicans in Congress must think
that the American people are perfectly fine
with Obama breaking the law or doing
anything -- and if anybody criticizes him,
why, they’re gonna be made to pay at the
next election. Rush Limbaugh Feb 12,
2014
ROBERTS RULES OF
ORDER-MARCH 6
“Forget about the National Guard, send us
a Parliamentarian”
Maintaining a majority opinion while
respecting the right of the minority to attempt to sway the opinions of the group is
the most important part of using parliamentary procedures. When people feel
they haven’t even been heard or haven’t
been heard correctly, things may become
heated.
This is why learning the basics of Robert’s Rules of Order are so important, especially now since both the County and State
Conventions are coming up soon.
I will be conducting the same, Free Parliamentary Procedure Workshop, twice on
Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 11:00am to
1:00pm and again from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
The workshop will take place at the
Washoe County Republican Party Headquarters located at 3652 S. Virginia Street,
Suite C-8, in Reno, Nevada. There will be
a Power Point Presentation and handouts.
Seating is limited and will be done on a
first come first serve basis.
I am currently the President of the First
Nevada Unit of the National Association
of Parliamentarians and also the Parliamentarian for both the Nevada State Republican Party and the Washoe County
Republican Party. I have presented several
workshops in the past and served as parliamentarian at several state conventions for
various organizations.
For further information, contact Ralph
McMullen at 775-240-5943 or by email at
[email protected]
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“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments
in one, and thus to create whatever the
form of government, a real despotism. A
just estimate of that love of power, and
proneness to abuse it, which predominates
in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us
of the truth of this position.” --George
Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
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