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Monday
Feb082016

If not Hillary or Bernie -- then who?

Click here and let us know your thoughts!

Joe

Biden

Vice President

Delaware

Cory

Booker

US Senator

New Jersey

Jerry

Brown

Governor

California

Wes

Clark

former General, US Army

Arkansas

William J.

Clinton

former President

Arkansas

Andrew

Cuomo

Governor

New York

Tom

Daschle

former US Senator

South Dakota

Al

Gore

Former V.P.

Tennessee

John

Hickenlooper

Governor

Colorado

John

Kerry

Secretary of State

Massachusetts

Dannel

Malloy

Governor

Connecticut

Claire

McCaskill

US Senator

Missouri

Tom

Udall

US Senator

New Mexico

Tom

Vilsack

Secretary of Agruculture

Iowa

Elizabeth

Warren

US Senator

Massachusetts

Debbie

Wasserman-Schultz

US Congress

Florida

Jim

Webb

former US Senator

Virginia

Tom

Wolf

Governor

Pennsylvania

How likely is it that you would support this person if he/she were to become a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President?

Monday
Feb082016

Democrats Can Caucus for Uncommitted

Open Letter to fellow Nevada Democrats:

Of the two Presidential candidates, is one of them the best, most electable person we could possibly nominate for President?

            Maybe, yes – but maybe, not.

            Maybe it should be Vice President Joe Biden – maybe Sen. Elizabeth Warren – maybe Gen. Wes Clark – many good options to consider.

This election is so important, until we know for sure, let’s Keep Our Options Open!

At your precinct caucus on Saturday, February 20

  • You don’t have to caucus for Hillary;
  • You don’t have to caucus for Bernie
  • You CAN caucus for: Uncommitted.

     Join with your friends and neighbors, join with others who don’t jump on bandwagons; who don’t accept “inevitably” as enough qualification to serve as President; and who don’t feel compelled to accept the alternative of two likeable, but damaged, candidates.

     Join Uncommitted Nevada – let’s Keep Our Options Open

 

 

Thursday
Jun122014

Sheldon Donates Million$ to Oppose Medical Marijuana in Florida

   There he goes again!

   I can’t think of any person I disagree with more consistently than Sheldon Adelson. 

   From his callous treatment of the long-time employees of the Sands in the late 90’s  – to his current rabid opposition to allowing adults the opportunity to participate in regulated on-line poker – he has unfailingly been on the opposite side of my views and values.

   Thus, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to read in the Tampa Tribune yesterday that Sheldon has given $2.5 million to a statewide campaign in Florida to defeat a proposal for regulated distribution of medical marijuana, known as Amendment 2, that will be on the November ballot.

   The amendment is tightly drawn and requires doctors and patients to be certified before receiving marijuana through authorized dispensaries. It includes nine eligible medical conditions: cancer; glaucoma; HIV; AIDS; hepatitis C, ALS; Crohn's Disease; Parkinson's Disease; and Multiple Sclerosis.

   Meanwhile, two statewide polls released Tuesday reaffirmed a familiar trend: medical marijuana legalization has overwhelming support across Florida.  A poll by United for Care, the group backing the proposal, found that about 70 percent of likely Florida voters support the proposal, while an independent  poll released by Public Policy Polling found about 66 percent support for Amendment 2.  Which goes to show what we in Nevada have known for years, the average citizen has a lot more common sense then Sheldon.

   I guess now that Congressman Eric Cantor, his best friend in Congress, has been defeated for reelection, Sheldon needs a new place to throwaway his billions from Macau.

 

Monday
Jun092014

Judging District Court Candidates –- 2014

For tomorrow’s Primary Election, I had to do far more homework than usual.  Most of the time was spent with due-diligence reviewing the multitude of candidates for Clark County District Court Judge.  As I have in past elections, I reached-out to a number of attorneys whose opinions I respect – as well as some court employees with a keen eye – for their for insight.

        Here are the conclusions I have reached – the candidates I personally endorse:

 

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPT. 22

There are some things about Susan Johnson’s performance that need to improve.  However, the reckless words her aggressive opponent (Jacob Hafter) recently directed at another member of the bench, clearly demonstrate he does not have the temperament or basic sense of fairness to be a District Court Judge. What Bruce Gale would bring to this court is unknown.  Let’s stick with Susan Johnson.

 

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPT. 24

Of the four candidates vying to succeed retiring District Judge James Bixler in Department 24, you just can’t beat the experience and reputation longtime personal injury lawyer Jim Crocket can bring to the bench.  He is one of most qualified candidates for judge on the ballot.

 

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPTS. 26 & 27

I know they are unopposed; but vote for Gloria Sturman and Nancy Allf anyway.  They have both proven to be the thoughtful, knowledgeable and even-handed judges I had hoped for in endorsing them the first time they ran. They deserve this “pat on the back.”

 

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIVISION DEPT. B 

There are some very sharp people among the eight candidates vying for the spot on the bench being vacated by Judge Gloria O'Malley in Family Court Department B.  I think Shann Winesett deserves our support.  It is imperative that a judge possess a deep understanding of family law before calling his or her first case. And, because parties in family court are often going through one of the worst times of their life, a family court judge must also possess a fair, firm, and compassionate judicial temperament.  Shann is a proven family lawyer and dedicated family man; I believe that he possesses those qualities. He is ready to be a Judge.

 

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIVISION, DEPT. C 

Rebecca Burton has 21 years of legal experience devoted entirely to the practice of family law. She is one of the small handful of attorneys in Nevada recognized by the State Bar as a Certified Family Law Specialist.  She has been honored by being selected as a Mountain States Family Law Super Lawyer (2010-present).  By representing her clients with diligence and dedication, she has achieved an outstanding reputation in the legal community.  She has a strong work ethic and has sought to promote and advance people’s access to the courts and to fair resolutions.  Rebecca can be an outstanding addition to the family court.

         

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIVISION, DEPT. J

In Department J, voters need to end the re-election bid of Kenneth Pollock, the lowest rated Family Court Judge in last year’s R/J judicial performance survey.  Rena Hughes is an excellent alternative.  She has been practicing Family Law in Las Vegas since 1989.  She is an experienced Pro Tem Judge in Family Court, which means that sitting judges trust her to preside over their courtroom when they are unavailable to do so themselves.  In addition, Rena currently serves on the Outsourced Mediation Committee and is a Settlement Hearing Master for Family Court.

 

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIVISION, DEPT. P

Sandy Pomrenze’s record has been somewhat a disappointment.  However, I believe she has the potential to do much better and, considering the alternatives, I will vote to retain her.

 

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, FAMILY DIVISION, DEPT. T

Gayle Nathan has done a mediocre job as a Judge – with 52% of attorneys recommending she not be retained.  I do like to give the benefit of the doubt and was really uncertain how I vote on her reelection, until she imposed her own attitudes in a Family Court matter concerning parents having the legal right to use medicinal cannabis.  To her, it is not a concern to the court if a parent takes morphine or OxyContin (as long as it comes from CVS) -- but doctor-recommended cannabis can be grounds for losing custody.  This attitude is something I cannot get beyond.

Lisa Brown has a stained, divisive record and has not always shown good judgment.

Instead, I think Maria Maskall who has practiced law for 20+ years, the past 15 in family law in Clark County, should be given a chance.  With Family Court cases involving minor children, I’m comfortable she will help the parties through the process for the ultimate benefit of the children.  This is definitely preferred over the out-of-date 'parents as adversaries' approach.  With substantial experience in Family Court cases, Maria will make a fine Judge.  Looking back, I wish we had chosen her over Steve Jones 4 years ago.

Tuesday
Jul262011

It ‘s time to go.

The American military involvement in the Iraq War has caused almost 4,500 American deaths and over 33,000 wounded -- and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi casualties. The war has cost American taxpayers over $780 billion at a time when domestic programs are being slashed.

Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) are asking colleagues to sign a letter to the President urging all troops to leave by the end of the year.

They write: “Leaving troops and military contractors in Iraq beyond the deadline is not in our nation’s security interests, it is not in our nation’s strategic interests, and it is not in our nation’s economic interests.”

I hope both Reps. Shelley Berkley and Joe Heck will sign-on to their letter. 

Maintaining U.S. troops in a hostile environment when an overwhelming majority of the population is adamantly opposed to their presence is not only foolhardy but also counter-productive, especially when there is an agreement with the host nation government to withdraw them by a date certain.

It is evident that U.S. troops are not welcome in Iraq. Should the Iraqi government reluctantly agree to allow U.S. forces to remain in country despite the provision of the Status of Forces agreement to the contrary, its delicate political balance is likely to crumble, and a small contingent of American combat troops will be sitting ducks, subject to attack.  As an American Army infantryman who was in VietNam during the final stages of our involvement in that conflict, I know that only too well.

The time has come for all American combat troops and military contractors to withdraw from Iraq in accordance with Status of Forces agreement.