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Nevada Legislature Tracker
by Tribune Staff
Apr 24, 2011 | 1934 views | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Political plotting and maneuvering dominated week 11 of the Nevada Legislature as two state legislators threw their hats into the 2012 campaign ring.

But the jostling has also spread among other Nevada politicians.

Sens. Greg Brower, R-Washoe County, and Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, both announced their intention to seek the Congressional District 2 seat being vacated by Republican Dean Heller.

Heller has said he will run for the seat being vacated by Sen. John Ensign.

Amodei, however, did seem to back away from his intent on Friday, though it is still assumed that he will be a contender when 2012 rolls around.

Brower and Amodei join Sharron Angle in the Republican field.

Meanwhile, it looks as though Heller might assume Ensign’s seat earlier than even he could have anticipated. Ensign announced his resignation effective May 3, ostensibly as a way to forego a congressional investigation stemming from an admitted extramarital affair in 2009.

Meanwhile, congressional Rep. Shelly Berkley, D-Las Vegas, announced earlier this month that she would run against Heller.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who has already endorsed Heller, has said that he will appoint someone to serve out the remainder of Ensign’s term before May 3.

If Heller is chosen, a special election will be held for his congressional seat.

Of course, Nevada got a visit from the most well known politician of all this week.

President Barack Obama made a brief stop in Reno on Thursday in what appeared to be an unofficial campaign event.

Obama formally announced his intent to seek re-election in early April and held fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles before and after his swing through Reno.

But the political jockeying and posturing this week was momentarily breached when former state Sen. Bill Raggio was honored in Carson City on Tuesday.

Democrats and Republicans alike congratulated Raggio and commended his nearly four decades of service during an induction ceremony into the Nevada Senate Hall of Fame.
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April 24, 2011
The budget crisis’ throughout Washoe County, Sparks, and Reno are a direct result of elected Official’s drug induced like binge spending and subsidizing of unneeded and unwanted sprawl type growth without proper planning or accommodations on how infrastructure such as schools, roads, police and fire facilities, parks and libraries, court systems, social services and the like would be provided and paid for. This subsidizing by elected Officials created growth far beyond what normal market forces would have provided. These Officials are responsible for this communities collapse as a result of the “bubble bursting”, the worst in the nation. Developers and greedy land barons were given a free ride and obscene windfall profits as payback for campaign donations and support. At the same time during this bubble expansion the elected Officials gave away the store to public service unions also for their political support and because the Officials did not want to “rock the boat” during this gorging and gouging and pilfering and pillaging of our community. Now we the people are left with overwhelming budget shortfalls and degradation of services and quality of life. Next time throw the bas**ds out. AND DO NOT MOVE TO OTHER OFFICES OF RESPONSIBILITY THOSE THAT WERE PART OF OUR LOCAL PROBLEMS (see Schmidt Concerned About Urban Sprawl June 1, 2008 Sparks Tribune)

Gary “no bull” Schmidt

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