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A voter's guide
by Jeff Blanck
Oct 27, 2008 | 554 views | 15 15 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It seems to me that a lot of people give their advice on how to vote and they have no more expertise than the average voter. So I decided to throw in my advice and see if I could claim to have significantly affected the results of this election.

President: Barack Obama. He is smart, he has plans to help the middle class. He will tax the rich instead of giving them tax breaks. He will get us out of Iraq where we are wasting $10 billion a month. His vice president is highly experienced and comes from a working class family as does Obama. McCain has helped cause our current fiscal crisis through his support of deregulation and support of Bush’s war. He is more of the same. He actually still believes in the “trickle down” theory of economics even though it has failed miserably over the past eight years. His choice for vice resident shows his poor judgment. Obama is the one.

Congress: Jill Derby. The incumbent Dean Heller has voted 98 percent of the time with Bush. He is part of the problem not the solution. He says we don’t need another liberal in congress. Actually, we don’t need Bush supporters in Congress. Derby won’t continue the disastrous polices that are plaguing the country.

County Commissioner District 4: Gary Schmidt. He has good ideas that need to be put into practice.

State Assembly District 32: Anyone but Gustavson. He supports Gov. Gibbons and his handling of State finances, need I say more?

Supreme Court Justice Seat D: Deborah Schumacher. She has the experience and the demeanor to be a Supreme Court Justice.

District Court Judge Dept. 9: Robert Perry. Perry’s opponent has tried a mudslinging campaign that is pathetic. Perry has done a good job and should be allowed to continue.

Sparks City Attorney: Neil Grad. If Chet Adams were in private practice and did the things he has done he would have been fired long ago. He had his chance, now let Neil Grad try and fix all of Adams’ past problems.

State Board of Education: Anyone but Pullman. Yes, Pullman has been on the Board of Trustees of the Washoe County School District for eight years but she has done a lousy job. Class size has grown, our schools are in dire need of repair, she gives education money away to other charities and she uses outside attorneys as if they were her own personal counsel. Keep her out of education.

WCSD-1: Yes, our schools need the money to fix the buildings.

WCSD #3: Yes, we need our planning to match our limited resources.

WC-6: Yes, our schools need the money and so do our children.

I have not weighed in on all the issues but that doesn’t mean they are not important. The most important thing is for every eligible voter to go and vote. If you don’t vote, you are letting others make decisions for you. Stand up and be counted. It’s what makes America great.

Jeff Blanck is an attorney in private practice in Reno. He can be reached at jblanck@jeffreyblancklaw.com.
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Disgusted by Adams
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November 03, 2008
Jeff, great article! Good picks too, except for the school district bonds. But we can agree to disagree.

Mainly, it's important to remove the arrogant bullies from office like Adams and Larkin. Even though it's understandable that many people don't want to spend time and money running for public office, we finally have some decent candidates to vote for! We deserve to have better government!
no joke
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October 31, 2008
Who the HELL is this "vomit guy?" Obviously a Chet Adams follower... You make me sick just reading your nauseating slime. Get a life and stay off this public forum for people who are interested in making informed decisions. You're a sick, sorry ASS!!!!
Deep2Right
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October 31, 2008
Grad and Schmidt are the correct votes. I'm "Deep2Right," and I APPROVED THIS MESSAGE!!!
DSumner
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October 31, 2008
I've only recently begun reading Jeff Blanck, but he really seems to have it right this time. It will be fun seeing hw he scores come 11/5.
JOHN 3:16
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October 30, 2008
I guess if marinaguy likes chewing on vomit, go ahead. Grad will clean up the city attorney's office and return it to the council, staff and citizens of Sparks. Schmidt will serve the people unlike Larkin who expects the people to serve him. It is time to take back our government folks.

These two and Julia Ratti will help you do it in Sparks.
marinaguy
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October 30, 2008
Vote for Grad, we can all chew on our vomit afterwards.
ConcernedTaxpayer
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October 30, 2008
There's a lot of Schmidt/Larkin banter going on here. Based on what I've read and researched, I believe Schmidt may be the candidate. What do all of you folks think about Grad vs. Adams for City Attorney?
open government
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October 29, 2008
Schmidt's efforts to make the Government follow the law has saved tax payers money. He did a great job on the tax board. Larkin cost the tax payers millons in the Ballardini law suit. Lets give Schmidt a chance, can't be as bad as Larkin.
sunnyvale
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October 29, 2008
The RGJ recommended VOTE FOR LARKIN..Gary Schmidt has cost the taxpayers 100's of thousands of dollars on nothing but frivolous lawsuits that are just his way of getting personal revenge. Most of them are either dismissed or affirmed by the Nevada Supreme Court. Do a drive by of the Reindeer Lodge before you vote for Gary I'll Sue You Schmidt.
GTE
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October 29, 2008
The concept of keeping Larkin in office to finalize various projects is complete nonsense! I sat on the citizens update for a year where we considered the Tahoe-Pyramid link that he is supposed so involved in, and never heard his name mentioned! Larkin is a condescending pompous bully! One only needs to attend one commission meeting or watch it on SNCAT channel 17 to come to this conclusion. Gary Schmidt has always taken the side of open and transparent government, that maximizes public input, quite the opposite from Mr. Larkin!

You missed one recommendation: Garth T. Elliott for Sun Valley G.I.D. The right one for the job!
washoelistener
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October 28, 2008
Our choices in this election could not be more polemic. We have to decide between night and day. Do we choose back room politics or the open meeting law? Do we vote for politicians that have been purchased with campaign contributions or candidates that have worked for less pay and/or self financed?

0bama, Derby, Schmidt, Ratti, Townsend.

Lets go with the smartest candidates this time!

Guy Felton
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October 28, 2008
Gary Schmidt will not rock the Washoe County Commission's boat. He will sink it and build a new boat with integrity and old fashioned common sense. Gary understands that government has to do with the people's business and that public servants are not empowered to tell their employers to go to hell. Bob Larkin, Gary's incumbent opponent, ignores laws and conventions that he doesn't like. He is owned by developers; just check his list of campaign donors and his voting record. If you want to know what arrogancia dementia is, just study Larkin. Any public official who refuses to answer questions about the people's business is a person who doesn't understand the basics of democracy. Larkin and D.A. Gammick are largely responsible for losing the Ballardini lawsuit and they outright refuse to explain how they "accomplished" this loss. This is a violation of at least one court ruling. Subject

loss will cost Washoe taxpayers about $30-million when payback on an involved loan is factored in. Larkin is not fit to clean public toilets, much less run the county.

We need to elect Gary Schmidt and send Larkin to the trash heap of history.
no joke
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October 28, 2008
Grad for city attorney is the absolute right pick. the incumbent crook needs to be removed asap!!!
Votedearly
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October 28, 2008
Schmidt is a good pick for Washoe County Commission. We need the incumbent out of there.

Attorneys may say the lawsuit (Ballardini) that cost Washoe County millions of dollars with Larkin sitting as chairmain could have been prevented if Larkin was not in office.
BJY
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October 28, 2008
Gary R. Schmidt for County Commission District 4 is absolutely the right person to represent the people of our community.

Vote for Schmidt, he WILL LISTEN to THE PEOPLE.

A voter's guide by Jeff Blanck


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