According to Jon Ralston’s Flash e-newsletter, Gov. Jim Gibbons did an interview with Channel 8’s Gary Waddell in Las Vegas in which he said this about the teachers union’s 3 percent room tax hike bill: “I would never agree to being forced by a special interest group to earmark a certain amount of money for a specific purpose.”
“So why not veto it?” asks Ralston.
“That’s a kingdom,” says the governor. “That’s what we have when we have a dictatorship.”
Nevada is neither a kingdom nor a dictatorship. And the ability and right to veto a bad bill – especially a tax hike which the governor pledged, IN WRITING, to veto – is spelled out very clearly right in Nevada’s Constitution, to wit:
“Every bill which may have passed the Legislature, shall, before it becomes a law be presented to the Governor. If he approve it, he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it with his objections, to the House in which it originated, which House shall cause such objections to be entered upon its journal, and proceed to reconsider it; If after such reconsideration it again pass both Houses by yeas and nays, by a vote of two thirds of the members elected to each House it shall become a law notwithstanding the Governors objections.”
I mean, it’s right there. You could look it up.
It’s this kind of lying and misrepresenting of facts before, during and now after selling us out on this tax hike which caused me to call on Gov. Gibbons to resign last week.
Now I know some of you hard-core partisan Republicans are mad at me for that, but come on. Take off the rose-colored glasses, folks. How much more of this flapdoodle are you going to put up with before realizing this guy is untrustworthy, clueless, disengaged and ready to take the GOP down the tubes with him at the ballot box in 2010?
Wake up, people!
If only there were a credible Republican ready, willing and able to challenge Gibbons in a primary next year if Gibbons doesn’t do the right thing by (a) resigning or (b) not seeking re-election…