The Party of Exclusion
The two leading candidates for the Democrat presidential nomination, “Sleepy” Joe Biden and “Crazy” Bernie Sanders, are very wealthy, old white dudes.
Coming in third (and on the rise) is a very wealthy white woman, Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren – although she does reportedly have 1/1024th Native American in her.
Among the other seven candidates who are polling in single digits, as pointed out by longtime Muth’s Truths subscriber Jeff E: A black woman (Kamala Harris, 6.5%), a gay man (Pete Buttigeig, 4.8%), an Asian man (Andrew Yang, 3.0%), a developmentally-challenged man (Beto O’Rourke, 2.8%), a black man (Cory “Spartacus” Booker, 2.3%), a nasty white woman (Amy Klobuchar, 1.2%), and a Hispanic man (Julian Castro, 1.0%).
The Democrats relentlessly sell themselves as the party of inclusion.
Unless, it appears, you’re running for president. Then all bets (and Beto’s) are off.
Where Are the Nevada GOP Endorsements?
As noted previously, the Nevada Republican Central Committee (NRCC) decided two weekends ago to endorse and nominate Donald Trump as the GOP’s presidential candidate five months before the caucus.
The argument is that Trump is an incumbent who is clearly the strongest Republican candidate for the 2020 general election.
OK, fine. But if a pre-primary endorsement is good for the goose, why isn’t it good for the gander?
Republican Congressman Mark Amodei has represented Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District since 2011.
He flattened Democrat Kate Marshall 58-36% in the 2011 special election. He crushed Democrat Sam Koepnick 58-36% in 2012. He slaughtered Democrat Kristen Spees 66-28% in 2014. He trampled Democrat Chip Evans 58-37% in 2016. And blew away Democrat Clint Koble 58-42% in 2018.
So why hasn’t the Nevada GOP endorsed Amodei for 2020 yet? Seems awfully hypocritical in light of what they did for Trump.
NPRI’s 2019 Rating Released
The conservative Nevada Policy Research Institute on Tuesday released its own ratings of the 2019 Nevada legislative session.
I like the NPRI ratings because they don’t cherry-pick just a dozen bills to score and focus mainly on economic issues. This year the organization looked at 57 bills, all of which received floor votes – as opposed to voice votes where legislators can lie and say they voted for or against something even if they didn’t.
The two most conservative Assembly Republicans: Assemblyman John Ellison (92.55) and Assembly Minority Leader Robin Titus (90.50). Only four others scored in the 80’s.
The worst Assembly Republicans: Assemblywoman Jill Tolles (72.54), Assemblyman Tom Roberts (75.42), Assemblywoman Melissa Hardy (76.35), Assemblywoman Chris Edwards (77.09) and Assemblyman Glen Leavitt (78.21).
All of whom were already on my Primary Bait Menu based on last week’s ratings by the American Conservative Union (ACU). None of them have to vote so badly to hold their Republican-majority districts.
Three Senate Republicans actually found a way to rack up even worse scores: Keith Pickard (64.83), Pete Goicoechea (68.71) and Joe Hardy (68.90).
This is darned near a political obscenity.
Pickard’s district is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Hardy’s district has over 10,000 more Republicans than Democrats. And Goicoechea – get this! – represents a district with over 21,000 more Republicans than Democrats.
What is wrong with these people?
Of the three, only Goicoechea is up for re-election in 2020. I wish conservative donors would pull their money and build a treasure chest big enough to entice Assemblyman Ellison to run a primary against him!
Never Trumper Heller Speaks
Fresh off his disastrous re-election loss – which took almost the entire Nevada GOP ticket down with him – ex-Sen. Dean Heller recently joined fellow Never Trumpers ex-Sen. Harry Reid and ex-Gov. Brian “RINO” Sandoval for a panel discussion at UNLV.
And as predicted, Heller’s right back to slamming President Trump.
“I don’t think he was the beginning of the problem, but he has exacerbated the problem we have in Washington D.C.,” opined Heller.
Never misses a shot to take a shot at our president. Once a Never Trumper, always a Never Trumper.
And as the Las Vegas Review-Journal noted, Trump said Heller “lost his reelection last fall because he was hostile to Trump in 2016 and did not excite the conservative voter base.”
Clark County GOP Buyer Beware
This is a very well-done website content-wise…
It’s also dishonest as hell.
The domain name itself would have you thinking it’s the official website of the Clark County Republican Party. It’s not. And don’t think it’s accidental or unintentional.
Whose site is it? No idea. There’s no contact information other than a webform. No name, no address, no phone number, no email address. No nothing. It’s a scam.
Which is a shame because, as I noted, the content on the site is very good – except where they list Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod as a Republican candidate for Assembly District 34. She’s not. She’s a Democrat.
I know. My daughter and I just went horseback riding with her and her daughter last weekend at our mutual friend Ronni Council’s (most excellent!) wedding at Zion National Park.
Look, if they have to hide the identity of the people behind the site, you have to wonder about other hidden agendas which may be tied to it. For example, the group recently sent out an email reading: “ClarkCountyRepublicans.org endorses Kathy Njus for District F Trustee.”
Again, deceptively making it look like the official party organization has endorsed her. Why? What game are they playing?
Come out, come out, whoever you are. You have a good site. But a little truth in advertising would be appropriate and welcome.
County Commission Slugfest on Horizon?
It’s pretty much a done deal as to who the Republican candidate is going to be next year for Clark County Commission District C: Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony.
He’s got a who’s-who list of Host Committee members for his September 25 campaign kickoff fundraiser. But word on the street is that Ross Miller – Son of a Guv and former Nevada secretary of state – is throwing his hat in the ring.
And the guy is a tough, polished and experienced campaigner.
Remember, it’s the best campaign that wins elections, not necessarily the best candidate. I hope Stavros’ campaign team is up to the challenge. But there’s considerable concern in that department among a number of GOP insiders.
(Mr. Muth is president of CitizenOutreach.org and publisher of NevadaNewsandViews.com. He blogs at MuthsTruths.com. His views are his own.)