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Jon Ralston

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Berkley, Heller debate the war on women, Obamacare
Sunday, March 11, 2012
The transcript of the first U.S. Senate debate shows why 2012 will be a long, annoying, painful, perhaps unbearable year:
Special Vegas council election could be very special
Friday, March 9, 2012
If you have too many Beers, you may get rolled by Ric or have to take it on the Chinn — it’s time for your Friday Flash, extra-special special election edition.
Extremes coarsen public discourse — again
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
In 2008, after I conducted a brief televised interview with Barack Obama in which he derided me as a “proxy for John McCain,” the excesses poured forth almost immediately.
The clear and present danger to Nevada’s economy
Sunday, March 4, 2012
The economic skies are brightening in Nevada.
Low down rhetoric, chickens, taxes and council wars
Friday, March 2, 2012
Wondering if the mining and gaming chickens will come home to roost (cocks of the walk no more?), if Dean Heller and Shelley Berkley can coarsen the dialogue any more (the bar is so low already) and if anyone will show up for the special City Council election (what, you hadn’t heard)?
Obama-Sandoval, a blue Washoe and to tax or not to tax?
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
As far as political clichés go, there may be more obnoxious ones about polls than anything else.
Bill Raggio left an indelible mark on Nevada
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
I have covered many elected officials in 25 years. I have liked many, admired some, loved very, very few.
Housing may be pyramid scheme that gets Heck
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
Hook top Democratic strategists to a polygraph and ask them if they think Speaker John Oceguera will defeat GOP Rep. Joe Heck and — if they tell the truth — they would say no.
Only sensible campaign reform: Real-time reporting
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Super PACs will destroy the world! Sheldon Adelson is buying the White House! There’s too much money in politics!
What really happened inside the GOP caucus
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012
At about 10 p.m. on the evening of Feb. 4, all of the GOP presidential campaigns agreed to release unofficial results of the Republican presidential caucus to a ravenous Fourth Estate.
Halseth resigns from state Senate
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012
Letter to governor.
Mob Museum may be hit, but questions never a hit with Oscar
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012
As the media generally gush over the Mob Museum and Las Vegas momentarily forgets Oscar Goodman is not the mayor anymore, here’s your Friday Flash with some musings on the National Museum for Organized Crime and Law Enforcement:
How Harvey Whittemore became a leper
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
For years, Harvey Whittemore was many things to politicians — a masterful lobbyist, a visionary developer and, best of all, a reliable contributor.
Hope and change and … what’s missing?
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012
Somewhere between Gov. Sunny’s radiating optimism and the Nevada Policy Research Institute’s scathing indictment lies the reality of the state’s new economic development plan, which is replete with clichés and promises yet leavened with kernels of wisdom that could grow into something substantive.
Home means Nevada to me
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012
I write this Saturday morning, long before any caucus returns are in, but the results for Nevada already are: We lost.
Inside the campaign war rooms
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
AS THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY IN THE HISTORY OF NEVADA POLITICS looms Saturday, I had the privilege of being allowed inside each of the campaign’s inner sanctums this week.
A guide to Nevada for presidential candidates
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
As the Republican presidential hopefuls arrive in Nevada, I want to take some time to welcome them to our fair state and graciously provide some helpful pointers.
Here’s hoping GOP doesn’t botch Nevada’s big moment
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012
I was wrong and I’m thrilled — and petrified.
Obama’s visit, a strange ballot and Goodmans galore
Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
The president was here, the Republicans are coming, and an election already has begun — here’s your Friday Flash.
Is presidential race a replay of Reid-Angle?
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
Wherever the insurgent and surging Republican candidate went, the name linked to the Democratic incumbent could be heard with a sneer: Saul Alinsky, the leftist community organizer and author of “Rules for Radicals.”
Much at stake economically, politically in Station, Culinary fight
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012
An escalating conflict between the city’s dominant, homegrown casino company and the state’s most aggressive, successful labor organization has emerged from the shadows of resorts to the brightness of the public square, threatening to force politicians to take sides and to inflict collateral damage on others inside and outside Nevada.
Adelson vs. the Establishment — again
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012
In 1998, Sheldon Adelson put his money where his ideology was and rolled snake eyes.
The tax base discussion cometh (and then goeth)
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012
If you cover politics long enough, especially in Nevada, everything new will seem old.
Every number tells a story, don’t it?
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
Politics is about many things — policies, character, atmospherics. But it also is, inexorably, about numbers.
Heller goes to Hispanic Central and survives
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012
Sen. Dean Heller strolled into Dona Maria’s restaurant near downtown Las Vegas on Friday morning knowing what was in store for him at a Hispanics in Politics breakfast.
State GOP can’t get act together
Friday, Jan. 6, 2012
Having returned from a holiday recess — I made no appointments nor did I hold any pro forma sessions — I am bursting with musings, especially about the elephantine problems of the state GOP.
Predictions for year ahead in politics
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012
Iowa is so yesterday, and today I am about tomorrow.
The top 10 political stories of 2011
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011
It seems comically ironic that during a year in which the Nevada judiciary essentially dissolved the other two branches that 2011 concludes with the courts poised to decide a seminal separation of powers case.
Culinary member Horsford steps on the Station track
Friday, Dec. 16, 2011
It’s hard to think of any elected official closer to the Culinary Union than state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford.
State GOP’s worst enemy: Republicans
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Political parties, generally, are made up of two sorts of regulars: The half-crazy and the full-on nuts.
Decision should be wake-up call for cops
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011
I trust the police. But I don’t trust the old coroner’s inquest system.
City of Las Vegas gives raises during a recession
Friday, Dec. 9, 2011
Unlike many of my Fourth Estate pals, I try to give government the benefit of the doubt.
It’s boilerplate vs. ethics in federal races
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
For months now, Democrats have been bludgeoning Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Joe Heck with familiar and tiresome rhetoric to frighten old people into voting for their opponents.
A modest proposal to fix the Legislature
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011
Besides turning too many left-wingers into authoritative constitutional experts and serially obnoxious Cassandras, a conservative think tank’s lawsuit to clarify the separation-of-powers clause might actually have one salutary effect: Spark a real debate about curing the disease known as the Nevada Legislature.
NPRI has political motive, but is right on the law
Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
On its face, the Nevada Policy Research Institute lawsuit against state Sen. Mo Denis and the state is ludicrous.
Nevada’s Godfather fixes the primaries
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
Film buffs will recall the terror with which the young Vito Corleone’s friends talked of The Black Hand, an invisible but palpable organization whose wrath was universally feared.
What some will give thanks for
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011
If you could only listen in Thursday as some of the state’s elite give thanks before the tryptophan kicks them out, where would their gratitude be directed?
Judge to reporter: Don’t cover story and I’ll be nice
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011
How do you know when a judge is threatening you?
Shaking loose a few odds and ends
Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
Emptying out the ol’ reporter’s notebook with your Friday Flash, including some accounting for gamers in federal politics and Rick Perry’s short, unhappy Nevada campaign life.
The plan is there, so what about some action?
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
Confession: I find it hard to be optimistic about the state’s future.
What might Kihuen and Titus say?
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011
Welcome to the first of our series of debates in Congressional District One where a white woman, Dina Titus, is running against a Hispanic man, Ruben Kihuen.
Lawyers opt for character attacks over facts
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011
That lawyers can act in abhorrent ways is about as newsworthy as the declaration that Herman Cain may be developing problems with the female GOP base.
State GOP fumbles away advantage
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011
Only two months ago, Nevada Republicans were seeing red — in a good way.
Titus-Kihuen congressional race will be ugly
Friday, Nov. 4, 2011
If Dina Titus’ cellphone rings on the Ides of March, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear her say, “Et tu, Mr. President?”
More to DA’s departure than meets the eye
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
Let’s stipulate: David Roger has a fine reputation as district attorney, embodied the hackneyed “straight shooter” to many and, like almost all in his job, inevitably was seen as too cozy with the police.
What happened to Obama in Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
I would love to know what went through President Barack Obama’s mind as he came to the door of Air Force One on Monday morning and looked down at the McCarran International Airport tarmac.
Arberry case reinforces double standards
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011
The state of Nevada has sanctioned killing black bears, but Moose hunting is still banned.
State Republicans embarrass Nevada
Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
Nevada, the Battle Born State that prides itself on a combative, Western attitude toward a sometimes-overbearing federal government, is about to surrender to a miniature, Eastern monarchy.
GOP loved special masters – until they acted
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
The release’s headline was unambiguous: “Hutchison and GOP Back Special Masters.”
Legislative lobbyists boost lawmakers running for Congress; Titus helped by DC PACs
Monday, Oct. 17, 2011
That's what can be gleaned from an analysis of Federal Election Commission reports from the four Democrats who have filed -- Steven Horsford announced after the third-quarter deadline. Some detail below and even more from the document attached at right.

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