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October 21, 2017

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High Court Debate

It only took me a few election cycles producing Face to Face to realize that many political candidates are woefully unprepared for the office to which they aspire. Even worse, there are some who put their name on the ballot and then disappear, refusing to address the very citizens they hope to represent.

Sadly, that was the case Wednesday when State Senators Bob Beers and Joe Heck, both Republicans, appeared on the program without their Democratic challengers, Allison Copening and Shirley Breeden, respectively. Both women refuse to speak for themselves, opting instead to remain silent while third-party campaigns malign their opponents.

I may not agree with Sen. Heck's position that insurance companies should not be mandated to cover the vaccine said to prevent cervical cancer because, as Heck said to a legislative committee, "...three of the major types of risk factors are behavioral for this type of cancer.” That sounds like a moral judgment to me, but thank you, Sen. Heck, for having the guts to come on and defend your positions. Likewise, to Sen. Beers, who has been known to put a toe or two in his mouth but is always willing to appear.

Tonight we are proud to bring you a special edition of Face to Face: The Nevada Vote, on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, at 10 p.m. featuring two quality candidates for the State Supreme Court Seat B. Kris Pickering is a local lawyer with nearly three decades of courtroom experience and Washoe County District Judge Deborah Schumacher has been a Family Court jurist since 1997 and has years of experience in private practice.

Kudos to our producer, my right-arm (and often right-brain) Guy DeMarco, who managed to get video of one of the candidates giving a stirring (partisan?) introduction speech for Sarah Palin in Carson City. Is that kosher for a judicial candidate?

Tune in. I hear the vice-presidential candidates are the opening act.

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