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Jon Ralston

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A study in contrasts: Obama and Romney at VFW
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
You had to be there.
When politicians and partisans exploit
Sunday, July 22, 2012
In stark contrast (I hope) to the thumbsucking and fulminating about the horrific events in Aurora, Colo., I prefer to spend today on a much less tragic incident last week, but one that has sparked similarly offensive and embarrassing behavior from politicians and partisans.
Dean Heller’s dissociative disorder
Friday, July 20, 2012
There are plenty of good campaign books out there, but this year’s Senate race in Nevada may provide a new one: “How to take a silver bullet and shoot yourself in the foot with it.”
Asian-American vote cannot be ignored
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The last time The Forgotten Minority made any difference in Nevada politics was when the marvelous Sharron Angle told a group of Hispanic students, “Some of you look a little more Asian to me.”
When Reidisms are no longer funny
Sunday, July 15, 2012
On Thursday, Harry Reid was mad (or so it seemed). And when Reid gets mad, Reidisms follow.
Intensity already at high level in Senate race
Friday, July 13, 2012
Nary a moment’s letup in the Nevada Senate race this week since the Monday mid-afternoon disclosure that the House Ethics Committee had formed a special panel to look into allegations against Rep. Shelley Berkley.
Berkley’s not quite dead yet
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Shelley Berkley is dead, one in an occasional series:
In wake of ruling, politicians display The Pivot Reflex
Sunday, July 1, 2012
As unpredictable as many observers found the Supreme Court’s health care reform decision, the reaction from the political class was depressingly predictable.
Validating voters plague the system
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I’d like to nip this in the bud.
Sandoval meets with Romney to talk about his role
Sunday, June 24, 2012
So Gov. Brian Sandoval has finally agreed to be an enthusiastic, no-hold-barred supporter of Mitt Romney, and the two had a meeting last week in Carson City to discuss his role.
Nevada GOP: The ugly, the bad and the good
Friday, June 22, 2012
Taking the pulse – yes, there is one — of the state’s Republican Party efforts in your Friday Flash.
Lawmakers are transparent in their opposition to transparency
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
It’s been a month since I suggested it might be a good idea to get state lawmakers on the record supporting Assemblyman Pat Hickey’s long-overdue transparency reforms.
Time for the high court to end character assassination
Sunday, June 17, 2012
It sickens me that I am still writing about this.
The primary winners and losers
Friday, June 15, 2012
Emptying the reporter’s notebook (and my mind) at week’s end, here are some primary winners and losers in your Friday Flash.
Heller-Berkley worthy successor to Reid-Angle
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Now that the primary nonsense has passed, it’s time to get to the main event.
Whittemore overreached, but so does indictment
Sunday, June 10, 2012
During his Carson City heyday, Harvey Whittemore was the King of the Overreach.
Inside the backroom of the Nevada Republican Party
Friday, June 8, 2012
The executive board of the Nevada GOP met this week, and I have obtained a transcript.
Teachers press forward as Chicken Little Caucus prepares to cluck
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Twenty-two years after the teachers union first attempted to fundamentally change the state’s tax structure with a corporate income tax, the Nevada State Education Association is at it again with a new initiative.
It’s Reid vs. Heller now in U.S. Senate race
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Even if they loathe each other, U.S. senators from the same state usually try to maintain a facade of collegiality.
Latest poll on Nevada reveals little – on the surface
Friday, June 1, 2012
A couple of days before the 2010 election, after I had predicted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would survive, I received an email from a smart GOP operative telling me I was “very bold” but likely wrong.
Time for Romney to fire Trump
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Donald Trump is not important; he just thinks he is. Trump is a small man who has big thoughts about himself, a vulgar attentionophile who cares not what damage he causes or whom he might hurt so long as he is in the spotlight.
Fox News slanders Las Vegas, city stands silent
Friday, May 25, 2012
Shortly after he became president in February of 2009, in the unlikely venue of Elkhart, Ind., Barack Obama threw a Bombay into Oscar Goodman’s Sapphire. “You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime,” Obama said.
It’s time for lawmakers to take the Transparency Test
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I’m generally opposed to litmus tests. But once in awhile, a litmus test comes along that really does illuminate something about a politician’s character and intent.
Assembly leader to propose political reform package
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Pat Hickey is about to become a pariah. And unless you are a member of the Carson City club, you should applaud what the Reno Republican Assembly leader is preparing to do. This week, as campaign contribution reports are due, Hickey, sources confirm, will propose the most sweeping and potentially effective reform package this state has seen.
Nevada GOP has natural comedic gifts
Friday, May 18, 2012
If you are in Las Vegas and want a good laugh, there are plenty of places to go: Brad Garrett. Jerry Seinfeld. Penn and Teller. But nothing — nothing! — compares to the comedy show playing daily on McLeod Drive, home of the vaudeville/slapstick act known as the Nevada Republican Party.
Dean Heller’s budget stunt is cynical nonsense
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sen. Dean Heller’s “No Budget No Pay” bill is the dumbest idea to come along in some time. And maybe the smartest.
Washoe County could hold key to presidency, Senate
Sunday, May 13, 2012
In 1998, Washoe County saved Harry Reid’s career.
History is made on same-sex marriage
Friday, May 11, 2012
I’m not often stunned or uplifted anymore, but I was both this week when the leader of a branch of the United States government actually spoke from his heart about gay marriage.
Oceguera makes case for ... Heck
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The inescapable conclusion after congressional candidate John Oceguera’s performance on television this week is either he believes in nothing or is scared of everything.
The Paul revolution comes to Nevada
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Team Romney wants to swat away the Paul revolution, But in so doing, the presumptive nominee doesn’t want the Texas congressman’s dedicated followers to sit on their hands or even work against the GOP nominee in the fall (where’s Gary Johnson?).
Michael McDonald’s city deal gets curiouser and curiouser
Friday, May 4, 2012
He doesn’t have any money. He doesn’t have any experience. All Michael McDonald has is one of the sweeter deals in development history with a local government.
Nevada’s apple rots at its core
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Confession: I love Apple.
Sandoval on right track, even if he won’t say what it is
Sunday, April 29, 2012
After an interview with Gov. Sunny last week on “Face to Face,” after listening to the bleating from both sides about whether he meets conservative litmus tests, I realize he is the perfect example of someone who demonstrates just how hollow, even misleading, political labels can be.
Will the past be prologue at state GOP convention?
Friday, April 27, 2012
As the state Republican Convention looms a week hence, I wonder if it’s possible for a repeat of the 2008 chaos, when state Chairman Sue Lowden and convention boss Bob Beers brought down the house because the Ron Paul folks were about to lock up national delegate slots.
Nevada Republicans light fuse to self-destruction
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
If I didn’t know better, I’d think there was a Democratic Party plot afoot. Is Prince Harry really this Machiavellian? Could the left wing really manipulate what the right wing is doing?
Sandoval for vice president?
Sunday, April 22, 2012
A Freedom of Information Act request produced this transcript from last week.
Reid stands by Berkley, not with NV Energy
Friday, April 20, 2012
Did you ever doubt that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could utter enough bon mots in a 15-minute interview to fill an entire column?
Shocked, shocked that people had fun in Vegas
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
So, 3,000 miles away, some important people are going on and on about what a crazy town Vegas can be and Nevada’s elected officials are ... outraged?
A platform that has no support
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The natural tension between political party platforms and candidates is that parties generally stand for something and candidates often try to stand for nothing.
Of voter and campaign money numbers
Friday, April 13, 2012
It’s only fitting on a Friday the 13th, where too much is made of the number, that your Friday Flash is all about the significance of numbers.
Senators’ public spat can’t be won by Reid
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Harry Reid doesn’t lose very often.
Lawyers take character assassination to high court
Sunday, April 1, 2012
I wish this were an April Fool’s joke. It’s not.
Adelson’s riff, Reid’s flexibility and Sanson’s embarrassment
Friday, March 30, 2012
Gondolier Numero Uno Sheldon Adelson says Newt is sinking faster than Venice, Meddler-in-Chief Harry Reid pays back Byron Georgiou for obeying him, and a phony special interest exposes itself (twice) — here’s your Friday Flash.
Some things you can’t take off the table
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
In one short television appearance, state Sen. Greg Brower illuminated just how drenched in politics and how bereft of substance the debate over taxes continues to be in Nevada.
Ethics issue arises again in U.S. Senate race
Sunday, March 25, 2012
If it’s always darkest before the dawn, Rep. Shelley Berkley must be wondering when the sun is ever going to come up.
A new GOP chair, Sandy money and Lorne’s departure
Friday, March 23, 2012
The GOP self-destruction machine revs up again, a look at the Adelson money for Newt and a farewell to a good man.
Governor sucks air out of tax discussion
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Brian Sandoval 2.0 already is resetting the campaign agenda for 2012, and, perhaps, the tax debate for 2013.
Federal races on marquee, but legislative contests paramount
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Yes, Nevada will be among a handful of pivotal states in the presidential race, bringing constant (and sometimes unwanted) attention from the candidates, their partisan allies and those third-party groups Rep. Shelley Berkley loves to hate.
Berkley’s spending ban is silly, pointless stunt
Friday, March 16, 2012
In 2006, when the Club for Growth almost purchased a seat in Congress for Sharron Angle, the barely victorious Dean Heller was not amused.
Brian Sandoval 2.0 sees tax policy differently from Sandoval 1.0
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
If history began this week, Gov. Brian Sandoval’s move to extend expiring taxes could simply be seen as a political masterstroke and a policy imperative.

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