The logic for mandatory voter IDs is undeniable. If a police officer wants to pull you over, he or she asks for a photo ID. If you want to visit a relative in jail, you need to show a valid ID. If you want to purchase cigarettes or beer in Nevada, you show a valid ID. With known instances, even if fairly rare, of voter fraud occurring across the nation each election cycle, this issue needs to be brought up.
The Obama Administration and Justice Department may have you to believe that these laws "restrict" voter participation and place a burden on those who wish to vote. Is that burden or obstacle like a Black Panther militant with a night stick posed outside of polling places? The Justice department was perfectly fine with that, weren't they? How about the stories of dead people or Disney characters "voting" or people voting multiple times under family member or friends' names? Do these instances harm our American electoral system? In my heart of hearts I believe the founders of this nation never envisioned a time where common-sense measures like mandatory voter ID could be fought tooth-and-nail like this. Where is the fight for Nevadans to champion election integrity? If our democratic republic's elections are grossly compromised, how are we different than corrupt nations with phony democracies?
Nevada is one of only 17 states with no current voter ID laws. We don't even have lax ones. For instance, Utah and Colorado, neighboring states, have what's known as "non strict" non-photo IDs. We cannot even have our legislature and governor put a law like that on our books. How burdensome is that? Let's ask our legislators to get going and do things that are not stupid. Better yet, let's elect some new ones to take their places.
I despise the common core standards as applied to the school districts in the state of Nevada. Just so I cannot be mistaken for my position, I am appalled at them. I'd go so far to say that these "standards" are single-handedly responsible for a metric ton of frustration heaped on the back of your typical student, teacher, and parent. As a parent of a daughter once in the Clark County School District (and one who made it fairly far in mathematics), I can honestly say, my toughest semester of math was my daughter's 2nd grade math curriculum.
In an attempt to "re-learn" math concepts that had already been in place for hundreds of years, I found the "new math" to be literally one of the most tedious, demoralizing endeavors I've ever undertaken. I've worked a lot of terrible jobs, waited at the DMV for hours at a time, had a BB dug out of my chest with only topical anesthetic over the course of an hour, and sat through the entirety of the feature film, Little Nicky. This one took the cake however.
After seeing my own daughter's zeal for learning killed by these standards, my wife and I set her on a course of homeschooling, and now we are not going to look back.
If I am lucky enough to represent Nevada's 18th Assembly District in Carson City for the 2017 legislative session, I vow to do all that's within my ability to get Nevada to "opt out" of this program. It's not good for my family, and I'm willing to bet it's not good for the vast majority of my constituents.
If you disagree, I'd love the opportunity to meet with you, and test my powers of persuasion! In all seriousness, your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated!
These are certainly two words I'd rather not hear or see in print. I am 100% convinced that our government in Nevada is wasteful. I'm not talking about just a little overly ambitious with spending. I'm talking blatantly and overtly irresponsible. I understand what it's like to live within your means. I grew up in a working-class family (albeit I always had what I needed for food, shelter, clothing, etc.) and am raising my own now, and we understood then and understand now the word, "budget." We don't spend or use credit on leisure activities, eating out, vacations, and big-ticket items only to scramble at the end of month--frantic about how we're going to pay the mortgage or knock out the electric bill. RESPONSIBLE people budget for the ESSENTIALS first! Why does our federal and state government not believe in that principle? It's pretty basic. In other words, how do we "budget" our state's money so poorly, that every 2 years or so, we are BOMBARDED by calls to action---calls to raise the state sales tax, or a new cigarette tax, or a modified business tax increase, or a commerce tax? We are always GUILTED into these by the power-that-be saying in so many words, "if we don't get more money, our schools will fail, or we won't have enough police officers!" I do not believe this is by accident. The power-brokers enjoy this leverage over Nevadans.
For years now, we're told that business are not coming here because our schools are failing or crime is too high,etc. But look at what attracts industry to Nevada----tax incentives! Reprieve from regulations. Faraday did not decide to establish operations here because we jumped from 48th to 47th in public school testing. They came because of the friendly tax and regulation environment.
Also, have you ever wondered why our Nevada Constitution has a provision banning a state lottery? Ever thought about getting that changed? I sure have, and electing other like-minded legislators to Carson City just might be what it takes to happen.
It is safe to say that the 2nd Amendment is being attacked in America. Sadly, new gun laws and regulations are not the answer. Criminals tend to disobey regulations---hence, their designation, "criminals." What they do is burden law-abiding citizens and lays a disadvantage to good people who wish to not be victimized. Just look at the cities with strict gun laws and regulations (i.e. Washington D.C. and Chicago). Now look at the crime rates. This election season, there is a ballot initiative that favors further regulation between private party sales. Question 1 would require private parties who want to transfer ownership of a firearm, to undergo a background check through a licensed gun dealer at a "reasonable fee." What empirical evidence exists that shows this is the method by which criminals acquire guns anyhow? Without objective evidence, how is this a "common sense" law?
As the only GOP Assembly District 18 candidate with an "A" rating from the NRA-PVF, I promise to battle against this from becoming the law of the land. On it's face of course, there are exemptions such as family members able to transfer without the check, but let's face it, every single government power grab starts in phases. Wasn't it Obama who said plainly that a single-payer healthcare system was the goal and that we'll get there? When federal income taxes originated, they were to affect only a small minority of wealthy individuals. Look where we are now. It's called grooming. Let's call it what it is. Elect me, and I can fight this predatory regulation from taking root and spawning a widespread "gun grab." This is how it all starts.
You have my word, I will vote "NO" on every gun regulating bill I see enter Carson City.