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WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week: 1. Biggest political story of 2016 2.  Person of the Year 2016 3.  Rank the odds of happening: Michael McDonald gets a job in the Trump Administration Yucca Mountain gets revived in 2017 Faraday Future deal falls apart The Raiders relocation is approved by the NFL 4.  Smartest/dumbest moves of the week My insiders generally were split between Harry Reid and Sheldon Adelson as Person of the Year, but there was a greater diversity of opinion on the Story of...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week: 1. Filling the budget hole 2.  Early odds on legislative rookie of the year 3.  What does Harry leaving really mean? 4.  Smartest/dumbest moves of the week Have to say, what you will see below is some of the best stuff I have ever had from my team of insiders, newly expanded for the legislative session. Many think – as do I – that the hole is not as big as it seems. Governors rarely propose what his agencies want. Might be as simple as one put it: Nothing...
Harry Reid tried to have me fired a few times over the years, once even had my television program briefly canceled. God, I will miss him. As the minority leader prepares to leave the Senate after three and a half decades in Washington, I have been reflecting on the man so many love to hate but who inspires unswerving loyalty among his supporters, on the man who is arguably the most powerful politician in Nevada history, on the man who is – I will use the words once more – the most ruthless and...
Attorney General Adam Laxalt is asking a judge to amend or revise an order on school choice, insisting it contradicts the Supreme Court's decision that struck down Education Savings Accounts because of the funding mechanism. The filing is in response to this letter threatening to ask for sanctions against Laxalt's client, Treasurer Dan Schwartz, for continuing to communicate with ESA parents as if the program were moving foward. Amid the legalese in the filing comes the nub of an argument the...
A lawyer for plaintiffs in the Nevada school choice case has penned the proverbial strongly worded letter to Attorney General Adam Laxalt, threatening to go to court after the AG's office advsied state Treasurer Dan Schwartz to move forward on Educational Savings Accounts despite an injunction from the state Supreme Court. "Despite the express terms of the Lopez (the case name) permanent injunction -- and the District Court's rejection of your narrower proposed order -- the Treasurer continues...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week: 1. What SD5 numbers tell us about the election 2.  Looking at the 2017 committee assignments 3. Odds on school choice funding passing in ‘17 4. Early odds on go and Senate, ’18 (Why the hell not?) 5. Smartest/dumbest moves of the week Welcome back to premium content after a month-long hiatus. (The last time you heard from my insiders, they were making predictions about the election. Their forecasts were excellent, as you might expect, although none saw...
Attorney General Adam Laxalt has signed onto a letter to the Trump administration asking the president-elect to squash web gaming, a position favored by major Laxalt donor Sheldon Adelson but one opposed by Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada's top gaming regulator. The letter , which was put on Twitter by the Poker Players Alliance, was addressed to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who has a generally anti-gaming bent and the transition team. It asks for the incoming administration to reinterpret...
UPDATED, 9:45 PM: I had the experience this evening of talking with Rocky De La Fuente, the man of .23 percent, who told me: ►He was not put up to the recount filing by anyone. "I do not like Trump," he told me. "I do not like Hillary. I do not like either one." ►So why file in Nevada? Because, he told me, there were shenanigans in the February caucus and they had "the worst turnout in history." This is false. Turnout was robust -- about 80,000 or so. He then told me Clinton won, 6,000-5,000,...
THE NEVADA INDEPENDENT IS COMING SOON! ---- After being advised by the attorney general that he can continue to administer a school choice program despite the Supreme Court gutting it, State Treasurer Dan Schwartz sent an email to applicants Wednesday telling them he is moving forward with the program. "The Nevada ESA Portal is now Available to sign up for your Education Savings Account!," the header for the email sent Wednesday declared, less than two months after the high court declared the...
Jason Frierson, who is returning to the Assembly as speaker after a shocking 2014 loss, will have Teresa Benitez-Thompson as his majority leader, providing an all-minority leadership team that also encompasses both urban regions, sources tell me. Irene Bustamante Adams, who led the caucus until Frierson was elected speaker-designate, will be speaker pro tem and chair the critical Commerce Committee. Here are all the assignments: Leadership Speaker Designate – Assemblyman Jason Frierson Speaker...

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