Friday's Final Word: Who had a bad week in politics?
The "winners" are: John Boehner, Barbara Cegavske's friends and Congress (fish in a barrel edition):
Fahrenkopf to retire as head of AGA
Frank Fahrenkopf, the only head of the American Gaming Association since its 1995 inception, is stepping down at the end of June.
NRA to hold seminar for legislators on semiautomatic weapons
The National Rifle Association is hosting an "elected officials-only classroom and range tutorial" this month to educate lawmakers on the "purpose and practical use of semi-automatic firearms and the differences between semi-automatic and automatic function." Although an email from the NRA to state lawmakers asserts the session was planned before the Newton tragedy, it also says "with the upcoming session looming...this is an extremely important debate and one in which accurate information is paramount."
Reidism alert: Katrina "nothing in comparison" to Sandy
UPDATE: Reid just put out this statement on Monday at noon PT:
My column: Predictions for 2013
Making predictions shortly before an election is both arrogant and brave – I am sure the proverbial “others” would deploy other adjectives. But daring to unveil one’s Delphic powers a year in advance: That is hubris of a different order. Or, perhaps, sheer lunacy. But why come down from my lofty Pundit’s Perch, where you underlings peep about to find yourself honored by my predictions, so late in the game? It’s that time again to bravely go where I have gone so many times before. But before I do, a pundit must eat crow or crow with delight about previous soothsaying.
"Ralston Retorts" commentary: GOP women trivialize gender bias with outrageous attacks on state Senate caucus
In case you missed it, here's my commentary from Thursday's "Ralston Reports" about that letter written by a group of GOP women attacking state Semate Minority Leader Michael Roberson for his supposed gender bias in snubbing colleague Barbara Cegavske:
Las Vegas councilman who once opposed The Family's projects is now a good man
A beautiful, sweet Nevada political story, surely with a happy ending: From outsider to anointed. That’s the Stavros Anthony tale as the former Metro cop and ex-regent who ran for office crusading against two Goodman family projects is about to be consecrated by the lobbyists who appear most frequently before the council and Goodman II.
National media on Vegas presidential debate prep locale: It's a "sh--hole"
Among the many pleasures of my holiday season vacation, in between the excessive sleeping, drinking and eating, I devoured the latest Politico e-book: "The End of the Line." The excellent, detailed recitation by Jonathan Martin and Glenn Thrush of the last 34 days of the campaign contains a brief snippet about President Obama's "three-day cram session" in October at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson. The "scene out in the Westin resort.....was tense, surreal and unsettling, 'just full of bad vibes,' one team member would recall," the authors write.
Sun wins holiday season poll of best Nevada newspaper for politics
But, to be, fair, the sample size is not large. The question: Which newspaper do you trust the most for coverage of government/political news? Results: