In an effort to manage the growing homeless population Nevada City, California, Police Chief Jim Wickham has advocated a new law that would hand out permits to a small group of homeless giving them permission to sleep in public.
“It just basically means you can’t set up a tent. You can’t live in your vehicle. You can’t live in the woods in Nevada City,” Wickham told CBS Sacremento of the new ordinance which the city council has adopted the first reading of. Wickham says the goal of the new law is to keep out homeless who come to Nevada City to commit crimes or have a criminal history.
CBS reports that the chief will give out six to ten permits now to law-abiding homeless, and check back in six months to see if the program is working. If so, he’ll give out more some of the 60 homeless he has identified in the community out of 500 county wide. Those without permits will be arrested.
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, California, New York … all of these states have one thing in common: They have high taxes that are driving out residents. The latest example is New York.
Between 2000 and 2010, New York claims that prize for the state that saw the biggest exodus of any state in the nation. During that decade, 3.4 million residents left New York. When considering the amount of folks who migrated to New York, it works out to be about a 1.3 million net loss in New York residents.
When people migrate, so does their money. The loss of these residents also represents a net tax loss of $45.6 billion.
Where are these New Yorkers fleeing? More than 600,000 of them moved to … Florida! The liberal excuse is that it is because of the weather. But then the proggies can’t explain why California (with a wonderful climate) is hemorrhaging people. One of the predominant realistic explanations is taxes. Florida doesn’t have a state income tax. It also doesn’t impose an estate tax. Where do I live? Florida.
Over a similar time period (1998 to 2007), “more than 1,100 people every day including Sundays and holidays moved from the nine highest income-tax states such as California, New Jersey, New York and Ohio and relocated mostly to the nine tax-haven states with no income tax, including Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire and Texas.”
There’s a message here for politicians, but they’re too hungry for power, and eager to buy the votes that preserve that power, to listen.
Sen. John McCain delivered a rousing endorsement Friday of Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle and urged cheering supporters to send her to Washington as part of a historic turnaround in Washington power.
A confident-sounding Angle, locked in a tight race with Majority Leader Harry Reid, predicted “there is going to be shock and awe in Washington” on Nov. 3, the day after the election.
“We need to take back our economy,” she said. “It’s our government and it’s our money.”
McCain, the 2008 presidential nominee, told the crowd at a Las Vegas casino that the “election will change America. The world is watching.
“Sharron brings hope and Sharron brings action,” he said after embracing the former Reno legislator on stage, with an oversized American flag draped behind them.
McCain’s appearance was intended to bolster Angle’s credibility, particularly with moderates, in a campaign in which Reid has relentlessly attacked her as a fringe conservative unfit for office. A succession of speakers, including actor and conservative activist Jon Voight, said her election would help turn back two years of Democratic policies that had damaged the nation’s standing at home and abroad.
The invited crowd cheered, “Dump Harry Reid.”
Across town, Reid was targeting Filipinos, the second largest foreign-born group in Nevada, at a crowded rally with popular Filipino boxer and congressman Manny Pacquiao.
Reid and Pacquiao entered the room to chants of “Manny, Manny.” In a brief speech, Pacquiao endorsed Reid in his native Tagalog.
Reid, a former boxer, denounced Angle’s conservative views, her criticism of Social Security, Wall Street regulation and public health care for veterans.
Clark County is where three quarters of Nevada’s residents and live and where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s son Rory is a county commissioner. Rory is also a Democratic candidate for governor.
Since early voting started, there have been credible reports that voting machines in Clark County, Nevada are automatically checking Harry Reid’s name on the ballot:
Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid’s name was already checked.
Ferrara said she wasn’t alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.
“Something’s not right,” Ferrara said. “One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five minute period of time — that’s wrong.”
Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.
Now there’s absolutely no independently verified evidence of chicanery with the voting machines (yet), but it is worth noting that the voting machine technicians in Clark County are members of the Service Employees International Union. The SEIU spent $63 million in elections in 2008 and is planning on spending $44 million more this election cycle — nearly all of that on Democrats. White House political director Patrick Gaspard is formerly the SEIU’s top lobbyist, and former SEIU president Andy Stern was the most frequent visitor to the White House last year.
Tensions between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Tea Party-backed Republican challenger Sharron Angle spilled over into an all-out brawl Thursday at the end of a Nevada Senate race forum.
Security guards broke up the scuffle between a man who supports Angle and two women who support Reid after several bystanders failed to separate them at Faith Lutheran Jr./Sr. High School, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“He punched me twice, so I punched him back twice,” Kay Mehta told the newspaper as she nursed a red, tearing eye and waited for police to arrive. “I was just defending myself.”
Mehta’s friend, Kelly Tanaki, said the fight began when the Angle supporter pushed her over. She said the fight occurred because she walked past the man, not because they back different candidates.
The unidentified man was detained by school officials.
“I didn’t expect anything like this, not in a million years,” the Rev. Robin Joyce, one of the organizers of the event, told the newspaper. “Our whole aim was to have an educational forum to hear from the candidates about their economic positions.”
The fight came after an impassioned event during which the crowd both heckled and cheered Angle and Reid.
Both candidates were asked about health care, education and job creation. Reid couldn’t make the forum, but filmed his responses.
Most polls have the candidates running neck and neck. They will debate each other on TV on Oct. 14, two days before early voting starts in Nevada.
Sharron Angle first realized the extent of the brewing revolt against Washington in late March, at a tea party protest in Searchlight, Nev. A “Woodstock of the West,” she calls it. “More than 30,000 people sojourned to this tiny rural town of 900 people,” Mrs. Angle says. “The highways were jammed up and became parking lots.”
To get to the stage, this 60-year-old grandmother of 10 says she “climbed on the back of a Harley Davidson Road King bike and rode through the immense crowds.” Once there, she reminded the throng that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid must be replaced.
Now, after sprinting past two better-known and better-funded opponents in the June Republican primary, the party has chosen Mrs. Angle to go up against him. “I knew that if we were going to actually defeat Harry Reid,” Mrs. Angle says, “we had to have a candidate who would offer a sharp policy contrast. Someone who would not just pay lip service to limited government principles, but had a solid record of voting that way time and again. I’m that candidate.”
Thus has Sharron Angle—a former teacher, business owner, state legislator and political rabble-rouser—emerged as one of the three most prominent figures in the tea party movement. Sarah Palin and Rand Paul of Kentucky are the other two. Her campaign to become the next U.S. Senator from Nevada figures to be among the most closely watched, and surely among the most colorful, contests this November.
HENDERSON, Nev. — Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle on Friday denounced Majority Leader Harry Reid as a “desperate man” who was distorting her conservative record while ignoring a state that leads the nation in joblessness, foreclosures and bankruptcies.
A day after President Obama delivered a mocking indictment of her candidacy at a rally in Las Vegas, Angle accused the president and Reid of pushing billions of dollars in stimulus spending while Nevada struggles with “an economy that is a disaster.”
She called for repeal of the health care overhaul, lower taxes and disbanding federal agencies, including the Education Department, that she said had responsibilities that can be handled at the state level.
“I hold him personally responsible for what is happening in our nation,” Angle said, referring to Reid, who is seeking a fifth term.
“Why would you believe anything he puts on television?” said Angle, who’s faced a barrage of negative TV ads since winning the June 8 primary. “This man has been waterboarding our economy.”
Angle’s remarks come a day after Obama depicted Angle as a fringe candidate who would privatize Social Security and Medicare. Referring to Angle, Obama said “she favors an approach that’s even more extreme than the Republicans we got in Washington. That’s saying something.”
Angle said Obama came to the state but failed, like Reid, to recognize its problems. “This is not a bright new day,” she said.
She told reporters her positions are “very much in the mainstream.”
The event attended by 250 Republicans amounted to a cheerleading session for Angle and other GOP candidates, but there was obvious concern for party unity and finances in a state where Democrats hold a significant registration edge. During a bruising Senate primary, the campaign of Angle’s chief rival, Sue Lowden, questioned whether Angle could win in November.
“We don’t need the fight inside our own house,” warned Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
Angle told the crowd, “I need your help and I need a unified party.”
There were conspicuous absences at the biannual event, including Rep. Dean Heller, state Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio and Lowden, a former state GOP chair
who was long considered the favorite for the Senate nomination. State Republican Chairman Mark Amodei said he was unaware of any friction related to appearances by Angle or Steele, who has faced calls for his resignation since he criticized Obama’s handling of the Afghanistan war and suggested that it can’t be won.
The Nevada race has become a fierce competition between dueling narratives: Angle sees Reid as responsible for the state’s reeling economy and a facilitator of runaway Washington spending, while Reid’s campaign has stamped Angle as a loopy extremist whose proposals place her far out of the mainstream.
New ads appeared on TV from two independent groups Friday. Patriot Majority, funded largely by labor unions, lances Angle for her statement that it would not be her job as senator to create jobs. Angle has said she would work to create a business-friendly environment where companies grow and expand their payrolls. “Just another bad idea from Sharron Angle,” a narrator says.
Americans for New Leadership, a political committee formed this week, is running an ad that defends Angle and calls Reid’s ads “a lie.” The Nevada-based group hasn’t filed federal records yet disclosing the source of its funding. Its website says it backs candidates who support limited government.
The “Tea Party National Unity Convention” has been moved from July to October, positioning itself closer to the November elections, it was announced Saturday.
After “deep and serious discussion for three days” it was decided that it would be more “advantageous” for the convention to be held in the middle of October closer to when voters go to the polls, one of the groups organizing, Tea Party Nation, said in a statement.
The convention was slated to be July 15-17 in Las Vegas at the Palazzo Las Vegas Resort, which organizers originally told Fox News they picked the Vegas location for several reasons. Among them that Nevada is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s home turf, who is in a tough re-election fight to hold on to his seat. They also wanted reach out geographically and have something out West, having held previous events on the East Coast and their first convention down South in Nashville in February.
Weather and summer vacations also appeared to be a factor, ” The heat in Las Vegas in July is keeping many who would like to participate from attending. We have also received numerous emails from people who were forced to decide between family vacations and attending the convention.”
Nevada also was picked as a spot before Tea Party favorite and Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle won the Republican primary in a bid for Reid’s senate seat. Angle was also added to give remarks at the convention, however it is unclear if she or any of the other scheduled speakers will still be attending since the date was moved.
Other speakers for the July date had included conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham, who is also a Fox News contributor, former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, and conservative media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart.
The Tea Party itself has grown organically through several grassroots groups and still isn’t necessarily one actual organizational entity, but for the most part events have been cobbled together through different factions within the larger movement. In its announcement Saturday, Tea Party Nation noted they have planning hurdles.
“Like most of you, we are new to this and are not professional event planners. Unlike many other national organizations involved in this movement, we don’t have huge budgets for PR and Marketing departments.”
There are several groups involved in putting together the convention, including Tea Party Nation and Free America, along with Leadership Tea Party, and the Tea Party Leadership Coalition.
After coming on the scene last year, political observers, Democrats and even some Republicans have had different views on the viability and impact that the movement will be able to have.
Despite those criticisms, the Tea Party has already held events this year relaying its message of lower taxes and smaller government. They held a cross-country caravan starting in Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nevada and ending in Washington, DC on April 15, Tax Day. Their first convention in February was headlined by former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin.
As members of Congress across the country try to distance themselves from Washington by burnishing their “outsider” credentials, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing just the opposite — he’s embracing his incumbency as he seeks re-election in Nevada.
After Republicans selected Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle last week to run against Reid, the Senate’s No. 1 Democrat is trying to make the case back home that experience is good, and that his clout in the nation’s capital is what brings jobs and funding to Nevada.
“No one can do more,” is Reid’s new campaign slogan, unveiled in a pair of ads that tout his record securing funding for alternative energy sector jobs.
The strategy is undoubtedly risky in an election year when upstart candidates like Angle are surging on the crest of the Tea Party movement and incumbents are generally trying to downplay their establishment ties.
While Reid, who has served in Congress since 1983, has decided to play to his decades of experience, all Republicans see is a bigger target.
“It’s an interesting strategy to brag about bringing jobs to your state when you have 13.7 percent unemployment,” said Brian Walsh, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The nationwide unemployment rate is 9.7 percent.
Walsh said he wouldn’t argue with the new slogan.
“No one has done more to increase the role of the federal government or raise taxes on Nevada families,” he said.
The NRSC released a web ad focused on Reid’s experience, only from a different perspective. The ad is called “Harry Reid: Decades of Epic Fail.”
A group called American Crossroads also just released an ad billed as a response to Reid’s “no one can do more” message.
“Harry Reid’s work is paying off all right — paying off for his friends in Washington but leaving Nevada with what?” the narrator says, citing the state’s high unemployment rate.
The narratives are being set as the general election gets under way following a close Republican primary. Angle, a former state assemblywoman, came away the winner in that race on Tuesday after trailing her opponents for months.
Reid and Democratic strategists immediately set about to casting Angle as a “wacky” fringe candidate.
A Reid ad slams Angle for supporting a phasing-out of Medicare and Social Security and for pushing a drug treatment program for inmates based on Scientology.
“It’s this season’s hottest new trend: Republicans nominating candidates so far to the right, they’re practically falling off the map,” Reid’s campaign said on its blog after Angle won.
Reid’s campaign on Monday dismissed the GOP criticism aimed at the “no one can do more” message. Spokesman Kelly Steele said Reid has created thousands of jobs by bringing clean-energy firms to the state and secured millions of dollars to help residents stay in their homes, suggesting that’s more than Angle can say.
“This is nothing more than Republicans attempting to change the subject from the dangerous, extreme agenda of their accidental candidate, Sharron Angle — who wants to eliminate Social Security and Medicare, pull the U.S. out of the U.N., give massages to prisoners, and deregulate Wall Street and the big oil companies responsible for the crisis in the Gulf. By contrast, Sen. Reid delivers meaningful results for Nevada families every day,” he said in a statement.
Though Democrats claimed to be delighted at Angle’s win, a Rasmussen survey taken one day after the primary showed her leading Reid 50-39 percent.
Angle, in an interview Monday with Fox News, said “mainstream Americans” are questioning Reid, and she used harsh words to assail the very record Reid is touting.
“The problem is Harry Reid. He’s had 24 years to do something for Americans, and he hasn’t done it,” she said. “In fact he has pretty much waterboarded our economy for the last year and a half.”
She said the state’s high rate of unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcy stand as a testament to Reid’s ineffectiveness.
“Harry Reid has truly failed and we’re saying, ‘Harry Reid, you’re fired,'” she said. Angle disputed the claim that she wants to eliminate Social Security and Medicare, saying she wants to “personalize” them.
Reid, his $9 million campaign war chest and his high-profile supporters see things differently. A stump speech last week by former President Bill Clinton showed that Reid’s campaign would be rejecting the argument that years in Washington make politicians go stale.
“Why would you give away the Senate majority leader who has delivered time and time again?” Clinton said at the rally Thursday night.