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by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on September 14, 2017 - reprinted with permission

    Hello everybody. Well, I'm back. I'd like to say, "I'M BACK!" but that would be greatly overstating my situation so it's just, "I'm back" and muddling through.

  Want to thank Vern for filling in last month. He noted that maybe he should start paying more attention to local news like Mark Manendo's and Senator Heller's problems. Mark's problems, at least the public ones, are behind him with his resignation and Senator Heller's will probably be over in November although how anyone can vote for Ms. Rosen who has already happily embraced the endorsement of a DC group looking to restructure the First Amendment is beyond me.

  Much closer to home thought is the replacement for Mr. Manendo in the state senate. Assemblyman James Ohrenschall (D) has announced he will run for the now open seat. Senate District 21 is heavily Democratic and he is guaranteed as easy victory. Mr. O is clearly a quality individual. There has never been even the slightest hint of scandal or abuse of power in his years in office. A solid choice. except for one small problem. He's an unconstitutional candidate and has been since day one. Mr. O is a government employee working as a Deputy Public Defender in the Juvenile Court system. Can't do that under the Nevada Constitution which is crystal clear: Article 3 Section 1 - three separate branches of government legislative, executive and judicial. No one exercising authority in one branch (Assemblyman/Senator? O) may exercise the functions of another (Public Defender O). It's a great system. Too bad nobody cares.

    Something else going on locally that's kind of interesting is the run in 2018 attempts to recall three state senators. Personally, I think there are lame attempt by the Republicans to regain control of the senate.

  However, I would really like to see one of the three succeed and that's the recall of Patricia Farley. Ms. Farley's story is interesting. She ran as a Republican in 2014. In her election shed defeated a "name" Democrat, Ms. Marilyn Dondero Loop quite handily 57% to 39% then went to Carson City and served with the Republican majority. She Chaired Legislative Operations and Elections and was Vice Chair of Commerce, Labor and Energy. Not bad for a freshman. Then in 2016 the Democrats swept back into power and Ms. Farley announced she would serve as an Independent in the 2017 session stating: "I'm choosing to serve as an Independent in the 2017 session because my constituents come before party labels and I believe this is the best way to represent them."

    Doesn't that sound good? To rise above party labels to be an independent voice? Unfortunately, as is almost always the case with politicians it's what they don't say that makes all the difference. She did not say she would caucus with the Democrats (party labels?) or that she would support their agenda throughout the session. She also did not say she would allow the Democratic leadership to use her status as an Independent to break the 6-6 balance of power on the Legislative Commission turning it into a Democratic (party label?) panel for the first time in its history.

  Now she has announced she will not run in 2018. If she could be taken at her word there would be no need for the recall but based on her record would you believe her.

    I'm sure you heard about Mavis Wanczyk the 53-year-old hospital worker who hit the $758.7 million lottery jackpot. I heard her on the radio and she seemed pretty cool. When asked why she came public so soon her reply was, "I want to get this over with. "What's she going to do next since she already quit her job? "I'm going home, climb into bed and put the covers over my head." Considering what's coming at her that may very well be the best course of action she can take for now.

  Anyway, with $336 million net none of us must worry about her. We can just wish her well and hope she fully enjoys the new life she now has.

    From a new life just starting to one wrapping up I saw an Obit about Jeffrey Riegel a longsuffering fan of the Philadelphia Eagles football team. In his obit he asked, "to have eight Philadelphia Eagles as pall bearers so the Eagles can let him down one more time." The article said a team spokesman declined to comment about his request. Looks like either way the Eagles really are going to let him down one last time.

    Hope you all had a good summer and if the heat started to get to you that you looked around the country and asked yourself where else you would want to live. 

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