I’m still confused, so Craig is going to hone in on Q3 and Q6 thanks Craig. Hope you van bring clarity.
The Question 3 Deck is Stacked Against Open Competition and Energy Choice
(Chuck Muth) – On Tuesday, the anti-business Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce came out opposed to Question 3 – the Energy Choice Initiative that would eliminate Nevada’s current electricity monopoly and open the market to competition from a wide variety of other businesses.
“Our decision about Question 3 is based on changing the constitution,” declared Hugh Anderson, chairman of the government affairs committee for the Chamber. “We leave the door open to explore opportunities to open up the Nevada energy market to more competition during the normal legislative process.”
But, um, THAT’S the problem.
As Scott Rutledge of the “Yes on 3” team pointed out in a Twitter response to the Chamber’s announcement, NV Energy’s “army of lobbyists make that nearly impossible.”
Indeed, efforts to open up the energy market in the 2015 Nevada Legislature – when Republicans controlled both the Senate and the Assembly – and in the 2017 Nevada Legislature – when Democrats controlled both the Senate and the Assembly – went nowhere.
Left on its own, the Nevada Legislature will never act on this issue regardless of which political party is in charge. Period.
And while I’ve disagreed with Scott on a number of other issues in the past, he’s on to something here about NV Energy’s “army of lobbyists.”
Let’s start with Pete Ernaut, perhaps the most powerful lobbyist in Carson City extant (I learned that word from watching John Wayne’s “The Shootist” – means “still existing” – and always wanted to use it).
Among Ernaut’s other deep-pocketed clients: AT&T, Barrick Gold, Coeur D’Alene Mining, the Carpenters Union, the Cleveland Clinic, Expedia, General Motors, Las Vegas Monorail, the Nevada Resort Association (Big Gaming), U-Haul, University Medical Center, Progressive Insurance, and USAA Insurance.
Then there’s Greg Ferraro, probably one of the Top 10 most powerful lobbyists in Carson City whose other clients include Apple, Cox Communications, the Nevada Resort Association (Big Gaming), the Independent Automobile Dealers Association, 3M Company, and Waste Management Inc (another ginormous monopoly for trash collection).
The army also includes Morgan Baumgartner, Joe Brown, Pat Egan, Jack McGinley, Paul Smith, Nick & William Vassiliadis, Nicole Willis-Grimes and Paul Young.
And as a kicker to round out the team: Lorne Malkiewich, the former longtime director the Legislative Counsel Bureau. (Think he doesn’t know where some bodies are buried?!!)
Just try going up against THAT roster, Mr. Average Voter.
Especially when so many legislators’ doors are wide open thanks to NV Energy’s very generous campaign contributions. Here’s a partial list of donations to legislative candidates from just this year’s primary election season…
And that doesn’t even count the money NV Energy donated to the Democrat caucuses ($10,000) or money it’s donated in previous elections.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I have no beef with NV Energy and no problem with corporations making campaign donations. It’s a cost of doing business. And NV Energy does give money to both sides. However…
I did an interview a few years back with Jack Abramoff – “America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist” – who spent a few years in the slammer for bribing elected officials. So if anyone knows how this “insiders” game is played and often abused – it’s Jack.
So I asked him what needed to be done to fix the problem.
Among the reforms he strongly recommended is that “anybody who’s getting a government grant or contract…should be forbidden from giving any money politically, not one dollar in contribution.”
Of course, no such prohibition exists in Nevada.
And NV Energy has the exclusive contract to provide electricity in Nevada.
Which is why no legislative effort to break up the monopoly will ever go anywhere.
Which is why a constitutional amendment FORCING the Legislature to do so is necessary.
(Mr. Muth is president of CitizenOutreach.org and publisher of NevadaNewsandViews.com. He blogs at MuthsTruths.com. His views are his own.)
Minorities Are Winning Under President Trump
President Trump Has Fought For All Americans To Have Better Job Opportunities, Access To Healthcare, And Overall Quality Of Life
o Under President Obama, African American unemployment was on average 5.2 percent higher than the general population, and Hispanic unemployment averaged 1.9 percent higher.
o Under President Trump, not only has minority unemployment plummeted, but the unemployment gap has narrowed to 3 percent for African Americans, and 0.8 percent for Hispanics.
o Premiums for these plans can be up to 80 percent lower than Obamacare healthcare plans.
o STLD plans can offer more affordable healthcare options for minorities.
UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP, MINORITIES HAVE BEEN ENJOYING GREATER ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
Under President Trump, Minority Unemployment Has Reached Historic Lows
Hispanic Unemployment Plummeted To 4.5 In July, A New Record Low. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 8/3/18)
May 2018 Was The First Time African-American Unemployment Had Ever Been Under 6 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 6/1/18)
The Gap Between Minority Unemployment And That Of The General Population Continues To Narrow
Under President Trump, The Asian American Unemployment Rate Has Decreased From 3.8 Percent To 3.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 8/2/18)
Under President Trump, The African American Unemployment Rate Has Decreased From 7.8 Percent To 6.6 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 8/2/18)
Under President Trump, African American Unemployment Has Averaged 7.2 Percent, Narrowing The Unemployment Gap Between African Americans And The General Population To 3 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 8/2/18)
Under President Trump, The Hispanic American Unemployment Rate Decreased From 5.9 Percent To 4.5 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 8/3/18)
Under President Trump, Hispanic Unemployment Has Averaged 5 Percent, Narrowing The Unemployment Gap Between Hispanic Americans And The General Population To 0.8 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 8/3/18)
PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS FOCUSED ON EXPANDING JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS THAT ALLOW AMERICANS TO EARN MONEY WHILE THEY LEARN
Job Training Programs Give Minorities A Greater Opportunity To Succeed
Equipping Minorities With The Skills To Succeed Is Critical To Fighting Economic Inequality.“Unless the U.S. can equip more black and brown young people to succeed, it will face widening inequality, a skills shortage, and growing pressure on Social Security and Medicare as fewer workers earn the middle-class wages that sustain the payroll taxes underpinning those programs. Only boosting the young people already best positioned to scale the ladder won’t meet the economy’s needs anymore.” (Ronald Brownstein, “The Challenge Of Educational Inequality,” The Atlantic, 5/19/16)
Gary Burtless, An Economist With The Brookings Institution, Said That A Portion Of Job Vacancies Are “Unquestionably Due To The Skills Gap” And That In Many Cases This Skills Barrier Can Be Overcome With On The Job Training. “On the one hand, ‘some of the current job vacancies are unquestionably due to the skills gap,’ said Gary Burtless, an economist with the Brookings Institution. ‘If job-seeking jobless workers and promotion-seeking but under-employed workers had exactly the right skills, many of the current job vacancies could be filled faster.’ At the same time, for many job openings, the barrier isn’t necessarily the lack of a college degree or specialized training, he said. In many cases, the ‘barrier’ can be overcome with on-the-job training and experience.” (Louis Jacobson, “Ivanka Trump Right About Role Of ‘Skills Gap’ In Unfilled Jobs,” Politifact, 6/16/17)
President Trump Signed An Executive Order On Workforce Development That Encourages Employers To Increase On-The Job Training
Business Leaders Committed To Provide On-The-Job Training To 3.8 Million Workers And 23 Companies Have Pledged To “Expand Apprenticeship Programs, [And] Increase On-The-Job Training” Under President Trump’s Executive Order On Workforce Development . “A group of business leaders have committed to train 3.8 million workers with in-demand job skills over the next five years under an executive order on job creation signed by President Donald Trump Thursday. FedEx, General Motors, Home Depot, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Walmart, and 16 other companies and trade groups signed a pledge to expand apprenticeship programs, increase on-the-job training, and educate both students and workers throughout their careers.” (Katie Lobosco, “Employers Commit To Train 3.8 Million Workers Under Trump Executive Order,” CNN, 7/19/18)
President Trump’s Executive Order On Workforce Development Also Establishes The National Council For The American Worker Which Will Develop A “National Strategy To Train Americans For The Skills They Need To Fill Open Jobs Now And In The Future.” “The executive order also establishes the National Council for the American Worker, which will consist of cabinet members and senior White House officials. They are charged with developing a national strategy to train Americans for the skills they need to fill open jobs now and in the future. The order also created the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board that will bring together governors with business executives and educators.” (Katie Lobosco, “Employers Commit To Train 3.8 Million Workers Under Trump Executive Order,” CNN, 7/19/18)
President Trump Has Expanded The Federally Funded Apprenticeship Program To Help Workers Struggling To Adapt To Current Economic Trends
President Trump Expanded The Federally Funded Apprenticeship Program So That Employees Can Learn On The Job. “Mr. Trump’s action comes in the form of an executive order expanding federally funded apprenticeship programs. The order would create a category of programs that industry groups and other third parties could develop and then submit for Labor Department approval, rather than working within existing department guidelines. ‘Apprenticeships place students into great jobs without the crippling debt of traditional four-year college degrees,’ Mr. Trump said. ‘Instead apprentices earn while they learn.’” (Noam Scheiber, “Trump Move On Job Training Brings ‘Skills Gap’ Debate To The Fore,” The New York Times, 6/15/17)
By Expanding Apprenticeships Programs, President Trump Took A “Concrete” Step Towards Addressing “The Employment Prospects Of Workers Left Behind By The Current Economic Expansion.” “ President Trump is taking one of the most concrete steps of his presidency on Thursday to address the employment prospects of workers left behind by the current economic expansion. In doing so, he also joins a long-running and occasionally contentious debate over whether those workers have the skills they need to land desirable jobs.” (Noam Scheiber, “Trump Move On Job Training Brings ‘Skills Gap’ Debate To The Fore,” The New York Times, 6/15/17)
PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR REFORMING THE PRISON SYSTEM
President Trump Has Been A Strong Advocate For Prison Reform, Voicing Support For Various Prison Reform Bills And Holding Numerous Discussions On The Issue
In March, President Trump Launched, By Executive Order, The Federal Interagency Council On Crime Prevention And Improving Reentry Which Is Aimed At Helping Those Who Have Engaged In Criminal Activity Lead Productive Lives. “President Trump on Wednesday launched, by executive order, the Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry. The president enacted the council with the aim of reducing crime while looking for ways to ‘provide those who have engaged in criminal activity with greater opportunities to lead productive lives.’” (Stef W. Knight, “Trump Launches Council For Prison Reform And Crime Prevention,” Axios, 3/7/18)
In May, The Trump Administration Brought Together More Than 100 Activists, Experts And Policymakers To Discuss Prison Reform At The Prison Reform Summit. “President Donald Trump will discuss criminal justice reform in a summit at the White House on Friday. Trump plans to address the partisan divide in Congress on improving prison conditions and better-preparing prisoners for re-entry into society at the Prison Reform Summit, bringing together more than 100 activists, experts and policymakers.” (“Watch: Trump Addresses Criminal Justice At Prison Reform Summit,” CNBC, 5/18/18)
In May, The First Step Act, Which Would Place Federal Prisoners Closer To Home, Allow More Home Confinement For Lower-Level Offenders, And Expand Prison Employment Programs, Cleared The House Senate Judiciary Committee. “The First Step Act, sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., cleared the House Judiciary Committee last week with a 25-to-5 vote. It would place federal prisoners closer to home, allow more home confinement for lower-level offenders, and expand prison employment programs.” (Gregory Korte, “Trump Pushes For Prison Reform At White House Summit. Will Some Reform Lead To More?” USA Today, 5/18/18)
In May, President Trump Met With Kim Kardashian West To Discuss Prison Reform. “Kim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump and other officials, including senior adviser Jared Kushner, at the White House on Wednesday to discuss prison reform.” (Kevin Liptak, Maegan Vazquez and Betsy Klein, “Kim Kardashian Meets With Trump To Discuss Prison Reform, CNN, 5/31/18)
In August, President Trump Expressed Support For A Bipartisan Compromise Prison Reform Bill, Which Would Combine The First Step Act With Sentencing Reform Provisions. “President Trump has told Republican senators that he’s open to a new proposal on prison and sentencing reform, giving new life to an issue that seemed hopelessly stalled on Capitol Hill. The compromise presented to Trump by Republican senators at a White House meeting on Wednesday would combine the prison reform bill passed by the House in May — the First Step Act — with four sentencing reform provisions that have bipartisan Senate backing, according to a source familiar with the meeting.” (Ed Kilgore, “Can Jared Kushner Talk Trump Into A Sentencing Reform Push?” New York Magazine, 8/4/18)
In August, President Trump Met With A Group Of Pastors To Discuss Prison Reform. “A member of Detroit’s famed Winans family met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday with a group of pastors discussing prison reform, the White House said. Marvin Winans Jr., a Detroit native who is part of the musical Winans family, was in the group of 17 urban pastors.” (Melissa Nann Burke, “Winans Jr. Meets With Trump At White House On Prison Reform,” The Detroit News, 8/1/18)
PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO MAKE AMERICA’S EDUCATIONSYSTEM GREAT AGAIN
President Trump Has Supported Historically Black Colleges And Universities
In March, President Trump Signed The $1.3 Trillion Federal Omnibus Budget That Would Add Money For Infrastructure And Financial Aid For The Historically Black Colleges. “The $1.3 trillion federal omnibus budget that keeps the government open for six months includes new spending for historically black colleges. The law, signed Friday by President Donald Trump, adds money for infrastructure and financial aid, long-held priorities for HBCU advocates.” (Herbert L. White, “Omnibus Adds Spending For Historically Black Colleges Budget Includes Infrastructure And Financial Aid,” The Charlotte Post, 3/23/18)
In 2016, There Were A Total Of 102 HBCUs Nationwide And In The U.S. Virgin Islands, 51 Of Which Were Public Institutions And The Other Were Private Nonprofit Institutions. “In 2016, there were 102 HBCUs located in 19 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Of the 102 HBCUs, 51 were public institutions and 51 were private nonprofit institutions.” (“Fast Facts,” National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed 8/7/18)
In 2016, There Were 292,000 Students Enrolled In A HBCU Institution. “The number of HBCU students increased 47 percent, from 223,000 to 327,000 students, between 1976 and 2010, then decreased 11 percent, to 292,000 students, between 2010 and 2016.” (“Fast Facts,” National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed 8/7/18)
In The 2015 – 2016 School Year, Most 48,900 Degrees Earned At HBCUs Were Bachelor’s Degrees And Master’s Degrees. “In 2015–16, most of the nearly 48,900 degrees conferred by HBCUs were bachelor’s degrees (69 percent) and master’s degrees (16 percent).” (“Fast Facts,” National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed 8/7/18)
President Trump Has Promoted Vocational Studies By Signing A Reauthorization Of The Carl D. Perkins Career And Technical Education Act
In July 2018, President Trump Signed Into Legislation A $1.2 Billion Workforce Development Program. “President Trump signed legislation Tuesday that renews a federal workforce development program, sending $1.2 billion a year to states but with fewer requirements from Washington on how to spend the money and assess the success of programs.” (Laura Meckler, “President Trump Signs Bipartisan Technical-Education Bill Into Law,” The Washington Post, 7/31/18)
In 2011 Through 2012, Around 22.3 Million Students Were Enrolled In Undergraduate Degree Or Certificate Programs. “Overall, 22.3 million students were enrolled in undergraduate degree or certificate programs, including 11.6 million in subbaccalaureate programs and 10.7 million in bachelor’s degree programs.” (“National Assessment Of Career And Technical Education,” The U.S. Department Of Education, Accessed 8/7/18, p. 28)
In The 2011-2012 Academic Year. A Total Of 41 Percent Of CTE-Focused Associate’s Degrees Were Sought Out By Asian, Black Or African American, And Hispanic Or Latino Students. (“National Assessment Of Career And Technical Education,” The U.S. Department Of Education, Accessed 8/7/18, p. 32)
PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ENSURING ALL AMERICANS HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE
Minority Groups Have Been Disproportionally Affected By A Lack Of Access To Affordable Healthcare
Kaiser Family Foundation: “Nonelderly Asians, Hispanics, Blacks And American Indians Have Faced Increased Barriers To Accessing Care Compared To Whites.” “Nonelderly Asians, Hispanics, Blacks, and American Indians and Alaska Natives face increased barriers to accessing care compared to Whites and have lower utilization of care. There remain large gaps in data for understanding access and utilization of care for Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders.” (Samantha Artiga, et. all, “Key Facts On Health And Health Care By Race And Ethnicity,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/7/16)
In 2016, People Of Color Accounted For Around 55 Percent Of The Total 32.3 Million Nonelderly Uninsured. “Overall, people of color account for more than half (55%) of the total 32.3 million nonelderly uninsured.” (Samantha Artiga, et. all, “Key Facts On Health And Health Care By Race And Ethnicity,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/7/16)
Hispanic And Black Nonelderly Adults And Children Have Remained “Significantly Less Likely To Have Private Coverage” Compared To Whites, Even With Medicaid Support, Hispanic And Black Nonelderly Adults Have Not Been Able To “Offset The Difference.” “Even with the recent gains coverage, Hispanic and Black nonelderly adults and children remain significantly less likely to have private coverage compared to Whites. Medicaid helps fill these gaps in coverage, covering over one in four Hispanic and Black nonelderly adults and over half of Hispanic and Black children. However, it does not fully offset the difference, leaving Hispanics and Blacks at higher risk of being uninsured.” (Samantha Artiga, Julia Foutz and Anthony Damico, “Health Coverage By Race And Ethnicity: Changes Under The ACA,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 1/26/18)
Ichiro Kawachi, Professor Of Social Epidemiology, Claimed That The “Deepest And Most Persistent Divide” Surrounding Healthcare Is Income. “Health disparities form along several societal fault lines, but analysts say the deepest and most persistent divide surrounds income. America’s poor — of any race or ethnicity — are sicker than well-off Americans, Kawachi said.” (Alvin Powell, “The Costs Of Inequality: Money = Quality Health Care = Longer Life,” The Harvard Gazette, 2/22/16)
Under Obamacare, Healthcare Premiums Have Been Exorbitantly Expensive
In 2017, Individual Healthcare Premiums On The Healthcare.gov Exchange Were On Average 105 Percent Higher Than Average Individual Market Premiums In 2013. “Comparing the average premiums found in 2013 MLR data and 2017 CMS MIDAS data shows average exchange premiums were 105% higher in the 39 states using Healthcare.gov in 2017 than average individual market premiums in 2013.” (“Individual Market Premium Changes: 2013 – 2017,” The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services, 5/23/17, p. 1)
According To The Department Of Health And Human Services, The Average Monthly Premium Rose From $232 In 2013 To $476 In 2017. (“Individual Market Premium Changes: 2013 – 2017,” The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services, 5/23/17, p. 1)
In 2017, 62 Percent Of Healthcare.gov States Experienced An Average Monthly Premium That Was At Least Doubled From The 2013 Average Premium Rate. “Average monthly premiums increased from $232 in 2013 to $476 in 2017, and 62% of those states had 2017 exchange premiums at least double the 2013 average.” (“Individual Market Premium Changes: 2013 – 2017,” The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services, 5/23/17, p. 1)
President Trump Has Signed Into Law A Repeal Of The Individuals Mandate, Which Forces Everyone To Pay A Steep Penalty Even If They Are Unable To Afford Health Insurance
In December 2017, President Trump Signed The Tax Reform Bill Into Law. “President Donald Trump signed the $1.5 trillion rewrite of the tax code into law at the White House on Friday capping off a victory lap before leaving to spend the holidays in Mar-a-Lago.” (Veronica Stracqualursi, “President Trump Signs Tax Bill Into Law,” ABC News , 12/22/17)
Under This Bill, The Individual Mandate Will Be Eliminated Starting In 2019. “The GOP tax bill eliminates the individual mandate penalty for not having health insurance starting in 2019.”(“The GOP Tax Bill Kills Obamacare’s Individual Mandate. Here’s What That Means,” Time, 12/15/17)
The Affordable Care Act Established The Individual Mandate—A Punitive Tax Levied On Those Who Choose To Forgo Purchasing Insurance. “The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people — even young and healthy ones — to buy insurance through the law’s online marketplaces: a tax penalty for those who remain uninsured.” (Robert Pear, “Health Law Tax Penalty? I’ll Take It, Millions Say,” The New York Times, 10/26/16)
President Trump Has Fulfilled A Promise To Bring More Affordable Healthcare Options To The Market By Allowing Consumers To Purchase Short-Term Limited-Duration Plans
In January 2017, President-Elect Donald Trump Stated That Under New Healthcare Laws, Americans Would Have “Great Health Care” That Was “Less Expensive And Much Better.” “‘We’re going to have insurance for everybody,’ Trump said. ‘There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.’ People covered under the law ‘can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.’” (Robert Costa and Amy Goldstein, “Trump Vows ‘Insurance For Everybody’ In Obamacare Replacement Plan,” The Washington Post, 1/15/17)
In October 2017, President Trump Issued An Executive Order That Instructed Various Departments To Consider Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Insurance. “In October, President Trump issued an Executive Order instructing the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury to consider proposing regulations or revising guidance to promote healthcare choice and competition by expanding the availability of short-term, limited-duration insurance.” (Press Release, “Fact Sheet: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Proposed Rule,” Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services, 2/20/18)
In February 2018, The Various Departments Decided To Propose An Extension Of The Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Plans To Up To A Year. “As a direct result of this, the Departments issued a proposed rule on Tuesday, February 20, that would change the maximum duration of such coverage to less than 12 months, as opposed to the current maximum duration of less than three months.” (Press Release, “Fact Sheet: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Proposed Rule,” Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services, 2/20/18)
In August 2018, The Department Of Health And Human Services, Labor And Treasury Finalized The Rule That Would Establish Short-Term Limited Duration Plans To Cover Up To 12 Months Of Insurance And Last Up To 36 Months In Total. “On Wednesday, the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a final rule to help Americans struggling to afford health coverage find new, more affordable options. The rule allows for the sale and renewal of short-term, limited-duration plans that cover longer periods than the previous maximum period of less than three months. Such coverage can now cover an initial period of less than 12 months, and, taking into account any extensions, a maximum duration of no longer than 36 months in total. This action will help increase choices for Americans faced with escalating premiums and dwindling options in the individual insurance market.” (Press Release, “Trump Administration Delivers On Promise Of More Affordable Health Insurance Options,” The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services, 8/1/18)
Short-Term Limited-Duration Plans Will Be Able To Serve The American Population That Were Displaced By The High Costs Of Obamacare
Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance Is “Generally More Affordable” Than ACA-Compliant Plans, With Some Plans Costing Almost Half The Amount Of A Regular Unsubsidized ACA-Compliant Plan. “Short-term, limited-duration insurance is generally more affordable than ACA-compliant plans. In the fourth quarter of 2016, a short-term, limited-duration policy cost approximately $124 a month compared to $393 for an unsubsidized ACA-compliant plan.” (Press Release, “Fact Sheet: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Proposed Rule,” Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services, 2/20/18)
Since Short-Term Limited Duration Health Care Coverage Offer Limited Coverage And Cost Less Than ACA-Compliant Plans, With Some Plans With Premiums Almost 20 Percent Less Than Bronze Plan Premiums. “Due to these limitations in coverage, short-term policies, not surprisingly, cost less than ACA-compliant major medical health insurance policies. A review of short-term policies offered on two websites, ehealthinsurance.com and agilehealth.com, shows it is not uncommon to find the cheapest short-term policy priced at 20% or less of the premium for the lowest cost ACA-compliant bronze plan in an area.” (Karen Pollitz, “Understanding Short-Term Limited-Duration Health Insurance,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 2/9/18)
In 2018, A Study By eHealth Found That Short-Term Health Insurance Premiums Were Around 80 Percent Less Costly On Average Than Affordable Care Act Qualified Health Plans.“Short-term health insurance premiums are 80 percent less costly, on average, than Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) qualified health plans, according to an analysis conducted by eHealth. The eHealth study compared the monthly premiums for the lowest cost short-term health plan to the lowest cost ACA plan available at Healthcare.gov or CoveredCa.com in 40 metropolitan areas served by eHealth.com in June 2018.” (“Affordable Coverage: Short-Term Health Insurance And The ACA,” eHealth, Accessed 8/3/18, p.2)
In 2018, The Lowest-Priced ACA Bronze Plan For A Family Of Three Averaged $10,340 A Year In Comparison To An Average Lowest-Priced Short-Term Plan That Cost Only $1,394.“According to the eHealth analysis, the lowest-priced ACA bronze plan for a family of three averaged $10,340 a year ($862 per month). The average, lowest-priced short-term plan, by comparison, cost nearly $9,000 less or $1,394 annually ($116 per month).” (“Affordable Coverage: Short-Term Health Insurance And The ACA,” eHealth, Accessed 8/3/18, p.3)
Beginning In 2019, Short-Term Limited-Duration Gross Premiums Are Estimated To Decrease By 43 Percent And Up To 49 Percent In 2028. (“Estimated Financial Effects Of The Short-Term, Limited-Duration Policy Proposed Rule,” Centers For Medicare And Medicaid , 4/16/18)
Studies Have Shown That The “Younger And Healthy People” Who Are Unable To Purchase Premium Subsidies Have Not Purchased ACA-Compliant Policies “In Any Great Number.”“There is a good deal of evidence, however, that young and healthy people who are ineligible for premium subsidies have not purchased ACA-compliant policies in any great number.” (“Backgrounder,” The Heritage Foundation, 4/26/18, p. 6)
Based On Enrollment Trends Prior To October 2016, The Department Of Health And Human Services Projected That Nearly 100,000 To 200,000 Individual Would Shift From ACA-Compliant Individual Market To the Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance In 2019. “Based on enrollment trends prior to the October 2016 final rule, the Departments project that approximately 100,000 to 200,000 additional individuals would shift from an ACA-compliant individual market plan to short-term, limited-duration insurance in 2019. Only about 10 percent of these individuals would have been subsidy-eligible if they maintained their Exchange coverage.”(Press Release, “Fact Sheet: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Proposed Rule,” Centers For Medicare And Medicaid, 2/20/18)
According To An Estimate By The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) And The Joint Committee On Taxation (JCT), Starting In 2023 An Additional 6 Million People Would Be Enrolled In An Association Health Plan (AHPs) Or Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance (STLDI). “By CBO and JCT’s estimates, starting in 2023 (when the effects of both rules are estimated to be fully phased in), roughly 6 million additional people would enroll in either an AHP or STLDI plan as a result of the proposed rules, with about 4 million in AHPs and about 2 million in STLDI plans.” (“Federal Subsidies For Health Insurance Coverage For People Under Age 65: 2018 To 2028,” Congressional Budget Office, 5/23/18, p.10)
Buyers Who Benefit Off The Expansion Of The Short-Term Limited-Duration Plans Include Individuals And Families “Trapped” In The Medicaid Coverage Gap And Healthy People “Who Earn Just A Little Bit Too Much To Qualify For Premium Subsidies.” “These buyers include individuals and families who are trapped in the Medicaid coverage gap because their states have rejected federal funding to expand the ACA – but they also include people who are healthy and who earn just a little bit too much to qualify for premium subsidies.” (Louise Norris, “‘So Long’ To Limits On Short-Term Plans?” Healthinsurance.org, 4/20/18)
The Option Of Stretching Short-Term Coverage Over A Full Year Would “Undoubtedly Be Welcome News To Consumers Who Already Feel As Though The Coverage Is Their Only Viable Option.” “Having the option of stretching short-term coverage over a full year (via Pivot’s back-to-back plans, or new plans that will come to the market if and when the new rules for short-term plans are finalized) will undoubtedly be welcome news to consumers who already feel as though the coverage is their only viable option.” (Louise Norris, “‘So Long’ To Limits On Short-Term Plans?” Healthinsurance.org, 4/20/18)
The Year-Long Extension Of STLD Polices Made These Plans A “More Attractive Choice For Healthier Individuals” Concerned About The Cost Of ACA-Compliant Plans. “Extending the coverage period for STLD policies back to just under a year is likely to make them a more attractive choice for healthier individuals concerned about the cost of ACA-compliant plans.” (Gary Claxton and Karen Pollitz, “Proposals For Insurance Options That Don’t Comply With ACA Rules: Trade-Offs In Cost And Regulation,” Kaiser Family Foundation,
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION OF WASHOE COUNTY
WASHOE COUNTY COMMISSION CHAMBERS
FRIDAY: DATE Aug. 17, 2018
1001 E. 9th Street, Bldg. A, Reno TIME 9:00 a.m.
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:
~ Congressman Mark Amodei
The Guinn Center is hosting a public forum for the final candidates running for education boards in northern Nevada. Specifically, we are inviting final candidates who are running for the Washoe County School District (WCSD) Board of Trustees (Districts B, C and F, at large). These candidate forums are free and open to the public.
The details are as follows:
When: Wednesday, October 3rd. 2018
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Format: Candidates will introduce themselves. Teachers, support staff, students and parents will ask a series of questions. The event will close with 10-15 minutes of questions from the audience.
Please contact Lorena Rodriguez at 702 916 0746 should you have any questions.
WC1 FLOODTAX: Nothing in the news on this, it’s getting very little attention, but in November you voters in Washoe will see WC1 the Property Tax Increase measure to cover properties in the flood plain, when there are already a portion of sales tax being diverted to the same exact cause. Please vote NO and see www.TaxYourselfNotMe.com for further info.
I’m happy to talk before any group on this. So many reasons to say no and so many elected officials opposed to it. I know on none supporting it. Many are “studying it”.
Veterans Forum with Congressman Amodei:
DETAILS: Reno Veterans’ Town Hall Meeting
Date: Wednesday, August 15th Time: 1:00 PM PT – 3:00 PM Location: Washoe County Administration Building in the County Commission Chambers located at 1009 East 9th Street
OML: Open Meeting Law
Nevada has a good law on free speech and speaking on OML, but it has flaws and lacks teeth. The Attorney General has a committee and is looking at Bill Drafts (BDRs) to strengthen the law. The next meeting date of the Committee (Nevada Attorney General’s OML Task Force) is possibly in September and I have identified about 8 issues, some important. If you care, please contact me for more or feel free to add your input.
Candidate Forums (school dist and others):
(Non-partisan) Website up and has offered all candidates at School District, Reno City Council and Mayor the opportunity to have their profiles listed and they will be scheduling a number of debates/forums. TAKE A LOOK! Why did the incumbents fail to respond?
August 22: Washoe School Trustees Forum at King Buffet, noon, on Kietzke near Peckham. No charge but you may opt to but lunch or a soda.
All WCSD Trustee candidates are invited. They will be hosting more candidate forums for other races.
The Guinn Center, is hosting a public forum for the final c andidates running for education boards in northern Nevada. Specifically, we are inviting final candidates who are running for the Washoe County School District (WCSD) Board of Trustees (Districts B, C and F, at large). These candidate forums are free and open to the public.
The details are as follows: TBD: When: October 3rd. or 4th. 2018 Time: 6 to 8 pm Where: Reno, location TBD
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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
*Attendance limited, read below:
Dear Candidate :
On September 19, 2018, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hidden Valley Country Club, the Hidden Valley Homeowners Association is hosting a Candidates Forum. This Forum will provide you with an excellent opportunity to speak in person to an audience that could become your constituents. Candidates for State, Washoe County, Sheriff and School District Board of Trustees District F have been invited to participate. Space for your campaign materials will be available at the venue.
As well as those residents of Hidden Valley and its subdivisions, citizens from Rosewood Lakes, Roseview, Heron’s Landing, Mill Creek/Donner Springs, South Hills, Virginia Foothills and Mount Rose Highway will be invited to attend and participate. It is hoped that we all will get a better understanding of your platform and how you intend to govern going forward.
*One of my biggest concerns: the 2000 lb elephant in the room is that your WC1 tax dollars and property tax are building many news schools a roughly double what they promised during the election – a high school was $110 million and ow $220 million (Wildcreek). Damonte Ranch HS only cost $35 million! More info at my website: www.RenoTaxRevolt.com . But three will open in less than a year. The big Q: Where will the money come from to hire ad staff these schools and will there be enough students to fill them? Even if we have the funds (which we don’t) where will we find qualified teachers, cops, and staff in this booming economy? You heard it here first.
From WCSD 2018 Projected Budget: ” The major factors causing the deficit are: the depletion of savings or fund balance ($28 million); FY17 projected enrollment not materializing…”
“District staff has worked to reduce expenditures in fiscal year 2016-17 and $10 million has been identified that can be used to reduce the $40 million deficit down to $30 million. However, this use of savings to offset ongoing expenditures will result in the deficit continuing in the subsequent fiscal year.”
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Thanks Roger for sharing this
Please read the whole thing regardless of whom you voted for, I do not know Ross Rant, but please read the whole thing if you want to understand how well we are actually doing…I just do not know why the news media continues to slant the truth. I am simple amassed at the real progress we have made in the last couple years.
Ross Rant – 7/29/2018
To understand the trade war with China, you need to understand that China at the moment is having a major slowdown economically. The stock market is down 25%. Many banks are being bailed out by the government. Everything and everyone in China is way over levered, and the economy is therefore in a high risk position which the government was trying to fix. The trade war got in the way, forcing the government to subsidize the smaller banks. China is loaning tens of billions to countries like Pakistan to build ports and railroads and infrastructure. Problem is, these countries have zero possible way to ever repay these loans. So now they are faced with stopping the projects or asking the IMF to bail them out. It is a mess for China and the countries who took the loans. There is starting to be pushback against China for this. So, Trump’s timing to go after China is exactly right. They are in a weakened position right now. Ignore all the hype about how they could sell their $1.4 trillion of US Treasuries —to who??? Not going to happen. The whole world agrees China violates every rule on trade and steals IP. Trump is just the only one who is willing to take them on with the rest of the world cheering him on from the sidelines. Now it appears the EU is willing to cooperate with Trump and revise the WTO and to push China on IP and other trade violations. Something they were never willing to do before.
Can 4% GDP growth continue. Maybe. But 3.5% would be great. Remember the left, and the press saying in 2016 and early 2017, 2% was the new normal maximum, and the US was at its peak and we faced stagflation, economic decline, etc. 2% was the accepted number as what good growth would be. Larry Summers was right out there saying 4% was impossible. Some in the mainstream media and Wall St said getting above 2% was pure fantasy, and Trump was dreaming. So, as I have said often, ignore the talking heads, and the mainstream media. They all have an agenda. Almost none are objective. The tax bill and deregulation was a huge boost. The left just can’t admit it. There are even stories now in the press that 4% is really a bad thing??? 4% is great, it may not be 4% next quarter, but 3.5% would be terrific. If Trump really does a deal with the EU, Mexico and Canada, and then Japan, 3.5%, or better, is very realistic. Capital expenditures will ramp up further once the tariff issues subside and that uncertainty goes away. They say exports were hyped due to pending tariffs, but to do that, inventories were drawn down, so this quarter inventories will be rebuilt, pushing up GDP growth upward. The press does not want you to believe it because it means the Republicans win in November, so they will try to convince you otherwise. Even my very liberal economist friends admit privately to me that the economy is going to be booming for at least 6 more quarters. The key is to reelect Republicans to control Congress. Keep in mind Maxine Waters is chair of the finance committee if the Dems get control, and Nancy is speaker. Think about that combo, and the ability to get budgets and more tax reform done. It should drive you to the polls and to take all your friends with you to vote. What a trade Trump, and 4% GDP, or Maxine Waters.
If you want to understand Russia, and the whole gas pipeline issue— gas and oil is 52% of Russia’s GDP. The GDP of Russia is slightly smaller than NY State, around $1.5 trillion. GDP per capita is only $8,748 in 2017. Far lower than in 2013. We heard this first hand when I was in Russia, but now the stats show it to be true. The standard of living in Russia is declining . 20% of the Russian budget goes to weapons and the army. So Trump is right- how can Germany build a new gas pipeline with Russia which will fund more weapons spending, when they are supposedly having sanctions because of weapons and Crimea. It is nuts. The gas line will provide Russia billions of new cash flow for weapons which are aimed at —-Germany. But Merkel also thought letting in over 1 million Muslims was also a great idea until the voters rebelled, and the rest of the EU voted right wing in response. Reality is Russia is now in economic decline due to lower oil prices and corruption. Defense spend was reduced this year. So what does Merkel want to do – build the pipeline to pay them more badly needed money. Trump is not out of line for his comments. The pipeline is the same as Obama paying Iran $150 billion just as their economy was tanking. Truth is Russia cannot afford to wage a real war in Europe now that Trump has forced NATO to materially up spending and readiness. . If Obama was still in power Putin could take over Baltic states and have only a few sanctions because under Obama NATO was militarily unable to react. That was why Putin felt he could go into Crimea with no big problem. Putin also knew he could continue his cyber war with no real consequences under Obama. Don’t believe the crap about Trump favors Putin, or they have something on him. It is more lefty nonsense. The US pays 71% of NATO costs. Germany pays less than 1.2% of their GDP for their own defense. We pay far more for Germany’s defense than Germany does, and they can afford to pay. Trump is right for making this a major issue. So in 2018, NATO and the US are upping spending on defense and Russia cannot keep up. Russia is forced to reduce spending because oil prices did not rise as much as Putin needed. Under Obama US defense spend went down from 2013 on, and Russia went up a lot, and China even more. Obama left us in very bad and weak shape vs our main adversaries. It was massive US defense spending by Reagan vs Russia, that won the cold war. The story now is very similar vs Russia and Iran. The best way to win a war is to far out spend the bad guys until they fold with no shots being fired. A strong offensive capability and willingness to use it (missiles fired at Syria) is the best defense. Putin and Xi got the message. Putin blew it by favoring Trump. The last thing he wanted was a much stronger US military and stronger, capable NATO.
Iran’s GDP is $439 billion, less than that of 14 states. And now it is tanking. Obama gave them $150 billion-34% of their GDP. Iran cannot compete with US and Israel. Israel is much smaller by population and has a GDP of $320 billion. With sanctions Trump is imposing, Iran is in real economic trouble, and cannot afford a war with us, the Sunnis and Israel. The Obama nuke deal just empowered Iran to go on an expansion into Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. Now Israel and the US are pushing back with the help of the Sunnis. Reimposing sanctions will severely cripple Iran and they will likely try to attack shipping in the straits and the Red Sea. It will end very badly for them now that the Sunnis, Israel and the US are teamed up, the US military is being rebuilt, Sadr is pushing back on Iran trying to control Iraq, and the Iranian people are protesting and ready to revolt. The entire Mideast situation is going to change by year end when sanctions go back into effect. Iran will run out of money to continue their expansion. What is astonishing is Merkel and the EU prefer to try to get around the US sanctions and trade with Iran instead of cooperating with us and destroying the regime. And the press thinks Trump acts badly with the EU??? The EU doesn’t pay for their own defense and they favor Iran.
The US economy is on a roll. It will be strong well into 2019 and maybe into 2020. The stock market will go up. Just be patient. Bond prices will decline further. All equities will continue to work. They will resolve trade in the next 90 days. Before November. NAFTA will get revised. WTO will get revised. Putin is in no economic shape to invade anyone, or do another Syria. He is now motivated to try to work with Trump. If oil prices stay around where they are, Russia is hurting. Q3 GDP will be over 3%. This is like under Reagan. Trump will bury Putin in military spending and Putin will have to concede on some issues. It will just take time. It took Reagan three years. If there is no pipeline, Russia is in more trouble. Farm products in the EU will still be a big problem. Macron cannot give in on this and stay in office. From here on it is all about China, and how Xi can give in and not lose face.
Bottom line, a very strong US economy and big defense spending will overwhelm Russia and Iran. A strong economy, allowing big defense spending, matters a lot in terms of geopolitics. The price of oil is strategic, not just economic.
Hillary wipes her server, destroys her mobile phones, paid a foreign spy and Russia for false crap on Trump, the FBI uses it improperly for a FISA warrant, the DNC still never turned over their server, DOJ won’t give Congress the files, Hilary and Debbie manipulated the primary to keep Bernie from winning, and the media is all in a dither about —trumpets blare please—-did Don Jr tell his father there was to be a meaningless meeting with some Russian lawyer that lasted 20 minutes about adoptions. Maybe I missed the point. The press seems to think whether Don Jr told his father is the key to collusion. And now Mueller wants to examine Trump’s tweets about Sessions who is recused, to see if Trump obstructed justice by attacking Sessions who is recused, and Comey who has proven to be a liar and should have been fired day one??? It is pretty clear Mueller is hard up if he is trying to claim tweets about someone who is recused are obstruction. And now the Dems want to let illegal aliens- non citizens –vote, but they claim Trump conspired with a foreign power about the vote. What was it I missed here. And the press wonders why Trump is frustrated that he cannot end this madness.
Nicky Haley will be elected president in 2024 She will be the first woman president. Mark it down (Google her for background information)
GOVERNMENT REGULATION OR RESTRICTION
Thanks again to Kitchie
Where a government employee has no procedural due process rights apart from those which agency has chosen to create by its own regulations, scrupulous compliance with those regulations is required to avoid any injustice.
Schwartz v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
C.A.D.C.(1978), 578 F.2d 417, 188 U.S.App.D.C. 175.
The most expeditious common law action against the bond and/or the property belonging to a public official, officer or servant is that of a confession of judgment, a common law procedure predating the Truth In Lending Act and the Consumer Protection Act; see the unanimous decision in D. H. Overmyer Co. v. Frick Co., 405 U.S. 174 (1972), at 176:
Appropriate test of substantive due process is whether a government regulation or restriction is unreasonable, arbitrary or capricious under the circumstances of the particular case.
Berrigan v. Sigler, D.C.D.C.(1973), 358 F.Supp. 130, affirmed 499 F.2d 514, 162 U.S.App.D.C. 378.
Fundamental fairness requires that regulations be clear so that men of common intelligence need not guess at meaning and differ as to application.
Longview Refining Co. v. Shore, Em.App.1977, 554 F.2d 1006,
certiorari denied 98 S.Ct. 126, 434 U.S. 836, 54 L.Ed.2d 98.
Failure of an administrative agency to follow its own established procedures constitutes a violation of procedural due process.
Berends v. Butz, D.C.Minn.1973, 357 F.Supp. 143. See, also,
Bills v. Hendenson, C.A.6(Tenn.) 1980, 631 F.2d 1287;
Government of Canal Zone v. Brooks, C.A.Canal Zone 1970, 427 F.2d 346;
Associated Builders & Contractors of Texas Gulf Coast, Inc. v. U.S. Dept. of Energy, D.C.Tex.1978, 451 F.Supp. 281;
Brown v. U.S., D.C.Tex.1974, 377 F.Supp. 530;
U.S. v. Ginsburg, D.C.Conn.1974, 376 F.Supp. 714.
In order to establish a substantive due process violation, arising out of agency determination, it must be alleged that decision is arbitrary and irrational and it must also be shown that there was separate constitutional violation or inadequacy of state law remedies.
Employers Ins. of Wausau v. Browner, N.D.Ill.1994, 848 F.Supp. 1369, affirmed 52
F.3d 656, rehearing and suggestion for rehearing en banc denied,
certiorari denied 116 S.Ct. 699, 516 U.S. 1042, 133 L.Ed.2d 656.
It is only when a regulation is arbitrary and unreasonable that due
process considerations will prevent its enforceability. U. S. v.
Missouri Pac. R. Co., E.D.Mo.1976, 417 F.Supp. 312, affirmed 553 F.2d 1156.
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July 24, 2018, In the Year of Our Lord 2017
Ninth U.S. Circuit Rules OPEN CARRY of Firearms Guaranteed by Second Amendment – IN ALL STATES! ** NO PERMIT NEEDED *
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 17:00
A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit has just ruled that the right to openly carry a firearm for the purpose of self-defense is a protected activity under the Second Amendment. The case is Young vs. Hawaii and the lawsuit challenges a Hawaii law, which says A concealed carry or open carry permit is only issued once you’ve convinced the local police chief that you are engaged in an activity “[w]here the urgency or the need has been sufficiently indicated” and the applicant “is engaged in the protection of life and property.”
Here are some key points. The Heller and McDonald cases were absolute game changers in this decision…it is refreshing to see the Ninth Circuit has heard of them. They take pains to point out that, by the logic of their Peruta vs. San Diego, if concealed carry is not a right, then open carry must be:
In short, the text of the Amendment, as interpreted by Heller and McDonald, points toward the conclusion that “bear” implies a right to carry firearms publicly for self-defense.
They cite to Dred Scott’s use of bearing firearms as a marker of citizenship to show that this is a historical right, which is a pretty awesome troll by itself:
“[I]t would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”
And the justices do an extensive search of 19th-century cases, particularly Reconstruction era cases from the South that sought to prevent blacks from owning firearms:
To summarize the history canvassed thus far: the important founding-era treatises, the probative nineteenth century case law, and the post-civil war legislative scene each reveal a single American voice. The right to bear arms must include, at the least, the right to carry a firearm openly for self-defense.
And they come to these conclusions:
Restricting open carry to those whose job entails protecting life or property necessarily restricts open carry to a small and insulated subset of law-abiding citizens. Just as the Second Amendment does not protect a right to bear arms only in connection with a militia, it surely does not protect a right to bear arms only as a security guard. The typical, law abiding citizen in the State of Hawaii is therefore entirely foreclosed from exercising the core Second Amendment right to bear arms for self-defense.21 It follows that section 134-9 “amounts to a destruction” of a core right, and as such, it is infirm “[u]nder any of the standards of scrutiny.”
We do not take lightly the problem of gun violence, which the State of Hawaii “has understandably sought to fight . . . with every legal tool at its disposal.” Wrenn, 864 F.3d at 667. We see nothing in our opinion that would prevent the State from regulating the right to bear arms, for the Second Amendment leaves the State “a variety of tools for combatting [the problem of gun violence], including some measures regulating handguns.” Heller, 554 U.S. at 636.
But, for better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. We would thus flout the Constitution if we were to hold that, “in regulating the manner of bearing arms, the authority of [the State] has no other limit than its own discretion.” Reid, 1 Ala. at 616. While many respectable scholars and activists might find virtue in a firearms-carry regime that restricts the right to a privileged few, “the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table.” Heller, 554 U.S. at 636.
Thank Katherine for this submission.
There is a monstrous difference in restricting or regulating the ability of a person to exercise a right than in prohibiting and commanding actions, or the lack of, and punishing by penalty, fines, and imprisonment, persons who fail to comply when the action committed by the person has not, in fact, caused any loss or damage of another’s life, liberty or property as opposed to those classes of crimes where another’s life, liberty or property has been damaged or lost.
It is an undisputed fact that under the Common Law, one does not commit a crime unless one willfully damages another real person by depriving said person of Life, Liberty, or Property. The Accused will require at all prosecutions, as provided for under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, , the body of a natural person (corpus delicti) and all real parties in interest as a damaged party and not the alleged representative of said party. (Where is the injured party?)
The Constitutional right of the owner of property to make legitimate use of his lands may not be curtailed by unreasonable restrictions under the guise of the police power.
“Ordinances are not law, they are corporate by-laws regulating those within the corporate jurisdiction.” Bouvier’s 1914 legal dictionary defines “ordinance” as follows:
Municipal ordinances are laws passed by the governing body of a municipal corporation for the regulation of the affairs of the corporation. The technically more correct term “by laws” is in common and approved use. The main feature of “ordinances” is that they are local, as distinguished from state laws. They are not, in a constitutional sense, public laws, but mere rules or domestic regulations devoid in many respects of the characteristics of public or general laws.
Ordinance is the generic term for acts of council affecting the affairs of corporations.1 Pol. Co. Ct. R. 405, 407.
However, any classification permanently restricting the enjoyment of property to such an extent that it cannot be utilized for any reasonable purpose goes beyond regulations and constitutes a “taking” without due process.
Regulations sought to be imposed by laws or ordinances must have real and substantial bearing upon the public health, public safety, public works or general public welfare, and a belief, no matter how fervently or widely entertained, that municipal authorities can assert some sort of communal control over privately owned lands, is at variance with the fundamental nature of private ownership and in derogation of the protection of private ownership. Cooley Const. Lum. 7th Ed. P. 245; Truax v Corrigan 257 U.S. 336, 66 L. Ed. 264, 27 A.L.R. 375; 42 Sup. Ct. Rep. 124.
Thus, the owner will not be required to sacrifice his rights absent substantial need for restrictions in the interest of public health, morals, safety, and welfare.
It has been held that the exercise of police power under an ordinance may be proper in a general sense but may be unreasonable and confiscatory as applied to particular property.
White v City of Twin Falls, 81 NEVADA 176, 338 P.2d 778 – 1959;
Cole-Collister Fire Protection Dist. V City of Boise, 93 NEVADA 558, 468 P.2d, 290 – 1970 (46 other citings).
Furthermore, zoning ordinances cannot be arbitrary since they interfere with the free use of property and thus the validity of a zoning ordinance depends on a reasonable relation to the police power. Continental Oil Co. v. City of Twin Falls, 49 Idaho 89 at 106, 286 P. 353 at 358 (1930); Appeal of Sawdey, 369 Pa. 19, 85 A.2d 28 (1951).
In determining the question of reasonableness or unreasonableness of an ordinance, all the existing circumstances or contemporaneous conditions, the objects sought to be obtained, and the necessity or lack thereof for its adoption, will be considered by the court. White v. City of Twin Falls, 81 Idaho 176, 338 P.2d 778 (1959); Continental Oil Co. v. City of Twin Falls, supra.
“Generally speaking, it is within the rights of the Municipal legislative authority, acting under the “general welfare” clause, to determine what ordinances are required to protect and secure public health, comfort and safety, but it may not, under guise of such power, enact ordinances which are unreasonable, or discriminatory, or an invasion of constitutional rights.” McKelley v City of Murfeeboro, 162 Tenn. 304, 36 S.W> 2d, 99-1931, citing Std. Oil Co. v City of Kearney, 106 Neb. 558, 184 N.W. 109 – 1921.
Counties are a branch of the Executive Department of Government and are created solely to aid in the administration of state affairs, but regulated by legislature. Pursuant to the doctrine of Separation of Powers, not even a single individual within one department may assume the powers or duties of another department of government. Therefore, neither a county or a city governing board may initiate and enact “law”, nor may they enforce law. This is why every action brought to the court by the District Attorney is in the name of the STATE OF NEVADA.
“A county is a quasi corporation and a governmental agency of the state, with no independent sovereignty, and possesses only such powers as are expressly given or necessarily implied in statutes constitutionally enacted.” Jefferson County ex rel Grauman v Jefferson County Fiscal Court, 118, S.W> 2d 181, 184, 274 Ky. 91.
The state’s “creatures” are “corporations”, which term also extends to individuals in corporate capacity. This subject is thoroughly defined by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Hale v Henkel, 201 U.S. 43.
Counties are created for the convenience of state governments and have only the implied power to do acts necessary to enable them to exercise their express power or to accomplish the object for which they are created, and in the absence of clearly expressed terms it will not be inferred that the legislature has delegated to the county powers to do that which supercede general laws or render them unnecessary:” State v Vantage Bridge Co. 236 P. 280, 134 Wash. 568. (January 12, 1949)
“[G]enerally speaking, a municipality’s proprietary functions are those conducted ‘in its private capacity, for the benefit only of those within its corporate limits, and not as an arm of the government,’ while its governmental functions are ‘in the performance of purely governmental matters solely for the public benefit.'” Tooke, 197 S.W.3d at 343 (quoting Dilley v. City of Houston, 222 S.W.2d 992, 993 (Tex. 1949)).
The Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution provides in part: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
The court distinguished between the acts directly chargeable to respondents and the larger context within which those acts occurred, including the direct levy by state officials on petitioner’s property. While the latter no doubt amounted to state action, the former was not so clearly action under color of state law.
The Court also notes that due process has historically been applied to “deliberate decisions of government officials to deprive a person of liberty, or property.”
Boards of county commissioners have only such powers as have been granted to them, expressly or by necessary implication, by the constitution and statutes of the state. Sasse v. King County, 196 Wash. 242, 82 P. (2d) 536 1943; State ex rel. Taylor v. Superior Court, supra.
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July 26, 2018
By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die
In this new story over at Forbidden Knowledge TV that Steve Quayle linked to on his website Wednesday morning they reported that the roll out of 5G is already causing staggering health problems after firefighters in several different California counties from San Francisco to Sacramento to Los Angeles reported neurological damage, headaches, insomnia, memory problems and confusion soon after 5G equipment was installed outside of their fire stations.
And while one wouldn’t blame the reader for thinking that story might be some bizarre ‘conspiracy theory’, back on May 29th of this year, CBS Sacramento reported that major health risk questions have been raised about the roll out of 5G just months before Sacramento officially launches 5G services and their story indeed reports:
Firefighters in San Francisco have reported memory problems and confusion after the 5G equipment was installed outside of fire stations. The firefighters claim the symptoms stopped when they relocated to stations without equipment nearby.
As the Forbidden Knowledge TV story also reported, when the firefighters were tested, they were found to have brain abnormalities and measurable neurological deficits and as this January story over at CBS San Francisco reported, California firefighters have now been exempted from the installment of 5G equipment near their fire stations.
Yet as the CBS San Francisco story also pointed out, 5G equipment is also being installed around homes, churches, schools, hospitals, stores, office parks and all across the country. Are firefighters somehow specifically vulnerable to the negative health effects of 5G in a way that, for some strange reason, the rest of us aren’t?
Of course that last statement was facetious and knowing that firefighters in California will be exempted from having 5G equipment installed upon their fire houses due to proven negative health effects should be looked at as a red-alert warning call to us all. If firefighters don’t want this equipment near their stations, why would we want it near our homes? While supporters and ‘pushers’ of 5G claim that it is safe, the International Association of Firefighters disagrees. From the CBS San Francisco story:
The International Association of Firefighters began opposing cell towers on fire stations, after firefighters complained of health problems.
“These firefighters developed symptoms,” says Dr. Gunnar Heuser who conducted a pilot study on firefighters at a station with cell towers.
“The symptoms included problems with memory, problems with intermittent confusion, problems with weakness,” Heuser said.
Heuser says their brain scans suggest even low-level RF can cause cell damage and he worries about more vulnerable groups like kids.
“We found abnormal brain function in all of the firefighters we examined,” Heuser said.
With an organization as credible as the International Association of Firefighters opposing the roll out of 5G near their fire stations for very obvious reasons, why is it still being rolled out in very close proximity to peoples homes, our children’s schools, and places such as near doctors offices all across America?
As we reported within this April 5th ANP story, while the mainstream media as a whole has been noticeably silent about the dangers of 5G, local outlets such as the previously mentioned CBS outlets in California have been publishing a number of stories about the dangers warned of by experts and ‘normal citizens’ alike.
The following excerpt came to us from an April story over at WTOP in Washington DC in which we learn a number of residents of the DC suburb of Montgomery County are fighting a change to the zoning laws that would allow 5G wireless system antennas to be placed upon utility poles and buildings, often within a stones throw of houses and schools. From WTOP:
“Our quiet suburban neighborhood is being targeted for 16 cell towers to be installed within 20 feet of our homes,” said Donna Baron, a resident of North Potomac during a county council public hearing Tuesday night. “North Potomac is being targeted for a total of 61 cell towers.”
“These 5G towers would emit radio frequency radiation into our yards, our homes and our bodies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said Baron, urging the county council to reject zoning law changes that would permit the cell antennas.
Other residents expressed alarm and concern over the health risks they said could ensue from cell antennas placed as near as 20 feet from homes. “We are very concerned about the placement of wireless antennas in places where people play, sleep and work,” said Theodora Scarato, executive director of Environmental Health Trust. “There are hundreds of scientists who have concluded that this is a risk.”
As Zero5G reports, there is NO ‘safe level’ of 5G or wireless radiation for people, animals, or nature and even though we are unable to actually ‘see’ microwaves or electromagnetism, radio-frequency (RF) waves & electromagnetic microwave radiation (EMR), they remain a signicant source of harmful and even deadly ‘pollution’.
And while some might call it a stretch to call the invisible radiation that will be permeating the planet with the proliferation of 5G ‘invisible killing fields‘, as we reported on ANP all the way back in July of 2017, the website ‘Electric Sense’ published a story titled “11 Reasons To Be Concerned About 5G Dangers” within which they listed numerous health hazards we’ll face from the roll out of this new technology across America.:
Thousands of studies link low-level wireless radio frequency radiation exposures to a long list of adverse biological effects, including:
DNA single and double strand breaks
disruption of cell metabolism
increased blood brain barrier permeability
disruption to brain glucose metabolism
generation of stress proteins
And as we reported on ANP back on June 3rd, 5G technology is ‘silent weapon technology’, capable of being used in military crowd control weaponry, and it’s being placed in neighborhood’s across America. Dane Wigington from Geoengineering Watch had a very, very interesting theory about its roll out.:
Our government continues to do anything they want to the climate, and the planet as a whole. The push to saturate the biosphere with highly destructive 5G transmissions is the most recent alarming example. 5G frequencies are also used for crowd control. Is the power structure preparing for what they certainly know is inevitable? Unfolding global chaos?
So once again, why is 5G tech being fast-tracked into neighborhoods and near schools and other locations of mass gatherings all across America when we have proof of the negative health effects of 5G, and that not from some tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists but the International Association of Firefighters?
And firefighters aren’t the only ones speaking out. A group of well over 100 scientists studying in the fields of biological and health effects from non-ionizing EMF fields have signed an international appeal for 5G to be studied more closely before it is rolled out all across the planet, warning of the potential dangers. From their appeal:
We are scientists engaged in the study of biological and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. These include–but are not limited to–radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters, and baby monitors as well as electric devices and infra-structures used in the delivery of electricity that generate extremely-low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF).
Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.
These findings justify our appeal to the United Nations (UN) and, all member States in the world, to encourage the World Health Organization (WHO) to exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines, encouraging precautionary measures, and educating the public about health risks, particularly risk to children and fetal development. By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent international public health agency.
And while 5G will continue to be rolled out across America due to the billions and billions of dollars that it will bring in according to former FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler as heard in the final video below, a video titled “The Scariest 3 1/2 Minutes Ever!“, as we also hear from Wheeler, 5G is far too important to the globalists agenda to waste too much time testing it properly to make sure it is safe.
And we’ll close by republishing two excellent and eye-opening comments from this CBS Sacramento story within which they warned of some of the potential future health problems that will come along with the roll out of 5G.:
Dave Lynch May 30, 2018 at 4:31 pm The 5G system is population extermination and profiteering disguised as communications. I am not surprised considering the lousy leadership in California. With so many smart people in the world, surely a better method is available, but a microwave bath certain to cause cancer can be nothing more than intentional. I urge all Californians to ban the 5G system. All your cancer awareness programs and fund raisers are an utter waste of time with these towers in operation. Think about that one for a minute,
Kelley Eidem July 16, 2018 at 7:31 pm What happened to the firefighters when they were exposed to 5G early is the sort of thing I’ve been warning about on my Facebook Timeline (Kelley Eidem) for several months now. To see a news article about it, brings it home. By the way, the immediate threats are the ions that the towers generate. Frequencies can be just fine if the ions are neutralized. The ions can be neutralized by adding ceramic to each mast. Otherwise there will be a calamity unlike what this country has ever seen and it will happen fast.
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I must admit, I’ve had other things on my mind and have only seen ads on tv about Question 3. However, the other night I paid a little more attention to the ad from the Firefighters. Please understand that I am not bashing Firefighters, but they are UNION and I’m not big on Public Employees and UNION in the same sentence.
I just read a column from Mr. Chuck Muth that really made me say HMMMM. Union people are against Question 3, so I thought why would Unions not want better choices? Well I think all of us know that answer. Then I thought what would Harry Reid do, of course I had to slap my head as the light bulb came on.
So friends here’s a thought provoking article from Mr. Muth. Yes I copied it, no I didn’t ask his permission, but he can scold me later.
(Chuck Muth) – Quick: How much are you paying per kilowatt hour for your electricity?
Yeah, I have no idea either.
One reason is that in Nevada it doesn’t really matter. There’s no competition for electricity so there’s no reason to really pay that close attention – especially since it means you’d have to learn what the heck a “kilowatt” even is first.
Regardless of what the price is, you have three choices: Buying from the government-imposed electricity monopoly, going 100% with candles, or going 100% with the sun (when it’s out).
Of course, almost no one is going back to the dark ages of no electricity – especially in the dog days of a Las Vegas summer. And few can afford the cost, or are willing to bear the inconvenience, of converting their home to an all-solar-powered castle.
So that leaves the government monopoly.
Which means the only thing most customers care about is how they’re going to come up with the money to pay their monthly bill since there’s really nothing they can do about the rate being charged. The government essentially sets the rate for the only game in town.
This is the essence of Question 3 – The Energy Choice Initiative – which will be on the ballot again this November after being overwhelmingly approved in 2016 by 72 percent of Nevadans. Deregulation. No more electricity monopolies.
Question 3 would amend the Nevada Constitution to, in part, “declare that it is the policy of this State that electricity markets be open and competitive so that all electricity customers are afforded meaningful choices among different providers.”
In the official argument against Question 3, Democrat lawyer Bradley Schrager – chairman of the Ballot Question Committee in opposition – declares that “No evidence exists that deregulation provides additional choice.”
This turns out to be one of many false claims being put out by the “No on 3” gang.
I learned that Texas already deregulated its electricity market years ago. So I went to www.powertochoose.org – “the official and unbiased electric choice website of the Public Utility Commission of Texas.”
I picked a Houston, Texas zip code at random – 77010 – and entered it into the search box. And get this: Folks in 77010 have 266 different electricity plans they can choose from with rates for 1,000 kilowatts of usage ranging from 5.7-cents to 20-cents!
For comparative purposes, ElectricityLocal.com reports that “Residential electricity rates in Nevada average 11.83¢/kWh.”
But Texans don’t just have choices in various plans. There are multiple providers to choose from as well, including…
Infinite Energy, Constellation, Express Energy, Gexa Energy, Pennwise Power, Veteran Energy, Green Mountain Energy, 4Change Energy, Discount Power, Think Energy, Our Energy, Power Express, Southwest Power & Light, YEP Energy, Volterra Energy, Cirro Energy, MidAmerican Energy Services, Stream, Reliant, Champion Energy Services and more.
Sorry, Mr. Schrager, but you’ve put out “fake news.” This Texas PUC website proves beyond doubt that “plenty of evidence exists” that deregulation is, indeed, giving the people of Texas “additional choice.”
Here’s another Schrager whopper: “Deregulation of the energy market means a loss of control by Nevada’s citizens.”
Helloooo? As it stands right now “Nevada’s citizens” have ZERO control of the energy market. Total and complete control rests in the hands of the power company monopoly and political appointees to Nevada’s Public Utility Commission.
Deregulation takes the power to control power AWAY from the powerful and puts it in YOUR hands.
But perhaps the most ridiculous argument put forward by the Schragerites is this one: “We allowed the airlines to be deregulated, and today air travel is a nightmare.”
Now, I won’t argue that air travel today is a nightmare. But it’s not because of deregulation. It’s because we turned over control of airport security to the government. It’s the crotch-grabbing, granny-fondling TSA agents who have turned boarding an airplane into a trip to a Las Vegas nudie bar.
As for flying itself, however, deregulation has resulted in competitive pricing and multiple carrier choices.
For fun, as I wrote this I went to Expedia and searched for options for a round-trip, coach flight from Las Vegas to Orlando departing on Saturday, July 21, 2018. And I found 41 different flights ranging from $292 to $1,203.
Had a wide choice of airlines, too: Frontier, Spirit, American, Delta, United, Jet Blue, Sun Country and Alaska Airlines. Southwest isn’t included on Expedia, though it flies there, as well.
Now, it’s been my experience, over 20 years of full-time political activism in Nevada, that when the opposition has to resort to Chicken Little propaganda and outright falsehoodizations (it’s fun to make up new words!), their position is on shakier ground than the San Andreas fault.
Oh, I’m not done yet. I’m just getting’ warmed up. Stay tuned for more on Question 3 in the coming weeks and months!
(Mr. Muth is president of CitizenOutreach.org and publisher of NevadaNewsandViews.com. He blogs at MuthsTruths.com. His opinions are his own.)
Washoe County Republican Assembly
Minutes for May 1, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.
KNPB Channel 5 Offices
1670 North Virginia St.
Reno, Nevada 89503
Call meeting to order: by Pres. Bill Tarbell Time 6:15 P.M.
Pledge: by Roger Edwards
Opening Prayer by: by Pres. Bill Tarbell
Special Speaker: Loren Spivack, The Free Market Warrior is the author of “the New Democrat” and “The Gorax”
Today there are many ideological problems facing conservatives. Many economic scholars have predicted that large numbers of people will be starving and that the world would collapse. Economics is a science of human populations and it can reach false conclusions. People operate from a different than any species. People innovate and animals don’t. We test out ideas through experiments. 1 % succeed and all the people benefit. For example look at the progress of cell phones, without government intervention, there has been a worldwide development and production of cell phones. People can imagine what never existed. Animals don’t imagine what never existed. People spread knowledge across all nations and populations. People have a lot of stuff, but no one knows how to make it. The miracle of capitalism is the production of millions of things. The brain stores the specialized information for all people. There is a movement that people are bad. The environmentalists want a cleaner planet, but the planet is a big piece of dirt. Wrecking the planet is absurd! We won’t run out of anything. What have we run out of? We’ll never run out of water. 99% of all of the water is in the oceans. You cannot waste water. We need more dams and resevoirs! We’ll never run out under capitalism, because we will readjust priorities.
We will not run out of space, because There is plenty of land e.g. Arizona. Arizona was one of the least populated states. Then air conditioning was invented and Ariz. Is now one of the fastest growing states. We made the Earth bigger. Other planets? Innovation can solve the problems.
Open borders? No we should have less immigration because different cultures will dilute our culture and the essence of our culture will be lost. The U.S. is shrinking and Europe is shrinking. Left wing media says save the planet, don’t have babies, then the society gets older. Older people have more knowledge and skills, BUT Young people also have MANY advantgages.
It’s important to preserve the culture that we were brought up in. Free market economics has resulted in the success of the West.
Mike Clark is running for Washoe County Assessor. Mike is speaking out about the effects of Senate Joint Resolution 14, which would remove the cap and depreciation allowance on property taxes. This is a populous issue. Both parties and many elected officials support these new property taxes. SJR 14 is a bill going through the legislature and will double taxes for property owners. Commercial properties will also be affected. Renters will face higher rents. Retirees will lose because they will lose when selling properties and buying new properties. This bill leaves up a lot to the legislature. Older house have paid taxes for many years, this money was used the infrastructure for the new houses. The upkeep of older houses has helped support the economy and helped pay taxes. Every year the state factors in the new costs – improvement factor, this essentially wipes out the depreciation benefit. The large print giveth and the small print taketh away. The builders support this tax. SJR 14 will make the real estate market slow drastically. This will not effect new houses. People will have a harder time selling and then will not be able to buy lnew houses. The buyer has to pay and qualify.
Gary Schmidt Candidate for Senate District 16 Opponent is Ben Kiefchefer. There is a challenge to Gary’s residency. Ben Kiefchefer has not supported Republican principles. He is the last person that voted for the commerce tax. Senate District 13 is an important race. Lt. Governor race is important. Roberson was a supporter of the Commerce tax. Laxalt endorsed Roberson for Lt. Governor. Vote your conscience.
Discussion: Can a Rep. support a non-Rep in a race with no Republicans?
Don Cavallo is running in Washoe County, Public Administrator.
Paul Jackson First Friday will be meeting the first friday of the month, June 1st at Swill Coffee House, come for fun in the company of friends.
Do you need to know information on running campaigns? A 1 ½ day training course for $30.00 will be at UNR. You can register on line. May 18th and May 19th Contact Paul Jackson.
Treasurer Report by George Lee: The balance is $2092.55. Motion to accept the treasurer’s report subject to audit was made by Jackie the motion was voted on. The Motion passed.
Pres Bill Tarbell Discussion of voting for the WCRCC Executive Board. President Bill Tarbell was elected to the WCRCC Executive Board. The Executive Board voting now complies to the by-laws per Gary Schmidt.
Parking is an issue for the meetings. There is parking behind the building. We may need to look at other locations. Do not park at the Post Office or be subjects to being towed.
July outreach event An outreach event is being planned for mid July. Tickets will be drawn for the event.
There will be a raffle for beef in July. Contact Jeanne Herman.
Pres. Bill Tarbell moved to adjourn at 8:20 P.M.
Minutes by James M. Benthin
Minutes approved on:
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