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  • Mental health court helps participants avoid prison. [RJ]
  • In an opinion piece, John L. Smith looks at former AG Adam Laxalt’s involvement with illegal campaign contributions. [TNI
  • Closing arguments highlight love triangle in 2016 shooting case. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court heard argument about reinstating death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber. [SCOTUSblog]
  • In the last fiscal year, the Nevada cannabis industry saw more than $1 billion in taxable sales. [News3LV]
  • Next week, Clark County Commissioners will consider a franchise agreement for the proposed Vegas Loop project. [KTNV]
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October 14, 2021 5:13 pm

Laxalt doesn't have any "involvement" with illegal campaign contributions. The story explains "Prosecutors haven’t alleged that Laxalt and other politicians on the receiving end of the political largesse knew the money came from a prohibited source."

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October 14, 2021 5:21 pm
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Laxalt and Wes Duncan were the recipients of the contributions at issue and Laxalt has a photo with two people at the center. He is clearly "involved."

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October 14, 2021 5:28 pm
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You're right. Laxalt is guilty. All the prosecutor needs to do is show that picture. Guilty as charged. I guess anyone who worked in any capacity with Harvey Weinstein and unlucky enough to take a picture with him was "involved" in his sexual assaults.

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October 14, 2021 7:37 pm
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That Laxalt story's tagline oversold and underdelivered.

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October 14, 2021 9:00 pm
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Yeah not sure this is too damaging. Many of Laxalt's positions, statements and history are what makes him unelectable IMHO. Duncan, on the other hand, was a pretty good guy the few times I met him and though brought up in the story, he didn't appear to know anything and gave back the money. So he might still have a future in politics if he wants it.

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October 14, 2021 10:26 pm
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Duncan was and remains hitched to the backwards bus so no thanks

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October 14, 2021 5:27 pm

Laxalt needs to stay away from Nevada. Whether he's lying about election fraud, trying to improperly influence the Gaming Chair for Sheldon, or getting unexpected large campaign contributions from foreign nationals who appeared quite confident that he could be bought off, he has proven himself unqualified to be elected to office in Nevada (not to mention those scathing employment reviews at Lewis & Roca). Just go somewhere else guy.

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October 14, 2021 5:31 pm
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10:13 here, agreed. There is a long list of folks who should leave Nevada or at least stop repeatedly run for office.

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October 14, 2021 6:39 pm
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#letsgoBrandon

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October 14, 2021 6:41 pm
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#letsgoSisolak

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October 16, 2021 10:55 pm
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10:27 — And while you're on the way out the door, Adam Hacksalt, take the moron Heller with you. What a couple of no talent hacks who don't realize Nevada is rapidly becoming East California?

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October 14, 2021 7:02 pm

†his Vegas Loop is a pipe dream.

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October 14, 2021 7:18 pm
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Unfortunately, I agree. It'll never get passed the political hacks that make up our county commission. Maybe someone with a D next to their name could make it happen, though.

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October 14, 2021 11:48 pm
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They already built the convention center part. Apparently it was working into the plans for Resorts world and the garage mahal at Circa as well when they were built. Seems like it has a pretty good shot.

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October 15, 2021 1:14 am
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The loop project is locked-in. The county attorneys will need to assure that the bonds and insurance are strong (boring big holes under foundations and utilities can be tricky).

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October 15, 2021 5:12 pm
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Loop has what monorail and everything before it did not. An entrepreneur who will make it happen. VegasLoop will happen because it Musk happen.

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October 14, 2021 9:05 pm

I am considering anyone but Sisolak. With his atrocious judicial appointments.

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October 14, 2021 10:38 pm
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Who was bad that he appointed.

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October 14, 2021 11:43 pm
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It's just my opinion, but Sisolak seems more concerned with demographics than qualifications as to judicial appointments.

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October 15, 2021 1:21 am
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4:43-no argument there, but as 3:30, 3:38 and 6:11 suggest(assuming all three are not the same person posting three times and agreeing with what they just previously posted), that type of dynamic dominates most judicial appointments.

It is not truly an exercise in appointing the brightest, most knowledgeable, most experienced and most honorable attorney among the applicants.

And it won't change so long as partisan entities(whether Governors or legislative bodies) appoint these people.

The Governor of course appoints our state District Judges, and I believe(I could be wrong here) that JPs are still appointed by the County Commissioner, and Municipal Judges are appointed by City Council

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October 15, 2021 1:21 am
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You did not answer the question: who was bad that he appointed?

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October 15, 2021 2:04 am
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I'll answer – he appointed Forsberg. I believe he chose her because of demographics. She is terrible on the bench. Screams a lot in high conflict cases and has a clear bias against women in divorce and custody cases. There were better applicants when she was appointed who didn't fit the demographics.

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October 15, 2021 4:15 pm
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It is family court aka Kangaroo Court. You file a motion today you get a hearing in December. Fucking December.

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October 14, 2021 10:30 pm

2:05–"Atrocious political appointments."

In other words, you are a dyed-in-the-wool conservative republican and you object whenever he appoints a democrat as judge–even if there is no indication such individual has allowed politics to color and influence any of their professional responsibilities.

And yes, democrats are just as bad. Often when a republican governor(or republican president for that matter)appoints a new judge, the liberal democrats, without knowing anything about the new appointee or their record(aside from the fact that a republican leader has appointed this registered republican as a judge), start engaging in histrionics and hyperbole that this new judge(who apparently can single-handedly declare abortions illegal) will doom women to seeking back alley, illegal and dangerous abortions, etc.

Now that all said, occasionally we do see appointees who really are bad enough to justify those types of reactions.

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October 14, 2021 10:38 pm

3:30, the dynamic you describe does occur, but sometimes these lackluster appointments disappoint us because of the seeming lack of relative merit of the applicants, rather than their pollical leanings and views.

For example, look at the 12 applicants vying to replace Judge Gonzalez. In my view, several of them are far bettr known for repeatedly seeking a judgeship via election or appointment, rather than being primarily known for a stellar legal career.

So, there are probably additional reasons for 2:05 to be disappointed by these appointees beyond their pollical affiliation.

We've seen Nevada governors from both parties appoint people for reasons which seem largely political, rather than the focus being primarily on the legal skill and professional reputation of the appointee.

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October 14, 2021 10:41 pm

3:38-please use spell check more, but basically agree.

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October 14, 2021 11:57 pm
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Hard time comprehending with a minor typo? Is there even a spell check option on this blog? What an odd thing to say.

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October 15, 2021 1:11 am

4:57, they probably meant the poster should pay more attention to their spelling, as opposed to referring to an actual blog spell check, which, as you suggest, does not exist.

But I got 3:38's meaning, and agree it is picky to pick at their spelling.

Judicial appointments are seldom based on who the best and most honorable attorney is among the applicants, but is largely based on other considerations.

And that explains how we often see appointments wherein not only is the appointee clearly inferior to some of the other applicants, but often the appointee has little or no meaningful experience at practicing in the area of law that they will now be assigned to preside over.

There are Family Court judges who never handled a domestic case prior to being appointed. I will not name them, but it has happened, and in other fields as well.

Just noticed my misspelled words are underlined in red. I guess that can be considered some sort of spell check, although I was not provided a list of suggested spellings

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October 15, 2021 1:26 am

Second paragraph of what 3:38 wrote captures the current state of affairs.

The only applicants(for the vacancy) I have head of are the ones who keep running or applying for a judgeship.

That's why I have heard of them–not because of any great reputation or accomplishments as an attorney.