Vol 1 No 4

August 1, 2009

Nye-Gateway to Nevada’s Rurals Newsletter
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Inside this issue:
Republicans Fight Healthcare Reform Abortion trump senior healthcare? Senator Ensign a Missionary for The Family? Oakland approves taxing marijuana Hate Groups in Nevada

Paul Reeves will appear and announce his candidacy for the United States 2 Congress Monday evening, August 3 at Honeysuckle Park in Pahrump, Nevada.
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Cash for Clunkers Gov. Gibbons asks Sen. Reid to end Yucca Mountain

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Erin Neff, will serve as moderator-panelist, questioning Mr. Reeves followThe event will begin at ing his presentation. Ms. 7:00 p.m., about twilight, Neff is the noted former as the day cools. columnist for the Las Vegas Review Journal and is Mr. Dennis Keating will be author of the Progress Nethe Master of Ceremonies. vada Now blog. Mr. Kelly Almond, an acEveryone is invited to atcomplished talented pertend. It promises to be a former, will present memorable kick-off of the American Jazz Standard new election cycle for live music for entertain2010. ment. Mr. Reeves is seeking the Excellent pizza can be purnomination of the Democchased from K-7 Pizza durratic Party to be the Deing the event. mocratic candidate to run The highlight of the eve-

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against the Republican incumbent, Dean Heller, in Nevada’s Congressional District #2. Mr. Reeves’ campaign website is here. You can learn his position on current issues on the Nye-Gateway to Nevada’s Rurals blog.

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Last week a lady named Mary phoned into an AARP meeting with President Obama as the sp ea k er co n c er ni ng healthcare reform. Mary told the President

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she had heard there is a clause in the healthcare bill that provides the government would send someone to talk with “everyone of Medicare age to decide how they wished to die.”

Of course that concerned Mary and everyone else of “Medicare age," including me because I’m one of them.

will engage in euthanasia. The bill Mary referred to is HR 3200.

The Republicans in Congress are hammerThe question raised is ing on the question. whether the government Read more.

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A woman named Daria Novak is running for Congress in Connecticut. She is a Republican. She is armed with a facsimile Statue of Liberty, clutching a copy of the United States Constitution in one hand and an American flag in the other. All the patriotic sym-

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bols necessary to impress the voters. She uses all the patriotic slogans about liberty, freedom, socialism and more. She visited the NyeGateway to Nevada’s Rurals blog and left a long list of comments about the havoc Democrats are bestowing on our country.

Fortunately Vicki Rock, of Nevada, countered each of Mrs. Novak’s charges. The exchange between Mrs. Novak and Ms. Rock is classic. It demonstrates the views of a Progress vs a Conservative. I hope you read it. You can read it here.
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pay for someone else’s benefit. An “I’m not my brother’s keeper" attitude. FactCheck analyzes the issue and determined that as to the bills out of committee that abortion is not mentioned at all. Read more.

Abortion or No abortion

A new TV ad by an antiabortion group shows a gray-haired man fretting that under a federal healthcare plan “They won’t pay for my surgery, but we’re forced to pay for abortions!” The ad is designed to cause senior citizens to fear they will be denied

medical care while the “federal plan" will force them to pay for abortions. The idea is to pit the pro -life group against the pro-choice group. There is a wide-spread reluctance to be perceived as being denied something but having to

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An in depth look at Senator John Ensign’s connection to the “C" Street secretive association of Christian evangelicals. Also referred to as The Fellowship the membership contend they have

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been particularly chosen by God to “learn how to rule the world.” The “C" Street location is just one of many other affiliated locations and organizations w ith international links.

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There are many members of the Senate and House that are also members of or connected with The Family. Questions are being raised as to whom they represent. Read more.

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Last Tuesday Oakland, California became the first city in the U.S. to approve taxing marijuana. They need the money revenue. Marijuana is the top cash crop in the United States. Marijuana production in the U.S. is valued at $35.8 billion, exceeding the combined value of corn ($23.3 billion) and wheat ($7.5 billion). Three decades of trying to eradicate marijuana has failed said Rob

Campia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington D.C. It is estimated that legalizing marijuana would save $7.7 billion in law enforcement costs and generate as much as $6.2 billion annually if marijuana were taxed like alcohol and tobacco, according to Jeffrey Miron of Harvard University. Should marijuana be legalized and a user tax imposed? Read more.

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There are 13 hate groups in Nevada, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The groups include the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, Racist Skinhead, Anti-Immigrant, White Nationalist, Black Separatist. They are located in Elko, Henderson, Las Vegas and

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Reno, according to the Poverty Law Center. The Southern Poverty Law Center says “Racism is a serious problem in America. Fueled by immigration fears, the economic crisis, and the election of a black President racist hate groups increased their numbers again in 2008. The Southern Poverty Law Center has

documented a staggering 926 hate groups operating in our country—a more than 50% increase since 2000. It can be recalled how Nazi Germany came into power as a group hating Jews, leading to World War II. The attacks by police and police dogs on blacks during the civil

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199 members of Congress support President Obama’s healthcare reform plan. That is 21 Senators and 178 Representatives. Only Shelley Berkley and Dina Titus are on record as being in support of Obama in Nevada. See the full list in support. 338 members of Congress are either opposed or undecided. 72 Senators and 266 Representatives.

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The insurance and pharmaceutical industries are pouring substantial sums of money in opposing change with an army of lobbyists daily bombarding members of Congress to resist change. President Obama has been asking grassroots Americans to put the pressure on their Congressional representatives to support the reform. We won’t know how it turns out until this fall.
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Republican Congressman Dean Heller is either opposed or undecided. His press releases would indicate he is opposed. Republican Senator John Ensign is also in this list. See the full list of those either opposed or undecided. Generally members of the Republican Party are in favor of retaining the status quo.

It is going to be up to us to express support if we get reform. That means writing to both Reid and Ensign and Heller.

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C a s h f o r C l u n k e r s
Cash for Clunkers has been a huge success for the Obama administration. The aim of the program is to encourage trading in gas-guzzling vehicles for more fuel efficient ones. It also stimulates auto sales. The government put up $1 billion to fund the program. Consumers, taking advantage of the program used that up in a week. The House, yesterday, swiftly added another $2 billion to the program to keep it going. Shelley Berkley and Dina Titus both voted for the appropriation. Republican Dean Heller voted against it. Why? Who knows? Read more.

G i b b o n s ’ F o r k e d T o n g u e
Governor Jim Gibbons sent a letter to Senator Harry Reid asking him to repeal the Nuclear Waste Policy Act which designates Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste dump. But in 2007 Governor Gibbons backed a state engineer’s extension to allow the Department of Energy to use Nevada water to drill bore holes near Yucca Mountain. “Jim Gibbons has done very little as governor to advance the state’s fight against Yucca Mountain,” Jon Summers, Reid’s spokesman, said. Read more.

Some recommended reads:
Aetna: An American diversified h

ealth insurance company, providing a range of traditional and consumer directed health care insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmaceutical, dental, behavioral health, group life, long-term care, and disability plans, and medical management capabilities.

Anthem: Anthem was

an insurance company that merged the Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations of several states to achieve economy of scale, converting them in the process from non-profit to forprofit status.

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