While the general consensus is that 2016 was a disaster for
Republicans in Nevada, not so for conservatives.An awful lot of culling of the RINO
(Republicans in Name Only) herd was accomplished, as well as a thorough mucking
out of the RINO stable.
And with that in mind, here’s my list of the top ten Nevada
conservatives for 2016…
10)Ira Hansen.Ira was one of the strongest opponents of
RINO Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.4 billion tax hike and one of the biggest behind-the-scenes
supporters of conservative candidates who ran against tax-hiking legislators in
9.)Jim Marchant.Jim defeated tax-hiking Assemblyman Glenn
Trowbridge in the Republican primary, and went on to win the seat in the
8.)Al Kramer.Al defeated tax-hiking Assemblyman P.K. O’Neill
in the Republican primary, and went on to win the seat in the general election.
7.)Danny Tarkanian.Tark dispatched the Prince of RINOs, state
Sen. “Tax Hike Mike” Roberson, in the 3rd congressional district GOP
primary and refused to buckle under extreme pressure to “dump Trump” just weeks
before the general election.
6.)Dan Schwartz.Despite setback after setback in both the judicial
and political arenas, Nevada’s state Treasurer has plowed forward, undaunted,
with efforts to make Nevada’s landmark school choice program, Education Savings
Accounts (ESAs), a reality.
5.)Ron Knecht.The Nevada State Controller led the
successful legal battle to repeal Gov. Sandoval’s new job-killing “Commerce Tax”
via referendum.Alas, the Nevada Supreme
Court dragged its feet and didn’t clear the measure until a month before the
deadline to submit signatures.As such,
it didn’t qualify for the ballot.
4.)Wayne Root.Wayne is hands-down the most prolific
preacher of the conservative gospel in Nevada.He’s an author, columnist, speaker, and radio talk show host.Wayne was also an early and outspoken supporter
of Donald Trump.
3.)Adam Laxalt.Nevada’s attorney general has been the “Energizer
Bunny” in fulfilling his campaign promise to protect Nevada’s sovereignty from
federal government overreach.Adam was
also unique among Nevada’s top elected officials for refusing to throw Donald Trump
under the bus.
“Governor Laxalt” has a certain ring to it, don’t you think?
2.)Charles Munoz and Michael McDonald. At a
time when all the “experts” declared that Donald Trump had absolutely no chance
to win the Republican Party nomination, let alone the presidency itself, Munoz and
McDonald defied conventional wisdom and boarded the Trump Train - Munoz as
Trump’s Nevada director and McDonald as chairman of the Nevada Republican
Trump won the Nevada primary easily, and came a heckuva lot
closer in the general than anyone thought possible.
1.)Victor Joecks. So what did the former
executive vice president of the conservative Nevada Policy Research Institute do
in Nevada last year to warrant this #1 position?
Instead, Victor spent the year deployed in Iraq with the
Nevada National Guard.As George Orwell would
put it, Nevadans slept peaceably in their beds at night because rough men like
Victor stood ready to do violence on our behalf.
He is now safely home and will soon begin fighting the
conservative cause again in Nevada as an opinion columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Welcome home, Victor.More importantly…THANK YOU!
Dr. Chuck Muth, PsD
Nevada’s #1 Irritator of Liberals and RINOs
P.S. If you haven’t
done so already, don’t forget to sign our “YUGE” inauguration card for
I’m still enjoying the delicious irony of the fact that,
after blowing just about every major media gig under the Nevada sun, liberal
blogger Jon Ralston has now taken up
residence at the Nevada News Bureau I
founded back in 2009.
We spun it off to Elizabeth
Thompsontwo years later, and it folded a year after that.But Thompson and Ralston are jump-starting
the project next month under a new name: The Nevada Independent.And they’ve successfully hired some pretty
impressive journalists to write for it.
But make no mistake, with Ralston as editor this will be a
Indeed, the bias in the news is more often what’s written
about, not what’s written. And with Ralston as editor, we suspect the Nevada
Indy will tilt hard left.We’ll know
soon enough when we see if any true conservatives are quoted - rather than
trashed - in stories, or just mushy moderates and RINOs.
Let’s hope the Nevada Indy resists Ralston’s worst
tendencies and avoids the kind of liberal “fake news” we so often see out of
CNN and the New York Times.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“In a clear sign that labor unions are bracing for lean
times under Donald Trump, the massive Service Employees International Union is
planning for a 30 percent budget cut over the next year, according to an
internal memo reviewed by Bloomberg Businessweek.” – NewsMax, 12/27/16