I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of candidates who run for office without ever seeming to take a solid position on issues.
Their platforms are so general that they could come from the most liberal politician on the ballot or the most conservative – and you’d never be able to tell the difference.
For example, consider the following position statement on the economy…
“From our growing skill gaps to workforce challenges, we need to find new and innovative ways to create long-term, sustainable workforce development in both traditional and emerging sectors.”
Now, did that come from the campaign website of my opponent…or Nancy Pelosi?
No way to tell, right? (Answer at the end)
This kind of poll-tested word-jumble mush could have come from either one. It’s 28 fancy-sounding words that say absolutely nothing.
I don’t want to be that kind of candidate.
And I hope that’s not what you’re looking for in someone who will represent you in the Carson City “swamp.”
So here are three specific principles that will tell you exactly where I’ll stand as your representative…
- I will fight to cut your taxes, not raise them. That’s why I had no hesitation whatsoever in signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising you that I will “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”
That includes, as former District 36 Assemblyman Ed Goedhart put it in 2011, tax hikes on…
“Butchers, bakers, candle-stick makers, resume writing services, weight loss centers, haircuts, beauty salons, manicurists, pedicurists, tips, dry cleaning, laundromats, real estate commissions, taxi service, computer stores, movie tickets, oil changes, auto repair, car washes, lawn mowing, landscaping, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, roofers, travel agents, pizza delivery, bookkeeping, tax consulting, heating & air conditioning repair, thrift shops, factory outlets, caterers, party planners, estate planners, locksmiths, pawn shops, vitamin shops, housecleaning, book stores, pool service, wedding consultants, pest control services, eye-glass stores, art galleries, garden centers, bait & tackle shops, labor unions, tutoring, dog washing, fitness clubs, gym memberships, restaurants, bars, cafes, delicatessens, sub shops, yogurt shops, coffee shops, candy stores, ice cream parlors, bowling centers, handyman services, printing, tire dealers, toy stores, office supply stores, bicycle repairs, motorcycle repairs, RV repairs, muffler shops, brake repairs, carpet cleaning, flower delivery, hobby shops, watch repair, funeral homes, party rentals, accounting, gun stores, antique stores, gift stores, sporting goods stores, secretarial services, tuxedo rentals, shoe repairs, windshield repairs, art stores, health food stores, tailors, tanning salons, horseback riding lessons, ballet lessons, art lessons, music lessons, judo & karate instruction, limo services, liquor stores, notary services, golf instruction, personal trainers, video & DVD rentals, legal services, jewelers, bridal shops, appliance stores, body shops, car dealers, cemeteries, kennels, boat dealers, clothing stores, hardware stores, tuxedo rentals, dress shops, furniture stores, perfume stores, family counseling, debt counseling, dance instruction, day care services, financial management, tax services, arts & crafts stores, appliance repairs, dog training, driving instruction, ear piercing, chimney sweeps, employment agencies, photographers, videographers and baby-sitting services.”
- I will fight to keep the government out of your hair, out of your wallet and out of your bedroom. What you choose to do in your private life, as long as it doesn’t hurt others, is none of the government’s business – especially how you choose to raise your children.
As Thomas Jefferson put it: “If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”
- I will work with people I disagree with in a professional, courteous manner but will not sacrifice my limited-government, free-market, individual liberty principles just to be “popular” or rake in campaign donations.
And here are 26 examples of specific legislation I will propose, champion and/or support as your representative…
- A bill requiring a valid, photo ID before casting a ballot. You are required to provide such identification to drive, board an airplane, apply for a job, cash a check, give blood, get married, apply for food stamps, get a prescription filled and even adopt a pet. There’s no reason such identification shouldn’t be required before voting.
- A bill banning “sanctuary cities” statewide. If you don’t like our immigration policies, it’s up to Congress to change them. It’s not up to local officials to decide which laws they choose to follow. No one should be above the law, especially illegal immigrants.
- A bill calling on Congress to lower health insurance costs, including your deductibles, by allowing Nevadans to buy and sell policies across state lines. Competition lowers prices; government monopolies raise them.
- A bill creating a flat, one-time car registration fee. $50 seems about right.
- A bill prohibiting the establishment of a “mileage tax” on your vehicle. Such a tax would not only be a pain in the neck to comply with (mounds of DMV paperwork and record-keeping) but would particularly hurt people living in rural communities.
- A bill closing the tax-hike loophole by requiring a 2/3-super-majority vote for any tax hikes placed on the ballot by the Legislature rather than go through the signature-gathering process. It shouldn’t be easier to raise taxes than it is to restrain them.
- A bill repealing the sales/use tax on out-of-state purchases, including those made on the Internet. (My opponent voted for this tax in 2019)
- A bill repealing the Commerce Tax.
- A bill creating an official “Tax Me More” fund so big-government liberals who want to voluntarily pay more than their “fair share” can quickly and easily do so.
- A bill, similar to Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights, that would limit budget increases to the combined rate of inflation plus population growth unless approved by a vote of the people.
- A bill creating a permanent legislative “ANTI-Appropriations Committee” focused exclusively on cutting spending. It’s not enough for government to do more with less; it needs to start doing less with less.
- A “QuickBooks Online for Government” bill requiring that Nevada’s checkbook be posted online so taxpayers paying the bills can quickly and easily see exactly what their money is being spent on, to whom and by how much.
- A line-item veto bill similar to those 44 other states already have giving the governor the authority to veto specific portions of a bill without vetoing the entire bill.
- A bill reauthorizing and properly funding Education Savings Accounts so parents of low- and middle-income families have the means to exercise the same school choice options as wealthy families. This school choice option is so important to the future of our kids that I will vote against any budget that doesn’t include ESAs.
- An “Excellence In Education through Increased Opportunities” (EIEIO) bill making it easier to open and operate public charter schools, as well as provide “merit pay” for exceptional teachers while making it easier to fire incompetent ones.
- A “Free-Range Parenting” bill allowing kids to play outside unsupervised without parents being charged with neglect.
- A bill, similar to President Trump’s Executive Order 13771, requiring that at least two government regulations be repealed for every new one adopted.
- A bill prohibiting unfunded government mandates on private businesses. That includes eliminating occupational licensing for professions that don’t meet a narrow definition of “substantial risk of physical harm.” It’s simply wrong that shampooers, cosmetologists, hair-braiders, interior decorators and teaching assistants need a government permission slip to earn a living.
- A “No One Can Serve Two Masters” bill prohibiting government employees from serving in the Legislature. That’s is an obvious conflict of interest and such a prohibition is already in our state Constitution. Unfortunately, it’s been ignored for years. It’s long past time to end this practice once and for all.
- A bill eliminating collective bargaining for government employees at all levels. As liberal icon President Franklin D. Roosevelt put it in 1937: “All government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.”
- A bill, absent a prohibition on collective bargaining for government employees that (a) requires all collective bargaining sessions be conducted in public and subject to the state’s Open Meeting law; (b) requires all collective bargaining agreements be posted on a public website hosted at the union’s expense; (c) eliminates payroll deductions for union dues; (d) prohibits using any union dues for political purposes without the expressed, written consent of the employee.
- A bill authorizing properly-trained school personnel with concealed-carry permits to carry their weapons on campus to protect themselves and our students in classrooms.
- A bill requiring that all bills be posted online for at least 72 hours before being voted on, without amendment, so you have a chance to see what’s in the bill and have an opportunity to weigh in. No more last-minute “ram-and-jam” of bills that no one’s had the chance to read in the closing hours of the legislative session.
- A bill requiring a four-year “cooling off” period before legislators who have resigned, retired, been voted out, or term-limited out can lobby for businesses and other special interests.
- A bill prohibiting local governments from using taxpayer dollars to hire professional, outside lobbyists. Local elected officials should work directly with legislators rather than hire a “middle man” at your expense.
- A bill requiring that any and all campaign donations of $500 or more be reported online within 72 hours of receipt so you know exactly who is funding campaigns before you go into the voting booth.
If there are other bills or issues you want to talk to me about, you can call me on my personal cell phone at (702) 970-8413 or email me at email@example.com
In 2018 the voters of Assembly District 36 elected Dennis Hof, who ran on a very similar platform, to represent them in Carson City.
Tragically, Assemblyman Hof passed away three weeks before Election Day. But the voters of District 36 voted for Dennis and his very specific limited-government agenda anyway.
Overwhelmingly. 63% to 37%.
Sadly, a politically-connected pale imitation of Dennis was appointed to fill his seat.
A “career-politician-in-training” who tells you what he thinks you want to hear without telling you exactly where he stands or exactly what he’d do.
In fact, that issue position quote at the beginning of this page, not surprisingly, came directly from my opponent’s campaign website – though you could be excused if you thought it might have come from Nancy Pelosi herself.
The choice is yours and the choice is clear…
If you want a moderate, wishy-washy “Shallow Hal” assemblyman representing you in Carson City, vote for my opponent.
If you want someone representing you in Carson City who isn’t afraid to tell you EXACTLY where he stands, and will vote accordingly, I’d appreciate your vote on June 9th.