Category Archives: Politics

How Citizens United v. FEC Applies to Nevada

This week the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, issued an opinion with dramatic consequences for federal elections throughout the country and particularly in Nevada.  The Court overturned part of a federal law prohibiting corporations, unions and non-profits from using their internal funds to engage in campaign advocacy.  Although laws prohibiting corporate, union and non-profit contributions to candidates remain in effect (as do disclosure requirements), these entities are now free to expend unlimited funds to advocate for or against federal candidates. In Nevada, where United States Senate Majority … Continue Reading »

Let the Legal Standoff Begin

Today, Assembly Majority Leader John Oceguera penned a letter to the Governor. The letter is in response to a recent directive from the Governor to executive branch agencies prohibiting them from responding to legislative requests for information without the approval of the Governor’s Office.  Although the letter is civil in its tone, the inclusion of numerous citations to Nevada law make it clear that the Legislative branch is willing to engage in a legal fight if the directive is pursued. If the Governor’s directive stands, legislative subpoenas will likely start being issued, … Continue Reading »

Who Wants to Create a Budget?

The Las Vegas Sun ran an interesting story over the last weekend about when and how the 2010 gubernatorial candidates will unveil their specific plans to deal with a budget shortfall that could reach 40%.  The current budget, which is facing significant projected shortfalls of its own (see some of my prior posts about an upcoming special session), covers the biennium ending on June 30, 2011.  Resolving that shortfall will be a formidable task in itself. But the even bigger challenge will come in 2011 when the next biennial budget must be addressed.  Whoever is elected Governor … Continue Reading »

Baptism by Fire

The Associated Press ran a story yesterday called “Rookies will be  big factor in 2011 Legislature.”  The article notes that newcomers will hold at least 17 of the 42 spots in the Assembly, and at least 8 of the 21 spots in the Senate (with some allowances for legislators who avoid term limits and remain in the Legislature by swapping houses).  The story notes that the 2011 Legislature will be confronted with at least two enormous challenges:  the growing gap between government expenses and revenues; and reapportionment of Nevada’s legislative districts. The challenges in tackling those … Continue Reading »

Setting the Agenda

With the possibility of a special session of the Nevada Legislature comes the speculation about what will be and what won’t be on the agenda.  Article 5, Section 9 of the Nevada Constitution provides that the Governor “shall state to both houses when organized, the purpose for which they have been convened, and the Legislature shall transact no legislative business, except that for which they were specially convened, or such other legislative business as the Governor may call to the attention of the Legislature while in Session.” There has been a long-running, if … Continue Reading »

Criminal Charges Against Lt. Governor Dropped

Earlier this week, a Nevada judge dismissed a criminal indictment against the Lt. Governor and his Chief of Staff.   Yesterday, the Attorney General announcedthat the dismissal would not be appealed and no further proceedings would be pursued.  The charges stemmed from allegations that the Lt. Governor, at the time he was Treasurer for Nevada, failed to comply with state budget laws in the marketing of a college savings program. Throughout the proceedings, many observers questioned the viability of the indictment as no money was missing and there were reasonable differences of … Continue Reading »

Welcome to Of Note Nevada

Thank you for visiting my new blog.  By way of introduction, I’ve been practicing law in Nevada for eleven years and work with the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck,  Before joining the law firm, I served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Nevada.  Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, I served as General Counsel to the Governor and was also a Senior Deputy in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.  My professional experiences have taken me from the courtroom to the inner workings of state government and allow … Continue Reading »