House lawmakers are mad because they still can’t dump nuke waste in Nevada

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We want to dump our nuclear waste in your state.

Feckless House lawmakers with nuclear power plants in their congressional districts are mad because they’re not yet able to dump all that nuclear waste in Nevada.

The feds still can’t seem to figure out how to construct a permanent repository at Yucca Mountain.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, federal taxpayers face a liability because of the government’s failure to construct and safely dispose of nuclear waste.

All eyes in Washington are on Nevada.

Yucca Mountain was designated by Congress as the national repository for nuclear waste in 1987. The Department of Energy spent $15 billion to study the site and applied for a license to construct a repository.

But President Barack Obama stopped funding for the licensing application in 2011.

President Donald Trump is seeking to restart the licensing process and included $120 million for it in the DOE budget.

 

Psycho who threatened to kill #DeanHeller heading to the slammer

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Psycho killer, Richard Brent Holley.

The Reno Gazette Journal is reporting that a 62-year-old psycho who left a note at Sen. Dean Heller’s office in Las Vegas threatening to kill the Nevada Republican has been sentenced to up to four years in prison.

The psycho killer, Richard Brent Holley, copped a plea after being nailed by the police.

A federal judge sentenced him on Monday to 19 to 48 months behind bars.

Holley left a note in July threatening to kill Heller because of his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

This psycho should be never be allowed back on the street.

 

Elaine Wynn made it clear that she is going to burn the company down

Screenshot 2018-02-14 at 07.56.00.pngIf you work for Steve Wynn, Elaine Wynn might just be screwing you out of your job…for good.

A lawyer for Steve Wynn’s ex-wife told a Clark County judge Tuesday that there may have been “a greater concern” at Wynn Resorts “than what we already know exists to cover up certain things and to make sure my client didn’t pull the curtain back too far.”

Attorney Mark Ferrario represents Elaine Wynn in a legal battle over her removal from the company’s board. In a hearing Tuesday, Ferrario said he received a “highly confidential” document this week related to Steve Wynn’s position in the case that was “directly relevant” to claims his ex-wife has made.

“A high-ranking official knew about it,” Ferrario said.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, details of the document, which was kept under seal by Chief District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, were not discussed in court, and it’s unclear whether the new information will be made public before a trial scheduled to begin in April.

Steve Wynn, accused of demanding sexual favors from female employees over the last three decades, has denied any wrongdoing and blamed his ex-wife for leading a campaign that resulted in an “avalanche of negative publicity” and, ultimately, his resignation as Wynn Resorts chairman and CEO last week.

Steve Wynn’s lawyers on Tuesday told Chief District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez that Elaine Wynn wanted to sabotage her ex-husband’s business and fortune.

But her attorneys quickly rejected the claim, pointing out that she owned significant stock in Wynn Resorts.

Attorney Todd Bice, who represents Steve Wynn, said Elaine Wynn misused the legal process “in pursuit of her illegitimate effort. … Ms. Wynn has made it clear that because she did not get her way, she is going to burn the company down and anybody who is around her as a result. The facts of that show what her agenda was.”

 

Experts say men are becoming trained to avoid women in the workplace

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Thanks to abusive men, women in the workplace face even greater challenges according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Heightened sensitivity to sexual misconduct has the potential to prevent women from reaching top positions in the workforce, according to a Las Vegas attorney.

“Of course there is a need for women on corporate boards, but I have some concern about how women are going to get there,” said Aviva Gordon, managing member and attorney at Las Vegas-based Gordon Law.

The most likely way for a woman to rise through the corporate ranks is through mentorship, Gordon said.

“But now because there is so much concern about bad actors out there in the world that I think the good men out there are more reluctant or may become more reluctant to engage in some of that mentorship for fear of allegations coming against them,” she said.

“Nobody is going to say that they’re not going to mentor women ‘because I’m afraid they will make allegations against me,’” Gordon said. “I think they will continue to try to keep subordinate women at arm’s length, and I think it will make it that much harder for women to push through to a position of power.”

Carliss Chatman, assistant professor of law at Northern Illinois University, said for a woman to get on a board she already has to be often even more credentialed than her male counterparts.

The gender parity issues on corporate boards is a self-fulfilling prophecy, she said.

“You have men who say, ‘We only have three women on these boards because they’re the only ones who qualify.’ But the reason that more women don’t qualify is because women aren’t being promoted through the ranks.”

Wynn out, Maddox in

Screenshot 2018-02-07 at 07.11.27Matthew Maddox, one of the longest-serving executives at Wynn Resorts Ltd., has replaced Steve Wynn as chief executive officer, capping a career rise from small-town Arkansas to leader of a $17 billion global gaming giant.

Maddox, 42, joined Wynn Resorts in 2002, when Steve Wynn began rebuilding his casino empire from scratch. Maddox rose through the company’s ranks, working in Macau, then as chief financial officer and finally as president since November 2013.

He was named CEO by the company’s board late Tuesday according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, after Wynn resigned amid sexual harassment allegations that threatened the company’s gaming licenses in the United States and Macau.

No more free money for Nevada affordable housing

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As Nevada grapples with a massive shortage of affordable housing, state officials fear federal tax reform has stymied a long-standing funding resource. The free money train has derailed.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that since 1986 the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program has allowed private investors to reduce their federal tax liability if they help pay for the creation or rehabilitation of affordable rental housing. Last year the program financed nearly 1,150 homes and apartments in Nevada and capped their rents for at least 30 years.

“It’s by far the single-biggest program across the country to generate affordable housing units,” Nevada Housing Division Chief Financial Officer Michael Holliday said.

Right, free money is always good. No argument there.

The program lost some effectiveness with the December passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which lowered the corporate tax rate and decreased demand for the credits, Holliday said.

Apparently he’d rather you pay higher taxes than give up his free money.

#Reno Mayor #HillarySchieve humiliated by the city’s latest sex crime scandal

Screenshot 2018-02-01 at 19.39.49.pngAccording to the Reno Gazette-Journal, a press conference that lasted less than three minutes Thursday, top city officials said they take a former employee’s claims she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker seriously but refused to answer any questions about the city’s handling of the incident.

The press conference was called in response to a Reno Gazette Journal story that detailed allegations from a former contract employee that the city cut short her employment when she complained a coworker sexually assaulted her. Her alleged attacker was allowed to resign without facing discipline.

In court documents filed as part of a separate lawsuit against the city, the woman said former revitalization manager Bill Dunne sexually harassed her, making lewd comments and grabbing her breasts. The behavior culminated when he trapped her in his car, exposed himself and demanded she perform a sex act.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said during the press conference that she only learned of the woman’s allegations on Wednesday, the day the RGJ story ran. Councilwoman Neoma Jardon also said she was unaware of the incident.

“Last night I was made aware of sexual assault allegations and I want to make sure that our residents know that we take this extremely seriously at the city of Reno,” Schieve said.

The mayor seems pretty clueless.

Last week, Soto confirmed that his department did not conduct any investigation into the woman’s allegations. Instead, Reno City Attorney Karl Hall initiated an investigation by an independent third party and the city handled the matter as a personnel issue.

In the court documents, the woman said she was too embarrassed and afraid to file a police report.

Details of the woman’s allegations were revealed in court documents filed Monday as part of a lawsuit filed by Deanna Gescheider and Maureen McKissick, which claims the city did not protect them from retaliation after they submitted misconduct complaints against former City Manager Andrew Clinger.

The woman, who the Reno Gazette Journal is not naming because she may be the victim of a sexual assault, said she believes the city tried to cover up Dunne’s conduct because of the pending lawsuit by Gescheider and McKissick. Dunne was also accused of threatening Gescheider and making an inappropriate comment to her in that lawsuit.

Transparency and ensuring women’s safety in the workplace clearly are not priorities for Reno.

 

Smelling big profits, Nevada banks ramp up home reposessions

Screenshot 2018-01-29 at 06.48.36.pngAfter sharply pulling back last year, banks are ramping up foreclosure activity in Las Vegas again.

Why not? With the rapid increase in home values, it’s become profitable to kick struggling people out of their homes so banks can resell them for big profits. It’s how the white elites roll.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that lenders issued an average of about 500 default notices per month in the fourth quarter last year, up from just 32 a month in the third quarter and 380 per month in the first half of 2017, according to figures from housing tracker Attom Data Solutions.

Meanwhile, Home Means Nevada is now fully operational and started issuing certificates Nov. 1 that let lenders proceed with foreclosures, board president Shannon Chambers said.

Foreclosures were sliding in Las Vegas before the law took effect. But the drop last year “wouldn’t have been quite as dramatic without the legislation,” said Daren Blomquist, Attom’s senior vice president of communications.

Lenders repossessed an average of about 160 homes a month in the fourth quarter, up from 100 in the third.

Ex-wife goes for big money, calls #SteveWynn a sex criminal

Screenshot 2018-01-29 at 06.33.39Steve Wynn stepped down Saturday as Republican National Committee finance chairman amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

In a related development, Pat Mulroy, a former Nevada Gaming Commission member, has been selected to head a special committee appointed Friday by the Wynn Resorts board of directors to investigate the allegations.

RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel confirmed Wynn’s departure from the committee in a statement Saturday. “Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair,” she said.

Later Saturday, Wynn affirmed the resignation with his own statement.

“Effective today, I am resigning as finance chairman of the RNC,” said the statement, emailed through a Wynn Resorts spokesman. “The unbelievable success we have achieved must continue. The work we are doing to make America a better place is too important to be impaired by this distraction. I thank the president for the opportunity to serve and wish him continued success.”

The resignation, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, comes after the Wall Street Journal’s report alleging the Wynn Resorts chairman and CEO demanded sex from and assaulted several of his resort employees over three decades.

Wynn denies the allegations, saying they were false and a smear campaign orchestrated by his ex-wife, Elaine Wynn, with whom he’s embroiled in a court battle over a company share agreement stemming from the couple’s 2010 divorce.

Elaine Wynn declined comment, but in court documents filed with the Nevada Supreme Court, her lawyers said she learned of one incident of alleged sexual misconduct with an employee as she was preparing for divorce proceedings with her husband in 2009.

RAGA is throwing big money at #WesDuncan

Screenshot 2018-01-28 at 08.18.57.pngThe Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that a national group aimed at electing Republican attorneys general across the country is targeting Nevada.

The Republican Attorneys General Association announced on Thursday that it raised more than $16 million in 2017, up about $3.5 million from the last off-year fundraising period in 2015.

RAGA is fully behind former assemblyman and former assistant attorney general Wes Duncan, although he has a primary opponent in Las Vegas attorney Craig Mueller.

On the Democrat side, Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford is considered the favorite to win the nomination and move on the general election, where the winner will replace Adam Laxalt. The RAGA and its related Nevada PAC spent more than $3 million to help Laxalt in the 2014 campaign.