Romney gets Nevada Newspaper Endorsement


Nevada’s largest newspaper is endorsing Mitt Romney for president, saying he has the principles and experience to lead the U.S. to prosperity again. The Las Vegas Review-Journal, in its Sunday editions, wrote that Romney was a Republican governor in heavily Democratic Massachusetts who had to work with Democrats to get things done.

The newspaper states his business management skills turned failing companies into profitable ones, and he has pledged to create a Cabinet of private-sector leaders focused on strengthening the nation’s business climate. The Review-Journal faulted President Barack Obama, saying his administration lacks in business experience and is openly hostile to free-market capitalism.

The newspaper endorsed Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain for president four years ago.

Two members of Nevada’s congressional delegation have joined the list of those who want to know why federal prosecutors in Reno stopped pursuing cases from local agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Aides to Senator Dean Heller and Congressman Mark Amodei they have requested an explanation from both ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Nevada.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is investigating the yearlong rift, which all but emptied the Reno ATF office and ended their undercover investigations into illegal firearms trafficking operations in Nevada. An assistant U.S. attorney in Reno reportedly told ATF agents in a September 2011 letter that her office won’t prosecute any ATF cases until certain unnamed “issues” are resolved.

Democratic congressional candidate John Oceguera is out with a new ad criticizing Congressman Joe Heck for his votes on a rape crisis center and abortion. The commercial points to Heck’s 2007 vote on a bill funding a crisis center, and says the Republican tried to restrict abortion for victims of rape.

It features a victim advocate saying she can’t understand someone voting that way unless he hadn’t looked in victims’ eyes. Heck’s campaign says Heck denied the bill including the rape crisis center money because it contained several unrelated provisions and was being pushed through in the final hours of the Nevada legislative session.

Heck officials say that while the congressman supported a bill against taxpayer-funded abortions, it included an exception for victims of rape and incest.

Faced with rising costs, Governor Brian Sandoval is backing off his promise to undo pay cuts imposed on state employees last year. Gerald Gardner, his chief of staff, says the governor has issued orders to agency heads to continue the reductions in the proposed 2014-15 budget.

Faced with rising costs, Sandoval is backing off his promise to undo pay cuts imposed on state employees last year. Gerald Gardner, his chief of staff, says the governor has issued orders to agency heads to continue the reductions in the proposed 2014-15 budget.

Gardner adds Sandoval hasn’t given up on efforts to undo the work furloughs, pay cuts, and suspension of merit and longevity pay imposed on state workers. But he says the governor doesn’t know if he’ll get the money to do so as rising costs are more than eating up revenue gains amid a weak economic recovery.

State employees complain the cuts amount to a tax increase on them so that businesses don’t have to pay more taxes.

Nevada has launched a new website to help  the state’s youth in their job searches. The site is available at NevadaYouth.org and includes tips on resumes, cover letters and interviews.

The site links to state-approved programs and organizations that help young people in assessing their career interests and planning for their future. It also highlights job openings throughout the state. Governor Sandoval says Nevada’s future depends on preparing youth, and is encouraging parents and teens to explore the site’s resources.

The site is a project of Nevada JobConnect and comes with the help of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board.

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