Opinion: Rory Reid again dominates debate

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Last night Brian Sandoval once again proved to Nevadans that he has no plan for the short- or long-term future of the state. He has no plan to balance the state’s budget. He has no plan to create jobs for the nearly 15 percent of Nevadans looking for work.

And his “plan” for education revolves around $533 million in cuts to our already struggling education system.

In comparison, Rory Reid shared his six innovative plans for the future of Nevada. Rory offered details for creating jobs, reforming ethics laws, reinventing our schools, balancing the state budget, improving higher education and using renewable energy to achieve economic diversity.

And Reid’s plan to balance the state’s budget includes no new taxes and zero cuts to education.

Reid shared these plans last night in the statewide debate. Brian shared . . . well, Brian shared nothing, perhaps because the powerful special interests that recruited him to run for governor didn’t give him any talking points.

“It’s shameful that with only 10 days until early voting, Brian Sandoval has said absolutely nothing about creating jobs or balancing the state budget,” said Mike Trask, spokesman for Rory 2010. “Rory Reid showed tonight that he is the only candidate with plans to turn the state around. The choice is clear: Rory is the only candidate of substance.”

Rory Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success – supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about his campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.

Opinion: About that budget plan…

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The Rory Reid campaign congratulates Brian Sandoval for actually attempting to participate in the race for governor by launching a new TV ad today . . . although he does so with falsehoods and without any substance, once again.

Now, about that budget plan…

Twelve days from the start of early voting, Sandoval has no plan for Nevada’s future or the looming budget crisis, despite promising repeatedly to release one to voters. His lobbyist-handlers and the special interests must not have written one for him yet.

In contrast, Reid has proposed a balanced budget blueprint, demonstrating how he would fill the state’s budget shortfall without raising taxes.

Reid believes that voters deserve a chance to review Sandoval’s plan before they go to the polls, something they won’t get a mere few days from Early Vote.

Check out our latest video.

To date, Sandoval’s campaign has been notable only for its lack of campaigning. Instead, he has remained pathetically silent. In comparison, Reid released six innovative plans for the future of Nevada.

Reid offered details for creating jobs, reforming ethics laws, reinventing our schools, balancing the state budget, improving higher education and using renewable energy to achieve economic diversity.

And Reid’s plan to balance the state’s budget includes no new taxes and zero cuts to education. Sandoval–the Republican with no budget plan–told the Las Vegas Review-Journal today what we’ve suspected all along: He’s going to balance the budget on the backs of our children.

“As Brian Sandoval noticed in his new ad, Rory is angry,” said Mike Trask, spokesman for Rory 2010. “He’s angry at the dire situation Nevadans face. Kids are in overcrowded classrooms. Families are underwater in their mortgages. And the powerful interests running Brian Sandoval’s campaign always get their way.”

Rory Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success–supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about his campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.

Opinion: Where is Brian Sandoval’s budget plan? (w/video)

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Rory Reid has released six innovative plans for the future of Nevada during this campaign cycle. Reid has offered details for creating jobs, reforming ethics laws, reinventing our schools, balancing the state budget, improving higher education and using renewable energy to achieve economic diversity.

Brian Sandoval has offered next to nothing. This video chronicles Brian Sandoval’s empty promises.

Despite repeated promises over the past year, Brian Sandoval has yet to provide even a single detail on how he would balance the state’s budget. Nor has he offered a single idea to create jobs for the nearly 15 percent of Nevadans looking for work.

And there are only two weeks until early voting begins. The deadline has passed for Brian Sandoval to offer his budget plan.

“Perhaps Brian Sandoval hasn’t offered a budget plan because the lobbyists for special interests who recruited him to run for governor haven’t written one for him,” said Mike Trask, spokesman for Rory 2010. “It’s shameful that with so many Nevadans unemployed and a looming budget shortfall, Brian Sandoval hasn’t offered any ideas to solve any of the problems facing our state.”

Rory Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success – supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about his campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.

Opinion: Rory Reid has a foreclosure problem

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As Rory Reid continues his attacks on Brian Sandoval, he really should stop to do some fact checking on his own resume.

In his latest ad, Reid slams big banks who have “always gotten their way while denying small businesses loans or refusing to modify the mortgage on your home.”  Trouble is Reid’s firm, Lionel Sawyer & Collins, represents big banking clients.  In fact, they’ve represented the very banks Reid slams as they foreclose on Nevadans.

What’s worse, as a shareholder at one of Nevada’s largest lobbying firms, Rory is currently profiting from the banks he apparently now abhors.

Lionel Sawyer & Collins either has represented or currently represents Citibank, Charles Schwab, Morgan Stanley, First Republic Bank, Bank of America, HSBC and Countrywide Home Loans.

Lionel Sawyer & Collins attorneys represented Citimortgage in a home foreclosure case which is currently pending in federal court.  The case, Dalby et al v. Citimortgage, Inc. et al (3:09-cv-00659-RCJ-VPC), is a wrongful foreclosure case initiated by ten individual plaintiffs who own homes located in Reno, Sparks and Glenbrook, Nevada.  The plaintiffs, who at the time the lawsuit was filed, were “at imminent risk of losing their home,” allege they “were the victims of unlawful and wrongful foreclosures and/or an underlying conspiracy to commit fraud that resulted in foreclosures” being initiated by Citimortgage and other financial institutions.  Lionel Sawyer & Collins has filed a motion to dismiss this case.

Rory’s colleagues also represented Citimortgage in a class action wrongful foreclosure case presenting claims similar to the above case.  Plaintiffs in this case, Dalton et al v. Citimortgage, Inc. et al (3:09-cv-00534-LDG-VPC), have either already lost their homes to foreclosure or were at imminent risk of loss due to foreclosure.  The case remains active in federal court, although many of the claims and defendants have been dismissed.

“Rory Reid is the worst kind of politician – one who will tell you what you want to hear just to get elected,” Sandoval Communications Director Mary-Sarah Kinner said.  “The truth is that while he’s telling voters he’ll always be on their side, Rory Reid is profiting from the very banks he condemns foreclosing on Nevada families.”

Opinion: New Rory Reid ad explores Sandoval’s cozy banking relationships

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A new television ad further reveals Brian Sandoval’s cozy relationship with the banking industry. The 30-second ad, titled “Banks,” is delivered by Rory Reid himself. It begins airing statewide today.

In the ad, Reid relays the truth about Sandoval’s long-term relationship with banks and other special interests. Sandoval’s law firm – the one that took out a full-page newspaper ad trumpeting its coup in hiring Sandoval shortly after he began campaigning for governor – lobbies for every bank in Nevada.

And it was Sandoval who did the banking industry a favor when he carried a bill deregulating banks. Even Sandoval admits he didn’t write that bill – and he has yet to tell Nevadans why he agreed to be its sole sponsor. The banking industry wrote the bill and Sandoval was the sole sponsor because he’s too weak to stand up for himself – and too weak to stand up for Nevadans.

This is the simple truth: Sandoval has been in bed with banks and special interests for years. They wrote his legislation. They recruited him to run for governor. They gave him a job. And now he’ll be their governor.

Rory Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success – supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about his campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.

Rory Reid to discuss green jobs plan in Reno this morning

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This morning Rory Reid released his plan to create green jobs and make Nevada energy independent. He will be discussing the plan today at 11 a.m. in the Clean Energy Center, 4865 Joule Street, #C4, Reno.

Reid’s goal as governor will be to make Nevada the leader in clean energy production to create thousands of new jobs. In the race for the clean energy economy, Nevada needs a governor who will bring more renewable energy companies to our state.

Among the proposals in Rory’s 15-point plan to create green jobs:

Offering financial programs to attract clean energy businesses and using stimulus funds to create a Nevada Energy Independence Fund.

Unleashing the power of our universities and colleges into renewable energy to create new technologies and innovations that can be carried around the world.

Working with neighboring states to create a multi-billion dollar business exporting clean energy to states like California.

Pursuing biomass production, working with other governors to utilize millions of acres of pinyon-juniper growth.

Reid will also take steps to make renewable energy more affordable and accessible to consumers by allowing homeowners to finance their energy efficiency retrofits through their utility bills, which has been successful in other states.

Rory Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success – supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about hiss campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.

Opinion: Even Rory Reid’s law partner says ‘the bill did not do what [Rory] says it did in ads’

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Rory Reid’s shoot first, ask questions later strategy has failed him. Again. Today, his own law partner shot back.

Reid’s latest ad continues his false and fabricated attack on Brian Sandoval over a 1997 banking bill sponsored by then-Assemblyman Sandoval, passed unanimously and signed into law by Bob Miller.

Today, Reid’s current law partner–and the author of the 1997 banking bill–admitted “the bill did not do what [Rory Reid] says it did in ads.”

Reid’s law partner also told Jon Ralston that “it is inaccurate–as Reid’s ad campaign says–to call it a regulation bill because it did not affect the larger banks.” (Jon Ralston, Las Vegas Sun, 09/27/10)

“Rory Reid has a consistent problem telling the truth,” Sandoval Communications Director Mary-Sarah Kinner said. “Rory Reid is the worst kind of politician–he’ll say anything just to get elected.”

Opinion: Rory Reid bites the hand that feeds Brian Sandoval

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Brian Sandoval’s campaign responded to Rory Reid’s new campaign ad last week by reiterating Reid’s point. In a pathetic political response, Sandoval’s campaign made the argument that it’s totally fine Sandoval was the sole sponsor of a 1997 banking deregulation bill because banking lobbyists wrote it.

Yes, that argument was actually made by the Sandoval camp last week.

The campaign admits in a press release that lobbyists wrote AB 360 and asked Sandoval to carry the bill through the legislative process. That was the point of a Reid ad.

“Brian Sandoval has been talking about how a high-powered network of lobbyists and insiders asked him to run for governor for more than a year,” said Mike Trask, spokesman for Rory 2010. “But it’s truly amazing that his defense to deregulating banks has been to say that bankers wrote the bill he carried.”

A new Web video shows just how deep Brian Sandoval’s connection with banks, lobbyists and special interests runs.

Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success – supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about his campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.

Rory Reid to release higher education plan at University of Nevada

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Rory Reid will release his plan for improving our colleges and making higher education an economic engine during an event with students at the University of Nevada on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

“It’s time we made our universities and colleges among the best places in the nation to study and learn, to innovate and invent,” Reid said. “We need a state government that makes attracting and retaining the best minds and the most cutting-edge technology a fundamental state policy.”

Rory Reid event
Thursday, September 23
2:30 p.m.
University of Nevada, Reno
Joe Crowley Student Union
Room 423

Reid knows a first-class higher education system that supports business, research and technology transfer can be a cornerstone of our economy. Our universities and colleges can feed businesses the workers and technology they need to prosper.

If we want businesses to move to Nevada, we need a workforce that is skilled in the industries of the future. And as Nevada moves forward, our universities should be the anchors of new technology businesses that come to Nevada and utilize cutting-edge research.

Rory Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success – supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about his campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.

Opinion: Brian Sandoval trying to convince Hispanics he cares

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Brian Sandoval’s campaign plans to air a new ad for Spanish-language television are designed to mask the fact that he does not support Hispanics’ interests and has done nothing to reach out to the community during his campaign.

Sandoval’s dismal record on Hispanic issues led legendary activist Dolores Huerta to have some harsh words for the Republican candidate. “Just because somebody has a Latino last name, like Sandoval, that doesn’t mean that person is going to fight for you,” she told a group of Rory Reid volunteers last week.

To review Sandoval’s record on Hispanic issues:

Flip-Flop 1: Sandoval told a group of Hispanics that he would “strongly consider” allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. But, when asked by the press, he said he would never allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses.

Flip-Flop 2: At a tea party debate during the Republican primary race, Sandoval stated emphatically, “I absolutely support the Arizona law.” Later, after appeasing the tea partiers, he would soften his position on the new Arizona immigration laws.

On the Arizona law: Brian Sandoval told Univision that he was unconcerned about his children being racially profiled because they “don’t look Hispanic.” Commented Huerta: “That is like racism when somebody says something like that. We need to be proud that we have dark skin.”

Endorsements: Hispanics in Politics and executive director of the Latino Chamber of Commerce Otto Merida have endorsed Reid. Merida, a Republican, had previously supported Sandoval. “I have known Brian Sandoval for many years and supported his candidacy,” Merida said. “But I have become disillusioned by his lack of plans for education or economic diversity in Nevada. I was further disheartened when Brian Sandoval turned his back on the Hispanic community and spoke out in favor of the recent Arizona immigration legislation.”

On TV: Reid placed the second Spanish-language ad of his campaign on statewide television last week. Sandoval is merely responding.

Rory Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success – supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about his campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.