Archive for March, 2009

Leave My Subway Fare Alone, by Nathan Taylor

Ok, so I lived in Manhattan for a couple of years and I used to take the subways and buses all the time. As a Las Vegas native, it was a serious culture shock, taking the long, very long escalators so many feet underground. At first, I had these visions of getting mugged in the subway, because I had seen so much of that on movies and television over the years. Then I got used to it, and realized just how awesome mass transit was in New York City! › Continue reading

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Saturday, March 28th, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on Leave My Subway Fare Alone, by Nathan Taylor

Old West Returns During Bad Economy

I was reminded this morning by a story featured on CNN that when times get tough our society can easily turn back the clock.

Remember those old western movies where the bad guys would ride up to a ranch on their horses with their rifles and steal horses and cattle? Well, believe it or not, those days are back again! A story today on CNN featured a ranch owner in Texas that’s having trouble with someone stealing her live-stock. › Continue reading

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Monday, March 23rd, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on Old West Returns During Bad Economy

What’s Really Wrong With the Nevada GOP!

As a lifelong Republican and former GOP Activist, I have been extremely disheartened by the turn of events that places our Party in such disarray!  

After reading John L. Smith’s column today, I couldn’t remain silent anymore. First off, It makes my stomach turn to see how much press Chuck Muth has been getting as it relates to the Republican Party. This self-serving grandstander isn’t even a Republican anymore–he was run out of Washington, D.C., and when he couldn’t find a leadership position in the Nevada GOP, he switched parties! It only takes a coward to become a turncoat and run away from something–if he really wanted change for the GOP, he would have stuck around and tried to make a difference.  

It seems that some members of the press have forgotten all the history behind Chuck Muth and his involvement over the years with the GOP. Chuck alienated just about everyone except for the gadfly’s and fringe members of the Republican Party.So much so, that he had to leave the state for awhile to let some of the dust settle.  

I’m not going to give Chuck the pleasure of having me lay out his resume, but I can only say that there are better sources for information and comments regarding the Nevada GOP. As a 33 year old Republican who has spent most of his adult life being involved in Republican politics, I believe I have a unique and educated view of what is happening with the Nevada GOP and what changes need to be made.  

While many Republican’s including myself are very disappointed in Governor Gibbons performance, it doesn’t do our party any good to keep chastising him and laying down with the maggots to feed on what’s left of his political career. What good can come out of continuing to focus our energy on Gibbons? I say nothing good can come out of it–the people that truly care about our Party should be focusing on trying to gain seats in the State Assembly and working to get the State Senate back. In addition, the 2010 Census is approaching and the GOP should be organizing a great team of individuals to work on it.  

Having worked the 2000 Census with the GOP, I can say with authority that this is more important than the average party loyalist understands. Should we continue our current course of infighting and personal grandstanding (i.e. Chuck Muth) instead of focusing on what will make a difference for our party during the next 10 years, the Nevada GOP will only have itself to blame.  

The answer is for the GOP to stop hiring individuals from out of state to run our Party. The Nevada GOP over the past 10 years has turned into a cash cow for Consultants who only seek to drain campaign coffers for the benefit of their bank accounts. Once an individual decides to work the political scene in hopes of padding their wallets, it leads to the destruction of a political party and loses its purpose.  

Do you think that it’s a coincidence that former GOP Executive Directors have become high priced political consultants? Do you think it is a coincidence that most of the high ranking GOP jobs over that past 10 years have gone to folks who are not from the State of Nevada? Do you think it’s a coincidence that all the top of the ticket candidates have shared the same “high priced” consultants over the past 4 election cycles. I’ll answer that for you, NO it is not a coincidence–if the average registered Republican in our state knew what was going on behind the scenes it would make them sick!  

The reason the Nevada Republican Party is in such disarray is for one reason and one reason only; GREED!    

Nathan Taylor

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 Government Comments Off on What’s Really Wrong With the Nevada GOP!

NASCAR “VEGAS STYLE”

We all love writing about things we love, so here I go again writing about NASCAR! So, I was one of the 200,000 plus people that attended the NASCAR race this weekend in my hometown of Las Vegas–as usual I wasn’t disappointed.

This year’s races brought a record number of cautions at the track and a couple red flags–as many have already said, at times it seemed much more like a demolition derby than it did a NASCAR race! While sometimes it’s fun to watch a few cars spin out on the track, it does tend to get a little old after awhile. Just when the action on the track got hot, someone lost control in one of the turns, and there was another wreck. At one point, there were only 9 cars on the lead lap–an amazing statistic for a NASCAR race.

What I found very interesting this year, was the fact that even with the national economy as bad as it is, people refused to miss the NASCAR races in Las Vegas. When I was standing in line at the track to pick up my tickets, I met a couple military men from Australia, whom had never been to a NASCAR event. I also met a young man from Germany who again was attending a NASCAR race for the first time. So, it made me think, here I am standing in line to buy tickets and I’m not surrounded by my fellow Las Vegas citizens, but instead I’m surrounded by folks from other countries.

It was very exciting to know that there were so many people attending this race from outside of Las Vegas. Our local economy has suffered greatly by the economic meltdown–this race was a huge boost! To give you an idea how much of a boost, it is estimated that NASCAR brought in over $200 million dollars in non-gaming revenue! With McCarran Airport taking such a hit with passenger numbers down and our casinos, restaurants, and entertainment venues suffering from low tourist numbers, this was a welcomed change.

Like many sports in America, NASCAR has experienced its share of pain with the current economic times. Sponsors have left the sport, several teams have merged their operations to consolidate and save money on their shop costs, and many drivers have seen their hopes of signing a big deal fall by the wayside due to a lack of funds. However, the races still go on and the fans keep coming by the tens of thousands!

So this year, I want to salute NASCAR for continuing to inspire enthusiast to continue attending the races around the country. I want to thank NASCAR for what they are doing for communities around the nation. Finally, I want to thank NASCAR for still being an affordable sport–with tickets to college basketball games going for over $100.00, it’s nice to know that for $40.00, you can spend a wonderful day at the track–full of excitement!

Thank you NASCAR!

By Nathan Taylor

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 Sports Comments Off on NASCAR “VEGAS STYLE”
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