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Republican Marc Boldt was sanctioned by the county party’s executive board more than three months ago for making decisions that were deemed out of line with the party.
"I find it amazing that his party wanted a commitment on the admissions tax BEFORE a public hearing. My goodness, why bother to have public hearings at all if you must follow the party line regardless of the hearing testimony?" -Denise Lukins
Businessman David Madore announced that he is a candidate for the Clark County commissioner seat held by Marc Boldt.
"This is refreshing news. David Madore is fighting hard to keep the county from spending more-and-more-and-more of our citizens' money during an economic downturn that still hasn't hit bottom yet." -Cory Barnes
As Americans become increasingly polarized politically, it seems we’re losing our capacity to listen. We’re too busy interrupting each other to consider opposing views, too insecure in our own ideologies to believe other ideas might be more compelling.
"Maybe it is time for a collective timeout where the elected can work on their transparency and the electorate can work on their manners :)" -Loren Sickles
On Tuesday evening, the C-Tran Board of Directors tackled the question in earnest: Who should vote on this year’s planned sales tax measure?
"I would think a vote on maintenance is premature. At this point the CRC hasn't even figured out the basics of a bridge, like height dimensions, don't things like the size, length and what the bridge will look like effect the cost to maintain the light rail portion? " -Alex Reinhold
In their efforts to vet applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around.
"I thought one of the #1 rules for the workplace is to leave your personal life at home in order to not let it interfere with work. If any employer asked me to do this I would politely refuse." -Brittany Schwerdt-Sund