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   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes.
Everybody knows...
Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows...
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   and a long red rose. That's how it goes.
   Everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen

Deconstruction, carpetbaggers and hall-of-famers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-12-2016 Sparks Tribune / Updated 5-17-2016

Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan has ordered legislative candidate Jason Guinasso into court to defend his eligibility.


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One Frank Wright brought an affidavit to the D.A. alleging that the Reno attorney could not have lived in District 26 when he filed for the seat held by retiring incumbent Randy Kirner, R-Reno.

District Attorney Chris Hicks, representing Washoe County Registrar of Voters Luanne Cutler, filed an action with the district court.

Wright's statement contains building permit information and photos detailing substantial re-construction during the time that Mr. Guinasso swore under penalty of perjury that he began living in the southwest Reno/Incline Village bailiwick. Wright asserts that the home was uninhabitable.

The April 14 hearing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. in Judge Flanagan's Department 7 at 75 Court St. in Reno.

Last week, I informed all Barbwire Confidential subscribers upon learning about Flanagan's April 7 order.

Afterward, I posted breaking news bulletins at and BallotBoxing.US but wasn't able to take matters further because of computer problems. (Sometimes it pays to get on the priority list.)

DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN. Back when I managed campaigns, I got the second-youngest assemblyman in Nevada history — a union carpenter named Dale Goodman — elected at age 23 over a similar carpetbagging issue.

His District 26 GOP opponent was a slick lawyer who relocated when the incumbent retired. (In 1976, AD26 covered mostly Democratic southeast Reno.)

In today's configuration, winning the GOP primary is tantamount to election in the now heavily Republican bastion. Guinasso's opponent is Truckee Meadows Community College law professor Lisa Krasner who lost to Kirner by 11 votes two years ago. Since no other candidate but the two Republicans filed, should Wright's complaint prevail, it would de facto elect Mrs. Krasner. (Actually, she might have to get one vote on election day.)

In recent times, several legislative campaigns have collapsed over residency challenges. Gomorrah South Democratic County Commissioner Lynette Boggs-McDonald got caught living outside her district and was forced to resign a few years back.

LITERAL CONSTRUCTIVE RESIDENCE. I've long been advised that "constructive residence" just means where someone "actually" resides, although the legalese in the current case implies some distinction.

Back in the mid-1970s, Las Vegas Democratic Assemblyman Bob Robinson ran for state senate. Unfortunately, his new home in the senate district wasn't ready.

So the good doctor got a camp stove and a sleeping bag and announced to the media that his actual and constructive residence would henceforth be in the fresh-air wood frame of his future dwelling.

He won.

ASSEMBLY ALUMNI DEPT. Former Nevada Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas, has been ailing since last November. The César Chávez Hall of Famer was unable to attend last month's annual César celebration.

He was recently transferred to Tahoe Pacific South Meadows, an acute care facility in the same building as Renown South Meadows at 10101 Double-R Blvd. (Reno NV 89521)

Price served almost three decades in the lower house. He and his wife, former University Regent Nancy Price, retired to Sparks years ago. He has been a member of Las Vegas IBEW Local 357/AFL-CIO for more than half a century. He helped build the showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton which was opened by Elvis Presley in 1969 and has the King's autograph on his old lunchbox to prove it. He chaired the Assembly Taxation Committee for many sessions and became legendary for his advocacy on behalf of the little guys.

You may send well-wishes to the above address. Nancy encourages visits. I suggest calling ahead at (775) 326-6148.

Ask him for some Robinson and Goodman stories and tell him I said to get well, then raise hell.

¡Si se puede!

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BARBWIRE WEB EXTRAS —> TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on threeconsecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 2014) on NV Energy smart meter fires. Welcome aboard. Barbwire readers were two years ahead on the fire meter issue. (Touch a Smart Meter, Go to Jail — 11 October 2012)

FIRE METER UPDATES: THE NEVADA FIRE MARSHALL'S INVESTIGATION concluded "don't worry, be happy." I'm still worried and will continue fondling NVE's precious equipment —> If your smart meter feels very hot, not just from sunshine, call 911.

In its Sunday 21 Dec. 2014 front page headline major story, the Reno Gazette-Journal published results of the NVEnergy-commissioned "don't worry, be happy" echo study. On 1-27-2015, the RGJ published an analysis based on veteran reporter Anjeanette Damon's review of more than 1,000 pages of documents. Barbwire bottom line: NVE handles this like auto manufacturers handle defects —> It's cheaper to pay legal settlements after people are injured or killed than to fix the problem.

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DIDN'T THEY MAKE A MOVIE CALLED "THE INCREDIBLES"? On 2-6-2015, the RGJ reported that the Public Utilities Commission has ordered NVE to hire an independent laboratory to review the material.

UPDATE: The report said all is well. I still recommend feeling up your fire meter on a regular basis.

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Andrew Barbano is a 47-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of and and As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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Frank Wright challenge to Guinasso candidacy

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