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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

When taking the cure is worse than the disease
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-19-2016 Sparks Tribune / Updated 5-1-2016

Last week's decision by Judge Patrick Flanagan allowing Reno lawyer Jason Guinasso to continue his Nevada Assembly candidacy raised an important issue — albeit barely related to Mr. Guinasso's disputed residency in the southwest Reno/Incline district.


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The shows appeared on both commercial and community stations. The non-corporate entity produced the events, commercial TV greatly expanded distribution.

Thus began an ongoing series of sane public interest programs which generate both entertaining heat and more than a little light.

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In the late 1990s, northeastern Nevada State Sen. Dean Rhoads, R-Tuscarora, got tired of beating the same opponent twice each cycle. Only Republicans usually file in Elko County where Democrats are shot on sight.

Rhoads got the law changed so single-party elections could be settled in primaries.

Maddeningly, the most liberal Democrat became the first beneficiary. Sen. Joe Neal not only had the temerity to run against the casino slate for governor in 1998, but also tried to (gasp!) raise the world's lowest gambling industry tax. [1]

North Las Vegas is a Democratic stronghold so only Neal and two other D's filed in 2000. Thanks to Rhoads, Neal was re-elected in the primary with a majority of six — count 'em — SIX whole votes.

Last year, Republican Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, further narrowed the playing field with bi-partisan support. Now, if just two candidates file, the June primary winner is automatically installed without facing non-partisans and other pesky low-life voters in November.

Guinasso vs. Lisa Krasner and three other races are affected this year.

Top-gun lawyers have questioned the law's constitutionality.

WE DON'T NEED NO REGISTRATION. Former Tribunite Dennis Myers published a killer cover story in the April 7 Reno News & Review.

Myers noted that voter registration was originally a subterfuge to keep blacks from voting in the south and European immigrants from voting in the north. That means my Italian family, dammit!

He quoted former Nixon aide John Ehrlichman's admission that the war on drugs was a Nixon invention to harass and jail his worst enemies — war protestors and blacks.

Myers concludes that voter apathy is an imaginary problem which explains why increasing voter registration doesn't affect turnout when the disenfranchised are factored in.

Largely due to felony drug convictions, the blacklist has grown from two percent to 10 percent of the voting age public since 1972.

Myers will discuss this on Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers at noon, Thursday April 21 on KRNV TV-4. Get the statewide-run schedule at

AULD FRIENDS. All Nevada labor mourns the loss of longtime labor leader Kenny Groves, 51, who died April 11. The former chef and veteran letter carrier was elected by his union as a delegate to the Sparks-based Northern Nevada Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO. He was elevated by the council to the post of recording secretary.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at Walton's/Ross-Burke, 2155 Kietzke Lane in Reno with potluck to follow.

Former University Regent Nancy Price advises that her husband, former Nevada Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas, can not only receive visitors but also flowers. The longtime Sparks resident has been hospitalized since November with maladies picked up in the hospital. 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, located in Renown South Meadows at 10101 Double-R Blvd. (89521) Call him at (775) 326-6148.

Bob Price served almost three decades in the lower house. Bob and Nancy 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.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

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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.

Don'tcha worry 'bout a thing! If you can't trust your power company, whom can you trust?

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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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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

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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[1] CORREXION: In the 28 April 2016 Reno News & Review, Tribune alumnus Dennis Myers pointed out that the law first came into play in Reno when Dawn Gibbons defeated Patty Cafferata and Horace Lucido in a Republican-only election for a Nevada State Assembly seat.

Deconstruction, carpetbaggers and hall-of-famers
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April Foolishness: How to stop a world at war
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Fighting for human rights on César Chávez Day
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-29-2016 Sparks Tribune
Reno Gazette-Journal edition 3-28-2016

True love, machine guns and My Sharrona
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-22-2016 Sparks Tribune

Those with crystal balls shouldn't throw stones
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-15-2016 Sparks Tribune

Remembering the first female U.S. presidents
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-8-2016 Sparks Tribune

TV or not TV — Oscar blackouts and PBS blacklists
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-1-2016 Sparks Tribune

Nevada caucuses: Star-studded or star-crossed?
Interview with Titanic star Frances Fisher campaigning for Bernie in Nevada
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-23-2016 Sparks Tribune

History foreshadows a GOP November win
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Psycho-spying the presidential pretenders
Psychological profiles of candidates and presidents
Previous analyses of Justice Clarence Thomas and President Obama proven correct
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Donald Trump: from ivory tower to Hightower
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