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Random thoughts on Nevada political scene

Have most conservative challengers running against establishment Republicans in primaries — both in Nevada and nationwide — lost? Yes. Were they expected to lose against those entrenched, well-funded incumbents? Yes.

Have the mere challenges by conservatives to establishment moderates been hugely beneficial in moving those moderates to pay attention and move to the right. Yes.

By the way, Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran survived in his GOP primary runoff election against a conservative challenger only because a large number of Democrats voted for him.

Wait. Democrats are allowed to vote in Republican Party primaries to choose the GOP nominee in Mississippi? How stupid is that?

After losing to “None of the Above” in the primary, the Democrat nominee for Nevada governor reportedly left the country and is considering dropping out of the race even if he does return in time for the general election.

And they say Republicans in this state are screwed up?

Speaking of Republicans, they have zero chance of gaining the majority in the state Assembly in November. Again. As usual. However, there is a chance that conservatives could still win a majority of the minority depending on the outcome of a half-dozen races in November.

Unfortunately, Minority Leader Pat Hickey can be expected to do as little as possible to help those conservative candidates vs. their Democrat opponents in the general election. The establishment moderate leader would rather rule in a super-minority than serve under a conservative majority in his caucus.

The gun grabbers are coming back to Nevada with a background check ballot initiative that would do nothing to stop gun violence. But it will make liberals feel really good about themselves. And isn’t that really what being a liberal is all about?

Why is $3.5 million worth of tobacco settlement money being used to beef up mental health services in Nevada? Wasn’t that money supposed to be used to, you know, reduce smoking?

The process for opening medical marijuana establishments in Nevada, as approved overwhelmingly by Nevada voters a dozen years ago, is finally moving forward — just in time for the new wave of outright marijuana legalization soon to be sweeping the nation.

It’s “gay marriage,” not “marriage equality.” And gay marriage is coming to Nevada sooner rather than later. It’s just a matter of time.

FreedomFest, the annual conservative-libertarian conference in Las Vegas, convenes July 9-12 with its usual impressive list of speakers, panels and debates. And for the second year in a row, Fox News’ John Stossel will be taping his show at the event at 7 p.m. July 10. The event is free and open to the public. If you’d like to attend, RSVP to stosseltix@foxbusiness.com.

Remember, the proper name is Independence Day, not the Fourth of July. Cheers!

Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a conservative grass roots advocacy organization. He can be reached at www.muthstruths.com.