Here’s another Nevada story with big national implications.
But before delving into the revelation that Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has uncovered PROOF that illegal aliens voted illegally in the 2016 elections, let’s set the stage properly…
Back in 2011, Wade Wagner defeated incumbent North Las Vegas City Councilman Richard Cherchio 1,831 to 1,830. ONE VOTE!
Now back to the future…
In January, President Donald Trump famously declared that illegal aliens had voted in last November’s election. At the time, Cegavske told reporters that her office had “no evidence” that illegals had voted in Nevada. She didn’t say it didn’t happen. Just that there was “no evidence” to prove it.
Still, critics on the right unfairly slammed Cegavske for not backing up Trump even though she couldn’t because, as she clearly stated, at the time there was “no evidence” to do so.
At… the… time.
Shortly thereafter, however, the SoS’s office announced that two people had been charged with “election-related crimes — one relating to voter registration, and one related to signature gathering for initiative petitions.” Both have since pleaded guilty.
But that still didn’t prove that any illegals had actually voted in and potentially skewed any of Nevada’s elections.
Then came the stunning announcement last Friday afternoon that the Secretary of State’s office had discovered PROOF that illegals did, in fact, vote in last November’s elections. And the Vote Fraud Deniers had a veritable conniption!
The DMV denied it was responsible — even though it was — and tried to shift blame back on the SoS, claiming Cegavske had signed off on all voter registration procedures. Which has turned out to be completely untrue.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval — who back in 2013 gave illegal aliens “driver authorization cards” — reportedly blew a gasket (in the immortal words of Larry the Cable Guy, he was “madder than Jesse Jackson at the airport having to answer the white courtesy phone!”) at Cegavske’s announcement and immediately rushed to the DMV’s defense.
For his part, Clark County Elections Department chief Joe Gloria declared he’d seen no evidence of such illegal voting — but it should be pointed out that one must have one’s eyes open in order to see.
And liberal blogger Jon Ralston — a loud-mouthed open-borders opponent of photo ID legislation — immediately shifted into hyper-drive on his Twitter feed to cast doubt on the revelation and minimize the damage by questioning exactly how many people may have been caught voting illegally.
Which, of course, brings us back to the Wagner/Cherchio election referenced at the beginning of this column. As that election demonstrates, if even ONE illegal alien votes in our elections, that’s one too many and could very easily corrupt the results of a race.
Details on the blockbuster investigation were revealed in a press release from the SoS office Wednesday afternoon…
“In March, the Secretary of State’s office obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) a list of just over 100 people statewide who: (1) presented evidence of non-citizenship while obtaining services from the DMV; and (2) completed a voter registration application while at the DMV.
“After determining that 21 individuals from that list voted, this information was given to investigators with the Secretary of State’s office. Based upon the information obtained to date we have evidence that three non-citizens illegally registered and voted in Clark County in the last election.”
Evidence!! The Vote Fraud Deniers can deny no more.
And make no mistake; this is just the tip of the iceberg. The other key phrase in yesterday’s announcement was “information obtained to date.” I suspect more examples will be discovered as Cegavske’s investigation moves forward.
But here’s the real problem — and it’s a national problem…
The federal government maintains numerous lists of illegal aliens who are living illegally in the U.S. — including lists of children of illegal aliens in our public schools and illegal aliens receiving welfare, healthcare and other public assistance.
However, many government agencies continue to block secretaries of state from accessing those lists in order to verify whether or not any of those illegal aliens have registered to vote and/or have actually voted in any of our elections.
Let’s hope the Trump administration removes these obstructions and obstructionists and gives state election officials the tools they need, and American citizens deserve, to assure the integrity of our elections by making sure no one who is in the country illegally is voting in our elections illegally.
Great job, Secretary Cegavske!
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Forget “Harry Reid International,” airport user fee change is what’s really needed
While lame-o Democrats in Carson City have wasted time talking about a silly bill to rename McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after former Sen. Harry Reid, a far more serious discussion on airport infrastructure projects is going on in Washington, DC. And any discussion of infrastructure spending necessarily demands a discussion on how to fund that spending.
With that in mind, let’s discuss briefly the difference between a “tax” and a “user fee” — as liberals LOVE to call certain taxes “fees” in order to avoid being accused of raising taxes.
A true user fee is something you have an OPTION of paying to the government — such as an entrance fee to use a public swimming pool or rental fee to use a picnic area at a public park. You don’t have to use the government’s facilities, as there are private sector options.
On the other hand, if you want to go, say, elk hunting, you have no option other than to pay the government a fee for the license that gives you the government’s permission to do so. That’s a tax, not a user fee. You can’t get that government license anywhere but the government. There are no private sector options.
Which brings us to airports…
You don’t have to fly to get from point A to point B. You can drive. You can take a bus. You can take a train. You can take a boat. Heck, you can even walk or hitchhike. There are private sector options. As such, the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) you see on your airline ticket is a true user fee. If you want to avoid the PFC, avoid air travel.
Funds from the PFC are earmarked for airport infrastructure projects. In other words, the people using the facility are paying for its use, not people who aren’t using the facility. But there’s a problem with how the PFC is administered.
Currently, the federal government, rather than the local airports, sets the PFC rate. As a result of the current system, there is over $100 billion in unmet infrastructure needs at our airports which, with a minor reform, could be funded without spending an additional penny of federal taxpayer dollars.
H.R. 1265, co-sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), would eliminate the federally-imposed cap on PFC’s and instead let local governments decide how much to charge the users of their airports while keeping the money at home and allowing the local folks to decide how and what to spend the money on.
Actual users paying a user fee for airport infrastructure improvements and upgrades rather than taxpayers — and at a savings to the federal government! What a novel idea. So let it be written; so let it be done.
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Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public policy grassroots advocacy organization and publisher of NevadaNewsandViews.com. He may be reached by email at email@example.com.