IN SINCERE APPRECIATION

     Now retired, Sen. Neal thanks all who supported him in his 32 years in the upper house. He will remain engaged (see below) with the great issues, as he has throughout his life. The continuing high volume of traffic to this website reinforces and rewards that commitment. Thank you.


Updated 11-25-2014

Breaking Bad Part Deux: Ira blames the Tribune
Barbwire by Barbano/Submitted for publication 11-21-2014/Expanded from 11-25-2014 Sparks Tribune

TV-4 11-24: I'm not a racist, I just play one on TV

BREAKING NEWS—>Hansen resigns as Nevada State Assembly Speaker

BARBANO DECRIES HANSEN ON STATEWIDE NEVADA NEWSMAKERS TV
KRNV TV-4 Reno / KENV TV-10 Elko / 11:30 a.m. PST Tuesday, 11-18-2014

Re-run times and dates + view online
Host: Sam Shad
Guest: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-Journal
Pundits: Michael Hackett, Alrus Consulting
Jesse Gutierrez, charter school operator, former Exec. Director, Nevada Hispanic Services
Andrew Barbano, Editor, NevadaLabor.com

Related item: Follytix '15: From Topless Campaign to Breaking Bad
On the documented racism and bigotry of incoming Nevada State Assembly Speaker Ira Hansen, R-Sparks
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune
/ 11-18-2014

SMOKING GUNS: The Ira Hansen Files

Words from God on Nevada ballots and Ebola
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-21-2014 Sparks Tribune

Hazardous duty? Fourth Nevada State Assembly veteran dies within past year

Cheap thrills: Sex banned in Gomorrah South
How to intimidate Nevadans from registering to vote — by a Democrat, no less
GAO Study: Voter ID laws cut turnout by blacks, young
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-14-2014 Sparks Tribune

Jack Jeffrey
1941-2014

Memorial service in Henderson Friday, October 17

Message from Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Danny Thompson
10 October 2014

VISITATION: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 8:30-10:30 a.m., Palm Mortuary, 800 S. Boulder Highway; Henderson, Nevada

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday, Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m., St. Peter's Catholic Church, 204 S. Boulder Highway @ Lake Mead, Henderson
[Editor's note: We were originally informed that the service was at 11:00 a.m., changed to 12:00 noon then back to 11:00 a.m. We hope this is the final schedule. Sorry for any inconvenience.]

RECEPTION: 1:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water Street, Henderson

In Memoriam

Former Nevada State Assembly Majority Leader Jeffrey, D-Las Vegas, was a longtime legislative colleague of Sen. Neal. Condolences to his friends and family.

Statement from Sen. Neal: "Jack was one of my favorite people at the Legislature. When Gov. List wanted to take the fire sprinkler law away from me in 1981, Jack made a trip to the Senate to ask me about it, noting that the governor wanted to substitute his bill for mine. I told Jack to take all the good things from the governor's bill and put them into mine."

The resulting legislation, passed over gambling industry objections in the wake of the 1980 MGM Grand fire and the 1981 Las Vegas Hilton conflagration, became the toughest high-rise fire safety law in the world.

"In one of my first sessions, either in 1973 or 1975, some racists hassled me at a Carson City Basque restaurant. I told Jack about it," Sen. Neal remembers.

"Jack said 'next time that happens, you come get me.'

"The last time I saw him was at the Henderson history event last year. Jack was there with his wife (Betty)," Neal said.

Jeffrey was a longtime union member. He died of cancer which metastasized from his lungs. Jack smoked.

From former Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas
Forwarded by former University System Regent Nancy Price

"I am sad to hear about the death of my friend Jack Jeffrey. Jack and I served together in the Nevada Assembly for many years. We served on committees and shared a labor background. My heart goes out to his wife Betty and the family. The people of the State of Nevada benefit from Jack's hard work as a legislator."

Continuing updates and memories will be posted here and more are encouraged.

Return of the old lions

60 YEARS' WORTH OF EXPERIENCE SORELY MISSED IN 2011 (3-21-2011) 32-year former Sen. Joe Neal and 28-year former Assemblyman Bob Price, both D-N. Las Vegas, back in the great halls where they belong. Sen. Neal was in Carson City to witness the introduction of the first bill sponsored by his daughter, freshman Assemblywoman Dina Neal, D-N. Las Vegas. Bob and Nancy Price journeyed from their Sparks home to the capital for a noontime workers rally. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Price.)

 

Will today's lawmakers ask the classic question Sen. Neal always raised about gambling? —> Will the Tesla deal pay for all the growth impacts it will cause?

Tinkle-down economics: testing Tesla's testes
Theft of Washoe Med/Renown provides cautionary tale
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-9-2014 Sparks Tribune

News Roundup: Taxpayers taken for Teslacide demo ride


Sexy scandals, whitewashes & black towers
Media overlook federal sex/race/ethnicity investigation into Washoe County School District
Meanwhile, big money is spent strictly on abstinence
State panel to review militarization of police departments
In Nevada visit, new Veterans Administration boss proves all jobs require training

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-21-2014

HANDS UP! Moment of Silence for slain Mo. teen Aug. 14 in Reno & Carson City

Education Dysfunction Part XLIV—>
Pots and Kettles: Can't we all get along?

BREAKING NEWS: WCSD Vice-President Dave Aiazzi has announced that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and will be resigning by the end of September. Remember him with healing thoughts and prayers.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-7-2014

Education Dysfunction Part XLIII—>
Playing the race card for profit and peril

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-31-2014

Happy 79th Birthday, Sen. Neal!
Born in Mounds, Louisiana, 28 July 1935
Call him at (702) 399-2114.

Legendary civil rights leader and Las Vegas TV personality Bob Bailey dies at 87
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 5-26-2014

WASHOE COUNTY CLERGY AND ACTIVISTS LAUNCH SOULS TO THE POLLS PROGRAM

MESSAGE FROM THE MAHATMA
about America's latest carnage



Now at BillMoyers.com (5-24-2014) — The website of the nation's most important TV show, which Northern Nevada's PBS affiliate KNPB TV-5 has refused to carry for years
Full Show: Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations
Eight Charts Show Why Racial Equality Is a Myth in America
Looking Beyond the Minimum Wage
Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law
Voting Rights Act Fix Stalled in Congress
When Chicago's west side fought back
How the Great Society Democratized Our Economy
Getting a College Degree Won’t Protect Black Workers From the Economy’s Racial Barriers
60 Years After Brown v. Board, Will Congress Revive a Dual School System?
A New Poor People’s Movement Must Have Leadership From Poor People
Race, the war on drugs and mass incarceration
The war on climate scientists with David Suzuki, eminent PBS contributor
• Morning Reads: Debtors' Prisons Are Back; Pope: It's 'Sinful' to Continue Causing Climate Change

Negative Optimism: Making the best of being worst
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-8-2014 Sparks Tribune

Mayday!
Taxes smolder while citizens do slow burn
May Day in Reno, D-Day for teachers' union tax petition
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-1-2014 Sparks Tribune

Black Panther Party Founding Member Bobby Seale speaks at UNR
April 22: Power to the people—>Admission is FREE

Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day
Shades of Sen. Neal's greatest parliamentary coup: The Equal Rights Amendment will be reintroduced at the 2015 Nevada Legislature

The above year of 2015 is in error. The correct date is April 15, 2014.

Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day

April 14, 2014

For more information contact
Janette Dean - Cell (775) 771-8735
For Event on April 15, 2014—  Helene de Boissiere-Swanson, Cell (415) 233-2049

Washoe Valley resident, UNR political science major and 2013 Outstanding Nevada Legislative Intern Janette Dean is working toward passage of the ERA and plans to reach out to a Nevada State Senator to introduce ratification legislation in the 78th Session. She was also able to speak with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Searchlight, on Monday morning at a "Meet the Candidate and Elected Officials" forum in which he emphasized the importance of many issues such as comprehensive immigration reform, expanded renewable energy usage, an increase in the minimum wage, and equal pay for women who earn just 77 cents to the dollar compared with men.

In reply to her question about supporting the ERA, Reid told Dean and the audience that he would have no problem supporting federal legislation providing passage of the ERA or with Nevada ratification as one of the final three states needed.

In fact, he told Dean, "It's been long enough, hasn't it?"

Dean says she also wants passage of the ERA because "it will finally allow the United States to also ratify the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) treaty which we signed in July 1980 but did not ratify because there is no strong legal mechanism to put its provisions into practice which is required upon ratification; the ERA as the 28th Amendment would provide that.
Only seven out of 194 countries have not ratified the CEDAW treaty, including the United States, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iran and two small Pacific island nations (Palau and Tonga)."

Dean also stated that her current International Human Rights class inspired her involvement to help get Nevada to ratify the ERA. "In class, I learned that despite the fact that women should be protected under existing human rights laws, widespread discrimination in terms of pay, leadership positions, unprosecuted violence, legal bias, and other forms of discrimination continues including deprivation of education and healthcare in several developing areas. This is why laws that specifically outlaw discrimination by sex are indeed necessary such as the long overdue ERA."

Text of the Equal Rights Amendment:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

SNATCHING DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY — Read how Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, engineered the most artful piece of parliamentary maneuvering in the history of the Nevada Legislature to pass the ERA in the good old boys' State Senate of 1977 — only to see the bill killed in the previously-committed and lewdly liberal State Assembly by a dirty political deal between two juice lobbyists and eight turncoat Democrats.

UPDATE+Photo: Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day

 

Sen. Neal speaks at
César Chávez Celebration XII
Monday 31 March 2014 / Circus Circus-Reno
Update: Sen. Neal was inducted into the César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame at the event. Watch this website for complete details and photos.

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, famously remarking "We have lost the south for a generation."

On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals.

The Obamacare Bitcoin online vote exchange
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

Where’s the modern-day Joe Neal for governor, Democrats?
Steve Sebelius / Las Vegas Review-Journal 1-17-2014

2:00 p.m. Jan. 18 memorial set for former Nevada Assemblymember and hospital trustee Vivian Freeman

Former Nevada Assemblyman Bernie Anderson dies
UPDATE: Funeral 10:00 a.m. PST Saturday 1-18-2014 @ Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sparks for longtime educator and Judiciary Committee Chairman
San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press 1-10-2014

They don't do anything until somebody dies
UNR & downtown Reno theater firetraps mean little was learned from Las Vegas Hilton & MGM disasters
Remembering Sen. Neal's landmark high-rise fire sprinkler law
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 12-12-2013 Sparks Tribune

RENO, Nev. (12-5-2013) — Longtime Neal colleague. former Nevada Assemblymember and hospital trustee Vivian Freeman dies at 86.

John F. Kennedy's 2014 Inaugural Address
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-21-2013 Sparks Tribune

Breaking News and Bulletins—>
Nov. 21, 2013: State Senate Majority leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, headlines Reno informational meeting regarding Driver’s Authorization Cards
Nov. 23: FOUR Immigration Reform marches in Reno

Immigration Shifts Political Power
AP-Las Vegas Sun / 11-20-2013

POOR DENNY'S ALMANAC 11-21-2013 — On this date in 2004, Ray Hagar and Sandi Wright reported in the Reno Gazette-Journal that local schools attended by low income students tended to be the most poorly maintained schools.
        THE BARBWIRE RESPONDS: So what else is new? Over the decades, the RGJ has done a sterling job investigating separate but unequal health care and education. Alas and alack, nothing much ever changes on the High Desert Plantation. For a quick sad summary, see the Barbwire of April 2, 2006 (updated periodically).

Assemblymember Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas, 1954-2013

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. / Oct. 22-Nov. 26 / 8-9:00 pm. Eastern
Check local listings for times and re-runs

A new six-part series now on PBS TV stations



Sen. Neal featured at 11 Oct. 2013 Henderson history event

The next Henderson Speaks Lecture presents Nevada historians on these topics:

   1. The Economic Impact of the Henderson industrial plants on southern Nevada before and during World War II
    2. Labor and Race Relations at World War II-era BMI (Basic Metals, Inc.) plants

Presenters in addition to Sen. Neal:
Historian and retired Nevada State Archivist Guy Louis Rocha
Former Nevada Governor and U.S. Senator Richard H. Bryan

Moderator: Dr. Peter La Chappelle, Associate Professor of History
Nevada State College

When: Friday, October 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: College of Southern Nevada, Henderson Campus
   Caesar J. Caviglia Academic Building
   Lecture Room—John C. Kish Auditorium
   700 College Dr.
   Henderson, NV 89002

For more information, go to the Henderson Historical Society

NOTE: Two items at the above link regarding Sen. Neal require correction. He served in the Nevada State Senate for 32 years, 1972-2004, the second-longest tenure in state history. He ran for governor twice, in 1998 and 2002. In the latter year, he made history as the first major party African-American nominee for the state's top office.

 

USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-10-2013 Sparks Tribune

Lawnmower Man, bladerunners and smoke eaters
Demonstrators at Reno Federal Courthouse deserve combat pay
March on Washington commemoration marred

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 8-29-2013 Sparks Tribune

The presence of all colors gives you black
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-25-2013 Sparks Tribune

Photo: Rev. Luther Dupree, Jr., kicks off downtown Reno Trayvon Martin rally
Reno News & Review 7-25-2013

London Guardian newspaper international investigative reporter Greg Palast urges Trayvon Martin's father to sue his son's killer
Truth-Out.org 7-24-2013

Former Las Vegas NAACP president, Methodist minister and
Assemblymember Marion Bennett, D-Las Vegas, dies of heart attack at 80

Las Vegas Review-Journal 7-23-2013

2011 Nevada Stand Your Ground law was proposed by a Democrat and pushed by Democrats
"Only three lawmakers voted no, all in the Assembly – Las Vegas Democrats Peggy Pierce, Maggie Carlton and Richard Carrillo."
Jon Ralston / 7-22-2013
On Mr. Ralston's July 24 program, attorney and Nevada Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, defended the 2011 measure, opposed by Laura Martin of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. Neither acquitted him/herself very well. You may view the program online and decide for yourself by clicking here.

Bagging black bucks in the Gunshine State
Barbwire by Barbano / Commentary expanded from the 7-18-2013 Sparks Tribune

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV-radio-web program
Neal gross gambling tax issues remembered 7-8-2013

Clarence Thomas, Little Anthony & the Imperials
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-27-2013 Sparks Tribune

Mr. Wynnderful waxes wealthier whilst we wither
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-9-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

The brutal law of unintended consequences
Between the devil and the deep Joe Neal
Sen. Neal's long-lost research may invalidate more than 100 longstanding Nevada laws
IRONY ALERT—>
New higher electoral standard for teachers' tax petition may generate more support
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Barbano back on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/radio program —> Almost the entire Feb. 27 show concerned the teachers' tax petition. The Barbwire in the Feb. 28 Sparks Tribune will have a major impact on it both legislatively and electorally. Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

César Chávez Celebration XI
Thursday 28 March 2013, Circus Circus-Reno
jueves 28 de Marzo, 2013 en Circus Circus de Reno
The event helps support the Reno-Sparks NAACP

Power politics & prescient predictions
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-10-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune



Trayvon Martin 2012

Click in the above image for the Reno demonstration's Facebook page.
Contact: Marianne Denton, 775- 843-9550.

Occupy Carson City will also demonstrate from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday in front of the Nevada Legislature on S. Carson Street in the capital city. Contact: Janette Dean, 775-461-3282

Return of the old lions

60 YEARS' WORTH OF EXPERIENCE SORELY MISSED IN 2011 (3-21-2011) 32-year former Sen. Joe Neal and 28-year former Assemblyman Bob Price, both D-N. Las Vegas, back in the great halls where they belong. Sen. Neal was in Carson City to witness the introduction of the first bill sponsored by his daughter, freshman Assemblywoman Dina Neal, D-N. Las Vegas. Bob and Nancy Price journeyed from their Sparks home to the capital for a noontime workers rally. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Price.)

Neal's efforts to create a state-owned bank still alive
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Daily Sparks Tribune 1-8-2012

Chickens come home to roost on chickens
LV teacher chastises his union for failure to support Neal for governor in 2002
Chip Mosher / Las Vegas CityLife / 1-5-2012

Sen. Neal proven right again—12 years later
Neal solution to nuclear waste remains the best option
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Daily Sparks Tribune 7-10-2011

Sen. Neal proven right again—10 years later
Still
Sierra Pacific Powerful
He advocated legislation for public takeover of Nevada Power when opportunity was ripe. Nevada remains poorer for not listening.
Time for another initiative petition after 21 years?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-16-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune
Read more about it: Neal 2003 legislative archive

Legislature 2011: Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 11-14-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Sen. Neal mourns longtime friend & supporter Patricia Fladager
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 10-31-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Happy 75th, Sen. Neal

Sen. Neal marked his 75th birthday on July 28, 2010. Join him, his family and a few hundred of his closest personal friends on Friday, July 30, to celebrate the long journey from Mounds, Louisiana, to the wilds of Nevada. [UPDATED REPORT ]

Where: Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center
Rooms A, B and C
1625 West Carey
North Las Vegas, NV 89032

When: 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, July 30, 2010

RSVP: Dina Neal

Nevada Oral History Never Before Published:
The alternate universe of Sen. Joe Neal

The simple song of greatness
Longtime Neal friend and supporter Patricia Potter dies
Barbwire by Barbano/ Expanded from the 7-18-201
0 Daily Sparks Tribune


Former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn dies 7-22-2010
Incumbent Guinn defeated Sen. Neal in the 2002 gubernatorial race. May he rest in peace.

Clinging to the Ledge
Ledge X:

The Deer-in-the-Headlights Legislative Session

Suing for Schools rerun schedule begins
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

NAACP takes the lead in Nevada education crisis
LIVE REGIONAL TV + webcast 6:00 p.m. PST / 02:00 GMT
9:00 p.m. PST regional network rerun SUNDAY FEB. 21, 2010

SUING FOR SCHOOLS: The case for making Nevada finally obey her constitutional mandate to provide for public education
Can we do any worse with a judge running the system?
Sen. Harry Reid Blasts Gibbons: Exclusive Interview
Neal: Gov. Gibbons forces constitutional confrontation
Barbwire by Barbano / Daily Sparks Tribune / 2-21-2010

Democrat Dina Neal runs for Las Vegas area Nevada State Assembly District 7

Sen. Neal's 2002 universal health care proposal looks visionary in retrospect
2009: Sen. Neal used Hawaii as an example in 2002. Now look who's chiming in.
2009: Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, has introduced legislation resembling Neal Care 2002.
Nevada's experiment in hospital cost mitigation worked — so the legislature repealed it, naturally.

MAY 21, 2009
ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH!

TODAY ON THE BARBWIRE: Former State Senator Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas. A longtime proponent of making the gambling industry pay its fair share, Neal was a key player in the tax package passed in the 2003 session. He was also an advocate of health care reform during his 32 years in the senate (1972-2004). A member of the senate hall of fame, he is second in tenure only to Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno. Neal served as president pro-tem, minority leader and acting governor during his time in office.

His website, JoeNeal.org, still earns substantial daily traffic, especially when the legislature is in session. He visited his former colleagues in Carson City earlier this week.

TUNE IN, TURN ON AND TELL A FRIEND. The Barbwire Show airs live each Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT (23:00-24:00 GMT/ZULU) during the 2009 legislative session (and subsequent special sessions, heaven forbid). Television and web viewers may call the Barbwire with questions (775) 882-8255 [882-TALK], while the program is in progress.

The show is broadcast on Access Carson Charter digital cable channels 210 and 226. (The blackguards at Charter Communications just switched the channel positions and the former analog positions at 10 and 26 were not forwarded to the new sites as of Tuesday. By Christmas, perhaps?)

Web viewers may access real-time webstreaming at Barbwire.TV. On-demand web viewing is available later on the same day as the original cablecast, also linked at Barbwire.TV.

The programs will rerun as part of Andrew Barbano's regular daily time slot, 2:00-4:00 p.m. PDT (21:00-23:00 GMT/ZULU) Monday thru Friday on Reno-Sparks-Washoe SNCAT Charter cable digital channels 16 and 216 and high-definition channel 80-295. They will also rebroadcast on other cable systems statewide, including Ely, Elko and Douglas County.


    "I cannot help but hear the voice of our friend and colleague, Senator Joe Neal, whose passion for this process and compassion for the working people of this state are guideposts by which we should all measure our actions."From Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford's floor remarks on the opening day of the 75th regular session of the Nevada Legislature. Sen. Horsford holds Sen. Neal's former seat in the upper house. (2-2-2009)


Reno Gazette-Journal 2-3-2009

NO AVERAGE JOE: It was like old home week Monday for Joe Neal, as the former longtime senator from North Las Vegas mingled with colleagues and foes at a prayer breakfast in the Old Assembly Chambers and during the opening session of the Senate.

He received standing ovations at both venues. Even the gaming lobbyists applauded.

"I was kind of a thorn in the sides of the gaming folks," Neal said.

First elected in 1972, Neal was the first African-American elected to the Senate in Nevada history. A Democrat, he served 32 years in the Senate, representing District 4 in Clark County, the seat now held by Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford. Neal ran for governor in 2002 but lost to incumbent Republican Kenny Guinn.

His Senate colleagues remembered him for his fiery speeches on the floor.

"He could get an ice cube fired up," said State Sen. Randolph Townsend, R-Reno.



PARLIAMENTARY MASTER
Veteran journalist Dennis Myers remembers how Sen. Neal did the impossible in getting the Equal Rights Constitutional Amendment through the state senate in 1977
Reno News & Review 1-29-2009

Teachers union should not have turned its back on Neal's petition a decade ago
Daily Sparks Tribune / 5-11-2008

Neal's senate successor voted minority leader, as was Sen. Neal in 1989

Barbano and the usual suspects dissect the gambling-industrial complex's taxophobic PR blues machine on Sam Shad's statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/Radio/Webcast/Podcast
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Host: Sam Shad
Co-Host: Scott Craigie
Guest: Tom Cargill, UNR Economics Professor
Pundito Banditos: Dick Gammick, Washoe County District Attorney
Andrew Barbano, Editor, NevadaLabor.com
Mike Hillerby, Executive Vice-President, Wingfield Nevada Group
Click here for statewide TV / Radio re-runs and Webcast/Podcast potentialities
Tune in, turn on and tell a friend

Neal supports proposed gross gaming tax initiative petition
Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Erin Neff, Sunday, 9-9-2007


Neal in the News

7-28-2008
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SEN. NEAL

ON THIS DATE in 1935, Joseph M. Neal, Jr., who has served as Nevada Senate majority floor leader, president pro tempore, acting governor, and at his retirement was tied for longevity of service as a Nevada state senator, was born in Mounds, Louisiana. (C
ourtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' Poor Denny's Almanac uploaded daily to the Bulletin Board of NevadaLabor.com.)

7-28-2007
Happy Birthday, Sen. Neal: On this date in 1935, Joseph Neal Jr., who has served as Nevada Senate majority floor leader, president pro tempore, acting governor, and at his retirement was tied for longevity of service as a Nevada state senator, was born in Mounds, Louisiana.
(Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' almanac.)

Sen. Neal's voice missed at 2007 legislative session
Daily Sparks Tribune 6-10-2007

Déjà vu all over again
Gambling industry shunts green tax incentive to smoking casinos

Like Steve Wynn's art tax, money taken from Nevada schools

Once more unto the breach?
Steve Sebelius, Editor, Las Vegas CityLife on filling the current vacancy on the Clark County Commission: Anyway, almost overlooked in the whole mess was a person who (Assemblyman Morse) Arberry says is supporting him, but who would make a great commissioner in his own right: former state Sen. Joe Neal! Neal lives in the district; he ran against (resigning Commissioner) Gates the last time out, garnering but 21 percent against Gates' 63 percent. Neal's retired now, but if he still has the fire in the belly, we think he'd be a great choice. Plus, think of how the Strip would react if their old foe Neal was put in charge of gambling regulation!
Las Vegas CityLife 1-18-2007

UPDATE: Neal will accept commission appointment if Gov. Gibbons so offers
Daily Sparks Tribune 1-21-2007

Neal testifies at public forum on the Clark County coroner's inquest system
Coroner's inquest of police shootings out of step
Las Vegas Sun 1-14-2007


Neal: We have outsourced our elections
Sen. Titus introducing voting integrity bill at Neal's request


"A private company owns your voting," Neal says,
"and no one in the state really knows if it's secure."

     Neal's proposed audit of electronic voting will undoubtedly get a hearing thanks to Titus carrying the measure. He also plans to meet with Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, about his proposal. Titus said she's "interested in hearing more about it."

     Anyone who votes should be.

Columnist Erin Neff, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sunday, 12-10-2006

UPDATE 12-28-2006 Las Vegas Sun
Neal questions accuracy of state electronic voting machines
"Nobody has done an audit of these since they have been put in place."



BED SPACE: Mental health concern aired
Official says need persists despite hospital

Las Vegas Review-Journal 1-9-2007

RAWSON-NEAL PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL:
License issues delay opening of 40 beds

Several out-of-state psychiatrists offered positions at the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital haven't received their Nevada medical licenses and as a result the opening of the institution's remaining 40 beds that were licensed Tuesday has been delayed.
Las Vegas Review-Journal 12-14-2006

40-bed addition to Rawson-Neal southern Nevada mental hospital can't open due to lack of doctors
Las Vegas Sun 12-5-2006

New hospital faces staff shortage

Rawson-Neal Hospital opens

Photos of the grand opening, 8-28-2006

Photo gallery of Rawson-Neal Hospital construction

Governor Guinn announces that new Las Vegas mental health facility will be named Rawson-Neal Hospital
Las Vegas Sun 3-24-2005

Sen. Neal's 2002 universal health care proposal looks visionary in retrospect


Cable greed and lawmaker laxity come back
to haunt Nevada ratepayers

The Wall Street Journal lists Nevada among state legislatures which passed anti-consumer legislation barring municipalities from providing cable and Internet services. Now, the wi-fi cyberchickens are coming home to rue.
Wall Street Journal/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3-21-2006
The abovelinked article also appeared in the 3-27-2006 Reno Gazette-Journal
TOLJASO DEPT. — Sen. Neal
tried to repair the law in 2003, but Cox Cable (southern Nevada) and Charter Communications (nor. Nevada) thwarted his efforts.
Read it and weep.



Sen. Neal on lobbyist gifts: "Lobbyists don't give gifts unless they expect something, so if you take a gift from a lobbyist, the lobbyist will want to extract something from you. A vote in favor of his project that he is being paid to get into law maybe. The answer would be no, you shouldn't do that."
Reno Gazette-Journal 2-5-2006

Sen. Neal refreshes memories on Nevada's landmark fire sprinkler law and hints at publishing his memoirs
Las Vegas Review-Journal 1-23-2006
A bit more on the sprinkler law

FAMILY TIES: Sen. Neal and other Nevadans with Louisiana roots have serious personal stakes in the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina

Sen. Neal appears on Nevada Newsmakers statewide TV/Radio/Webcast programs week of July 25, 2005

Neal's issues continue to resonate
Daily Sparks Tribune 7-24-2005

Las Vegas Sun columnist Jeff Simpson: time for Nevada to look at a new triple-tiered tax for casinos

Powers of police citizen review boards debated
Neal 1997 bill led to creation of LV panel
Las Vegas Sun 7-2-2005

Sen. Neal on ending racism in Nevada
Las Vegas Sun 3-25-2005


Neal and Rawson inducted into Nevada State Senate Hall of Fame

Carson City Nevada Appeal 3-24-2005

Photo gallery of Rawson-Neal Hospital construction
Grand Opening August 28, 2006

Governor Guinn announces that new Las Vegas mental health facility will be named Rawson-Neal Hospital

Las Vegas Sun 3-24-2005

Rawson-Neal Hospital updates

 


Neal comments on his successor

Associated Press 3-19-2005

Neal among four longtime senators not returning to Carson City for 2005 session
Las Vegas Sun 2-7-2005

Neal tribute event scheduled in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Sun 1-21-2005

Neal participates in Nevada African-American history event
Las Vegas CityLife 12-9-2004


Neal lists main commission campaign issues

Neal files for Clark County Commission
NEWSPAPER: "Legendary lawmaker...proposes a moratorium on new casinos and to have the Southern Nevada Water Authority purchase Nevada Power."
Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-15-2004

Neal will not seek re-election to record ninth term
Hints at run for Clark County Commission
Las Vegas Sun 3-24-2004




 

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Don't blame me — I voted for Joe Neal

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News and Issues

Sen. Neal's 2002 universal health care proposal looks visionary in retrospect

Neal questions state liability if LV monorail fails to cover state bond payments

The case for raising casino taxes

The State of Nevada Guinn-Hunt Administration study which proves it

Conservative Think Tank — Gaming Welshes

Jim Day Cartoon
Cash Cows and Sacred Cows

Letters

Cory Farley: A sporting solution to casino property tax freebies

 

 




 

Endorsements


LOW-TECH POLITICS This sign was put up by 2002 Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Gerry Larrivee on U.S. 395 between Reno and Carson City during Sen. Neal's 2000 gaming tax petition campaign. Sen. Neal needs similar grass-roots support during this year's legislative fight for fairness.

On May 20, 2003, the sign read "raise the casino tax." On May 12, it asked "Heard From Any Democrats?" Sen. Neal would understand the sentiments.


Reno Gazette-Journal Editorial — How about a 3 percent gaming tax hike?

Neal likes British tax system, casinos don't

Neal again only
elected official
named to LV
CityLife Local
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2003 Endorsements

2002 Endorsements

 

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Conservative Columnist Ira Hansen

    "Considering most states tax the gaming industry at about double our rate, their measly $3 million or $4 million spent on (Gov.) Guinn's campaign was certainly a magnificent investment...

   "Kenny Guinn is a very nice person but is well known as a man with very limited commitments to any social, moral or political opinion or view. He is a blank page and the gamblers filled in the lines. And, no real surprise, what they wanted is remarkably identical to Guinn's 'vision' to avoid the government doing in Nevada what it has done across the country, mainly socking it to them to help pay for all the social malaise they help create.

   "To nip that potential in the bud, they bought Kenny Guinn and his clones in both parties, effectively isolating themselves. Democrat Joe Neal, who I voted for in the last election (despite my right wing views), saw clearly how this power play was coming to pass.
"
  — Daily Sparks Tribune
       2-2-2003  


Daily Sparks Tribune
Editorial — Cut the Newspeak and Raise the Gaming Tax   


Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce members 90% in favor of gross gaming tax hike

Illinois governor wants gross gaming raised from 50% to 70%

Nevada casino CEOs made huge salaries in 2002

Jeff German — Gaming's power waned in 2003

 

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Neal chairs interim mass transit study committee

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2003 Legislative News and Archive

Neal for Governor 2002 Archive
The first African-American major party gubernatorial nominee in Nevada history

Sen. Neal's 2000-2001 Archive
Sen. Neal re-elected despite being outspent by heavily-funded gambling industry candidate
2002 UPDATE — Neal one of only two winners outspent by opponents
2001 Legislative Roundup including gaming tax and utility deregulation
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