Cindy Hampton Isn’t the Only One John Ensign Screwed!


LAS VEGAS — The pieces continue to fall into place for a political shake up like Nevada has never seen.

Senator John Ensign is stepping down, Congressman Dean Heller may take his place and the chain reaction is now uncharted territory that could cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Governor Brian Sandoval said Friday he will name a replacement for Ensign before May 3rd. If Heller is the selection, as has been expected, state leaders actually have no idea of what exactly to do next.

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There are two scenarios: to fill Heller’s congressional seat, the governor must call a special election. Already a number of candidates are prepped and in the race.

However, it could be a free for all, where every single candidate — even those of the same party — could be on the ticket.

A so-called jungle primary wouldn’t be a primary at all, but a race where multiple Republicans like Sharron Angle could split the ticket and a Democrat with as little as 20 percent of the vote could win.

The other option still being investigated would be a party selection. The leadership in each major party would choose their best candidate and those two would battle it out. But [Democratic] Secretary of State Ross Miller will be the one to decide.

Miller said the rules are conflicting in some cases and unclear in others.


Another kink in the works would be two lawsuits already filed about district boundaries.

It’s also unclear if the current Congressional district lines would be used.


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31 responses to “Cindy Hampton Isn’t the Only One John Ensign Screwed!

  1. John Erickson

    Not sure if I should be honoured or angry that you converted a cover of one of my favourite shows for your post here. Aw, what the hey – it’s A Friday, it’s Good Friday, it’s the weekend! I’m honoured – even if you didn’t know you were honouring me. πŸ˜‰
    I’m getting to the point of just recommending a “Mad Max” style Thunderdome event instead of elections. Pitch ’em all in, toss in a few weapons, last person standing wins. Not only would we get rid of some of these old stuffy farts (and I know whereof I speak, being one! πŸ˜‰ ), but we’d quickly prune down the huge number of worthless wannabes out there!

    • see, john? you inspired a poster without even trying! i didn’t get home until after 6, and i had nothing prepared. i equate ensign with vegas, so i grabbed a dvd cover and ran with it. looking at it now, though, i’m thinking i should have put a few hookers in the mirror’s reflection.

      i think the thunderdome idea is a fabulous one. put it on pay-per-view, and we’ll solve the country’s fiscal problem, too. 2 birds, 1 stone. perfect! πŸ™‚

    • “Pitch β€˜em all in, toss in a few weapons, last person standing wins.”

      Looks like a Second Amendment solution to me.

  2. jean-philippe

    Well, I guess it’s lemonade season again…

  3. elizabeth3hersh

    Since this is my neck of the woods, I’ll weigh in. The way I see it, 2012 rolls around and Shelley Berkley (D) takes the election. I vote for the (wo)man and never the party…my vote is on Berkley. I have never met anyone so rabidly pro-Israel. She is tough as nails, a smart cookie and has the station, carriage and style for the job. As the (sole?) token ‘Rethuglican’ on this blog I can state I’ve never been a fan of Ensign. Go Berkley!!

    • John Erickson

      Elizabeth – While I never carried the card, I’ve been both a “Rethuglican” and a conservative all my life. Well, until Georgie W got us mired into a couple of VERY poorly conceived wars. (I study military history, thus my choice of “conceived”.) While I’ve drifted from the right a bit, it’ll take a HECK of a lot to see me at a Dem party rally. I’m just frustrated by the media circus that the GOP has become. But fear not, you do have other support. Just don’t say it TOO loudly – Nonnie might snitch on me to Frank, and then I won’t get my weekly fixes of fun at his site! πŸ˜‰

      • I’m a recovering Republican. I identified as a member of the GOP for 22 years, then left in disgust as soon as W was nominated. I never looked back, especially since every year of the past 11 has shown me that I was right to leave. I became a Democrat in 2004. I’m a lot happier.

        • John Erickson

          Neon-(Vincent? OK, Hey, YOU!)- I still have hope for conservative (emphasis on the lower case c) politics, but not much hope with the current zoo. It may be wishful thinking, but I’m looking forward to the day that the birthers and tea-partiers all go out on a cruise together, so we can give our submarine crews some live-fire torpedo practise! (Hey, Frank at AFrankAngle thinks it’s a good idea, and I value his opinion – and good taste!) Until then, I’m in that same group as Elizabeth, over on the common sense side of the right wing. It can be lonely at times, but there’s also some rare characters over here!

      • elizabeth3hersh

        Nice to know I have some company John! I’m a rare breed: a pro-gay, science loving, think-outside-the-box progressive, conservative atheist (it’s not as oxymoronic as it sounds). I respect all viewpoints and feel everyone has something of value to bring to the table. As much as Bush made me cringe and bristle, I’m not so sure his wars were poorly conceived as I feel we won’t really know for decades how it all pans out. What boggles the mind (mine anyway) is how the world (UNITED) didn’t take down Saddam, Inc. It’s only a matter of time before extensive film footage is available of the atrocities that go on in these repressive regimes. It may change perspectives. When I think of thugs, I think of torturers, rapists and the worst of criminal enterprise. That said, I LOVE how nonnie caricatures politicians…this blog should be syndicated!! And I will concede that some Repubs are probably rethugs.

        • thanks for the kind words, elizabeth.

          i respect republicans, but not rethuglicans. unfortunately, there are very few of the former these days. in fact, i think that the blue dog democrats are the ones representing the old republican party. the present rethuglican leadership in the house have proven themselves to be a cowardly bunch who can’t seem to stand up to the teabaggers. i don’t think they’ve truly embraced the worst of the teabagging intolerance and stupidity in their heart of hearts, but they still act as though they do, and that’s worse. they’ve added hypocrisy to their cowardice.

        • John Erickson

          Elizabeth – Except for the atheist part, you pretty much described myself! Though I would have to throw in the additional description of “raging hawk”. My gripes about our two wars is in the How, not the Why. I won’t bore you with the military techno-babble, but suffice to say I would have directed things quite a bit differently. As to religion, I refer to mine as Saganism (after Carl Sagan) – no religion has it fully right, but there’s too much wonder from the macroscopic (the universe) to the microscopic (particle physics – a hobby{?}). Throw in sci-fi geek, military historian, and a first class nutcase (Stooges, Monty Python, the weirder, the better), and as Lancelot sung in the musical “Camelot”, “C’est moi!”. (Yeah, I like musicals, too. All the better to weird people out! :D)

          • elizabeth3hersh

            I’m a β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ Saganiteβ™₯ β™₯ β™₯ too, John!! Yes, there is much wonder in our universe (my interest is in quantum mechanics) and as you stated from the macro to the micro.

            • omg!!! you guys are satanists? πŸ‘Ώ

              oohhhhh, saganists! never mind. 😳

              • John Erickson

                Hey, part of Saganism is saying no religion has it COMPLETELY right. SO…. if we accept parts of all religions being RIGHT, as well as wrong, well – can’t count the dude in the red longjohns COMPLETELY out of the mix, now, can we? πŸ˜€
                Besides, I gotta keep the neighborhood punk kids in line. It’s amazing how ONE little misunderstood word can suddenly gain you SO much respect. Or fear. Either way, it works! πŸ˜‰

          • John Erickson

            Elizabeth- Go to It’s the site for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. (Our equivalent, and predecessor, of the LHC at CERN). I spent a summer there as a sophomore in high school, taking classes and working cheek-by-jowl with the scientists who played with the accelerator. You can sign up free for their daily e-bulletin, which is structured for the in-house people, but almost always carries a couple stories about the latest research. Pity they’re losing the money to run the Tevatron – even if the hadn’t found the Higgs by year’s end, they could’ve pointed the CERN folks in the right direction. Then again, it would be REALLY cool if the Fermilab folk could find it before shut down, but don’t bet on it. (By the by, one of the teachers I actually spent some outside-class time with was a gent by the name of Leon Lederman. I suspect you know who he is! πŸ˜‰ )

            • elizabeth3hersh

              OMG…you studied under Leon Lederman?!!!? Of course I know Leon Lederman!! (Not personally of course.) It is my fervent wish to tour the LDH before I die (I’m having some of my ashes scattered there!!) and I follow CERN, Fermilab Today and astroparticle on Twitter!! Whaddayaknow?

              Actually, this all ties in to nonnie’s blog as I use the same Saganistic approach to politics that I do to religion…pick and choose. I’m too much of a fringe thinker to be boxed in by any one ideology. πŸ™‚

            • John Erickson

              My claiming conservatism comes from growing up in Chicago. It didn’t have as much to do with large-scale issues like birth-control or gay rights, but little things like taxes, representatives, local laws, and such. My voting nationally as Republican came from my folks. By the time I would’ve questioned supporting Dubya, my migraines had cost me my job, house, and “son” (a Border Collie, as my wife can’t have kids). With living here in the middle of nowhere, I don’t get out much, so (shame on me) I haven’t voted recently. (I also wanted to stay “off the radar” in case any old bills came looking for me.) Now, I’m just trying to keep up with the world, and my disintegrating house, while we’re rebuilding our finances. So I come here for enlightenment, humour, and Nonnie’s great posters! πŸ™‚

    • i’d love to see shelley berkley in the senate. i love loud-mouthed broads who don’t take crap from anyone. πŸ˜€

  4. Wow, I didn’t realize it was republican confession night !?! Atonement can be a wonderful thing. Must be my Baptist upbringin’, but I fell like inviting everybody to come on down in an alter call.

  5. singe

    Who knew Nevada could be such fun! Is it really possible that the Democrats could win another seat there? That would be as neat as discovering that Rand Paul had taken over Owsley’s LSD production business and was retiring from the Senate after putting in a tough three months of work.

    • i guess nevada was jealous that arizona, and the wisconsin and michigan were getting all the attention. this one will be fun to watch, because both seats are already in rethuglican hands (sorry about that visual), so the worst that can happen is that the rethugs keep them.

  6. Ideology of party lines is getting restructured. Several of my friends are, what they call themselves, social conservatives… What they mean is that they strongly favor social programs that help many in America, medicare, medicaid; they favor conservation of our natural resources; they strongly support education programs. They just feel that those programs need to be efficient, that better funding guidelines need to be established; we just can’t throw money at a problem. I tend to agree with them. For the most part, they vote Republican… until 2008. NONE would vote a McCain/Palin ticket.

    Now, two of these guys own their own business, one is a corporate VP and a fourth teaches business at a University. The last time the five of us were together for beers….. not a single one of us saw a Republican candidate to vote for… yet, they all (well not me) consider themselves Republicans. We need to ‘blur’ party lines a little bit. I have voted for the same Republican Congressman for years…. not that I think he does a really great job….. but he doesn’t screw up (much) and there hasn’t been a competent Dem, yet, to run against him. 2012 is gonna prove really really interesting.

    • i think that belonging to a party today is like being a fan of a particular team. there was a day when a player stayed with one team for his entire career, and being loyal to a team was being loyal to the same players every year. we got to know the players, and we could pick out the good guys and the bad guys. the rethug party is not the same team as it used to be. all the new players seem to be teabaggers, and the old players are adopting their ways of playing, instead of the new guys learning from the old. the team might have the same name, but it’s a whole new ballgame.

  7. We get it. Ensign was a corrupt senator and resigned when cornered. All of this article’s sentence structure is rant-like spin and adds no new information. It just feels like Rick is rubbing it in Ensign’s face.