Dean Heller: Who the heck cares how he got that committee assignment?

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Tuesday February 19, 2008.

It’s another installment of the Reactionary Hurl, the series that makes useless comments about things you may or may not care one lick about. You are encouraged implored to take part by commenting, sending us tips, and spreading the word. Today’s topics include the Nevada softball team beating the #1 team in the nation and a lamenting of the glory days of Nevada baseball, Dean Heller’s ascension to a coveted House committee seat and the stupid politics that come with it, ditching sports as part of the daily newspaper, and the upcoming battle over school choice in Nevada.

  • Awesome job Pack Softball team. That’s a really great win for the team—historic—and should not go unnoticed. This team could be in for a run like the mid-90s baseball teams that routinely competed with the Cal State Fullertons and Long Beach States of the Big West. Those were the best times I’ve ever had at baseball games—sitting in the outfield and heckling the crap out of some right fielder who either looked like he was in hell or gave it right back. The best stat of the women’s win over Arizona is that there was a save. I always thought softball teams carried a max of one (1) passable pitcher, so the fact that someone else threw and preserved the shutout is impressive. (RGJ)
  • Dean Heller is given slick committee assignment, politics continues to rear its ugly head. I knew this would happen, and the well-informed, but ridiculously partisan Desert Beacon made sure t not disappoint. I say ridiculous because Dean Heller getting this committee assignment is great for Nevada. It’s politics. Maybe kissing a little butt is what is required for a rookie from a small state to land a good assignment. And that’s exactly the kind the Desert Beacon writes about positively when it happens on the other side. (Desert Beacon)
  • Sports sections are apparently not popular. The numbers in Jeff Jarvis’ survey of what you’d cut from a newspaper (using the really cool new survey tool from Google Docs) are pretty overwhelming. I agree that it could probably be sold independently. Local publications like the Wolf Pack Edge, which started by covering Pack athletics, but has moved into high school sports as well, could pick up the slack. The pay would suck and they may not make much money, but as Jarvis always says, news (and information) is a commodity. (BuzzMachine)
  • The School Choice Issue is about to get real big in Nevada. And I can’t say I’m against that. Chuck Muth begins to make his case, both philosophically and politically, in that post and it’s very tough not to agree. Anyone with kids should recognize that the current system is 1) monopolized, 2) horrendous, and 3) very difficult to navigate. We realize it. No Child Left Behind is like a bad dream of education reform, but it did lead to a choice of schools for us, and we exercised that choice. We’d probably do it again in a similar circumstance. The only option remaining that we haven’t already failed at is to take all that money being paid to administrators and let parents choose the best path for their kids’ education. (MUTH’S TRUTHS)

And just to be clear, please read the initial Reactionary Hurl so you can understand the context.

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