Proposal to name Nevada mountain after Ronald Reagan nixed by Democrat

Frenchman Mountain Nevada ReaganFormer President Ronald Reagan already has an airport, several highways and other prominent buildings named after him – but the quest to name a mountain in the Silver State after the nation’s 40th president has come has come to an abrupt end thanks to partisan maneuvering by a Nevada Democrat.

According to The Washington Examiner, Nevada Rep. Dina Titus submitted a proposal back in October to rename the peak of Frenchman Mountain after Maude Frazier, the state’s first female lieutenant governor. The proposal came after the Nevada Board on Geographic Names approved renaming the peak, which is located east of Las Vegas, after the Gipper in September. The legislation is currently sitting in the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation but there are no immediate plans to debate it.

Meanwhile, the Mount Reagan Project proposal was headed to a federal agency for final approval when Titus’ legislation trumped it. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, any act of Congress trumps that by the United States Board on Geographic Names, which would otherwise have the final say.

“Unbelievable,” Mount Reagan Project organizer Chuck Muth told The Examiner. “This cheap shot is as petty, partisan and politically vindictive as you’ll ever see. Titus didn’t even have the courtesy or decency to tell us about the stunt she was pulling.”

The Associated Press reports that Titus’ spokeswoman, Caitlin Teare, said that there were no personal or political implications behind the legislation. It does note, however, that Muth had run against then-State Sen. Titus back in 1996.

“It’s simply an effort to name a Nevada landmark after a notable Nevadan,” she told the AP. “What could be a better way to celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday than honoring one of our own?”

The Mount Reagan project was part of a larger effort by Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist to promote Reagan’s legacy. Upon learning of the proposal’s defeat, Norquist told The Examiner, “It is sad to see the Washington politician Titus unaware of what Nevadans have been working to achieve for more than one year now — to name a mountain peak after President Reagan. Washington politicians stepping on local leaders making local decisions is unhelpful and too common.”

Muth added that it was well-known that his group was making a push to rename the peak after Reagan, especially after it had already been approved by the state board, and that Titus’ proposal merely serves to keep his proposal on hold indefinitely.

“Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Frazier – who you likely have never heard of – isn’t deserving of being honored, especially as the state’s first woman lieutenant governor. But she should get her own mountain or other natural feature; not the one the Nevada Board on Geographic Names already approved for President Reagan!” he said.

h/t The Washington Examiner

Comments

Polititainment

Jay Carney's son performs at White House

The former White House press secretary and now CNN political commentator tweeted out a photo of his son's band Twenty20 performing at a White House event Monday evening.

Stewart: Graham has panicked for 13 yrs
Comedian Jon Stewart is taking some time away from going after his favorite Republican war hawk Sen. John McCain and is now going after McCain’s fellow rally crier, Sen. Lindsey Graham. Graham had some strong words over the weekend on the topic of ISIS, saying,  ”This president needs to rise to the occasion before we […]
Actress: I made 'constitutional' stand

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts said Monday morning that she made a stand for her "constitutional rights" in resisting the LAPD late last week.

Gillibrand Madam Secretary inspiration

After first revealing that CBS' upcoming "Madam Secretary" series was inspired by Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, the show's producers are now saying that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was more of the inspiration for the lead role.

 

Maher compares GOP rep. to ISIS, Ebola

Liberal comedian Bill Maher announced who he calls the "winning loser" in Congress during a live taping of "Real Time with Bill Maher" in Washington, D.C., Friday, and that loser is Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.).

White House

Gaffetastic vice-president apologizes for slur

Vice-President Joe Biden apologized Wednesday for his use of a Jewish slur in a speech this week.

Two remarkable stories show why these Vietnam vets earned an exemption to receive the Medal of Honor

Two Vietnam War veterans who were granted an exemption to receive the Medal of Honor were officially recognized Monday, recalling the extraordinary courage of servicemen often obscured by the tumultuous domestic politics of the era.

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has spread across both countries.

Golf courses are now rejecting President Obama

A president can no longer just golf like a major champion today.

Crushing: The golf industry fights the Obama administration

How's this for a hook: The golf industry is fighting the Obama administration.

Congress

No welfare for weed under House bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Tuesday night that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the “no welfare for weed” bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases […]
Congress tweets the Constitution

For an alternative reading experience this Constitution Day, direct your attention to Darrell Issa's Twitter feed.

Democrat tries to blame GOP for Ebola outbreak
Sen. Richard Durbin (D- Ill.) is trying to blame House Republicans for the deadly spread of the Ebola virus. About 5,000 people have become ill from Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal since the outbreak was first recognized in March.  At least 2,400 people have died from the disease. The World Health […]
Bipartisan bill to demilitarize police introduced
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho GOP congressman Raul Labrador is teaming with a Democratic lawmaker from Georgia to move a bill designed to curb police militarization among state and local law enforcement agencies. Labrador and U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson introduced the bill Tuesday, saying the Pentagon’s “1033″ program — which provides local law enforcement officers […]
Senator tells ISIS war protestors to get lost

The anti-everything activist group Code Pink loudly crashed a Senate hearing on ISIS Tuesday, prompting the committee chairman to tell the rowdier members to get lost.