Recall Effort Going Slow In Nothern Nevada

Governor Kenny Guinn
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The recall effort against Gov. Kenny Guinn is slow going in northern Nevada, organizers concede.

Even some Reno-based political allies of the petition drive said they're too busy to help collect the 128,109 signatures from registered voters required by Nov. 24 to force a recall election.

Janine Hansen, a Reno member of the Independent American Party, said she has petitions available for signing in her office, but hasn't organized any northern Nevada effort.

"I've got too many projects going," she said.

Tony Dane, chairman of the group seeking the recall, said he has been trying to plan a rally in Reno for the past three weeks. Most of the group's efforts so far have been in Las Vegas, he said.

"I see Reno as very important," Dane told the Reno Gazette-Journal, adding that he's talked to many people who said they're upset over the last legislative session.

"We want to bring them together and do a massive drive up there. We're still in the planning stage. We haven't come up with a date yet."

Dane estimated the group has collected about 12,000 signatures so far.

The Committee to Recall Gov. Guinn, a group of conservatives from several political parties, formed in response to Guinn's proposal of nearly $1 billion in new and increased taxes. After a divisive legislative session that stretched into two special sessions, Guinn signed into law a record $836 million tax package.

Guinn has said he was elected to make difficult decisions for the state and has worked to reduce the size of government in the six years he has been in office. But, he said, the state faced a critical revenue shortfall and the budget had nothing left to cut.

Dane said though other petition drives have paid signature collectors, the recall effort is relying on volunteers to gather signatures.

He said he has offered $10,000 to the person who collects the most signatures if the group forces a recall election.

"When we first started, I figured this was basically an impossible task," he said. "But now I am becoming very optimistic that it is possible. And I credit that to the Internet."

Dane said the group has recruited volunteers and networked through its Web site.


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