weather icon Clear

Two nonexistent states file brief in Texas’ failed lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit by Texas that had asked the court to throw out the presidential election results in four battleground states captured by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr, but not before maneuvering by a lawyer claiming to represent “New California” and “New Nevada.”

The court, in a brief unsigned order, said Texas lacked standing to pursue the case, saying it “has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections.”

The move, coupled with a one-sentence order Tuesday turning away a similar request from Pennsylvania Republicans, signaled that the court has refused to be drawn into President Trump’s losing campaign to overturn the results of the election last month.

Entities calling themselves “New California State” and “New Nevada State” filed a brief to the Supreme Court in the case Texas brought. The amicus brief for the fake states was filed by Robert E. Thomas III, an attorney with an address listed in Nevada, which appears to be a Pahrump mailbox. Thomas is a member of the state bar in California and not in Nevada.

Thomas said in an interview “New Nevada” and “New California” were “new states in waiting” and that each was a registered 501(c)(4) organization attempting to form a new state using the proper constitutional process. He said states like Pennsylvania administered their elections in a way that was “arbitrary and capricious.”

“Part of the reason for the formation of New California State and New Nevada Sate is to stop the lawless actions of Governors Newsom (sic) (California) and Sisolak (Nevada),” the brief said.

There likely will continue to be scattered litigation brush fires around the nation from Trump’s allies, but as a practical matter, the Supreme Court’s action puts an end to any prospect that Trump will prevail in court.

Thomas was noted as chairman of the New Nevada State Movement committee in 2019 in a press release, which, at that time, stated the goal to split the state of Nevada apart into two states: one that includes all the state’s major metro areas; and the second, the rural parts of the state.

The video below shows the announcement of the movement in 2019, which occurred in Pahrump.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
STEVE SEBELIUS: Tell the truth, and shame the devil

President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election are not harmless, and will cause more mayhem if people around the nation fail to accept the truth.

Modern castle in Esmeralda County has a buyer

The Hard Luck Mine Castle in Esmeralda County has entered into escrow, Brian Krueger, a senior vice president with Coldwell Banker Premier Realty and the agent selling the property, said.

IRS schedules opening of tax season for Feb. 12

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will start on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.

UNR forum to examine state’s business outlook

The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno, will host Vision 2021: The Nevada Economic Forecast on Friday, Jan. 22 as part of the college’s continued efforts to support the growth of the state’s economy.

1099 forms due for businesses on Feb. 1

The Internal Revenue Service reminded businesses and other payors that a revised 1099-MISC and a new 1099-NEC must be furnished by Feb. 1, 2021.

Nevada Humanities announces two memoirs

Nevada Humanities has announced it has selected two memoirs — “Miracle Country: A Memoir” by Kendra Atleework and “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil — for its statewide 2021 Nevada Reads program.

Circle K construction continues in Pahrump

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, progress is being made and development undertaken, with one example of the continual drive to push forward despite enormous challenges to be seen right here in Pahrump.