Reno News & Review

Week of Aug. 24, 2022

From the editor’s desk

A Nevada secretary of state candidate who doesn’t believe the state has had a fair and honest election since 2006 (presumably excluding the Assembly race he won in 2016) sounds like fodder for a satirical fiction piece about those wacky election deniers. But, as John L. Smith reports, Jim Marchant’s candidacy is very real, and is no comedy, despite its errors. John explains why Marchant, “Nevada’s Gump,” shouldn’t be allowed within miles of the levers of our democracy.

As you are reading this, there’s an excellent chance you are minutes to—if you’re lucky—hours away from getting a call from a robot claiming to represent Amazon, your credit card company or the IRS. Fasten your seatbelt. As we sink deeper into campaign season, robocalls—both legitimate and scam—are about to reach a crescendo, Pax Robinson writes.

If you’ve been waiting for a great TV series about a female Hulk, you’ll have to stay tuned. Bob Grimm says that “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” has some fun moments, but Tatiana Maslany in the title role is enhanced with such bad computer graphics that she looks like Shrek. Bob also wasn’t impressed by “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” which he dismisses as “a run-of-the-mill slasher comedy that tries to masquerade as a satirical statement on today’s rich kids.”

A guest opinion column by U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto outlines what she has been doing in Congress to help Nevada fight and prevent wildfires, which are expected to become even more prevalent than they are now. We’ve invited Adam Laxalt, Masto’s opponent in the Senate race, to pen a guest editorial on any subject of public interest (except the Big Lie—a fairy tale like “Shrek,” but less-believable).

Mark your calendars, and keep your eyes open: Best of Northern Nevada results will be revealed at at 8 a.m. this Friday, Aug. 26—and our special Best of Northern Nevada issue will start hitting the streets over the weekend. Thanks to all 5,800 of you who voted in our final round!

I’ll see you in the funny papers,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

Marchant’s secretary of state candidacy is no laughing matter

By John L. Smith

August 20, 2022

(Marchant) not only promotes the falsehood about the 2020 election, but has loudly embraced the idea of overturning future ones. That’s hardly a person Nevadans should want anywhere near the office constitutionally dutybound to ensure fair, accurate, and secure elections.

The relentless invasion of legitimate and scam robocalls is about to get worse

By Pax Leigh Robinson

August 22, 2022

As political campaign season peaks, so will those annoying robocalls.

Brawny barrister: ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ has its virtues, but it’s hindered by bad CGI

By Bob Grimm

August 22, 2022

Tatiana Maslany is fun in the She-Hulk role—but Bob just couldn’t get past the fact that she totally looks like Shrek.

Wildfire season: Preventing wildland blazes — and staying safe when they spark

By Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

August 23, 2022

As a third-generation Nevadan, I’ve seen our wildfire seasons get longer, hotter, and more dangerous. I’ve made it my mission in the Senate to get our state what it needs to fight bac.

Kids these days: ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ is a horror film that tries—unsuccessfully—to be satire

By Bob Grimm

August 22, 2022

As the body count stacks up, and the paranoia builds, Bodies Bodies Bodies lacks any structure or true sense of mystery that would make us care.

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