April 24, 2018
24 Apr 2018

Political Update – April 24, 2018

   

  

Las Vegas Metro Chamber endorses politicians hostile to business

 

By Victor Joecks
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 21st, 2018

 

Last legislative session was the most anti-business in Nevada’s history. In response, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has decided to endorse some of the Democrats who voted consistently against its policy priorities.

“The Nevada Legislature has had many pro-business Democrats through the years, and based on my conversation, most business associations recognize the need to get back to that,” said lobbyist and former GOP state senator Warren Hardy. “In recent elections, business groups have largely stayed out of races in districts with large Democratic voter registration advantages. Now that the Democrats control both houses of the Legislature, that kind of thinking is obsolete.”

That makes sense in theory. Part of the National Rifle Association’s historical strength came from endorsing Democrats who were strong supporters of the Second Amendment. The Las Vegas chamber’s execution of that plan, however, is painfully inept.

Last week it endorsed 13 incumbent Democrat legislators. Did any of these Democrats break with their party to oppose minimum wage hikes or rolling back collective bargaining reforms? Did any of them at least oppose increasing electricity prices by raising Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard? No, nope and not a chance.

Of the 14 bills Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed that the chamber opposed, just one Democrat voted against one of those bills — once. Nevada needs pro-business Democrats. There’s little evidence any of them exist in the state Legislature.

“If things with a specific legislator don’t work out, they may not be endorsed next time,” said Paul Moradkhan, government affairs vice president for the chamber. “Some incumbents don’t receive endorsements they may have received previously.”

That threat would carry more weight if the group didn’t just endorse 13 incumbents who voted to burden businesses with higher costs and fees.

The chamber also endorsed two Democrat newbies. This could be a smart strategy. “Current Democrats want to turn Nevada into California, so we’ll cultivate some moderate newcomers,” the thinking could go. But one of its endorsements went to Howard Watts III, who previously served as a community organizer for the far-left Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. He wants to “raise the minimum wage, require employees to provide paid sick leave … and require half of our energy to be renewable by 2030.”

If that sounds like an odd person for the chamber to endorse, that’s because it is. Those are all positions the chamber opposes.

 



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"Of the 14 bills Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed that the chamber opposed, just one Democrat voted against one of those bills — once. Nevada needs pro-business Democrats. There’s little evidence any of them exist in the state Legislature."

- Victor Joecks,
"Las Vegas Metro Chamber endorses politicians hostile to business."
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 21st, 2018

Judge rules recall efforts targeting state senators dead; possible appeal uncertain

By Riley Snyder
The Nevada Independent
April 18th, 2018

Efforts to recall two Democratic state senators are officially dead — but how they died could have implications on an effort to resuscitate them through a possible appeal to the state Supreme Court.

District Court Judge Jerry Wiese ruled Wednesday that recall petitions against state Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro failed to qualify for a special election, driving a potentially final stake into the heart of a nine-month long effort to oust the two Democrats after they won narrow elections in 2016.

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Keystone's Mission:

To recruit, support and advocate for candidates for public office who support private sector job creation, low taxation, a responsible regulatory environment, and effective delivery of essential state services.
 

Keystone's Mission:

To focus on candidate support on state legislative races and the governor's office.
    • To oppose any form of corporate income taxes or other business taxes that discourage capital investment and therefore job creation.
    • Support limiting Nevada state government spending to the rate of population growth

 

 
 
April 17, 2018
17 Apr 2018

Political Update – April 17, 2018

       

Las Vegas Metro, Henderson chambers of commerce endorse candidates for Legislature, including some Democrats

 

By Michelle Rindels
The Nevada Independent
April 16th, 2018

 

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, one of the biggest players in the Southern Nevada business community, has thrown its support behind 28 candidates in legislative and Clark County Commission races — including some Democrats.

The chamber, known for its hesitance to support new taxes, embraced even some liberal Democratic incumbents in districts that lean blue. The selections are based on candidates’ voting records, if one exists, their stated positions on business policies and their willingness to work with the Chamber.

“Nothing is more important to the health of our state than having a business and regulatory climate that helps our economy grow and spurs job creation,” said Hugh Anderson, chairman of the group’s Government Affairs Committee. “The Las Vegas Metro Chamber takes its endorsement responsibility very seriously and recommends those candidates who truly understand issues that impact businesses and will stand up for our state’s employers and small businesses.”

Chamber leaders spent three days interviewing nearly 60 candidates before making endorsements. More endorsements are expected this summer in legislative and county commission races, as well as races for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, the Board of Regents, the Clark County School Board and the state Supreme Court.

There are 42 Assembly seats and 11 Senate seats up for grabs this year. The group hasn’t yet endorsed in some swing districts that are expected to be highly competitive, such as Senate Districts 8 and 9, which were held by nonpartisan Patricia Farley and Republican Becky Harris, respectively, last session.

 



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In reference to article by Michelle Rindels on Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce endorsements, Utihoven said, “This is seriously the most shameful thing I’ve ever seen. To think that the state’s largest chamber of commerce would endorse people who could not possibly be more hostile to job providers in Nevada is quite telling of the direction of Nevada. I hope any of you who happen to be members take a look at this list and reconsider your membership.”
 - Robert S. Uithoven,
Consultant for the Laxalt Campaign

 

Laxalt promises to continue Sandoval education legacy

By Geoff Dornan
Nevada Appeal
April 14th, 2018

RENO — Crediting Brian Sandoval with significant advances in improving K-12 education in Nevada, Attorney General Adam Laxalt said this week he wants to continue and expand upon that legacy.

"Governor Sandoval has done a great job in the last few sessions in putting forth a number of reforms that are starting to improve education and I'm committed to supporting those reforms," he said in an interview this week. "I'm also committed to the funding that's in place for the educational system."

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Keystone's Mission:

To recruit, support and advocate for candidates for public office who support private sector job creation, low taxation, a responsible regulatory environment, and effective delivery of essential state services.
 

Keystone's Mission:

To focus on candidate support on state legislative races and the governor's office.
    • To oppose any form of corporate income taxes or other business taxes that discourage capital investment and therefore job creation.
    • Support limiting Nevada state government spending to the rate of population growth

 

 
April 10, 2018
10 Apr 2018

Political Update – April 10, 2018

       

California: A ‘Sanctuary’ for Criminals

 

By Michelle Park Steel
April 3, 2018

 

I was born in South Korea and raised in Japan. My family moved to the U.S. when I was a teenager and worked through the legal immigration process. It was difficult and time-consuming, but we achieved our version of the American Dream—like the millions who came before us.

Today this system is being threatened as California moves closer to becoming a sanctuary state, with local law enforcement under order to disregard federal law and protect illegal aliens. That’s why, as a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, I voted to join a federal lawsuit against Senate Bill 54, the sanctuary law Gov. Jerry Brown signed last year.

The law prohibits state and local law-enforcement officials from informing federal authorities when an illegal alien who has committed a crime is being released from custody. Instead of protecting American citizens, politicians in Sacramento have prioritized the safety of alien criminals. They are provided privileges that American citizens don’t receive—all while endangering innocent people.

California has already seen its share of unnecessary tragedies. It was the lack of partnership and communication between local and federal law enforcement that allowed a five-time deportee with multiple felony convictions to be released by a local sheriff’s department. He went on to murder Kate Steinle, an innocent 32-year-old woman in San Francisco.

Yet many local leaders seem unconcerned. In February Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned illegal aliens of planned arrests by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Ms. Schaaf’s political stunt endangered the public by allowing illegal aliens, many of whom had committed crimes, to avoid arrest, and it put at risk the safety of the federal officers conducting the raid.

In Orange County, we reject this kind of reckless behavior. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, I have a say in how to improve my community of 3.2 million residents. We are home to large groups of immigrant communities, and we fully embrace the diverse cultures of our immigrant population. Our concern is about criminal illegal aliens who are falling through the cracks because our sheriff can’t talk to federal immigration agents.

 



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"There are 21,676 driver’s licenses and ID cards held by people in Nevada who are not legally eligible to vote"
 - Sen. Ben Kieckhefer
R-Reno

 

It’s easy to vote illegally in Nevada

By Victor Joecks
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 7, 2018

It’s easy to vote illegally in Nevada. All a non-citizen has to do is go the DMV and ask.

The DMV uses the same form regardless of whether you’re getting a driver’s license, ID card or driver’s authorization card. The latter are for those, like illegal aliens, who can’t meet the proof of identity requirements for the other documents. At the bottom of that form is a voter registration application.

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Keystone's Mission:

To recruit, support and advocate for candidates for public office who support private sector job creation, low taxation, a responsible regulatory environment, and effective delivery of essential state services.
 

Keystone's Mission:

To focus on candidate support on state legislative races and the governor's office.
    • To oppose any form of corporate income taxes or other business taxes that discourage capital investment and therefore job creation.
    • Support limiting Nevada state government spending to the rate of population growth

 

 
April 3, 2018
03 Apr 2018

Political Update – April 2, 2018

       

Laxalt opposes commerce tax, but campaign manager sees little chance for repeal

 

By Ray Hagar,
Nevada Newsmakers
April 2nd, 2018

 

Nevada’s commerce tax has little chance of being repealed, although Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt opposes it, said Robert Uithoven, Laxalt’s campaign manager.

The commerce tax was at the core of $1.4 billion in new taxes enacted by a Republican-controlled Legislature in 2015. It applies to the state’s largest businesses and has drawn the ire of many conservatives.

“When the commerce tax was first proposed, Adam Laxalt said he opposed it,” Uithoven said Wednesday on Nevada Newsmakers. “Adam Laxalt still opposes it today.”

But a drive to repeal the tax has little chance for success, he said.

“It appears like the organizers of the commerce tax repeal are not going to be able to get the signatures, that I have been able to tell, to put a repeal (question) on the ballot,” Uithoven said.

Conservative lawmakers who oppose the tax also have little chance of passing a bill to repeal it in the 2019 Legislature, Uithoven said.

“It would arguably be tough with a Republican Legislature to repeal the commerce tax and with a Democratic Legislature, even more daunting,” he said.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, is opposed to repealing the tax.

But Laxalt, who is the state attorney general, and Sandoval, who has served two terms as governor and is not eligible to run again, agree on many issues, especially on education, Uithoven said. Laxalt shares Sandoval’s support for Education Savings Accounts and Opportunity Scholarships, he said.

“I think there will be a lot more in common than there are differences,” Uithoven said. He said Laxalt would continue “with the economic reforms we have seen, a lot of the economic growth that we’ve seen.”

 

 



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"Before the Governor championed raising wages and hiring more correctional officers — further burdening taxpayers with higher government spending — the very least he should have done was address the fundamentally abusive and wasteful practice of paying overtime to those who aren’t even working a full shift."
 - NPRI Transparency
Director Robert Fellner
March 12th, 2018

 

Government workers collected overtime pay despite not working a full 40-hour week

By Robert Fellner
March 12, 2018

The Nevada Policy Research Institute is pleased to celebrate Sunshine Week — a national campaign stressing the importance of government transparency and accountability — by releasing 2017 salary data for more than 115,000 state and local government workers on TransparentNevada.com.

TransparentNevada.com — the state’s largest public pay database — is the Institute’s ongoing transparency project, allowing citizens the ability to see how, exactly, their tax dollars are being spent.

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Keystone's Mission:

To recruit, support and advocate for candidates for public office who support private sector job creation, low taxation, a responsible regulatory environment, and effective delivery of essential state services.
 

Keystone's Mission:

To focus on candidate support on state legislative races and the governor's office.
    • To oppose any form of corporate income taxes or other business taxes that discourage capital investment and therefore job creation.
    • Support limiting Nevada state government spending to the rate of population growth