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.





Quote of the week

Quote of the week


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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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.

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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