October 30, 2018
30 Oct 2018

Political Update – October 30, 2018

 

Republican Candidates’ Lead Grow in Key Nevada Races

Bethany Blankley

Nevada Watchdog
October 26, 2018

Despite talk of a potential blue wave in the upcoming midterm elections, Republican candidates are surging in several key Nevada races, according to a recent poll.

In the Nevada governor’s race, education and tax policy are among the top issues.

“Education has emerged, once again, as the most important issue in the race to be Nevada’s governor,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote.

Both gubernatorial candidates have proposed plans for education reform, though both are not receiving the same reception by voters.

Republican Adam Laxalt proposed two detailed education reform plans. One would promote career and technical training for educators; the other would create a fund to reward well-performing schools. He also pledged to increase education spending by $500 million.

His Democratic challenger and Chairman of the Clark County Commission, Steve Sisolik, unveiled a nine-point plan for improving the state’s K-12 system. He proposed modernizing the state’s education funding formula for public schools, increasing the amount public schools receive from marijuana sales tax revenue, and increasing taxes overall. Sisolak has not specified the amount by which he would increase education funding, only that he “will work to increase funding.”

“Everything is on the table except for one thing, and that’s doing nothing and the status quo, because it’s not working,” Sisolak said.

In a scathing editorial, Review-Journal editors wrote that Sisolak “doesn’t even have the basics down” on education and that his “plan is to come up with one after he’s elected.” His education plan, they say, “reads like an effort to pander to everyone in the state instead of laying out a vision that voters can evaluate – and potentially reject.”

While Laxalt’s plans are detailed, the newspaper suggests, “before Sisolak talks any more about improving Nevada education, he needs to educate himself.”

When it comes to taxes, Laxalt’s campaign told Watchdog.org that he is committed to not raising taxes.

Several television ads critical of Sisolak and paid for by the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) point to Sisolak’s “long record of supporting new taxes and fees on Nevada families.”

“Sisolak has claimed that ‘everything is on the table’ when it comes to tax hikes on Nevada families, but misused taxpayer funds to help his ex-girlfriend,” RGA Communications Director Jon Thompson said in a statement accompanying the ad. “Nevada taxpayers can’t count on Steve Sisolak to be honest.”

In a recent interview with KTVN-TV, Sisolak claimed that he doesn’t see any need to raise taxes to fund his proposals if elected. But he also said a few months ago, critics point out, that “one of the ways that we are going to have to pay for [my policies], and people don’t want to hear it, is property taxes.”

A poll released this week by Emerson College shows Laxalt leading Sisolak by five points, above the survey’s 4.2 percent margin of error.

Voters also are favoring Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, according to the Emerson College poll. Heller leads his Democratic challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen, by seven points – 48 to 41 percent, also above the margin of error.

Previous polls conducted by the New York Times and NBC News put Heller ahead by two points; Real Clear Politics’ polling average has Heller beating Rosen by 1.7 points.

 

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“(Sisolak) Doesn’t even have the basics down on education and…his ‘plan is to come up with one after he’s elected.’ His education plan, they say, ‘reads like an effort to pander to everyone in the state instead of laying out a vision that voters can evaluate – and potentially reject.'”

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Watchdog Nevada

October 26, 2018

Laxalt Is The Clear Choice for Governor

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 12, 2018

The Review-Journal enthusiastically endorses Attorney General Adam Laxalt to serve as Nevada’s next governor.

Here’s why:

Under the administration of Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada has emerged from the depths of the Great Recession. Unemployment — which hit 13.7 percent 2010 — is now near all-time lows. Robust job growth and a revitalized housing market are in stark contrast to the dire conditions that existed less than a decade ago. Meanwhile, sales and gaming tax collections — which constitute more than half the state’s general fund — are again at healthy levels and growing.

Term limits prevent Gov. Sandoval seeking re-election this year. And as the November election approaches, Nevada voters have a clear choice. Do they prefer a candidate who will continue to pursue an agenda of growth, opportunity and prosperity through policies that encourage scholarship, entrepreneurship and innovation, or would they rather support a candidate likely to raise taxes, preserve the status quo when it comes to public schools and oversee an expansion of Nevada’s regulatory state?

Those who favor the former will support Mr. Laxalt over Democrat Steve Sisolak, particularly given the likely makeup of the state Legislature.

Mr. Laxalt, 40, has built an impressive resume. After graduating from Georgetown Law in 2005, he served in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps for five years, earning the rank of lieutenant. He followed that up with a four-year stint at a Reno law firm before being elected in 2014 as Nevada’s attorney general.

Mr. Laxalt, the grandson of Paul Laxalt, who served one term as Nevada governor before representing the state for 13 years in the U.S. Senate…

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October 23, 2018
23 Oct 2018

Political Update – October 23, 2018

 

Adam Laxalt Is The Clear Choice for Governor

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 12, 2018

The Review-Journal enthusiastically endorses Attorney General Adam Laxalt to serve as Nevada’s next governor.

Here’s why:

Under the administration of Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada has emerged from the depths of the Great Recession. Unemployment — which hit 13.7 percent 2010 — is now near all-time lows. Robust job growth and a revitalized housing market are in stark contrast to the dire conditions that existed less than a decade ago. Meanwhile, sales and gaming tax collections — which constitute more than half the state’s general fund — are again at healthy levels and growing.

Term limits prevent Gov. Sandoval seeking re-election this year. And as the November election approaches, Nevada voters have a clear choice. Do they prefer a candidate who will continue to pursue an agenda of growth, opportunity and prosperity through policies that encourage scholarship, entrepreneurship and innovation, or would they rather support a candidate likely to raise taxes, preserve the status quo when it comes to public schools and oversee an expansion of Nevada’s regulatory state?

 

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“High on Mr. Laxalt’s list is preserving the state’s reputation as a low-tax state while promoting policies that will attract jobs and new private investment to Nevada.”

Las Vegas Review Journal

October 12, 2018

Laxalt Talks About His Healthcare and Economic Development

Victor Joekes

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 18, 2018

Nevada should institute Medicaid work requirements for healthy adults and encourage doctors to come and remain in Nevada, according to Republican gubernatorial candidate and attorney general Adam Laxalt. He also thinks Nevada should focus its economic development efforts on removing barriers to entry, instead of providing tax breaks to select companies.

“While I’ve pledged that I’m not going to rollback the Medicaid expansion, we need to make sure that Medicaid is preserved for the people that most need it,” Laxalt said while filming Nevada Politics Today. Medicaid “was created for people who can’t work, people we all agree deserve a safety net. I certainly would sign Nevada up for the work requirement.”

Laxalt said a work requirement would help people experience the “dignity of work.” He proposed following the example of Kentucky and other states that have received waivers from the federal government to implement work requirements.
While Steve Sisolak, Laxalt’s opponent, wants to convene a group to come up with health care recommendations, Laxalt said he’s already done that.

“I have put together a group of professionals,” he said. “We’ve been looking at that for many months. That’s reflected in my policy. We’ve already identified the major issues.

 

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October 18, 2018
18 Oct 2018

Political Update – October 18, 2018

 

Adam Laxalt Is The Clear Choice for Governor

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 12, 2018

The Review-Journal enthusiastically endorses Attorney General Adam Laxalt to serve as Nevada’s next governor.

Here’s why:

Under the administration of Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada has emerged from the depths of the Great Recession. Unemployment — which hit 13.7 percent 2010 — is now near all-time lows. Robust job growth and a revitalized housing market are in stark contrast to the dire conditions that existed less than a decade ago. Meanwhile, sales and gaming tax collections — which constitute more than half the state’s general fund — are again at healthy levels and growing.

Term limits prevent Gov. Sandoval seeking re-election this year. And as the November election approaches, Nevada voters have a clear choice. Do they prefer a candidate who will continue to pursue an agenda of growth, opportunity and prosperity through policies that encourage scholarship, entrepreneurship and innovation, or would they rather support a candidate likely to raise taxes, preserve the status quo when it comes to public schools and oversee an expansion of Nevada’s regulatory state?

 

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“Mr Laxalt vows to protect the reforms legislative Republicans passed during their short time in the majority during the 2015 session and to overhaul budget priorities to boost funding for state public schools by $500 million.”

Las Vegas Review Journal

October 12, 2018

Review Journal Endorses Wes Duncan for Attorney General

Editorial

Review Journal Endorses
October 17, 2018

Nevada voters in November will decide who should hold a variety of state constitutional offices beyond the governorship. The position of attorney general is the most important of the bunch, and the race offers a clear contrast between the two major candidates.

Republican Wes Duncan, a deputy staff judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, was elected twice to the Assembly before leaving in 2016 to become the first assistant to Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who now seeks the Governor’s Mansion. Mr. Duncan resigned his position to devote his energies to replacing his former boss. If elected, he says his priority will be the public safety realm, and he has secured the endorsement of many of the state’s law enforcement agencies. “I’m running to make Nevada the safest place to raise a family,” he said. 

Along those lines, Mr. Duncan promotes an agenda that includes more transitional housing to help attack the scourge of domestic violence. He also wants a boost to mental health funding to set up psychiatric emergency rooms throughout the state.

On other issues, Mr. Duncan says he opposes executing federal immigration policy through presidential executive orders rather than congressional action. He would fight plans to implement sanctuary city policies in the Silver State and says that, if elected, he would push back against federal overreach when it comes to the state’s public lands.

 

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October 16, 2018
16 Oct 2018

Political Update – October 16, 2018





In Support of Question 3

Keystone Corporation
October 11, 2018

As our Keystone Corporation website states, “We believe that American enterprise-based policies offer the right direction for the future of Nevada.”  It further states, "Keystone’s leaders do not take their role lightly. They feel an obligation to protect the businesses of Nevada through the selection of pro-business candidates who understand the principles that have made the American free enterprise system the strongest economic force in the world.

One of the ballot measures before the voters in the upcoming election is the Energy Choice Initiative (Question 3).  In fact, Question 3 passed when it first appeared before the voters in 2016 with 72 percent support.  However, our out-of-state monopoly utility, NV Energy, has spent tens of millions of dollars this time around convincing voters that supporting energy choice will be bad for smaller ratepayers (current Nevada law allows for larger ratepayers the ability to ‘leave the grid’ and shop for a more affordable and responsive energy provider).  

At Keystone, this is not a difficult position. We support the free market.  We support competition in the marketplace.  Why? Because competition has worked everywhere it has been tried, in every market, in every location.  Competition with where we buy our groceries, where we buy our cars and the gas to fuel them, where we buy our medicine and health care products, where we buy our office supplies … the reality is that competition ultimately provides a better product, a better service and at a better price.  

For that reason, Keystone Corporation supports Question 3 so that small businesses and residential ratepayers can have the same rights under Nevada law as the large corporations and ratepayers.  If it is good for the large ratepayer to have energy choice, it is good for all Nevadans.  
 

Conservative individuals or entities have no excuse to support a monopoly over the free market.  This is our position at Keystone.  If you want to see how the free market works in a state that offers energy choice, take a look at the Texas Public Utility Commission’s webpage (www.powertochoose.org) which provides choice to consumers throughout the state.  Enter a zip code from San Antonio, Houston, Dallas or Waco and look at the options available to you as a ratepayer.  This is what we want in Nevada.  For all Nevadans.  

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“We believe that American enterprise-based policies offer the right direction for the future of Nevada. Keystone's leaders do not take their role lightly. They feel an obligation to protect the business of Nevada through the selection of pro-business candidates who understand the principles that have mad ethe American free enterprises system the strongest economic force in the world.”

Keystone Corporation

October 11, 2018

 

Allowing Nevada Consumers Energy Choice

Editorial

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 29, 2018

The local TV airwaves have been inundated with advertising warning Nevadans that providing them with the freedom to choose their own electricity provider — which is what Question 3 proposes — is a “risky” scheme. Why consumer choice is seen as a dangerous concept to be avoided is never really explained. Apparently, opponents of the initiative believe it would be much “safer” for the government to limit the number of available products in other areas so as to make it less confusing for consumers. Ladas for everybody!

But it’s worth noting the deceptions inherent in many anti-Question 3 ads. For instance, one common theme is that states which offer their residents more electricity options have higher electricity prices than Nevada. That, however, is a meaningless assertion. Energy costs vary all across the country based on myriad factors. The relevant question is whether states that offer choice saw potential price savings for consumers once they opened the marketplace.

In fact, consumers have generally enjoyed significant savings thanks to competition. The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association estimates that consumer choice saves Ohio residents $3 billion each year. A 2017 study by the Compete Coalition concluded that prices in states with choice increased 4.5 percent less than inflation between 1997 and 2014, while monopoly states such as Nevada saw 8.4 percent increases.

Question 3 — a state constitutional amendment that must be approved twice by voters — passed easily in 2016. But opponents — backed by monopoly energy provider NV Energy and including many progressive environmental groups that would prefer Nevadans be forced to buy more expensive green energy than be afforded choice — have ramped up the attacks as the second vote approaches in November. Yes, change can often be unsettling. But Nevada voters must consider: Do they really believe that quasi-monopolies protected by government deliver better service than robust markets and competition?

 

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October 9, 2018
09 Oct 2018

Political Update – October 9, 2018





Laxalt Could Be One of The Greats

Dick Gammick
Reno Gazette Journal
October 4, 2018

On Nov. 1, 2017, I had the honor of being present at the Peterbilt truck dealership in Sparks when Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced his candidacy for Nevada governor. After welcoming remarks, Adam told the assembled crowd, including the media, about his successful battle with alcoholism during his teen years and how he has been alcohol-free since he was 18.

He definitely earned my respect for his honesty. Most people would not start a campaign that way. Now, the media and his opponents are making an issue of his conduct in his teen years. It doesn't appear that he was ever convicted of anything. And he's never shied away from telling people about his recovery. In fact, in the article ("Records: Laxalt arrested as a teen," Sept. 30), he talked about his alcoholism as a teenager. Let's take a look at what he has accomplished since then.

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“He definitely earned my respect for his honesty. Most people would not start a campaign that way. Now, the media and his opponents are making an issue of his conduct in his teen years. It doesn't appear that he was ever convicted of anything. And he's never shied away from telling people about his recovery."

Dick Gammick

Reno Gazette Journal

October 4, 2018

 

What Does Sisolak Stand For? He Won't Say

By Victor Joecks

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 2, 2018

Election Day is a month away, and Steve Sisolak has offered almost no specifics about the policies he’d pursue if elected.

Sisolak would be the first Democratic governor in 20 years. Democrats are all but certain to control both houses of the Legislature. If Sisolak were elected, it would give the party unified control of state government for the first time in decades. Democrats would have the power to reshape Nevada on a host of issues, including gun control, education and labor.

Rather than sell a vision, Sisolak has played the policy equivalent of prevent defense — say as little as possible about what he believes. The “plan” section on his website lists only three issues: the economy, education and health care. Calling it a plan is generous. It’s a list of generic talking points. For instance, he wants to “attract new, diverse industries to Nevada, such as clean energy, technology, manufacturing and medical research.”

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• Support limiting Nevada state government spending to the rate of population growth.

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October 2, 2018
02 Oct 2018

Political Update – October 2, 2018





What is Nevada's Commerce Tax?

Michelle Rindels
The Nevada Independent
September 30, 2018

Nevada’s Commerce Tax is the most visible symbol of a 2015 effort to raise and extend more than $1 billion in new revenue.

It’s reviled by those who see it as a reversal after voters rejected a margins tax on the 2014 ballot. It’s defended by those who see it as an important source of money for education. And it’s a sticking point in the governor’s race — Republican Adam Laxalt wants to repeal it, while Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval has challenged anyone who does so to answer for the cuts they’d make to balance the budget.

But what exactly is the Commerce Tax, how big of a contribution does it make to the budget, and what should voters make of arguments that it doesn’t directly fund education? Read on for more.

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"Nevada's Commerce Tax is the most visible symbol of a 2015 effort to raise and extend more than $1 billion in new revenue. It's reviled by those who see it as a reversal after voters rejected a margins tax on the 2014 ballot.'

Michelle Rindels

The Nevada Independent

September 30, 2018

 

Nevada ranks 16th in nation for fiscal health

By Bethany Blankley

Watchdog.org
September 27, 2018

If all taxpayers in Nevada were forced to pay their share of the state’s debt, each would have to contribute $3,300, according to a new report from government fiscal watchdog Truth in Accounting.

In its annual analysis of the fiscal health of each state, TIA gave Nevada a C grade, noting its state government is one of the better-funded ones in the nation.

The report provides an overview of the fiscal health of the nation, providing detailed reports of each state through its “state data lab.”

All 50 states combined, accumulated about $1.5 trillion in unfunded retiree pension and health care benefits, a significant increase since 2009, TIA states. This increased debt continued, TIA adds, despite improved economic and financial market conditions.

According to TIA’s analysis, every state except for Vermont has balanced budget requirements. Despite these requirements, states accumulated that debt.

 

 

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• 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.

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