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November 20, 2018
20 Nov 2018

Political Update – November 20, 2018

 

Nevada approves Google’s $600M data center near Las Vegas, $25.2M in tax incentives 

Jason Hidalgo
Reno Gazette-Journal

November 16, 2018

The state of Nevada approved an application by Google for a $600 million data center in Clark County.

The new data center will be located in Henderson, Nevada, and is projected to create 50 jobs within five years. The average wage for the data center is estimated to be $31.25 per hour.

As part of a tax abatement agreement worth $25.2 million, Google will run the data center and employ its workers while Design LLC — a wholly owned subsidiary by Google — will own the property. The project will receive a 2 percent sales and use tax abatement over 20 years worth $18.75 million and a 75 percent property tax abatement over 20 years worth nearly $6.5 million from the state.

The Google application was one of 10 that were approved by the state this week. Other approvals by the state include applications by lead refiner Aqua Metals in Storey County, manufacturer Berkley International and specialty refiner Redwood Material in Carson City, and bicycle company FOX Factory and software-as-a-service business rfXcel in Washoe County.

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“Nevada is giving Google a $25 million subsidy which equals $504,000 per job created. Creating 50 jobs at Google within 5 years, costing more hiring than 500 new teachers for next school year.”

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Nevada government pay gap highest in the nation, new data shows

Robert Fellner

Nevada Policy Research Institute

October 31, 2018

When measured as a percentage of private-sector earnings, Nevada local government workers were by far the highest paid in the nation last year, according to newly released Census data.

Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau released 2017 earnings estimates for the median full-time, year-round worker.

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November 13, 2018
13 Nov 2018

Political Update – November 13, 2018

 

Sandoval, Reid leave contrasting legacies 

Victor Joecks
Las Vegas Review-Journal

November 10, 2018

…Sandoval’s action differed sharply. Sandoval defeated incumbent Gov. Jim Gibbons in a primary by selling himself as a conservative. He said he would “stop job-killing tax increases” and that he opposed gay marriage and driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. None of that was true, and the party faithful noticed. Instead of rebuilding the Nevada Republican Party, he divided it. After the candidate he backed for chairman in 2013 lost, Sandoval disengaged.

Sandoval’s popularity scared off credible Democrat challengers in 2014, which helped Republicans legislators sweep to power. Reid would have capitalized on that opportunity to help Democrats for decades. But Sandoval split Republicans to pass the largest tax increase in Nevada history. The one groundbreaking reform from that session — Education Savings Accounts — is now all but dead after Sandoval let the 2017 session end without securing funding.

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“I’ve committed, we’re not going to be raising taxes. That’s not my intent.”

Nevada Governor-Elect
Steve Sisolak

November 8, 2018

Sisolak: NV must spend more on mental health, but not raise taxes

Hugh Jackson

Nevada Current

November 8, 2018

In an interview with KNPR’s State of Nevada Thursday, Governor-elect Steve Sisolak said he has no intention of raising taxes.

“I’ve committed, we’re not going to be raising taxes. That’s not my intent.”

Instead Sisolak says the state “can do a lot with reallocation” of state revenue streams.

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November 5, 2018
05 Nov 2018

Political Update – November 5, 2018

 

‘Steve Sisolak Cannot Be Trusted’ 

A Letter From Fmr. Democrat County Commissioner Tom Collins to Fmr. Governor Bob List

October 31, 2018

Friend,

I’m a Democrat. I was elected to serve on the Clark County Commission as a Democrat, and so was Steve Sisolak. I will never vote for Steve Sisolak. I think he is a crook.

Adam and I don’t agree on every little political issue, but I trust him. I know he’s a good man. I know he cares about the people of Nevada, and he’ll always put them first. And I know, without a doubt, his opponent Steve Sisolak only cares about himself.

I worked with Steve. I saw him in action. His top priorities were always himself, his wallet, and his donors. If you want to keep Nevada from going completely crooked, vote against Steve Sisolak.

I know there are a lot of Democrats out there like myself—people who care about the little guy and want to see our government get things done. You might feel like you have to vote for the guy with the “D” by his name. I’m proud to be a Democrat, and I’m telling you right now: this election is about more than politics. It’s about character. Steve Sisolak does not have the character to be governor.

A vote for Steve Sisolak isn’t a vote to stand up to Donald Trump or any of the other nonsense he’s using to trick people. It’s a vote to stroke his ego and fill his pockets with more cash, plain and simple.

Adam is a common-sense guy. He wants to fix our schools, keep our economy rolling, and keep people safe. Steve Sisolak only looks out for himself, and I promise if you vote for him he will make you regret it.

I’m a Democrat, I worked with Sisolak, and I voted for Adam Laxalt. If you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or anything else: we need you to vote, and we need you to vote for Adam Laxalt. This election is too important. Steve Sisolak cannot be trusted.

For Nevada,

Tom Collins
Former Democratic Clark County Commissioner

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“Sisolak’s top priorities were always himself, his wallet, and his donors. If you want to keep Nevada from going completely crooked, vote against Steve Sisolak.”

Tom Collins

October 31, 2018

Nevada’s Government Pay Gap Highest in Nation, new data says

Robert Fellner

Nevada Research Institute

October 31, 2018

When measured as a percentage of private-sector earnings, Nevada local government workers were by far the highest paid in the nation last year, according to newly released Census data.

Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau released 2017 earnings estimates for the median full-time, year-round worker.

At $58,644, the median earnings for local government workers in Nevada were 46 percent greater than the $40,259 received by Nevada’s private-sector workers — a disparity that was by far the largest nationwide and nearly six times greater than the eight percent differential found at the median state nationwide.

 

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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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September 11, 2018
11 Sep 2018

Political Update – September 11, 2018





Despite tax hikes, most students behind in reading

Editorial
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 8, 2018

Nevada released a slew of test score data last week, and there’s good and sobering news for Nevada students.

Start with the good. Aside from seventh-grade English, the number of students proficient in English and math increased in every grade from third through eighth.

“The improvement in both math and English language arts once again demonstrates that Nevada is on course to become the fastest-improving state in the nation,” Steve Canavero, state superintendent of public instruction, said in a statement. Canavero credited the gains to the programs and funding increases started under Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Perhaps. But this is where the sobering news comes in. The gains are positive, but they’re also incremental. The number of third-graders proficient in English increased 1.32 percentage points to 46.12 percent. Proficiency among eighth-graders went up 0.93 percentage points to 47.41 percent.

In math, there’s a troubling trend. The longer students remain in public schools, the more their proficiency declines. Third-grade math proficiency increased 0.68 percentage points to 48.25 percent, but by eighth grade proficiency is under 30 percent.

The low overall rate of proficiency in third grade provides the greatest cause for concern. Those students have participated in the programs Sandoval passed in 2015 since they were in first grade. If you want credit for the increase, you also need to explain why reading proficiency remains under 50 percent. That’s certainly not the transformation Sandoval promised when pushing the largest tax increase in Nevada history to pay for his programs.

In tests that weren’t administered by state bureaucrats, the news is even more concerning. The biennial National Assessment of Education Progress is the gold standard of measuring student achievement across the country. In 2011, it showed that 36 percent of Nevada’s fourth-graders were proficient in math. That’s fallen in every test since and now sits at 31 percent. In better news, Nevada’s fourth-grade reading scores on the NAEP have increased since 2005, growing from 21 percent proficiency to 31 percent.

It seems like any news about education will result in calls for more spending, and that’s what new Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara is doing.

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"I’m committed to working with the Legislature to increase the funding to improve our working conditions for our employees. Looking at the possibility, if we lower class size, I think CCSD will continue going forward to becoming the No. 1 district for kids."

– Jesus Jara

Clark County Superindendent
 

 

Waylan discusses if Question 6 will increase costs

By Victor Joecks
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 6, 2018

Increasing Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard with the passage of Question 6 won’t increase the cost of electricity. It’s possible, however, that ratepayers could experience an impact as new projects are brought online, but modeling predicts lower rates in the long-term. That’s according to Karen Wayland, executive director of the Clean Energy Project and a Question 6 proponent.

Nevada currently requires that 25 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2025. Question 6 would increase Nevada’s RPS to 50 percent by 2030.

“The price of solar electricity is plummeting and is reaching record lows in Nevada,” said Wayland while filming Nevada Politics Today. “The likelihood is that [Question 6 will] decrease our electricity prices, not increase our electricity prices.

“That’s the experience of states around the country. It’s added less than 1 percent to the price of electricity, and in some states, it’s projected to decrease rates at the end of the compliance period.”

Wayland acknowledged that there could be some financial impact as new renewable sources come online, but she believes the overall result will be helpful.

“The ratepayer will feel the impacts of bringing more renewable energy online,” she said. “But the modeling shows — and the experience of other states and in fact here in Nevada — more clean energy will actually decrease rates.”

Not having to pay for fuel is the key advantage of renewable energy, according to Wayland.

 

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September 4, 2018
04 Sep 2018

Political Update – September 4, 2018





Lawsuit could finally give public answers on CCSD corruption

By Victor Joeks
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 1, 2018

The Clark County School District loves to keep secrets. But even an agency notorious for ignoring Nevada’s public records statute can’t hide from a lawsuit.

That could be what it takes for the public to find out what the district did to help the husband of School Board President Deanna Wright.

Last month, the mom of Jayden Zelaya-Ramos sued the district and Jason Wright for Wright’s alleged assault on her son. Jason Wright is the husband of Deanna Wright and was Jayden’s fifth-grade teacher last year. Jayden claims Wright kicked him in the hand and yanked him by the collar. School police investigated the incident and found there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him, despite student testimony that backed up Jayden’s account.

The lawsuit alleges that the boy’s injuries “were caused as a direct result of CCSD having negligently hired, trained or supervised its agents and employees.”

Negligence should be easy to prove. There’s a long pattern of district officials giving Jason Wright special treatment because of his spouse. The district’s HR department didn’t originally accept him into the Alternative Routes to Licensure program. Former Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky overruled that decision, however, and ordered the department to approve Wright’s application. Nor was this the first time a student accused Wright of assault. In October 2017, one of Jayden’s classmates said Wright threw a desk, which hit her and bruised her leg.

District officials didn’t fire Wright — after either incident. They quietly moved him to another school to finish out the last school year after he kicked Jayden. The No. 2 individual in the district, Deputy Superintendent Kim Wooden, even attended Wright’s disciplinary meeting on his behalf, per a source who requested anonymity. That is unheard of — for teachers who aren’t married to the board president.

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“The Clark County School District loves to keep secrets. But even an agency notorious for ignoring Nevada’s public records statute can’t hide from a lawsuit.”

 

Vicotr Joeks
Las Vegas Review-Journal,
Spetember 1, 2018

 

Uncivil liberals want to suppress conservative views

By Wayne Allen Root
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 1, 2018

I have an interesting Jacky Rosen campaign story. And I’ll bet you’ll be surprised by the ending.

First, a general overview of the hatred coming from liberals. It’s outrageous, shocking and un-American. It has to stop.

I don’t like your liberal views. You don’t like my conservative views. But that doesn’t mean I hate you — the person. I’m Jewish by birth, and most of my relatives are liberal. I may dislike their views, but I love my aunts and uncles. I know how to separate the politics from the person.

But the hatred and threats by liberals toward conservatives are ruining discourse and civility in America. They want to destroy us. They want to bankrupt us. They want to sic the IRS on us. They want to ban us, censor us, stop us from even speaking on college campuses, stop us from donating to conservative causes. But those views are un-American. Don’t we have freedom of speech and choice in America?

In California, liberal activists and the Democrat Party chairman are asking for a boycott of In-N-Out Burger for the “sin” of donating $25,000 to the California GOP. So now business owners can lose their business if they simply write a check to the GOP?

Closer to home, here’s an example of the incivility.

Last Tuesday, I was working out in my home gym at 9 p.m. when my cellphone rang. The person on the other end identified himself as calling from the Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate campaign. Boy, do you have the wrong guy, I said. I told them I was Wayne Allyn Root, the conservative talk host and RJ columnist. “It’s probably a good idea not to waste your time calling me,” I said. I thought it was funny.

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August 28, 2018
28 Aug 2018

Political Update – August 28, 2018





Attorney general group calls on Ford to release bar application

By Rimona Giwargis
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 23, 2018

A month after state Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford’s criminal record came to light, a Republican group questioned whether the attorney general candidate disclosed his four arrests on two state bar applications.

The Republican Attorneys General Association political action committee on Thursday called on Ford, D-Las Vegas, to release his bar applications to gauge whether he lied about his past. Ford, a partner at Las Vegas law firm Eglet Prince, was admitted to the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of Nevada.

Both applications specifically require the disclosure of past criminal convictions.

Ford’s campaign shared his Nevada bar application with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It shows he checked yes on the box asking if he had been arrested, cited or convicted of any criminal charges. The application requires an explanation, but the State Bar of Nevada told the campaign the attached explanations had been destroyed when Ford was admitted to the bar.

“Aaron Ford has not been honest about his past,” said Zack Roday, a spokesman for RAGA, which is backing Ford’s opponent, Wes Duncan.“Today, we are calling on Ford to release his bar applications for Texas and Nevada. Nevada voters deserve to know if he appropriately disclosed his four arrests, as required, on his bar application forms.”

Texas destroys its bar applications after five years. Ford was admitted in 2002.

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“Aaron Ford has not been honest about his past. Today, we are calling on Ford to release his bar applications for Texas and Nevada. Nevada voters deserve to know if he appropriately disclosed his four arrests, as required, on his bar application forms.”

 

Zack Roday, a spokesman for RAGA, which is backing Ford’s opponent, Wes Duncan.
"Attorney general group calls on Ford to release bar application"
Las Vegas Review-Journal,
August 23, 2018

 

'Deregulation' label for question 3 proves divisive for Nevada

By Colton Lochhead
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 27, 2018

For one side, it’s a battle cry. For the other, it’s the dirtiest of words.

When it comes to Question 3, the politically charged energy- choice measure on the ballot in Nevada, a political line has been drawn over a single term: deregulation.

The group opposing the measure has flooded airwaves across the state with ads claiming Question 3 will bring about “electricity deregulation,” higher energy rates and fewer price protections. Opponents have even invoked the Enron energy scandal that rocked California in 2001.

But the campaign backing the measure that would shift Nevada’s current regulated monopoly to an open, competitive market derides the use of the word, claiming it falsely describes what the Energy Choice Initiative would do if approved by voters for the second time this November.

“They’re trying to scare people,” said Jon Wellinghof, policy analyst for Yes on 3.

Opponents argue that the changes proposed in Question 3 have historically been referred to as deregulation.

 

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August 21, 2018
21 Aug 2018

Political Update – August 21, 2018





Sisolak, Democrats want to raise your taxes

By Victor Joecks
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 18, 2018

Democrats running for state office don’t like to talk about it, but they want to raise your taxes. That includes hiking property taxes.

Start with Democrat gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak.

“The property tax caps that were introduced and implemented over a decade ago are not working,” said Sisolak in February.

Those caps limit increases in residential property taxes to 3 percent a year, while commercial property taxes can jump by no more than 8 percent annually. Sisolak supports a technical change that would prevent a secondary calculation from keeping property tax growth below the caps.

That change, however, would bring in almost no additional revenue going forward. That’s why legislative Democrats have gone further. Last session, every Democratic lawmaker voted to increase property taxes via a constitutional amendment. The Legislature has to approve constitutional amendments twice before they go to a vote of the people.

This proposal would reset a property’s taxable value upon sale. Along with property tax caps, Nevada depreciates a property’s value based on age. Say a house is worth $250,000, but thanks to property tax caps and depreciation, the owner is paying taxes as if it were worth $150,000. Currently, the new owner inherits the property’s previous tax valuation. This plan would change that. The purchaser would pay taxes based on the home’s current value and as if it were a brand-new home.

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"Education, state worker pay and Medicaid make up the vast majority of state general fund spending. Sisolak could increase general fund spending by 50 percent and not satisfy every government agency. What taxes does he want to raise to get this kind of money?

"He won’t say, but don’t let that fool you. To fund spending proposals like this, tax hikes are inevitable." – Victor Joecks,
"Sisolak, Democrats want to raise your taxes"
Las Vegas Review-Journal,
August 18, 2018

 

Report by Clark County teachers union proposes local tax

By Meghin Delaney
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 19, 2018

A new report by the Clark County teachers union advocates that state lawmakers allow local school districts to raise extra money on their own to support education.

The 22-page paper was released last week by the Clark County Education Association, ahead of the 2019 legislative session. The paper recognizes the progress made in education funding over the last five years, but it says students can’t wait for an overhaul of the state funding system and that steps should be taken now to allow local funding opportunities.

“We believe that local funding should come with strong accountability measures to ensure new revenue is spent on proven intervention strategies to advance student achievement,” the paper says. “And we believe Nevada’s students can’t wait for a lengthy and expensive overhaul of the Nevada Plan.”

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