Something remarkable took place in Carson City. Democrats in the Assembly scheduled a vote on their bill to make Nevada a Sanctuary State on Tuesday. Knowing we needed to act fast, the Nevada Republican Party flipped the switch and activated the grassroots.
We only had a couple hours to make a difference, so our backs were against the wall.
But we did it. Thanks to nearly 500 concerned Nevadans calling and emailing their legislators, the bill was pulled from the calendar and a vote has been postponed indefinitely.
However, we’re not in the clear yet.
If this legislation has any hope of being signed into law, Democrats will need to pass it out of the Assembly by Tuesday, April 23.
While this was a huge win for the Nevada Republican Party, we’ve got to keep the pressure on our legislators. Clearly our efforts are working, so let’s keep our foot on the gas.
Please find contact information for Assemblymembers here to call and email them. Urge these lawmakers to protect Nevadans and vote NO on A.B. 281!
Another Nevada Democrat is in hot water for potentially abusing their campaign coffers.
In a piece from the Reno Gazette-Journal’s James DeHaven last week, state Senator Patricia Spearman has been paying her sister—and a consulting firm that shares an address with her sister—thousands of dollars from her campaign account for years.
Spearman and her sister, Donna Spearman-Davis, refused to say what the payments were for.
And it looks like the Reno Gazette-Journal isn’t the only one asking questions about the suspicious payments.
When approached by DeHaven for the story, Spearman remarked, “I’m not answering any more questions about that.”
Who else is asking questions? One may be the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, which investigates campaign finance violations, but they aren’t talking if so. The office declined to comment for the story.
If Spearman were indeed under investigation, she would be the second Nevada state legislator to have her campaign finances scrutinized this session.
Last month, Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson was forced to resign after announcing he would plead guilty to using campaign contributions to enrich himself.
After talking tough about reforming Nevada’s campaign finance laws following Atkinson’s fall from grace, Democrats in Carson City failed to pass any proposed campaign finance reform legislation out of committee before the first deadline last Friday.
If Spearman has committed a serious campaign violation, she will join a list of Nevada Democrats who have abused their donors’ trust. That list includes Atkinson, former Assemblyman Morse Arberry , and former Las Vegas City Councilman Ricky Barlow.
We are keeping a close eye on this developing story and will be sure to update you if any more news breaks.
Another Deadline Coming Up…
As I mentioned earlier, bills that aren’t necessary to implement the budget must be passed out of the legislative body they originated from by this Tuesday, April 23.
We’ve seen some disappointments already be sent to the other chamber, with a sweeping abortion bill and the legislation to allocate our electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote passing.
But clearly our voices have an impact. Just look at the Sanctuary State bill. We stopped it for the time being because we stood up and fought back.
However, as I said earlier, that bill could still be brought up for a vote so we can’t let up now.
Call or email Assemblymembers—contact info is here—and tell them to vote NO on A.B. 281.
Please urge Assemblymembers to also vote NO on A.B. 291, the Democrats’ gun grab bill that criminalizes firearm modifications and leaves gun owners vulnerable to criminals by expanding gun-free zones.
And there is one more bill we need to stop in the Assembly. A.B. 345 would allow people to register to vote on Election Day, opening our election process up to fraud. Urge lawmakers to vote NO on A.B. 345.
There is a senate version of the same day voter registration bill as well, so please use this link to find contact information for Nevada Senators and urge them to vote NO on S.B. 123.
The Senate will also be holding a hearing on the national popular vote legislation the Assembly passed on Wednesday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m.. You can testify in room 2144 of the Legislative Building in Carson City, or via videoconference in room 4412 in the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. Email me at email@example.com, or call me at 515-512-0858 and I would be more than happy to help you out.
And as always, if there are any other urgent matters before my next update,
I will be sure to let you know. In the meantime, please forward this email to your fellow Nevada Republicans. It is crucial we keep people updated on what is going on in Carson City if we are going to ensure Republican voices are heard during the legislative session.
Thanks for all you do,
Josh SkaggsLegislative Affairs Director, Nevada Republican Party