It was wonderful to meet so many of you at the Nevada Republican Party’s central committee meeting Carson City this weekend! I hope those that are traveling home today make it home safe.
It was inspiring to meet so many excited and energized Republicans that are determined to fight back against the Democrats’ extreme agenda in our state capitol. This team is clearly fired up.
And while there have been some letdowns, as well as many fights ahead, we have scored some major victories during this legislative session.
For one, the Sanctuary State bill is official dead. It didn’t make it out of the Assembly before the April 23 deadline, therefore ensuring Nevadans’ safety until the next legislative session when it is sure to come up again.
It’s quite funny to see how Democrats and the people who get paid to bloviate about politics are reacting to the victory.
Just before session began, a certain know-it-all pundit boasted Republicans couldn’t do anything this session. We were simply an after-thought if his eye-rolling prose was to be believed.
We proved him wrong, much to the surprise of no one but him and his far-left fan base.
We have a strong and passionate grassroots army that rises to the occasion time and time again, and anyone who counts us out is sure to be disappointed.
And there are other bills we’ve been working on and discussing on these updates that were killed too.
Forced comprehensive sex education, abolishing the death penalty, and taxing miles driven all are done for the session.
We still have work to do to stop legislation that made it out of one chamber. We’ve stood up and won before, and we will do it again.
Time to get to work.
Attorney General Aaron Ford’s office stinks of corruption.
Earlier this week, AG Ford announced he was awarding his former law firm a massive contract to sue opioid manufacturers on behalf of the state.
Yep, his pals are cashing in. But that’s not all. Thanks to his work as Senate Majority Leader, they can take up to 25 percent of the damages recovered thanks to an amendment he pushed through during the 2017 legislative session.
The new 25 percent cap Ford championed is considerably higher than the previous. According to a study by Husch Blackwell, Nevada usually paid outside firms between 10-15 percent to represent the state.
When asked whether his former employer lobbied him to raise the cap, a spokeswoman for Ford refused to comment on the record.
“This is what cronyism looks like and Ford should do the right thing and go with another firm,” our Executive Director, Will Sexauer, said in a story the AP wroteon this disturbing announcement.
Ford can hide and claim he was recused from the decision to hire Eglet Prince all he wants, the fact remains he is now contracted with his former employer and they will be paid handsomely for their service.
We will continue pushing this story and telling Nevadans across the state how Aaron Ford is using his office to enrich his buddies.
National Popular Vote…
I know I sound like a broken record at this point, but we have a great opportunity to kill a devastating bill that would allocate our electoral votes in presidential races to the winner of the national popular vote, thus killing
Nevada’s say in the process and turning us into nothing more than a fly-over state.
It’s clear there are Democrats who are with us on this. They get how critical Nevada is to the presidential race.
However, they are facing pressure from the extremes in their base to go along with this awful proposal.
The bill made it out of the Assembly and was heard in committee in the Senate this week. No vote was taken yet.
Our own Shawn Meehan made it into media coverage of the hearing last week, and he couldn’t have articulated the problems with this bill better. Check it out for yourself here.
Please take a minute to call and email state Senators and urge them to vote NO on A.B. 186. Contact information for Senators can be found here.
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