Assembly Republicans document their existence

kinder gentler

kinder gentler“Under Republican leadership, Nevada’s rate of insured citizens has dramatically increased,” boast Nevada Assembly Republicans in a document released Thursday outlining their 2019 priorities.

Well, yeah. Because Brian Sandoval was the first Republican governor in the nation to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act that Republicans are always insisting must be repealed.

The statement of priorities didn’t mention that part. In fact, the entire document is profoundly vague (even more so than the Democratic “blueprint” — not actually a blueprint — released earlier this week), a reflection of a picayune minority caucus that has little chance of moving any specific bills in a Democratically controlled Legislature.

There is some reference to “several pieces of legislation aimed at cracking down on perpetrators,” a nod to the “safer Nevada” campaign theme designed to motivate scared white voters that worked so well for GOP attorney general candidate Wes Duncan.

And there is predictable language about horrible “anti-business policies” (higher wages and mandated sick leave, perhaps?), and support for “legislation that levels that playing field between public and private sectors” (union no!). School vouchers? Check.

But on the whole, the GOP Assembly statement of priorities is notable for its restraint. For instance, not even once does it bring up the centerpiece of the party’s 2018 campaign: Californication. And in lieu of another hair-on-fire staple of last year’s campaign trail, the existential threat posed by sanctuary cities, the statement ever-so-calmly notes that Nevada’s education system must be “prepared for the ever-changing demographics of our schools.”

Relegated to the political wilderness, perhaps they are evolving.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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