Good public service announcement but here’s an idea for a better one

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Screengrab from state's public service announcement telling you to stay home for Nevada.

All Nevada’s living former governors, practicing what the state called “aggressive social distancing protocols,” recorded a public service announcement from their homes to tell everyone to stay home for Nevada. Well, almost all. Former Gov. Jim Gibbons … is safe and sound at home, hopefully!

Anyway, here’s the PSA.

Gov. Steve Sisolak retweeted the video, because of course he did, using the octothorpe, er pound sign, er, hashtag #AllInThisTogether.

In the spirit of being all in this together, perhaps the good folks at R&R Partners, who appear to have put this PSA together in their capacity as the official unofficial advertising/government affairs agency for the state of Nevada, could make another one. Specifically, something that might reach across the bizarre political divide that even a society-altering pandemic hasn’t been able to close.

Former Republican Gov. Bob List, and all the former governors, must be thanked for appearing in the PSA released Tuesday. But List was governor from 1979 to 1983, and unless they are particularly active in a) certain sub-segments of Nevada Republican Party politics, or b) efforts to bring nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain, rank and file Republicans in this our era of Trump may not be, well, motivated by Bob List.

Former Gov. Brian Sandoval is also a Republican. But he raised taxes and was the first GOP governor in the U.S. to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, and he left office with a reputation among the party’s stalwarts as, you know, RINO. And as for Republican Jim Gibbons, he’s … safe and sound at home, hopefully!

To reach today’s Republicans, who are getting, shall we say, mixed messages from their president, a public service announcement should feature today’s Republicans. With today’s Democrats.

So, a modest proposal — or maybe it’s more of a challenge than a proposal: A video PSA featuring Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak and his opponent in 2018, Republican Adam Laxalt, as well as Nevada Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen and her 2018 opponent, former Republican Sen. Dean Heller. For good measure, might as well toss in respective state party chairs, Democratic William McCurdy and Republican Michael McDonald. All of them telling Nevadans to stay home.

If we’re all in this together, let’s all be in this together, no?

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.