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Joe Manchin is the Nevada GOP’s new BFF

By: - April 10, 2021 9:37 am
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Nevada Republican Party chairman Michael McDonald, right, and perhaps the his party’s best and only hope, Joe Manchin. (Getty Images photos)

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Nevada Republican Party chairman Michael McDonald, right, and perhaps the his party’s best and only hope, Joe Manchin. (Getty Images photos)

The GOP is loving the antics of high-on-his-own-supply Joe Manchin, who has now declared that not only will he never ever ever support any tinkering with the filibuster, but nor is he up for passing anything else through reconciliation – the dainty Senate rule by which the dainty Senate can pass something with only a majority, provided it’s something that really has to do with the budget.

Republicans know if Biden’s agenda is enacted, Democrats win the 2022 midterms.

Whether Manchin knows that, or cares, is neither here nor there. But however unwittingly, Manchin is now promising to do everything in his accidental and improbable power to assure that Catherine Cortez Masto, Steven Horsford, Susie Lee, and every other congressional Democrat in a competitive race, and Gov. Steve Sisolak too, for that matter, all lose in 2022.

Republicans in Washington have zero interest in passing any legislation of any kind. Obstruction is what they do best. And if no more big legislation passes, starting with infrastructure, Republicans will spend all of next year pretending it is the Democrats’ fault that all Republicans ever do is obstruct. Republicans will refer to the “do-nothing Democrats,” and ride the typical midterm wave enjoyed by the party that isn’t in the White House. And they will laugh and laugh and laugh. Because Joe Manchin, with an assist from Kyrsten Sinema from across yonder river, will have made it all possible.

Biden released portions of his budget request Friday. It has some nice things. Come the end of the year, Manchin will probably threaten to shut down the government unless the nice things are taken out and the budget is adjusted to cut a) spending for poor families and b) taxes for rich ones.

Is Biden’s agenda effectively already over? It might be.

End of a bromance. Remember when Steve Sisolak and Joe Lombardo forged a powerful bond by earnestly and solemnly saying “One October” over and over and over again in front of TV cameras? Did Lombardo win an Emmy? I can’t remember. Anyway, theirs is surely a special relationship. Except Lombardo confirms yeah he might run against Sisolak.

Get that lawn off. I have long, long held that grass upon which no person walks nor any dog frolics or snoozes, like in front of offices, as an example, or in strip mall parking lot medians, should be removed, because Las Vegas is, you know, unsustainable enough as it is without making things worse by watering purely ornamental grass. Seriously make a point of looking as you’re out and about you’ll see a bunch of it all over. The Southern Nevada Water Authority appears to have noticed, too, by the way.

Making matters worse. Not content with decades of federal discriminatory home financing coupled with discriminatory local zoning ordinances that have deprived people of color of intergenerational wealth, needlessly weighing down the U.S. economy in the process, exclusion is also practiced by homeowners associations. So there’s that.

There’s also this. One of the coolest things about Las Vegas over the years, and something that sets it apart from so many other metro areas, is the fact that area homeowners have included people who work as waiters/waitresses or hotel housekeepers. It’s also a distinction that much of the rest of the community either takes for granted or just hasn’t considered one way or the other. So people who sell drapes and furniture and appliances and flooring and all the rest (many of whom don’t like organized labor by the way) are in business largely thanks to wages and benefits earned by Culinary that have provided Las Vegas a consumer core strong enough to establish – again, something you don’t see a whole hell of a lot of in the U.S. anymore – working-class homeownership. I’ve always thought this is underappreciated around here.

Ah, but back to HOAs. “It is shameful that during a pandemic, some Nevadans have either had their homes foreclosed or are in danger of losing their homes” because of unpaid HOA fees, writes the Culinary’s Geoconda Argüello-Kline.

More than half-way there. The 120-day Nevada legislative session has sailed past its half-way mark, so more session has gone by then there is session left.

Prediction! Or maybe just a fear… Yes, there are elephants in the room going wholly unnoticed. Typical. But there are also a lot of bills that, though modest, aim to at least try to fix some things that need fixing, a little. I assume a bunch of those, especially ones that are getting pushback from industry lobbyists, prosecutors, and other legacy grown-up types will end up going nowhere, their stall accompanied by leadership explaining “Oh my goodness, look at the time.”

Meanwhile, the session’s oxygen will be sucked up by the asinine Blockchainsville bill, which makes you feel sorry for people who have tangible, real-world problems right now, and who will watch as their concerns get brushed aside because the governor and the crème de la crème of the state’s consultant/PR infrastructure are busy putting out for a sugar daddy.

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Hugh Jackson
Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson 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 author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

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