Mini-commentary: A woman-majority Legislature and nice things too?

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Democratic Assemblyman Chris Brooks, aka Gov.-elect Steve Sisolak transition leader Michelle White’s spouse, wants the Clark County Commission to appoint him to Commissioner-elect Tick Segerblom’s now-vacant state Senate seat.

And then commissioners could appoint a woman to fill Brooks’s seat in the Assembly.

And then if commissioners appoint a woman to fill Attorney General-elect Aaron Ford’s vacant state Senate seat, Nevada would be the first state in these United States where women have majorities in both houses of the legislature.

And then if all goes well, the women of the Nevada Legislature will pass bills to raise the minimum wage and mandate sick pay for private sector workers and pass many other bills that do a lot of nice things! And Sisolak, even though he’s not a woman, will sign the nice things into law!

Alternatively, Sisolak will tell the women of the Nevada Legislature, and the Democratic menfolk, too, to hold on a minute, because we must take at least a couple years to study whether Holy Sacred Business (amen) will still give everyone campaign contributions even if people are given nice things. So maybe we’ll mostly skip the Nice Things Department for now and just say education a lot and focus on giving tax breaks to out-of-state companies because JOBS! And also the Raiders are coming, Sisolak may add.

Ha ha which way will it go? I know, I know… I’m usually such an unbridled optimist, by nature. And yet there’s a nagging sense that, the nice things, not so much. On the bright side (where I’m always looking), sometimes I’m wrong.

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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