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This will be a running blog on what kind of strange stuff could happen in the brave, new and red world of Carson City, where the 22-11-1 math means the Republicans can pretty much do what they want. First speculation: Redistricting. In 1985, the GOP had 25 seats in the Assembly. They proceeded to lose control the next election. And how: It became 29-13, Democrats. Many of the current crop of 25 assemblymen are sitting in Democratic seats and a handful of the 11 GOP senators could be at risk. So...
UNLV is runnin’ from its credibility even faster after the margin tax failed by canceling a request for the Brookings Institution to review a university study on the initiative that the institution’s major gaming patrons did not like. That aborted Brookings review has now been exposed for the ruse that it is and confirmed UNLV’s status as a second-tier (generous) center of academic thought. This also may/should have an impact on Provost John White’s presidential aspirations. White, one of three...
Don't you hate pundits who make predictions and then never acknowledge where they were right and, even better for second-guessers, where they were wrong? Not this pundit. Here's the bottom line: I saw the wave coming long before anyone else. I had all the data. I could have justified a statewide sweep with that data. I almost did. But I couldn't believe it would go that wide and deep, so I predicted a big wave, not a massive one. So: ►I foretold that the GOP would pick up two-thirds of the...
State Senate Democrats, relegated to the minority in 2015, met Wednesday but could not find consensus on a new leader, sources say. The outgoing majority leader, Mo Denis, still wants the job. But so do Aaron Ford and Kelvin Atkinson. And none have a majority. At least not yet, so they postponed the vote. "There's no rush," Tick Segerblom told me. Ford is seen as the most moderate, but apparently has the backing of progressive Pat Spearman. Denis is obviously the nice-guy candidate (again), but...
When was the last time the Republicans held all constitutional offices and both houses of the Legislature? Never, say the great folks at the Legislative Counsel Bureau. Take a look, thanks to what the LCB's research library culled from the Political History of Nevada 2006: Elections After Which All Nevada Constitutional Offices and Both Houses of the Nevada Legislature Were Held by the Same Party General Election Year Constitutional Officers Session No. Session...
The release:   Senate Republican Caucus Elects Leadership and Announces Committee Chair Positions for the 2015 Legislative Session   (Las Vegas - NV) – The Senate Republican Caucus today announced the election of Sen. Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, as caucus leader for the 2015 Legislative Session.   Also elected into caucus leadership are: Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, as assistant leader, Sen. James Settlemeyer, R-Gardnerville, and Scott Hammond, R-Las Vegas, as co-whips, and Sen. Joe Hardy, R...
I shared some thoughts with my newsletter subscribers this morning, so here they are (you should subscribe because this is a one-time only thing!) with some new thoughts below:          TONIGHT'S RALSTON REPORTS: What's Your Point?  DAYS UNTIL HARRY REID'S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN BEGINS: 0 DAYS UNTIL THE GREATEST LEGISLATIVE SESSION EVEFR BEGINS: 89       Good morning, everyone. I told you I saw red people. I hope the Republicans up and down the ticket will give thanks today...
T-minus 2 hours until polls close: Latest statewide update. 132,547 have voted. That's 11 percent today and 36 percent overall. Clark down 5 percent at less than 63 percent of turnout, Washoe at registration at 20 percent, rurals up 5 percent over registration at 17 percent. I see red people. All on the Dems for after-work voting or carnage will be massive. T-minus 3.5 hours until polls close: Clark is up to just under 35 percent. 81,685 turned out. Still well below normal midterm year....
FINAL, FINAL, 5:45PM, 11/3: Absentees counted since Saturday morning bring GOP lead to 24,000 ballots, 8 percent. Totals. MORE NUMBERS TO CONSUDER BEFORE TUESDAY, 10:30 AM, 11/3: The chart below contains the breakdown of early/mail vote relative to registration the the three areas of the state. As you can see, the Republicans have a 9 percent advantage statewide relative to registration; a nearly 9.5 percent edge in Clark where Democratic turnout has been putrid; a 5.5 percent edge in Washoe;...

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