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WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week: All about a session wrap. I’ll present each insider’s take – and I can’t thank them enough for their efforts since the beginning of the year. I asked for their takes on winners and losers, best rookies, governor’s rating and whatever else they wanted to do. A landslide of praise for Yvanna Cancela, both as a rookie chair and her shepherding of the diabetes bill – not sure I have ever seen this much consensus, from left and right and middle; the other two...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week:   1.   Smartest/dumbest moves of the week? 2.   One week and counting: A. Chances of finishing early? B. Name the day and time of sine die C. If session goes to midnight on Day 120 or slops over to Day 121, what will cause it to go so long? 3.   How will the two major energy issues be resolved -- rooftop solar and RPS? 4.   Who will announce candidacy first after session: Aaron Ford for AG; Steve Sisolak for gov; Michael Roberson for LG; Adam Laxalt for...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week: Smartest/dumbest moves of the week? Thoughts on The Laxalt Tapes hearings. What did you learn, any fallout, any pithy comments? Many issues have been resolved or are almost resolved with two weeks left. What do you see holding everything up at this point? Is there one thing that could still gum up the works?   Usual quality insight, with many thinking no big issues (maybe minimum wage, ESAs) to be resolved but something will snag the end (so do I) and...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week: 1.   Smartest/dumbest moves of the week? 2.   General thoughts on Laxalt and Manendo stories and likely outcomes? 3.    Three weeks left: What's the one thing we have all forgotten to keep an eye on? Even those who like Michael Roberson let him have it for his comments about A.G. Burnett, just as I have. But most of my insiders either think the hearings will either be uninteresting or disappointing, with some of these longtime cynics believing what the...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week: 1.   Smartest/dumbest moves of the week? 2.   Tensions are starting to build between leg and gov. What is most likely scenario? A. Gov has to end up vetoing a lot of bills B. ESAs pass in scaled-back form (elaborate if you think so) C. Dems and gov agree on big-picture stuff (criminal justice, employment issues, Pharma, etc), session ends without major incident.  D. Fill in the blank with another scenario. 3. So far, who is best set up for 2018 (in order...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week:   1.   Smartest/dumbest moves of the week? 2.   Name three legislators who don't usually get much attention but are quietly doing a great job and could be factors in the endgame, may be future leaders. 3.   Can Steve Sisolak beat Adam Laxalt? Can Dan Schwartz beat Adam Laxalt? Can any Democrats beat Steve Sisolak? 4.   Can Kate Marshall beat Dean Heller? My favorite line: "We are 2/3s of the way through the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session but it’s only...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week:   1.   Smartest/dumbest moves of the week? 2.   Endgame telescope: Name three bills you can guarantee will be part of the endgame? Name a bill that will be dead by Tuesday but will be revived in an amendment or an emergency measure? 3.   Name three legislators for whom the last six weeks will be make or break and why. Interesting endgame telescope views, with much commonality (ESAs, PhRMA, criminal justice reform, more). Still not sure is ESAs are hill to...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week:   1.      Smartest/dumbest moves of the week? 2.      In the wake of the committee deadline, what was the most significant development? Any interesting bills live or die? Any other thoughts? 3.      Compare the committee chairs this session and those in 2015. You don't have to do every one, but any striking contrasts?  Seems as if my insiders generally agreed with me on how the Aaron Ford-Jason Frierson duo handled the deadline and that they are starting...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week:   1.   Smartest/dumbest moves of the week? 2.   Can you discern the agendas of the major special interests this cycle? What are they? Gaming? Labor? Trial lawyers? Business? Anyone else? List what you think the top priorities really are, not just what the bills are that are in. Add any industries or interests you want, too. 3.   Energy may be the most complex issue in the Legislature. Wednesday's hearing showed how divergent some interests are, including...
WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY REPORT This week: 1.   Smartest/dumbest moves of the week? 2.   It's time for the midterm legislative report card:  Who has been the biggest surprise? Biggest disappointment? Governor's midterm rating  Best bill Worst bill Give your own award            3. Big news of the week was the Raiders vote. How significant is this in the history of Nevada? And do you see any impediments to it coming to fruition now? Also: What is Sheldon thinking? Point of personal privilege: I...

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