Nevada Political Roundup March 8

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Here is where we’ll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Day one of candidate filing is complete and, much like past First Filing Days there weren’t a lot of surprise candidates. There are ten days left to file and I’m sure there are many potential candidates out there mulling the opportunity to be on the ballot. We’ll keep you posted on our up-to-the-minute (or as we see them) reports.

Candidate Filing Commentary

Shea Backus is back and has filed for the seat she lost to Republican Andy Mathews in 2020. Mathews is not seeking re-election because he is running for State Controller. Democrats hold a little more than 3% voter registration in this District. Jacob Deaville filed as a Republican in the seat. He lost to Mathews in the 2020 Primary.

Republican Bill Hockstedler from Pahrump has joined the fight to unseat U.S. Senator Cortez Masto. The Primary Election field includes former NV Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt and newcomer Sam Brown. Brown is expected to file soon.

The race for Lieutenant Governor is getting interesting. As I write this four Republicans, one Democrat and an Independent American have filed for the job. The sitting Lt. Gov., Lisa Cano Burkhead (appointed to fill the seat after Kate Marshall joined POTUS) is expected to file soon creating a race for the Democratic nomination. I’ll have more insight soon on why this will be an important race to watch this year.

Important Deadlines

Candidate Filing PeriodMarch 7 – March 18, 2022
Primary ElectionTuesday June 14, 2022
Primary Early VotingMay 28 – June 10
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022
General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4


Reno Gazette Journal Opinion Pieces by Candidates

RGJ is hosting opinion columns submitted by the 2022 Candidates themselves. Currently, the RGJ has received columns from GOP Gubernatorial candidates Joey Gilbert, John Lee and Guy Nohra and GOP Secretary of State Candidate Gerard Ramalho. View the entire RGJ list here.

Political News

Senate Ads

Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto begins airing the first wave of TV ads for her re-election campaign today. They focus on the local impact of federal COVID relief efforts in the tourism and hospitality sectors of Nevada.

Click the links below to view these on Youtube.
“Led the Fight”
“Spoke Up for Us”

GOP U.S Senate candidate Adam Laxalt began airing his ads last week, with his message focusing on how “America has had enough of being told what to say, what to think, what to do.” Click the link below to watch the full ad.

“Something Big”

Related article: Cortez Masto campaign buys first TV ads as re-election bid ramps up

Economic News

Gaming Control Board OK’s New York media company investment into MGM Resorts International.

Update on the newest Las Vegas Strip Property-Resorts World.

Bill would raise slot jackpot tax report threshold to $5,000.

Gold hits $2,000 an ounce.

What we’re doing this Interim

The 2021 Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Bill 443, Legislation that fundamentally changed the way the Legislature operates between Sessions. The newly formed Interim Standing Committees have begun meeting, hearing overviews of their mission and setting agendas for the next eleven months.

They continue to meet via video conference but we’re hopeful that by Spring some will begin to meet in person. Click here to view a list of upcoming Joint Interim Standing Committee meetings.

2021 Redistricting Maps

The new boundaries would give 14 of the 21 state Senate districts and 27 of the 42 Assembly districts a voter registration advantage for Democrats over Republicans of more than 4.5 percent.

The Nevada Independent

Please see the links below to view the new district lines for Nevada Assembly, Senate and Congressional delegation.

Congressional Congressional

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