Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Is it really over?
 
On Friday, May 6, 2022 Governor Sisolak announced that he intends to end the COVID-19 State of Emergency on May 20, 2022. The Governor issued the first Emergency Directive related to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12, 2020. Now more than two years later, the State is signifying we are out of this pandemic.
 
It’s true that a lot of the measures in the Order and subsequent 51 Directives tied to the Order have already been lifted (masks, number of people in public spaces, social distancing, etc.) so what impact will lifting the Emergency Order have on everyday Nevadans? Not much.
 
However, during two Special Legislative Sessions and the regular 2021 Legislative Session, the Emergency Order set the timeline for when we would be back to “normal.” Many of the bills that were passed, especially in the world of healthcare, are tied to the expiration date of the Emergency Order.
 
Directive 11 allowed health care providers to operate in Nevada under a “waiver” (i.e. not a full license) from the regulatory board that governs them. This directive also expires on May 20 so if you’re a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or healthcare worker that is operating in Nevada under a waiver, best to call your licensing board and make a formal application or you will lose your ability to practice in the state of Nevada. I’m told there’s a little flexibility but be proactive.
 
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living this nightmare for over two years. We have become accustomed to the “new normal” but the lifting of the Emergency Order could change the rules that we currently follow. We advise everyone that operates in Nevada under a professional license to reach out to the appropriate governing board to make sure the rules won’t change on May 20, 2022.
 
The answer to the question “is it really over” is: Maybe. However, the rules that have governed how we operate are, so it’s important that we remain proactive in our approach to the Pandemic.

Important Dates

Primary Early VotingMay 28 – June 10
Primary ElectionTuesday June 14, 2022
General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022

ICYMI

The Rank in Ranked-Choice Voting, According to Top Democratic Officials
What do Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, Governor Steve Sisolak, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, and Speaker Pro Tempore Steve Yeager all have in common besides being the state's top elected Democrats? They all oppose a 2022 ballot initiative to establish open primaries and a ranked-choice general election, arguing that switching to a ranked-choice system would only confuse the Nevada electorate about how to vote and how votes would be tabulated and is too risky of a move if things go wrong. This initiative, spearheaded by the Nevada Voters First PAC, has stated they have collected the necessary 140,777 signatures to appear on the 2022 general election ballot ahead of the June 29th deadline. 

Latino Voter Mobilization PAC Launches “Multi-Million Dollar Anti-Laxalt Investment Ahead of 2022 Nevada Senate Race”
Somos PAC plans to spend $4 million on a statewide TV and digital ad campaign targeting Latino voters as the group aims to keep the first and only Latina in the Senate in office. The ads will air in both English and Spanish over the next two months. The Latino vote is being heavily sought after in Nevada this election cycle, by both political parties: 


Economic News

CDFI Created in Southern Nevada Using Settlement Funds
This week, Nevada’s Board of Examiners approved the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s (GOED) contract with Access Community Capital in Southern Nevada to administer a minority-focused direct loan program, targeting startups and early-stage businesses based on the utilization of $6 million from the Attorney General’s office T-Mobile and Sprint settlement. The allocation to GOED was approved by the Nevada Legislative Interim Finance Committee on April 8, 2022.


Education News

Washoe School Board Confirms Susan Enfield as its New Superintendent
In a 6-1 vote, the Board of Trustees approved Dr. Enfield's employment contract last week. The contract is a four-year deal starting July 6th. It includes a $310,000 base salary, adjusted annually, plus benefits. Current Superintendent Kristen McNeil announced last year her plans to retire from the role at the end of June. You can read The Nevada Independent's outgoing interview with McNeil here. The Washoe County School District has had five superintendents in the past decade, including Enfield.


Environment News

Nevada Awarded $5.4 million for Ecosystem Restoration
Last week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that $68 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be allocated toward conserving and strengthening ecosystems and economies. Nevada will receive:


EPA Announces $1.9 Million Nevada Investment to Revitalize Communities
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $1,934,000 investment in Nevada to revitalize communities across the state by cleaning up contaminated and blighted properties and redeveloping them for productive reuse. The funding in Nevada will be provided through four EPA Brownfields Assessment grants, which are supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Humboldt County, The City of Las Vegas, The Henderson Redevelopment Agency, and the Nye Communities Coalition were selected to receive Brownfields Assessment Grants. A "brownfield" is a property that has been deemed as a contaminated, polluted, or hazardous site and is slated for revitalization through a specialized EPA program.

Washoe RTC Unveils 100% Clean Bus Fleet
The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County has retired its last diesel-powered bus in its fixed-route bus fleet, marking a clean-air milestone for the Commission 13 years ahead of schedule. The bus fleet now operates with 100% alternative fuel buses; one third of the fleet is fully electric, while the remainder are electric-diesel hybrids.


Housing News

Rosen, Cortez Masto Announce More Than $48 Million in Federal Funding for Affordable Housing in Nevada
Last week, Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen announced Nevada will receive more than $48 million in grant funding form the Department of Housing and Urban Development to support affordable housing initiatives. Below is a breakdown of the funding:

Culinary Union Announces Launch of "Neighborhood Stability" Ballot Initiative
The Culinary Union, one of Nevada's largest and most influential unions, announced this week they plan to launch a campaign "to win Neighborhood Stability," an effort to combat rising rent and home prices across the state. Whatever the outcome of this ballot initiative come November, expect affordable housing to be a 🔥hot topic🔥 during the 2023 Legislative Session. 


Infrastructure News

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Nearly $5 Million in Grants for Rural Airports in Nevada
Last week, Nevada's Senators announced the Federal Aviation Administration awarded Nevada just shy of $5 million dollars in federal grants, funded via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to support infrastructure updates to rural airports throughout the state. The funding will be distributed as follows: 

Nevada Childcare Providers to get $30 Million in Grants
Last week, the Interim Finance Committee approved a $30 million grant program to help childcare providers. Grants will be awarded to providers to expand their capacity to take care of children. The money will pay for immediate upgrades and expansions to take care of more families. According to the state's ARPA funds tracker, Nevada has allocated a little over $396 million for childcare programs. 


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.

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.

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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 
No remarks today, just vibes. 

Tabitha Mueller of The Nevada Independent wrote an excellent two-part in-depth preview of the state Senate and Assembly races, and notes which races will likely be decided during the primaries in June.
Part 1: Republicans eye competitive state Senate primary races as potential flips
Part 2: Handful of competitive primaries could shape GOP chances to gain Assembly ground
 
Be sure to check out our 2022 Election Candidate List – your one stop shop for all things 2022 candidates. You can find links to every candidate's website, see which candidates have withdrawn their candidacy and the voter registration breakdown of each district. In fact, we’ve just added the latest voter registration statistics from the Secretary of State’s website. Check it out. 

Important Deadlines

Primary Early VotingMay 28 – June 10
Primary ElectionTuesday June 14, 2022
General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022

ICYMI

Jason Frierson confirmed as U.S. Attorney for Nevada
Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson made history last week after the U.S Senate confirmed his nomination to serve a four-year term as U.S. attorney for Nevada, the first black man to hold the office for the Silver State. Frierson will eventually step down from his role as Speaker, though logistics are still being determined. Nothing is set in stone as for who the next Speaker will be, but there is little room for guessing given that Assemblyman Steve Yeager is the current Speaker Pro Temp and Chair of the Legislative Commission, a body of 12 legislators who act on behalf of the legislative branch of when the full Legislature is not in session and Democrats are expected to maintain their majority in the Lower House.

Democratic Governors Association announces $75 million ad buys in key states, including Nevada
The DGA reserved $10 million in ad buys for Nevada, the third largest allocation of the eight states named. This investment comes after poll results from the Morning Consult showed Gov. Sisolak with an approval rating of 51% and a disapproval rating of 41%. The Cook Political Report, a non-partisan organization that analyzes elections and campaigns across the nation, rated the Governor's race in Nevada a Toss up, one of only five this election cycle. 
 
Nevada Republican Party Does Not Endorse Frontrunners
The Nevada Republican Party voted this past Saturday at their convention to endorse Joey Gilbert for Governor and Sam Brown for U.S. Senate for their respective primaries. These endorsements may come as a bit of a surprise, given that Joe Lombardo and Adam Laxalt have been the proposed frontrunners for these two races and are both endorsed by Donald Trump, who announced his endorsement of Lombardo just last week. And yesterday, new polling results from Emerson College/The Hill gauging who likely Republican voters will vote for in June's primaries are an about-face from the state's convention results: Laxalt leads Brown by 23 percentage points in the GOP Senate Primary and Lombardo leads with GOP Gubernatorial Primary with 33% support, followed by Gilbert with 14% support. Perhaps the biggest takeaway of all this information is that Joey Gilbert is polling higher with Republicans than pundits previously anticipated.


Economic News

Housing: Reno rents reach another record high but increases expected to moderate
"Reno-Sparks recorded an average monthly rent of $1,633 during the first quarter of 2022... The figure is up from $1,616 during the previous quarter and edges out the previous record of $1,632 set during the third quarter of last year. Since 2020, Reno-Sparks has set new record highs for average rent in seven of the last eight quarters."
 
Nevada has 13th straight $1 billion month for gaming
"Las Vegas Strip casinos recorded their third-highest revenue month of all time. The Gaming Control Board said that Nevada’s $1.355 billion gaming revenue figure in March trailed only July 2021, which holds the record at $1.59 billion. Analysts credited the locals’ gaming markets and slot machine players with driving Nevada to its 13th straight gaming revenue month of more than $1 billion." That's Vegas baby! 

Harry Reid International (LAS) named 10th busiest airport in the world
Based on total number of passengers data from Airports Council International, LAS was the 10th busiest airport in the world during 2021. “The ACI World passenger traffic rankings tell the story of an encouraging trend of recovery, with most of the recurrent busiest airports pre-COVID-19 back at the top,” ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said. The #1 busiest airport in the world was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Environment News

Lithium Americas announces investment in Green Technology
"Lithium Americas Corp., which is advancing the Thacker Pass lithium project north of Winnemucca, has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire shares of Green Technology Metals Ltd. (GT1) in a share placement for a total consideration of $10 million. GT1 is a North American focused lithium exploration and development company with hard rock spodumene assets in northwest Ontario, Canada."
 
US to hold back Lake Powell water to protect hydropower
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced plans this week to hold back almost half a million acre-feet of water in Lake Powell to ensure the Glen Canyon Dam near the Utah-Arizona border maintains its hydropower production for millions of homes and businesses in the region. This news comes after several major announcements last week: (1) Colorado River Basin States, including Nevada, support emergency action to keep water in Lake Mead, one of two of the main storage reservoirs of the Colorado River, (2) Southern Nevada Water officials turned on Lake Mead's “low lake level pumping station” to allow Las Vegas to pump out water from even deeper and (3) the Southern California officials declared a water shortage emergency and ordered outdoor usage be restricted to just one day a week for around 6 million people in parts of Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties, and Las Vegas.
 
Implementation of First-in-the-Nation Non-Functional Turf Ban Begins in Southern Nevada
From the New York Times: With drought and growth taking a toll on the Colorado River, the source of 90 percent of the region’s water, a new law in Las Vegas mandates the removal of turf, patch by patch.

This law, AB356, passed with bipartisan support during the 2021 Legislative Session and was sponsored by Assemblyman Howard Watts, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources.  The Southern Nevada Water Authority estimates there are about 3,900 acres of grass to be removed, which could yield savings of up to 9.5 billion gallons of water annually, or about 10 percent of the region’s allocation from the Colorado River.
 
Outdoor Recreation Lessons from Nevada
"Home to the nation’s first National Recreation Area, five distinct ecoregions, 27 State Parks, 60 million acres of accessible public lands, and 4,000 species of wildlife. Nevada was an ideal venue to learn more about the recent surge in outdoor engagement across the nation in light of the pandemic and its implications for environmental decision-making."


Healthcare News

Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center is officially open, accepting patients
Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center will add 170 hospital beds to the region. Each room will be private and can be converted into an ICU room if needed. The full-service hospital includes specialties such as pediatrics, anesthesia, and obstetrics and gynecology. The hospital also has a 24/7 emergency room as well as labor and delivery, oncology, cardiovascular, neurosurgical and orthopedic and surgical services.

Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center is located at 625 Innovation Drive between Longley Lane and Double R Boulevard.


Infrastructure News

Transportation in Nevada - Challenges and Opportunities
"Everything everywhere seems to be backordered, backlogged, or just unavailable. But what’s broadly referred to as supply chain issues are often labor shortages, manufacturing shortages and even shortages of trucks and trailers necessary to transport everything. Sometimes supply chain issues are really logistics issues."


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.

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.

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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

LG Lowdown

There’s a lot of talk and media around the big races in Nevada: US Senate, Congressional seats and Governor. Today I want to give a little thought to another important race that’s shaping up for the June 14 Primary and ultimately in the General Election.

It’s considered to be a part time job, but it requires a full-time commitment. In my experience the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Nevada serves a lot of constituencies and deserves a lot of respect. The LG is required by statute to:

Most recently, former LG Kate Marshall worked with the Governor and the Legislature to create the Office of Small Business Advocacy within the office. The OSBA “serves as a centralized hub, connecting small business owners to available resources and working to resolve challenges and barriers to access.”

And don’t forget, the winner of the race in November will be a heartbeat (or resignation) away from the state’s top job.

You can see from our 2022 Candidate list that there are a lot of people that want this “part time job.” Lisa Cano Burkhead, appointed to the position when Kate Marshall resigned to join the Biden Administration and Debra March, the Mayor of Henderson appear to be the front runners in the Democratic Primary. Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony and banker/business owner and campaign newcomer John Miller are leading the way in the Republican Primary. 

It’s not my intent to diminish the other candidates in the race and you can read more about each of them in this excellent story by Da Yeon Eom in The Nevada Independent.

We’ll be watching the big races, but I encourage everyone to pay some attention to this Constitutional office. The race will be fun to watch and the outcome is extremely important to the state.

Important Deadlines

Primary Early VotingMay 28 – June 10
Primary ElectionTuesday June 14, 2022
General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022

ICYMI

GOP Gubernatorial Town Hall (Decidedly not a debate)
Joe Lombardo, Dean Heller, John Lee, Guy Nohra, Joey Gilbert, Eddie Hamilton, Tom Heck, Fred Simon, and Barak Zilberberg walk into a bar the Southern Hills Republican Women's Club...

Joe Lombardo for Governor campaign's first tv ad is on the air: Keyboard Cowboys

Police to pay RJ $250K to settle lawsuit over Las Vegas shooting records
The Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs of LVMPD approved a $250,000 settlement payment to the Las Vegas Review-Journal to settle the news organization’s lawsuit over access to records from the mass shooting that occurred on Oct. 1, 2017.

Dr. Susan Enfield selected by Washoe County School Board as new Superintendent
In a 6-1 vote, Dr. Enfield was selected as the new superintendent of Washoe County School District. Enfield's contract will start "as soon as possible", but no later than June 13 and run through June 2025.

Tilman Fertitta purchases six acres on the Strip-plans to build a resort.
Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta is in the process of acquiring property on the Strip and plans to develop an upscale hotel. The site, at the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue, spans about 6 acres, and sources said Fertitta is acquiring the spread for more than $200 million. 


Court News

The Nevada Supreme Court has been busy these past few days, ruling on several cases that have significant implications for this year's election and beyond. 

Court reverses ruling in challenge to lawmakers serving as public employees
In a unanimous decision issued Thursday, the Nevada Supreme Court granted standing to the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), a libertarian-leaning think tank, in their separation-of-powers lawsuit challenging the status of the numerous state legislators who also work for a government agency. The decades long constitutional quagmire will finally be answered.

Voter ID, mail voting rollback ballot questions likely dead after court rulings
Two ballot petitions sponsored by the Repair the Vote PAC, a political action committee led by former Nevada Republican Club President David Gibbs, were dealt the death knell by a pair of Carson City judges. The description of effect for both the Voter ID Verification initiative petition and the Repeal of Mail-In Ballot referendum petition were ruled to be argumentative and a new description be written, in effect nullifying all the signatures collected at this point.  In a brief interview with the Nevada Independent on Monday, Gibbs said there was virtually no chance of getting the signatures needed to qualify for the ballot by the June 29 deadline.

Judge rules second school voucher initiative contains unfunded mandate

Two school voucher petitions were filed earlier this year by the Education Freedom PAC to appear on the 2022 ballot. In mid-April, a judge ruled that the constitutional initiative petition was a "shell game" by failing to describe the "enormous fiscal impact on the budget... of all school districts in Nevada." Two weeks later, the same judge ruled the statutory initiative could also not proceed because it contained the same "sleight of hand" as the constitutional initiative by failing to identify a funding source to support the proposed school-voucher system. 


Education News

New Clark County school focused on construction & manufacturing now accepting applications
Clark County School District is accepting student applications for the yet-to-be-named career and technical training academy focused on construction technology and advanced manufacturing, two of the biggest and growing industries in southern Nevada. Small classes, hybrid or distance format and an on-site "One-Stop Career Center" in partnership with Workforce Connections, southern Nevada's Local Workforce Development Board, are some of the features students can expect. The school is accepting applications now through May 2 from interested sophomores across the district.
Click here to read the school's FAQ to find out more. 


Environment News

Low lake level pumping station now operational at Lake Mead
The Southern Nevada Water Authority says that as Lake Mead water levels continue to fall “during the worst drought in the history of the Colorado River Basin,” the low lake level pumping station will ensure that Southern Nevada maintains access to its primary water supplies in the lake.
 
Colorado River states agree to federal request to hold back water in Lake Powell
"In a letter sent Friday, the seven states that use the Colorado River agreed with the U.S. Department of Interior and recommended that federal water managers take an emergency action aimed at stabilizing a dwindling Lake Powell, one of the main storage reservoirs on the river."

Federal Government resumes oil leasing in Nevada
"The federal government announced plans last week to resume oil and gas leasing on public land. And on Monday, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sent out a press release that it would hold a lease sale on June 14 for 2,560 acres, split into five parcels, in northern Nye County."

Fallon tribe seeks protection of sacred land.
In March, leaders for the Fallon Paiute Shoshone tribe traveled to Washington D.C. in a bid to protect what they view as a sacred valley: Dixie Valley, known as Paumu in Paiute. They asked the Biden administration and congressional representatives to designate the area a national monument, an act that would make it Nevada’s fifth and the largest in the continental United States.


Healthcare News

$5 Million Donation starts first-of-its-kind endowment for Renown Children’s Hospital
The Wilbur May Foundation recently announced a $5 million gift to Renown Health Foundation. This gift marks the first major donation to support the newly formed Renown Children’s Hospital Endowment Fund. The neonatal and pediatric intensive care units will be named after May in his honor. 


Infrastructure News

Nevada State Infrastructure Bank to finance priority infrastructure projects
Using $75 million in general obligation bonds, the bank will be making allocations to support the following priority infrastructure areas:

 
Nevada will receive more than $57 million over the next five years as part of the Carbon Reduction Program.
The Carbon Reduction Program, created under the federal Infrastructure law, will fund a wide range of projects designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from on-road highway sources.


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.

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.

MapsTables
AssemblyAssembly
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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

It’s our favorite season, Campaign Season!

Campaign season is in full swing! Large 4x8 campaign signs have cropped up on most busy intersections in Nevada and smaller signs are popping up in your neighbors' yards. It’s also Spring, which means the Windy Season in the state. Many candidates find themselves chasing down, rehanging or repairing their damaged assets.
 
A campaign tool not quite as susceptible to the wind is the airwaves (no pun intended). Last night as I watched the news, a pro John Lee for Governor ad came on telling me how great a conservative he was, immediately followed by an ad that discredited his conservative record. 
 
Our phones are ringing off the hook with energetic new candidates and incumbents that want to meet and ask for financial support. It’s great. We get to learn a lot about them and discuss what’s important to our clients. We really enjoy this part of the job.
 
It’s also polling season so next time your phone rings and it’s a number you don’t recognize, answer it and participate. You’ll see later in this roundup a couple stories about recent polls published that give some insight on the statewide races. There are more to come. Next week I’ll have my insights on how polls are conducted and why (sometimes) the information is important to the voter and important to the candidates.

Important Deadlines

Primary Early VotingMay 28 – June 10
Primary ElectionTuesday June 14, 2022
General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022

ICYMI

The Cook Political Report changes CD3 and CD4 ratings from “Lean Democratic” to “Toss-Up”
During redistricting and reapportionment last year, the Democratically controlled legislature used a "divide and conquer" strategy when redrawing the congressional district boundaries: divide the democratic stronghold of NV-01 (Dina Titus) in order to strengthen the slight advantage democrats enjoy in NV-03 and NV-04 to ensure a Democratic "conquer" in 2022, though this move, as David Wasserman explains, may instead result in catastrophe:

NV-03: Susie Lee (D) - Parts of Las Vegas, Summerlin
…Republicans appear to be consolidating behind real estate attorney April Becker, who lost a 2020 state senate race by 631 votes and just got GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy's backing. Lee won't lack resources, but it's a Toss Up.
 
NV-04 Steven Horsford (D) - North Las Vegas, southern "Cow Counties"
If there's a consolation for Horsford, it's that Republicans are headed for a bruising June 14 primary between Assemblywoman Annie Black, who made waves attending the January 6 rally and defying mask mandates at the state capital, and insurance businessman Sam Peters, a retired Air Force major and pro-Trump activist. GOP strategists don't consider either to be out of central casting. But in this climate, even a weak GOP nominee could prevail.

 
How much money do top Nevada candidates have heading into primary season? 
Quarter 1 Contributions and Expense (C&E) reports were due last Friday. In general, fundraising numbers provide insight into just how competitive a campaign expects their race for office may be. While both Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Steve Sisolak have multiple times more money than their top opponents in the respective Republican primaries, the sheer of amount of dollars both campaigns are raising indicate both campaigns expect a tough general election in November. 

Results from OH Predictive Insights/Nevada Independent poll:


Healthcare News

Governor Sisolak Hosts Healthcare Provider Summit
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra was the keynote guest speaker and announced that his department will be awarding $1 million to Nevada to assist with the transition to the new 3-digit state suicide prevention hotline: 9-8-8. The state plans to launch 9-8-8 this July. Furthermore, Governor Sisolak announced he plans to allocate $20 million of ARPA funds to open four to six crisis stabilization centers to help address behavior health needs in the state. 
 
First awards From Nevada Opioid Settlement Money Announced
The Nevada Attorney General's Office has announced the first round of disbursements for money from the state's opioid settlement. The state and each signatory to the One Nevada Agreement, the plan for how funds from any opioid-related settlement will be allocated, are set to receive a total of $71.1 million, before costs." Clark County will receive around $26.3 million in settlement funds. Washoe County will receive approximately $3.7 million. 
 
Nevada Health Response to End Regular COVID-19 Media Call
In another sign that the government is transitioning to a post-pandemic routine, the state announced today that it plans is cancelling the recurring COVID-19 call with media. Going forward, the media updates will be scheduled on an as needed basis. 


Infrastructure News

Granholm, Lee, Cortez Masto tout Nevada’s role in clean energy
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited Southern Nevada last week on a tour that highlighted the state's clean energy initiatives and decarbonization efforts. “We’ve got to have a focus as a nation on getting critical materials, critical minerals for the batteries that these electric vehicles will need,” Granholm said. “[Nevada has] a lot of that. And so that is a huge opportunity.”

 LVCVA Shortens their Operating Agreement with The Boring Co.
Board members voted 11-1 Tuesday to spend up to $4.5 million for a one-year agreement with Boring from July 1 to June 30, 2023. The board approved the first Loop operations and management agreement on Jan. 12, 2021. The initial term of the agreement is from Feb. 1, 2021, through June 30, and at the time provided for an extension of one additional five-year period. Tuesday’s vote changed the five-year extension.

Circa Sports expanding into the Reno market
The operator of the world’s largest sportsbook in Las Vegas, Circa Sports, secured a deal with Legends Bay Casino owner Olympia Gaming to operate a sportsbook at the property being constructed just east of Reno. Olympia Gaming is targeting a summer opening for its new casino at the Legends at Sparks Marina.

Google to invest $30 million in Nevada
Google announced plans to invest $30 million in Nevada over the rest of 2022, part of a push to put billions of dollars into offices and data centers around the U.S.

State of Nevada launches dashboard tracking relief spending
The State has released a dashboard to allow residents to track how federal relief funds are being spent and allocated throughout the state. So far, the largest spending categories are PreK - 12 Education ($1.35 billion), Direct Payments to Counties and Cities ($890 million) and Housing ($842 million). The state has a little over $1.1 billion left to allocate. 
Click here to view the latest program spending in detail. 


Environmental News

Federal agency weighs emergency action as Colorado River demand outpaces supply
The river’s two main storage reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are at historically low levels and operating in uncharted territory. Federal water managers have warned the Colorado River Basin States that they are considering an emergency action that proposes to keep more water in Lake Powell but could accelerate the decline of Lake Mead, potentially risking short-term water cuts. State officials are expected to comment on the federal emergency plan by April 22. 
 
Southwest Gas to explore alternative in Icahn’s bid
“Tendering into Mr. Icahn’s offer would only encourage an opportunistic attempt to acquire Southwest Gas at an inadequate price and contingent upon a long list of ambiguous conditions, some of which Mr. Icahn has made no move to fulfill,” according to a statement by the Las Vegas based utility.


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.

MapsTables
AssemblyAssembly
SenateSenate
Congressional Congressional

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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Thank you for the great feedback regarding the Roundup! If you ever want to submit a simple piece of information for us to include (and its SFW), please e-mail me: tom@tomclarksolutions.com.   

I was pleased to receive my Voter Notification Card from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters. I was going to insert a pic of it, but after redacting ALL of the information I felt it pointless. I wonder how many people (or their puppy) received one by surprise and if it will trigger them to change their party affiliation.

The 2022 candidate list has been updated! Our always dependable, rock star Associate, Zoë Houghton has added the March 2022 voter registration statistics from the Secretary of State’s office. Fun fact: if you click on the name of the candidate you’ll be taken to their website (if it’s available) and you can learn everything (kinda) about them.    

If you haven’t watched the Nevada Newsmakers debate hosted by Sam Shad between incumbent Congressman Mark Amodei and Republican Challenger (and Douglas County Commissioner) Danny Tarkanian, you should: Battle for CD2

They came. They filed. They stayed. Now it’s time for candidates to brush up on campaign practices. The Secretary of State has a tool for that: Campaign Guide 2022.  

Normally, the date to file your federal taxes is April 15. Thanks to a Washington D.C. holiday, Emancipation Day, the date was moved to the next business day, April 18th. The holiday celebrates legislation passed in 1862 that ended slavery in Washington. However, April 15th is still an exciting day in Nevada Politics: Campaign Contribution and Expense (C&E) Reports are due. 

Important Deadlines

Primary Early VotingMay 28 – June 10
Primary ElectionTuesday June 14, 2022
General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022

ICYMI

Lawmakers OK $600 Million in American Rescue Plan Spending
The Nevada Independent provided a great overview of the most discussed items during last week’s Interim Finance Committee. “The state has $1.3 billion in unobligated funds out of the $2.7 billion in ARP state general aid.” (I’m going to miss Vice Chair Carlton's ability to analogize fiscal procedures to baseball. Catchers and pitchers apply to state funds too! - Zoë)

Governor Sisolak's Dignitary Protection Detail Adds Three Positions
The State Board of Examiners, a panel that ratifies and oversees state contracts and spending, unanimously approved a funding request for three new dignitary protection positions assigned to Governor Sisolak amid a rise in verbal and physical threats toward public officials across the nation.

Bidens Boos Bolster GOP in Nevada according to RGJ Poll
According to a Suffolk University/Reno Gazette Journal poll released on Tuesday, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Steve Sisolak are trailing their Republican rivals for their seats. “Any time an incumbent polls under 50%, he or she is deemed vulnerable because they are established brands,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston."


Healthcare News

The Department of Health and Human Services has been allocated $43 million to “support behavioral health needs throughout Nevada.” According to a press release by the Department, the funding, made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), is divided into 10 categories, with over 40 organizations receiving funds.

  1. Criminal Justice and Diversion - $7,557,618
  2. Crisis Services and Stabilization- $14,896,203
  3. Early Serious Mental Illness - $2,200,000
  4. Forensic Assertive Community Treatment - $2,200,000
  5. Suicide Prevention Media/Messaging - $24,000
  6. Peer Services/Workforce/Education/Treatment - $4,290,671
  7. Prevention, including School Based - $3,130,668
  8. Direct Services and Treatment - $4,891,646
  9. Pregnant Women and Women with Children Services - $3,120,155
  10. Behavioral Health Care Workforce Development - $1,558,903

Infrastructure News

Reno-Tahoe International Airport to upgrade concourses, add parking in $1 billion project
This expansion project, dubbed MoreRNO, will be the largest construction project undertaken by the airport; the first phase of construction will be the ticketing area expansion and roadway upgrade and are expected to break ground this fall.

Last Thursday, Governor Sisolak formally launched his “Home Means Nevada” initiative in Las Vegas after Nevada lawmakers approved half of the planned $500 million investment during the Interim Finance Committee meeting. 

Workforce report identifies the most in-demand jobs/industries in Southern Nevada
According to a regional "2022 Workforce Blueprint" released last week, the top 5 "high demand occupations" for Southern Nevada are software developers, civil engineers, managers, and veterinarians.
The report lists the following as target industries within Southern Nevada: general and advanced manufacturing, creative industries, information and communication technologies, transportation and logistics technologies, business and financial services, health care services and clean technologies.


Environmental News

Western U.S. housing crisis leads some to live on public lands
"A super-charged housing market has pushed yet another wave of people to live on Western public lands. Andres says it’s different than the economic downturn 14 years ago. This time, it's not just people losing their jobs, but instead includes many gainfully employed people who simply can’t find an affordable place to live."


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.

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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Greetings from our nation’s Capitol. The city is active with well-dressed staffers, lobbyists and the public walking on the sunny sides of the streets. It’s a bit chilly and dry. I’m told that the atmosphere is the same inside the granite and marble buildings that surround us.
 
I have the pleasure of attending the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce Washington D.C. “Fly-In” event and we are busy meeting with and learning from many D.C. insiders.
 
The morning was kicked off by profound remarks from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murphy. He was followed by a couple members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce team and Jeff Oliver from the U.S. Interagency on Homelessness.
 
Later today, we are meeting with our U.S. Senators, attending a reception hosted by former Nevada Congressman and lobbyist, Jon Porter and his team; we are finishing the day at Capital One Area to watch an NBA game between the Wizards and the Bulls. I’ve spent a lot of time on “the hill” but it will be the first opportunity for me to attend a professional basketball game.
 
We have a full day tomorrow as well, including remarks from former NV Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall. She stepped down from the post last year after President Biden appointed her as Senior Advisor to Governors within the White House.
 
In the Silver State, today marks the last day for candidates who filed for office to withdraw their candidacy. Cue The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go? We will have a full report on who's innit-to-winnit next week. To view the entire list of candidates, including those who have already withdrawn, check out our 2022 Election page on our website.

Important Deadlines

Primary Early VotingMay 28 – June 10
Primary ElectionTuesday June 14, 2022
General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022

ICYMI

Glenn Leavitt withdraws from SD20 race.
This leaves Jeff Stone as the lone Republican candidate in a race for a district where nearly 41% of its residents are registered Republicans.  (25.2% D, 40.7% R, 26.0% NP). Other candidates in this race include Daniel Patterson (NP), Brent Foutz (D) and Brandon Mills (Libertarian).
reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/leavitt-withdraws-from-state-senate-race-2550819/

The Senate confirmed Clark County District Court Judge Cristina Silva and UNLV law professor Anne Traum to join the U.S. District Court in Nevada.
thenevadaindependent.com/article/indy-dc-download-unlv-professor-state-court-judge-confirmed-to-federal-bench


Political News

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto reserves $10 million in ad space for upcoming midterm election.
"The two-month ad reservation, which runs from Labor Day in September to Election Day, is more than President Joe Biden’s campaign spent in Nevada in the 2020 election."
thenevadaindependent.com/article/cortez-masto-reserves-record-smashing-10-million-for-ads-in-elections-final-stretch

Washoe County Board of Commissioners vote to institute paper ballots and law enforcement monitoring polls for upcoming midterm elections fails 4-1.
"After a marathon seven-hour public comment period..."
rgj.com/story/news/politics/elections/2022/03/21/washoe-county-board-take-up-controversial-herman-election-proposal/7123717001/

Recall effort withdrawn against Washoe commissioner Hartung; Beadles vows to resubmit
Beadles is also leading the charge for the recall effort of Angie Taylor, Washoe County School Board president. 
rgj.com/story/news/politics/elections/2022/03/25/recall-effort-withdrawn-against-washoe-county-commissioner-hartung/7170260001/


Economic News

State tax collections running ahead of predictions
Joint Interim Revenue Committee members were told last week that General Fund revenue streams have brought in a total of $2.75 billion year to date, 32.6% more than projected for the first six to eight months of this fiscal year.
nnbw.com/news/2022/mar/24/nevada-tax-collections-running-ahead-predictions-n/

Nevada added a net 6,300 jobs in February, decreasing the unemployment rate to 5.1%.
reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/nevada-adds-6k-jobs-in-february-as-economic-recovery-from-pandemic-continues-2551481/

US seeks new Lithium sources.
elkodaily.com/mining/us-seeks-new-lithium-sources-as-demand-for-batteries-grows/article_43ce2941-9186-5e29-9700-90649bf03693.html


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.

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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Candidate filing is over! The last day to file for public office was March 18. 

Candidate filing is over meme
Zoë: Me at 5 pm on the last day of filing.

Below is a breakdown of how many people filed this year:

for a total of 321 candidates!

If that sounds like a lot of people vying public office, that’s because it is. According to official records from the Secretary of State’s office, this year’s gubernatorial race will have the most crowded primary field Nevada has seen in at least six decades: 15 people are seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination, two for the Democratic nomination (after Tom Collins filed to primary incumbent Gov. Sisolak), three non-partisan candidates, and one Independent American for a total of 22 people throwing their hat in the ring to be Nevada's next governor. 

Though candidate filing is officially over, the dust has not settled. Candidates have until March 29th to Though candidate filing is officially over, the dust has not settled. Candidates have until March 29th to withdraw their candidacy. Some may even switch races. Who will stay? Who will go? Who will switch? Time will tell.  For all the latest developments, check out our running 2022 candidate list as we continue to update it regularly throughout this election cycle. 

Important Deadlines

Primary Early VotingMay 28 – June 10
Primary ElectionTuesday June 14, 2022
General Early VotingOctober 22 – November 4
General ElectionTuesday November 8, 2022

ICYMI

Michele Fiore rescinds her candidacy for governor, announces her run for state treasurer.
Michele Fiore announces surprise run for treasurer (ktnv.com)

Danny Tarkanian files for CD2, primarying Mark Amodei.
In unexpected move, Danny Tarkanian files to run for Congress in Nevada’s 2nd District - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper

Cresent Hardy files at the last minute for CD1.
Cresent Hardy, Danny Tarkanian surprise election filings in Nevada | Las Vegas Review-Journal (reviewjournal.com)


Political News

Nye County clerk unable to institute paper ballot only policy for 2022 election against Nye County Commission’s wishes.
Nye County clerk: No time to eliminate electronic balloting - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper


Economic News

New Hospital in Reno to open Spring 2022.
Reno's Newest Hospital on Track to Open This Spring | Nevada News | US News

New annual $0.75 minimum wage increase starting July 1st through 2024.
Nevada’s minimum wage to increase July 1 (kolotv.com)

Reno ranked as America's best job market for opportunity and growth and ranked #2 in the most affordable places to live and work in the U.S.
2022’s Most Affordable Places to Live in the US | GoodHire


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.

MapsTables
AssemblyAssembly
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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

On this day, the “Ides of March” in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated, stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate.
 
The last day to file for office in Nevada is this Friday. I wonder, is there a Brutus, Cassius or other conspirator among them? A candidate that will cast, not a knife, but a majority vote that takes down an incumbent.
 
I’m sure you’ve already seen campaign signs popping up in neighborhoods and a litany of TV and social media ads. I witnessed a digital billboard for a candidate this morning.
 
You can see the updated list of candidates and keep an eye out after Friday as many candidates will change their minds and we’ll make note.
 
This is going to be an epic Election Season!

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

ICYMI

Governor Sisolak is getting primaried.
Tom Collins filed yesterday with the SOS office as a Democratic candidate for Governor. Happy pie day Sisolak?  
twitter.com/RileySnyder/status/1503394911902601222
 
COVID-19 is ‘becoming endemic,’ state official says, as metrics continue decline
State officials said last Thursday that they would stop reporting daily COVID numbers, shifting to a new era of the pandemic when state and local agencies only report numbers once a week, on Wednesdays.
reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/clark-county/covid-19-is-becoming-endemic-state-official-says-as-metrics-continue-decline-2543064/
 
Robert Beadles is wealthy, new to town and wants to upend Reno's politics. Who is he?
This is an in-depth piece by the RGJ's local government reporter Mark Robinson on the person at the center of recall efforts for Washoe County Commission Chair Vaughn Hartung and Washoe County School Board President Angie Taylor as well as the controversial election process overhaul introduced by Commissioner Herman last month. 
rgj.com/story/news/2022/03/14/robert-beadles-california-washoe-county-politics/9419737002


Political News

Dem poll: Lombardo leads GOP gov primary, but support looks soft
According to a new poll paid for by the Democratic Governors Association, Joe Lombardo polled at 26%, with Dean Heller and John Lee at 13%, followed by Joey Gilbert at 12% and Michele Fiore at 8%. However, the poll leader was “not sure” at 27%.
thenevadaindependent.com/article/dem-poll-lombardo-leads-gop-gov-primary-but-support-looks-soft

Judge rules sales, gaming tax petitions must be taken off 2022 ballot
A Carson City District Judge has ruled that the two Clark County Education Association tax initiatives aimed at hiking the gaming and sales tax be taken off the 2022 ballot, reversing Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s plan to leave them on the ballot.  The Nevada Independent has a comprehensive background on the saga that are these ballot initiatives. Furthermore, Nevada Independent assistant editor Riley Snyder reported today that the SOS office intends to appeal the ruling.

Judge blocks GOP-backed redistricting lawsuit for 2022 election
Last week, Senior District Judge Robert Estes said in a ruling that it would be “not fair” to interrupt the ongoing election process and two-week candidate filing period, and that the “election is going to proceed” under the boundary lines adopted after November’s special legislative session.
thenevadaindependent.com/article/judge-blocks-gop-backed-redistricting-lawsuit-for-2022-election


Economic News

Nevada's unemployment rate falls to 5.2 percent
nnbw.com/news/2022/mar/09/nevadas-unemployment-rate-falls-52-percent-nnbw/
 
State department heads told to plan flat budgets
During last Wednesday's “Budget Kickoff”, state agencies were told that Gov. Steve Sisolak is planning a flat budget for the coming biennium. That means agencies are capped at two times their legislatively approved 2023 fiscal year budget.
nnbw.com/news/2022/mar/10/Nevada-agency-heads-biennium-flat-budgets-nnbw/
 
Sisolak pledges more help on affordable housing, trumpets half-billion housing investment
rgj.com/story/news/politics/2022/03/10/sisolak-shares-500-million-affordable-housing-proposal-reno-stop/6992470001/


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.

MapsTables
AssemblyAssembly
SenateSenate
Congressional Congressional

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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
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

ICYMI

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.

reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/gaming-control-board-oks-ny-companys-investment-in-mgm-resorts-2537981/

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

thenevadaindependent.com/article/resorts-world-las-vegas-was-75-percent-cash-flow-positive-following-2021-opening

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

usnews.com/news/best-states/new-jersey/articles/2022-03-03/bill-would-raise-slot-jackpot-tax-report-threshold-to-5-000

Gold hits $2,000 an ounce.

elkodaily.com/mining/market-turmoil-sends-gold-price-back-up-to-2-000/article_0b5cc939-c3ce-5314-9299-3646a9313a19.html


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.

MapsTables
AssemblyAssembly
SenateSenate
Congressional Congressional

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Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions weekly roundup!
Here is where we'll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

Monday, March 7 is the day that we'll begin to see who is really committed to running for office in the many, many races across our state. I invite you to follow along on our website as we update the candidate filing list on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. Lines will form at the Secretary of State, County and City offices, selfies will be taken and candidates will post pics of them signing their declarations.


 FUN!

Who will jump in with both feet? Who will hold off until March 18th? Might there be some that jump in only to change their mind and jump out? 🐸

We love this time of year and look forward to providing comprehensive coverage of the events as they unfold. Please feel free to contact any member of Team Tom Clark Solutions if you have any questions or just want to sound off.

Tom Clark
Paul Young
Zoe Houghton

-Tom

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

ICYMI

GOP PAC Targets Southern NV Dems
Stronger NV PAC, led by former GOP Lt. Governor Hutch, named the 2022 races they are targeting for flipping from D to R:

Check out the complete list of the 2022 candidates on our website: 2022 Election Candidate List | Tom Clark Solutions

4 Hours of Public Comment Later...
Despite Commissioner Jeanne Herman's (R) controversial election proposal being pulled from the Washoe County Board of Commissioners February 22nd meeting agenda, rows of people showed up to the meeting to provide over 4 hours of public comment on the matter.

A majority of the commenters spoke in support of Herman's proposal, including GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Joey Gilbert. You can watch a replay of the meeting here.

Herman told the RGJ she has resubmitted her proposal with the intention of being placed on the March 8 agenda; however, the County announced yesterday that Chair Hartung and Vice Chair Hill have requested a cross-departmental review of the proposal which will not be completed in time for the March 8 meeting. 

Read more: National Guard removed, sheriff's deputies added to Washoe County election plan


Political News

Legislative Commission Approves Election Regulations, Rainchecks Mining Education Tax

The Legislative Commission, a bipartisan group of 12 state legislators charged with approving proposed regulations by state agencies, held their fourth meeting of the interim yesterday and discussed a slew of election regulations proposed by the Secretary of State's office. Most were approved with bipartisan support, but certainly not all.

The other 🔥hot topic🔥 regulation on the agenda was from the Tax Commission regarding the implementation of the mining education tax passed last session. Chair Yeager deferred this regulation to a future meeting, citing no reason other than it was his discretion as chair. 

Related article: Lawmakers split on regulations enshrining switch to mostly mail election

Laxalt's FEC Inquiry
Adam Laxalt's Campaign team has until the end of this month to respond to an inquiry from the Federal Election Commission regarding discrepancies in his year-end contributions & expenditures report. Copy of the FEC letter.


Economic News

"Nevada on the Move"
Governor Sisolak provided an off-year State of State Address last week, dubbed "Nevada on the Move", to lay out his priorities in investing federal and state dollars as the state continues its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The main theme of the speech was keeping Nevada a low tax state and heavily emphasized he has no plans to increase taxes. (Unless you're an industry that rhymes with schmining.) Below are some of the major dollar investments the Governor announced:

Read more details about the speech and the GOPs rebuttal here.


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.

MapsTables
AssemblyAssembly
SenateSenate
Congressional Congressional

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