Nevada became a state on October 31st, 1864 and up until a few years ago, we celebrated on that day. Now we observe the last weekend of the month as Nevada Day Weekend, marking the state holiday as a three day celebration of Silver Statehood. The Nevada Independent published a great story on history of Nevada's birthday. You can read that story here. Below is some other news about the Battle Born State that's caught our attention.
NBC News Selects Washoe County as "Bellwether County" for 2022
As part of NBC News and Meet The Press County To County series, Washoe County has been selected as one of the seven counties telling "the story of America's shifting political landscape" and will be highlighting the community's hyper-local issues ahead of the 2022 election. Watch NBC News correspondent Guad Venegas report on the Latino community, the evenly split electorate and the local economy in the videos below, all with the Space Whale and Truckee River in the background.
As we get closer and closer to the presumed November Special Session, The Interim Committee to Conduct an Investigation into Matters Relating to Reapportionment and Redistricting in Nevada is meeting more often, as seen by them hosting nearly all of their meetings within the last six days, each at a different physical location. The list of their meetings and meeting materials can be found here. In general, these meetings provide the public and Committee members with the history, legal considerations and technical components of the process. Other topics of discussion have included the impact the process has on Nevada's tribal communities, how inmate populations will be reflected in the new maps and the 2020 demographic trends we are seeing in the state.
The City of Reno released their final proposed maps to the public this past Tuesday. You can find these maps and more on the City's redistricting homepage. The final maps will be presented to the Reno City Council at their regular meeting on November 10th.
The Board of Regents have also released their final proposed maps and provided a presentation on these maps at the Interim Committee's October 23rd meeting.
Washoe County School District unanimously voted this week to move the entire Sun Valley area into District B. They will be turning in their final maps to the county registrar's office on November 1st.
Mining and the Green Energy Future
The October issue of Nevada Lawyer, a publication of the State Bar of Nevada, focused on Nevada's public lands and the role it has in the country's renewable energy future.
Simply put, to achieve the clean every future articulated by the new administration, the U.S. must have access to more minerals through reliable domestic supply chains, outside the control of its adversaries.
Sundays are for church, golf, football and… candidate filings? Late Sunday night, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt confirmed what was long surmised - he has filed the official paperwork to challenge US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in 2022. This did not come as a huge surprise, as just the day before, Senator Tom Cotton (R- AR) announced Laxalt’s intention to run during the sixth annual Basque Fry festival in Gardnerville, a popular stop for GOP candidates and officials during campaign season. Laxalt joins Sam Brown and Sharelle Mendenhall in the Republican primary race.
Numerous political outlets and pundits have categorized Cortez Masto’s seat as one of the key races that will determine which party controls the Senate after 2022. Last month, The Cook Political Report recategorized Cortez Masto’s seat from “Likely D” to “Lean D”, joining other highly competitive races, like Scott Kelly in Arizona and Raphael Warnock in Georgia. Laxalt’s official candidacy announcement is sure to add some excitement to an already competitive race, but will he be able to win over Nevadans? In 2016, Cortez Masto defeated Republican Joe Heck by 2.4 percentage points; both Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden won Nevada in 2016 and 2020, respectively, by the same margin and Laxalt lost the 2018 gubernatorial election by 4.1 points. As of July 2021, there are nearly 100,000 more residents registered as Democrats than as Republicans but perhaps the real focus should be on the non-partisans, the fastest growing “party” in Nevada, making up 26% of the electorate.
Lt. Gov. May Resign for Position in Biden Administration
Lt. Gov. Marshall at the 2019 Nevada Day Parade. (Photo by Tom Clark.)
The shakeup of Nevada's executive branch continues. According to The Nevada Independent, Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall plans to resign from her position as Nevada's second in command and accept a position in the Biden Administration as the White House's senior adviser to governors. This news comes just one week after Governor Sisolak announced former state senator Yvanna Cancela will serve as his chief of staff beginning September 1st.
The Lieutenant Governor's office is up for election in 2022. Under Nevada law, the Governor may appoint someone of the same party to fill the position or can simply remain vacant until the 2022 election.