State of Nevada Archives: on Government Reform


Susie Lee: Member of the Problem Solvers Caucus: break the gridlock

I'm a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus and one of our demands was break the gridlock. And one of the key rules that we got passed was if a bill has 290 co-sponsors, it must get action on the floor. And so, you know, ending the filibuster would have an impact like that, so that one person cannot block action that has . overwhelming support of the American public.
Source: The Nevada Independent on 2019 NV-3 House incumbent Sep 9, 2019

Steve Sisolak: Keep electoral college; no popular vote "compact"

Gov. Steve Sisolak has vetoed a proposal that would have pledged Nevada's six electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote for the presidency. AB186 proved divisive in the Legislature: Proponents argued that it would ensure every vote counted equally, while opponents feared it would diminish the relevance of Nevada.

"Once effective, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact could diminish the role of smaller states like Nevada in national electoral contests and force Nevada's electors to side with whoever wins the nationwide popular vote, rather than the candidate Nevadans choose," Sisolak said. "In cases like this, where Nevada's interests could diverge from the interests of large states, I will always stand up for Nevada."

The bill would have tied Nevada to a compact of states agreeing to pledge their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, but would only take effect until enough states had joined the compact to eclipse the 270 electoral vote threshold.

Source: Nevada Independent on legislative voting record AB186 May 30, 2019

Dean Heller: Don't require disclosure of political campaign donors

Q: Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?

Dean Heller (R): No. Voted against bill to require this.

Jacky Rosen (D): Yes. Co-sponsored bill to require this.

Q: Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations and unions?

Dean Heller (R): Unclear. Has called for the end of corporate & union donations, but not for overturning the decision.

Jacky Rosen (D): No. Supports constitutional amendment to overturn decision.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Jacky Rosen: More campaign disclosure; overturn Citizens United

Q: Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?

Dean Heller (R): No. Voted against bill to require this.

Jacky Rosen (D): Yes. Co-sponsored bill to require this.

Q: Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations and unions?

Dean Heller (R): Unclear. Has called for the end of corporate & union donations, but not for overturning the decision.

Jacky Rosen (D): No. Supports constitutional amendment to overturn decision.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Jacky Rosen: AdWatch: Passed zero bills? But co-sponsored eight bills

Republican Sen. Dean Heller's newest TV ad takes aim at his Democratic rival's brief time in Congress. The 30-second ad claims U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen passed no laws during her six months in Congress before she decided to challenge Heller for his Senate seat.

"Zero," the announcer begins while images of Rosen are splashed across the screen. "That's the number of bills Jacky Rosen passed in Congress before announcing she was running for the Senate." The ad goes on to say that Rosen passed "zero" bills to help veterans or improve health care, but claims she had "plenty of time to campaign in California."

This isn't the first time Heller's campaign has blasted Rosen for her record in the House. Rosen's spokesman said the congresswoman has directly co-sponsored eight bills that have been signed into law and co-sponsored 398 bills overall.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal AdWatch: 2018 Nevada Senate race Aug 28, 2018

Dan Schwartz: Picture ID as requirement to voting

We need a picture ID to fly, drive a car, and check into a hotel. We need one to vote.
Source: 2018 Nevada gubernatorial candidate website DanForNevada.com May 2, 2018

Danny Tarkanian: Drain the swamp by imposing term limits on Congress

Members of Congress are treated like royalty, are regularly entertained at dinners and cocktail parties, are lavished with ego-boosting praise and gifts by lobbyists sucking up for their votes.

Outside the beltway, Americans have another name for this alternative universe: The Swamp. And the only way to drain it and keep it drained is with term limits--just like we have for presidents; just like we have for Nevada legislators.

However, these elected Swamp creatures will do everything in their power to block a constitutional term limits amendment. But that doesn't stop true citizen legislators who wish to serve and return home, as our Founders intended, from imposing term limits on themselves.

And that's exactly my commitment to Nevadans. If elected, I promise to actively support a Constitutional amendment providing for term limits on Member of the United States House and Senate. Because it's the right thing to do. For America. And for Nevada.

Source: 2018 Nevada Senate campaign website DannyTarkanian.com Feb 3, 2018

Jared Fisher: Governor must lead with accountability & transparency

I chose to run for office of Governor because this state has great people and great places and I want your voice to be heard. I have been preparing for this office for 25 years. Uniquely different than the other 5 executive state positions, governor is a leadership role. It requires more than just abilities, but responsibilities. I believe in strength through not only diversity, but accountability and transparency, both personally and socially, and especially from within the government.
Source: 2018 Nevada Governor campaign website FisherForNevada.com Jul 12, 2017

Ruben Kihuen: Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizen United

Congress is controlled by the wealthy and the elite. They use their influence to buy members of Congress through direct contributions as well as unlimited spending through SuperPACs. Congress shouldn't be controlled by millionaires and billionaires, our Representatives should be working for the everyday Americans who sent them there.

In the Nevada legislature, I supported legislation to strengthen our campaign finance laws, improve the reporting of campaign contributions and make all of that data more accessible to the public.

Source: 2016 Nevada House campaign website RubenForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Adam Laxalt: Open competitive bidding process for Atty General contracts

I swore an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution when I entered the military. Next November I would be honored to take a different oath and swear to defend Nevada's Constitution. I will bring to Carson City the same qualities that I used to keep our military safe and ethical. Public service is a public trust. I am not a politician. I will be my own man and only answer to Nevadans in my quest to make government clean and transparent. In the spirit of transparency, my office will have an open and competitive bidding process for contracting outside counsel. I will also push for limits to contingency fees paid to outside firms to make sure that the public interest is being represented properly. We must work together to make government, once again, fully accountable to the people.
Source: 2014 Nevada Attorney General website AdamLaxaltForAG.com Jul 4, 2014

Brian Sandoval: Restore merit pay for state employees

The recession has hurt the entire Nevada family. State employees have seen their pay cut and have been required to take unpaid furlough days. Tonight, I am announcing that we will be able to provide some relief to them as well. Merit pay will be restored for state employees beginning on July 1, 2014, and the number of required furlough days will be cut in half as of July 1 of this year.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Shelley Berkley: Free Nevada: No out-of-state donations for Senate race

money back, we are willing to discuss her pact."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee took the response as enough encouragement to offer a bit of a sweetener: it pledged to keep its considerable resources out of the Silver State if Heller agrees to the deal. But the National Republican Senatorial Committee saw only hypocrisy. While both sides are at least expressing an interest in limiting outside cash, such money played a large role in Nevada's 2010 Senate contest. Frontrunner Pete Hoekstra faced a battery of criticisms during a Republican Senate debate, over racism accusations for a Super Bowl advertisement. The ad featured a bike-riding Chinese woman thanking incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow (called Spend-it-now in the promo) in broken English for helping support deficit spending that is aiding the Chinese economy. The ad received national criticism from both sides of the aisle.

Former Michigan State Board of Education member

Source: Huffington Post coverage of 2012 Nevada Senate debate Mar 15, 2012

Brian Sandoval: Vetoed auditing the cost of capital punishment

AB501: Provides for an audit of the fiscal costs of the death penalty.

Analysis by Center Right NV blog: AB501 calls for the legislative auditor to examine the costs of capital cases compared to non-death penalty cases. The study includes pre-trial, trial and appeal costs, plus how much it costs to keep an inmate on death row.

Veto message analysis by Nevada Prison Watch blog analysis of Veto Message: Sandoval was not convinced it would be a fair audit. "The bill lists the costs to be assessed in determining the overall fiscal impact of the imposition of the death penalty, but it does not specify how it is these costs will be assessed," the governor said. Sandoval said that death row inmates make "individualized litigation choices" that drive up the costs of their cases.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 28-14-0 on Apr/25/11; Passed Senate 11-10-0 on May/28/11; Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Sandoval on May/31

Source: Analysis of Nevada legislative voting record AB501 May 31, 2011

Brian Sandoval: Vetoed legislative redistricting maps

AB566: Revises the state legislative districts and revises the districts from which Representatives of Congress are elected..

Analysis by Ballotpedia.org: Both parties have claimed to have the best interests of minority voters at heart in their map. Republicans accuse Democrats of diluting reliably Democratic Hispanic votes to maximize the party's chances without giving equal consideration to what Hispanics specifically want. Democrats shoot back that the GOP is, far from creating majority-minority district to benefit Hispanics, actually packing them in order to weaken their power overall.

Gov. Sandoval's veto message: The plan reflected in the bill did not provide for the fair representation of the people of the state of Nevada, nor did it comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 26-16-0 on May/18/11; Passed Senate 11-10-0 on May/25/11; Vetoed by Gov. Sandoval on May/31/11.

Source: Ballotpedia analysis: Nevada legislative voting record AB566 May 31, 2011

Ruben Kihuen: Audit the cost of capital punishment

AB501: Provides for an audit of the fiscal costs of the death penalty.

Analysis by Center Right NV blog: AB501 calls for the legislative auditor to examine the costs of capital cases compared to non-death penalty cases. The study includes pre-trial, trial and appeal costs, plus how much it costs to keep an inmate on death row.

Veto message analysis by Nevada Prison Watch blog analysis of Veto Message: Sandoval was not convinced it would be a fair audit. "The bill lists the costs to be assessed in determining the overall fiscal impact of the imposition of the death penalty, but it does not specify how it is these costs will be assessed," the governor said. Sandoval said that death row inmates make "individualized litigation choices" that drive up the costs of their cases.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 28-14-0 on Apr/25/11; Passed Senate 11-10-0 on May/28/11; Senator Ruben Kihuen voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Sandoval on May/31/11.

Source: Analysis of Nevada legislative voting record AB501 May 28, 2011

Steven Horsford: Audit the cost of capital punishment

AB501: Provides for an audit of the fiscal costs of the death penalty.

Analysis by Center Right NV blog: AB501 calls for the legislative auditor to examine the costs of capital cases compared to non-death penalty cases. The study includes pre-trial, trial and appeal costs, plus how much it costs to keep an inmate on death row.

Veto message analysis by Nevada Prison Watch blog analysis of Veto Message: Sandoval was not convinced it would be a fair audit. "The bill lists the costs to be assessed in determining the overall fiscal impact of the imposition of the death penalty, but it does not specify how it is these costs will be assessed," the governor said. Sandoval said that death row inmates make "individualized litigation choices" that drive up the costs of their cases.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 28-14-0 on Apr/25/11; Passed Senate 11-10-0 on May/28/11; Senate Majority Leader Horsford voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Sandoval on May/31/11.

Source: Analysis of Nevada legislative voting record AB501 May 28, 2011

Ruben Kihuen: Approved legislative majority-minority redistricting

AB566: Revises the state legislative districts and revises the districts from which Representatives of Congress are elected..

Analysis by Ballotpedia.org: Both parties have claimed to have the best interests of minority voters at heart in their map. Republicans accuse Democrats of diluting reliably Democratic Hispanic votes to maximize the party's chances without giving equal consideration to what Hispanics specifically want. Democrats shoot back that the GOP is, far from creating majority-minority district to benefit Hispanics, actually packing them in order to weaken their power overall.

Gov. Sandoval's veto message: The plan reflected in the bill did not provide for the fair representation of the people of the state of Nevada, nor did it comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 26-16-0 on May/18/11; Passed Senate 11-10-0 on May/25/11; Senator Ruben Kihuen voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Sandoval on May/31/11.

Source: Ballotpedia analysis: Nevada legislative voting record AB566 May 25, 2011

Steven Horsford: Approved legislative majority-minority redistricting

AB566: Revises the state legislative districts and revises the districts from which Representatives of Congress are elected..

Analysis by Ballotpedia.org: Both parties have claimed to have the best interests of minority voters at heart in their map. Republicans accuse Democrats of diluting reliably Democratic Hispanic votes to maximize the party's chances without giving equal consideration to what Hispanics specifically want. Democrats shoot back that the GOP is, far from creating majority-minority district to benefit Hispanics, actually packing them in order to weaken their power overall.

Gov. Sandoval's veto message: The plan reflected in the bill did not provide for the fair representation of the people of the state of Nevada, nor did it comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 26-16-0 on May/18/11; Passed Senate 11-10-0 on May/25/11; Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Sandova

Source: Ballotpedia analysis: Nevada legislative voting record AB566 May 25, 2011

Brian Sandoval: Sunset all 180 licensing & advisory boards by 2013

Public Corruption--Created The Unit That Prosecutes ThemElected officials must actively work to protect the trust placed in us by citizens. As Attorney General, I set up the first public integrity unit to investigate and prosecute officials who violated the public trust and I am committed to restoring honesty and integrity to state government. Legislature this year. We articulate not only what level of priority each program or service carries, but the performance measures by which it will be judged. In the coming biennium, this initiative will expand to include public participation through websites and other tools as we ask Nevadans to further rank spending priorities. Even more robust performance indicators will therefore be established.
Source: 2011 Nevada State of the State Address Jan 24, 2011

Brian Sandoval: Freezing archaic regulations is my number one priority

I've been clear that my number one priority is economic development and freezing archaic and ineffective regulations until the end of this year will help promote business. As I said in my inaugural address today, our generation must commit to bringing Nevada's economy, workforce and schools safely into this new reality in which we find ourselves.
Source: Nevada 2011 gubernatorial press release, #4294971704 Jan 3, 2011

Sharron Angle: In state legislature, sole No vote called "41 to Angle"

In Las Vegas on Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faced his challenger, Republican Sharron Angle, in the only debate of the campaign.

Reid is in the fight of his career as he seeks a fifth term. Angle, a former state legislator, has the momentum of a come-from-behind primary victory and the support of the Tea Party.

Angle was famous as a state legislator for voting "no" so often that votes in the assembly were described as "41 to Angle."

Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Jim Gibbons: 6% salary reductions for all state workers

Last year I recommended 6% salary reductions for all state workers. The Legislature imposed furlough days instead. The furlough program is not working. It is unfair because some state workers have pay reductions and some don't. As we work through this budget, we will look for EVERY WAY TO SAVE MONEY. Many private businesses across the state have cut salaries in order to reduce layoffs or stay in business. New across-the-board salary reductions for state workers, may be necessary, but that will be a last resort. And just so you know, my entire staff in the Governor's Office has had their pay cut 6 percent. I am donating 6% of my own salary back to the state to be used for special awards for exceptional teachers.

It is with deep sadness and disappointment that I must propose laying off several hundred state workers. Just like the layoffs in the private sector, state government must do the same.

Source: Nevada 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

Hillary Clinton: Cut govít contractors and end privatization of government

I stood with AFSCME against the privatization of Social Security and now I want to stand with you against the privatization of our government. The Bush administration has been privatizing government services. In fact, now we have more government contractors and grantees by three times the number than the entire military and Civil Service personnel. We have to stop that. And I have proposed cutting government contractors by 500,000 as soon as Iím sworn in and saving $8 billion to $10 billion.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Mike Gravel: Iíve got no money; of course Iím for campaign finance reform

Q: Is it time to come up with a public financing system that will ensure candidates are not selected solely based on how much money they can raise?

A: My God, heís asking me that question? Of course! Thereís nobody running in this race thatís got less money than I have. Make no mistake about it. The [other candidates] say, ďweíre going to opt out of public funding.Ē Hey, Iím trying to opt in--and I need whatever you can give. Iíll take public funding. All I need is $10,000, and I can win with that.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Mike Gravel: You can be empowered to vote on issues that affect your life

I donít think itís a big deal whether I get elected president or not. I think what is a big deal is that you become empowered to make laws. Thatís what the Declaration of Independence is about--itís lawmaking. Our founding fathers said we want to have th people make laws. But they pushed this aside so that people do not make laws today at the federal level, because of slavery. They made a compact with the devil, and weíve paid for that ever since.

There is a law: NationalInitiative.us. You can vote for this legislation. It will take 60 million Americans to pass it into law, because the Congress will never pass this legislation, because people who acquire power are not wont to share it with the people they got it from, and thatís you.

If you want to empower yourself, youíre as qualified as any member of Congress to vote on issues that affect your lives. We can bring about, for the first time in US history, not only a government of and for the people, but we can bring about a government by the people

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Jack Carter: Stop the mauling of our Constitutional balance of powers

The Bush administration has established a zone of secrecy which extends well beyond national security concerns. Evidence has come to light about the deliberate flaunting of our laws with illegal wire taps and renditions. In the Ď70s, such reports would have led to a Senate investigation. Today, our Republican Senate leadership is too troubled by political implications to act responsibly. The Bush administration has also ďstonewalledĒ the decision to attack Iraq. Through outside sources and leaks, we have found that much of the information presented as the justification for the war was false, & much of the information which argued against the war was not presented at all. In the Ď70s, such revelations would have had Congress on its feet in an effort to expose how such an egregious and costly mistake could have happened. Today, the Republican Congressional leadership is too afraid of the political cost to act responsibly. This is a time when Democrats must band together for the good of our country.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, Carter for Nevada May 21, 2006

Kenny Guinn: No campaign spending limits; no public campaign funding

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Should Nevada labor unions be required to attain membersí consent before spending union dues on political campaigns?

A: No.

Source: 1998 Nevada Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Steve Sisolak: Limit campaign donations, but oppose partial state funding

Q: Do you support requiring limits on individual, PAC, and corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information, including imposing fines?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Source: 1996 Nevada National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

Steve Sisolak: Term limits for governor & all state reps

Q: Do you support the law, to take effect in 2006, that will limit Nevada's State Representatives to twelve years in office?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the law, to take effect in 2008, that will limit Nevada's State Senators to twelve years in office?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the current law that limits Nevada's Governor to two, four-year terms?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?

A: Yes.

Source: 1996 Nevada National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

  • The above quotations are from State of Nevada Politicians: Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Government Reform.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2020 Presidential contenders on Government Reform:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Jan 29, 2021