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CSN faculty trying to negotiate a pay raise hit impasse with administration

Faculty at the College of Southern Nevada who are seeking a raise have hit an impasse with administrators after some 21 months of bargaining.

Nevada Faculty Alliance President Robert Manis said attempts to negotiate the first contract for the school’s faculty broke down and an impasse was formally declared on Friday. He said the alliance is seeking a 1.25 percent raise for about 550 full-time faculty members at the community college, a proposition that he estimates would cost about $500,000 in the next year.

“It’s been a long process and they’ve shown themselves to be unreasonable about this,” Manis said in an interview.

Although two other community colleges in Nevada have gone through the collective bargaining process, CSN faculty’s effort — if it succeeds — would be the first time that such bargaining has yielded an across-the-board base pay increase. Nevada bars its direct state employees from collective bargaining, but the Nevada System of Higher Education has a different chain of governance.

CSN Vice President and Provost Patty Charlton said the college doesn’t think it’s allowed by policy to do an across-the-board pay increase. Administrators said they’ve been offering a variety of other financial incentives aside from a base pay increase and that would have been worth about $600,000 to faculty.

“It’s really unfortunate what happened today,” she said.

The school and the faculty alliance disagree on whether there’s money available to pay for a base pay increase. Manis said he believes CSN could use money from its reserves and pointed to recent announcements that the school would be building student unions after raising student fees for the projects.

CSN argues that the student union buildings were a dedicated, one-time expenditure that have been years in planning and that a base pay increase is not feasible.

“The NFA maintains that the college must dedicate 1.25 percent of its operating budget to new base salary adjustments. The college cannot absorb that much of an increase without harming instruction,” said CSN spokesman Richard Lake.

Manis disputed that calculation, saying the alliance’s ask is $500,000 and only about one quarter of one percent of CSN’s operating budget.

Faculty received 3 percent cost of living adjustment raises in the last two years. But Manis said professors are still struggling, and some are having to work several years past retirement age to compensate.

The declaration of an impasse means the dispute will go to a fact-finder, a third party who will conduct a financial analysis in an attempt to move the process along. Manis said CSN faculty are barred by Nevada code from going on strike.

Rosen attacks Heller as 'Senator Spineless' in new ad focused on ACA-repeal attempts

An orange inflatable tube man with yellow hair and a black tie is the star of Congresswoman Jacky Rosen’s latest television ad in her bid for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Dean Heller.

The 60-second spot, which begins airing on television tomorrow and online today, draws parallels between the senator’s waffling positions on bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last summer to the motions of the tube man waving in the wind, featured prominently throughout the ad. The ad will run statewide on broadcast and cable and is backed by a six-figure buy.

The ad is also featured prominently on a new website paid for by Rosen’s campaign, SenatorSpineless.com, which includes details about Heller’s votes on the federal health-care law and critical quotes about Heller.

The ad includes a clip from a June 2017 press conference in which Heller, standing alongside Gov. Brian Sandoval, held up a copy of a 147-page proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and declared that it was “simply not the answer.” At the press conference, Heller detailed a long list of concerns with the legislation, including that it didn’t protect vulnerable Nevadans, it would mean a loss of coverage for millions of Americans and he wasn’t confident that it would lower health-care costs.

“I’m telling you right now I cannot support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans,” he says in the clip, featured in the ad.

A little more than a month later, Heller voted to open debate on that same piece of legislation and then voted to support what was referred to as a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act that would have axed the federal health-care law’s individual and employer mandates. Although the measure did not succeed at the time, Congress eventually repealed the individual mandate as part of its tax bill in December.

The ad frames Heller as pressured by Trump into supporting repeal and replace by juxtaposing a news clip announcing that “Senator Dean Heller from Nevada is a no” against another one saying that “the threats from President Trump [over the health-care law] are loud and clear.” It also includes a well-publicized clip of Trump goading Heller over his back and forth positions on repeal and replace as Heller laughs alongside him.

“This was the one we were worried about, you weren’t there, but you’re gonna be,” Trump says.

The ad says that Heller “broke his promise” when he voted for the skinny repeal of the Affordable Care Act, calling him a “deciding vote” on the bill, and even includes a clip of Heller’s vote on the Senate floor. Other news clips included in the ad call Heller’s move a “complete 180” and say that the Republican senator “decided not to cross Trump.”

“Senator Spineless Dean Heller,” the narrator says. “He’s not standing up for Nevada.”

Watch the ad below:

INDY FAST FACTS Jacky Rosen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: August 2, 1957 Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $7,133,798 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $69,500 University of Nevada $40,038 Omni New York $32,400 Last Report: 6/11/18 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $117,900 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,500 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Brian Sandoval Job: Nevada Governor Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: August 5, 1963 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) Ohio State University (J.D.) Other public offices held: U.S. District Court Judge (2005-2009) Nevada State Attorney General (2003-2005) Nevada Gaming Commission Chair (1999-2001) Nevada Gaming Commission Member (1998-2001) State Assemblyman, District 25 (1994-1998) Total donations: $4,984,248 (1/07/11 - 7/5/17) Top donors: Caesars Entertainment $245,000 Station Casinos $158,072 MGM Resorts International $160,000 Wynn Resorts $80,000 Marnell Properties LLC $70,000

Trump to nominate Trutanich to be Nevada U.S. attorney

President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he would nominate Nicholas Trutanich, the chief of staff to Attorney General Adam Laxalt, to be U.S. attorney for Nevada.

Reached by phone, Trutanich had no comment and referred questions to the White House and the Department of Justice. An inquiry to the White House was not immediately returned. DOJ declined to comment.

Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican, who recommended Trutanich for the post, hailed the announcement.

“Nicholas Trutanich is highly-respected and he has exceptional qualifications that include serving as Nevada’s First Assistant Attorney General, leading investigations as the Gang Coordinator and Supervisor in the Violent and Organized Crime Section the Gang Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, and working on counterterrorism investigations in Baghdad,” said Heller in a release. “I was proud to recommend him to the President, and I am confident that he will serve the state of Nevada well as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada.”

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, also praised the nomination and signaled her support.

“I worked with Nicholas Trutanich during my time as Nevada’s attorney general,” she said in a statement. “While we don’t share the same political views, he is a dedicated public servant who has served our state honorably. I believe he is well-qualified to serve as the next U.S. Attorney for Nevada and I support his nomination.”

As U.S. attorney for the state, Trutanich would oversee the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the District of Nevada.

If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Dayle Elieson, who is the state’s acting U.S. attorney. She was first appointed to the position in January by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Prior to joining Laxalt’s office, Trutanich served six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California, including as a supervisor in the Violent and Organized Crime Section and as the Gang Coordinator in the Los Angeles office.

Trutanich also spent time in Iraq as the deputy justice attaché to assist with counterterrorism and rule of law matters.

He prosecuted a variety of federal offenses with an emphasis on violent crime and national security, according to the White House announcement.

Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Trutanich practiced law with the national firm Kirkland & Ellis, LLP working on “complex commercial matters,” according to the attorney general’s office.

He subsequently had a stint as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real in the Central District of California. He received his B.S. from the University of California, Davis and graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Trutanich resides in Reno with his wife Katherine and three sons, Andrew, Joseph and Wyatt.

This story was updated at 1:48 to add a comment from Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and to reflect that the Department of Justice declined to comment.

INDY FAST FACTS Catherine Cortez Masto Job: U.S. Senator Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: March 29, 1964 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) Gonzaga University (J.D.) Other public offices held: Nevada State Attorney General (2007-2015) Total donations: $20,683,341 (2011-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $565,735 League of Conservation Voters $401,508 J Street $185,558 University of California $77,798 University of Nevada $57,754 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $117,900 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,500 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000

Laxalt signs Nevada on to support Alabama abortion restrictions; had backed similar law in Texas

Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt signed Nevada onto an amicus brief last year supporting an Alabama ban on the procedure most commonly used in second-trimester abortions.

Laxalt’s involvement in the Alabama case, which was not announced in a Nevada press release at the time, is his fourth known amicus brief supporting abortion restrictions or pro-life entities in other states.

“Louisiana is an unapologetically pro-life state; and, as its chief legal officer, I will stand with our fellow pro-life states in defending life and the dignity of the unborn,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a press release that announced Nevada among the 22 states that had signed on to his brief supporting Alabama’s law.

The Alabama law, similar to one in Texas that Laxalt voiced support for, would ban dilation and evacuation abortions, which are common later in a pregnancy. Opponents including Landry refer to them as dismemberment abortion because they involve using forceps to pull a fetus from a mother’s body in parts.

“It is disturbing that law prohibits animals or death row inmates from being killed by dismemberment, but does not provide the same protection for a defenseless unborn child,” Landry said. “Abortion by dismemberment kills fetuses by tearing them limb from limb while they are still alive in the womb. Not only is this type of abortion gruesome, but duly-elected state legislatures have also ruled it unlawful because it diminishes respect for human life.”

The case went before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for oral arguments in late May, but the court hasn’t yet ruled on the matter.

Laxalt has described his position as pro-life and he landed the endorsement of Nevada Right to Life, an organization that opposes abortion rights. In a 2018 candidate questionnaire, the group asks whether candidates support the reversal of Roe v. Wade and whether they support prohibitions on abortion past 20 weeks gestation, thought to be the point at which an unborn baby can feel pain.

His Democratic opponent Steve Sisolak, who has the endorsement of pro-abortion rights group NARAL, said he does not support restrictions on abortion.

While the future of Roe v. Wade appears to be more in play now that President Donald Trump has the opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court justice, abortion access in Nevada is somewhat more settled regardless of whether the 1973 decision is overturned.

Nevada voters essentially locked in state law provisions allowing for abortion with a statewide vote in 1990 in which nearly 64 percent supported allowing abortions within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. And because the initiative passed a referendum vote, it’s set in place unless overturned by a direct vote of the people.

Laxalt acknowledged the limitations the referendum has imposed in the state in a press conference call on Tuesday.

Laxalt’s office didn’t respond to an inquiry from The Nevada Independent on Thursday about why he chose to sign on to the Louisiana brief, and seeking his response to criticism that the move came in contradiction to the will of a majority of Nevada voters in the 1990 vote.

Disclosure: Steve Sisolak has donated to The Nevada Independent. You can see a full list of donors here.
This story was updated at 6:10 p.m. on July 13, 2018 to reflect the brief is the fourth Laxalt is known to have signed. Others were a February 2016 brief supporting a Texas abortion law,  a March 2018 brief supporting a different Texas abortion law, and a January 2018 brief against a California law on pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics.
INDY FAST FACTS Steve Sisolak Job: Clark County commission chairman Party: Democrat In current office: 2009-present Commission chairman since 2013 Birthdate: December 26, 1953 Education: University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (B.S.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.B.A.) Other public offices held: Nevada System of Higher Education Regent (1999-2009) Total donations: $9,643,393 (1/12/11-5/31/18) Top donors: MGM Resorts International $174,359 Station Casinos/Zuffa: $90,000 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Fidelity National $61,600 Marnell Companies LLC $55,000
INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000

As safety conversations continue, new radios will link principals with school police

Take out the middleman.

That’s the philosophy behind a new program rolling out this fall in the Clark County School District to bolster school safety. By October, school officials hope to equip every Clark County principal with a radio that directly links them to the district’s police force.

A $200,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security is providing funding for the technology upgrade, said Michael Wilson, director of emergency management for the Clark County School District Police Department.

Clark County School District police officials give Superintendent Jesus Jara a tour of their headquarters on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Alexander Zapata/The Nevada Independent)

Traditional school radios connect principals with staff members, but the new ones will give administrators the ability to do both, he said. The system should cut down time previously lost if principals had to use their radios to contact another staff member near a phone to make an emergency call.

Any emergency call via the radio would go to school district police headquarters, where dispatchers could then patch it to other law enforcement agencies if necessary, he said.

“That’s the thing you’re always trying to do — is improve communication between agencies,” he said.

School leaders can purchase additional radios for other staff members if they wish.  

Superintendent Jesus Jara, who toured the district’s police headquarters Tuesday, praised the new program, saying it should provide principals a “sense of safety” given that immediate connection with police.

It’s not the only upgrade on the horizon, though. School Police Chief James Ketsaa said the department also plans to form a canine unit by next spring.

The district’s police department fielded more than 145,000 calls for service last school year.

 

A massive wildfire, the largest blaze in the U.S., burns 448,000 acres near Winnemucca

Crews are working to contain a wildfire that broke out in the early morning hours of July 5 and ripped through more than 443,000 acres of sagebrush and grassland. The cause of the Martin Fire, which has grown to become the largest blaze in the United States, is unknown and is being investigated by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management.

The fire started near Paradise Valley, a small town in Humboldt County about 40 miles from Winnemucca and 200 miles from Reno, but spread quickly amid dry weather, high wind and above-average fuels on the range. According to a spokesperson with the management team for the Martin Fire, there was 200 to 1000 percent more wildfire fuel on the range because of a wet winter followed by a dry winter this year that turned plants into slick fuel for the fire.

At times in the past few days, because of heat, wind and the fire’s path up hilly terrain, flames reached as high as 45 feet and the fire, at times, moved as much as 11 miles in an hour. Since then, crews have contained more than 35 percent of the fire. An update released by the Great Basin incident management team this morning said “resources continue to be mobilized to the Martin Fire from around the country and firefighters are starting to turn the corner on the fire.”

The Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency that manages most of the land where the fire is burning, is looking at the impacts of the fire on the range and wildlife. The fire will likely have a lasting impact on grazing activities and could be a setback in sustaining habitat for sage grouse. Federal regulators have been working with Western states on a conservation framework to boost dwindling populations of the unique bird and avoid listing it as an endangered species.

Map of the Martin Fire (Great Basin Interagency Management Team)

Laxalt says abortion not an issue in Nevada, praises Kavanaugh

Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt downplayed concerns that he may push to limit abortion rights in Nevada if elected governor as he praised President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to join the Supreme Court.

“Nevada is uniquely situated since we have a referendum on the books from 1990 that guarantees a woman’s right to have an abortion,” Laxalt, who is pro-life and serves as attorney general, said on a conference call with reporters. “Certainly in our state this will not be an issue.”

His comments jibed with a statement his campaign manager, Kristin Davison, released last month, which said that stoking fear over Laxalt limiting abortion rights in the state is meant to draw attention away from the record of his Democratic opponent, Steve Sisiolak, who is currently the chairman of the Clark County Commission.

“Adam Laxalt has zero interest in ‘undoing’ the 1990 law in question. None,” Davison said. “This is clearly an attempt to distract from Steve Sisolak’s extreme view that there should be zero limits on abortion and taxpayer funding for abortion providers. We have no interest in his extremist culture war. Adam Laxalt is focused on improving education, creating more prosperity, and protecting Nevada.”

Sisolak has said he would not support any restrictions on abortion access if elected governor.

Davison’s comment was prompted by an interview Laxalt gave to KOLO’s Terri Russell the night of the GOP primary earlier in June. When asked about his decision to sign onto anti-abortion briefs in California and Texas, he responded “I’m going to err on the side of life.” When pressed about if he planned to push for changes to state abortion law, which would need a vote of the people, as governor, Laxalt said, “We are going to look into it.”

Laxalt’s campaign has said that his comments were taken out of context. KOLO subsequently posted the entire interview on its website.

On Kavanaugh, Laxalt dismissed Democratic talk about abortion and civil rights being under threat with the nomination and noted that the judge has the right temperament and respect for precedent, which is known by the Latin phrase stare decisis, to serve on the nation’s highest court alongside Chief Justice John Roberts.

“The left is going to try to politicize this nomination fight as much as they possibly can,” Laxalt said. “But Judge Kavanaugh…has been consistent since his first nomination hearing in 2006 that he is going to follow the text and the original understanding of the Constitution and the laws that are written. He also believes in stare decisis, so we’ll certainly let him answer that specific question in the coming weeks. But I think the most important thing is that he is committed to being an umpire, something we heard Chief Justice Roberts talked at length about when he went through his nomination hearing and these are the kind of people that should be nominated and should be serving on our Supreme Court.”

Disclosure: Steve Sisolak has donated to The Nevada Independent. You can see a full list of donors here.
INDY FAST FACTS Steve Sisolak Job: Clark County commission chairman Party: Democrat In current office: 2009-present Commission chairman since 2013 Birthdate: December 26, 1953 Education: University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (B.S.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.B.A.) Other public offices held: Nevada System of Higher Education Regent (1999-2009) Total donations: $9,643,393 (1/12/11-5/31/18) Top donors: MGM Resorts International $174,359 Station Casinos/Zuffa: $90,000 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Fidelity National $61,600 Marnell Companies LLC $55,000
INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000

Lee reports raising $850,000 over the last three months, has $1.2 million in the bank in bid for Nevada's 3rd Congressional District

Education advocate and philanthropist Susie Lee has raised more than $850,000 over the last three months in her bid to represent Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District and has about $1.2 million saved in the bank, according to early fundraising numbers from her campaign.

Lee’s second quarter haul is about $300,000 more than what she raised in the first three months of 2018. She has also increased the amount of cash she has put away by about $200,000 — up from $1 million at the end of March — ahead of what is likely to be a fierce general election fight against Republican businessman Danny Tarkanian, who narrowly lost the seat by 1.3 points in the 2016 election.

Similar to prior quarters, Lee contributed some in-kind expenses to her campaign over the last three months totaling less than $4,000. Lee has raised a total of $2 million since entering the race for the 3rd District in September.

A spokesman for Tarkanian’s campaign did not respond to a request on Monday for the businessman’s second quarter fundraising totals. However, Tarkanian reported raising about $130,000 between April 1 and May 23 ahead of the primary election and raised $430,000 in the first three months of 2018, including a $50,000 loan. (Tarkanian has loaned his campaign $215,000 over the cycle so far in addition to a little less than $14,000 in in-kind contributions.)

The 3rd Congressional District, which stretches all the way from Summerlin to Searchlight and the state’s southernmost tip, is currently represented by Rep. Jacky Rosen who defeated Tarkanian in 2016. The Democratic congresswoman is vacating her seat to challenge U.S. Sen. Dean Heller for his seat in November.

Democrats currently have a narrow 6,000-person voter registration advantage over Republicans in the district.

Disclosure: Susie Lee has donated to The Nevada Independent. You can see a full list of donors here.
INDY FAST FACTS Danny Tarkanian Job: Businessman Party: Republican In current office: None Birthdate: Dec. 18, 1961 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) University of San Diego (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total Donations: $3,443,619 (8/18/04-5/23/18) Top Donors: Danny Tarkanian $528,440 Stations Casino $74,550 Las Vegas Sands Corp $38,900 Domain.com $26,600 Maloof family $18,000
INDY FAST FACTS Jacky Rosen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: August 2, 1957 Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $7,133,798 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $69,500 University of Nevada $40,038 Omni New York $32,400 Last Report: 6/11/18 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $117,900 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,500 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics

Brothel ban supporters concede they won't get question on Nye County ballot

Organizers of an effort to ban brothels in Nye County have conceded the measure won’t make it onto the ballot this cycle.

Jason Guinasso, an attorney who’s helping coordinate similar efforts in both Nye and Lyon counties, told The Nevada Independent on Monday that the campaign wasn’t able to secure enough support from Nye County commissioners to call a special meeting and approve language for the ballot ahead of a mid-July deadline. The campaign could have forced the question on the ballot through a referendum petition, but was several hundred signatures short of the 1,963 needed to do so when volunteers ceased the campaign.  

“I don’t consider it a failure,” Guinasso said. “One of the big impetuses of this is to raise awareness — I think we’ve done a good job of raising awareness.”

Guinasso said the group started relatively late in the election cycle and didn’t use paid signature-gatherers, which could have improved the prospects of the measure.

A pro-brothel campaign called Nye County Freedom countered the anti-brothel campaign, arguing that legal prostitution is a relatively unique liberty and taking it away could lead to the curtailment of other freedoms.

Guinasso said the plan is to continue outreach in the county and pursue a ban later, perhaps in  2020.

Lyon County, which had an even higher signature threshold for petitions than Nye County, already decided to take the advisory question route. That will give voters a chance to weigh in on whether they support keeping prostitution legal, and commissioners can decide whether to heed that advice and implement a ban.

Rosen raises more than $3.5 million over second quarter of 2018, has $3.8 million in the bank

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen raised more than $3.5 million over the last three months and ended June with more than $3.8 million in the bank in her bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, according to early fundraising totals released by her campaign.

Rosen’s $3.5 million fundraising total includes more than $2.1 million raised between May 24 and June 30, the period after books closed ahead of the primary election. This quarter’s haul dwarfs what the Democratic congresswoman raised in the first quarter of the year by about $900,000, though Rosen has only increased her cash on hand by about $300,000, meaning that she has spent about $3.2 million over the last three months.

The majority of that money was spent on media buys, including both on television and on digital platforms. Rosen went up on television in April and has released a total of six ads in English and Spanish over the last few months backed by both five- and six-figure buys.

“The support and enthusiasm for our campaign to flip this Senate seat have been unbelievable, and it’s helping bring us that much closer to a win in November,” said Rosen’s campaign manager Danny Kazin.

A spokesman for Heller declined to provide The Nevada Independent with a copy of the Republican senator’s second quarter fundraising totals. Heller reported raising a little over $1 million on his pre-primary fundraising report, which covers the period between April 1 and May 23, and raised about $1.1 million over the first three months of the year. Heller had about $4.9 million saved in the bank ahead of the primary election.

Rosen’s campaign said that her fundraising total “appears to have set a record for the most raised in the second quarter of an election year for a U.S. Senate race in Nevada.” U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto brought in about $2.9 million over the second quarter of 2016, while her opponent, then-Congressman Joe Heck, brought in about $1.8 million over the same time frame.

In his 2012 U.S. Senate race, Heller raised about $1.2 million in the second quarter while his opponent, then-Congresswoman Shelley Berkley brought in about $1.5 million. Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid received $2.4 million in the second quarter of his 2010 re-election bid against Republican Sharron Angle, who raised $2.6 million over the same period.

Rosen has received more than 165,000 donations over the last year, according to her campaign. Of those received this quarter, 96 percent totaled $100 or less and the average contribution was $40.

Rosen raised $240,000 in the first quarter of 2017 and $310,000 in the second, which stretched through the end of June, before announcing her Senate campaign at the beginning of July. She raised $1.2 million in the third quarter of the year and a little less than $1.6 million in the fourth. By comparison, Heller raised $1.4 million in the first quarter, $1.4 million in the second quarter and $1.2 million in the third quarter and $800,000 in the fourth quarter.

Disclosure: Shelley Berkley has donated to The Nevada Independent. You can see a full list of donors here.

INDY FAST FACTS Jacky Rosen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: August 2, 1957 Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $7,133,798 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $69,500 University of Nevada $40,038 Omni New York $32,400 Last Report: 6/11/18 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Catherine Cortez Masto Job: U.S. Senator Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: March 29, 1964 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) Gonzaga University (J.D.) Other public offices held: Nevada State Attorney General (2007-2015) Total donations: $20,683,341 (2011-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $565,735 League of Conservation Voters $401,508 J Street $185,558 University of California $77,798 University of Nevada $57,754 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $117,900 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,500 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics

New PAC launches pro-Laxalt ads

A new PAC is running an ad campaign boosting Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt’s record on K-12 education.

The group, “Building a Stronger Nevada,” is running one 30-second spot largely highlighting Laxalt’s K-12 education plan, which he released back in April

“As a father of young children, Adam Laxalt knows education is the key to Nevada’s future,” the ad states. “That’s why Laxalt has a plan to strengthen public education, making sure Nevada schools are properly funded, promoting reading and early-age literacy, expanding reforms started under Governor (Brian) Sandoval, and empowering parents and educators by promoting accountability and greater access to teacher scholarships.”

Claims in the ad almost entirely cite Laxalt’s K-12 education proposal, an eight-point plan to build on Sandoval’s changes to the state’s education system, creating new incentives for teachers, expanding charter schools and scholarships for non-public schools and improving campus safety.

But Democratic critics have long attacked the attorney general’s pledge to repeal the Commerce Tax — a $400 million tax on gross business revenue over $4 million championed by Sandoval in 2015 — as counter to his promise to not reduce education funding. Sandoval, who is term-limited, has said he wouldn’t support any candidate who seeks to repeal the tax and that doing so would be “devastating” for Nevada.

The PAC itself was registered with the Nevada secretary of state on June 1, and didn’t report any spending or fundraising ahead of the state’s June 12 primary election. Under the state’s campaign finance reporting rules, it won’t have to disclose any donors or how much it has spent until Oct. 16.

A spokesperson for the PAC declined to comment on who was funding the group.

According to a document filed with the Federal Communications Commission, the group has spent around $37,000 in the Las Vegas area to air the ad, which has run in both June and July.

Correction 7/10/2018 at 4:33 p.m.: An earlier story stated that the Building a Stronger Nevada PAC was affiliated with the Nevada Home Builders Association. The two PACs have the same registered agent, but a spokesperson said the homebuilders group isn’t funding or otherwise connected to Building a Stronger Nevada.

INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000

AG candidate Duncan removes endorsement from embattled sheriff from website, won't campaign with him

After months of criticism from Democratic groups, Republican attorney general candidate Wes Duncan has quietly removed an endorsement from embattled Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro from his website.

Duncan’s campaign manager, John Vick, said in an email on Friday that the endorsement — listed in a 2017 press release announcing support for his candidacy from 15 county sheriffs — was removed sometime last month, and that Duncan would speak further on the issue once the attorney general’s office completed an investigation into multiple allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior from Antinoro

“We won’t be campaigning with him and do not want his endorsement,” he said in an email.

Nevada Democrats and supporting groups have run ads and bashed Antinoro’s endorsement of Duncan and gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, in the midst of renewed attention toward the Storey County lawman’s behavior while in office. A county official estimated that at least 10 complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination or wrongful termination had been filed against Antinoro since he took in office in 2010, plus a civil suit filed by a former deputy accusing the sheriff of sexual harassment and an ongoing investigation by the state ethics commission.

Antinoro admitted in a recent deposition to telling sexually explicit details of his personal life to his former chief deputy, including paying his ex-wife to have sex with other men while he watched and taking his ex-girlfriend to a swingers club in Las Vegas.

In an interview last month, Duncan said he found the allegations against Antinoro “troubling” but didn’t want to comment further until the attorney general’s office finished a separate investigation into the claims.

Antinoro has long feuded with the prominent Northern Nevada developers who own the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, one of whom requested Laxalt investigate the sexual harassment claims back in April. Laxalt — who still lists Antinoro’s endorsement on his website — said at a gubernatorial forum last month that he couldn’t comment on the issue until his office completed its investigation.

Antinoro was re-elected to another four-year term last month.

INDY FAST FACTS Wes Duncan Job: Attorney-Hutchison & Steffen Party: Republican In current office: None Birthdate: December 26, 1980 Education:  Columbia College (A.A.) University of California Berkeley (B.A.) Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law (J.D.) Other public offices held: Assemblyman, District 37 (2012-2014) Total donations: $1,346,156 (11/6/11-6/6/18) Top donors: Las Vegas Sands Corp. $40,000 Station Casinos/Zuffa $24,000 Keystone Corporation $22,500 Republican Assembly Victory Fund & Leaders Caucus $20,000 Starpoint Resort Inc.  $20,000
INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000

House lawmakers to visit Yucca Mountain

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee this month plan to visit Yucca Mountain, the location where most members of the panel want to build a national nuclear waste repository.

Details of the July 14 visit were still being finalized, according to the committee spokesman.

The visit comes after the House approved legislation in May to restart efforts to build the project, which had been kept dormant by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who retired at the end of his term in 2016.

The overwhelming House vote, 340-to-72, followed a similarly lopsided 49-to-4 vote by the panel last year.

Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois, has led the charge to jumpstart the Yucca project. He is chairman of the committee’s Environment Subcommittee.

“We owe it to the 121 communities across 39 states (storing nuclear waste), as well as to every American taxpayer forced to shoulder the daily $2.2 million burden of inaction, to get this done,” Shimkus said in May.

But Yucca opponents, including most of Nevada’s congressional delegation, have argued that it’s too dangerous to transport nuclear waste.

“This proposal requires the construction of almost 300 miles of new railroad tracks to transport the waste, putting more than 123 million lives near the proposed routes at risk,” said Rep. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat, in a letter she wrote to appropriators earlier this year. “Such nuclear waste transportation directly threatens individuals living in nearly 330 Congressional Districts.”

Rosen is challenging Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican, for his Senate seat and Yucca has become an issue in the campaign with the renewed interest in building the repository, including President Donald Trump putting Yucca funding in his annual budget proposals.

But with Heller’s race expected to be decided by a slim margin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unlikely to put Shimkus’ bill on the Senate floor as he looks to protect Heller and his slim Republican majority.

INDY FAST FACTS Jacky Rosen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: August 2, 1957 Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $7,133,798 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $69,500 University of Nevada $40,038 Omni New York $32,400 Last Report: 6/11/18 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $117,900 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,500 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics

Advocates looking to Nye County Commission to put brothel ban question up to voters

Organizers of an effort to ban brothels in Nye County say they stopped gathering signatures to force a referendum on the ballot and instead expect county commissioners to allow an advisory question on whether legal prostitution should be outlawed there.

Jason Guinasso, who’s helping coordinate similar efforts in both Nye and Lyon county, told The Nevada Independent on Friday that the campaign expects the issue to come up before the commission on July 10. He said anti-brothel organizers were close to gathering the 1,963 signatures they needed by a Friday deadline before they quit the endeavor a few days ago.

“Having the commission’s commitment to the process and outcome by having them put the question on the ballot is preferable to imposing a referendum question onto the ballot,” Guinasso said.

Nye County spokesman Arnold Knightly said nothing had been scheduled, but if a special meeting ends up being called for July 10, it would be posted in an agenda on July 5.

Lyon County, which had an even higher signature threshold for petitions, already decided to take the advisory question route.

If the advisory questions passed, and commissioners chose to implement a ban, they would shut down a handful of brothels owned by Republican Assembly nominee Dennis Hof.

A pro-brothel campaign called Nye County Freedom is countering the anti-brothel campaign, although it’s unclear who’s funding it; the group is not registered with the secretary of state as a PAC under the name Nye County Freedom. Hof says he’s not involved, while two other Nye County brothels — Sheri’s Ranch and the Chicken Ranch — didn’t answer inquiries about whether they were involved.

Updated at 1:40 p.m. on June 29, 2018, to reflect the effect of the advisory questions and the status of the commission meeting schedule.

 

Republicans intensify focus on Nevada's two competitive House seats in naming Tarkanian, Hardy to final phase of the 'Young Guns' program

The National Republican Congressional Committee has named businessman Danny Tarkanian and former Congressman Cresent Hardy as two of the top 11 candidates they believe have a significant shot at winning competitive congressional seats nationwide.

The NRCC has picked Tarkanian in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District and Hardy in the 4th Congressional District to join the final phase of its “Young Guns” program, meaning they will receive additional access to key donors, more help from operatives and extra on the ground support. Other candidates across the nation have been named to two lower levels of the “Young Guns” program — “on the radar’ and “contenders” — but the “young gun” designation signals where the Republicans plan to focus the bulk of their attention this cycle.

Tarkanian, who is taking his second shot at running in the 3rd District after losing to Rep. Jacky Rosen last year, will face education advocate and philanthropist Susie Lee in this swingy, suburban Las Vegas district that covers Summerlin, Henderson and the southwest. Rosen is vacating her seat to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller.

Hardy is making a comeback bid after losing his re-election bid in 2016 to Rep. Ruben Kihuen, who decided not to run for re-election after a series of allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him late last year. Hardy will face former Rep. Steven Horsford, whom he ousted during the red wave election of 2014.

“I am proud to welcome each candidate to the Young Guns program to ensure they have the resources they need to win, and I look forward to seeing them on the trail this summer and fall,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who founded the “Young Guns” program during the 2008 cycle with Speaker Paul Ryan and then-Rep. Eric Cantor, in a statement.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named both Lee and Horsford to its “Red to Blue” program, which similarly provides fundraising and operational support to Democratic candidates.

Disclosure: Susie Lee has donated to The Nevada Independent. You can see a full list of donors here.
INDY FAST FACTS Danny Tarkanian Job: Businessman Party: Republican In current office: None Birthdate: Dec. 18, 1961 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) University of San Diego (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total Donations: $3,443,619 (8/18/04-5/23/18) Top Donors: Danny Tarkanian $528,440 Stations Casino $74,550 Las Vegas Sands Corp $38,900 Domain.com $26,600 Maloof family $18,000
INDY FAST FACTS Jacky Rosen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: August 2, 1957 Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $7,133,798 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $69,500 University of Nevada $40,038 Omni New York $32,400 Last Report: 6/11/18 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Ruben Kihuen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 4th Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birhdate: April 25, 1980 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) Other public offices held: State Senator, District 10 (2010-2016) State Assemblyman, District 11 (2007-2010) Total donations: $987,929 (2012-2018) Top donors: Naqvi Injury Law $10,800 Border Health $10,000 Jobs, Opportunities & Education PAC $10,000 Tpp Export America $10,000 UNITE HERE $10,000 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit:  Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $117,900 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,500 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics

Rosen releases second health care-focused ad again highlighting Senate Republicans' Obamacare repeal attempts

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Jacky Rosen will continue to remind voters of Senate Republicans’ attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act last summer in her fourth television ad of the cycle that begins airing Thursday.

The 30-second spot, part of a new six-figure television buy, highlights the debate over the federal health-care law last year and stresses the freshman congresswoman’s support for fixing the Affordable Care Act rather than scrapping it entirely and starting anew. Though the ad does not mention her opponent, Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller by name, Rosen has been goading Heller on health care since she entered the race almost a year ago.

The ad features people holding up signs showing why they support fixes to the Affordable Care Act. One man holds a sign showing three dollar signs. A young woman holds up a sign saying that she has stage 4 cancer and could lose her health insurance. Others say “our kids,” “for my family” and “our son.”

“We all have reasons to fix our health-care system,” Rosen says.

In the ad, she says that Republicans “keep voting to repeal Obamacare instead of fixing it” and that Republicans want to end protections for pre-existing conditions and allow insurance companies to charge older people more for health insurance than younger people. She promises to “work with both parties to fix” the federal health-care law and lower costs.

A poll earlier this year from a pro-Affordable Care Act advocacy group found that 55 percent of respondents in Nevada support keeping the federal health-care law in place while making necessary fixes, while 40 percent support repealing it.

Rosen ran a similar ad in May acknowledging the “real problems” of the Affordable Care Act but urging people to work together to lower costs.

INDY FAST FACTS Jacky Rosen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: August 2, 1957 Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $7,133,798 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $69,500 University of Nevada $40,038 Omni New York $32,400 Last Report: 6/11/18 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $117,900 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,500 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics

Nevada toad inches closer to endangered species protection near proposed geothermal site

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that a newly-discovered gold-speckled toad in Nevada might be listed under the Endangered Species Act, a move that could affect geothermal development in Churchill County. The federal agency, which administers the act, said it would conduct a yearlong study of the toad’s habitat before making a final determination.

After a preliminary 90-day study, the agency concluded Tuesday that a petition to list the species presented “substantial scientific or commercial information” of threats to the Dixie Valley toad, an amphibian living in an isolated habitat of four spring-fed wetlands in central Nevada.

The Center for Biological Diversity, which filed the petition to list the toad after UNR researchers discovered it last year, said it faced threats from disease, predation by the American bullfrog, an invasive species, and energy development. Under the Endangered Species Act, organizations can seek federal protections for wildlife and plant life through a formal petition process.

“The Dixie Valley toad is one of the most vulnerable species in Nevada,” Jenny Loda, a biologist and lawyer for the organization, said in the statement. “I’m pleased that the Fish and Wildlife Service made the right call and this special toad is now one step closer to getting the lifesaving protections it needs.”

The petition argued that a proposed geothermal development could alter habitat by changing water temperature and the springs the toad relies on. It is the latest instance of conservation interests in the West conflict with siting large-scale clean energy on federal public lands.

In the same announcement Tuesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service said it would also consider removing protections for the yellow-billed cuckoo, an action that industry groups in Arizona have been pushing. The bird is scattered in Western and Southern parts of the state.

Democratic AG group deletes tweet after warning from Nevada attorney general

A national group supporting Democratic attorney general candidates deleted a social media post boosting Nevada candidate Aaron Ford after a warning from the Nevada attorney general’s office.

The Democratic Attorneys General Association deleted a tweet Tuesday published in March when it endorsed Ford in his bid for the attorney general’s office, after being warned by the attorney general’s office that use of the state’s seal in the tweet violated a state law prohibiting use of the seal without permission from the governor.

In a response letter to a request by the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) sent earlier in June, the Nevada attorney general’s office agreed that the tweet included an “unauthorized reproduction” of the state seal and would ask both the committee and candidate to take down the post.

“We agree that any improper use of the Great Seal of the State of Nevada is not a trivial violation of the law because it carries the implication of official state action and endorsement,” Bureau Chief of Government Affairs Gregory Zunino wrote in a June 19 letter to RAGA and provided to The Nevada Independent.

A spokesperson for the Democratic Attorneys General Association said they had received the letter from the Nevada attorney general’s office and had subsequently deleted the tweet.

“The attorney general is the top legal officer of Nevada; the official should understand, respect, and follow the law,” RAGA Communications Director Zach Roday said in a statement. “Aaron Ford does not see it that way. He can’t define larceny. He readily admits he wouldn’t follow Nevada law if it doesn’t align with his politics. And, now he is improperly promoting his campaign by using the Great Seal of the State of Nevada. I’m excited to see what’s next.”

Ford will face off against Republican Wes Duncan in the 2018 general election to replace the current Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a Republican.

Updated at 11:46 a.m. to include a statement from Zach Roday.

INDY FAST FACTS Wes Duncan Job: Attorney-Hutchison & Steffen Party: Republican In current office: None Birthdate: December 26, 1980 Education:  Columbia College (A.A.) University of California Berkeley (B.A.) Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law (J.D.) Other public offices held: Assemblyman, District 37 (2012-2014) Total donations: $1,346,156 (11/6/11-6/6/18) Top donors: Las Vegas Sands Corp. $40,000 Station Casinos/Zuffa $24,000 Keystone Corporation $22,500 Republican Assembly Victory Fund & Leaders Caucus $20,000 Starpoint Resort Inc.  $20,000
INDY FAST FACTS Aaron Ford Job: State Senate Majority Leader Party: Democrat In current office: 2012-present *Senate Democratic Leader since 2015 Birthdate: May 24, 1972 Education: Texas A&M University (B.A.) George Washington University (M.A.) Ohio State University (M.A., J.D., Ph.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $2,314,213 (1/01/10 - 6/7/18) Top donors: Station Casinos $30,000 MGM Resorts International $28,500 Boyd Gaming $20,500 Nevada State Education Association $20,032 Citizens for Justice Trust $18,000 Caesars Entertainment $18,000
INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000