Latest Polling Shows Laxalt Made Bad Choice

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As reported today by 360Daily, Nevada Republican Candidate for Governor, Adam Laxalt, may wish he had done some preliminary polling before endorsing Michael Roberson for Lt. Governor.

Laxalt endorsed Roberson early on, and the pair are campaigning together as a ticket. They currently appear together in TV ads. Much like in presidential races. However, the offices are completely separate, and voters are free to vote for a Republican Governor and a Democrat Lt. Governor or vise versa or another Republican candidate. Voting for Laxalt is not an automatic vote for Roberson, who needs to win all by himself, to go on to the general election in November.

According to 360Daily, a recent poll taken this past week shows Roberson lacks favorable ratings by likely primary voters. In fact, Roberson scored just 18 percent. His strongest opponent, former Assemblyman Brent Jones, came in at 41 percent in favorable ratings. Roberson is down a whopping 23 percent to Jones.

That has to have the Laxalt team regretting any formal endorsement for the unpopular former State Senator Michael Roberson.

Roberson has lost before. In 2016 he ran for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District. Roberson raised tremendous amounts of money and outspent his rival, Danny Tarkanian, nearly 5 to 1. However, he lost badly to Tarkanian in the primary.

In the same poll sighted by 360Daily, voters were asked: If the election were held today, who would you vote for Lt. Governor? Roberson won only 11.4 percent to Jones’ 23 percent. A large number of likely voters remained undecided.

Jones has a reputation of standing up against the establishment. He was very vocal in his opposition to the enormous tax hike pushed by then-Majority Leader and State Senator Michael Roberson. Jones referred to the tax as a “betrayal after trust” on the Assembly floor in the 2015 session.

Jones also introduced pro-school choice legislation and a bill to end the use of Common Core in Nevada’s educational system. As many as 33 states have repealed Common Core Standards because of its failure to educate. Roberson refused to allow a vote on Jones’ assembly bill to end Common Core. Nevada continues to rank dead last among the states in education. Jones voted for the Educational Savings Accounts (ESA) and in a special session worked to get the legislation funded. However, as Majority Leader, Roberson blocked funding the ESA measure.

In 2015 the Republicans held a majority in the State Senate and Assembly. The largest tax hike in the Silver State’s history was authored, pushed, and passed by establishment Republicans with Roberson leading the pack.

The State Senator’s past voting record and actions have left many Republicans skeptical and doubting his current campaign platform.

For instance, Roberson’s main issue seems to be that he opposes sanctuary cities. Voters are having a hard time believing this is his actual stance, especially when as a State Senator he voted for pro-amnesty legislation and authored a bill to give illegals a Nevada Drivers License.

The state is now learning that some illegals are using the state issued ID to register to vote. The state has no way to track if some of these same illegals are voting.

Additionally, in 2010, when Roberson first sought elected office, he signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and campaigned with the Tea Party movement claiming he would end the “Sunset Taxes.” However, after a short period of holding office, he reversed his stance and came out in favor of making the “Sunset Taxes” permanent.

The recent polling reported today by 360Daily seems to indicate voters are aware of Roberson’s record and their utter disgust with his flip-flopping.

It appears odd that for such a principal office as Governor, Adam Laxalt would go out on a limb for Roberson without doing a little polling himself about how voters would respond to an endorsement.

A memo released by NV Dems suggest there is another hurdle in order for Laxalt to ultimately win the general election, specifically, because of third party candidate Ryan Bundy. Bundy has a large following with rural Nevada voters that stems from the infamous “Bundy Standoff.”

Reports indicate that Bundy reached out to Attorney General Adam Laxalt for help at the time Nevada Ranchers were under attack from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM.) Laxalt ignored Bundy’s request for help. In fact, several ranchers were imprisoned over the incident for nearly two years. Recently, most have been freed, and all charges have been dropped.

In Nevada, Democrats out register Republicans. Laxalt will need every Republican vote, and additional votes from independents and third party registered voters to win.

Laxalt is still seen by many as the best chance to keep a Republican Governor in Nevada, but chances are high that he will have Brent Jones for a Lt. Governor.

We reached out to frontrunner Jones who reports he “would be honored to work with Adam Laxalt.” Jones believes he and Laxalt are more aligned on the issues then Laxalt and Roberson. “I am optimistic,” said Jones. He went on to say that Roberson is “well funded by the establishment, but I have a better voting record and I kept my campaign promises…; voters know my record.”

Written by Guardian LV Team

Sources:

Las Vegas Review Journal Judge did US government a favor by tossing out case, says Bundy

Washington Post The long fight between the Bundys and the federal government, from 1989 to today

NV DEMS Ryan Bundy is a huge problem for Adam Laxalt

360 Daily New Poll: Michael Roberson is unelectable & threatens Laxalt’s campaign

Top and Featured Image Courtesy of Gage Skidmore’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

Brent Jones the NO-nonsense Leader Nevadans Deserve

 Do you recall the days when a man’s word equated to his bond? Brent Jones, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor of Nevada is known for his integrity, speaking out against the establishment and backing up what he says with action. It is not the time to question if Brent Jones is ready for the second highest office in Nevada, but rather is Nevada prepared for the no nonsense leadership only Jones is able to deliver.

Brent Jones is the co-founder and CEO of The Real Chamber of Commerce and a successful business owner. As a beloved husband and cherished father, he understands the intimate concerns and challenges of providing for a family in today’s economic climate. Therefore, Jones’ bid for Lt. Governor of Nevada is founded on practical wisdom, forward-thinking solutions, and value-adding principles.

Those principles include giving the power of education back to the teachers and parents, reducing regulations on businesses and lowering taxes. The former 35th District Assemblyman believes a strong economy is the result of a pro-business environment. Wherein potential business owners are attracted to because of a strong, viable, and educated workforce. As the CEO of The Real Chamber, Jones is instrumental in the advancement of society through free and open enterprise. As a small business owner, he has created jobs, therefore, he understands how over taxation and regulation can be stumbling blocks to providing competitive wages and sustainable profitability.

It is our firm belief that protectionist collusion between government and business leaders is not a viable path to sustained economic development. Our members have walked the path to success, and are acutely aware that society grows stronger and more prosperous in a competitive environment, culminating in continual innovative ideas being added to the marketplace. Consistent with this message, we believe that removal of excessive regulation and taxation, would remove the need for public subsidies to unprofitable firms and support ending all forms of cronyism that prevents the private market from flourishing!

Jones’ Views on the Top Issues

Many see educating children as a partnership between parents and teachers. Jones is pro-school choice and strongly defends placing the power of choice into the hands of parents, in addition to providing the necessary resources for teachers to be an effective component of that partnership. The Republican candidate also supports the educational savings account, believing this would help the poor and working class have substantially better access to education. Jones also wants to repeal Common Core, giving Nevada students the opportunity to once again excel and move up from last place, compared to the rest of the country.

It must be clear, Jones is not anti-public education, however, as a parent, he feels that parents deserve to have more influence on the future of their children by allowing them to decide where to educate their children.

Since the standard Republican platform is to encourage lower taxes and limited government, one might ask why Jones’ opponent Michael Roberson (R) voted for the largest tax increase in the history of Nevada. In spite of the fact that he, along with Jones, signed the No Tax Pledge. While serving as an Assemblyman of the 35th District, Jones unashamedly referred to it as a “betrayal after trust,” in the closing moments of a debate prior to the vote.

Jones says, “As a small business owner, I understand completely how over-regulation and excessive taxation hurts businesses. It is a proven fact, not mere speculation that over regulation and increased taxes kill job creation.” The answer is finding solutions to create a growing economy that yields prosperity for all, not raising taxes, according to Jones.

The NRA has issued an A rating to Jones because of his strong support of the Second Amendment. In fact, despite the recent protests for more gun control, Jones sides with common sense. For instance, he supported Senate Bill 175 allowing adult students with a concealed carry permit to keep their firearms while on campus. Roberson killed the initiative, helping to further the agenda of those who want to change or abolish the right to bear arms.

Jones’ Voting Record Speaks to his Integrity

The American Conservative Union (ACU) researches and selects a range of bills before state legislatures to determine a member’s adherence to conservative values and principles. The bills are focused on Ronald Reagan’s three-legged stool philosophy:

  1. Fiscal and economic: taxes, budgets, regulations, spending, healthcare, and property;
  2. Social and cultural: 2nd amendment, religion, welfare, life, and education;
  3. Government integrity: voting, privacy, individual liberty, and transparency.

The wide array of issues are designed to provide citizens a clear picture of which leaders in their respective legislatures best defend the principles of a free society: Life, liberty, and prosperity.

Brent Jones, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor of Nevada received a rating of 94 percent from the ACU. Proving yet again, integrity in government still matters.

By Jireh Gibson

Brent Jones

 
 

Hello, my name is Brent Jones, and it’s exciting to ask for your vote for Lt. Governor, to stand for the success of our great State of Nevada.

It was a great privilege to serve you in the Nevada Assembly in 2014, working with our colleagues for the proven Republican principles of our party platform of lowering taxes and slashing burdensome and counterproductive regulations that kill businesses and jobs.  You and our fellow Nevadans honored us with your trust to lead us all toward a more prosperous and freer Nevada.  That honor is precious and deserves your representative’s dedication to act in all our best interests to the best of our abilities.  You – have – the right – to expect no less.

Imagine the shock and utter disbelief that rocked me when then-Republican state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, forced a massive new 1.3 billion dollar tax increase, the largest in our state’s history.  What a betrayal of your trust, of all Nevadans and Nevada’s small business owners!  My only honorable response was to vote a resounding “NO!” to that Commerce Tax — the tax that we the people of Nevada voted against by nearly 80% in that same election!

Speaking as a business owner, of Real Water, Real MMA and the Real Chamber, It is clearly and painfully evident that increased taxes, massive regulations and arbitrary rules jammed onto our businesses only burden them to where taxable income, jobs and even your own future opportunities to get ahead are damaged!  President Trump, who I was glad to be the first Nevada legislator to support, proved in this last year, that reducing these onerous handicaps creates jobs, creates opportunities, strengthens our economy and stimulates investments.  You deserve to have a good job, a living wage and a chance for you and your children to be the next wave of successful small business people!  This is your birthright as Americans!

As our Nevada economy grows, more investments will be attracted here, and that brings more opportunities for you and your children!

President Trump gets it.  As a businessman, President Trump understands the day to day challenges of running a business – and what it means to actually create and build a successful business.  Under his leadership, with his most substantial tax cut in our history, with cutting nearly 20 regulations for every new regulation, our nation’s economy is booming, creating and restoring good-paying jobs for the first time in a long time.  He is validating everything I have stood for all along!

But that’s not all!  What’s in our schools today is in our government tomorrow.  And if that’s failure, as we’re seeing now in Nevada, try to imagine the cost to us all in the near and distant future!  For this reason, we cannot continue to just throw more and more money at a failed school system and expect better results!  I have – and will continue to – actively support and push to fund ESAs and any other pro-school choice initiative that gives our children new chances to win in life!

We all want and deserve our honest votes to truly count!  That cannot happen when your vote is nullified by an illegal vote!  How can we have integrity in our government if we have lost integrity in our voting systems?   My opponent pushed through the law that gives illegal aliens   state-issued ID.  That’s an open invitation to fraud.  And how can any honest person insist that fraud should be enabled in our voting?  How do we stop it?  With genuine ID that proves citizenship!  Since that’s required for such simple, everyday things like getting on an airplane, cashing a check, using a credit card, opening a bank account or even just buying cigarettes, why shouldn’t we protect the most precious civil right we have?  This is part of my own personal platform.

We cannot expect a successful and growing Nevada economy, honest elections or principled representation unless we choose leaders who hold these things dear.  That’s why I’m asking you for your vote as a pro-jobs, pro-business and pro-integrity Lt. Governor.  I will devote my energies to work with our governor, Adam Laxalt, and our legislature, to mirror Trump’s national successes right here at home.

Discover more at  www.votebrentjones.com, that is www.vote–brent–jones.com.  Thank you – Vote for Brent Jones.  May God bless Nevada.

 Thank you,
Brent Jones

 

 

Public Service

Brent Jones served Nevada proudly as a state assemblyman, and he intends to do the same as lieutenant governor.

Brent Jones believes that Americans are overtaxed. If the government would stop wasteful spending and focus on priorities, there would not be a need to continuously tax the people. The answer is not to raise taxes but to find solutions to create a growing economy that yields prosperity for all.

He wants to return the control of education to the parents. He will continue to work to strengthen and enrich education in Nevada. In 2015, Republicans passed the Educational Spending Accounts (ESA), but failed to fund the measure under Republican leadership. Jones will actively continue to support and push to fund ESA.

Jones is a strong supporter of the American voting system. The best way to preserve the integrity of the system is through voter ID. People have to show identification everywhere they go, voting should not be any different.

As Nevada’s lieutenant governor, he will uphold the values that will grow the economy, provide a solid education of choice for your children, and protect voter’s rights.

Nevada Office of Lt. Governor Statutory Duties

The Nevada lieutenant governor has five (5) statutory duties.  These duties include chairing the state tourism commission; serving on boards related to transportation, economic development, and audits; and ensuring continuity of government in a catastrophic emergency.

 Statutory duties of Lieutenant Governor as prescribed by Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS):

1. Serve as chairman of the Commission on Tourism (NRS 231.170)

2. Serve as vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the Department of Transportation (NRS 408.106)

3. Serve as a member of the Board of Economic Development (NRS 231.033)

4. Serve as a member of the Executive Branch Audit Committee (NRS 353A.038)

5. Homeland Security – Continuity of Government

The lieutenant governor is charged in event of a catastrophic emergency and in the absence of the governor to ensure continuity of government including filling elected positions.

“In the event that this State or a portion of this State is stricken by a catastrophic emergency of such magnitude that, in the opinion of the Governor or, in the absence of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the existing provisions of the Nevada Constitution and the statutes of this State relating to the filling of vacancies in office are not able to provide for a sufficiently expedient continuity of government and temporary succession of power as a result of vacancies in office created by the catastrophic emergency, the provisions of subsections 3 to 11, inclusive, apply.

Also, after a catastrophic emergency has taken place, the Governor or, in the absence of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, shall:

(a) Determine and announce publicly when conditions have normalized within this State or the portion thereof affected by the catastrophic emergency.

(b) In cooperation with the Secretary of State, develop procedures and a reasonable schedule for filling by regular election the various offices filled temporarily pursuant to this section.” (NRSS 239C. 260)

Lieutenant Governor Elections 2018

The current Lieutenant Governor is Mark Hutchison (R) who was elected in 2014.

On August 18, 2017, Hutchison announced he would not be seeking re-election at the end of his term in 2018, creating an open seat in the upcoming 2018 election.

Currently, Nevada has a divided government with a Republican Governor and Democrat majorities in the Nevada State Senate and Assembly.

The Silver state is considered a Republican triplex. A triplex is achieved when one political party holds the position of governor, attorney general, and secretary of state.

Currently: Governor Brian Sandoval (R), Attorney General Adam Laxalt(R), and Secretary of State, Barbara Cegavske(R), make-up this triplex.

In the 2018 elections:

  •  Adam Laxalt is vacating his seat of Attorney General and running for Governor.
  • Secretary of State, Barbara Cegavske, is seeking re-election.
  • Brent Jones(R), is running to become Nevada’s next Lt. Governor which would maintain the Republican Triplex.

ESA’s Take Big Step Forward With Supreme Court Ruling

LAS VEGAS — Education Savings Accounts and real educational choice for parents and children is one giant step closer in Nevada, now that the state Supreme Court has released its ruling on the matter.

While the court ruled against the state on one technical funding issue, all other constitutional challenges against the program were rejected Thursday in the high court’s opinion.

NPRI Communications Director Michael Schaus explained how the decision, despite postponing ESAs, is ultimately a step in the right direction.

“We are thrilled to see that the Supreme Court Justices ruled that ESAs are constitutional, rejecting all the substantive challenges. Only a technical funding issue was found to be in violation of the constitution — an issue easily addressed by the legislature. Soon, Nevada families will finally be able to see real educational choice in Nevada.”

The ACLU had argued that ESAs violated the state constitution’s “little Blaine amendment,” because parents would have the option of spending ESA funds at private religious schools. Another case filed by a group of parents claimed the reform would harm public schools, because school districts would no longer receive a portion of per-pupil state funding for students that took advantage of ESAs.

The justices ruled against all such substantive challenges against the program, only finding fault with the order in which ESAs were funded by the Legislature. The state constitution’s requirements for the order in which elements of public education must be funded mean legislators will have to tweak the ESA law. Then, nearly 8,000 Nevada students can begin taking advantage of personalized, and tailor-made, educational options.

NPRI issued the following statement:

Although we’re disappointed that the program remains delayed because of the ruling, it is good to see that the justices have affirmed the right for a parent to make their own decisions about their child’s education.

The freedom that parents will have, thanks to the nation’s most inclusive educational reform, will be unimaginable. When legislators address the one remaining obstacle to implementing this program, there will be a floodgate of opportunity opened for Nevada’s youth — a new gold rush for educational innovation.

The right for families, not bureaucrats or politicians, to make the decisions that best fit their educational needs is now one step closer to reality in the Silver State.

Now, it is once again up to the legislature. For parents, this isn’t some obscure political issue, or complex policy proposal — it is personal. It’s about their children.

And they’re ready for ESAs.

Source:

360 Daily.net