Establishment Republicans Facing Strong Opposition in Nevada

Republicans hold a majority in the Nevada Assembly 25-17 and in the Senate 11-10. GOP swept the state in 2014, in what many call the “Red Wave”, giving them the majority for the first time in decades.

The fight to maintain the majority is shaping up but there is a notable divide and battle within the party, not only in Nevada but across the country. The tide is turning, and this election cycle, it is the establishment Republicans that find themselves facing strong opposition among an angry electorate.

Nevada Assemblyman and majority leader Paul Anderson is leading the charge to defend those establishment incumbents who face primary challengers because of their pro-tax voting records.  Raising taxes is in direct conflict with the voters who voted overwhelmingly against increasing taxes on the 2014 ballot.

Nationally, the Trump movement is taking hold and seems to be unstoppable at this point.  The establishment worked hard against Trump in Nevada to no avail. Trump won the state’s caucus in February easily. The establishment officials endorsed Jeb Bush who spent millions, only to be rejected by voters. More money doesn’t appear to be the key to winning this go around. The conservative officials endorsed Cruz, but in Nevada, the voters chose Trump.

The battle for control is not the usual partisan fight between Democrats and Republicans. This year Republicans are battling each other for a controlling interest in the legislature, much like the Trump phenomenon happening all across the country.

Several of the current elected Republicans ran campaigns promising they would oppose raising taxes but broke those promises once elected, and voted to pass the largest tax hike in the state’s history. The Commerce Tax found support from all Democrats and establishment Republicans.

In 2014, the voters defeated two ballot initiatives to raise taxes by a wide margin with nearly 80% statewide voting against tax increases. Question 3 was packaged as the “Education Initiative”, even for education, the voters sent a clear message that they were opposed to any increases.

Nevada’s school system ranks dead last among the 50 states in education achievement. The ranking is not new for Nevada. The state has long suffered as one of the worst in education outcomes. Past tax increases for more education dollars have had no impact or results on improvement.

Rather than increasing taxes for education, voters are calling for an audit of the Clark County School District, the largest school district in the state.

Pro-tax establishment Republicans are facing credible opposition in the primary. Candidate filing took place March 7-18 with no shortage of anti-tax candidates. All incumbents who voted for the 1.4-billion-dollar tax package are facing primaries.

Races to watch:

 Senate District 6 Republican Primary Candidates Victoria Seaman and Erv Nelson

Pro-tax Assemblyman Erv Nelson faces Anti-Tax Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman. Nelson ran a no new taxes campaign in 2014 in assembly district 5 and won. After he was elected he reversed his position and voted for the $1.4 billion tax increase.

The chances of Nelson holding the seat after betraying his supporters would have been a long shot. Instead, he chose to move into another district, seeking election in Senate district 6. He has the support of the Republican establishment senate caucus. Escaping his track record of misrepresenting his core positions, particularly on raising taxes, won’t be easy, even in a new district.

Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman had announced her intent to seek the senate seat last year. Seaman campaigned against raising taxes in 2014 and kept her word to her constituents refusing to support the $1.4 billion hike.

Assembly District 22 Republican Primary Candidates: Richard Bunce, Keith Pickard, Grant James Butak

Richard Bunce will run in district 22 to fill the vacancy created by retiring Lynn Stewart. Bunce has name recognition and the money to compete against the establishment-backed Keith Pickard. A third candidate, Grant James Butak is also running.

Assembly District 19 Republican Primary Candidates: Connie Foust and Chris Edwards

Connie Foust will primary Chris Edwards. Edwards turned on conservatives and sided with the establishment wing on leadership positions in 2015 and is most known for wearing a wire while meeting with caucus members. It is unclear if the establishment will return the favor and support Edwards. The last C&E filings suggest that if they are, it’s not with donations, Edwards loaned his campaign $24, 000.

Assembly District 36 Republican Primary Candidates: Tina Trenner, Rusty Stanberry, James Oscarson

District 36 includes Pahrump where the biggest majority of votes will decide the primary winner. James Oscarson is facing two primary opponents. Tina Trenner, who is backed by the Nye County Republican Party, and Rusty Stanberry.

Oscarson was censored and excommunicated by the party when he violated his promise to vote against the $1.4 billion in new taxes. The establishment is backing Oscarson, as are the casinos, MGM, The Orleans, Boyd Gaming, Boulder Station to name a few. The Commerce Tax was carefully crafted to benefit big casinos at the expense of small business owners in Nevada, which explains their generosity in donating to Oscarson.

Majority Leader, Paul Anderson, has also donated to Oscarson. The “New Nevada PAC” who has a history of donating to the good ole boy establishment wing of the Republican party is also supplying funding.

Stanberry is relatively unknown in Pahrump but Tina Trenner, a longtime political activist is well versed on the issues and well known in the community.

Assembly District 35 Republican Primary Candidates:  Brent Jones, Tiffany Jones, Tom Blanchard

District 35 is currently represented by Assemblyman Brent Jones. Jones is popular within his district and will be hard to beat. Jones has been noted as one of the top conservatives to watch in 2016. He stood firm on his campaign promises of no new taxes and is recognized and has gained wide support for his efforts to repeal Common Core around the state.

Jones also created the Contract with Nevada, made up of 10 common sense issues that over 75% of Nevadans support. He has organized efforts to support candidates that stand on the party platform of smaller government, less regulation and lower taxes.

The establishment has made public statements announcing they will try to defeat Jones. Assemblyman Paul Anderson, who leads the establishment cartel, is supporting Tiffany Jones, a newcomer to Nevada Politics. Anderson has stated his Growth & Opportunity PAC will fund her efforts.

Anderson hasn’t been shy about insulting Brent Jones with a slew of nasty comments to news reporters. Jones’ cardinal sin seems to be his ability to organize, keep his promises to voters, and he rejected the $1.4 billion tax hike. Jones has made it clear he supports State Controller, Ron Knecht, ballot initiative to repeal the Commerce Tax.

Jones endorsed Donald Trump, another sticking point with Paul Anderson who endorsed Jeb Bush. Bush, withdrew early for lack of support after spending millions.

Tom Blanchard who was rejected by the voters in 2012 has again thrown his hat into the ring as did a couple of other candidates. This race will be a 5-way primary.

Assembly District 9 Republican Primary Candidates: Diana Orrock, David Gardner

David Gardner won the election in 2014 as part of the “Red Wave” He did zero campaigning and raised zero dollars. He merely put his name on the ballot and paid the one-hundred-dollar filing fee. Despite his luck in 2014 with a surprise win, the voters have no idea who he is.

As an elected official he joined the establishment and voted for the $1.4 billion in new taxes. A vote that went against over 79% of his constituents.

His primary opponent, Nevada Republican National Committeewoman, Diana Orrock, has far better name recognition in the community. Orrock has been a strong conservative voice in party politics. She outraised Gardner who is supported and funded by the establishment arm of the Republican party.

Minddie Lloyd, a third candidate for district 9 has again filed to run. She also attempted to run in 2014 but withdrew her name. Lloyd, the least likely to be successful, has been labeled the spoiler in the race.  It is unclear if Lloyd will remain in the race this go around. If she changes her mind again, she has until March 30 to withdraw her name.

Nevada Assemblyman Poised to Take Conservatives to the Next Level

Freshman Assemblyman Brent Jones is fast emerging as the conservative leader in the Nevada legislature. In January 2016, Citizens Outreach released their list of the top 25 conservatives to watch. Recognizing the Assemblyman in the top 10, Jones was listed as number eight. As noted by Chuck Muth, president of the nonprofit group, Jones is filling the leadership gap and becoming the leader for the southern Nevada conservative wing. According to Muth’s publication, Jones is actively working and poised to take conservatives to the next level by helping challengers defeat tax-hiking incumbent Republicans.

The Assemblyman is known for keeping his campaign promises and enjoys a favorable reputation for standing against raising taxes. Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), a well-respected conservative think tank, whose website explains their system of ranking legislators as, “The following report card provides an objective measure of each lawmaker’s voting record on legislation impacting the degree of economic freedom and needed policy reforms.” NPRI awarded Jones an impressive score of 89.75 percent, or number five, in their published report card.

Jones has been a strong proponent of school choice and campaigned heavily on working to give parents the ability to choose how and where to educate their children. He was a strong voice in favor of Senator Scott Hammond’s Education Spending Accounts (ESA) that allow the money to follow the child to the school parents choose.

Nevada continues to place last in national rankings in education among the states. Giving parents the ability to move their children from failing schools to the school of their choice has wide appeal with the state’s residents.

The conservative leader has gained popularity for his strong stance against Common Core (CC), especially the data mining of student’s personal information and records. During the 2015 legislative session, Jones put up billboards advertising his goal to repeal CC and introduced legislation to achieve that goal. He brought in experts from around the country to testify before the education committee on the failed standards and worked with local grassroots groups to fill the committee hearing with parents and students who are pushing the repeal of Common Core.

In the assembly committee hearing, Jones pointed out that many states have repealed the education model due to the abysmal measured results and that Nevada could and should learn from the other states and follow suit. His bill, AB303, failed to make it out of committee in the Assembly. On the Senate side, Education Chair Senator Becky Harris refused to hold a hearing, turning away hundreds of parents and experts who showed up to testify in opposition to implementing the curriculum.

Jones’ spokesperson, Laurel Fee, confirmed, “Jones will definitely continue his effort to repeal Common Core.” Fee acknowledged that the conservative assemblyman is perceived as a leader for the repeal effort in Nevada and that parents not only support him, they are counting on him. Jones also introduced legislation to rid the state of Obamacare/Silver State Exchange. Fee says, “It is hard to believe that with a Republican majority in both the assembly and senate and a Republican governor, they could not repeal the disastrous law. We need to elect Republicans who understand our party platform and respect the will of the people.”

As the presumptive conservative leader and recognized creator of the Contract with Nevada, it appears Jones is working to find principled Republicans. He has secured committed incumbents and new candidates to support the effort. The contract boasts 10 legislative acts that signers say they will attempt to get done in the next legislative session. Jones believes that putting their signature on the contract adds another layer of accountability to keeping their campaign promises.

Taking conservatives to the next level begins with electing a majority of conservatives and the assemblyman is not only poised to begin that quest, he is implementing the steps to make it happen. The first act of the contract is to repeal the Commerce Tax implemented in the last session. Nevadans rejected a similar tax on the November 2014 ballot by a wide margin, with 78.74 percent voting against the measure.

Fee says, “It’s easy to understand why the popular assemblyman is perceived as a conservative leader for Republicans. It’s because he keeps his word, he is proactive in Republican principles, and he is filling a void. Rank and file Republicans, particularly the base, are fed up with establishment Republicans who vote like Democrats. They are looking for a leader, someone they can trust, like Mr. Jones.”

Justice Reforms

More to do for the young woman in East St. And I’m glad to see that. He was nominally a Muslim since there were a number of Muslims in the village where he was born. It’s not consistent with our traditions of justice and fairness. It’s a promise I make to my daughters when I tuck them in at night, and a promise that you make to yours – a promise that has led immigrants to cross oceans and pioneers to travel west; a promise that led workers to picket lines, and women to reach for the ballot. Let me also address the issue of Iraq.

But it also comes from my own American story. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. We are the party of Roosevelt. They could’ve been told to succumb to the fear and frustration of so many dreams deferred. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries, and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create jobs.

Go into any inner city neighborhood, and folks will tell you that government alone can’t teach our kids to learn – they know that parents have to teach, that children can’t achieve unless we raise their expectations and turn off the television sets and eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white. And we cannot ignore the very real concerns of Americans who are not worried about illegal immigration because they are racist or xenophobic, but because they fear it will result in lower wages when they’re already struggling to raise their families. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them.

They cheered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when Dr. But we also know that government initiatives are not enough. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table. He simply says to everyone in the room, “I am here because of Ashley.” That’s why I stand here tonight. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third.

This is a problem that’s brought together churches and synagogues and mosques and people of all faiths as part of a grassroots movement. These needs will be met only if we act boldly in the years ahead; and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared, and our failure to meet them will hurt us all.

Thank you.

Repeal Obamacare

In today’s politically correct world, it is not always easy to find an elected official who is willing to stand up, make his voice known to his colleagues, and make comments such as, “With this vote, we are going to betray the very people that ushered us in, and they spoke very loud.” However, in a truly rare occasion, this journalist had the pleasure of not only uncovering the quote but also has the privilege to reveal who made the statement. It takes a bold and bravely unafraid man with backbone to demonstrate his position and voice his concern for his constituents. Assemblyman Brent Jones, R-Nev. is that man.

Environment Matters

Freshman Assemblyman Brent Jones is fast emerging as the conservative leader in the Nevada legislature. In January 2016, Citizens Outreach released their list of the top 25 conservatives to watch. Recognizing the Assemblyman in the top 10, Jones was listed as number eight. As noted by Chuck Muth, president of the nonprofit group, Jones is filling the leadership gap and becoming the leader for the southern Nevada conservative wing. According to Muth’s publication, Jones is actively working and poised to take conservatives to the next level by helping challengers defeat tax-hiking incumbent Republicans.

The Assemblyman is known for keeping his campaign promises and enjoys a favorable reputation for standing against raising taxes. Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), a well-respected conservative think tank, whose website explains their system of ranking legislators as, “The following report card provides an objective measure of each lawmaker’s voting record on legislation impacting the degree of economic freedom and needed policy reforms.” NPRI awarded Jones an impressive score of 89.75 percent, or number five, in their published report card.

Jones has been a strong proponent of school choice and campaigned heavily on working to give parents the ability to choose how and where to educate their children. He was a strong voice in favor of Senator Scott Hammond’s Education Spending Accounts (ESA) that allow the money to follow the child to the school parents choose.

Nevada continues to place last in national rankings in education among the states. Giving parents the ability to move their children from failing schools to the school of their choice has wide appeal with the state’s residents.

The conservative leader has gained popularity for his strong stance against Common Core (CC), especially the data mining of student’s personal information and records. During the 2015 legislative session, Jones put up billboards advertising his goal to repeal CC and introduced legislation to achieve that goal. He brought in experts from around the country to testify before the education committee on the failed standards and worked with local grassroots groups to fill the committee hearing with parents and students who are pushing the repeal of Common Core.

In the assembly committee hearing, Jones pointed out that many states have repealed the education model due to the abysmal measured results and that Nevada could and should learn from the other states and follow suit. His bill, AB303, failed to make it out of committee in the Assembly. On the Senate side, Education Chair Senator Becky Harris refused to hold a hearing, turning away hundreds of parents and experts who showed up to testify in opposition to implementing the curriculum.

Jones’ spokesperson, Laurel Fee, confirmed, “Jones will definitely continue his effort to repeal Common Core.” Fee acknowledged that the conservative assemblyman is perceived as a leader for the repeal effort in Nevada and that parents not only support him, they are counting on him. Jones also introduced legislation to rid the state of Obamacare/Silver State Exchange. Fee says, “It is hard to believe that with a Republican majority in both the assembly and senate and a Republican governor, they could not repeal the disastrous law. We need to elect Republicans who understand our party platform and respect the will of the people.”

As the presumptive conservative leader and recognized creator of the Contract with Nevada, it appears Jones is working to find principled Republicans. He has secured committed incumbents and new candidates to support the effort. The contract boasts 10 legislative acts that signers say they will attempt to get done in the next legislative session. Jones believes that putting their signature on the contract adds another layer of accountability to keeping their campaign promises.

Taking conservatives to the next level begins with electing a majority of conservatives and the assemblyman is not only poised to begin that quest, he is implementing the steps to make it happen. The first act of the contract is to repeal the Commerce Tax implemented in the last session. Nevadans rejected a similar tax on the November 2014 ballot by a wide margin, with 78.74 percent voting against the measure.

Fee says, “It’s easy to understand why the popular assemblyman is perceived as a conservative leader for Republicans. It’s because he keeps his word, he is proactive in Republican principles, and he is filling a void. Rank and file Republicans, particularly the base, are fed up with establishment Republicans who vote like Democrats. They are looking for a leader, someone they can trust, like Mr. Jones.”

Donald Trump Endorsed by Nevada Assemblyman Brent Jones

Las Vegas-Donald Trump received an endorsement from Nevada Assemblyman Brent Jones in Las Vegas on Thursday. He announced his support for the front runner at the South Point Hotel and Casino. The Assemblyman spoke prior to Trump taking the stage. The room was filled to capacity and overflow rooms provided were also filled

Hotel staffer, Ryan Growney   said “people started lining up to see Mr. Trump as early 6 a.m. Thursday morning and many were turned away”

Jones spoke to the crowd outlining where he and Trump were aligned on issues such as ending Common Core and repealing Obamacare. Jones is also a businessman in Las Vegas and owns the Company, Real Water.  Jones said “Take a look at our National debt right now, we need someone who truly understands real business and economics” In his speech he acknowledged he had read the “Art of the Deal’ and suggested to the crowd that if they had not read the book, they should.

The Nevada Assemblyman has a history of fighting Common Core in the state. He was recently ranked number 8 in the list of  the “Most fascinating conservatives to watch in 2016” by Chuck Muth, a political writer in Nevada.

Jones praised the presidential candidate on his knowledge of economics, job creation and his negotiating skills and talked about how Trump revived the New York Wollman Skating Rink located in Central Park.

Wayne Allyn Root, former vice Presidential Candidate for the Libertarian Party, opened the event speaking to the energized room of Trump supporters