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The Democrats’ Best GOP Friends in the Nevada Legislature
Reporters Megan Messerly and Jackie Valley of the new Nevada News Bureau that Citizen Outreach founded back in 2009 published a report over the weekend analyzing how many times Republican legislators “broke with their caucus” and voted with their Democrat colleagues during the 2017 session.
Now, this research includes all votes – and not all votes are on issues in which there is a clear philosophical difference between the parties. But such a report is definitely smoke that indicates there’s a RINO (Republican in Name Only) fire lurking below the surface. Some observations…
The reporters looked at 91 bills in the Assembly in which seven or fewer of the 15 Republicans voted with the Democrats – and, wow, what a stark difference between the best and the worst.
Of those 91 votes, conservative freshman Assemblyman Jim Marchant of Las Vegas only voted with the D’s three times (3 percent). On the other end of the spectrum, liberal freshman Assemblywoman Jill Tolles of Reno sided with the D’s and against her GOP colleagues a staggering 70 times (77 percent).
Ladies and gentleman, I think we’ve found the RINO Queen!
Other conservative Republicans in the Assembly who only rarely voted with the far-left Democrat majority in 2017 include Assemblyman Richard McArthur (4), John Ellison (6) and Robin Titus (9).
Other Republicans in the Assembly who often helped give Democrats “bi-partisan” aid-and-comfort include freshman Keith Pickard (55), Minority Leader Paul Anderson (52), Chris “Let’s Make a Deal” Edwards (43), Al Kramer (43), Melissa Woodbury (36), John Hambrick (35) and James “The Big Selloutski” Oscarson (34).
Over in the Senate, the reporters took a look at 35 votes and tallied any bill that received four or fewer GOP votes.
Leading the GOP’s Aid-and-Comfort Caucus in the upper house was Sen. Becky Harris with 25 out of 35 votes (71 percent) with the Democrats instead of the majority of her Republican colleagues. Coming in second place is liberal Sen. Heidi Gansert (R-UNR) with 21. In third place is liberal Sen. Joe Hardy with 14.
In contrast, conservative Sen. Don Gustavson voted with the Democrats only ONE time out of the 35.
Again, for conservative ratings purposes it will be important to look at each of these individual bills to make sure there’s a philosophical component, not just a partisan one, to determine whether any of these folks who voted with the D’s so often are, indeed, liberal sell-outs.
But as they say, if it walks like a RINO and votes like a RINO…it’s probably a RINO.