May 13 - Megan Barth- Founder and Proprietor of ReaganBabe.com

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:00

For our May 13 meeting, we welcome speaker Megan Barth, nationally recognized writer and political analyst. Barth will speak to a variety of current political topics. Locally, she is a weekly cohost for WAR-The Wayne Allyn Root Show. Barth has appeared on Headline News CNN, NewsMax TV, One America News Network, The Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler, America Trends with Dr. Gina, The Blaze Radio, Lars Larson, and Bill Cunningham. In addition, Barth has regular weekly appearances on a variety of nationally syndicated radio shows. Her op-eds have been published in The Hill and the Daily Caller. Barth is the founder and proprietor of ReaganBabe.com. Join us for this informative meeting!

We will also hear from the two City of Henderson Council contenders for Ward 3, John Marz and Carrie Cox. They will be running in the general election on June 13, 2017. Although city council elections in Henderson are officially nonpartisan, both are listed by the Clark County Republican Party as Republican candidates.

2017 Nevada Legislative Session

2017 Nevada Legislative Session: The Nevada Legislature meets only in odd-numbered years. In 2017 it meets from February 6 through June 5. Because of the compact time-frame, and the infrequent timing, it is especially important to understand what's going on and be prepared to act on issues of interest. There will be close to 1,000 BDR's (Bill Draft Requests) to be considered in this session. The Republican Club will be devoting resources to identifying BDR's that will affect us (such as property tax increases), and leading a lobbying effort to result in favorable results. We plan to have speakers early this year to advise us on the key issues that will come up in this 79th Session. For more information go to: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/ .

Find out how to become involved in the Nevada legislative process. Go to "Documents" above. Go to "Presentations". Click "View" for the following helpful information:

Nevada Legislative Bill Tracking

Nevada Legislative Website List

Tips for Testifying - Nevada Legislature

Tips for Emails and Calls - Nevada Legislature

Many thanks to the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) for this information, which was presented at our February 11 Republican Club meeting, described below.

Shown below is Republican Club President Suzanne Arnona with presenters Michael Schaus and Karen Gray from the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), the state’s most effective defender of free-market solutions and individual liberty. At the February 11 meeting they showed us how use the Nevada legislature website (https://www.leg.state.nv.us) to query areas of interest, track bills and contact legislators with input. We’ll learn how to track BDR’s in a select subject area, such as property taxes, guardianship, HOA, veterans, etc. This program is a must for anyone who wants to understand, and get involved in, the Nevada legislative process. Karen and Michael both emphasized that CITIZEN LOBBYING DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. and we should contact our legislators if we want to make a difference. One of the current bills of significant interest is A.B. 43. This bill would replace the current 3% maximum cap on property taxes with a 3% minimum cap, with the actual cap to be much higher. The new cap would probably be between 3% and as much as 8%. IF YOU ARE OPPOSED TO THIS INCREASE IN OUR PROPERTY TAX CAP, IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU MAKE YOUR THOUGHTS KNOWN TO GOVERNOR SANDOVAL, SINCE WE ARE DEPENDING ON HIM TO VETO AB-43 IF IT IS PASSED BY THE DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE. Increasing the property tax cap has been declared to be a top priority of the Democrats!

Copies of the NPRI "The Nevada Piggy Book for 2016" were available for attendees. This entertaining (but disturbing) booklet contains many examples of wasteful government spending, perhaps foremost being the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System, with their six-figure retirement benefits for retirees in their 40's.

Henderson Municipal Elections

Primary election day was on April 4. In the Henderson Mayoral election, Councilwoman Debra March won 55% of the vote and has been elected Henderson Mayor. Since election rules determine that if any candidate receives over 50% of the vote, that candidate is the winner and does not have to compete in the June 4 General Election. Candidate Rick Workman placed second with 36% of the vote. Once again, the importance of voting in the Henderson Municipal Primary Election is to be emphasized --- the Primary often determines the final winner!

The only race that moves on from the 2017 Primary to the General Election is for the City Council seat for Ward 3. The two top vote getters in the Primary were John Marz (43%) and Carrie Cox (29%). They will be on the ballot in the General Election, to be held on June 13. General Election dates are shown below.

Henderson General Election Dates
Last day to register to vote: Tuesday, May 23
Early Voting: Saturday, May 27-Friday, June 9
Mail ballot request deadline: Tuesday, June 6
Election Day: Tuesday, June 13
Canvass of Election: Tuesday, June 20
Swearing-In: Tuesday, June 20

For more information go to: http://www.cityofhenderson.com/city-clerk/municipal-elections/municipal-... .

The next Henderson Municipal Elections will occur in early 2019, and will include City Council seats from Wards I, II and IV (most of SCA). The next mayoral election will be in early 2021.

Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison Speaks to Republican Club

On January 14, we were very fortunate and honored to have Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison speak to the Republican Club. His main message was that, unfortunately, Nevada had "gone blue" while most of the country had "gone red". He emphasized that this election will determine Nevada's legislative priorities for this session --- "Elections have consequences". He commented that we have a challenge in Nevada to fight the Harry Reid machine that has been built up over the years. The actions of the casinos in support of Democrat candidates is a key part of this. Lt. Gov. Hutchison would not comment on whether a change in Nevada Republican Party leadership is necessary to accomplish this.

Lt. Gov. Hutchison also spoke at length, and passionately, about supporting SB-26, which prohibits certain governmental entities from contracting with companies that boycott Israel; and requires review of investments of money from the Public Employees' Retirement System in certain companies that boycott Israel.

Shown at the right is Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison with Republican Club President Suzanne Arnona.