June 10 meeting will feature Senator Michael Roberson

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 14:45

At our June 10 meeting, we welcome state Senator Michael Roberson, who will present a legislative wrap-up for us. The Senator has sent our club the following special message regarding his scheduled appearance on June 10:

“The 2017 legislative session will be remembered for having the most anti-business and pro-felon legislation that has ever been introduced. I look forward to giving you a post-session update on Saturday, June 10th at the Republican Club of Sun City Anthem at 10 a.m. I was proud to lead the fight against Sanctuary Cities and increased property taxes. Those issues, and countless others, would become law immediately if the Democrats are successful in the 2018 election cycle. That is why I hope you’ll join me on June 10th at 10 a.m. because we need you to be involved in the 2018 elections. Elections have consequences and you can see firsthand the importance of electing the right people to office. We have an amazing opportunity in 2018 and I hope you’ll do everything you can to be involved, become engaged and work to return common sense to government.”

We hope to see you all on June 10, in the Morris Nelson room, Independence Center, at 10:00 a.m. There

2017 Scholarship Awards

The Republican Club awards scholarships of $1,000 or $1,500 each year to one or two outstanding UNLV College Republicans. These scholarships are funded by membership contributions through the 50/50 drawings, and the coffee donations. Kay Dwyer has done an outstanding job in coordinating the vetting and selection of candidates. This year’s scholarship winners are Serrina Nasrollahi (in red at right) and Haley Roser, (in blue at left). They each received a $1,000 scholarship.

Haley Roser plans to earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Haley's goal is to continue her studies in graduate school and become a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. Eventually, she would like to participate in medical missions around the world. Haley credits her grandparents, who raised her, for instilling her conservative values.

Serrina Nasrollahi is a pre-med student whose goal is to graduate next year and enter the UNLV Medical School's 2020 class. She worked through the National Science Foundations REU Program as an undergraduate biologist during the winter of 2015 for a month and a half in Northwestern Ethiopia. Her research involved testing artifacts with a procedure, called amino acid racemization, in order to study the foraging behaviors of man during the Middle Stone Age. Serrina credits her father for inspiring her conservative values.

These fine young people give us great hope that the country’s future is in good hands. We wish them every success in all their future endeavors!

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.