Senate Republican caucus statement on Halseth resignation


The Senate Republican Caucus today released the following statement:

We appreciate Senator Halseth’s service and commitment to the State and we understand and respect her decision to focus on providing for her young children. We wish Elizabeth the best of luck in her future endeavors and respectfully ask that as she transitions back into private life that she and her children be afforded the privacy necessary to move beyond this difficult time.

Senate Republican Caucus endorses Scott Hammond


LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Senate Republican Caucus today endorsed State Assemblyman Scott Hammond ofLas Vegas for the newly formed State Senate District 18.

“Scott has proven himself to be a strong leader in the Assembly,” said Nevada Senate Minority Leader Mike McGinness of Fallon. “His leadership and conservative values will make him a valued member of the Senate. Nevada needs Scott Hammond.”

The current makeup of the State Senate leaves the Republican Party just one seat short of the majority. Senator Michael Roberson of Las Vegas was appointed in June to serve as campaign chairman for the Nevada Senate Republicans.

“Assemblyman Hammond is exactly the kind of candidate Nevadans are looking for,” Roberson said. “He has a thorough understanding of the issues facing our state and is not afraid to tackle the tough issues. He will be a great addition to the Senate. Our Caucus has enthusiastically endorsed Scott’s candidacy, and we’ll do everything we can to help him.”

Hammond currently represents Assembly District 13, where he serves on the Health and Human Services, Judiciary and Transportation committees. During the 2011 legislative session, Hammond played a pivotal role in reforming the state’s education system.

Hammond teaches government and Spanish for the Clark County School District and political science at UNLV. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife and their three children.

Roberson to head Nevada Senate campaign effort


FALLON–Nevada Senate Minority Leader Mike McGinness today appointed Senator Michael Roberson (Clark County, 5) to chairman of the Campaign Committee of the Nevada Republican Senate Caucus. Roberson will lead fundraising and recruiting efforts for Republican Senate candidates and will help organize the GOP ground game for the upcoming 2012 election cycle.

First elected in 2010, Roberson proved this session that he is not afraid to make the tough decisions that will ensure a fiscally sustainable state government. “I am humbled and honored that Leader McGinness has placed his trust in me at such an important time in our state,” said Roberson.

McGinness commended Roberson for his work this session, while stressing the need for a united front in the upcoming elections. “Senator Roberson has shown great leadership, ambition and work ethic, and will be a strong voice for both the Republican Party and the citizens of Nevada. I look forward to his support in the coming months while we work to take back the majority in the Nevada State Senate.”

Republican Senate Caucus issues statement on tax increases

The Nevada Republican Senate Caucus has issued a statement confirming its members’ opposition to tax increases.

Opinion: Statement from the Republican Senate Caucus about the Las Vegas Sun’s attack on Greg Brower


Statement from the Republican Senate Caucus.

Opinion: Democrats pass partisan redistricting plan


Democrats in the Nevada Legislature yesterday approved a partisan plan to redraw the state’s Congressional and state legislative districts.

Despite the fact that Nevadans have chosen two Republicans and one Democrat to represent them in Congress, the Democrat Congressional plan creates three districts likely to elect Democrats and only one likely to elect a Republican.

“It is an outrage,” said Senator Michael Roberson, speaking on the Senate floor in opposition to the plan. “Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle think that they should decide who will represent us in Congress – and not the people.”

In the Nevada Senate, where Democrats currently hold a single-seat advantage, they have created 13 districts likely to elect Democrats, only five likely to elect Republican candidates, and three that will be competitive.

In the Assembly, the Democrat plan creates 26 districts that favor Democrats, only eight that favor Republicans, and eight more that are likely to be competitive.
The Democrat plan usurps the will of the voters by drawing the state’s electoral map to ensure that a single party – the Democrat party – will dominate Nevada’s elections for the next ten years.

In the 2010 general election, Nevadans cast significantly more votes for Republican candidates than for Democrat candidates. In the Gubernatorial race, Republican Brian Sandoval received +12 percent more votes than Democrat. In the same election, Republicans received +6 percent more votes in Congressional races, +15 percent more votes in Nevada Senate races, and +10 percent more votes in Nevada Assembly races.

Said Assemblyman Scott Hammond, following the Assembly vote: “The worst part of the Democrat plan is that they are doing this at the expense of the Hispanic community.”

Opinion: Democrats defy law, divide Hispanics for political gain


With clear disregard for the law, Democrats in the Nevada Legislature on Saturday passed out of committee a redistricting plan that would deny Nevada’s Hispanic community the chance to elect its own candidate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Instead of giving Hispanics a district in which they constitute a majority and are able to elect their own candidates, the Democrat Congressional plan divides Hispanics into four districts where the majority of the population is white. In fact, white voters outnumber Hispanic voters more than 2 to 1 in every single Congressional district proposed by Democrats.

The reason is simple: by splitting up the Hispanic community, Democrats are able to craft a plan that will guarantee them a decade of electoral dominance in three of Nevada’s four Congressional districts.

Nevadans have elected two Republicans and one Democrat to represent them in Congress, yet the Democrats have put forward a partisan plan that favors them 3 to 1. They have even gone so far as to draw Nevada’s only returning U.S. Representative, Joe Heck, a Republican, into a Democrat district.

“The only way Democrats can draw a map that is this partisan is by breaking the law. They have rejected the will of Nevada’s voters, they’ve clearly put their partisan interests ahead of what is morally right for the Hispanic community and they’ve violated Federal law in the process,” said Senator Barbara Cegavske, ranking member on the Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is the federal law that prevents politicians from using the redistricting process to subvert minority groups and stop them from electing the candidates of their choice. In other words, the law prohibits what the Democrats have tried to do: dilute minority votes for partisan gain.