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You can help stop the progressives from taking over our state (opinion)

By ThisIsReno

Submitted by Michael Kadenacy

Michael Kadenacy
Michael Kadenacy. Image: Washoe County Republican Party.

The passage of AB 4 in the second special session of our State Legislature should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind where the progressives are taking Nevada. The road inevitably leads to a one-party state, leading to dysfunctional governments at best, and an authoritarian oligarchy at worst.

We have all seen where that leads in cities and states across this America: budgets entirely out of control, taxes high and going higher, business micro-regulated, higher unemployment, and violence in the streets. These dysfunctional cities and states share one thing in common. The progressives are in charge and have been for years and, in some cases, decades. 

But, we as Republicans share some of the blame. We have stood by and allowed our state, over three election cycles, to be hijacked by these progressives. Republicans as a functioning, cohesive, and politically active coalition do not exist in Nevada. We have Balkanized ourselves into factions that spend what little effort we choose to exert to either virtue signal on social media or to seek to exclude someone or some group which may not conform to our particular set of conservative values. Almost all of the virtue signaling posts do not persuade anyone of anything, merely highlight the righteousness of its author.

Neither of these activities has nor will elect Republicans. If we are to reverse this slide into chaos, we must find common cause with people that may not agree on every position we tenaciously hold as sacrosanct. Our failure to do so will relegate us to a righteous but permanent minority in Nevada.

But neither will the never-ending stream of appeals for contributions elect Republicans. These solicitors of our donations do not miss any action by progressives to ask for money. There are always multiple mail pieces and emails stating that the only way to stop whatever is the latest outrage by the left, is to send money. I cannot help but note that not one of these solicitations ever really tells you how the solicitor intends to spend the money. “If you want to stop this, send money.” Be assured; it won’t.

Republicans need to pay attention to how these groups soliciting funds spend their money.

Likewise, Nevada Republicans need also to prioritize their effort. Most of us are volunteers, and some have the financial capacity to support political action. Both are required, but we need to decide where to target our effort.

If the Nevada Legislature’s two special sessions are harbingers of things to come, we can only ameliorate the scourge of progressivism that is about to hit Nevada. To do this, we must focus on the several Assembly races that are in play and support any vulnerable Republican state senators.

The Washoe County Republican Party’s critical efforts in this cycle are to do just that.  While our funds are limited, because we use our resources wisely, the County Party gets a lot of bang for the buck.  Our programs include a paid intern program which is fielding 16 young people.  These interns are phone banking and walking already. We will be mailing two slate mailers to arrive a few days before early voting and sponsoring “Get Out the Vote” radio commercials.

We do not hire high-cost people to supervise our effort; volunteers do that work.  We reserve our spending for the intern program and mailers, both of which have a direct impact on voter turn-out.  And we are laser-aimed at those races that will start the process of retaking the State Legislature by Republicans.

Republicans of all stripes must look at their efforts and decide whether those efforts effectively get Republicans elected. That includes volunteer or financial support for candidates, political parties, or PACs. I urge you to consider whether what you are doing will lead to the election of Republicans, not merely the right Republicans. Only then, do we have a chance to reverse the course set for our state by the two special sessions of our State Legislature.

Michael Kadenacy is the chairman of the Washoe County Republican Party.

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Peter Haas August 7, 2020 - 10:14 pm

Truly amazing how this piece seeks to scare people without even mentioning the elephant in the room that is scaring the living crap out of almost everyone: Donald Trump. Remember how they said Obama was a secret Muslim terrorist who was going to come and take our guns? This is the same kind of alarmist crap that has no basis in reality. But you can actually see what Trump has done and is failing to do. Nevada is going to turn solid blue, write it down, Republicans, until you can find something people can live with.

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Mike Roehr August 5, 2020 - 3:43 pm

The GOP dug its own grave by moving farther and farther to the right, embracing Trump-like behavior and ignoring the hypocrisy of it all. I look at what people are calling the “left” now and it’s freakin centrists. You lose out on the idea of fiscal conservatism when you become open bigot and tolerate those who are. I can deal with the far left and their shenanigans..

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Candee Ramos August 5, 2020 - 11:03 am

“We have all seen where that leads in cities and states across this America: budgets entirely out of control, taxes high and going higher, business micro-regulated, higher unemployment, and violence in the streets. These dysfunctional cities and states share one thing in common. The progressives are in charge and have been for years and, in some cases, decades.” Seriously? Fearmongering and finger-pointing are great distractions to what is actually happening around us. Those awful progressives want things like equity, fair wages, healthcare – you know – PROGRESS. I don’t know a single progressive person who wants violence and unemployment, that is just silly. Budgets out of control? Violence in the streets? Inspired by who? Have we taken a look at our national leadership? How about a divided country, an out-of-control health pandemic, and yes, riots in the street with military arresting people and placing them into unmarked vehicles. It’s embarrassing and quite frankly, that is what is so scary. And before you say it, yes, I am a native Nevadan.

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Ken Kil August 5, 2020 - 10:59 am

It is hard to read your opinion that progressives are the real threat. They’re an easy target for you and this is expected. This is what people do when they have nothing real to say….You just talk about how bad somebody else is. It takes real values and bravery is to stand up against someone in your own party who is doing real damage to democracy.

It doesn’t take a genius to make an enemy of the other side. Your tactic here is fear in lieu of substance. I’d rather read about your plans for keeping our people safe and how the needs of every day Americans can be met with smart planning and science/evidence-based decision making. I’d like to know your plans for keeping our press free, and how you plan to give average Americans the same influence as corporate interests…until you do this, your articles will continue to read like they were written by an insecure small dog incessantly yapping at a dog park.

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Nicol Herris August 5, 2020 - 8:38 am

Very well said and I do agree with your assessment of what is happening in Nevada with the Democrats being in control and deciding what promotes their pet causes. Only when we have constructive dialogue between the Republicans and Democrats will we make progress. Most of us love what Nevada offers and moved here so we can enjoy the beauty and the benefits. We must continue our constant vigilance of the political activities so we can be stewards of this great state.

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Bobby Savoy August 5, 2020 - 8:32 am

Notice how the Fascists don’t mind “one party, one state” when it comes to Texas or Mississippi or Tennessee?

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