State of Nevada Archives: on Government Reform


Jared Fisher: Governor must lead with accountability & transparency

I chose to run for office of Governor because this state has great people and great places and I want your voice to be heard. I have been preparing for this office for 25 years. Uniquely different than the other 5 executive state positions, governor is a leadership role. It requires more than just abilities, but responsibilities. I believe in strength through not only diversity, but accountability and transparency, both personally and socially, and especially from within the government.
Source: 2018 Nevada Governor campaign website FisherForNevada.com Jul 12, 2017

Ruben Kihuen: Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizen United

Congress is controlled by the wealthy and the elite. They use their influence to buy members of Congress through direct contributions as well as unlimited spending through SuperPACs. Congress shouldn't be controlled by millionaires and billionaires, our Representatives should be working for the everyday Americans who sent them there.

In the Nevada legislature, I supported legislation to strengthen our campaign finance laws, improve the reporting of campaign contributions and make all of that data more accessible to the public.

Source: 2016 Nevada House campaign website RubenForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Brian Sandoval: Restore merit pay for state employees

The recession has hurt the entire Nevada family. State employees have seen their pay cut and have been required to take unpaid furlough days. Tonight, I am announcing that we will be able to provide some relief to them as well. Merit pay will be restored for state employees beginning on July 1, 2014, and the number of required furlough days will be cut in half as of July 1 of this year.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Shelley Berkley: Free Nevada: No out-of-state donations for Senate race

money back, we are willing to discuss her pact."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee took the response as enough encouragement to offer a bit of a sweetener: it pledged to keep its considerable resources out of the Silver State if Heller agrees to the deal. But the National Republican Senatorial Committee saw only hypocrisy. While both sides are at least expressing an interest in limiting outside cash, such money played a large role in Nevada's 2010 Senate contest. Frontrunner Pete Hoekstra faced a battery of criticisms during a Republican Senate debate, over racism accusations for a Super Bowl advertisement. The ad featured a bike-riding Chinese woman thanking incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow (called Spend-it-now in the promo) in broken English for helping support deficit spending that is aiding the Chinese economy. The ad received national criticism from both sides of the aisle.

Former Michigan State Board of Education member

Source: Huffington Post coverage of 2012 Nevada Senate debate Mar 15, 2012

Brian Sandoval: Sunset all 180 licensing & advisory boards by 2013

Public Corruption--Created The Unit That Prosecutes ThemElected officials must actively work to protect the trust placed in us by citizens. As Attorney General, I set up the first public integrity unit to investigate and prosecute officials who violated the public trust and I am committed to restoring honesty and integrity to state government. Legislature this year. We articulate not only what level of priority each program or service carries, but the performance measures by which it will be judged. In the coming biennium, this initiative will expand to include public participation through websites and other tools as we ask Nevadans to further rank spending priorities. Even more robust performance indicators will therefore be established.
Source: 2011 Nevada State of the State Address Jan 24, 2011

Brian Sandoval: Freezing archaic regulations is my number one priority

I've been clear that my number one priority is economic development and freezing archaic and ineffective regulations until the end of this year will help promote business. As I said in my inaugural address today, our generation must commit to bringing Nevada's economy, workforce and schools safely into this new reality in which we find ourselves.
Source: Nevada 2011 gubernatorial press release, #4294971704 Jan 3, 2011

Sharron Angle: In state legislature, sole No vote called "41 to Angle"

In Las Vegas on Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faced his challenger, Republican Sharron Angle, in the only debate of the campaign.

Reid is in the fight of his career as he seeks a fifth term. Angle, a former state legislator, has the momentum of a come-from-behind primary victory and the support of the Tea Party.

Angle was famous as a state legislator for voting "no" so often that votes in the assembly were described as "41 to Angle."

Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Jim Gibbons: 6% salary reductions for all state workers

Last year I recommended 6% salary reductions for all state workers. The Legislature imposed furlough days instead. The furlough program is not working. It is unfair because some state workers have pay reductions and some don't. As we work through this budget, we will look for EVERY WAY TO SAVE MONEY. Many private businesses across the state have cut salaries in order to reduce layoffs or stay in business. New across-the-board salary reductions for state workers, may be necessary, but that will be a last resort. And just so you know, my entire staff in the Governor's Office has had their pay cut 6 percent. I am donating 6% of my own salary back to the state to be used for special awards for exceptional teachers.

It is with deep sadness and disappointment that I must propose laying off several hundred state workers. Just like the layoffs in the private sector, state government must do the same.

Source: Nevada 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

Hillary Clinton: Cut govít contractors and end privatization of government

I stood with AFSCME against the privatization of Social Security and now I want to stand with you against the privatization of our government. The Bush administration has been privatizing government services. In fact, now we have more government contractors and grantees by three times the number than the entire military and Civil Service personnel. We have to stop that. And I have proposed cutting government contractors by 500,000 as soon as Iím sworn in and saving $8 billion to $10 billion.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Mike Gravel: Iíve got no money; of course Iím for campaign finance reform

Q: Is it time to come up with a public financing system that will ensure candidates are not selected solely based on how much money they can raise?

A: My God, heís asking me that question? Of course! Thereís nobody running in this race thatís got less money than I have. Make no mistake about it. The [other candidates] say, ďweíre going to opt out of public funding.Ē Hey, Iím trying to opt in--and I need whatever you can give. Iíll take public funding. All I need is $10,000, and I can win with that.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Mike Gravel: You can be empowered to vote on issues that affect your life

I donít think itís a big deal whether I get elected president or not. I think what is a big deal is that you become empowered to make laws. Thatís what the Declaration of Independence is about--itís lawmaking. Our founding fathers said we want to have th people make laws. But they pushed this aside so that people do not make laws today at the federal level, because of slavery. They made a compact with the devil, and weíve paid for that ever since.

There is a law: NationalInitiative.us. You can vote for this legislation. It will take 60 million Americans to pass it into law, because the Congress will never pass this legislation, because people who acquire power are not wont to share it with the people they got it from, and thatís you.

If you want to empower yourself, youíre as qualified as any member of Congress to vote on issues that affect your lives. We can bring about, for the first time in US history, not only a government of and for the people, but we can bring about a government by the people

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Jack Carter: Stop the mauling of our Constitutional balance of powers

The Bush administration has established a zone of secrecy which extends well beyond national security concerns. Evidence has come to light about the deliberate flaunting of our laws with illegal wire taps and renditions. In the Ď70s, such reports would have led to a Senate investigation. Today, our Republican Senate leadership is too troubled by political implications to act responsibly. The Bush administration has also ďstonewalledĒ the decision to attack Iraq. Through outside sources and leaks, we have found that much of the information presented as the justification for the war was false, & much of the information which argued against the war was not presented at all. In the Ď70s, such revelations would have had Congress on its feet in an effort to expose how such an egregious and costly mistake could have happened. Today, the Republican Congressional leadership is too afraid of the political cost to act responsibly. This is a time when Democrats must band together for the good of our country.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, Carter for Nevada May 21, 2006

Kenny Guinn: No campaign spending limits; no public campaign funding

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Should Nevada labor unions be required to attain membersí consent before spending union dues on political campaigns?

A: No.

Source: 1998 Nevada Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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