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The Nevada GOP divide continues to grow this election cycle. The most notable and perhaps most bizarre endorsement is that of Republican Assemblyman Paul Anderson, who represents Assembly District 13 and is endorsing a Democrat.
Anderson, the current Republican Majority Leader, seems to be giving the shaft to his party out loud by supporting Marilyn Kirkpatrick, the Democrat, for a county commission seat. Anderson has chosen Kirkpatrick over Republican candidates. An invitation was sent out by Paul Anderson and his wife April asking voters to join them in supporting and voting for Democrat Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
Rank and file Republicans are having a hard time accepting yet another betrayal by the GOP Majority Leader. Anderson also teamed with the Democrats to pass the largest tax hike in Nevada history in 2015. Along with his support for allowing gender-neutral bathrooms in the public schools and his vote against a favorable second amendment bill, Anderson faces a tough reelection, especially in an anti-establishment election year.
Kirkpatrick, who had been the Democrat Speaker of the Nevada Assembly, became the Minority Leader when Republicans won the Majority in 2014 but termed out after the 2015 legislative session. She subsequently was appointed to the Clark County Commission when Commissioner Tom Collins resigned leaving a vacancy.
This election, Kirkpatrick will be on the ballot in a bid to retain the appointed seat.
Rumors are circling that in return for Paul Anderson’s endorsement and support, Kirkpatrick would keep any Democrats from running in assembly district 13. The rumblings may have merit since no Democrat filed to run. Three Republicans are on the ballot in the Primary, Leonard Foster, who has run and lost several times, Steve Sanson, a U.S. Retired Marine, and Paul Anderson the incumbent. Whoever wins the primary will advance and be the winner in the general election with no Democrat challenger.
Interesting is also the fact that as Majority Leader, Paul Anderson worked to change the law regarding the formula to win an election when only one major party candidate filed to run in a district. The old law required when only candidates from one major party filed to run in the primary, the top two vote-getters would go on to run against each other in the general election. With the law change in 2015, that no longer applies, and the winner of the primary is the automatic winner of the general election.
Anderson, who has consistently voted against the Republican platform, was censured by the Clark County Republican Party for his 2015 voting record. The move marks the first time the GOP members publicly chastised and disowned a sitting Assemblyman.
Anderson may also lose votes from a more conservative Mormon/Christian base for his vote on allowing sharing of bathrooms with males/females in public schools. Another concern for parents and students is that it’s not just the bathrooms, but also includes the showers.
On May 19, 2016, Obama praised the Washoe County School District’s (WCSD) Transgender policy on KNPR Radio. Channel 2 also reported that the U.S. Dept. of Education followed suit in praising the WCSD Policy on Transgender students.
According to Channel 2, when the Department of Education sent out examples of policies, they used this part of Washoe’s regulation saying “students have the right to be addressed by the names and pronouns that correspond to their gender identity.”
As the Majority Leader of the GOP in the Nevada Assembly, Paul Anderson has become a liability for Republicans who are working hard to defeat the liberal-leaning official who they say, not only votes like a Democrat but openly supports them. Robo calls by a slew of sitting assembly members are going into District 13 encouraging voters to reject Paul Anderson and to vote for challenger Steve Sanson.
In addition, Anderson is under investigation by the Nevada Secretary of State for not disclosing over $41K in payments he made to two credit card debts using campaign funds. Another ethics complaint has been filed by Assemblyman John Moore claiming Anderson slipped him some cash on the side but failed to report the amount.
By DiMarkco Chandler
Channel 2 News Website: U.S. Dept of Education WCSD Policy on Transgender Students
Nevada Public Radio NPR: Obama Administration Praises Washoe Schools’ Transgender Policy
NEWSMaxTV:– Las Vegas Ethics Complaint Filed by Assemblyman John Moore Accusing Majority Leader Paul Anderson of Failing to Report Cash He Slipped Him Under the Table.
Veterans in Politics: “Assemblyman Anderson’s behavior is just A-PAUL-ling, even his fellow Assembly members know it’s time for him to go”
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