We are at a turning point in society where we are seeing many young voters turning out to vote in unprecedented numbers. While young voters are becoming a voting force in college, there is underlying hypocrisy between political parties’ beliefs.
I witnessed this first hand when I became a political science major. I have been docked points on essays and other assignments solely due to my conservative beliefs. This in turn has silenced me during my remaining years here at UNR. Colleges today are asking conservative and republican students to choose between a failing grade for speaking out about their beliefs and conforming to the ideology that they put forth.
I have written essays on several issues but since they did not align with my professor’s views I received a lower grade than deserved. I know this because every critique written did not have to do with my skill of writing but instead my political opinions that I had integrated into the paper. While I attended junior college in California, I had written about the travel ban enacted by President Trump, which my professor solely referred to as the “Muslim ban”. I had also discussed the controversial topic of transgender individuals using the bathroom with which they identified. On each paper I received remarks stating that my sources were not correct even though I had a clearly formatted work and cited pages at the end of my paper.
Once I transferred to the University of Nevada Reno I had high hopes that different opinions could be discussed and debated maturely. Sadly, I learned early on this was not the case. In my first political science class at UNR, I attempted to try once more in expressing my views in the first paper of the semester. I discussed President Trump’s true views on immigration and his want for a road to citizenship for “dreamers” along with a strong border. Like before, my sources were questioned along with my individual opinion. In subsequent classes, we were able to hold class discussions at a much greater level than before except there only appeared to be one side of the aisle speaking. This is because only the students who fit the narrative felt comfortable enough to speak and express their opinions. Assigned readings in my classes that have anything to do with republicans or conservatives have either “white supremacists” or “racists” in the title.
Students are given such little information about the opposing side (Republicans) that they are only taught how to listen to one side. If this continues in universities our young and future voters will continue to be divided. Students should be able to learn and speak freely without the fear of failure and judgement. Today’s college professors should be required to teach a curriculum that is unbiased and balanced. Only then can students make informed decisions as this country’s future leaders.
*Note. This article written anonymously by a current UNR student because she felt in today’s climate on campus with liberal instructors may do harm to her grades and well-being.
Currently in the Nevada Legislative Assembly there are 29 Democrats and 13 Republicans. The Senate is composed of 13 Democrats and 8 Republicans. This means the Democrats hold a supermajority in the Assembly and are only one Senator away from having a supermajority in the Senate. What does this mean for voters?
When a Supermajority exists
Having a supermajority has many implications. Laws passed by the Nevada State Legislature usually take a simple majority to pass. In 1994 legislation was passed to require a 2/3 majority vote. With a supermajority, democrat legislators can pass legislation in the assembly unopposed. This creates an atmosphere of non-communication between the two sides. They can pass legislation without even allowing the minority party to have a say in that legislation. Further, with a supermajority there is nothing to entice the ruling party to allow the minority party to speak on any issue.
When a Majority Exists
When a majority exists, as is the case with the State Senate the majority party may be more inclined to discuss with the minority party, in part to appear to be creating an environment of cooperation. However, the majority party has no obligation or incentive to cooperate or negotiate as they know they will prevail in the vote as long as their party members fall in line. With the Democrats holding both a supermajority and a majority you can easily see how they can pass laws without considering much of the Nevada population.
Republican Jill Dickman, who is running for a seat in the Assembly representing district 31 this year, is one candidate who, with a win, may help break the Democrat’s stranglehold on the Assembly. This means they will not be able to easily pass tax increases without pushback from the Republicans and would be less confident in their ability to override a veto.
To get a clear idea of the damage a Democrat supermajority in both the Assembly and the Senate you only need to look at the legislation passed in the last regular session or in the Special session held this summer when the awful AB4 was passed. Republicans had absolutely no say. If Republicans intend to have a voice in the Nevada giving Democrats a Supermajority in the Senate.
Jill Dickman, candidate for Assembly notes, “Nearly half of Nevada ‘s voters are Republican, with many Republican leaning Non-Partisans, who have little representation and no voice. We need to remember what years of Democrat supermajorities in California have done to that formerly great state. Is that what we want for Nevada?”
Please get out and vote. The welfare of Nevada depends on you.
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After 32 years, the Dodgers finally won another World Series, their seventh, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2. There was such great hitting, so many great plays and other highlights, I was overwhelmed.
Remember, I became a Bums fan in 1957, before they left Brooklyn. That was due to Topps #400 card in the 1957 baseball card set, which I got in my first nickel pack – the famous Dodgers’ Sluggers card that was Topps’ first stars card.
The irony was that my first card, bought in a penny pack a week earlier, was the Bobby Thompson card that hooked me on the hobby and sport. Thompson, of course, hit the (second) “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in 1951 to rob the Dodgers of the pennant. After decades of frustration, the Dodgers finally won their first Series in 1955, against the despised Yankees.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1958, they won in 1959, when I had grown up as a fan. They won again in 1963 and 1965, behind Sandy Koufax, the greatest left-handed pitcher ever. And in 1981, with perhaps the best infield ever.
But the most memorable Series win was in 1988, when Kirk Gibson, limping on two injured legs and thus really only able to swing with his arms, hobbled to the plate as a pinch-hitter with two out in the ninth inning of the first game. He ran the count to 3-2 and then awkwardly homered for the win. He limped slowly around the bases and was unable to play the rest of the series, which the Dodgers won 4-1.
Gibson and Thompson’s homers are generally considered the most memorable moments in baseball history.
The Dodgers now have the most Series appearances of any National League team, 21. Although they’ve been the dominant NL team since 2013 and appeared in three of the last four Series, this was their first Series championship since 1988. That makes this one sweet, but even more so for the memorable performances and character of nearly every member of this team.
Shortstop Corey Seager, the unanimous winner of the Series’ Most Valuable Player award, hit .400 and eight clutch homers in the National League series and against the Rays.
With stellar fielding, hitting and base-running, Mookie Betts showed why the Dodgers paid megabucks to land him in the off-season. What an inspiration with at least three great catches! And Clayton Kershaw won two games and found redemption after frustrating post-season losses the last seven years.
Justin Turner was pulled late in the game because he had tested positive for Corona virus. Before that, his hitting was awesome, but fans will remember most the play in which he dove in the dirt to tag out one baserunner between third and home, and then still down, whirled and threw out another runner at third base. Max Muncy, Will Smith and Joc Pederson put up great batting numbers or key monstrous homers.
Cody Bellinger got things started with a big homer to score the team’s first Series run; and he robbed the Atlanta Braves of a homer in the National League series. Also credit starter Walker Buehler, who was completely dominant in his game; ace relief pitcher Julio Urias: Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor, Austin Barnes, A.J. Pollock, Kenley Jansen and half-a-dozen other relievers, and of course manager Dave Roberts.
No one will forget the steely determination that led them to win three in a row in the National League series after being down 3-1. Although they gave away Series game four in the last inning, they were steely-eyed and determined in the other games – real men.
Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and Mr. Justice Clarence Thomas, my favorite, swore her in at the White House. President Trump gave a fine speech.
Also Monday, I received a copy of the book The Essential Scalia, a compendium of writings by perhaps America’s greatest jurist. It includes a warm forward by Justice Elena Kagan, one of his ideological opponents and great friends. Class!
I began Monday with a trip to my back surgeon’s Nurse Practitioner, who relieved me of my back brace and cane. What a prelude to today!
Ron Knecht, MS, JD & PE(CA) has served Nevadans as state controller, a higher education regent, economist, college teacher and legislator. Contact him at RonKnecht@aol.com.
The Washoe County Republican Party has carefully reviewed and researched all issues that will appear on the Ballot in this 2020 election cycle. Our recommendations on each issue are listed below.
Issue Vote Recommendation
Board of Regents NO
The ballot would remove the Board of Regents system from the state constitution, giving the Legislature more control over colleges and universities. The amendment would allow lawmakers to make changes without having to go through a five-year process of amending the constitution.
We do not want to give more power to the legislature, nor do we want to allow our constitution to be changed for the convenience of the legislature.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE NO
Though same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, Question 2 on the ballot would enshrine the right in Nevada’s constitution and remove existing language recognizing marriages only between a man and a woman. The amendment would also establish that religious organizations and clergy members have the right to refuse to perform a marriage.
Same sex marriage is already legal in Nevada. It is not necessary to “enshrine” it. Clergy have the right to refuse to perform a marriage.
BOARD OF PARDON NO
A proposed constitutional amendment regarding the state Board of Pardons will be Question 3 on the ballot. The board made up of the governor, state Supreme Court justices and the attorney general, would be required to meet at least four times a year. The amendment would also remove the governor’s power to veto a decision by the majority of the board.
We do not want to give power to the legislature to oversee the Board of Pardons.
VOTERS’ RIGHTS NO
Question 4 on the ballot would enshrine an existing voters’ bill of rights under state law to the Nevada Constitution. It would guarantee voters can have their ballots recorded accurately and can cast votes without intimidation or coercion, among other rights.
This already exists per our state constitution. It is not necessary to “enshrine” it.
RENEWABLE ENERGY NO
A proposal that will be listed as question 6 would amend the state’s constitution to stipulate that electric utilities generate or acquire at least 50% of power from renewable resources to by 2030. The measure was passed by voters in 2018 but needs voter approval again this year. Sisolak last year signed the same standards into law, but the constitutional amendment would make it much harder to change the future.
This bill if passed would cause power rates to increase, and like California, would subject Nevadans to power shortages forcing rolling blackouts.