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Nevada has 17 counties. Clark is the monster with about 65% (think Las Vegas) of the population. Another 20% is in Washoe (where Reno is and where I live).
The remaining 15 counties have about 300,000 people in them total.
Delegates to the State Convention are allotted by County and the Counties Control their delegations.
You’d think Clark County would control the State Party. It does not. Clark has been a mess for years apparently. The Chairman of the Nevada GOP is accused of wanting it that way and deliberately keeping Clark’s County Party in a shambles in order to keep himself in office as the State Party President.
Clark gets 187 delegates
Washoe gets 59 Delegates
Lyon gets 14 Delegates
Nye, Elko, Carson, Douglas get 12 Each
The other 10 counties get 5-8 a piece. (with most getting 5)
That’s it. No elected appointments. Just a caucus in January-February of an Even numbered year and the party people are selected from each county. In my case, there is no one from Sun Valley on the State Party so I am almost guaranteed of a slot on the County GOP. The State GOP delegates are elected by the counties, why wouldn’t the only guy from Sun Valley make it on to the state party too?
As to the math for officer elections:
Mike McDonald, the State Chair of the NVGOP has the 15 rural counties in his back pocket according to everyone I talk to. There will always be a few defectors – but it is safe to say that the 110ish delegates from the rural counties are Mike McDonald people.
The epicenter of the opposition to Mike McDonald is in Washoe County. (Where I live) This explains why when I was trying to introduce myself to people at the convention, I was getting frosty receptions from people in rural counties. Nice to see that geographical xenophobia is consistent from one state to the next.
Michael Kadenacy is the Chairman of the Washoe GOP and it is clear that he and Mike McDonald do not like each other very much.
April 14, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washoe County Republican Party
Washoe County Republican Party Repudiates Purported Facts and Actions of the NVGOP Resolution
Reno, NV – The Washoe County Republican Party (WCRP), Executive Committee voted on Tuesday to repudiate the purported facts and actions of the NVGOP Resolution. The resolution’s intent was to censure Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske. It was presented at the State Central Committee meeting on Saturday, April 10, 2021, in response to what the State Party deemed lack of action on the part of Secretary Cegavske, regarding alleged voter fraud.
In making the announcement WCRP Chairman Michael Kadenacy stated, “the Secretary of State was given no previous notice of the move to censure and strip her of party membership and therefore was not present at this meeting to tell her side of the story. That the State Party leadership made presentations regarding the purported evidence of voter fraud with no opportunity for a prepared rebuttal by the Secretary of State, is an affront to any semblance of Due Process.”
Barbara Cegavske is a former state legislator who termed out as an assembly woman and a senator. She currently is the only Republican to hold a state constitutional office. With a Democrat Governor and Democrat controlled legislature she is at their mercy to abide by laws passed and signed by them.
In closing his statement Chairman Kadenacy also said, “If our goal is to win elections in this next cycle, I fail to see the value of the State Party attacking the sole Republican Constitutional Officer.”
I am still learning all the players, but suffice to say the state party officer elections are going to be very interesting later this year. I’d look for the location and timing to be as inconvenient as possible if indeed Mr. McDonald thinks he is threatened.
If Clark County gets its’ act together and can coalesce its’ delegates – McDonald could be in serious trouble. Just as an aside, I met two members of the “Proud Boys” at the convention from Clark County, both claimed to have been recruited by Mr. McDonald to carry proxy votes. This could be a fascinating sidebar to what is going on in the big picture of the NVGOP.
Democrats Dismiss Alternative Proposals
Democrats’ cynical power grab is exposed by the far left’s unwillingness to consider or even debate less cumbersome alternative proposals. Indeed, numerous proposals that do not require an amendment to the U.S. Constitution could address the perceived problems of the status quo arrangement.
Alternative #1: Retrocession to Maryland
The Capital District area could be reduced and the current land area of D.C. “would become part of the state of Maryland — the state to which it initially belonged” (Fredman, 2014). Under such a proposal, D.C. would gain representation “without increasing the number of senators, as Maryland’s senators would represent former D.C. citizens” (Fredman, 2014).
Alternative #2: Apportion D.C. Residents to Maryland for Congressional Voting
A simple solution to claims of D.C. disenfranchisement has been proposed by Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby.
“Let the city’s residents be counted, for federal voting purposes, as citizens of Maryland (the state from which D.C. was carved out in 1791). What could be simpler? While Congress would continue to exercise exclusive rule in Washington, voters living there would be considered Marylanders in House, Senate, and White House elections. Presto! No more disenfranchisement, no more taxation without representation, and no more cynical talk of turning a medium-sized city into the 51st state.” (Jacoby, 2019)
Alternative #3: Exempt D.C. Residents from Federal Income Tax
Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon has offered a federal income tax exemption as a libertarian solution to the D.C. statehood question. Such an exemption would address claims that D.C. residents face “taxation without representation” (Hughes, 2014).
“As everyone knows, what they really crave are the three additional Democratic seats in Congress that would come with a new state.”
– Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe
Call Susie Lee and tell her that there are alternatives to address the primary arguments that will not cause a fiscal disaster in Washington DC!
Did you know that Washington D.C. is not financially viable on it’s own? Even the way the democrats are trying to carve it up will not work fiscally.
Washington DC was never created to become a state in any way shape or form. Were Washington DC to become a State, they would lose a ton of money. The cost would be staggering:
In fact, the most strident opposition to D.C. statehood is likely to come from D.C. residents themselves – once they calculate the real and substantial costs to statehood. D.C. statehood would devastate the District of Columbia’s local budget, eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid and wipe out social services, health care, transportation, and social welfare programs.
“Like most things, life in Washington involves tradeoffs: D.C. residents are closer to the levers of federal power than anyone else, they have free access to many of the nation’s foremost cultural treasures, and they have some of the highest average household and individual incomes in the country,” contends Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby (Jacoby, The Constitution says no to DC statehood, 2020).
Even the Left-Leaning Urban Institute confrims: D.C. #1 in Federal Support
On a per capita basis, D.C. residents enjoy federal payments that are orders of magnitude greater than residents of other states. Even the left-leaning Urban Institute is forced to acknowledge that “the District of Columbia’s per capita spending exceeded all states” (Urban Institute, 2020).
• Number #1 in Welfare at $265 per DC resident.
• Number #1 in K-12 spending per capita at $3,466 per DC resident.
• Number #1 in Medicaid spending per capita at $3,669 per DC resident.
• Number #1 in Housing spending per capita at $814 per DC resident.
• Number #1 in Parks spending per capita at $285 per DC resident.
• Number #1 in Public Transit per capita at $2,145 per DC resident. (Urban Institute, January 2017)
There is simply not enough of a tax base in Washington DC to run an effective State Government.
Look at just how much DC depends on the Federal Government:
Net Federal Expenditures Per Capita: D.C. $37,457 vs. -$1,181 for Ohio
For decades, Washington, D.C. has experienced incredible net federal expenditures compared to other states. According to federal budget data for the Fiscal Year 2004, net federal expenditures per capita, after subtracting taxes paid, showed D.C. on top at $37,457. That was nearly 5x greater than second place Alaska at $8,005. Meanwhile, residents of Ohio lost -$1,181 on a per capita basis, with Delaware at a shocking -$7,010 (MacEwan, October 11, 2016).
By 2010, the gap had expanded even further. D.C. residents were receiving $72,292 on a per capita basis, a figure nearly 7x greater than second place Alaska at $11,123. Meanwhile, residents of Ohio remained in the negative on a per capita basis, with Delaware at -$8,019 (MacEwan, October 11, 2016).
2017 Council of State Governments Report: DC Funding at $82,508 Per Capita
A 2017 Council of State Governments report, which analyzed $3.4 trillion in federal spending in five categories: retirement benefits; nonretirement benefits; salaries and wages; grants; and contracts, concluded that D.C. residents received $82,508 per capita, compared to $17,052 for second place Virginia. Residents of Utah, meanwhile, received a meager $7,327 on a per capita basis (Hopkins, 2017).
And for a specific example of the impending fiscal disaster of statehood – look at just the courts:
$274 Million Federal Subsidy of D.C. Courts
D.C.’s courts would be unable to function without federal assistance. “In fiscal year 2016, the federal government paid for the costs of running D.C.’s court system, a total of $274 million” (Lefrak, 2016).
Then – look at this, Washington DC’s bonds are Junk Bonds! Ouch.
Because the District lacks a state-level economic system, it has resorted to junk bonds and accounting gimmicks. In 1995, President Bill Clinton authorized the financial control board, officially called the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, to rescue D.C. form its $518 million structural deficit (Delgadillo, Kurzius, & Sadon, 2019).
I can only guess that the democrat leadership are fixated on the Two extra Senators and nothing else. One would hope that responsible members of Congress will stand up and look at the totality of the situation and realize what they would be doing to the residents of Washington D.C. should this hare-brained scheme pass.
Call Susie Lee and encourage her to stay away from this.