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Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 11, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 11, 2020

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed as we continue facing the novel coronavirus. We will provide daily updates, with additional resources available on our website.

Additionally, we will keep you informed of Nevada primary election results and updates as they become available on our website and through additional e-mail correspondence. Please stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.

Nevada Primary Election Updates

Nevada Primary Numbers – With the primary election two days in the review mirror, little has changed in the reporting of the preliminary results. While so few numbers have been reported, more ballots will begin to be received over the next week or so, with final results expected around June 19. However, it looks like all incumbents in Nevada’s four Congressional delegation seats will face opponents during the general election in November.

Congressional District 1

Congresswoman Dina Titus (D) has won more than 86-percent of the votes as of Thursday, stomping her respective challengers; Anthony Thomas, Jr. and Allen Rheinhart, who each received 8.4-percent and 5.4-percent, respectively. Congresswoman Titus will face off against one of four Republicans in November, potentially the current front runner Joyce Bentley who previously lost to Titus in 2018’s general election.

Congressional District 2

Congressman Mark Amodei (R) holds a strong lead in his district with 81-percent of reported votes, with his challengers, Joel Beck and Jesse Douglas Hurley, falling far behind with 14.5-percent and 4.3-percent, respectively. Congressman Amodei will face a competitor out of a large pool of Democrats, at this point most likely to be Patricia Ackerman who has already declared victory after receiving nearly 50-percent of the vote. Ackerman is a small business owner who previously ran in unsuccessfully for Assemblyman Jim Wheeler’s seat in 2018.

Congressional District 3

Congresswoman Susie Lee (D) appears to be sailing toward victory, with initial results giving her 83.4-percent of the votes compared to her Democratic opponents. The Republican primary for that seat, however, continues to look contentious, as Dan “Big Dan” Rodimer further extended his lead Thursday to 44-percent over his closest opponent, former Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz, who has 32.1-percent of the vote. Just over 25,000 ballots have been counted for that race, however – far short of the 157,491 active Republican voters in that district.

Congressional District 4

Congressman Steven Horsford is moving easily toward securing the Democratic nomination for CD 4, earning 75.1-percent of the vote as of Thursday. His nearest challengers, Jennifer Eason and Gabrielle D’ayr, have only received 10.1-percent and 6.5-percent, respectively. On the Republican side, the contest is close, with former Assemblyman Jim Marchant maintaining just a 4.3-percent lead over his closest opponent Sam Peters, receiving 9,200 votes and 8,000 votes respectively. The Republican field is a crowded one with six additional opponents.

For more election results, visit the McDonald Carano election page.

State and Local COVID-19 Developments

Sisolak Proposes One Day Furlough for State Employees – As part of his proposed plan to address the state’s projected revenue shortfall for the 2020-2021 fiscal years, Governor Sisolak included a mandated one furlough day a month for all state employees beginning in July. Additionally, the plan institutes an indefinite freeze on merit salary increases. The proposed solution does not make any changes to employee health insurance or retirement benefits beyond those approved by the Public Employees’ Benefits Program earlier in the year as the coronavirus outbreak began. This plan is in addition to the state agency budget cuts requested by the Governor’s office earlier in the year. In a tweet Thursday announcing the proposed furloughs, Governor Sisolak additionally hinted at the possibility of a special session, with rumors indicating that a primarily budget related special session will take place this summer, possibly before the 4th of July.

No Indication of Current COVID-19 Surge – Despite the increases in COVID-19 related hospital cases throughout the state, Caleb Cage, Nevada’s COVID-19 Response Director, indicated Thursday that officials are not seeing evidence of a second wave of the virus passing through the state. While the increase in testing has been attributed to the growing number of cases, the fact that hospitalizations have been on the rise has concerns experts. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased day-over-day for the last six days. Additionally, when asked whether Nevada is ready to enter Phase 3 given that the state is nearing the end of the two-week period since ending Phase 2, Cage said that state officials will be assessing the data and making a plan on future steps over the next week. While the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, the total number of confirmed and suspected cases has been “plateauing,” according to Cage, and is “remaining within the range that we expect them to for this period.”

Sisolak Announces Resolution to Pardon Small-Scale Marijuana Convictions – Governor Steve Sisolak announced Thursday morning a proposed resolution to provide relief to thousands of people previously convicted on charges relating to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The resolution will be considered by the Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners, which is comprised of the Governor, Justices of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General, during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting next week. Nevada legalized possession of one ounce or less of marijuana in 2016. This proposed resolution, if approved, would unconditionally pardon previously convicted individuals who were in possession of one ounce or less of marijuana without the intention to sell. The meeting is set for Wednesday, June 17 at 9:00 am.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Thursday, June 11

  • There are 10,473 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 263 cases from Wednesday
  • Nevada has reported 459 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up ten cases from Wednesday
  • 221,786 people have been tested
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

National COVID-19 Developments

President Trump Plans First Rally Since COVID-19 – On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced his plans to host his first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic prompted a nationwide shutdown of nearly all public gatherings. The President will host the rally on June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma in coordination with commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The decision comes after weeks of protests over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality across the country. Concerns regarding social distancing have been raised by public health officials as the direction of trends continues to vary since states began reopening last month. Oklahoma moved into Phase 3 of its state-specific reopening plan on June 1, now allowing businesses and public events to operate at full capacity.

Coronavirus Cases Top Two Million in U.S. – 7.4 million cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide withover two million cases in the United States. Nationwide, average daily new cases and hospitalizations are seeing an upward trend. However, public health officials note the trend is likely a reflection of increased testing capacity and hospital capacity to accept new patients.


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