Vote Nevada Supporters,
I want to update you on some important news and meetings:
I was on KNPR State of Nevada on Wednesday with Warren Hardy and Steve Sebelius to discuss the January 6th anniversary. You can listen to our discussion here: https://knpr.org/knpr/2022-01/year-nevada-seeks-perspective-events-jan-6 Warren and I are creating a podcast to discuss ways we can keep civility in civics, so stay tuned.
District Court Judge Wilson ruled yesterday in the legal challenge filed against the proposed ballot initiative to create a top five open primary with rank choice voting. https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/proposed-ballot-question-would-create-open-primaries-ranked-choice-voting
Judge Wilson ruled against the challenge on all counts. You can read a summary of the ruling and the actual order here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/judge-rules-in-favor-of-ballot-measure-for-open-primaries-ranked-choice-voting
Judge Wilson’s first statement in the order is a reminder that our state constitution includes a right for Nevadans to propose, debate, and vote on ballot petitions and that right is on par with our legislature to propose constitutional amendments and policies. The judge then states that it is his duty to protect that constitutionally established right.
The plaintiff’s attorneys can appeal the ruling within 30 days based on an argument that Judge Wilson did not properly apply the laws that govern ballot questions.
The Fair Maps Nevada redistricting reform ballot question that proposes to create an independent redistricting commission did not draw a legal challenge. So, we will be organizing the fundraising and signature-gathering efforts for that initiative. https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2021/12/15/redistricting-commission-proposal-resurrected-aiming-for-2022-ballot/
Ballot Question Information Meeting: To learn more about the two ballot questions, Vote Nevada is hosting a ballot question meeting on January 15th, from 9 to 10:30 am, via Zoom. You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Ballot-Question-Review We will review the ballot questions and the signature-gathering process.
On January 18th, 6 to 7 pm, via Zoom, our Vote Nevada Behavioral and Mental Health Committee is hosting Captain Timothy Hatchett who is the new commander at the Bolden Area substation in the Historic Westside.
Captain Hatchett has extensive experience with programs that keep community members suffering from mental health issues out of the criminal justice system. This meeting is open to anyone, so you can join us by RSVPing here: https://vote-nevada.news/Captain-Hatchett
Our Vote Nevada regular meeting, on January 22nd, from 9 to 10:30 am, via Zoom, will focus on issue advocacy strategies for this legislative interim session as well as the process for building the Governor’s budget, which also happens during the spring. You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Advocacy
On January 28th, 3 to 5 pm, via Webex, you can attend the Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights follow-up meeting on recommendations from the Impact of Remote Learning on Education Equity report. You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/NV-Advisory-Committee-Meeting and you can view the report here: https://www.usccr.gov/files/2021-11/nv-sac-remote-learning-and-equity-in-education-report.pdf
Lastly, a diverse coalition is coming together to address some long-standing education issues, such as the lack of wraparound services in our schools. To attend the organizing meeting for this Unity Coalition on February 12th, 10 am to noon, via Zoom, RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Unity-Coalition
Thank you for being Nevadans with me,
Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics
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