Three rea­sons for re­call­ing Wood­house, Can­niz­zaro

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NEVADA - VIC­TOR JOECKS

IF Democrats take full con­trol of state gov­ern­ment in 2019, Ne­vada will be­come Cal­i­for­nia — with­out the beaches.

Just think about all the far-left bills passed by the Demo­crat Leg­is­la­ture but ve­toed by Gov. Brian San­doval this year.

That’s why the GOP has launched re­call cam­paigns against three state se­na­tors: Joyce Wood­house, D-Hen­der­son, Ni­cole Can­niz­zaro, D-Las Ve­gas, and Pa­tri­cia Far­ley, I-Las Ve­gas, who cau­cuses with Democrats.

The re­calls, if suc­cess­ful, would give Repub­li­cans a chance at claim­ing a ma­jor­ity in the Se­nate for the 2019 Leg­is­la­ture — and a way to block Democrats’ most par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion if a Demo­crat is elected gov­er­nor next year.

Re­calls shouldn’t be taken lightly, but they are more than jus­ti­fied in each of th­ese cases. The case against Far­ley is straight­for­ward. Vot­ers elected her as a Repub­li­can, but now she cau­cuses and gen­er­ally votes with Democrats.

Democrats are howl­ing that the re­calls are com­pletely un­war­ranted and an at­tack on democ­racy. But there are plenty of rea­sons for vot­ers to sup­port the re­calls. Here are three (or four) rea­sons why vot­ers should also re­call Wood­house and Can­niz­zaro. 1. They voted to raise your prop­erty taxes. In 2017, the top pri­or­ity of county gov­ern­ments was rais­ing your prop­erty taxes. Democrats couldn’t find the votes to do it im­me­di­ately, so Wood­house and Can­niz­zaro both voted for a con-

sti­tu­tional amend­ment to in­crease prop­erty taxes when a house is sold.

To go for­ward in 2019, the amend­ment needs ma­jor­ity ap­proval in both houses. If Wood­house and Can­niz­zaro are re­called, that amend­ment dies. If you don’t want the gov­ern­ment rais­ing your prop­erty taxes, re­call Wood­house and Can­niz­zaro.

2a. Can­niz­zaro: Re­name air­port after Harry Reid. If Can­niz­zaro got her way, you and 45 mil­lion oth­ers would be fly­ing into Harry Reid In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Can­niz­zaro was a pri­mary spon­sor of a failed ef­fort to re­name McCar­ran In­ter­na­tional Air­port after the long­time U.S. sen­a­tor and for­mer ma­jor­ity leader.

There’s more. Here’s what the bill said about Reid to jus­tify the re­brand. Reid “gained a rep­u­ta­tion as a con­sen­sus builder praised by mem­bers of both the Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can par­ties for his log­i­cal and eq­ui­table ap­proach to prob­lem solv­ing.”

While Can­niz­zaro’s sup­port for rolling back la­bor re­forms is more con­cern­ing, if this bit of re­vi­sion­ist his­tory doesn’t get Repub­li­cans up­set and out to the polls, noth­ing will.

2b. Wood­house: Make Ne­vada a sanc­tu­ary state. Ten Se­nate Democrats, in­clud­ing Wood­house, spon­sored a bill to make Ne­vada a sanc­tu­ary state. This bill would have pre­vented Ne­vada law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from let­ting fed­eral of­fi­cials know when po­lice ar­rest il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

To un­der­stand how ex­treme this po­si­tion is, con­sider what they wanted to ban. Las Ve­gas po­lice make about 50,000 ar­rests per year but no­ti­fies Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment just 1,500 times that some­one is an un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grant.

ICE only comes and gets about 170 of them a year. Wood­house wanted to elim­i­nate law en­force­ment’s abil­ity to de­port the worst of the worst.

3. Se­cond Amend­ment at­tacks. Both Wood­house and Can­niz­zaro took steps to limit your Se­cond Amend­ment rights. They voted to re­strict your abil­ity to carry guns in li­braries. They also spon­sored a bill to take away some­one’s gun rights with­out due process.

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