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Roberson confirmed to run for Nevada lieutenant governor election in 2018

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Roberson to run for Nevada lieutenant governor
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The State Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson on Monday, August 21, officially announced that he will be running to be the state of Nevada’s next lieutenant governor.

“With the experience I have gained as a business attorney, assisting numerous job providers in Nevada’s leading economic industries, as well as serving the people of our great state in elected office, I believe I am uniquely qualified for this position,” Roberson said in a press statement.

“I will also seek to assist our next Governor in growing and diversifying our economy, expanding education opportunities for all Nevada families and presiding over our state senate during legislative sessions.”

Nevada Senate Republican Caucus leader Roberson’s announcement was highly anticipated but subject upon Nevada’s incumbent Mark Hutchison giving up the position. Nevada’s lieutenant governor Hutchinson announced last week that he would not be seeking second-tern in the 2018 election.

No Democrats have proclaimed their candidacy yet for the lieutenant governor’s election. But the former two-term Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller confirmed to The Centrio News that she is considering a comeback to politics.

Roberson is expected to run on an unofficial party along with Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt who is seeking the governor’s position; the latter has not yet announced his candidacy for next year’s election.

Roberson was first elected to the Nevada’s Senate District 20 dating back in 2010 and came victorious re-election after four-years.

Roberson ran for the Representative last year 2016 in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, but has been defeated to Danny Tarkanian in the Republican primary election by an 8 percentage point deficit. However, the latter went on to lose in the general to Democrat Jacky Rosen.

Minutes after Roberson proclaimed that he is indeed running for lieutenant governor seat, Republican veteran Byron Brooks also announced that he would be running for the Henderson senate seat.

Should Roberson’s elected lieutenant governor, he would serve as the symbolic head of the Senate and also chair the Nevada Commission on Tourism as well as other boards. Roberson could also serve as a skilled hand to shepherd legislation and a budget for the future Nevada governor.

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Ex-Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall Officially Running For Lieutenant Governor

The former Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall on Wednesday, September 13th, announced his candidacy for the Nevada lieutenant governor.

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The former Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall on Wednesday, September 13th, announced that he will be running for the Nevada lieutenant governor election.

Marshall was elected Nevada’s state treasurer dating way back in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Prior to her stint as the state treasurer, she served as senior deputy attorney general, creating Nevada’s Antitrust Legal Division under Attorney General Frankie Sue del Papa stretching from 1997 to 2010.

Marshall’s announcement lists endorsements from several state Democratic leaders including former United States Senator Harry Reid, current U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Congressional Representatives Dina Titus and Jacky Rosen.

Additionally, the state Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson also pronounce their endorsement to Marshall.

“I’ve spent my career in public service putting the interests of Nevadans first,” Kate Marshall said in a news statement.

“During my time as State Treasurer, I set political posturing and gamesmanship aside, working with both parties to get the results Nevadans depend on. Working together we made our state government more transparent, we found innovative ways to diversify our state’s economy and increased educational opportunities for all of Nevada’s students while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.”

The former two-term state state treasurer Marshall, who announced her Nevada lieutenant governor candidacy, will be running up against Roberson, leader of the Nevada Senate Republicans, who Michael announced his bid for the state lieutenant governor last month.

The winner between Chip Evans — who also announced his bid to become the next Nevada lieutenant governor on Wednesday — and Marshall would likely compete against Michael Roberson, the outspoken Nevada State Senate Republican leader who had previously announced that he’s candidacy for the position.

In an ambush interview with the Centrio News, Marshall stated that she considers the job as a massive opportunity to make sure “the economy works for all the people in Nevada.”

With that being said, bringing more high-paying jobs to Nevada, it means establishing affordable education and health care and “making sure the money that goes to government is being used for things that then serve you as the people of Nevada.”

Marshall also ran for the State’s second Congressional District, which blankets the northern half of the Nevada, during a special election back in 2011, but has been defeated to Republican Mark Amodei by 23 percent. Moreover, she also ran for secretary of Nevada back in 2014, but failed to win against Barbara Cegavske by 4 points in an campaign that saw Republicans sweep the Nevada’s constitutional offices.

Marshall owns and operates a legal consulting business in Reno and serves on the Board of the United Way of Northern Nevada. She’s also teaching part-time at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Gov. Sandoval worried about recreational marijuana consumption lounges in Nevada

Governor Brian Sandoval said that he does not agree with the new opinion by the State of Nevada’s Legislative Council Bureau.

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The Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on Tuesday, September 12, said that he does not give the nod with the new opinion by the State of Nevada’s Legislative Council Bureau stating that nothing in state law that retrains local government units from opening recreational marijuana consumption lounges and consuming the cannabis at special events.

“I do not agree with the Legislative Council Bureau opinion and believe that statutory authority is necessary to establish local marijuana smoking shops,” Gov. Sandoval said. “I am concerned with these establishments popping up piecemeal throughout the state with differing rules and regulatory structure.”

The State of Nevada Governor also commended a failed law bill presented during the 2017 Nevada State Legislature that would have absolutely authorized for such recreational marijuana lounges to be supervised by local townships officials. Sandoval questioned Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom’s need to submit the bill dating back in April 2017 should recreational marijuana consumption lounges were already granted by the Nevada.

“This basically says local governments can license these businesses if they want to,” Senator Segerblom said on Monday, September 11.

Sandoval called on Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s office to advise the Nevada Department of Taxation on statutorily preventing such lounges.

The Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s spokewoman Monica Moazez denoted all inquiries to the state’s Department of Taxation, whose did not answer to multiple calls and emails for comment earlier this week.

Ballot Question 2 back in last year’s election enables for the possession and consumption of up to one ounce of recreational marijuana flower or up to one-eighth the equivalent of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrates and edibles by adults in the State of Nevada. But the language in the bill is obscure on recreational marijuana consumption regulations outside of a private residences.

Governor Sandoval, a Republican former federal judge, initially against the legalization of recreational marijuana voters approved in November but said he recognized the will of the public and propelled an early-sale program that commenced back in July instead of waiting another six months as scheduled to speed up collection of revenue from state cannabis taxes.

Sandoval added that he’s concerned about the legalization of marijuana consumption lounges might invite more federal examination of Nevada’s cannabis sales. Sandoval stressed out that he has yet read the Legislative Council Bureau’s viewpoint, but added that he would like the office of state’ attorney general to weigh in on the subject matter.

Furthermore, he said that an opinion from the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau “doesn’t have any precedential value.”

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