Republicans break Nevada Democratic supermajorities

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November 5, 2010

Sen. Mike McGinness (R-Fallon)

RENO – Republican gains in both houses ensure that Democrats cannot pass veto-proof legislation that could contradict Sandoval’s strict platform of dealing with Nevada’s state budget crisis without raising taxes[1].

Nevada State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 12 11
     Republican Party 7 10
     Vacancy 2 -
Total 21 21

Republicans also made gains in the 42-Seat Nevada State Assembly, where, in the wake of Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert’s (R-Reno) decision not to run for re-election, Peter Goicoechea (R-Eureka) now leads the 16-member Assembly Republican Caucus.

Nevada Assembly
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 28 26
     Republican Party 14 16
Total 42 42

Following strong Republican criticism of his tax-increases[1] and his endorsement of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio’s (R-Reno), 84, has withdrawn his name from consideration for continuing in his role[2] as leader of the Nevada State Senate.

The only other candidate, Senator Mike McGinness (R-Fallon), won unanimous support for the role from the 10-member GOP Senate caucus[2].

McGinness, who follows a nearly three-decade rule by Raggio[1],will take charge of the 10-member Republican caucus. In the November 2 general election, the GOP gained three seats in the 21-seat chamber, dashing Democratic plans for a veto-proof supermajority[3] that would have had the ability to trump incoming Republican Governor Brian Sandoval[1].