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Battle Lines Drawn as GOP Moves Closer to ‘Greatest Transfer of Wealth to the Super-Rich in Modern American History’
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
With their passage of a deeply unpopular $1.5 tax cut bill on Thursday, House Repubicans did their part in “paving the way for the greatest transfer of wealth from regular people to the super-rich in modern American history”—a move that sparked a flood of outrage from progressive activists …

As Predicted—Because ‘Pipelines Are Bound to Spill’—Keystone Gushes Tar Sands Oil
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Some of the worst fears and dire predictions of opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline came true on Thursday when pipeline owner TransCanada announced that more than 200,000 gallons of oil had spilled from the existing portion of the Keystone system in Marshall County, South Dakota. “With their horrible safety record, today’s spill is just the latest tragedy caused by the irresponsible oil company TransCanada,” said Friends of the Earth …

‘Say Goodbye to Local Media,’ as Trump FCC Opens Corporate Merger Floodgates
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer

“Mark my words, today will go down in history as the day when the FCC abdicated its responsibility to uphold the core values of localism, competition, and diversity in broadcasting,” warned Democratic commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who voted against the Federal Communications Commission’s latest rollback of regulations that aimed to protect local media outlets from corporate consolidation …

‘Welfare for the Wealthy’: 227 House Republicans Pass $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut for Corporations and the Rich
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
By a vote of 227-205, House Republicans on Thursday passed a tax bill that would permanently cut taxes for massive corporations, reward the extremely wealthy by eliminating the estate tax, explode the deficit, and raise taxes on millions of middle- and working-class families …

Brett Talley poses for a portrait at Holy Rood Cemetery on Tuesday December 02, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

There Is More to the Story of Trump’s Latest Unqualified Judicial Nominee
by Gail Ablow, Moyers & Company
One of Trump’s latest judicial nominees, Brett Talley, has caught the public spotlight for good reason. But the glare of his inexperience is obscuring an even more troubling story about what is at stake in Alabama’s Middle District, where there are currently two vacancies on the bench …

‘Time to Raise Hell’: Internet Defenders Mobilize as FCC Aims to Kill Net Neutrality Within Month
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Defenders of the open internet issued an urgent call of action Thursday as news reports indicated that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai has set his sights on a December 14 vote to kill net neutrality and “destroy the internet as we know it.” “In less than a month, and in defiance of the tens of millions of Americans who have spoken out for the free and open internet, Ajit Pai will move to kill Net Neutrality. It’s time to raise hell,” declared Free Press president Craig Aaron …

Watch GOP Senator Get Really Mad and Say ‘Bullcrap’ When Tax Plan Designed to Benefit the Rich Called a Tax Plan to Benefit the Rich
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
“When Republicans are in power, the first thing they want to do is give tax cuts to the rich. It’s in their DNA,” said Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown …

Senate GOP changes tax bill to add Obamacare mandate repeal, make individual income cuts expire
by Mike DeBonis and Damian Paletta, Washington Post
It’s a health care bill now –> “Senate Republican leaders are adding a provision to their tax bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, a major change as they now try to accomplish two of their top domestic priorities in a single piece of legislation.” According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 13 million more Americans would be uninsured if the measure were to pass …

House GOP’s Tax Bill Would Trigger A $25 Billion Cut To Medicare
by Alice Ollstein, TPM
Two weeks after its introduction and following zero hearings, the House of Representatives passed an approximately $1.5 trillion dollar tax cut on Thursday. Most of the focus has been on the bill’s tax benefits for the wealthy and corporations, but some lawmakers are sounding the alarm that passage of the bill will also trigger an estimated $25 billion cut to Medicare

#HellerTheHypocrite Working to Pack the Courts with Right Wing Unqualified Judges

After the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice Merrick Garland was nominated for a seat on Supreme Court of the United States. The obstruction of the Republican party made it so Garland wouldn’t receive a fair hearing.

Senator Heller told us that would not take a position on the issue of Federal Courts because he does not sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Heller still does not sit on the Judiciary Committee, but he is now a champion for the conservative take over of our Federal Courts.

Senator Heller wants the Senate to stay open 24/7 in order to push through unqualified and extreme Judges, some who have never tried a single case before. The American Bar Association has labeled four of Trump’s Judicial picks as unqualified for these positions, yet Senator Heller wants them to be confirmed anyways.

Call Senator Heller and tell him his hypocrisy is showing! (202) 224-6244

 

Senate Republicans’ Tax Plan Will Scrap Obamacare Mandate

“The GOP tax bill is now straight-up ‘take away your healthcare to pay for tax cuts for corporations,'” says MoveOn.org’s Ben Wikler

— by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
healthcare protest

In congressional Republicans’ latest move to strip healthcare from millions of Americans, several news outlets reported on Tuesday that party leaders in the Senate are adding a provision to their tax bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, which requires all citizens to have health insurance coverage or pay a penalty fee.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that repealing the mandate would, over the next decade, cause 13 million people to lose their coverage, but also reduce federal deficits by more than $300 billion. That reduction is key to the Republicans’ tax bill, which cannot add more than $1.5 trillion to federal deficits.

As Chad Bolt, Indivisible’s policy manager, explained in a series of tweets, Senate Republicans are motivated to repeal the mandate not only to fulfill their campaign pledges—and repeated demands from Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)—but also to free up that $300 billion to more quickly give corporations larger tax breaks.

Ben Wikler, MoveOn.org’s Washington director, also highlighted the link between the tax cuts and the individual mandate, and called the proposal “disgusting.”

Wikler broke down how the proposal would likely roll out and impact the national healthcare system.

The addition to the Senate Republican tax plan alarmed Democratic lawmakers, healthcare advocates, and others.

Shortly after news broke about the update to the Senate bill, a collective of major industry groups representing insurers, hospitals, and doctors released a letter (pdf) to congressional leaders of both parties, urging them to maintain the individual mandate, and warning of the “serious consequences if Congress simply repeals the mandate”—most notably, that millions of Americans “will be uninsured or face higher premiums, challenging their ability to access the care they need.”


Using Statistical Assumptions — Amodei Attempts to Sell Nevadans on HR1

The House Republican Conference released their “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” claiming that it’s a “comprehensive plan to reform our nation’s tax system.”  NOPE.  The largest “cuts” go to corporations and the rich with the dregs being divided up across the masses.  The House Republican Conference released their “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” claiming that it’s a “comprehensive plan to reform our nation’s tax system.”  NOPE.  The largest “cuts” go to corporations and the rich.  It’s basically more voodoo economics and fairy dust with claims that it will create thousands of jobs and raise wages for the middle class.  Sorry, but that’s just hooey!  We get nothing and their benefactors get to such America dry while putting another $1.5 Trillion in debt on the books (and that’s the “conservative” estimate, no pun intended).

Rep. Amodei, who claims to represent Rural Nevadans thinks we can all agree that we’d be better off if Congress were to reform our current tax code to benefit the rich and corporations because we’ll all reap the benefits via trickle-down economics (which hasn’t yielded any benefits to the middle class since Reagan introduced that fairy tale decades ago).

The House Ways and Means Committee began its markup of of HR1 on Monday of last week.  Amodei tasked his staff with analyzing all 429 pages of this legislation. Basically, they’re playing with “numbers” to conclude that “most” of his constituents won’t be affected (and apparently those that are affected don’t matter anyway). Here’s Amodei’s take:

Individual & Joint Filers
After reviewing the bill through the weekend and all of this week, my staff and I would like to share our initial thoughts with you. As you read through this, please keep in mind some general facts – 75% of Nevadans, filing individually or jointly, take the standard deduction and do not itemize their taxes. So if you’re one of these individuals, if this bill becomes law, your standard deductions have just doubled and your tax rates – in most cases – have gone down.

At the start of this process, the question we set out to answer was: would the majority of Nevadans receive enough tax relief through the new tax brackets and the doubling of the standard deduction to make up for the loss of most itemized deductions? Our initial data indicates that the number of individuals who would take the new, higher standard deduction will increase from 75% of Nevadans to somewhere around 90% of Nevadans.

This increase depends on individuals and joint filers running the numbers of the new proposal against their current itemizations. It appears that the doubling of the standard deduction, coupled with the elimination of three tax brackets to lower most middle-income earner’s tax rates, results in a lower tax bill for individuals and joint filers under the proposed new brackets.

To add more perspective, this means the average family of four in Northern Nevada which earns $64,000 a year, and is also part of the 75% of Nevadans not itemizing their current tax returns, would move from a 15% tax rate to a 12% tax rate. That’s a 20% reduction in tax rates under the new brackets. This lower tax rate, coupled with the doubled standard deduction, means the average family of four in Nevada would take home approximately $1,376 more each year as a result of lowering the federal income tax liability under the proposed plan.


Tax Rates for Individual Filers

Joint Filer Tax Rates

General Income and Tax Stats

Itemized Deductions
While we are still in the process of reviewing the potential changes to itemized deductions for the 25% of Nevadans who currently itemize their taxes, here is our first analysis based on some of the most common deductions and how those deductions would be affected under the new proposal. In the next update, we will analyze additional deductions that are also common, but here is the first batch. The goal in doubling the standard deduction is to simplify the entire federal income tax process, making it less complicated for joint filing tax payers with an annual income of $0 – $260,000 to use the standard deduction instead of itemizing their taxes. We invite you to do the calculations yourself based on your unique circumstance, but here is what we think the initial impressions are generally with respect to the status of some of the deductions under this new proposal.

If you itemize any of the deductions below, this list will hopefully give you a better idea of how those specific deductions would be affected under this bill:

Home Mortgage Interest – Modified

  • For all existing mortgages, if you decide to keep itemizing under this proposal there would be no change for you. If this bill becomes law, the mortgage interest deduction would be capped on new mortgage loans under $500,000.  

Charitable Donations – Unchanged

  • Under the new proposal, charitable donations will be deducted the same way they are now for those still choosing to itemize.  

State Taxes Paid – Deduction Eliminated

  • There is not a big impact on federal taxpayers in a state like Nevada with no state income tax.

Property Taxes (local taxes) – Modified

  • Under the new proposal, local property taxes will be able to be deducted up to $10,000 for those still choosing to itemize.

Student Loan Deduction – Deduction Eliminated 

  • Current student debtors can deduct up to $2,500 a year in student loan interest based on their adjusted gross income. Even though the current $2,500 deduction is eliminated under this proposal, the nearly $6,000 increase in the standard deduction entirely offsets this elimination. Although most student debtors don’t even reach the $2,500 cap, those who do will still see this elimination more than offset by the new standard deduction.

If you are one of the 25% of Nevadans who currently itemize your taxes, please click here for a further breakdown and examples of how this will affect you or your family.

Setting the Record Straight:
Finally, you might be hearing certain claims about some of the specific measures included in this bill. I would like to address a few of those below (Note:  Here comes the hyper-hypocritical hooey and fair dust).

The Deficit
Most sides appear to agree this bill would add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years as a result of lowering tax rates and increasing standard deductions. First and foremost, the common sense conclusion from this argument is that taxes are going down.  So for those asking how the country’s fiscal stability fairs with $1.5 trillion less in revenue over 10 years – the answer revolves around the concept of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It’s important to note that the deficit argument neglects to consider the long-term benefits tax reform would have on GDP, such as increased wages and new jobs, thereby increasing the eligible tax base and revenues collected for deficit reduction. Even a 1% growth in GDP generates about $3 trillion in revenue over 10 years – more than covering the anticipated $1.5 trillion deficit. This estimate is based on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) analysis of how economic changes might affect baseline budget projections.

Student Loans
You’ve also probably heard this legislation would make college less affordable by eliminating the itemized deduction for student loan interest. Actually, this legislation would put more money back into the pockets of individuals with student loan debt.
Here’s why: Since student loan interest deductions are capped at $2,500 a year, not all debtors reach the cap annually – or even come close. By doubling the standard deduction, student debtors taking the standard deduction would not likely incur any burden by swapping one for the other. In fact – they would most likely see more money in their pockets at the end of the year. Click here to read more about the specifics surrounding this deduction.

This week’s newsletter from Rep. Amodei deals with his conclusions that eliminating the medical tax deduction likely won’t affect that many folks in his district … after all, that increased “standard deduction” will take care of all the ills that plague his constituents. Just break out your postcard and pay less taxes! Right.

Here’s what he had to say:

Medical Tax Deduction (potential elimination)

  • Under current law, individuals may only deduct the portion of medical expenses that exceed 10% of their adjusted gross income.
  • According to Consumer Reports, of the 30% of Americans currently itemizing their taxes, 19% claim the medical tax deduction – meaning 6% of American taxpayers claim this deduction.

If you’re one of the 6% of Americans who currently claim the medical tax deduction, you would need to compare your current medical expenses against the increased standard deduction under the new proposal ($12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for joint filers) to see how this bill would affect you should it become law.

For example, the average family of four in Northern Nevada has an adjusted gross income of about $64,000. If this family had $7,000 of out-of-pocket medical expenses for the year, they would multiply $64,000 by 0.10 (10%) to find the only medical expenses that could be deducted are those exceeding $6,400, or 10% of their adjusted gross income. This would leave the average family of four in Northern Nevada with a medical expense deduction of $600 ($7,000 – $6,400).  

The family in the above example is just one of many families who would fair better under the new tax system due to the increased standard deduction which more than covers their medical expense deductions. The only way it would be a better deal for the average family of four in Northern Nevada to continue claiming this deduction, would be if their annual out-of-pocket medical expenses exceeded $30,400, putting them over the amount that joint filers would be allowed to claim ($24,000) under the new proposal.      

Other Facts to Consider

The Affordable Care Act
It’s important to note that most of the information you’re probably seeing fails to take into account the cap on deductibles under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The 2018 cap for out-of-pocket expenses under the ACA is $7,350 for individuals and $14,700 for families.We must also consider the number of individuals covered by TRICARE, Medicare, or Medicaid who have varying out-of-pocket expenses depending on their plan and income. For Medicaid expansion and traditional Medicaid enrollees, the out-of-pocket expectation is $0. In Nevada, the second largest insurance group includes those on Medicaid. The first largest is those covered by an employer plan which is subject to the maximum out-of-pocket limits.

The American Health Care Act
In May, the House passed HR1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), GOP legislation to fix what they perceive to be broken parts of the ACA. While this bill is currently stalled in the Senate, if it were to become law, they claim that out-of-pocket maximums would remain the same as they are under current law. Additionally, they’re hyping a family’s ability to contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA) on a tax-free basis which they could use to match their out-of-pocket caps as a means to never having to pay taxes on money they use for health care.

Here’s some more of Amodei’s staff’s justifications for telling Amodei to vote “hell yeah” on HR1:

General Deduction Stats
Child Tax Credits
Comparison of Deductions

 


Take the time to go through the bill and decide for yourself if this is “good” or “bad” for you and your family.  There are provisions in the bill that will ultimately adversely impact women’s reproductive rights (e.g., the ability to contribute to a tax-free college account for a yet to be born — meaning their next move may be to confer “personhood” upon conception).

(e) Unborn Children Allowed As Account Beneficiaries.—Section 529(e) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(6) TREATMENT OF UNBORN CHILDREN.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Nothing shall prevent an unborn child from being treated as a designated beneficiary or an individual under this section.

“(B) UNBORN CHILD.—For purposes of this paragraph—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘unborn child’ means a child in utero.

“(ii) CHILD IN UTERO.—The term ‘child in utero’ means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”.

And, there’s that pesky 1.4% “excise tax” on University investment income (which most likely will cause increases in tuition to make up for those losses.  So you’ll not be able to deduct your student loan interest … and you’ll likely have to borrow even more to pay for your tuition.

Pay attention folks … this is gonna get messy

Dr. Vance Alm Announces Candidacy for Nevada’s CD2

Dr. Vance Alm is announcing his candidacy to be the Democrat nominee for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District.

Dr. Alm is a retired Air Force navigation officer and he currently works as a Family Practice Physician in Reno.  He is a graduate of University of Nevada, Reno’s Family Practice Residency, and has worked at all of the Reno/Sparks hospitals, including the VA.  He is married with three grown children and five grandchildren.  He is a moderate democratic candidate desiring to improve the life of the average Nevadan.

His primary focus has not changed since his previous runs:  improve medical care in Nevada.  Dr. Alm’s ideas are not just regarding how to pay for our health care system, but more importantly on improving the health, and access to health care, for every American.  “We have to stop confusing health insurance with health care.  I see patients, every day, being denied health (medical) care because they don’t have the ‘right’ health insurance,” Dr. Alm said in a statement.  He believes the current partisan battles over insurance coverage provide absolutely no benefit to the physical or mental health of Americans.

Dr. Alm says we all need to rise above the partisan squabble and elect someone who can truly represent the people of Nevada.  It is time for someone who is not just a party yes-man.  With his background and experience, he can appeal to Democrats, Republicans, and Non-Partisans alike.  He is ready to help you, as a Nevadan.

You can reach Dr. Vance Alm at AlmForCongress@gmail.com.

Mueller reportedly files first charges in Russia probe. Key Trump allies call on Mueller to resign.

Buckle up.

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who has been investigating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, has filed his first charges, according to CNN. The charges, reportedly approved by a grand jury on Friday, remain under seal.

Who has been charged and the nature of the charges remain unknown. CNN reported that anyone charged could “be taken into custody as soon as Monday.”

The news comes as Republicans ratchet up efforts to undermine and distract from Mueller’s probe. Even as CNN broke the news of Mueller’s charges, Fox News was pushing the idea that the special prosecutor was “under pressure to resign.”

Fox News quotes a statement released Friday from Trent Franks (R-AZ), one of Trump’s most loyal allies in Congress, calling for Mueller to resign.

“The federal code could not be clearer – Mueller is compromised by his apparent conflict of interest in being close with James Comey,” Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., who first called for Mueller to step down over the summer, said in a statement to Fox News on Friday. “The appearance of a conflict is enough to put Mueller in violation of the code. … All of the revelations in recent weeks make the case stronger.”

The “revelations” Franks is referring to include the report that Democrats, including the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign, helped finance the partially-unverified Steele dossier, which explored Trump’s relationship with Russia. (The research was actually initiated by a conservative publication, The Free Beacon.) Another supposed “revelation” is the so-called Uranium One scandal, first advanced in July 2016 by Steve Bannon and long-since discredited.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, a paper owned by Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch, called for Mueller’s resignation on Thursday. Murdoch has a close relationship with Trump and is considered a key adviser.

Another Trump ally, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, called on Mueller to resign on Fox & Friends, Trump’s favorite TV show, on Friday morning.

Trump himself has not ruled out firing Mueller, something that he could not do directly. Mueller would have to be fired by Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller after Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. If Trump ordered Rosenstein to fire Mueller and Rosenstein refused, however, he could replace Rosenstein with someone who would carry out his wishes.


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Republican Budget Seriously Slashed Medicare by $4.73B

Medicare is a fundamental tool of economic security – a guarantee that seniors will not be denied health care just because they cannot afford it. But Republicans in the House, led by Paul Ryan, just voted for a budget plan (HR553) (Roll Call Vote 552) that would gut Medicare – slashing funding for the program by more than $473 billion.  (Note: Rep. Mark Amodei from NVCD2 was absent for the vote, as were all three Las Vegas Reps from CD1, CD3 and CD4.)

We Need to Protect Access to Medicare | Getty Images

Fresh off their failure to pass #TrumpedUpCare and take away health insurance for millions, cruel and heartless Republicans in Congress, led by Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, are desperate to tell their insurance industry donors that they have been able to do something to undermine the social safety net, and so they are sneaking this massive cut into their 2018 budget proposal.

More than 58 million seniors rely on Medicare, and the program is overwhelmingly popular. When we have collectively taken action to stop #TrumpedUpCare, we have been able to keep the Republicans from gutting health care. With Medicare now on the chopping block, we need to make it clear that any attempt to privatize, cut, weaken or damage Medicare is completely unacceptable.

Speaker Ryan has wanted to destroy Medicare for years. His ultimate goal is to end Medicare as we know it and replace it with a privatized program in which seniors would get federal vouchers to help offset the cost of premiums charged by commercial insurance plans. It’s a trick designed to create the appearance of cutting costs by shifting some of the financial burden from the federal government to America’s seniors. If Ryan gets his way, folks who have been working their whole lives counting on Medicare in their retirement won’t ever be able to enroll in Medicare – instead, they will get a check that might help cover their premium for private insurance, if they are lucky.

The devastating budget bill (HR553) that Ryan just pushed through the House would destroy the social safety net: slashing funding not just for Medicare, but also for Medicaid, affordable housing and Pell Grants. All so they can give the ultra-wealthy a 1.5 billion-dollar tax cut.5

During his campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly pledged that he would not attack Medicare, but since inauguration, he has only undermined the program. First he appointed Tom Price, who has a long history of opposing Medicare as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Price has since resigned over his use of tax payer-funded private jets, but another Trump appointee and fervent Medicare opponent, Mick Mulvaney, remains the budget director, where he has significant influence on social safety net spending.6 These attacks on Medicare are enormously unpopular, and if we speak up now, we can stop cruel and reckless Republicans from gutting this essential program just so they can give a massive tax hand out to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

It’s time to lean on Senator Dean Heller  (who’ll likely be looking to vote “Aye” to please Trump) and Senator Catherine Masto  (pretty sure she’s all ready a “No”) to make sure these massive cuts don’t pass the Senate as currently written and sent to the White House for signature.

Resources:

Why It’s Important to Vote in Mid-Term Elections!

I don’t know what Sen. Dean Heller has done (or not done) in Washington, but clearly, he’s not just disliked at home in Nevada. On Sunday’s 60 Minutes, Breitbart’s Steve Bannon let the world know that he has put Heller first and foremost on his “Enemies List” pretty much making him the #1 most vulnerable Senator in the 2018 race for re-election.

While a number of Democrats are considering a run for the seat, including Rep. Dina Titus and Rep. Jacky Rosen, Nevada’s perennial candidate, Danny Tarkanian has stepped up to the plate yet again.  If anything, Tarkanian has proven yet again WHY it’s important that every single Democrat makes it to the polls in 2018 to vote for someone who will actually represent Nevadans, not every whim of President Trump.

Tarkanian appeared on “The Beat with Ari Melber” on MSNBC on Monday, 9/11/2017.  Take a moment to watch his performance.  I don’t know about you, but that’s NOT who I want representing my interests in the U.S. Senate:

2017 NV Legislative Report Card

Battle Born Progress just put out their report card for how legislators performed in the 2017 session.  Here’s what they had to say:

It wasn’t easy, but Nevada progressives had many victories during the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session and this report card is a small overview of what we were able to accomplish. Together, Nevadans showed the nation that the Silver State is determined to move forward and will not back down to extreme right-wing agendas. Vouchers was without a doubt, one of the biggest and most controversial issues this session, and it was the hardest to grade. Thanks to people making their voices heard; voucher bills and deals didn’t get to really see the light of day and did not get voted on the floors of the Senate or the Assembly. Although there was no voucher bill votes to grade, we can give an A for effort to the legislators and community members that fought day in and out to make sure the Trump/Koch/DeVos education agenda didn’t come to Nevada.

This report card is just a small glimpse of what we were able to accomplish this session. We hope this report card helps as you decide who deserves extra credit, and who needs a timeout. Keep in mind that these pass or fail grades do NOT reflect an endorsement of any of the legislators listed. They reflect the votes these legislators took on the issues BBP and you (our members) advocated for or against during the 2017 session.

WHY WE GRADED LEGISLATORS
Every legislative session there is a perceived notion that what happens in Carson City stays in Carson City, but we cannot continue to allow this lack of transparency to plague our legislative process. That is why we evaluate our legislators with a pass or fail mark based on their votes. Inside, you can see each of their votes on various pieces of legislation and decide for yourself whether the legislators deserve your stamp of approval or not.

METHODOLOGY
Legislation included in this report card was chosen based on the amount of time and resources invested into advocating for or against each bill by Battle Born Progress and our members. This is how we graded legislators:

More No votes: Fail
More Yes votes: Pass

NV Assembly Report Card:

NV Senate Report Card:

Note: Both Assemblyman Ira Hansen and Senator Don Gustavson, who supposedly represent Humboldt County citizens, are rated as across-the-board “fail.”