The Women Are Coming for Nevada

Clark County Commissioner and 2018 Nevada gubernatorial candidate Chris Giunchigliani (L) is introduced by Women’s March Co-Chairwoman Linda Sarsour during the Women’s March ‘Power to the Polls’ voter registration tour launch at Sam Boyd Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Clark County Commissioner and 2018 Nevada gubernatorial candidate Chris Giunchigliani (L) is introduced by Women’s March Co-Chairwoman Linda Sarsour during the Women’s March ‘Power to the Polls’ voter registration tour launch at Sam Boyd Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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If you are constantly treading water in a news cycle of endless shit, here’s a raft to keep you afloat: Women, who are currently running for office in record numbers, may soon be taking over the state of Nevada. The Reno-Gazette Journal reports that the state could become the first to elect a majority-woman state legislature. Heck ya.

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Nevada already has a lot of women in elected positions—40 percent—and thanks to the wave of women horrified by bad men, Nevada’s primaries were flooded with even more women candidates. “In the past, we’ve had to ask women five, six, seven times to run for office,” Danna Lovell, director of Democratic candidate recruiting nonprofit Emerge Nevada, told the Reno-Gazette. “Whereas now, they’re worried. They’re scared about what’s going on in their communities. … I think there’s an extremely great possibility for a female majority.”

There are 63 seats in the state legislature and women candidates need 32 seats to win a majority. According to an analysis from the Reno-Gazette, women candidates are favored to win 27 of those races—but six races (five House and one Senate) are a toss-up.

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The race falls to five House seats and one Senate seat, where Democrat Julie Pazina, a local businesswoman with endorsements from Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, faces off with Republican Assemblyman Keith Pickard in a district that leans Republican.

In the House races, Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen will be defending her district against two challengers: former Republican Assemblyman Steve Silberkraus, who lost his seat to Cohen by 212 votes in 2016, and Libertarian Bruce James-Newman. Cohen, whose campaign page is short on policy specifics, has voted to support automatic voter registration and campaigns on stronger background checks for gun owners.

The remaining House races may be even tougher, as the women candidates are new challengers—attorney Shea Backus and Connie Munk in District 37 and 4, respectively. Munk, who won 71.9 percent of the primary vote in her district and is running on issues ranging from lowering the cost of PrEP to strengthening gun control, said she was motivated to run after being blown off by a state lawmaker. “I won’t treat my constituents like that,” Munk said. “I want to listen to their concerns and issues because that’s what this job is all about.”

Most, but not all, women are running as Democrats. In District 31, former Republican Assemblywoman Jill Dickman, who has voted against a host of abortion rights measures and protections for transgender people, will challenge incumbent Democrat Skip Daly. Daly edged her out by a narrow victory of 38 votes in 2016, according to the Reno Gazette.

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Nevada Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, now a Democratic Senate candidate, has encouraged the trend of the all-woman takeover. “Having more women at the table,” she told the Las Vegas Review Journal, “will elevate the lives of everyone.”

Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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I’m sorry to go off topic but I couldn’t wait for today’s Barf Bag to bring up Dump’s latest gold nugget of a tweet

I literally laughed out loud reading this. I mean wow! I guess trying to claim Russia didn’t meddle and were not a threat, against all trustworthy sources indicating the contrary, wasn’t working out for him so now he’s doing a hard U-Turn and claiming they are meddling BUT NOT TO HELP TRUMP, cuz that’d threaten his legitimacy as president, and now tries to cast doubt on any possible Democratic victories against his orange ass in November.

And “Definitely don’t want Trump”? That’s the part that really got me. No president has been tougher on Russia? What?! Did you leave a hickey on Putin’s scrotum or something cuz that’s the only way I can imagine him being “tough on Russia.” Sure his administration has some sanctions in place but those are DESPITE TRUMP not because of him. He’s the one that’s been chanting that we should be friendlier to Russia since the campaign, saying that Russia should be allowed back in the G-8, questioning whether he would support a NATO ally (one which has troops supporting a US conflict) should Russia provoke them, among many other capitulations and concessions he’s made or seems willing to make.

Fuck you Trump (apropos of nothing but still works)