Campaign 2010

May 06, 2011

NV-02 Nevada Republicans Offer Nothing New

What do extreme, tax hiking, education slashing, Social Security privatizing, Medicare ending candidates have in common?  They are Republicans potentially running for Congress in the NV-02 Special Election.  It’s business as usual for Republicans Sharon Angle, Mark Amodei, Greg Brower, and Kirk Lippold – and middle income Nevadans would pay the price.


“Hardworking Nevadans are still getting back on solid economic footing, the last thing they need is an extreme Republican Representative in Congress with a record of supporting tax hikes, slashing education, privatizing Social Security, or ending Medicare,” said Gabriela Domenzain of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Folks in Nevada are tired of Republicans’ business as usual in Washington that puts big special interests before the needs of middle income families.  It’s time for a new focus on commonsense solutions that put Nevadans first, not more Republican extremism.”


The Republican “Honor Roll” in NV-02:


Sharon Angle is out of touch and extreme


Angle Said We Need to Privatize Medicare and Social Security. In 2010 Sharron Angle said she “We need to phase Medicare and Social Security out in favor of something privatized.” [Las Vegas Sun, 6/15/10]


Angle Supported “Dismantling The Department Of Education.” In June 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported, “Angle, a strict fiscal conservative and political loner during her days in the state Legislature…supports dismantling the Department of Education...” [Los Angeles Times, 6/5/10]


Mark Amodei Will Raise Nevadans’ Taxes


Republican Chairman Mark Amodei Introduced Bill to Levy Almost $1 Billion in Additional Taxes. In 2003, Amodei introduced a bill to raise at least $700 million through cuts and a 3 percent tax on services. Tax experts estimated that a 3 percent tax on services could bring in as much as $600 million to $900 million each biennium. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that the entire Care-Amodei “could bring in as much as $1.4 billion each biennium, depending on the exceptions made to the service tax.” [Associated Press, 4/8/03; Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/23/03]


Greg Brower Will Risk Nevada’s Future by Slashing Education


Brower Supported Governor Sandoval's Budget Proposal which Slashed Education Funding. In February 2011, Brower supported Governor Sandoval's budget proposal which included “cuts to education, borrowing from future streams and pilfering local revenue.” [Las Vegas Sun, 1/26/11]


Kirk Lippold Would End Medicare


Kirk Lippold Supports the U.S. House Republican Budget Proposal That Would End Medicare. Lippold said that House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget was “a great approach. It puts a plan out there with a vision for the future that we can work on.” According to the Wall Street Journal, “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [Huffington Post, 4/15/11; Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]