40°F
weather icon Clear

Dennis Myers: National parties encroach on home rule

There are times when it seems like Nevada politics is controlled from outside the state.

There was the time when Gov. Bob Miller, running for a third term, was faced in the 1994 Democratic primary by Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones. Miller was a tired face with a lot of baggage. We’ll never know how it might have come out. In January, President Bill Clinton intruded into the race to endorse Miller. A lot of Democrats fell into line and Jones lost.

In 1999, U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan announced his retirement from politics. He announced it early, so candidates would have time to plan. But Republicans never got the chance. John Ensign, who had just lost a race to Harry Reid, lined up the big money and entities in D.C. No other Republican who wanted a future got in their way. Ensign was elected, going on to ignominy.

Most states endure this kind of interference.

Last year, Democrat Heath Mello was running for Omaha mayor and leading against Republican incumbent Jean Stothert. Then Democratic national chairman Tom Perez attacked “Mello’s personal beliefs about women’s reproductive health.”

Mello was running with the endorsement of Planned Parenthood and in the most recent state Legislature had voted for PP bills 100 percent of the time. But Perez’s falsehood influenced some other national entities, which withdrew their support of Mello. The dust-up caused his numbers to start dropping. He lost by three percent.

This year in Maryland, retired teacher Tanzie Youngblood got into the 2nd District U.S. House race early. She was deeply rooted in the community, raised respectable money, and had an organization.

Then the Republican incumbent bowed out, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee got interested. The DCCC hauled out a right-wing Democrat who has a perfect score from the NRA, supports parental notification for abortions, and opposes marriage equality. They’ve dumped a bunch of money on him, infuriating local Democrats.

In Texas’s 7th U.S. House district, Laura Moser was one of seven Democrats running when the DCCC actually mounted a full-fledged campaign against her, a DEMOCRAT. Fortunately, it backfired, elevating her to the front ranks and on March 6 she won a spot in the runoff.

A slogan started appearing around the internet — “Just Vote for Whoever the DCCC Attacks.” Now, also in Texas, the DCCC is trying to defeat Democrat Lillian Salerno (endorsed by EMILY’s List) in the 32nd House district by backing former NFL football player Colin Allred.

In Pennsylvania, 7th U.S. House district frontrunner Rev. Greg Edwards, who started campaigning a year ago, says the DCCC is trying to force him out of the race in favor of white candidates.

National Republicans entities usually have the resources to fix their blunders. Democrats don’t.

Dennis Myers is an award-winning journalist who has reported on Nevada’s capital, government and politics for several decades. He has also served as Nevada’s chief deputy secretary of state.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
TIM BURKE: New mandates feel like violation of personal rights

I am at home by myself, sitting at my desk and typing on my computer with a face mask on. No, not really, because under Governor Sisolak’s Emergency Directive 035, being alone exempts me from that requirement. The surge in COVID-19 positives and government directives in response has made this our new reality. For the third time in less than two weeks, Nevada on Tuesday set a record for most coronavirus cases reported in a day since the start of the pandemic, state data shows. According to the Department of Health and Human Services website, there were 2,853 new cases reported Tuesday, along with 24 additional deaths. The updated figures brought totals in the state to 139,080 cases and 2,047 deaths.

DAN SCHINHOFEN: Bill of Rights?

Back in January when the “novel coronavirus” was finally making the news, after the debacle of impeachment was over, I was very interested as I watched the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) shut down a city with 35 million residents. My first reaction was, “This could never happen in America as we have a Bill of Rights.” Boy was I wrong.

DAN SCHINHOFEN: Lessons learned

This past year has seen a lot of changes and most not for the better. As I sit here thinking it over, here are some of the things I have learned.

TIM BURKE: Possible second mandated shutdown would be disastrous

The recent rapid increase in COVID-19 positives is threatening to close businesses and halt family holiday gatherings temporarily. The post-election decrease in COVID-19 positives that some theorized would take place due to the election did not materialize. The exact opposite has happened.

STEVE SEBELIUS: 2020 election mandate? Compromise

Democrats long hoped for a supermajority in the Nevada Legislature; instead, the mixed election results will force both sides to work together to find consensus to fix vexing problems.

DAN SCHINHOFEN: More division coming up

President “projected” Biden stated that he will unite our country. Well, that’s good because his party spent the last four years dividing us. From the end of the election in 2016, the Democrats have refused to accept the results, but rather spent the last four years calling Trump illegitimate, a fraud, and of course tried to impeach him many times. The one time they actually went through with it, they knew it would fail in the Senate, but to meddle in the next election, they did it anyway, During Obama’s administration, there were many times some Republicans wanted to impeach Obama, but with the Senate being held by Harry Reid, they knew it would only be a show and cause division, so they did not.