(Victor Joecks, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Gov. Brian Sandoval is winning so much in Carson City that he’s got to be getting tired of winning.
It doesn’t seem that way if you just listen to hearings on Democrats’ attempts to roll back Sandoval’s signature labor and education reforms, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour or hike property taxes. But looking toward the end game shows that Sandoval is poised to get what he wants in his final session. That starts with preserving the reforms passed two years ago.
Democrats and their union allies hate those changes, but they have a math problem. While Democrats have majorities in both houses, they lack the ability to pass legislation without Republican support. Either they need Sandoval’s signature or Republican votes in the Assembly and Senate to get the two-thirds majorities needed to override Sandoval’s veto, which isn’t happening.
I thought Sandoval would be the weak link in Republican defenses. I was wrong. Departing from six years in which his office generally didn’t comment on legislation before it reached his desk, Sandoval spokeswoman Mari St. Martin has issued statement after statement condemning Democrat proposals to undo reforms passed on Sandoval’s watch.