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Friday Wrap-Up

Las Vegas, NV – Just when you thought you were out (of the legislature for the weekend), we pull you back in.  That’s right, the Friday Wrap-Up is back to recap all the ridiculousness of Governor Sandoval and Michael Roberson’s “education session.”  And while it hasn’t really been an “education session,” this legislative session has certainly been educational about Nevada Republicans’ priorities.  But for all the wrong reasons…

Because as Bob Beers fires the opening salvo in his primary against Michael Roberson, Roberson subsequently struggles to stay off Twitter during committee hearings, and Michele Fiore makes the totally non-racial GOP case for voter ID, this is the Friday Wrap-Up, where unlike Carson City, you don’t have to give six figures to Michael Roberson to feel special.  Come on, you know you missed us…

Beer-Me a GOP Primary opening shot:

Well, that didn’t take long.  Before GOP Senate boss and former Tom DeLay operative Michael Roberson could barely catch a breath before he passes yet another bill lining the pockets of his campaign donors, he was being attacked by declared Republican candidate for United States Senate, TEA Party City Councilman Bob Beers.  In a television interview this week, Beers accused Roberson of being a “full-time lobbyist” who wants to “get rich through government.”  We must admit, Beers surprised us, as we just thought Roberson wanted his campaign donors to “get rich through government.”  And if it’s any indication of Michael Roberson’s legislative agenda, his donors are quickly on the way to achieving that.  Actually — speaking of Michael Roberson…

Roberson needs to kick his Twitter habit:

Ah, if only the advent of social media would have happened before Tom DeLay’s indictment and subsequent retirement from politics, he would have been able to warn his young protégé about the dangers of monitoring Twitter during a committee hearing about what Michael Roberson insists is his top priority.  (Not that anyone actually believes education funding is Roberson’s top priority; he made that clear when the first bill he sent to Sandoval was nothing more than a handout to Roberson’s campaign donors.)

You see, during the hearing on Governor Sandoval’s Business License Tax to fund education, Roberson accidentally called Nevada Senate Democratic Leader Aaron Ford “Senator Horsford.”  After the committee room filled up with awkward laughs and shocked gasps, Roberson tried to recover by saying he was monitoring Twitter instead of paying attention and got confused.  It didn’t help Roberson that later in the hearing he apparently confused Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson with Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams.  We guess Roberson was on Twitter again…

GOP Case for Voter ID: “We have a black President, in case you didn’t notice!”

No really, that was the sum of Republicans’ arguments in their hearing on a discriminatory voter ID bill this week.  In case you missed it, watch it here.  You can also watch KLAS in Las Vegas completely expose Republicans’ inability to offer any actual examples of the Unicorn they and Sharron Angle insist is widespread: voter fraud.  Oh, and for those who didn’t learn this in school – that darn Common Core! – according to this week’s voter ID hearing, the struggles of the Independent American Party are on par with those struggles African Americans courageously fought against during segregation.  Because, you know, logic…

Welcome to Republicans’ “New Nevada.”