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Laxalt’s 2017: A Year Defined By Scandals and Incompetence

This year has not been a good one for Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, who has been mired in bad headlines largely of his own making. From repeatedly getting caught on tape crossing ethical lines, to mysteriously trying to be the lone abstainer at an innocent man’s pardon hearing, Laxalt has spent 2017 trying to dodge self-inflicted scandals highlighting his unethical behavior and incompetence.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:

“No one can take more credit for the terrible narrative around Adam Laxalt than Laxalt himself. He has spent the entire year creating and then running from scandal after scandal demonstrating his lack of character and total ineptitude. To absolutely no one’s surprise, the inexperienced attorney general has proven time and again that he is undeserving of Nevadans’ trust and ill-equipped to lead the Silver State into the future.”

Feb. 15: The Nevada Independent: Chief gaming regulator secretly recorded conversation with attorney general, turned tape over to FBI

Mar. 1: AP: Nevada Democrats want ethics probe of Laxalt meeting

Apr. 28: KLAS: Laxalt’s speech at NRA convention angers gun background check groups in Nevada

Apr. 29: Las Vegas Sun: Group speaks out against Laxalt over background-check law

May 9: The Nevada Independent: Legislature obtains secret recording of AG, affidavit from gaming regulator who taped him

May 10: The Nevada Independent: Updated: Bill in works to take AG out as legal counsel to gaming regulators

May 10: The Nevada Independent: Updated Laxalt/Burnett/Adelson story: Text messages back up Burnett’s affidavit

May 15: The Nevada Independent: Deputy attorney general: ‘I would advise against’ Gaming Control Board intervening in Sands lawsuit

May 15: Las Vegas Review-Journal: Bill to replace AG as gaming board counsel has Wednesday hearing

May 15: The Nevada Independent: Lawmakers schedule Wednesday hearing for bill inspired by Laxalt-Burnett secret recording

May 15: Reno Gazette-Journal: Democrats set hearings on bill in response to Laxalt tape

May 15: KKOH Reno: Hearings on Laxalt Gaming Board Controversy Set For Wednesday

May 15: KKOH Reno: Governor Not on “Team Laxalt” in Gaming Dispute

May 16: The Nevada Independent: Tape: Laxalt asks regulator to intervene in Sands case, acknowledged ‘tough request’

May 17: AP: Nevada Attorney General faces ethics probe

Oct. 2: Mother Jones: Nevada Republican Leaders Are in the Hot Seat for Refusing to Implement New Background-Check Law

Oct. 4: New York Times Editorial Board: On Guns, Nevada’s Leaders Are Overruling Their Voters

Oct. 10: Las Vegas Review-Journal: Sandoval disagrees with Laxalt plan to eliminate commerce tax

Oct. 10: Nevada Appeal: Nevada Gov. Sandoval strongly against Laxalt bid to repeal commerce tax

Oct. 10: The Nevada Independent: Sandoval lambastes Laxalt proposal to repeal Commerce Tax

Oct. 13: The Nevada Independent: Sandoval doubles down on Laxalt proposal to repeal Commerce Tax, calls it ‘slap in the face’ to families, teachers

Nov. 9: ProPublica/Vanity Fair: Nevada Pardons Wrongfully Convicted Man Featured in Our Story

Nov. 13: The Nevada Independent: Reno mayor blasts Laxalt for pitting ‘Nevadans against Nevadans’ amid opioid lawsuit disagreement

Nov. 14: KLAS: Controversy surrounds Laxalt’s lone vote against pardon for Frederick Steese

Nov. 14: The Nevada Independent: Governor candidate Schwartz backs Reno opioid lawsuit, criticizes Laxalt for opposing it

Nov. 17: The Nevada Independent: Wolfson acknowledges a key talking point being used by Laxalt to defend pardon vote is not true

Nov. 21: Reno Gazette-Journal Opinion: Laxalt just another empty suit

Nov. 22: Reno Gazette-Journal: Dems smell politics behind Adam Laxalt’s controversial pardon vote

Dec. 4: AP: Prosecutors’ group pushes Nevada AG to enforce background-check law

Dec. 8: Reno Gazette-Journal: Audio reveals Laxalt asked staff to help fight coverage of record requests from Democrats

Dec. 10: The Nevada Independent Opinion: Sandoval Wants to Go Out Like a Lion

Dec. 11: Nevada Public Radio: Recordings Raise Questions About Politics And AG Laxalt’s Office

Dec. 11: KTVN Reno: Democrats Question Laxalt’s Ethics After Secret Recording

Dec. 15: The Nevada Independent: Laxalt snubs state health exchange’s request to sue over Trump Administration’s anti-Obamacare move

Dec. 15: Reno Gazette-Journal: Schwartz calls on Laxalt to step down, citing “integrity” questions raised by RGJ report

Dec. 15: Las Vegas Review-Journal: Schwartz calls for Laxalt to quit governor’s race or resign as AG

Dec. 15: KOLO Reno: Schwartz to Laxalt: Resign and drop out of governor’s race

Dec. 16: AP: Nevada treasurer calling on state Attorney General to resign