Clark County commissioners on Tuesday will pick a Republican to fill a vacancy in the Nevada Senate, which will have a slim 11-10 GOP majority in the 2015 session. Mark Hutchison, R-Las Vegas, resigned Monday from his Senate District 6 seat after being elected lieutenant governor in November.
The Nevada Supreme Court rejected an attempt to remove Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen from office Wednesday.
Nevada voters will go to the polls Tuesday to pick the state’s top constitutional officers, its four members of Congress, legislators, judges, county commissioners, clerks, sheriffs and more in the midterm election.
Republicans hope to capitalize on sluggish Democratic turnout in the midterm election to turn the balance of power in the Nevada Senate to their favor, though the deeply Democratic assembly is all but out of reach.
Instead of holding court on Oct. 2, several local judges attended a campaign event in Henderson, and most of them cleared their court calendars to do so.
Republicans have a slight advantage or are statistically tied with Democratic opponents in two key Senate races that could determine whether the GOP retakes control of Nevada’s upper house, according to several new polls.
Vice President Joe Biden is heading back to Las Vegas on Monday.
State Sen. Justin Jones of Las Vegas said Wednesday that both Democratic and Republican lawmakers plan to make school construction and education funding a top priority when the next legislative session convenes in February.
At least one local politician is now among those who have taken part in the “ice bucket challenge” — the viral fundraising stunt that has raised over $10 million for the ALS Association in the past few weeks.