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Reality Check: Kate Marshall and Barbara Cegavske

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The race for Secretary of State in Nevada is a match-up of familiar names in state government. Kate Marshall has been State Treasurer since 2007 while Barbara Cegavske has served 18 years in the State Assembly and Senate.

"For career politician Barbara Cegavske it pays to be in office. Barbara Cegavske had no problem raising her own pay."

That's true. While in the State Senate in 2005 she did vote to increase pay for elected officials as did the majority of the Senate in passing Bill 462.

"She gave herself the highest travel budget of all legislators."

That's misleading. While in the Senate she did vote in favor of Senate Bill 311 which increased legislative travel budgets from $6,800 a session to $10,000. That was a record for legislators at the time but it was for 'all' elected state officials...not just for her.

"And when the budget needed to be balanced, Cegavske refused to take a pay cut putting herself before Nevada families."

That's true. When the Governor and a number of state officials returned the money from automatic pay raises in 2009...Cegavske did not.

"But Kate Marshall fights for Nevada's families. In her first act as State Treasurer she rooted out no bid contracts and off the books accounts saving Nevada taxpayers millions."

That's true. In fact, Governor Brian Sandoval has credited her with uncovering as much as $72-million in savings to taxpayers through refinancing the state's debt when she took office in 2007.

Those facts were checked against state records and legislative votes.

Cegavske has not run any ads criticizing Marshall. The only ad she has on the air so far is one about pronouncing her name correctly.
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