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Nevada Republicans Discuss Midterm Elections, Refocused Platform

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Republicans are clearly in power of Nevada politics as we head for the next session of the state legislature. And they will be the first to tell you about their successes in the midterm election.

According to the Vice Chairman of the State GOP, Jim DeGraffenreid it was a great election.

"This was an awesome election for us," he said from the Douglas County GOP Headquarters in Minden. "All of the stars aligned and we had a great turnout. The Governor, the committees and the parties in Clark and Washoe all came together. All the moving parts came together in the end."

Political analysts like Eric Herzik, professor of political science, say it was a combination of a full court press by the Republicans and the Democrats inability to answer. "This was an impressive wave for the Republicans," Herzik said. "But the Democrats couldn't get it together. They walked away from (President) Obama and from Obama's policies and from a lot of the things Democrats stand for which had voters asking ...'what's your message?' And the Democrats' message was that they had no message."

Ironically, Herzik says it was the GOP's message that was the problem for that party in the past two cycles. But party officials say they have taken another look at their platform and refocused.

"We have taken all of the social issues out of our platform altogether," DeGraffenried says. "Limited government is the core of the Republican belief and that is what we are focusing on. Limited government and fiscal conservatism. And those who have left the party should take another look, because we have answers. We have solutions that just haven't been there when the Democrats were in charge."

So for the first time since 1929, Republicans control the three points of the political triangle of power in Nevada: the State Assembly, the State Senate and the Governorship.                                                                                             

"In a sense, they have no one to blame if nothing gets done in this legislative session," Herzik said.

I guess we'll all find out how well it all works come February when the Nevada Legislature convenes.
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