Thursday, February 9, 2012


Why does the state always appoint an equal number of people from the North and the South to deal with every issue?  Clark County has 75% of the state population but is often short-changed on representation as it is on the new legislative funding formula committee for higher education. The committee is half from the North and half from the South. How can meaningful change be implemented when this repeatedly occurs?

It seems rather obvious to me that everyone’s vote should count equally and if 75% of the population votes “yes” and 25% votes “no,” the measure should be passed.  I don’t know of any political theory that supports the position that regardless of the number of voters in the northern half of a state and the number of voters in the southern half of the state, that the one with 75% has no more influence than the half with the 25%.  In Nevada, where 75% of the people live in Southern Nevada and produce 75% of the State’s tax revenue, the North, with one person alone, that is Senator Bill Raggio, who ruled with an iron hand for 30 years, and totally ignored the needs and will of the majority of Nevadans.  Don’t you think there’s something terribly wrong with this and don’t you think Southern Nevadans, with 75% of the population that creates 75% of the state revenue, should have at least 75% of the members of any committee making policy for the entire state?  But no; that’s not how Nevada operates.  It doesn’t operate on the basis of people, it operates on the basis of territory.  That being so, when state-wide committees are being formed to solve state-wide problems, the North gets half the votes on every issue and the South gets half the votes.
The Raggio method of counting votes and operating this State must be abandoned. 

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