Best Democrat If You’re a Republican

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

marilyn_kirkpatrick_by_andrew_james_WEBThanks to an anti-democratic amendment to the Nevada Constitution, it takes a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes. But getting even a simple majority for anything would have been difficult during this year’s session, with Assembly Republicans sharply divided between very conservative and completely right wing. This is where Marilyn Kirkpatrick’s help came in handy: She held her 17-member Democratic caucus together when Republican leaders needed to be able to pass legislation so that they could run in 2016 on the platform that they weren’t totally incompetent at governance.

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