Lieutenant governor race will be one to watch

Sue Lowden

Mark Hutchison

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This could get interesting.

A month ago Mark Hutchison, the governor’s hand-picked candidate for lieutenant governor, spoke to the Nevada Republican Men’s Club. On Monday his Republican primary opponent Sue Lowden — though there may be others yet to announce — spoke to the same group.

Shall we say, the two have some differences?

A month ago Hutchison explained that he voted for SB123 — which prematurely closes coal-fired power plants and orders NV Energy to build new plants that will use natural gas and renewables, such as wind and solar — after talking to members of the power company board of directors who supported the bill and have a fiduciary responsibility to operate the company properly. He indicated the Obama administration would have shut the coal plants soon anyway.

On Monday Lowden said she would have opposed the bill because it will increase electricity rates, while mentioning this country has 300 years worth of coal in the ground.

Lowden also announced strong support for legislation that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry those weapons on college and university campuses, noting that Hutchison declined to sign on as a sponsor to such a bill in this past session. But in hearings Hutchison did question why campuses should be off-limits for concealed carry any more than any other location and voted for the bill, which died in an Assembly committee.

The issue that may resonate most outside of Clark County is Hutchison’s joining five other Republicans to put forth a measure to raise taxes on the mining industry. A month ago Hutchison told the audience he did so simply to counter the margins tax being put on next November’s ballot by the Nevada State Education Association. He said that tax would destroy businesses and kill jobs, and his mining tax support was a tactical move to head off the far worse margins tax.

On the margins tax, both candidates agree it is dreadful. Lowden said it is already affecting jobs because companies will not move operations to Nevada in fear that margins tax might be approved by voters. But she slammed Hutchison’s mining tax proposal and promised to oppose all tax increases.

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10 comments on “Lieutenant governor race will be one to watch

  1. Vernon Clayson says:

    Does it make any difference, I have to look up who the current lieutenant governor is, there must be one. Mrs. Lowden is a perennial candidate for one office or another, hopefully she doesn’t think this office is a stepping stone for higher office, from all appearances it’s a stepping stone to anonymity, a few hours in the sun if the governor is out of state. Being lieutenant governor is like being the junior senator, it’s a paid gig with benefits, little more. The LVRJ noticed Heller today for sticking up for “gay” rights, finally some notice but it’s like damning with faint praise.

  2. “Gay” rights or plaintiff’s lawyer full employment act?

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    The economy is in the tank, the politicians beloved Affordable Care Act needs a ton of tweaking before it gouges us even more, Benghazi lingers, a general is fired almost every day, the NSA is listening to the telephones of European leaders, the Pope and us, IRS leaders commute by airplanes, John Kerry is working the Middle East dictators for reasons not clear, and these bozos take time to legitimize another special interest group to add more division amongst us?????

  4. Rincon says:

    Hopefully, we’ll keep our noses out of Syria and Iran.

  5. Steve says:

    Rincon. WAAAYYYY to late for that hope.

  6. iShrug says:

    I trust Lowden over Hutchison any day.

  7. Athos says:

    She wants to sell you a car, iShrug!

  8. Rincon says:

    Good thing we have a Democrat for President. The Republicans have suddenly turned into doves. What a contrast to the Bush administration. Do you think they learned? Nah, they just hate Obama more than they love going to war.

  9. […] Lieutenant governor race will be one to watch Nov5 by Thomas Mitchell This could get interesting. A month ago Mark Hutchison, the governor’s hand-picked candidate for lieutenant governor, spoke to the Nevada Republican Men’s Club. On Monday his Republican primary opponent Sue Lowden — though there may be others yet to announce — spoke to the same group. Shall we say, the two have some differences? […]

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