The blue election wave is mostly washing out of Clark County

It is time to cede Clark County to California where it belongs.

Election results show the rest of the state has a different state of mind.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, Democrat Jacky Rosen carried only Clark and Washoe counties, while Republican incumber Dean Heller won the rest handily.

The state’s only Republican representative in Washington will be Mark Amodei, whose district excludes Clark. Republican Cresent Hardy won in every county except Clark, while the other two Congressional Districts are solely in Clark and were easily won by Democrats.

In the race for governor, Democrat Steve Sisolak won handily in Clark and eked out a victory in Washoe, while Republican Adam Laxalt won almost every other county by at least 2-to-1. The results were similar in the race for lieutenant governor.

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske appears to be edging 30-year-old inexperienced Democrat Nelson Araujo by less than 1 percentage point, though she won handily in ever county except, you guessed it, Clark.

In the race for attorney general, Republic Wes Duncan won in every county, repeat after me, except Clark. Likewise for Republican treasurer candidate Bob Beers, while incumbent Republican Controller Ron Knecht lost only in Clark and Washoe.

The state Assembly is all Republicans except in Clark and Washoe, which now have elected a supermajority of Democrats — 29 out of 42. The state Senate is also all red except for Clark and Washoe.

Question 6 on the ballot, which increases the mandated percentage of renewable energy in the state to 50 percent by 2030, passed with 59 percent of the vote statewide, but failed in every county except Clark, Washoe and Mineral.

At least everybody loves their monopoly electricity, Question 3, which would have opened the market to competition, failed in every county.

And if casino owner Sheldon Adelson bought the Las Vegas newspaper to influence elections, he did not get his money’s worth. Almost every candidate and ballot issue endorsed by the newspaper lost.

District 19, which was not on the ballot this year, is held by a Republican.

Another session coming to an end without real collective bargaining reform

Tell me again why we elected all those Republicans. You know, the ones who promised collective bargaining reform and public employee pension changes that would save taxpayers millions of dollars.

So far the changes have been cosmetic at best.

Assembly Bill 280, which would have allowed local government to opt out of collective bargaining, hasn’t been heard from since April.

Assembly Bill 190, to reform PERS, is probably buried.

In his State of the State speech Gov. Brian Sandoval mentioned collective bargaining several times, but he has been AWOL ever since.

He also said, “We must also consider Sensible reform to the Public Employee Retirement System and the way we pay state employees.” Since then, crickets.

Brian Sandoval at State of State speech (AP photo)

Victor Joecks of NPRI notes that only minor changes have advanced on collective bargaining, such as Senate Bill 241. “When you first read look at SB241, it sounds like it’s a substantive reform, but when you examine the details, you’ll find it makes only cosmetic changes,” he writes.

Conservative activist Chuck Muth compares it to Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown year, after year, after year. It is apt. After all, he used the same comparison in 2011.

Fooled again.