Nevada is shaping up to be a key state this year, even with just 6 electoral votes.
So let’s talk about Nevada, starting with organized labor – their take on the lay of the land in Nevada and what they are doing about it.
Organized Labor Hits the Bricks for Nevada Democrats (from the folks at electoral-vote.com)
Nevada’s a tricky state for the Democrats this year. First of all, it’s fairly evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. Second, its economy is based primarily on tourism. That means that when gas prices soar, or when people tighten their belts in anticipation of a recession, or when food prices go up, Nevada is particularly hard-hit.
All of this has union leadership in the Silver State very nervous. They don’t see good things in the future if Republicans take over most or all political offices. However, they also know that when things get bad, voters tend to adopt a “throw the bums out” mentality. If so, that could cost the Democrats a U.S. Senate seat (the one Catherine Cortez Masto is running for reelection to) and up to three House seats (the ones that Dina Titus, Susie Lee, and Steven Horsford are trying to hold on to).
To that end, the largest union in Nevada—the Culinary Union—is taking action. It is subsidizing 100 union members so that they can take leave from their regular jobs and can spend the next several months canvassing. Their primary tasks are to: (1) make the case that inflation is not the Democrats’ fault, and (2) brag about the Inflation Reduction Act. They’ve knocked on 50,000 doors so far and hope to run that total to 100,000 by the end of August. They are particularly targeting Latino voters, who are the fastest-growing demographic in the state.
We do not know how much this will help, but it will certainly help some. And if the Democrats do lose the House this cycle, it won’t be for lack of ground game in Nevada (and Georgia, and North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, etc.) (Z)
Sneak Peek: I know I had said that the VAAC fundraising would be the last big fundraising effort with a targeted amount to raise this year, but I contacted Four Directions about Nevada, and they have found us a double-match if we can raise $25,000. They are starting to put boots on the ground and $75,000 will go a long way!
Are we up for it?