Learning politics

2014 election results bring volunteers to Legislature.

“Just because we might not be able to win on a bill,” Democratic Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson said, “doesn’t mean … that we aren’t the smartest in our strategy, the smartest in our reason, and the most well organized.”

Madeleine Poore, left, met with Assemblymember Jill Dickman, who represents her in the Nevada Legislature. PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS

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Grass roots go to Carson

Nevadans from around the state converge for a day of lobbying.

Why lobby? That was the question Catana Barnes of Reno faced: “I was one of those people that thought lobbying was a bad word. It was nice to know that it’s more of an empowerment.”
Grass roots lobbying

Mary Skau, left, and Ashley Stieb lobby Assemblymember Randy Kirner, a Washoe Republican.
PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS

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Lobbyists without moneybags

Citizens go one-on-one with their state legislators on family issues.

For Sandy Akins, who came to learn about her legislature, Grassroots Lobby Days showed her the strength of each voice in this state. “It led me to find out what I could do on my own,” she said. “This isn’t something just for a privileged few. This is for citizens of Nevada”
Without moneybags

Sandy Akins of Reno, left, met Kathleen Harney of Henderson when both traveled to the state capital to be volunteer lobbyists.
PHOTO BY DAVID ROBERT


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