LGBT activist wins Nevada house nomination

Timothy Kincaid

June 13th, 2014

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Lauren Scott is the executive director of Equality Nevada and a leading advocate for civil rights issues in the state. She is also a government consultant and serves on the Equal Rights Commission.

She is now also her party’s candidate for Nevada Assembly District 30.

The Republican Party, that is (gaystarnews)

Scott received 58% of the vote over rival Republican primary candidate Adam Khan who only received the support of 42% of party members.

Khan had been endorsed by the Nevada Republican Assembly but Scott received endorsement from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in her bid to be the candidate.

Sandoval appointed Scott to Nevada’s Equal Rights Commission in 2012 and she also helped found the group Equality Nevada.

Scott brings with her extensive military service and a devotion to the state. Scott had been a Democrat until 2011, but her passion for economic development and job creation – and the nature of Nevada politics – suggested that she’d be more effective as a Republican.

Should she win, she will make history. Lauren Scott will be Nevada’s first transgender legislator.

Paul Douglas

June 13th, 2014

Love to vote for her if I lived in Nevada, but I just cannot bring myself to cast a ballot for someone with an “R” after their name. I’ve seen our queer community burned and screwed over maliciously by the republicons for 40+ years and it will take some abject apologizing and a lot of very public repentance by these God’s Own Party clowns to change that for me.

The Lauderdale

June 13th, 2014

Individuals may repent/change/show sense. Parties elide or revise their histories.

Chris McCoy

June 13th, 2014

Paul Douglas wrote:

it will take some abject apologizing and a lot of very public repentance by these God’s Own Party clowns to change that for me.

How do you expect things to change if you resist said change at every opportunity?
It’s almost as if you’re saying to the GOP “Stop being nice to me. You’re supposed to be mean, and I won’t accept anything other than meanness because that’s what I expect.”

Steve

June 13th, 2014

Because Republicans have been so awesome at creation jobs. What nonsense.

Priya Lynn

June 13th, 2014

Republicans have done everything they possibly could to block job creation, eliminate government jobs, and harm the U.S. econonmy. And then the blame the economy on Obama.

SharonB

June 14th, 2014

Republicans have taken a crap on the dining room table cloth, and then blamed Obama because he can’t get all of the stain out.

Not all Republicans hate me, but everyone who hates me is a Republican.

-Pretty much how I see it.

Timothy Kincaid

June 16th, 2014

Chris,

It’s takes time and effort to analyze situations, understand issues, and determine what policies are best. It’s much much easier to hate a party and vote against its members – which is what pretty much drives our political system right now.

Even if one knows that the other party has a more knowledgeable and competent candidate, voting for him could cause a disruption to the ease of voting party line, so many people will knowingly vote for the fool and the scoundrel. (which is how Bob Filner got elected)

But when the realities of what that party loyalty is based on changes, that is the most difficult time of all – it questions the basis of their party loyalty and makes one wonder whether perhaps there are other party-loyal policies that may require a new look. And then you’re back to analysis and research and issues and policies and it’s all just easier to find a reason to hate.

Should the Republican Party become pro-gay to any extent, this will cause some true discomfort to some gay people. Take away the ‘reason’ to hate all Republicans, then you’re left with a hate without reason.

Some will reconsider other policies and candidates that Republicans propose – once they are absent of anti-gay animus – and perhaps accept some or reject them based on their analysis. But I suspect that most will come up with other reasons to hate the party. It’s easier.

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