Long-time state senator Bill Raggio passed away last night while he was traveling in Australia. The Washoe County Republican represented his Reno-area district in 19 sessions of the Nevada Legislature.
When long-time Republican State Senate Leader Bill Raggio resigned earlier this month, he set off a scramble to replace him. In all, the Washoe County Commission interviewed 15 people before unanimously settling on Reno lawyer and former U.
Long-time Republican leader Bill Raggio suddenly announced his retirement Wednesday. He said he is leaving the Legislature now so that Washoe County Commissioners will have time to appoint a replacement but he did ask that they seek someone who shares his values. We look back on his career, his legacy and the recent troubles in the Republican Party that made Raggio something of an outsider in his own party.
Sen. Steve Horsford was the prime sponsor in the last legislative session for a study to examine the state's fiscal situation. Even he was cagey about tax increases although he delivered a blistering speech in the special session demanding that businesses pay their fair share of taxes. Now he's broken the unofficial silence on the tax issue for the 2011 legislature by saying that more responsibilities will fall on local governments, programs will be cut and that taxes will be raised by around $1.5 billion. We talk about Horsford's prescription for the state's budget crisis.