Election 2014: Flores, Hutchison face off in debate for Lt. gov.

LAS VEGAS — Republican Mark Hutchison touted his endorsement from Gov. Brian Sandoval and said he’d be a great teammate for the popular leader if he’s elected as lieutenant governor, while Democrat Lucy Flores said she’ll ask questions, hold people accountable and be “more than a rubber stamp.”

The comments came Wednesday, during a taping of a debate set to air Friday evening on Vegas PBS. Polls suggest a relatively close race for the part-time post, which would lead to the top job in the state if the governor lives up to speculation and leaves his position midterm.

“I’ve got the experience, having owned my own law firm, my own small business, to understand what’s needed to bring small businesses to Nevada,” said Hutchison, a state senator and Las Vegas-based attorney who has raised nearly four times the campaign money of his opponent.

MSNBC Gushes Over Nevada Dem Who Was A Felon & Had Abortion: “Rising Star In The Democratic Party”

Flores said she grew up “pretty low-income” and had trouble with the law as a teen before she turned her life around, earned a law degree and became a state assemblywoman.

“I believe there’s an incredible opportunity for someone … to really bring the perspective of the everyday Nevadan to the top leadership positions in Nevada,” Flores said.

The candidates fielded questions about growing tourism in Nevada, which is one of the primary tasks of the office. The lieutenant governor chairs the state Commission on Tourism.

Hutchison said he would work with airlines to bring in more international customers, then work to lengthen tourists’ stays in Nevada.

Flores said she wouldn’t take the approach of Hutchison, who recently suggested building a satellite tourism office in India. The focus should instead be on close neighbors in Mexico, Canada and Hawaii, she said.

The two also faced questions about their records on taxes and education policy in the Nevada Legislature.

Hutchison supported a tax on mining as a way to fund education, but it died during the 2013 session. He said at a debate last month that the measure was meant to start a conversation about revenue.

“The first and best way is through growth and economic opportunities,” he said, adding that the next step would be having “a big discussion” about how to broaden the tax base and lower rates.

Flores, who said she opposes the margins tax initiative on the November ballot as well as single-industry taxes like the mining proposal, criticized Republican legislators for blocking past Democratic plans to raise revenue. She pointed to a failed plan in 2011 to tax services.

“We’re not going to grow our way out of our problems,” she said. “We’ve tried it, and it doesn’t work.”

On education, Hutchison said Flores was the candidate of the status quo. He criticized her for blocking a $2 million plan that would have brought 100 recent college graduates to Nevada through Teach for America, a program that places young teachers in low-achieving schools, and said she didn’t back a plan that would allow low-performing schools to morph into charter schools if parents supported the move.

“You need someone who not only supports more revenue, but also reform,” he said.

Flores said the Teach for America bill came up on the last day of the session and was not properly vetted. She said $2 million would be better spent developing existing teachers, and said the proposals Hutchison touted didn’t address the underlying issues in Nevada schools.

“I don’t support Band-Aid solutions. We need to adequately fund education,” she said.

Holy SHIT: Democratic Legislator Lucy Flores is a BABY KILLER “I Don’t Regret Killing My Baby in Abortion”

Lucy Flores baby killerby Steven Ertelt | Carson City, NV | LifeNews.com | 4/3/13 1:39 PM

Source: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/04/03/democratic-legislator-i-dont-regret-killing-my-baby-in-abortion/

A Democratic state legislator in Nevada is making waves for comments saying she does not regret killing her baby in an abortion.

Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, a Democrat from Las Vegas, makes the false assumption that being a teen mother is incompatible with completing ones education or a successful career and gives that as the reason why she had an abortion and has no regrets about it.

As a local newspaper reports:

Flores told the AssemblyEducation Committee that she had an abortion when she was 16. It was an emotional moment, but not the only one in a hearing that lasted for hours.

Flores, who is a Rancho High graduate, told the hearing that her mother left the family when Flores was nine years old. From there, it was up to her father to work two jobs to support her and her sisters.

“I had six other sisters, all of them became pregnant in their teens – all of them,” Flores said. “One was 14 years old when she got pregnant with twins. That is what I had to learn from.”

“Now in retrospect, if I could go back and be on birth control – or better yet – learn to fill my life with something else, other than having the attention of a man in the non-healthy relationship, I would have preferred to do that, if someone would have talked to me about it.”

It was difficult for her to go to her father, tell him she was pregnant and ask for money to get the abortion. It was apparent that she has strong and unpleasant memories of that time of her life.

“I didn’t want to be like that (teen mom),” Flores said. “I wanted to do better and I knew I couldn’t do that if I had a baby, just like everyone else (in my family). My dad gave me the money and I went with a friend of mine (to have the abortion) and I will never forget that, having that done.”

Lucy Flores is a baby killer

G+ Hangout: A Special Interview with Lucy Flores, Nevada State Assemblywoman and her campaign to become the first Latina Lieutenant Governor in the State of Nevada.

Streamed live on Sep 30, 2014

Whether she’s making headlines for being unabashedly outspoken on controversial issues like sex education, domestic violence, reproductive justice and immigration or for a past that includes dropping out of high school and a stint as a gang member, Lucy Flores is undoubtedly one of the fiercest politicians on the scene right now.

Largely praised as rising Latina political superstar, she is definitely one to watch out, particularly during her current campaign to become the first Latina Lieutenant Governor in the State of Nevada.

This Tuesday, I’m excited to host a candid conversation with Lucy Flores. We’ll discuss her campaign, her hopes for the Latino community and her unbelievable path to becoming a beacon of hope and role model not just to Latina women but to disadvantaged people from all walks of life.

Sue Lowden announces bid for lieutenant governor

ImageCARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Former Nevada State Senator Sue Lowden is throwing her hat into the race for lieutenant governor.

The Republican announced her bid Wednesday morning, saying she’d make the part-time position her full-time job if elected.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has already endorsed another Republican, State Sen. Mark Hutchison, in the race, which could be a springboard into the governor’s mansion.

The lieutenant governor steps in if the governor leaves office. The winner could take over if Sandoval wins re-election in 2014 as expected and then runs for a federal office two years later.

Lowden is a former Nevada Republican Party chairwoman who ran for U.S. Senate in 2010. She lost the Republican primary to Sharron Angle, who later lost the Senate bid to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.