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Nevada GOP Playbook: If You Can’t Win Fairly, Then Steal

August 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Nevada Republicans expanded their baseless recall attempts to target a third woman state senator. While the GOP has yet to justify (or even explain) any reasoning for their recall announcements, Nevada political columnist Jon Ralston summed up the move as “desperate” and the Las Vegas Sun editorial board lambasted the GOP's dirty tricks as “an affront to Nevada voters” and “a power grab by a party that knows it can’t take back control of the Senate.” Two of the targeted state senators - Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro - were endorsed by EMILY's List last cycle; with Woodhouse as part of an historic all-women ticket in Nevada. EMILY’s List Executive Director Emily Cain issued the following statement:

“According to the Nevada Republicans’ playbook: If you can’t win an election fairly, then steal, steal, steal.

“It’s not an accident that Nevada Republicans are targeting only women state senators with their dirty political games.

"Women leaders like state Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro have been critical in passing legislation that benefits Nevada women and their families, including the Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act. Nevada women should take note.”

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