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Maybe you’ve wondered just how Nevada’s lawmakers come up with the occasionally asinine statutes that seem to ooze off the Capitol’s floor and onto Gov. Guinn’s desk every other year.

Here’s your chance to figure out the process—and maybe make a difference on an issue that’s important to you.

Two coming workshops are designed to introduce potential activists to such legislative basics as how a bill becomes law in Nevada, how to get your message heard and how to use the Internet to track bills that are important to you. The first workshop, “Lobbying for Results,” is being offered 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Jan. 25 in Conference Room A of the Nevada State Library, 100 N. Stewart St., Carson City. Speakers will include such legislative luminaries as Sen. Mark Amodei, attorney and lobbyist Bob Crowell, lobbyist Jan Gilbert and UNR journalism instructor Rosemary McCarthy. The deadline for registration is Jan. 17. The workshop costs $30 in advance or $35 at the door, a fee that includes lunch and materials. It’s sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Carson City and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. Some scholarships are available. To register, call 882-8883.

A lobbying workshop geared toward environmentalists will be held 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the University of Nevada, Reno. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. This workshop will include lectures, panel discussions and role-playing activities. It’s sponsored by the UNR Campus Greens, Environmental Leadership and the Nevada Conservation League. Call 323-3433 or visit www.environleader.org.

The Nevada Legislature kicks off its 2003 session on Feb. 3.

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Reid’s man loses
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada backed a losing horse in the race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Former presidential candidate Howard Dean was elected unanimously to the post Saturday after driving other candidates—including one recruited by Reid—out of the race.

Reid and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi were seen as leading the opposition to Dean after they lured former U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer of Indiana into an abortive bid for the job. Roemer, like Reid an abortion opponent, attracted support from some unusual places (like christianity.com) for a Democrat but not in party circles. He was able to round up only four votes. In the end, he pulled out of the race.

Dean responded to the Reid/ Pelosi activity by turning the other cheek. When he was asked on Meet the Press about Reid’s recent comment that he might be able to support conservative Antonin Scalia for U.S. chief justice, Dean started with praise for the Nevadan: “Well, first of all, I like Harry Reid a lot. He’s a straight shooter, and I think he’s going to be a good leader. I disagree with him on this one. I think Antonin Scalia ought not to be on the Supreme Court.”

Dean met with Reid and Pelosi in Pelosi’s office for 20 minutes two days before he became party chairman. As the vote neared and Dean emerged as the only contender still standing, party leaders like Bill Clinton called for a closing of ranks.

“We’ve got to be united,” Clinton said. “We’ve got to support Howard Dean, we’ve got to support Harry Reid, we’ve got to support Nancy Pelosi. We’ve got to stop beating on each other and redirect our fire toward the people we disagree with.”

After the election, Dean included a bow to Reid and Pelosi in his remarks.

“We need to set the agenda,” Dean said. “And we’re going to work with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and our Democratic governors and local elected officials to do just that. I met with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid this past week, and we are looking forward to standing together in the battles ahead.”

Some party leaders expressed a hope that Dean would concentrate on party building and let congressional leaders be the party’s spokespersons, but Dean made no public pledges to go along with the idea.

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Dennis Myers

Dennis Myers was the news editor of the Reno News & Review. He was a journalist for more than four decades. In 1987-88 he was chief deputy secretary of state of Nevada. He was coauthor of Uniquely...