by Daniel R.C. DeLuca
ELKO, NV — The leader of Nevada’s Senate Republicans is going to make his next big move – but he’s not relying on the support of the Vegas Valley.
Michael Roberson, the senate minority leader for the state and candidate for lieutenant governor, is hoping Elko’s voter block will provide the momentum he needs to pass his next major petition. This petition, which will ban Nevada from becoming a “sanctuary state” to illegal alien residents, is the natural progression from Roberson’s success last session after blocking the Democrats’ attempt to invoke sanctuary status for the state.
Prevent Sanctuary Cities, as the petition is known, needs backing from rural Nevada as well as representative districts in urban centers. Las Vegas is unlikely to endorse the measure, but Roberson may find more willing voters in traditionally Republican cities, such as Henderson and Reno.
In 2016, Roberson was a candidate for the House of Representatives 3rd Congressional District, alongside Danny Tarkanian, the son of Las Vegas Councilor Lois Tarkanian, and freshman Las Vegas Councilor Michele Fiore.