Yesterday, we saw some of Carson City in Las Vegas. No, it wasn't that cold here. Rather, State Senator Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas) held a town hall at the East Las Vegas Community Center while former State Senator and current Las Vegas City Council Member Bob Coffin (D) held a discussion with Southern Nevada Stonewall.
And at both events, plenty of important topics were brought up. Sex education (AB 230), marriage equality (SJR 13), driver's privilege cards for undocumented immigrants (SB 303), public education, and tax reform were discussed last night. Senator Kihuen answered questions from constituents...
And Council Member Coffin talked with Stonewall members & guests about what happens behind the scenes in Carson City and how to make change there.
And he wasn't finished there. Council Member Coffin expounded upon the advances of LGBTQ civil rights in Nevada and nationally in the last 45 years. And he shared more insight on how bills do (and don't) become law in Carson City.
All too often, Carson City seems like another world for Southern Nevada residents. Why do policies that seem like common sense here become so controversial there? And why do policies that seem so toxic here become law there?
Yet despite the great geographic difference, one can still make a big impact here and there. It takes determination. And it takes extended commitment.
Most civil rights advancements didn't happen overnight. That's often been the case here in Nevada. Yet with that being said, we've been seeing openings on matters like marriage equality and immigrant rights that didn't seem possible just a year ago. The same can even be said regarding tax reform and restoring public education.
The opportunity is here. It's now a matter of how much progressives take advantage of it.