Gov. Steve Sisolak is re-elected in November, but don’t think the first state of the state address since the Great Recession has anything to do with politics.

Sisolak discussed everything from free school lunches and low-cost housing to help for small businesses, affordable daycare and raises for the state police.

So definitely nothing political there.

“Since I’ve been governor,” Sisolak said, “we haven’t raised a dime in new taxes on the people of Nevada, not a dime, and that’s equally true of every proposal I’m making tonight. Not new taxes No new taxes.

Some may object that Sisolak did sign a tax hike on mining companies. And, legally speaking, companies are considered people, although they never go to jail when they commit fraud.

But a politician never knows if he will sign a tax increase. Events and circumstances tend to overwhelm resolution (just ask former President George HW Bush or former Governor Brian Sandoval).

And even if Sisolak breaks that promise, voters will never have a chance to hold him accountable, because if he wins in November, he will be in his second and final term.

“And I want to take a moment to speak directly to parents and caregivers,” Sisolak said. “Your voices, your involvement, your thoughts are an important part of great schools. I will always support strong parent involvement to make our education system the best it can be.

A message: I am NOT Terry McAuliffe! I LOVE parents involved in schools! TO LIKE! Sisolak knows that when former Virginia Governor McAuliffe said in a debate that he didn’t believe parents should tell schools what they should teach, he lost to an upstart Republican.

Because I’m not running for office now or in the future, I can say what many of you might be thinking: Based on the nonsense shouted in public comments at numerous district board meetings Clark County School, not only should many parents not tell schools what to teach, they should go back to school themselves.

“We all deserve to be safe at home, at work and in our neighborhoods,” Sisolak said, noting that homicides rose 44% last year in Clark County. (Man, what asshole was in charge of law enforcement in Clark County last year? This guy sure has some explaining to do!)

Sisolak touted the banning of replacement stocks and gun background checks, which he promised during the 2018 campaign, but did not mention that he also promised to ban guns. assault and – it’s absolutely true – silencers. He also failed to mention that the background check bill only applies in Nevada counties where elected sheriffs choose to enforce “the law.” (You would be surprised.)

“I have worked to build a stronger, more diverse economic base for Nevada — to help create an economy that works for you and Nevada families,” Sisolak said. We all agreed to forget all that “let private companies create their own counties and run them on blockchain technology” stuff from 2021, right?

“I was a small business owner myself. And I faced the challenges that come with starting a business, praying that your idea will succeed,” the governor said. Small business owners are revered in our society because they are the job creators. But the governor didn’t mention that his small business was…telemarketing. It’s not like there’s a stigma associated with it, is there? Oh, and is your car warranty about to expire? The phone is for you, buddy.

Sisolak began and ended his speech the same way, with a call for unity. Parts of Nevada are united – all Republican opponents of Sisolak and post-literate Twitter trolls with lots of free time in the middle of the day all agree that Sisolak is bad, maybe bad, and maybe a leader of cartel.

Said Sisolak: “What you see here – this state-of-the-art building (Allegiant Stadium), the thousands of jobs that come with it, the incredible sports and entertainment it hosts – it all came together because that people worked together, Republicans and Democrats, business and labor, north and south. And you know what, that’s always the best way to get things done.

This East the best way to get things done. But we are in an election period, it is less time for cooperation and more for defenestration. Maybe next year around this time, when whoever is elected governor in November delivers the real state of the state address, we can talk about cooperation. But I wouldn’t count on it.

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