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County Republicans gather for convention
by Tribune Staff
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Among the speakers at the Republican County Convention was Sparks Assemblyman Ira Hansen. His got everyone's attention when, after citing possible conservative planks in the party platform, he waved the notes and said it was the same platform Franklin Roosevelt used when he ran for president the first time. Then he focused on the work needed to win the upcoming election and how everyone's effort will be needed.
Tribune/Dan McGee Among the speakers at the Republican County Convention was Sparks Assemblyman Ira Hansen. His got everyone's attention when, after citing possible conservative planks in the party platform, he waved the notes and said it was the same platform Franklin Roosevelt used when he ran for president the first time. Then he focused on the work needed to win the upcoming election and how everyone's effort will be needed.
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RENO — Republican precinct delegates and party officials gathered Saturday in the Tuscany Ballroom at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino. A large crowd was on hand to hear speeches, listen to platform suggestions, meet candidates’ representatives and vote for delegates to the state convention.

One measure was a resolution celebrating the life and honoring the late state Sen. Bill Raggio.

District 32 Assemblyman Ira Hansen from Sparks began his speech with suggestions for the platform committee. Then he said those same conservative planks were the ones actually used by Franklin Roosevelt when he first ran for president.

This, he said, shows just how far the Democratic party has changed from that time.

He went on to encourage his fellow Republicans to get out and work for the candidates. And he cautioned them not to put too much trust in the polls.

“Don’t listen to the polls but be sure to show up and vote,” he said. “We need people in the polls voting and the election of Dean Heller is critical.”

With Assembly boundaries redrawn, Hansen now represents a huge swath of rural Nevada, which includes Sparks, Gerlach “and many empty areas.” He also represents Humboldt and Pershing counties, as well as an area that extends south to northern Nye County.

After his speech, Hansen addressed some issues that concern him.

One is that, while there is a need for alternative power sources, he believes the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is blocking the building of new transmission lines.

“If you can’t get the power to the people that need it, what good is it?” he said.

Another was the controversy over the sage grouse that could result in the closure of large amount of land now used for recreation, hunting and grazing.

Hansen said he’s found his time on the Assembly Education Committee to be interesting and challenging. He feels there is a need for more members from the business community to be on some of these legislative committees.

One subject he feels strongly about is for fiscal conservatives and social conservatives to see that they are looking at the same thing. In this time of need one is affected by the other as the government has had to step in and provide more assistance.

“Hopefully they’ll see the big picture and I look to try and unify them” he said.
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