April 20, 2015

GOVERNING IS NOT A DISQUALIFIER:

Nevada's Popular Governor Brian Sandoval a Puzzle for Some in GOP (ALEJANDRO LAZO, April 20, 2015, WSJ)

Advocates say the governor, whose supporters include independents, Hispanics and one of the state's most powerful unions, serves as a model for how Republicans can broaden their appeal. He has been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential nominee.

Critics say the 51-year-old former federal judge is alienating conservative Republicans with his policies. This year, he has been at odds with two of the state's top Republicans, the attorney general and treasurer, over immigration and taxes.

Mr. Sandoval has defended his proposals, including his $1.1 billion tax increase, saying they are worth his own "political peril." "I'm as conservative as anybody, but it's not conservative to have bad schools. It's not conservative to have bad roads. It's not conservative to have budget struggles every other year," Mr. Sandoval said in an interview. "Growth isn't paying for itself."

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