As the Nevada legislative session winds down, several of the key players from the progressive bench are bowing out of future policy fisticuffs.
Scot Rutledge, executive director of the Nevada Conservation League, announced this week that he'll be relocating to Costa Rica, which is an entirely different country, while continuing to work on his environmental mission. Now Brian Fadie, the director of ProgressNow Nevada, has announced that he will be leaving the helm of his statewide nonprofit group.
NCL has had some significant successes in this legislative session, especially with the likely passage of SB 229, which would roll back the "Screw Lake Tahoe Bill" pushed through in 2011 with the support of mostly Las Vegas-based legislators. The 2011 law would have pulled Nevada out of the Nevada-California regional compact to control environmental impacts from development on Lake Tahoe, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
ProgressNow Nevada has succeeded in getting background-check registration legislation for would-be gun buyers introduced and has supported a variety of federal initiatives, including gun controls, immigration reform and other items of the national progressive agenda.
Last year, the electoral/political allies of both groups supported the effort to replace a conservative Democrat in the Nevada Senate, John Lee, with an openly gay, ex-military, progressive pastor, Pat Spearman, a move that has bolstered the progressive agenda on social-justice and budget issues in the Legislature.
These latest changes come about six week after Candice Nichols, longtime director of the influential Gay and Lesbian Center of Las Vegas, took another job at the Center in an executive re-shuffling.