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August 19, 2019

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Nation’s craziest legislatures ranked, and Nevada gets a pass

It’s not often that a negative list comes out that Nevadans would advocate being a part of, but an online news site has come up with something that might make political junkies feel left out. has published a list of the 10 craziest state legislatures in America and we’re not on it. The piece was written by Kenneth Quinnell, a writer for the Florida Progressive Coalition. Quinnell says the worst examples have come from Republican-controlled legislatures. Michigan, which is No. 10 on the list, cut funding for the state’s Department of Human Services, including $10 million that had been used to clothe orphans.

Youth in North Dakota, which is No. 4 on the list, didn’t fare much better. Quinnell says state Sen. Oly Larson opposed anti-bullying laws because he didn’t want that state’s children to become “emotional marshmallows.”

The state that tops’s list is Arizona, which the site says has “the worst legislature in the United States.” Things like the state’s laws on immigration and concealed weapons helped make it No. 1.

"The number of times the legislature alone makes it on the national radar, not even touching on Gov. Jan Brewer, makes it a leader in state-level extremism" said Quinnell.

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