In the past, the battles were between Republicans and Democrats, not between members of the same party. An arrest of a Nevada legislator for threatening another has not occurred for at least 30 years, and may never have happened before .
Brooks is beginning his second term as an assemblyman. His first term, representing District 19 prior to re*apportionment, was largely uneventful. Assigned to the Transportation, Judiciary and Health and Human Services committees, he seldom said anything in floor debates. Kirkpatrick, however, has gained a lot of popularity, including with Republicans, who often praised her for her fairness.