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Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens is a Washington D.C. reporter for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes Nevada Current.

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Nevadans hail court ruling rejecting Trump’s attack on DACA

By: - June 18, 2020

Nevada elected officials and immigration activists heaped praise on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday rejecting the Trump administration’s attempt to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA — a court ruling that allows some 14,000 young Nevadans to breathe a sigh of relief. “Dream Big Nevada applauds the Supreme Court’s decision […]

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Cortez Masto pans ‘watered down’ Republican police reform bill

By: - June 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto panned a police reform bill unveiled by Senate Republicans Wednesday, calling it a “watered-down version” of a more comprehensive proposal backed by congressional Democrats. In an interview, the Democrat said she is still reading through the bill but has concerns that it “really doesn’t address the reform that […]

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Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination

By: and - June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a landmark victory for LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that employers can’t legally fire people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. In a 6-3 opinion, the court ruled that employers who fire individuals “merely for being gay or transgender” violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, […]

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As nation discusses police brutality and racial injustice, Amodei keeps quiet

By: - June 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — As protests over police brutality and racial equality dominate the national discourse, the lone Republican in Nevada’s congressional delegation is keeping a low profile on the issue.  Democrats representing Nevada on Capitol Hill have been vocal in calling for federal action in response to last week’s police killing of George Floyd.  But as […]

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The summer heat is coming as Nevadans struggle to pay cooling bills

By: - May 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — In Nevada, access to air conditioning can be a matter of life and death. The desert heat could be even deadlier this summer, which experts predict will be warmer than average. At the same time, people are spending more time at home because of the pandemic and have less access to libraries, shopping […]

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House Democrats unveil $3T pandemic relief bill; McConnell not interested

By: - May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats unveiled an economic relief package of epic proportions Tuesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The sweeping legislation carries a $3 trillion-plus price tag — more than the combined total of four coronavirus response bills passed this year. Democrats called it “bold” and “transformative” and said it is needed to meet […]

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Lawmakers press Congress for more relief cash for rural Nevada

By: - May 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Nevada lawmakers are urging Congress to help rural America in the next round of coronavirus legislation.  Congress approved more than $2 trillion in response to the pandemic in March, but Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto thinks it “did not go far enough” in addressing the needs of rural Americans, according to her spokeswoman […]

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The next big clash on Capitol Hill: Help for state governments

By: - April 30, 2020

State and federal lawmakers alike want Congress to send more cash in the next round of coronavirus legislation to aid ailing cities and states. But some Republicans, including the president, have bristled at the idea, signaling a coming clash over the issue on Capitol Hill. The debate comes as state and local governments around the […]

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Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states

By: - April 21, 2020

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday cleared an “interim” COVID-19 relief package that includes billions of dollars for small businesses, hospitals and testing, but no additional funds for state and local governments. The nearly $500 billion package passed by unanimous consent Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. House is expected to reconvene on Thursday to vote on the […]

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Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access

By: - April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. More than two dozen lawmakers, including Nevada Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto, sent a bipartisan letter asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to set aside funding for […]

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Titus, Horsford, Lee want more SNAP funding during pandemic

By: - April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. More than 100 members of Congress, including Nevada Democratic Reps. Dina Titus, Steven Horsford and Susie Lee, signed on to a letter Tuesday asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to boost the maximum […]

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COVID-19 threatens census. At stake: money, political power

By: - April 1, 2020

It’s National Census Day. Organizations across Nevada and the nation are marking the occasion with webinars, virtual rallies, Twitter chats and other digital events throughout the week. April 1 is the date by which all people in U.S. households are to be counted. But the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to make the count even more difficult than […]