Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson is editor of the Nevada Current.


The burning question for Laxalt: Will Trump take him back?

By: - December 3, 2023

Nevada failed politician Adam Laxalt became the chair of Never Back Down, the PAC that would become a central part of the Ron DeSantis presidential bid, in April. A month earlier in March, a couple national polls had found DeSantis actually leading Trump. They were outliers – most polls even then showed Trump ahead. But […]

Lawyer who ‘ran point’ on fake electors reportedly participating with NV investigation

By: - December 1, 2023

An attorney who reached a plea agreement in the Georgia case charging Donald Trump and 18 co-conspirators with plotting to overthrow the 2020 election results is participating in a Nevada investigation of Nevada’s fake electors. The Washington Post and CNN both reported Thursday that Kenneth Chesebro is cooperating with prosecutors in Nevada and Arizona, and […]


Lombardo and his PAC blasted Biden policies. Now they’re trying to take credit for the results.

By: - November 30, 2023

“Nevada has experienced 10 straight months of employment growth under Governor Joe Lombardo’s leadership,” the Lombardo-adjacent Better Nevada PAC tweeted this week. That’s one way to look at it. Here’s another: Nevada has experienced 34 straight months of employment growth under President Joe Biden’s leadership. According to monthly state employment statistics through October 2023, seasonally […]

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Trump moves – again – to repeal Obamacare. Democrats – again – pounce.

By: - November 28, 2023

In 2012, then-Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced that Nevada would expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. He was the first Republican governor in the nation to do so. Five years later, in June 2017, then-U.S. Sen. Dean Heller appeared with Sandoval at a press conference to say he could not support Pres. Donald Trump’s […]


Fear and loathing with Pat McCarran

By: - November 16, 2023

With the possible exception of illegally pilfered top secret documents, Donald Trump is reportedly not much of a reader. So any opinion he might have formed about former Nevada Sen. Pat McCarran probably doesn’t extend beyond wishing the Las Vegas airport was still named for him, if for no other reason than that it’s now […]

No Strip strike in 2023 as Culinary announces agreement with Wynn

By: - November 10, 2023

With a couple hours to spare, a strike on the Las Vegas Strip was averted this year as Culinary Workers Local 226 announced a tentative contract agreement with Wynn Resorts. The agreement follows new contract agreements Culinary announced for Caesars Entertainment on Wednesday and MGM Resorts International on Thursday. Wynn was the last of the […]


If we wanted a hot mess why didn’t we just put Jara in charge of F1?

By: - November 9, 2023

Next week the fabulous Las Vegas Strip is hosting a Formula 1 race. It could be a catastrophe. Or it could be merely an agonizing and costly study in how negligent-to-nonexistent planning can inflict costly inconvenience, chaos and confusion on thousands and thousands of people trying to get from point A to point B. Point […]


Above average Joe

By: - November 2, 2023

“NEW POLL: Governor Lombardo Remains One Of America’s Most Popular Governors,” declared a release Wednesday from a political action committee that exists to support Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo. The release linked to fresh survey results from the Morning Consult polling firm. And the release is true – with an approval rating of 58% and a […]

Nevada stays atop a bad list: Unemployment

By: - October 30, 2023

Nevada again had the highest unemployment rate in the nation in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Monday. The state’s 5.4% unemployment rate in September was unchanged from August, when the state also had the nation’s highest unemployment rate, as it has through much of the last several years. Nevada’s September 2023 rate […]

Pence drops out

By: - October 28, 2023

Republican candidates for president have spent this year ignoring Nevada, the third state on the nominating calendar, but one of them made a splash in the state Saturday. More specifically, Mike Pence grabbed the headlines out of the annual Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Summit at the Venetian, where Pence announced he was suspending his […]


This year the real Nevada Day was June 15

By: - October 26, 2023

“Old Californians” as they were called – mining company officials, their lawyers, and the merchants who sold to them – accounted for most of the delegates to Nevada’s conventions to draft a state constitution. Both times. Yes, there were two constitutional conventions. Nevada voters rejected the first draft constitution.  With malice. “Battle Born” is the […]

Lawyer tapped to ‘run point’ on Nevada fake electors pleads guilty in Georgia

By: - October 20, 2023

On Dec. 10, 2020, a few days before they would become Nevada fake electors, Michael McDonald, Jim DeGraffenried, and Jesse Law got an email from an attorney named Kenneth Chesebro. “Mayor Giuliani and others with the Trump-Pence campaign,” Chesebro wrote, “asked me to reach out to you and the other Nevada electors to run point […]