Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.


The Silver and Ack

By: - May 17, 2022

The New York Times published a story on the Raiders late last week that mostly focuses on mayhem in the front office, with an emphasis on the dysfunctional and bungling nature of the organization. But arguably more important were the parts of the story that shed light on working conditions within the organization. Here’s an excerpt: […]

As mining law hits sesquicentennial, many Democrats demand reform. Cortez Masto isn’t one of them.

By: and - May 11, 2022

It’s got a new name. But the effort to overhaul the nation’s 150 year-old law that governs mining of hardrock and other minerals on federal lands still faces old obstacles, not least the senior senator from Nevada. Mining reform was last seen being crushed in the now defunct Build Back Better legislation.  “The senator from […]

there he goes

Trump-endorsed candidates snubbed & drubbed at NVGOP convention

By: - May 4, 2022

Remember that one time when the great and powerful Nevada State Democratic Party (Harry Reid, proprietor) was taken over, and the legendary “Reid Machine” just cold ousted from leadership, during a state party convention by upstart Democratic Socialists? And then a bunch of national media went all “oh my stars and garters,” except in mediaspeak? […]

roberts is just trolling the right now

‘Abortion will remain a right in Nevada’

By: - May 3, 2022

As the Nevada statute reads, a woman’s right to get an abortion in Nevada “was submitted to and approved by referendum at the 1990 general election and therefore is not subject to legislative amendment or repeal.” So if Nevada had a governor and a majority of state legislators who wanted to repeal that right – […]


The Republican hive mind

By: - April 24, 2022

A hive of bees showed up at our house this week. Monday was the first day I noticed them. This wasn’t unprecedented; if past results were an indication of future performance, I assumed they’d move on after a couple days. But by Thursday thousands and thousands of bees were still under the patio roof  in […]


Jim Marchant promises to strangle democracy AND lower the price of gas

By: - April 20, 2022

“END the Gas Tax and HELP local Nevadans out at the pump. VOTE for Jim Marchant in 2022 and get gas prices back down!” Finally, a politician who will lower gas prices. Jim Marchant, who recently tweeted the preceding statement, must be one heckuva can-do sort of guy. Alas, if Marchant manages to get elected […]


For Nevada’s workforce, the game’s still the same

By: - April 14, 2022

It’s always some scheme. The battery factory, the football field, the Blockchains fiasco. During the Great Recession, when misery and despair were literally ruining countless Nevada households, the centerpiece proposal to help the economy offered up by state Democratic lawmakers was … film tax credits. It’s easier to laugh now than it was then. There’s […]

Judge tosses school voucher initiative

By: - April 12, 2022

A measure to create a publicly funded private school voucher system in Nevada by amending the state constitution has been declared “legally deficient” by a district court judge. Education Freedom for Nevada PAC, the initiative’s sponsors, “are playing … a shell game” for failing “to describe the enormous fiscal impact of this initiative on the […]


What Republicans should know about Laxalt’s sudden obsession with child porn

By: - April 6, 2022

Judges, attorneys, and legal analysts with expertise in the court proceedings may disagree over what the appropriate sentence should be for someone convicted of possessing or distributing child pornography. But there isn’t much disagreement among those people about one thing: There has been nothing notably unique or unconventional about the  punishments handed down in such […]

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

Talk is cheap. Too bad rent isn’t.

By: - March 31, 2022

In its recently released report to members on “Advocacy Accomplishments” for  2021, the National Multifamily Housing Council – the apartment industry’s lobbying organization in Washington D.C. – could barely contain its satisfaction: “A year of advocacy paid off” in the form of nearly $50 billion in rental assistance to keep landlords whole. Why, even if […]

Putin has a lot of gold and Susie Lee wants to lock it up

By: - March 14, 2022

Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee is among a bipartisan group in Congress sponsoring legislation designed to stop Vladimir Putin from selling off some $130 billion worth of gold reserves held in Russia. The House bill announced Monday mirrors a bipartisan Senate version that was unveiled last week. The legislation would prohibit a U.S. person or […]

Gas price gouging? If you see something, say something.

By: - March 9, 2022

“If you suspect or have information about a retailer committing price gouging, I encourage you to file a complaint with my office,” Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a statement about rising gas prices Tuesday. Ford noted that Nevada lawmakers last year passed legislation strengthening Nevada’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act. “We’re ready to enforce […]