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.


Better late than later: Some GOP palms finally go to GOP foreheads. Sort of.

By: - July 25, 2021

“It’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks” said Alabama’s Republican governor and American Hero of the Week Kay Ivey. She’s not the only Republican governor speaking up. GOP heartthrob, potential Trump alternative in 2024 (Trumpism, but without the Trump!), and headliner at this year’s upcoming Adam Laxalt Commemorative Wingnuts/Lambnuts Hootenanny […]


Are Democrats finally ready to step out of the past?

By: - July 18, 2021

The coolest thing today’s Democrats have done so far. Families in Nevada and the nation started reaping the benefits of the expanded child tax credit this week, as deposits began hitting the bank accounts of families Thursday. Many people, including Republicans, are fond of noting that not a single Republican in Congress voted for it. […]


It’s hot. Let’s make Elon pay to drive people to their vaccinations and back.

By: - July 11, 2021

You know where there’s air conditioning? Vaccination locations. Unfortunately, going to get vaxxed can be a big hurdle for a lot of folks, especially in a part of the world characterized not only by extreme heat, but skimpy public transit. Instead of offering people an infinitesimal chance of striking it rich for getting the vaccine, […]

coulda mailed it tho

GOP has slight edge among older voters; Dems have huge edge among younger ones

By: - July 7, 2021

Independent voter registration has been climbing nationwide for decades. In Nevada, independent voters outnumber Republicans among voters under age 55. Of voters under age 35, independents dramatically outnumber Republicans in Nevada, roughly 182,000 to 103,000, according to the Nevada Secretary of State’s June voter registration report. In total, Democrats had 649,101 voters, Republicans had 566,916, […]

need to spend more

Las Vegas MSA’s splashy employment increase still 200K short of pre-pandemic

By: - July 6, 2021

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Tuesday reported the Las Vegas metropolitan statistical area had the nation’s highest year-over-year rate of employment increase of any large MSA, rising from 774,900 in May 2020 to 940,700 in May 2021, an increase of 165,800 jobs, or 21.4%. The nation’s highest percentage gain notwithstanding, employment in the Las Vegas […]


Lombardo’s charm offensive, a ‘quarrel forgotten,’ Jan. 6, and of course, UFOs

By: - July 3, 2021

Mark Hutchison is an area fancy-pants lawyer who was also a state senator (and also a lieutenant governor but that’s a part-time job with no inbox so merits only parenthetical mention). Now he’s working to get media personality and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo elected governor, and Hutchison placed an oped on that riveting topic […]

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Nowhere to go but up: About Nevada’s splashy GDP growth

By: - June 30, 2021

“The new GDP data shows that we have merged into the fast lane of the road to recovery,” Michael Brown, the head of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development said Tuesday. Brown was responding to preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicating Nevada’s gross domestic product grew 10.9% from the 1st quarter of 2020 […]


Gosh, what fate awaits Democrats in 2022?

By: - June 27, 2021

And not a single Republican voted for it. The party of the president almost always gets clobbered in the first midterm election of the presidency, and Republicans are hoping that holds true in 2022. To be on the safe side, and in the absence of a kitchen-table policy agenda, Republicans are also trying their level […]



By: - May 29, 2021

Republicans in Nevada have been having a field day saying “socialists! socialists! socialists!” ever since some Democratic Socialists of America (oh dear!) won state Democratic Party offices. For example, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee even cited, however insincerely, socialists!!! as the development that drove him to switch parties and become a Republican. (Oh, and […]

I wish money would rain down on me

While lawmakers canoodle with ‘stakeholders,’ Barrick gives an extra $750M to shareholders

By: - May 22, 2021

Earlier this month Barrick Gold’s voting shareholders approved a proposal by Barrick’s board of directors (a group which includes area man Brian Greenspun, btw) to bestow on the aforementioned shareholders a very special one-time extra distribution of $750 million. In addition to regularly scheduled dividends. Everything is so peachy at Barrick that “we believe that […]


Home means ‘no path forward’

By: - May 15, 2021

As forward-thinking lawmakers have tried to pass progressive and productive measures during this year’s session of the Nevada Legislature, “no path forward” has not been the default position of the governor and Democratic legislative leaders. Well, not publicly, anyway. But it is the phrase Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak used while declaring Nevada will remain among […]


What did big bad Liz Cheney even do to poor innocent Mark Amodei?

By: - May 8, 2021

“Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality,” Liz Cheney wrote in a piece published in the Washington Post Wednesday. Alas, however small the window of opportunity for the GOP to turn away from Trump and Trumpism, that window has closed. Cheney also […]