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.
Chattah, Fiore, and Marchant disgrace and demean the entire state
By: Hugh Jackson - September 29, 2022
If Sigal Chattah, Michele Fiore and Jim Marchant had any decency they’d apologize to the people of Nevada and withdraw their candidacies. People who have no business holding public office run for office all the time. Sometimes they even get elected. If Chattah, Fiore, and Marchant were only guilty of being bungling office-shoppers looking for […]
Democrats are campaigning like it’s just another election year. It’s not.
By: Hugh Jackson - September 22, 2022
A lot of Nevada politicians are getting called “corrupt” in political ads. So are they? It being Nevada, the correct answer is: “could be.” Though they are likely corrupt in ways much more banal and mundane than the “history’s greatest monster” motif characterizing political ads. And in some instances, candidates are corrupt in different ways […]
Democracy: Use it or lose it
By: Hugh Jackson - September 15, 2022
Republicans, as they continue to call themselves, have good reasons to be against democracy. Their nominee lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. And yet on two of those five occasions, their candidate ended up in the White House anyway. And the framers of the U.S. Constitution, in an unsavory […]
Jim, Sigal, and Michele just living their best lives
By: Hugh Jackson - September 8, 2022
You may think Nevada Republican candidate for secretary of state Jim Marchant is just a despicable election denying conspiracy peddler who, given the opportunity, would eagerly reject the will of Nevada’s citizens if more of them voted for a Democrat than a Republican. And he is. But he’s also a businessman! Or was? Whatever. Last […]
Aww, did Biden hurt the MAGAfolk’s delicate feelings?
By: Hugh Jackson - September 4, 2022
On the eve of the Labor Day weekend in a midterm campaign year, the president of the United States gave a speech at the site where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated, and made an urgent request of the nation’s electorate: Let’s keep democracy, m’kay? It’s pretty shocking. Not the request, […]
The GOP has declared its priorities if it wins the House. The economy didn’t make the cut.
By: Hugh Jackson - September 1, 2022
Adam Laxalt’s lifelong grooming for greatness notwithstanding, Democrats have a good shot at holding on to the U.S. Senate in this year’s midterm elections. Republicans are still projected to win control of the U.S. House, however. And like the very young girl in a very old commercial, Nevadans might be able to boast “and I […]
Who’s lying now? Lombardo campaign ad deceives voters with a cheap trick
By: Hugh Jackson - August 30, 2022
Steve Sisolak’s campaign ran an ad saying Joe Lombardo wants to restrict birth control. Lombardo’s campaign responded with an ad saying “It’s a lie.” To back up that time-honored campaign trail hyperbole in their ad, Lombardo’s handlers cite stories from the Las Vegas Review Journal and your friendly Nevada Current. Both citations are presented as if […]
What’s Adam Laxalt? Chopped liver?
By: Hugh Jackson - August 25, 2022
For more than a year now Adam Laxalt has been proclaiming that after this year’s midterm elections, he – not Herschel Walker or Mehmet Oz or J.D. Vance – but he, Adam Laxalt, will be the 51st Republican senator, thus giving his party control of the chamber. At which point of course Republicans will do […]
Lombardo’s plan to fix all Nevada’s problems? Jailing people for running stop signs.
By: Hugh Jackson - August 18, 2022
During remarks last weekend at Adam Laxalt’s Annual Wingnuts/Lambnuts Hootenanny for Fox News Viewers (not the event’s official name), Republican candidate for governor Joe Lombardo indicated that to him, crime is not just an important issue. It’s the only issue. “One of the most important things,” Lombardo said, “is the wrong direction we’re going in […]
The FBI went to Trump’s house and Nevada Republicans couldn’t be happier
By: Hugh Jackson - August 10, 2022
Just last month Trump was right here in Las Vegas preaching about how much he loves law enforcement. But then law enforcement came to his house. The FBI reportedly went to Trump’s compound or lair or whatever it is in Florida to retrieve classified documents and materials that aren’t his to keep. To which the […]
The big Republican endorsement of a Democrat we’re all waiting for
By: Hugh Jackson - August 5, 2022
High-powered Republican political consultant and high-dollar lobbyist Pete Ernaut endorsed Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto over Republican challenger Adam Laxalt. Cortez Masto has also been endorsed by a trio of rural Nevada Republican officials – the mayors of Winnemucca and Ely, and a Churchill County commissioner. One-time Republican state Senate Majority Leader and 2018 GOP […]
Actually, Biden’s doing pretty well
By: Hugh Jackson - August 2, 2022
Two years. A president might serve for four years, or maybe eight. But often as not anymore it seems if any big domestic policy bills get passed, they’ll be passed in the first two. Obama got the Affordable Care Act and a recovery plan. Trump got tax cuts for rich people. In his first two […]