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.


State workers to Sisolak: ‘Cut corporate subsidies, not services’

By: - July 8, 2020

While Nevada education and health officials were talking about budget cuts with legislators Wednesday, another group of state employees called for cutting something else: state tax breaks and subsidies to corporations, and generous industry tax deductions. Several times during the pandemic, Sisolak has praised the work of state employees. Earlier this week, in a document […]

coronavirus and the classroom

Reopening schools while cutting budgets won’t work, teachers’ union says

By: - July 7, 2020

Nevada’s largest teachers’ union had a message for the Clark County School District and the Nevada Legislature Tuesday: The district’s plan to reopen during a pandemic is sure to fail unless state lawmakers provide schools with more resources. The CCSD board is scheduled to vote Thursday night on a plan to reopen schools in Clark […]

UNLV empty campus

ICE gives foreign students a choice: Ignore the corona or we’ll deport you

By: - July 7, 2020

One spook-think theory goes like this: Sure, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t like international students any more than ICE likes international anybody. But by deciding those students cannot remain in the U.S. if they are taking a full course load online, what ICE is really trying to do, on behalf of the president’s reelection […]

sun sets

Summer session should make itself useful, get a jump on constitutional amendments

By: - June 28, 2020

There are a couple ways to amend Nevada’s constitution. The initiative process takes two successive elections, and given the calendar anything proposed now couldn’t be passed until 2024 at the earliest. The legislative process requires two successive sessions, and then an election, which under usual circumstances would again mean nothing proposed now would pass until […]


As gold pushes $1,800 an ounce, Nevada policymakers steadfastly oblivious

By: - June 23, 2020

The price of gold slumped a little earlier this month — if you can call a brief dip below $1,700 an ounce a slump. But it’s come back since, the spot price closing at $1,770 Tuesday. Futures prices topped $1,786. Both the spot and futures prices are hitting highs not seen for eight years.  After […]


Nevada may adopt California’s zero emissions rules for 2025 models

By: - June 22, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets auto emissions standards, but California has a waiver allowing the state to adopt more stringent standards, and the federal government allows other states to adopt California’s rules, so long as they’re identical. More than a dozen states have done that, and Nevada might too. The Nevada Department of Environmental […]

mask and a haircut

Governor wants higher taxes, GOP warns. If only it were true.

By: - June 18, 2020

Nevada Republicans are in quite the huff. They’re convinced Gov. Steve Sisolak has a plan to raise taxes to protect at least some services and programs from deep budget cuts. As is often the case when it comes to things Republicans think, if only t’were true. “First Governor Sisolak FAILED at economic relief response to […]

then *they* could name their team the 51s since we stupidly changed ours

Citing Trump’s Bible photo op, Rosen signs on to D.C. statehood bill

By: - June 11, 2020

Nevada’s Jacky Rosen this week became the latest U.S. senator to sign on as a cosponsor of legislation to make the District of Columbia a state. Rosen is one of two additional members of Congress to join the effort after authorities violently cleared protesters so Donald Trump could have his picture taken holding a Bible […]


Las Vegas council members will march to preserve, protect systemic racism

By: - June 9, 2020

Note: Not long after this commentary was published Wayne Allyn Root tweeted that he is “postponing” his march at the request of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Asked for confirmation, Metro’s Public Information Office Tuesday afternoon said vie email, “We did not ask the promoter to cancel the event.” Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele […]


Nevada leaders could reform policing & courts, if they wanted to

By: - June 3, 2020

Gov. Steve Sisolak this week said Donald Trump “has once again taken the path of inciting combativeness, stoking racial tensions, and creating division when we need unity more than ever.” Your governor was responding to Trump’s suggestion that he, the president of the United States, might, you know, send the U.S. military into states because […]

eyes have it

Dear Nevada Resort Industry: Don’t be Lake of the Ozarks

By: - May 27, 2020

Casino executives are smarter than everybody else in Nevada. That’s what people say. Let’s hope so. The industry has more money than the state. It probably has contracted more — and more high-dollar  — health experts too.  Remember when the governor named former MGM CEO Jim Murren to head up a task force to scour […]


Mail-in voting is no threat to a free and fair election, but Trump is

By: - May 21, 2020

Let’s say Donald Trump gets thumped in November. Pummeled. Trounced. Let’s say voters in Nevada and the nation reject him roundly, soundly, and adamantly, with commitment and purpose, crushing Trump even in the electoral college. What is there about his behavior, or him, that suggests he’ll accept the results? Trump insisted, wrongly, that the 2016 […]