Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson is editor of the Nevada Current.


Lithium: ‘More economic colonialism?’ Nevada: ‘Yes, please.’

By: - March 23, 2023

For roughly three years before it began skyrocketing in late 2021, the price of a metric ton of lithium carbonate mostly ambled along in the vicinity of $17,500. The price peaked in November 2022, at more than $86,800 per ton. More recently, it’s been plummeting, and as of Thursday morning was down to less than […]


The Fed is partying like it’s 1979

By: - March 19, 2023

Working people in the U.S., and especially in Nevada, are not making too much money. It’s tempting to say “This message was brought to you by Captain Obvious,” and leave it at that. But there is much squawking that the Federal Reserve should hold off on raising interest rates again because that bank for the […]


No, nobody’s raising your property tax rate. But they should.

By: - March 16, 2023

Which radical woke liberal state imposes a bigger residential property tax burden than Nevada? Texas! So does the purportedly “free state” of Florida. Property tax burdens are higher in a bunch of other self-styled freedom loving – i.e, reliably red – states, including but not limited to Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Montana, Idaho, Missouri, Kentucky, […]


Fox & fakes

By: - March 9, 2023

The word “Nevada” pops up every now and then in the massive tranches of documents Dominion Voting Systems has been releasing as part of its defamation suit against Fox News. Mostly it’s in reference to fraudulent claims from, well, frauds, like Donald Trump surrogates Rudy Giuliani and Sydney Powell. Egged on by Fox’s on-air personalities, […]


Musk had them at ‘Hello’

By: - March 5, 2023

Praise be.  Let us one and all give thanks, for almighty Tesla has bestowed on humble Nevada such generous bounty, and let us hope that we can be worthy of such gifts. In a sign of our unwavering appreciation and worship, we offer a tithing to thee, oh benevolent Tesla, truly little more than a […]


In epic fight between Nevada Democrats, the stakes couldn’t be lower

By: - March 2, 2023

In 1973 Columbia University Political Science Professor Wallace Sayre reportedly said “Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.”  To which Nevada Democrats can say “hold my beer.” Sayre’s quip was more snarky than accurate. One need look no further than the Florida of Ron DeSantis […]


Why Nevada needs to outlaw fake electors

By: - February 23, 2023

Here’s the thing about sending a fake electoral certificate to Congress, according to Democratic state Sen. Skip Daly: “We don’t have any measure that actually prohibits that, per se.” Daly was speaking at a legislative committee hearing this week on Senate Bill 133, which would make being a fake elector a crime in Nevada, punishable […]


A Las Vegas Super Bowl should be fun, but let’s not pretend it’s ‘economic development’

By: - February 16, 2023

There are some good reasons for Las Vegas to have an NFL team. The NFL’s impact on the local economy isn’t a particularly important one. Hosting the Super Bowl in 2024 will generate “an estimated total economic impact of more than $500 million,” according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Economic projections for […]


In 2024, NV’s Democratic presidential primary will be 2nd! If there is one.

By: - February 9, 2023

Congratulations to Nevada Democrats, both the socialist ones who officially run the party and the legacy Reid Machine ones who are out to take their party back. In 2024, Nevada’s primary (not a dumb caucus anymore, yay) will be the second – second! – Democratic presidential nomination contest in the nation. It’s not all rainbows […]

DNC affirms Nevada’s 2nd spot on revised presidential primary calendar

By: - February 4, 2023

The Democratic National Committee Saturday formally approved its 2024 presidential primary calendar that puts South Carolina first, and Nevada second. The DNC calendar has Nevada sharing a Feb. 6, 2024 primary date – three days after South Carolina – with New Hampshire. But New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu Saturday indicated that his state will […]


The legislature’s 1st job should be stopping a 2nd Tesla giveaway

By: - February 2, 2023

As the Nevada Current reported earlier this week, in a month, on March 2, a state economic development agency is scheduled to vote on giving Tesla new, additional tax breaks. Under Nevada economic development law, the agency may have no choice but to approve the “abatements.” And then a state where education, health, transit and […]


Suspending Nevada’s gas tax for a year might save you an estimated nickel-ninety-eight, tops

By: - January 26, 2023

It was a gimmick when Nevada Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen signed on to a federal gas tax holiday plan a year ago, it was a gimmick when Joe Biden floated the idea last summer, and the gas tax holiday remains a gimmick now that Joe Lombardo has proposed one. But gas […]