Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson is editor of the Nevada Current.

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Nevada’s best possible caucus-primary outcomes, ranked

By: - October 19, 2023

The best possible outcome of Nevada’s Republican presidential contests in February would be the much-deserved demise of the organization currently going by the name of the Nevada State Republican Party, in combination with the second-best outcome. The second-best possible outcome would be the state-run primary helping to possibly slow Donald Trump’s march to the 2024 […]

Haley opts for state-run primary, DeSantis picks party-run caucus

By: - October 16, 2023

The cast is set for Nevada’s duel Republican presidential contests, as the last two well-known holdouts announced which contest they’d compete in. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has filed for the Feb. 6 Nevada presidential preference primary administered by the state, according to the Nevada Secretary of State’s office. And the New York Times […]

Pence, Scott choose state-run primary over party-run caucus

By: - October 13, 2023

Former vice-president Mike Pence and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott have filed to compete in Nevada’s Feb. 6 state-run presidential primary. Pence filed Thursday, and Scott filed Friday. Under legislation enacted in 2021, the state is required to hold presidential primaries. The Nevada State Republican Party has opposed the primary, and earlier this year announced […]


Nevada normalizes its fake electors

By: - October 12, 2023

Nevada’s fake electors were indispensable to Donald Trump’s plot to steal the 2020 presidential election and the accompanying assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. And so for a minute there earlier this year, it looked like Nevada might make it a punishable offense to be a fake elector. Instead, the Nevada Secretary […]


What if McCarthy was as good as it gets?

By: - October 5, 2023

House Democrats, including the trio from Nevada, who this week all voted to tell Kevin McCarthy “you’re fired” (or words to that effect), made an assortment of points, including but not limited to:  1) McCarthy is an untrustworthy buffoon 2) Republicans built this, it’s their problem  3) Getting rid of McCarthy offers the hope that […]

Statements from NV’s House Democrats on voting with Gaetz to oust McCarthy

By: - October 4, 2023

Every Democrat in the House voted with the eight Republicans led by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz to oust California Republican Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House Tuesday. The House is now at a complete standstill, with a Republican interim speaker pro tem, North Carolina’s Patrick McHenry, whose sole authorized responsibility in that position is […]


Nevada’s most important taxpayers deserve a rebate

By: - September 28, 2023

Nevada’s tax structure makes its working class poorer. In Nevada, the smaller your income, the higher the percentage of your income you pay in taxes. Nevadans with the lowest incomes pay an effective tax rate that is five times higher than that paid by the state’s wealthiest residents, according to one independent analysis. (There exists […]

Rosen joins senators calling for Menendez to resign

By: - September 26, 2023

Update: As of Tuesday afternoon the number of senators calling for Menendez’s resignation had climbed to 18, all of whom are Democrats. Nevada Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen became the seventh U.S. Senator to call for fellow Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez to resign after the New Jersey senator’s indictment last week. “The well-documented political corruption charges […]


Everyone smile and say ‘fiduciary responsibility’

By: - September 21, 2023

Nevada’s resort industry and Nevada’s for-profit electric monopoly are not seeing eye to eye. Again. There are a lot of reasons your power bills are higher, including bizarre and relatively brief but nonetheless record-setting spikes in natural gas prices nationally earlier this year. About 2/3 of electricity NV Energy generates is from natural gas. The […]


Yes, it would be a relief if Biden ended his campaign

By: - September 14, 2023

U.S. voters may not agree on much, but one thing they agree on is they don’t want a Trump-Biden rematch. Just because Republican voters appear stuck on, and with, Trump, doesn’t mean Democrats can’t mix things up. But no Democrat has come forward to primary the current president (a wayward Kennedy doesn’t count), so the […]


If a Nevada Republican presidential caucus falls in a forest…

By: - September 2, 2023

There doesn’t really seem to be a “Ron DeSantis campaign.” He’s outsourced most of it to the Never Back Down PAC. In the past I’ve suggested the more appropriate name for the PAC would be “Never Fight Back,” since DeSantis has been so squeamish about suggesting Donald Trump is anything but practically perfect in every […]


The governor and legislators could lower expenses for Nevada households

By: - August 31, 2023

A year ago the annual inflation rate was north of 9%. Over the last 12 months it was 3.2%.  But just because prices aren’t rising as fast as they were, a lot of prices are still rising.  Inflation is driven by a combination of national and global factors. The prices of food, gas, electricity (which […]