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.
Lt. Gov. issues statement on plan to leave office
By: Hugh Jackson - August 19, 2021
After media reports and remarks made by Gov. Steve Sisolak earlier this week about Nevada Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall leaving her job to take a post in the Biden administration, Marshall issued a statement of her own Thursday. “While I look forward to transitioning to the White House in the late fall, I will continue […]
Laxalt makes it official, asks Nevada voters to send him home to Washington
By: Hugh Jackson - August 18, 2021
Occasional Fox News guest, stolen election fantasist and former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt finally and publicly announced Tuesday that he is launching a campaign for a job that will allow him to go back to where he came from. Technically, Laxalt has filed for the Republican nomination to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez […]
Mini-Manchins amongst us?
By: Hugh Jackson - August 15, 2021
Nevada Rep. Susie Lee joined a few of her fellow moderates and signed a letter in July calling for the House to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill without waiting for the Senate to also send over a much larger companion budget resolution. Doing so would, among other things, free moderate zealots in the House to […]
It’s about more than just some delusional Nye County commissioner
By: Hugh Jackson - August 10, 2021
“I urge every Nevada Republican elected official and candidate to join me in calling out this bigotry,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said in a statement issued Monday. Sisolak was referring to remarks made by Republican Nye County Commissioner Donna Cox. According to columnist John L. Smith, writing in the Nevada Independent, Cox accused Sisolak’s wife of […]
Your strong feelings didn’t stop the virus. If only there was some other way.
By: Hugh Jackson - August 1, 2021
Vaccine hesitancy can be sincere. There are people who have concerns, which in turn are being stoked by misinformation (have you heard the one about how the vaccine makes you magnetic?). Still, lately some of those people have determined that getting the shot is the right thing to do for themselves, their families, and their […]
Better late than later: Some GOP palms finally go to GOP foreheads. Sort of.
By: Hugh Jackson - 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: Hugh Jackson - 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: Hugh Jackson - 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, […]
GOP has slight edge among older voters; Dems have huge edge among younger ones
By: Hugh Jackson - 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, […]
Las Vegas MSA’s splashy employment increase still 200K short of pre-pandemic
By: Hugh Jackson - 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: Hugh Jackson - 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 […]
Nowhere to go but up: About Nevada’s splashy GDP growth
By: Hugh Jackson - 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 […]