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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.

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Lombardo shuts out Nevada Current, Las Vegas Sun from first public event since winning

By: - November 14, 2022

In his first public event since being elected governor, Joe Lombardo refused to allow the Nevada Current and the Las Vegas Sun to cover what was billed as a victory speech.  Shutting the Current out of his celebratory event was an extension of the Lombardo team’s practice throughout the campaign – the practice of multiple […]

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The likely unremarkable Lombardo administration

By: - November 13, 2022

Robert Redford starred in a movie in the 1970s called The Candidate, in which he portrayed a candidate running on a dumbed down message crafted by his campaign handlers. He ultimately wins, and the movie famously ends with Redford’s character asking his campaign advisor, “What do we do now? It’s easy to imagine Joe Lombardo […]

Nevada’s role in determining control of the U.S. Senate: The scenarios

By: - November 9, 2022

As of mid-day Wednesday, with votes still being counted in Nevada and other states, only one U.S. Senate seat in the country was flipped from one party to the other, when Democrat John Fetterman beat Republican Mahmet Oz in Pennsylvania. That means the Democrats can lose one seat — and only one seat — and […]

Signaling his 2024 presidential bid, Trump promises ‘very big announcement’ Nov. 15

By: - November 8, 2022

After months of flirting with a 2024 presidential bid, Donald Trump at an election eve rally in Ohio said he would be making a “very big announcement” Nov. 15 at his Florida home. The question of whether Trump would make any campaign announcement before or after the 2022 Election has been debated for months amid […]

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One doesn’t know what he wants, the other just wants to go home

By: - November 3, 2022

With the campaigns winding down and election day nearly upon us, it seems worth reviewing how and why Joe Lombardo and Adam Laxalt are at the top of the ticket. After all, it’s exceedingly rare in the U.S. for a sitting sheriff to run for governor. And the only Republican in the 21st century to […]

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Republican plan to raise Medicare’s eligibility age would be a step in the wrong direction

By: - October 27, 2022

If Nevada Republicans April Becker, Sam Peters and/or Mark Robertson win their races for the U.S. House, they will find that House Republicans have already made a commitment to the following policy: “To address the increased demands on Medicare, the RSC Budget proposes aligning Medicare’s eligibility age with the normal retirement age for Social Security […]

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The price of gas doesn’t care who you vote for

By: - October 20, 2022

Voters tell pollsters their top concern is inflation, and the rising cost voters point to most frequently is the price of gas. The price of gas is also the problem elected officials can do least about. Republicans contend Biden Administration policies are to blame for gas prices, because a clean energy agenda has thwarted energy […]

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Leftist teachers union? As if.

By: - October 13, 2022

“Radical socialist leftist teachers unions” is a thing Republicans and the right like to say.  Alas, if only t’were true. The Clark County Education Association, the largest teachers union in the state, is just cold refusing to endorse anyone for governor, evidently because Democrat Steve Sisolak didn’t do exactly what he was told. Fortunately for […]

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The only bad thing about switching from gas is it isn’t done yet

By: - October 10, 2022

One day in 1991 when I was a reporter in Casper, Wyoming, the Amoco oil refinery shut down. Needless to say Amoco blamed all those darned burdensome federal environmental regulations. Those regulations (under a Republican administration at the time but I digress) must have been incredibly harsh and burdensome indeed: If I recall, a few […]

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Lombardo folds for Trump

By: - October 6, 2022

During his debate with Gov. Steve Sisolak last weekend, Republican challenger Joe Lombardo was asked if he thought Donald Trump was a great president. “I wouldn’t use that adjective. I wouldn’t say great,” Lombardo responded. “I’d say he was a sound president.” Later that day, Lombardo’s campaign decided to use that adjective after all. The […]

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Chattah, Fiore, and Marchant disgrace and demean the entire state

By: - 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 […]

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Democrats are campaigning like it’s just another election year. It’s not.

By: - 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 […]