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.


Gosh, what fate awaits Democrats in 2022?

By: - June 27, 2021

And not a single Republican voted for it. The party of the president almost always gets clobbered in the first midterm election of the presidency, and Republicans are hoping that holds true in 2022. To be on the safe side, and in the absence of a kitchen-table policy agenda, Republicans are also trying their level […]



By: - May 29, 2021

Republicans in Nevada have been having a field day saying “socialists! socialists! socialists!” ever since some Democratic Socialists of America (oh dear!) won state Democratic Party offices. For example, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee even cited, however insincerely, socialists!!! as the development that drove him to switch parties and become a Republican. (Oh, and […]

I wish money would rain down on me

While lawmakers canoodle with ‘stakeholders,’ Barrick gives an extra $750M to shareholders

By: - May 22, 2021

Earlier this month Barrick Gold’s voting shareholders approved a proposal by Barrick’s board of directors (a group which includes area man Brian Greenspun, btw) to bestow on the aforementioned shareholders a very special one-time extra distribution of $750 million. In addition to regularly scheduled dividends. Everything is so peachy at Barrick that “we believe that […]


Home means ‘no path forward’

By: - May 15, 2021

As forward-thinking lawmakers have tried to pass progressive and productive measures during this year’s session of the Nevada Legislature, “no path forward” has not been the default position of the governor and Democratic legislative leaders. Well, not publicly, anyway. But it is the phrase Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak used while declaring Nevada will remain among […]


What did big bad Liz Cheney even do to poor innocent Mark Amodei?

By: - May 8, 2021

“Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality,” Liz Cheney wrote in a piece published in the Washington Post Wednesday. Alas, however small the window of opportunity for the GOP to turn away from Trump and Trumpism, that window has closed. Cheney also […]


Romney’s such a loser he only won the Nevada GOP caucus twice

By: - May 5, 2021

“So nice to see RINO Mitt Romney booed off the stage at the Utah Republican State Convention,” said one-termer Donald Trump in a statement from his Florida lair where a jet plane is always fueled and at the ready lest he must seek exile in Russia to elude law enforcement, creditors, or both.  Utahans, Trump […]

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Remote community mostly ignores national paradigm shift

By: - May 1, 2021

Precious, precious capital gains. Cutting the capital gains tax rate used to be the fanciest and most beloved economic cause of Republicans. Now their most beloved cause is Trumpism, of course. But they are whining that Joe Biden’s plan to raise the capital gains tax rate will impede the crucial role America’s idle rich play […]


The Blockchains blunder: Squirrelly, and yet more of the same

By: - April 28, 2021

Normally when a governor and the crème de la crème of the state’s consultant and lobbying class join forces to promise some “bold” proposal will be a “game changer,” the rest of the movers, shakers, lawmakers, and holy sacred “stakeholders” amen race to get on board.  And then the next thing you know the public […]

mutt and jeff. And jeff.

GOP heartthrob Ron DeSantis to headline area wingnuts/lambnuts hootenanny

By: - April 24, 2021

This year’s scheduled celebrity daisy at the annual Adam Laxalt Barnyard Carnival for Fox News Viewers is current Trump Lovers Flavor of the Month, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Young Master Adam has a PAC, which has a newsletter, which I read so you don’t have to, and from which I have learned that Young […]

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The PAC, not the song

By: - April 17, 2021

AOC comes through. Your Nevada State Democratic Party – ok it’s not “your” anymore if you’re Harry Reid – says it raised the $450,000, and then some, that the grownups extracted from party coffers when the lefties won election to executive seats and freaked out the media. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were putting out […]


Joe Manchin is the Nevada GOP’s new BFF

By: - April 10, 2021

The GOP is loving the antics of high-on-his-own-supply Joe Manchin, who has now declared that not only will he never ever ever support any tinkering with the filibuster, but nor is he up for passing anything else through reconciliation – the dainty Senate rule by which the dainty Senate can pass something with only a […]


A star is born. Or so he hopes.

By: - April 6, 2021

What better way to ingratiate yourself with Donald Trump then to go where the former president turned for his most indispensable daily briefing? North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee went on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning to announce he is leaving the Democratic Party to join the Republicans. Lee, who is mulling a run for […]