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.


Just say Home Means Nevada and pretend something rational is happening

By: - April 1, 2021

One stirring but unintentional feature of Joe Biden’s sweeping $2 trillion infrastructure proposal is how picayune Nevada’s economic policy dialogue looks by comparison. Oh sure, no state, least of all Nevada, is in a position to propose anything on a scale comparable to what the United States government can attempt. There is no way a […]


The care and feeding of the Republican base

By: - March 28, 2021

The National Republican Senatorial Committee launched its first televised attack ads against what it believes are among the most vulnerable Democratic U.S. senators up for reelection next year, one of whom is Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto. (The others, for the record, are Arizona’s Mark Kelly, Georgia’s Raphael Warnock, and New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan). Cortez Masto […]

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Magical Elon Musk now bored with mere Muggle money

By: - March 27, 2021

“Technoking.” That is now a word that Elon Musk has added to his title, because of course he has. When he’s not yammering on like a teenage boy about creating an atmosphere on Mars by nuking the hell out of it (sigh), he’s yammering on like, well, a teenage boy about bitcoin. With which you […]


In Nevada, every legislative session is remote

By: - March 20, 2021

Remote legislating. Las Vegas Democratic Assemblyman Steve Yeager posted a Twitter poll the other day: So, which do you miss the most in the greater Carson City area? #NVLeg — Steve Yeager (@SteveYeagerNV) March 15, 2021   I conservatively estimate 94.65 percent of Yeager’s constituents have never been to any of the Carson City places […]


Biden’s (at least) $12 billion rescue of a state that refuses to rescue itself

By: - March 17, 2021

More than 2.6 million Nevadans – roughly 1.85 million adults and 751,000 children, according to Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimates – will get $1,400 direct payments under the American Rescue Plan signed into law by President Joe Biden. The Congressional Research Service calculates it a little differently, estimating more than 1.4 million […]


Red state bailout, unchartered charters, & the session’s best bill so far

By: - March 6, 2021

The following are excerpts from this week’s Daily Current newsletter, the editor’s opinionated morning news roundup, which you can subscribe to here. Red State Bailout (March 2). Did you see this New York Times map of states with the biggest pandemic budget problems? The seven states with double-digit revenue drops were: Alaska: 42.5 percent Hawaii: […]

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Megaresort clearance sale! Everything must go!

By: - March 3, 2021

Sands execs said a while back that maybe the company was going to bug out of Las Vegas, so the deal that’s come to light this morning isn’t too surprising. I guess. So does $6.25 billion for the two hotel/casinos and the convention center seem like a lot? Or not a lot? I confess I am […]


Take Blockchains LLC seriously? You first, governor.

By: - February 28, 2021

Are you anxious about when you or a family member will get the vaccine?  Nervous because there’s no knowing when jobs around here will return, or if they will be even more precarious than they were before? Wondering how you’re going to pay the back rent? Relax. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is confronting Nevadans’ most […]

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McConnell & the midterms, Schadenfreude watch, and that 2/3 thing

By: - February 21, 2021

The following was excerpted from last week’s Daily Current newsletter, the editor’s opinionated morning news roundup, which you can subscribe to here. Mitch, Manchin & Cortez Masto (Feb. 15). Mitch McConnell and a majority of his Senate Republicans voted to continue to shame and disgrace themselves. Rather than do the right and just thing, they […]

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To Mars, from Las Vegas, with best wishes

By: - February 17, 2021

If all goes right, Thursday the Perseverance Rover will be safely on Martian ground, where it can begin searching for signs of ancient life, and collecting and storing rock and soil samples. And if all goes really right, someday those samples will be shipped to earth. The rover’s instruments are themselves capable of analyzing chemistry […]

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Wages of spin, Murren’s utter nonsense, and impeachment will leave a Mark

By: - February 12, 2021

The following are some excerpts from this week’s Daily Current newsletter, the editor’s opinionated morning news roundup, which you can subscribe to here. Check out the big brain on Mark (Feb. 8). When I saw last week that only 60 House Republicans voted to remove Liz Cheney from her GOP House leadership post, I just assumed Mark […]

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The Nevada Democrats’ quiet surrender to minority rule

By: - February 8, 2021

Nevada Democratic lawmakers are pretty pleased with themselves, and rightly so, for taking steps over the summer to assure people would be able to vote safely during a pandemic.  Elected Nevada Democrats have supported numerous other voting measures, from same-day and automatic voter registration to restoring the rights of the formerly incarcerated. Weird, then, that […]