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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Las Vegas MSA’s splashy employment increase still 200K short of pre-pandemic

By: - 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: - 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 […]

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Nowhere to go but up: About Nevada’s splashy GDP growth

By: - 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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]