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.


Senator assures industry Nevada will remain a mining colony

By: - October 7, 2021

Harry Reid must be so proud. “Revision of our mining laws has been a regular topic for more than 100 years,” Reid wrote in 2009 when he was Senate Majority Leader. “During my time in Congress, I have fought against and defeated many ill-conceived reform efforts that would have hurt rural Nevada.” Reid was being […]


The big question for 2022: Just how badly will Democrats blow it?

By: - September 22, 2021

Are you eagerly awaiting Joe Lombardo’s plan to mitigate impacts of the climate crisis in the nation’s fastest-warming state? Or Joey Gilbert’s five-point proposal to improve Nevada’s infamously inadequate mental health services?  Or how about — that old salt– Dean Heller’s stance on health care reforms? Sorry. A Republican primary for Nevada governor in 2022 […]

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BLM HQ moving back to DC

By: - September 20, 2021

The Department of Interior has announced that the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management will return to Washington, D.C., instead of sharing an office building with an oil and gas company and industry lobbyists in the town of Grand Junction, Colorado. “There’s no doubt that the BLM should have a leadership presence in Washington, […]

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Budget’s immigration provisions could put 112,700 on path to citizenship in Nevada

By: - September 15, 2021

One of the many items House Democrats are marking up in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill would provide pathways to citizenship for Dreamers, people holding Temporary Protected Status, and essential workers, including farmworkers. According to an estimate prepared by the Center for American Progress and released this week, the immigration reform measures included in […]


There he goes, into the wild red yonder

By: - September 10, 2021

A couple weeks ago conspiracy-monger and putative Republican U.S. Senate nominee Adam Laxalt all but promised he’ll file lawsuits to discredit the 2022 election before it happens, and then sue some more after he loses.  Just as his idol and endorser Donald Trump did for months prior to the 2020 election and continues to do […]


Where Cortez Masto could end up to the right of Manchin: Mining

By: - September 5, 2021

Unlike producers of coal, oil and natural gas on public lands, corporations that mine gold and other so-called hardrock minerals in Nevada and elsewhere in the U.S. have never had to pay federal royalties. Now there’s a bill for that. Actually there have been several bills for that, over several decades, but none have succeeded, […]


Republicans who would be a better U.S. senator than Adam Laxalt include…

By: - September 1, 2021

Politics are polarized and elections are nationalized, to the point that qualifications, merits, or flaws of people seeking House and Senate seats have become incidental to party affiliation. If one party is going to win, it’ll win, it seems, whether that party’s candidate is a competent and accomplished public servant or a grifting carnival barker. […]

Tobacco tax hike would break Biden’s promise, business group says

By: - August 26, 2021

The reconciliation bill being considered by Congress is often described as sweeping legislation that will slow and help mitigate the impacts of climate change, expand health care coverage, and extend monthly payments to families, lifting millions of children out of poverty. It also promises to transform social services and programs in the U.S. to a […]


If a lieutenant governor falls in a forest… 

By: - August 22, 2021

But what if something terrible happens!? Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall finally issued a statement Thursday confirming she will be resigning, er, “transitioning” to a job in the Biden administration. It looks like she’ll be joining what is mostly (wholly?) a political outreach arm of the White House. Marshall’s statement came days after her pending departure […]

Lt. Gov. issues statement on plan to leave office

By: - 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: - 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: - 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 […]