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.
On the one hand, grab the popcorn
By: Hugh Jackson - January 22, 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. Biden’s short honeymoon. (Jan. 21) Biden will always be able to point to his emphasis on “unity” in the early days of his presidency, and say he tried. He believes his background makes […]
Rosen, Hawley & a DHS nominee: Are we unified yet?
By: Hugh Jackson - January 19, 2021
No one expected Nevada Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen to be anything but supportive of Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security, especially on inauguration eve. And sure enough, when it came her turn to ask questions of Alejandro Mayorkas during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination […]
The calibrated cowardice of Mark Amodei
By: Hugh Jackson - January 14, 2021
Ah, but at the pre-insurrection rally, Donald Trump never said “Simon says,” so there. That is effectively how Rep. Mark Amodei rationalizes his vote against impeaching Trump. “We know what the President did and did not say at the rally,“ Amodei said in a statement Wednesday. “And we sadly know what transpired shortly thereafter.” But […]
Sheldon Adelson dies at 87
By: Hugh Jackson - January 12, 2021
Sheldon Adelson, the resort industry tycoon and Republican Party megadonor, has died at 87 “from complications related to treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” according to a statement released by Las Vegas Sands. In recent campaign cycles Adelson had been the country’s largest single financial backer of the U.S. right, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to […]
Congratulations, Nevada GOP ‘leaders.’ It’s folks like you who built this.
By: Hugh Jackson - January 7, 2021
Adam Laxalt and the Nevada Republican Party may have failed in their multiple scatter-brained evidence-free efforts to make Donald Trump the winner of the presidential election in Nevada even though he lost it. But Laxalt, like professional political Republicans in Nevada and around the nation, can at least claim credit for a violent mob’s attack […]
Are NV workers worth as much as AZ workers? Asking for NV Democrats.
By: Hugh Jackson - December 15, 2020
On New Year’s Day, the minimum wage will rise above — in some cases considerably above — $12 an hour in some Western states. Nevada is not one of them. Some workers in those states will see wages rise even higher than their state-established rates, because unlike Nevada, city and county governments in those states […]
Nevada not good enough for Texas AG’s fancy pants lawsuit
By: Hugh Jackson - December 8, 2020
Donald Trump’s lawyers have filed twelvety-seven or whatever lawsuits in Nevada to overturn Joe Biden’s victory here, so we must be pretty important. But maybe not that important. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a suit directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin must have done the election wrong, […]
If mining wins again it’ll be Sisolak’s fault
By: Hugh Jackson - December 4, 2020
The Nevada Legislature meets in eight weeks. Everyone who expects the 2021 session to be productive raise their hands. Seeing no hands… Ha just kidding. Probably. Sure, Democrats don’t have a two-thirds majority in either house. In fact there are less of them now than there were in the last session, when Democrats at least […]
Should the Victorville train be derailed? Let the market decide.
By: Hugh Jackson - November 20, 2020
In July, Nevada officials unanimously, and gushingly, approved $200 million in private activity bonds to fund an investment company’s train to Victorville. California had already authorized issuing $600 million in the tax-exempt bonds for the project. Then in October, project developer Fortress Investment Group announced it had run into a snag: Investors didn’t want to […]
Clash of the trite ones
By: Hugh Jackson - November 19, 2020
One last lingering 2020 election race that is yet to be decided pits two towering visionaries against each other in a battle of epic consequences, said no one anywhere. In case you missed it, a) aren’t you lucky? and b) in the race for Clark County Commission District C, Democrat Ross Miller, a former Nevada […]
Governor: Hole up for 2 weeks, if you can
By: Hugh Jackson - November 11, 2020
With the coronavirus surging in Nevada and nearly every state in the nation, Gov. Steve Sisolak urged people Tuesday to “to operate in a ‘Stay at Home 2.0’ mentality to get things under control so our public health response infrastructure can catch up.” Citing more than 1,300 cases a day in Nevada over the most […]
Tin-pot diplomat channels bogus Trump-Laxalt attack on Nevada’s election
By: Hugh Jackson - November 11, 2020
Oh great, Nevada. As if there weren’t enough clowns trying to nullify the decision of Nevada voters who preferred Joe Biden over Donald Trump by nearly 37,000 (and counting) votes, now the United States Secretary of State has joined the circus. “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Mike Pompeo said […]