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.

Question 6: Twice as good as Question 3?

By: - July 12, 2018

The first thing to know about Question 6 is it is not Question 3. Question 6, also known as the Renewable Energy Promotion Initiative, is a ballot initiative that, if approved by voters, would require every provider of electric service in Nevada to generate or acquire at least half its power from renewable sources by […]

Tax breaks: The final frontier

By: - July 12, 2018

Speaking of space… If Bigelow Aerospace is as promising as all that, the private sector should be more than happy to invest in it, and Bigelow should be more than able to pay the same taxes that everybody else pays. Alas, the private sector has house-broken every state in the nation, including of course Nevada, […]

UPDATE: Execution halted because it’s bad for business

By: - July 11, 2018

UPDATE: District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez effectively halted Nevada’s planned execution of Scott Dozier Wednesday by ruling in favor of a drug company that argued Nevada had obtained drugs it plans to use for lethal injection on the sly, and that using the drug for lethal injection would harm the company. Executions are one thing. But […]

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“Nevadans should have a voice in the process” — unless they shouldn’t

By: - July 11, 2018

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is very fond of calling on Congress to take swift action on all manner of things. He’s even made a “no budget no pay” measure, under which members of Congress wouldn’t get paid unless they pass a budget and appropriation bills on time, something of a signature legislative aspiration over the […]


Poll: Rosen up by 3, Trump only upside down by 9 in Nevada

By: - July 10, 2018

Survey says. Axios/Survey Monkey poll has Jacky Rosen up by 3 over Dean Heller. The poll also reports Trump’s approval in Nevada at 45 and his disapproval at 54, which is not upside-down enough to warrant full faith and creditable regard for the judgment of the people of Nevada as a whole, frankly. Meantime, earlier […]


But will the 2020 GOP convention mar the Las Vegas image?

By: - July 9, 2018

  Putting the Vegas brand at risk? Las Vegas and Charlotte are reportedly in the running to host the 2020 Blessed Thanksgiving for The New Nation of Gilead, or as the media will call it, the Republican National Convention. Some people in Charlotte are a-scared of hosting the convention, because Trump. Meantime, it seems like […]

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The shared values of Scott Pruitt and Adam Laxalt

By: - July 6, 2018

“I can think of no one better to lead this agency,” Adam Laxalt wrote when Scott Pruitt was nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In a January 2017 guest column published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal — like Laxalt, a Sheldon Adelson property — Nevada’s attorney general gushed about the “highly-qualified (sic) men and […]


About Douglass & Trump

By: - July 5, 2018

For the 4th of July, the Current ran excerpts from the famous Fourth of July speech Frederick Douglass delivered in 1852. The speech is rather long, selecting excerpts was a bigger job than I thought it’d be, and I’m sure people with more expertise will object to my selections/omissions. But I wanted to run it […]


Daily Current: Sex, fireworks, pastry… something for everyone

By: - July 3, 2018

Oh sure, they say they’re not gonna snitch. On the Current this morning, Jeniffer Solis asks folks in a fireworks-happy neighborhood if they’re going use the Clark County’s new anonymous website to report fireworks-happy neighborhoods. Spoiler: “…if you’re serious about the problem you go after the source,” was the best answer. Sex Workers of the […]


Daily Current: Whose dumb idea was it to have the 4th fall on a Wednesday?

By: - July 2, 2018

Weird work week, no? Some people, s’pose, might have stockpiled some vacation time and so are taking Monday & Tuesday off or Thursday & Friday off, and cobbling together five days off without losing any pay. Cool! Other people – oh, a conservative guesstimate is between a quarter and a third of Nevada’s workforce – […]

Daily Current: Nevada’s Weed Gamble: One Year Later

By: - June 30, 2018

Dana Gentry’s story Saturday highlights a series in the Current marking Sunday’s one-year anniversary of legal recreational marijuana sales in Nevada. Stories in the series so far: Weed legal, but can still separate families Are job drug tests for weed on the way out? Is the Green rush leaving women and minorities behind? Cash, cleanliness, black […]


Daily Current: Just one link

By: - June 29, 2018

Apologies, I’m traveling home today and don’t have time to glean the news. But I do want to share a piece from Josh Kurtz, editor of Maryland Matters, who was among several journalists from nonprofit publications it was my good fortune to meet, visit with and learn from in Washington D.C. over the last couple […]