Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson is editor of the Nevada Current.

Retail: Still not dead yet

By: - July 23, 2018

The number of electronic and mail order retail establishments – your exclusively online shopping stops — tripled between 2001 and 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Only tripled? Over the same period, in most retail sectors, the number of establishments declined, in keeping with the conventional brick & mortar doom & gloom […]


Rosen on ICE

By: - July 21, 2018

“Open borders,” “violent and ruthless members of the MS-13 gang,” “countless illegal aliens,” “dangerous criminal aliens,” “drugs flowing into our communities,” “devastation,” and, of course, “law and order” — the resolution approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday was full of so many racist dog whistles that it could have been tweeted by the […]

Housing a “hot topic” everywhere – except the Nevada campaign trail

By: - July 20, 2018

Perhaps the most tangible affordable housing proposal in Nevada right now involves transferable tax credits for housing developers. The developers sell the credits to purchasers who might pay 80 or 90 cents on the dollar. The buyers can then pay the state taxes with credits, instead of money. The credits proposal surfaced during a Nevada […]

Guinn Center report on Energy Choice Initiative: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

By: - July 19, 2018

“We cannot make a conclusive determination as to whether restructuring, all else equal, contributes to rate increases or rate decreases.” That’s the main takeaway from a Guinn Center report released Thursday on the impact of Question 3, also called the Energy Choice Initiative, if passed by voters in November. The nonprofit, bipartisan Nevada think tank’s […]

Report: Nevada ranks 4th in income inequality

By: - July 19, 2018

Nevada is the fourth most unequal state in the nation when it comes to income distribution, according to a new report. Income for the wealthiest 1 percent of Nevadans in 2015 was 32.7 times that of the bottom 99 percent, according to “The New Gilded Age,”  released Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute. The report […]

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Nevada Republicans in the upside down

By: - July 19, 2018

Since at least the start of the Cold War, Republicans have insisted that they’re the tough ones. Unlike “bleeding heart liberals,” Republicans are the Daddy Party, the hard-boiled realists who see the world for the dangerous place it really is. To protect your freedoms, vote Republican, because Democrats are weaklings and Republicans love America more. […]

Heller “pleased” with Trump’s “sincere” would/wouldn’t clarification

By: - July 18, 2018

In Helsinki during his joint press appearance with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump once again doubted the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. “I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia, Trump said. Tuesday, under fire from even those in his own party for siding […]

Senate Democrats introduce bill to unite immigrant families

By: - July 17, 2018

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has joined with Democratic colleagues Kamala Harris of California and Jeff Merkley of Oregon as lead sponsors of legislation “to reunite families at or near ports of entry.” The bill “would require the Trump administration to immediately reunite separated children with their parents, ensure that separated children have access to […]

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 […]