Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson is editor of the Nevada Current.


Jim Marchant promises to strangle democracy AND lower the price of gas

By: - April 20, 2022

“END the Gas Tax and HELP local Nevadans out at the pump. VOTE for Jim Marchant in 2022 and get gas prices back down!” Finally, a politician who will lower gas prices. Jim Marchant, who recently tweeted the preceding statement, must be one heckuva can-do sort of guy. Alas, if Marchant manages to get elected […]


For Nevada’s workforce, the game’s still the same

By: - April 14, 2022

It’s always some scheme. The battery factory, the football field, the Blockchains fiasco. During the Great Recession, when misery and despair were literally ruining countless Nevada households, the centerpiece proposal to help the economy offered up by state Democratic lawmakers was … film tax credits. It’s easier to laugh now than it was then. There’s […]

Judge tosses school voucher initiative

By: - April 12, 2022

A measure to create a publicly funded private school voucher system in Nevada by amending the state constitution has been declared “legally deficient” by a district court judge. Education Freedom for Nevada PAC, the initiative’s sponsors, “are playing … a shell game” for failing “to describe the enormous fiscal impact of this initiative on the […]


What Republicans should know about Laxalt’s sudden obsession with child porn

By: - April 6, 2022

Judges, attorneys, and legal analysts with expertise in the court proceedings may disagree over what the appropriate sentence should be for someone convicted of possessing or distributing child pornography. But there isn’t much disagreement among those people about one thing: There has been nothing notably unique or unconventional about the  punishments handed down in such […]

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Talk is cheap. Too bad rent isn’t.

By: - March 31, 2022

In its recently released report to members on “Advocacy Accomplishments” for  2021, the National Multifamily Housing Council – the apartment industry’s lobbying organization in Washington D.C. – could barely contain its satisfaction: “A year of advocacy paid off” in the form of nearly $50 billion in rental assistance to keep landlords whole. Why, even if […]

Putin has a lot of gold and Susie Lee wants to lock it up

By: - March 14, 2022

Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee is among a bipartisan group in Congress sponsoring legislation designed to stop Vladimir Putin from selling off some $130 billion worth of gold reserves held in Russia. The House bill announced Monday mirrors a bipartisan Senate version that was unveiled last week. The legislation would prohibit a U.S. person or […]

Gas price gouging? If you see something, say something.

By: - March 9, 2022

“If you suspect or have information about a retailer committing price gouging, I encourage you to file a complaint with my office,” Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a statement about rising gas prices Tuesday. Ford noted that Nevada lawmakers last year passed legislation strengthening Nevada’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act. “We’re ready to enforce […]

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GOP governor hopefuls have met the enemy and it is … Brian Sandoval

By: - February 9, 2022

In 2018, when he was seeking reelection, then-U.S. Sen. Dean Heller ran campaign ads featuring testimonials from then-popular Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. Tuesday, trying to gain traction in a crowded Republican primary for governor, Heller said Sandoval’s signature fiscal accomplishment, a tax on businesses with more than $4 million in gross revenue, is “the biggest […]

State starts getting orders of free at-home COVID tests

By: - February 4, 2022

A “small delivery” of free at-home COVID tests have arrived in Nevada and will be distributed in Ely in the next few days, according to the governor’s office. The tests are the first of almost 600,000 tests ordered by the state, made available by federal funding. Additional deliveries are expected to arrive in Nevada and […]


C’mon Nevada, let’s get out there and give up

By: - February 3, 2022

For all the trials and tribulations that have pummeled public schools, especially the last couple years, the single largest hindrance to educational performance has been the same as it was for decades, and it has nothing to do with what goes on in the classroom, on the home computer screen, or at school board meetings: […]


Stacked systems & a stacked court force Democrats to take rearguard action

By: - January 30, 2022

Republicans hold a very solid 6 to 3 majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. Stephen Breyer, one of the three justices who was not appointed by a Republican, is retiring. If and when the person Joe Biden nominates to fill the vacancy is confirmed, the Republicans will … hold a very solid 6 to 3 […]

January 6 panel subpoenas Nevada fake electors McDonald, DeGraffenreid

By: and - January 28, 2022

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas Friday to 14 fake electors from seven states, including Nevada State Republican Party Michael McDonald and state party vice chairman James DeGraffenreid. The committee is seeking information “about your role and participation in the purported slate of electors casting votes […]