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.
There he goes, into the wild red yonder
By: Hugh Jackson - 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: Hugh Jackson - 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: Hugh Jackson - 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: Hugh Jackson - 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: Hugh Jackson - 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: Hugh Jackson - 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: Hugh Jackson - 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: Hugh Jackson - 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 […]
It’s about more than just some delusional Nye County commissioner
By: Hugh Jackson - August 10, 2021
“I urge every Nevada Republican elected official and candidate to join me in calling out this bigotry,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said in a statement issued Monday. Sisolak was referring to remarks made by Republican Nye County Commissioner Donna Cox. According to columnist John L. Smith, writing in the Nevada Independent, Cox accused Sisolak’s wife of […]
Your strong feelings didn’t stop the virus. If only there was some other way.
By: Hugh Jackson - August 1, 2021
Vaccine hesitancy can be sincere. There are people who have concerns, which in turn are being stoked by misinformation (have you heard the one about how the vaccine makes you magnetic?). Still, lately some of those people have determined that getting the shot is the right thing to do for themselves, their families, and their […]
Better late than later: Some GOP palms finally go to GOP foreheads. Sort of.
By: Hugh Jackson - July 25, 2021
“It’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks” said Alabama’s Republican governor and American Hero of the Week Kay Ivey. She’s not the only Republican governor speaking up. GOP heartthrob, potential Trump alternative in 2024 (Trumpism, but without the Trump!), and headliner at this year’s upcoming Adam Laxalt Commemorative Wingnuts/Lambnuts Hootenanny […]
Are Democrats finally ready to step out of the past?
By: Hugh Jackson - July 18, 2021
The coolest thing today’s Democrats have done so far. Families in Nevada and the nation started reaping the benefits of the expanded child tax credit this week, as deposits began hitting the bank accounts of families Thursday. Many people, including Republicans, are fond of noting that not a single Republican in Congress voted for it. […]