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Daily Current: So, was it good for you?

BY: - June 25, 2018

Shaky. Cookie. So what do you call someone who returned your campaign contributions, refused to endorse your candidacy, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his state’s governor to blast your health care policy, sat and giggled, excruciatingly, while you humiliated him (and, by extension, his state), and who then spent an entire year doing everything he could to […]

Protesters plotting, planning for Trump visit: UPDATE

BY: - June 22, 2018

Updated June 22, 2018 Las Vegans are expected to brave a high of 111 degrees Saturday to demonstrate their outrage over President Donald Trump’s efforts to deter immigration by separating asylum-seeking families at the Mexican border. Trump abandoned the effort after a tidal wave of criticism further threatened the political futures of his supporters in […]

Metro to decide on $500,000 settlement from 2010 Taser death

BY: - June 22, 2018

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Fiscal Affairs Committee is expected to decide Monday whether to approve a settlement in the 2010 death of Anthony Jones. The committee’s recommendation is to approve the $500,000 settlement as a “compromise of a disputed claim.” Jones was pulled over during a traffic stop in December 2010, during which […]

WaPo: Sandoval, Heller & “gamesmanship” bring federal aid to already booming county

BY: - June 22, 2018

Storey County, home of Tesla’s battery factory, won a lucrative federal designation as an “Opportunity Zone” – at the expense of other Nevada towns – as a result of lobbying by Gov. Brian Sandoval, Sen. Dean Heller, and Nevada brothel owner Lance Gilman, the Washington Post reports. The story reports that businessmen in Dayton are […]

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Daily Current: Heller made his bet

BY: - June 22, 2018

Dizzy Dean. This week Dean Heller scrambled to distance himself from Trump’s border omnishambles. If, as seems likely, Heller is belittled and demeaned in his own state by Trump this weekend, Ron Brownstein states an obvious point Heller may (or may not) want to consider: “…by any reasonable standard, Capitol Hill Republicans marched themselves in […]

Sisolak slams Trump effort to dump protections for pre-existing conditions

BY: - June 21, 2018

Efforts by President Trump and Congressional Republicans to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s coverage of pre-existing conditions could put as many as 1.2 million Nevadans at risk, according to government estimates.  Democratic candidate for governor, Steve Sisolak, says the reversal would threaten Nevada’s most vulnerable, including 160,000 children and 270,000 senior citizens. Sisolak defended the […]

Nevada F grade

New report argues Nevada laws aren’t protecting public education

BY: - June 21, 2018

Nevada has found itself near the bottom of another list. A new ‘Grading the States’ report from the Network for Public Education and the Schott Foundation for Public Education measured “commitment to democratically governed schools.” The report took into consideration the types and extent of school privatization, civil rights protections, transparency, accountability and oversight policies. […]

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Clean energy groups outline agenda for Nevada

BY: - June 21, 2018

A clean energy industry association and a group closely aligned with former Sen. Harry Reid have a few energy ideas for Nevada’s next governor, whoever it is. A “Clean Energy Roadmap” released Thursday by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and the Clean Energy Project (CEP) lists a half-dozen proposals designed “to harness the economic power of […]

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Daily Current: Las Vegas braces for visit from angry person

BY: - June 21, 2018

“Trump ends separations” declares the headline atop the Las Vegas newspaper this morning. Of course, families are still separated. And Trump & Co. has no clear plan for bringing them back together. “It is a crisis Donald Trump created and always had the power to solve.” That’s Molly Ball’s lede on her story in Time […]

Cortez Masto: Trump started it, and executive order doesn’t fix it

BY: - June 20, 2018

President Donald Trump “caved” – as the New York Times put it – to pressure and signed an executive order to end policy that was separating families at the border, but Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is not impressed. Trump’s order “still enforces his cruel immigration policy that prosecutes parents fleeing violence to protect their […]

Sisolak proposes crowded debates

BY: - June 20, 2018

The more the merrier!  That’s what Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak is proclaiming when it comes to political debates this fall. In a letter to his Republican foe, Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Sisolak proposes three debates “including those from the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Independent American Party. Any nonpartisan […]

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Daily Current: Heller tells Sessions to stop it

BY: - June 20, 2018

Better late than later. “We therefore ask you to halt implementation of the Department’s zero tolerance policy,” wrote a dozen Republican senators Tuesday, including Nevada’s Dean Heller, in a letter to Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions. A cynic might see a purely political calculation from the most vulnerable Republican senator on the 2018 ballot to […]