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A wave of strikes, but number of workers in the U.S. walking off the job remains historically low

BY: and - September 4, 2023

More than 323,000 workers – including nurses, actors, screenwriters, hotel cleaners and restaurant servers – walked off their jobs during the first eight months of 2023. Hundreds of thousands of the employees of delivery giant UPS would have gone on strike, too, had they not reached a last-minute agreement. And nearly 150,000 autoworkers may go […]

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If a Nevada Republican presidential caucus falls in a forest…

BY: - September 2, 2023

There doesn’t really seem to be a “Ron DeSantis campaign.” He’s outsourced most of it to the Never Back Down PAC. In the past I’ve suggested the more appropriate name for the PAC would be “Never Fight Back,” since DeSantis has been so squeamish about suggesting Donald Trump is anything but practically perfect in every […]

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It’s not a lack of funding… it’s Jara

BY: - September 1, 2023

If the public wants to know why Clark County School District educators have been shutting down board meetings and are ready to engage in “work actions,” they need to look no further than our very own Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara.   Despite what some in the media are claiming, the average educator in Las Vegas earns substantially […]

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The governor and legislators could lower expenses for Nevada households

BY: - August 31, 2023

A year ago the annual inflation rate was north of 9%. Over the last 12 months it was 3.2%.  But just because prices aren’t rising as fast as they were, a lot of prices are still rising.  Inflation is driven by a combination of national and global factors. The prices of food, gas, electricity (which […]

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Hired guns for sale thwarting climate progress

BY: - August 30, 2023

This will be remembered as the year the climate crisis came to life, with the deadliest wildfires in over a century, Florida seawater hitting 100-degree hot-tub levels, and the hottest summer ever recorded. The Associated Press reported that in Las Vegas, “emergency room doctors were witnessing another world, as dehydrated construction workers, passed-out elderly residents […]

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The Republican candidates met to yell at each other in an alternative universe

BY: - August 29, 2023

In case you missed last Wednesday’s Dadaist performance piece, the one called “Republican Primary Debate,” when one woman and seven men shouted for two hours on live TV, here’s the highlight reel: Things started off grumpy and soon deteriorated. Fox moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum played “Rich Men North of Richmond,” a hit song […]

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Don’t blame workers for poor service – blame CEOs

BY: - August 25, 2023

Ever get mad at a delivery driver for bringing your pizza late? I used to. Now I assume it’s late because an overpaid boss is probably making two employees do the job of 10. What changed? I worked for two years at a company with the kind of chronic understaffing that plagues many of America’s […]

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The Nevada question they should have asked at the debate

BY: - August 24, 2023

Republicans who say they are running for president debated Wednesday night. Key takeaway: Vivek Ramaswamy is infomercial-ready. And poor Ron DeSantis. The other kids hardly even bothered to make fun of him, deciding instead to let him toddle into the footnotes of presidential campaign history under his own power. Dear Leader Trump wasn’t there of […]

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Cameras in the court: Why most Trump trials won’t be televised

BY: - August 23, 2023

Americans will have few opportunities to binge-watch the Donald J. Trump trials. It is unlikely the four court proceedings facing the former president will be televised live, with the exception of the case in Georgia, which favors public transparency under a policy established for that state’s courts known as Rule 22. The near blackout will […]

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A truly great city needs truly great public transportation

BY: - August 22, 2023

Any list of the best cities in the world includes our home in Las Vegas, but you don’t see it at the top of those lists very often, as wasted money and poor priorities prevent Las Vegas from making the leap that takes us from ‘tourist destination’ to ‘world-class city’. Governmental boondoggles have cost taxpayers […]

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Nevada needs more mental health professionals, and to keep the ones we do have

BY: - August 21, 2023

Access to mental health services in Nevada is atrocious. The state ranks 51st nationally in overall mental health and last again for similar categories in youth mental health. Statewide, there is one mental health professional for every 460 residents, and every Nevada county is federally designated as having a mental health provider shortage. Unfortunately, this […]

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Looking forward to talking to candidates ‘who want my second and third-choice votes’

BY: - August 18, 2023

As a Black woman and the founder of Nevada Women In Trades, I was surprised when I discovered that a  version of a federal bill on apprenticeships I am tracking has been co-sponsored by Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.  Rep. Steven Horsford supported The National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 in the House of Representatives, and […]