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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 […]


Poll: Rosen up by 3, Trump only upside down by 9 in Nevada

BY: - July 10, 2018

Survey says. Axios/Survey Monkey poll has Jacky Rosen up by 3 over Dean Heller. The poll also reports Trump’s approval in Nevada at 45 and his disapproval at 54, which is not upside-down enough to warrant full faith and creditable regard for the judgment of the people of Nevada as a whole, frankly. Meantime, earlier […]


But will the 2020 GOP convention mar the Las Vegas image?

BY: - July 9, 2018

  Putting the Vegas brand at risk? Las Vegas and Charlotte are reportedly in the running to host the 2020 Blessed Thanksgiving for The New Nation of Gilead, or as the media will call it, the Republican National Convention. Some people in Charlotte are a-scared of hosting the convention, because Trump. Meantime, it seems like […]


Guest op-ed: Reminder to progressives – courts matter

BY: - July 9, 2018

As I stood beside the podium, preparing to speak out against the previous day’s Supreme Court decision, which upheld the Trump Administration’s travel ban targeting several predominantly Muslim countries, a familiar buzz in my pocket signaled breaking news. I hesitated to check my phone at first, knowing that it would soon be my turn to […]

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The shared values of Scott Pruitt and Adam Laxalt

BY: - July 6, 2018

“I can think of no one better to lead this agency,” Adam Laxalt wrote when Scott Pruitt was nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In a January 2017 guest column published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal — like Laxalt, a Sheldon Adelson property — Nevada’s attorney general gushed about the “highly-qualified (sic) men and […]


About Douglass & Trump

BY: - July 5, 2018

For the 4th of July, the Current ran excerpts from the famous Fourth of July speech Frederick Douglass delivered in 1852. The speech is rather long, selecting excerpts was a bigger job than I thought it’d be, and I’m sure people with more expertise will object to my selections/omissions. But I wanted to run it […]


Daily Current: Sex, fireworks, pastry… something for everyone

BY: - July 3, 2018

Oh sure, they say they’re not gonna snitch. On the Current this morning, Jeniffer Solis asks folks in a fireworks-happy neighborhood if they’re going use the Clark County’s new anonymous website to report fireworks-happy neighborhoods. Spoiler: “…if you’re serious about the problem you go after the source,” was the best answer. Sex Workers of the […]


Daily Current: Whose dumb idea was it to have the 4th fall on a Wednesday?

BY: - July 2, 2018

Weird work week, no? Some people, s’pose, might have stockpiled some vacation time and so are taking Monday & Tuesday off or Thursday & Friday off, and cobbling together five days off without losing any pay. Cool! Other people – oh, a conservative guesstimate is between a quarter and a third of Nevada’s workforce – […]


Daily Current: Just one link

BY: - June 29, 2018

Apologies, I’m traveling home today and don’t have time to glean the news. But I do want to share a piece from Josh Kurtz, editor of Maryland Matters, who was among several journalists from nonprofit publications it was my good fortune to meet, visit with and learn from in Washington D.C. over the last couple […]


Daily Current: Oh look the Supreme Court is horrifying

BY: - June 28, 2018

Now, Kennedy? Really? This about sums it up. “What is Justice Anthony Kennedy’s legacy? It might very well amount to dust. And it seems he’s fine with that.” Union no. On the bright side (where I’m always looking), Kennedy was already in the can for lo the many forces hell-bent on making life harder for […]


Daily Current: Area time warp may explain much

BY: - June 27, 2018

Schlepping Day. I, your beloved author of your beloved Daily Current, will be traveling today and for the rest of the week so the Daily Current may not present the full measure of comprehensive analysis and indispensable insight to which you have become accustomed. Deal. A star is born. In these, our troubled times, happy, […]


Joe Heck killed a zebra, on purpose

BY: - June 26, 2018

Over the last several months, more than once it may have crossed your mind that if there’s one person who may be happy he lost an election, it’s former Nevada Republican congressman Joe Heck. Heck, you may remember, lost the U.S. Senate race to Catherine Cortez Masto in 2016. A month before the election, and […]