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Cortez Masto lands seat on Senate Finance Committee

BY: - December 13, 2018

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has nabbed a seat on the Senate Finance Committee. The Finance Committee oversees large swaths of the federal budget, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and other health and human services programs. The committee also has jurisdiction over issues relating to taxation and revenues. Cortez Masto is leaving her seat […]

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Sisolak announces inaugural events

BY: - December 13, 2018

Governor-elect Steve Sisolak will be sworn in to office on the steps of the Nevada Capitol on January 7, with a public reception to follow at the Nevada State Library and Archives. The governor-elect’s inauguration team says the public is welcome and the event is free. Two inaugural galas will follow – the first at […]

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Justice of the Peace faces discipline for seeking police help

BY: - December 13, 2018

A Las Vegas Justice of the Peace who says she tipped off Vice detectives to an alleged teen prostitution ring, but asked to keep it confidential out of concern for her daughter, is facing possible discipline over allegations she used her position as a judge to contact police.    The complaint against Justice of the […]

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Farm bill finally passes, preserves food stamps for 13,000 Nevadans

BY: - December 12, 2018

Wednesday the Senate passed a final version of the farm bill, which includes provisions that strengthen conservation efforts across the country. For months, the bill was stalled in the Senate due to the opposition to Republican-backed provisions that would tighten the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) income eligibility requirements while imposing stricter work requirements for able-bodied […]

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Cliven Bundy has a plan

BY: - December 12, 2018

  Celebrity scofflaw Cliven Bundy has a plan, a grand plan, to open up federal lands in northeast Clark County to all manner of commercial development, and Bundy was scheduled to present the plan to the Moapa Valley Town Advisory Board Wednesday night, the Moapa Valley Progress reports.   The plan could only be implemented […]

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Professors, donors make case for reining in NSHE

BY: - December 12, 2018

The Nevada System of Higher Education only cares about itself — and the University of Nevada, Reno. That was one of the harsh criticisms doled out by scholars and philanthropists last week during a Lincy Institute symposium on reforming higher education in Nevada. Speakers admonished NSHE for excessive administrative bloat and argued the bureaucratic office […]

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Sisolak sets date for state of the state

BY: - December 11, 2018

Will he call for raising the minimum wage?  Will he deviate from the budget left him by Brian Sandoval in any meaningful way? Will there be an innovative surprise initiative? Will something interesting happen? Will anyone watch? By Jan. 16, Governor-elect Steve Sisolak will be governor-elect no more, but governor for real, and on that night […]

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To buy or not to buy? Is consumer confidence hampering the housing boom?

BY: - December 11, 2018

With some homeowners still recovering from the Great Recession and the housing crash that decimated Nevada’s market, is the economy about to falter, threatening to plunge Nevadans underwater again? The “R” word is punctuating news reports at an increasing rate.  The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates again. Corporations are perilously over-leveraged.  And […]

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Opposition to school “dragnet” policy unites rival groups

BY: - December 10, 2018

From guidelines involving gender-diverse students to stances on education savings account, the ACLU of Nevada and Power2Parent’s opinions on policies could not be further from one another.  For once, the groups are united to oppose a Washoe County School District policy that requires parents to provide a government-issued photo identification. Board Policy 1505 uses IDs […]

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Bill would reinstate aviation tax breaks

BY: - December 10, 2018

In 2015, the Nevada Legislature gave sales and use tax abatements to the aviation parts and maintenance industry. “This measure will allow Nevada to be more competitive in aviation transportation and the burgeoning unmanned aerial vehicle industry,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said when he signed the bill. But the legislation was eliminated in 2017 — unintentionally, […]

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Frierson announces Assembly committee assignments

BY: - December 7, 2018

Though there are two vacancies to be filled, Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson announced committee assignments for the 2019 Legislative session.  The two spots opened after Assemblyman Chris Brooks was appointed to the Senate on Tuesday and Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz announced her resignation to run for Las Vegas City Council.  Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson announced […]

Despite DNC recommendations, Nevada Dems sticking with caucus in 2020

BY: - December 7, 2018

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has recommended states switch from caucuses to government-run primary elections to pick the party’s presidential nominee, but Nevada Democrats will stick with party-run caucuses in 2020. In August, the DNC proposed reforms to the party’s presidential nomination process in an effort to grow the party, increase participation, and rebuild trust […]