Politics + Government

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Firing Jara was Cepeda’s idea, say two trustees

BY: - January 21, 2022

On October 6, 2021, the Board of Trustees for the Clark County School District were told after their work session that they needed to go into a closed meeting. None of them were aware of what the closed meeting was about and, by all accounts, were pretty shell-shocked when chief negotiator Fikisha Miller walked in […]

U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

BY: - January 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […]

Jan. 6 panel renews attention on fraudulent election doc submitted by NV GOP members

BY: - January 19, 2022

The U.S. House select committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection is renewing interest in an illegitimate election certificate submitted by a group of Nevada Republicans following the 2020 presidential election. The illegitimate election document, which was submitted to Congress and the National Archives, attempted to award Nevada’s six electoral votes to Republicans Donald Trump and […]

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 19, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]

Tribe one step closer to permanent protection of sacred site

BY: - January 18, 2022

The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe is one step closer to permanently protecting a sacred swath of land in Nevada after gaining congressional support to designate the landscape as a National Monument.  Last week, Nevada Rep. Dina Titus sent a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announcing her intention to write a bill to designate Spirit […]

Senate filibuster on voting rights criticized by advocates for the poor

BY: - January 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Progressive lawmakers last week joined a virtual news conference with organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign and said they are not giving up on the push to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held the virtual meeting Friday to kick off its […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general from Ohio, Missouri, […]

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON–Senators from both political parties, including Nevada Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen, expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted […]

COMMENTARY

Mining’s supporters should be thanking, not blasting Cortez Masto

BY: - January 11, 2022

Demar Dahl is a Republican rancher in Elko County who served on the county commission through 2020 before he was termed out. Last week he wrote a guest column in the Elko Daily Free Press praising Adam Laxalt and scorning Catherine Cortez Masto. I know what you’re thinking: So what?  Here’s what. Dahl got a […]

Pinecrest school choice

State Infrastructure Bank plans to fund what legislators wouldn’t: Charter school buildings

BY: - January 7, 2022

The Nevada State Infrastructure Bank Board on Wednesday proposed a spending plan for its $75 million seeded by lawmakers, and among the ideas is the creation of a fund to help charter schools build their facilities. The proposal would set aside $40 million to allow matching funds for federal infrastructure grants, $20 million for an […]

Debate crowd cheers Fiore and Gilbert, jeers Heller 

BY: - January 7, 2022

Republican gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller tried to hit all the right notes at a Republican debate Thursday night among eight candidates for governor, but his repeated pitch that he’s the only true conservative in the race fell flat, cut off each time by a chorus of jeers and boos from naysayers […]

Lombardo was for vaccine mandates before he was against them

BY: - January 7, 2022

Clark County Sheriff and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Joe Lombardo continues to dance around the issue of vaccines. A recent fundraising letter sent by his campaign to potential donors states that first-term Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak must defend an “indefensible record on taxes, spending, crime, inflation, felons’ rights, mask and vaccine mandates.” Following a vote by […]