Politics + Government

DNC affirms Nevada’s 2nd spot on revised presidential primary calendar

BY: - February 4, 2023

The Democratic National Committee Saturday formally approved its 2024 presidential primary calendar that puts South Carolina first, and Nevada second. The DNC calendar has Nevada sharing a Feb. 6, 2024 primary date – three days after South Carolina – with New Hampshire. But New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu Saturday indicated that his state will […]

PLAN outlines what it wants from Joe Lombardo and Nevada lawmakers

BY: - February 3, 2023

On the eve of the 2023 Nevada legislative session, progressive activists are calling on Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo to increase teacher pay, preserve public money for public schools, abandon his plans to wipe out recently-enacted criminal justice reforms, and represent all Nevadans as they struggle with inflation and the high cost of housing.  “The so-called […]

Congressional Black Caucus meets with Biden to push for police accountability

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Thursday evening to urge the administration to use its executive power for law enforcement reform, following criminal charges for police officers in the killing of a Black man in Memphis, Tennessee. “My hope is this dark memory spurs some […]

COMMENTARY

The legislature’s 1st job should be stopping a 2nd Tesla giveaway

BY: - February 2, 2023

As the Nevada Current reported earlier this week, in a month, on March 2, a state economic development agency is scheduled to vote on giving Tesla new, additional tax breaks. Under Nevada economic development law, the agency may have no choice but to approve the “abatements.” And then a state where education, health, transit and […]

Lawmakers want more health care and education for NV’s children on governor’s desk

BY: - February 2, 2023

Lawmakers in Nevada are setting their priorities for the upcoming legislative session on the back of a flush state budget, which some hope to tap into for social services, education and health care. On Wednesday, state lawmakers outlined proposals they want to pass at the upcoming 2023 legislative session during a policy summit organized by […]

COMMENTARY
eviction book

If state lawmakers want tenants protected, state lawmakers will have to protect tenants

BY: - February 1, 2023

“The House always wins.” While this phrase may be familiar in Las Vegas’ gambling industry, the aphorism also sadly describes the status of Nevada renters in disputes with landlords—especially in the eviction context. Nevada has the distinction of being the only state in the nation with a draconian summary eviction regime that forces tenants to […]

Waiting for California: 6 Colorado River states reach agreement even as 7th still on sidelines

BY: - January 31, 2023

Six Western states along the Colorado River have reached a tentative agreement to cut back on shared water use from the river’s two major dams, but California — which receives the largest share of water from the river — did not sign on to the deal. In June, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton issued […]

COMMENTARY
vote sign

Independent voters are pretty unpredictable, not ‘shadow partisans’

BY: - January 30, 2023

In the end there was no red wave. And there was no blue wave. There was an independent wave. Pollsters and pundits were counting on independent voters in the 2022 midterm elections to swing to the Republicans as they did in 2014 when Barack Obama was president. That’s when independent turnout in the midterms added […]

Teachers would get $60K minimum salary under bill in Congress making grants to states

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON – A panel of policymakers and educators gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to promote the American Teacher Act. The bill, if passed, would authorize the federal government to create four-year grants for states to enact and enforce minimum school teacher salary requirements of $60,000 or more. The program would start in fiscal […]

Housing justice advocates weigh in on White House plan to bolster tenant protections

BY: - January 26, 2023

Amid rising rents nationally and people still struggling to maintain housing, the White House released a series of non-binding guidelines Wednesday in an effort to connect renters to affordable housing and direct agencies to bolster tenant protections.  In the “Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights,” the Biden-Harris Administration outlined efforts to address fair leasing, […]

COMMENTARY

Suspending Nevada’s gas tax for a year might save you an estimated nickel-ninety-eight, tops

BY: - January 26, 2023

It was a gimmick when Nevada Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen signed on to a federal gas tax holiday plan a year ago, it was a gimmick when Joe Biden floated the idea last summer, and the gas tax holiday remains a gimmick now that Joe Lombardo has proposed one. But gas […]

National Dems give New Hampshire, Georgia more time to change 2024 primary dates

BY: - January 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — New Hampshire and Georgia will have a bit longer to implement key changes to when and how they hold Democratic presidential primaries, under an extension a Democratic National Committee panel approved Wednesday. Election officials will have until June 3 to move New Hampshire’s 2024 Democratic presidential primary to Feb. 13 and Georgia’s to […]