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Sanders rallies for Rosen, against “billionaires buying elections”

BY: - October 26, 2018

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the progressive provocateur who energized young voters in his 2016 Presidential campaign, rallied Thursday alongside Rep. Jacky Rosen and other Nevada Democrats urging voters to turn the state blue. “In a week and a half there is the most important midterm election in the modern history of this county, and what […]


Ballot Question Backgrounder

BY: - October 25, 2018

A half-dozen ballot questions, including four state constitutional amendments, are on the Nevada ballot this year. Below are descriptions of the questions as they will appear on the ballot. The Current has published news stories and commentaries on most of them, and that coverage is linked as well. The full descriptions and texts of the […]

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Who are these people? An overview of CCSD, NSHE races

BY: - October 25, 2018

The Nevada Republican Party last week warned that the outcome of top-ballot races will have a tremendous impact on the state’s education policy, especially in regards to K-12 charter school growth and voucher programs. Both gubernatorial candidates have released education policy plans and gone on the offensive attacking one another over them. For all that […]


Guest op-ed: Heller’s penchant for privatizing hurts veterans’ health care

BY: - October 24, 2018

Senator Dean Heller markets himself as a friend of veterans, even while being MIA at many meetings of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, as the Current recently reported. But former military personnel who use the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) have another reason to scrutinize Heller’s record. Senator Heller has been part of a concerted effort […]

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker campaigns with U.S. Rep Jacky Rosen and state Sen. Aaron Ford, who is running for Attorney General.

Booker stumps for Rosen and Ford, blasts GOP scaremongering

BY: - October 24, 2018

What drives people to the polls? Campaigning for Nevada Democrats Wednesday, U.S. Sen Cory Booker of New Jersey said he is optimistic that the issues, and how they affect people’s lives, will trump scare tactics when it comes to motivating people to vote. “We seem to see one playbook coming” from Republicans, Booker said, “which […]

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Canvassers as diverse as the community push turnout

BY: - October 24, 2018

When people open up the voter guide handed out by One APIA Nevada, they will see election information in five languages: English, Tagalog, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese. For many groups working to get people to the polls before election day, canvassing is just part of the purpose. “We’ve knocked on doors, and members from our […]

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Question 4: The quietest constitutional amendment

BY: - October 23, 2018

Voters approved a state constitutional amendment to exempt medical devices from sales tax the first time in 2016. Amendments must be approved twice to take effect, and that seems likely to happen this year. The measure was supported by more than 70 percent of voters two years ago. That helps explain why Question 4 has […]


Heller misses more than half of Veterans Affairs hearings

BY: - October 23, 2018

U.S. Senator Dean Heller, who has made support of veterans a prominent part of his reelection campaign and its advertising, has missed more than half of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearings at which his presence or absence can be determined during his Senate tenure.  From 2013 through today, Heller missed 48 out of 86 […]


Amy Tarkanian warns of witches, ISIS, LDS

BY: - October 23, 2018

During a radio interview with KKVV 1060am, “The Gospel Airship,” Amy Tarkanian, wife of third district Republican congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian and former chair of the Nevada Republican Party, raised alarms about witches casting spells at Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh. During a discussion on the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, a program participant […]

Early voters voting early, sort of in droves

BY: - October 23, 2018

Roughly as many Nevadans have voted in the first three days of early voting than voted in the first seven days of the last midterm election in 2014. Here is the tally from the secretary of state’s office for the first three days of 2018 (as of early Tuesday morning the SOS office had yet […]

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Obama: “When you vote, good things happen”

BY: and - October 22, 2018

In 2012, when Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were on the ballot, more than a million Nevadans voted in the general election, and Obama won the state. In 2014, when no presidential candidates were on the ballot, roughly half as many Nevadans turned out to vote, and Democrats were crushed. In 2016, Democrats turned out, […]

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In Fox interview, Laxalt dismisses question about disclosing his arrest

BY: - October 22, 2018

In Sunday interview with Fox News, Republican candidate for governor Adam Laxalt was asked about his arrest for assaulting a police officer as a youth, when Laxalt lived in the Washington D.C. area. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Friday that the Nevada Bar Association’s director of admissions said Laxalt should have reported the arrest when applying […]