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The downside of pushing economic development

BY: - June 17, 2018

“Average hourly earnings have increased by nearly 20% since January 2007,” reads one of the charts presented to state economic forecasters by the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) earlier this month. “Tesla Update! Going Strong!” added a graphic presented by the Reno-based Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). Like LVGEA, EDAWN is part […]


Laxalt runs ad that has nothing to do with your life

BY: - June 13, 2018

The morning after both men won their respective gubernatorial primaries, Republican Adam Laxalt’s campaign rushed out an ad going straight for a multi-million dollar judgment Democratic opponent Steve Sisolak won at taxpayers’ expense a dozen years ago (via @SteveSebelius): A few things: First, Sisolak’s case centered in large part on whether there had been a […]


Daily Current: Progressives. Not so much.

BY: - June 13, 2018

On the bright side (where the Current is always looking)… There will be plenty of time for navel-gazing and post-mortems on the crushing defeat suffered by Nevada progressives Tuesday. (Perhaps the editor of the Current will write a column about it.) But as, ahem, someone Tweeted late Tuesday night, let’s remember that four years ago […]

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Sisolak pivots to Laxalt

BY: and - June 13, 2018

Steve Sisolak campaigned saying he was the only Democrat who could beat Republican Adam Laxalt in the race for governor. Now he’ll get his chance. Sisolak defeated fellow Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani  in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. With still some votes to be counted, Sisolak had an impressive 12-point lead over “Chris G.” The […]

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Horsford gets a rematch

BY: - June 12, 2018

“It’s not just about Trump,” Steven Horsford said Tuesday night. Horsford defeated a crowded field of Democrats to get a chance to win back the congressional seat he lost four years ago. And he’ll be running against the same opponent: Former congressman Cresent Hardy also won his Republican primary Tuesday. Horsford was the first African-American […]

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Despite defeat, Langford and supporters hopeful for reform

BY: - June 12, 2018

Robert Langford entered the race for District Attorney at the last minute, when the “progressive” candidate suddenly backed out of challenging incumbent Steve Wolfson.  The uphill battle proved insurmountable. Wolfson defeated Langford handily. But Langford’s supporters said the cause isn’t lost. “Sometimes a candidate doesn’t have to win the race to make a difference,” says […]


Daily Current: After these campaigns we’re all going to need rehab

BY: - June 12, 2018

The general election starts tomorrow. Steven Horsford is expected to win his Democratic primary for U.S. House. But there are a lot of candidates in that race, which means stuff can happen, and if there’s a race that keeps people up late, don’t be shocked if it’s CD4. (There, I’ve just assured that AP will […]


Why Reid is wrong about Giunchigliani

BY: - June 11, 2018

Harry Reid, according to the New York Times, told EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock that if Chris Giunchigliani is the Democratic nominee for governor, the casino industry would rush to support Republican Adam Laxalt, and also work to defeat Democratic legislators. If there is one thing Nevada can always rely on when it comes to […]

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Trump, Trumpism and the Nevada primary

BY: - June 10, 2018

Early voting ended Friday and Election Day is Tuesday. But the most momentous day of Nevada’s 2018 primary campaign came and went in March, when Trump ordered one of his gushing sycophants to step aside and make way for another. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/974683485322596352 Could Danny Tarkanian have beaten Dean Heller? Had Trump stayed out of it, absolutely. […]


Daily Current: Of course, it wasn’t really about hockey

BY: - June 8, 2018

Dang. Then again, DANG! I didn’t move here until seven years after the Rebels won the national championship in 1990, so I can’t compare that to the spirit and enthusiasm and sense of community (not something typically associated with Las Vegas) that has marked the season of the Golden Knights. Would the Knights experience, taken […]


Having to be twice as good – African American women in the campaign industry

BY: - June 7, 2018

Too often, Najaah Daniels walks into a room and people assume she is everything but what she actually is – a campaign manager running a congressional race. “People think I’m (state Sen. Pat) Spearman’s assistant, or they think I’m her niece,” she said. “When I say I’m a campaign manager, they give me this look […]

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Nevada has an affordable housing crisis, but no affordable housing policy

BY: - June 6, 2018

In 1940, the median value of a single-family home in the U.S. was $2,938. Well, it was 1940. Gas was 18 cents a gallon. You could get a Ford sedan (this was back when Ford still made sedans) for less than $800. A loaf of bread was 8 cents. Adjusted for inflation, 18 cents for […]