Politics + Government

In Nevada, Vilsack says he’s ‘encouraged’ by talk with Manchin on reconciliation bill

BY: - July 9, 2021

On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited an elementary school in Southern Nevada to round up support for parts of the sweeping program to invest in education, health, child care, and numerous other services that aren’t included in the infrastructure framework many Republicans have agreed to support. And Vilsack said he was “encouraged” by conversations […]

coulda mailed it tho

GOP has slight edge among older voters; Dems have huge edge among younger ones

BY: - July 7, 2021

Independent voter registration has been climbing nationwide for decades. In Nevada, independent voters outnumber Republicans among voters under age 55. Of voters under age 35, independents dramatically outnumber Republicans in Nevada, roughly 182,000 to 103,000, according to the Nevada Secretary of State’s June voter registration report. In total, Democrats had 649,101 voters, Republicans had 566,916, […]

It's not what's for dinner so much anymore

White House to issue executive order on labeling beef as a ‘Product of USA’

BY: - July 6, 2021

WASHINGTON—The White House will unveil an executive order in the coming days that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that meat can only receive a “Product of USA” label if that livestock is raised in the U.S. rather than abroad, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “The EO directs USDA to […]

GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits nation’s college campuses

BY: - July 5, 2021

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation—places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis. Much of the “critical race theory” uproar to date has centered on teaching in K-12 schools. But several high-profile incidents, combined with new […]

COMMENTARY

Lombardo’s charm offensive, a ‘quarrel forgotten,’ Jan. 6, and of course, UFOs

BY: - July 3, 2021

Mark Hutchison is an area fancy-pants lawyer who was also a state senator (and also a lieutenant governor but that’s a part-time job with no inbox so merits only parenthetical mention). Now he’s working to get media personality and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo elected governor, and Hutchison placed an oped on that riveting topic […]

House votes to create select committee to probe Jan. 6 insurrection; Amodei votes no

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House voted Wednesday to establish a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which a mob of pro-Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol. In a 222-190 vote that was almost entirely party-line, just two Republicans joined Democrats in passing the resolution, which calls for a probe into “one of the darkest days […]

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Titus seeks to restrict program alleged to hurt animals, family farmers

BY: - June 30, 2021

Remember when actor Sam Eliot told collective America that beef is what’s for dinner? The popular ad campaign was paid for through a U.S. Department of Agriculture fund used to promote and research commodities. Congresswoman Dina Titus is sponsoring legislation she says would prevent lobbyists from eating up the money at the expense of family […]

U.S. House votes to oust statues of Taney, Confederate leaders

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision—as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government. The legislation passed on a vote of 285-120, with all […]

Tow companies complain regulation dictated by politics

BY: - June 29, 2021

A move by Metro Police to remove politics from the selection process for its lucrative towing contracts was in fact a politically-motivated endeavor by elected officials, including then-Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, to favor one company, according to competitors, and is tantamount to a monopoly.   “It was political. 100 percent,” says Yaron Cohen, owner of […]

COMMENTARY

Gosh, what fate awaits Democrats in 2022?

BY: - June 27, 2021

And not a single Republican voted for it. The party of the president almost always gets clobbered in the first midterm election of the presidency, and Republicans are hoping that holds true in 2022. To be on the safe side, and in the absence of a kitchen-table policy agenda, Republicans are also trying their level […]

‘Right to return’ law far from a guarantee workers will get their jobs back

BY: - June 25, 2021

The struggles of laid-off workers in the tourism industry aren’t ending as swiftly as they began.   “Right to Return,” the high-profile legislation that the Culinary union spearheaded and some casinos fought, which will give some laid-off workers priority when hiring for their old jobs, is set to go into effect July 1. How the law […]

Biden and bipartisan senators clinch a deal on $1.2T infrastructure plan

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said Thursday they’ve struck a deal on the outlines of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, marking a breakthrough on federal dollars for road and bridge projects after weeks of negotiations—but with significant hurdles still ahead. President Joe Biden stood with the 10 senators […]