Black contractors lose appeal against Tommy White, Laborers 872

BY: - January 20, 2023

Laborers Local 872 boss Tommy White has weaponized his position, using it to financially bury anyone who crosses him, according to a group of Black subcontractors in the twelfth year of a discrimination lawsuit against White, the union and its trust funds.  The suit filed by the subcontractors in 2011 alleges the union and trust […]

Selections & reflections from the Nevada Current staff on a year that … could have been worse?

BY: - December 28, 2022

Note: As we do near the end of every year, each writer on the Nevada Current staff took a little time to highlight some of their work from the year, and say whatever they wanted to say about it. I wrote one of my favorite stories of 2022 early on. In February, I attended a […]

Amid a major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

BY: - November 14, 2022

For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem.  Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched to plug-in electric […]

Nye County ballot counting a ‘historic disaster’ at a ‘snail’s pace,’ ACLU says

BY: - October 27, 2022

A painfully slow count, casually releasing results early, and an armed volunteer ordering around an election observer all marked the first day of counting ballots by hand in Nye County. “It’s an embarrassing day for our democracy,” Athar Haseebullah, the executive director of the ACLU of Nevada, said in a statement. “A historic disaster is […]

To comply with court ruling, Nye County says vote totals won’t be released early

BY: - October 25, 2022

Nye County, which was recently forced by the Nevada Supreme Court to amend parts of its plans for hand-counting ballots, assured the secretary of state’s office in a letter Monday that to comply with the ruling it won’t livestream the counting or otherwise prematurely release election results. The Nevada Supreme Court unanimously ruled Oct. 21 […]

Abortion access is on the ballot in November in these states

BY: - August 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in at least three states will determine at the polls in November what abortion access looks like for their neighbors, colleagues, friends and family — becoming some of the first Americans to deliver their own verdicts on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Residents of California, Kentucky and […]

Requests for affordable housing project help total five times program’s funding

BY: - July 28, 2022

The Nevada Housing Division told lawmakers this week it is reviewing $2.5 billion in requests for projects seeking to address the state’s affordable housing crisis, an amount that far exceeds the $500 million investment promised by the governor earlier this year.  The division provided the Interim Finance Committee, which approved the $250 million of the […]

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Bombing range expansion stalls in House but not dead yet, Amodei says

BY: - July 18, 2022

Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei hasen’t given up on efforts to triple the size of a Naval air station bombing range near Fallon, and he would prefer it sooner rather than later. Last week, Amodei submitted a 186-page amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual appropriations bill that must pass in order to fund […]

Same-sex marriage and contraception at risk after abortion ruling, U.S. House panel told

BY: - July 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Advocates told Congress on Thursday that a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a landmark abortion rights case is likely only the beginning, and could be followed by similar action by the high court on same-sex marriage, contraception and more. Witnesses at a U.S. House Judiciary Committee advised that to prevent that from happening, […]

Clark County passes STR law amid allegations of payoffs, pressure from lobbyists 

BY: - June 21, 2022

Amid allegations they are doing the bidding of the resort industry, Clark County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously adopted an ordinance designed to slash the number of vacation rentals operating in unincorporated areas of Southern Nevada by roughly 75%.  STR owners railed against the ordinance, which will permit about 2,800 rentals and presumably crack down on […]

Lawmakers urged to apply brakes to Nevada’s speedy eviction process

BY: - June 14, 2022

Pay rent or quit.  The phrase is seen on top of a seven-day notice for nonpayment, a document that can be easily downloaded online and filled out by landlords and property managers. Without involving a court or attorney, the notice initiates the eviction process.  Unlike every other state, in Nevada, to challenge an eviction notice […]

5 things we learned about Jan. 6 and Trump from the first hearing

BY: - June 11, 2022

The opening U.S. House hearing in a series on the Jan. 6 attack included some eye-opening new details about the events of the day and the broader plot to halt the peaceful transfer of presidential power. The nine-member investigative committee put former President Donald Trump at the center of the plot, while accusing leaders of two […]