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Governor Sandoval’s Final State of the State Address, Setting the Stage for Legislative Session

During his final State of the State Address, Governor Brian Sandoval (R) announced his proposed $8.1 billion budget for the next biennium (or two years). That’s $200 million more than the last Economic Forum forecast, but that’s also $400 million below the original $8.5 billion requested by state agencies. Sandoval called for increased investment throughout the public sector, but how will he make it work? Below the fold, we’ll explore how he might get all his numbers to add up……

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Guest Blog: National Monument for Gold Butte Designated

In the closing days of his administration, President Barack Obama declared Nevada’s Gold Butte and Utah’s Bears Ears National Monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act.  The President’s action brought the number of areas declared by both Republican and Democrat Presidents as National Monuments to 129. Congress passed the Antiquities Act to ensure the protection of Native American ruins, artifacts and other objects of historical and scientific interests.  Congress gave Presidents this authority for another reason. They knew as far back…

Social Justice

Notes on the Epic #FightFor15 Confrontation at Carl’s Jr.

What happened at Carl’s Jr. on Thursday, January 12? Maybe you heard about a Fight for 15 protest at the fast food joint across Maryland Parkway from Boulevard Mall. What went down there? More importantly, why were protesters there? What was the protest about? And how does it tie into the Presidential Transition? Let's explore some more below the fold. Since 2000, Andrew Puzder has served as CEO of CKE Restaurants. CKE happens to be the parent company of Carl's…

Nevada Legislature

Your #NVLeg 2017 Primer

In a few days, the 79th Nevada Legislative Session will open. This session may prove to be quite pivotal, as Governor Brian Sandoval (R) looks to cement his legacy. The Democrats who are retaking control of the Legislature look to undo some of the legacy of the previous Republican-controlled Legislature. What's about to happen in Carson City this year, and why should you care about it? Let's break it all down below the fold. Already, we see fault lines develop…