Public LandSocial Justice

These Monumental Lands: Why Native American Communities Demand National Monuments Remain Protected

In April, President Donald Trump ordered a review of National Monuments designated from 1996 to 2016. Two of these happen to be in Nevada, and two others lie next door in Utah. Below the fold, we’ll dig deeper into what this fight is about and why Native American communities are fighting to defend these Monuments. (more…)

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Activists Deliver Over 7,000 Signatures in Support of AB 206 Renewable Energy Standard

Just hours after the Nevada Legislature adjourned Sine Die, a group of environmental and energy activists returned to deliver to Governor Brian Sandoval (R) over 7,000 petition signatures urging him to sign AB 206 into law. Why do they feel this strongly about the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) bill? We followed them to the Governor’s Office in the Old State Capitol to find out. (more…)

Nevada LegislatureSocial Justice

Sine Die: How the Nevada Legislature Finally Passed the Budget Deal

After Republicans led a three day budget blockade, the Nevada Legislature finally passed a series of bills needed to complete the state’s budget. ESA school voucher funding is out, and Governor Brian Sandoval’s (R) marijuana excise tax is back in. And the long awaited capital improvements bill was resurrected and passed as well. How did it all happen? We explain below. (more…)

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Veterans and Legislators Condemn Republican Budget Blockade

Following hard-line Republican grandstanding Thursday during Senate votes on critical budget bills, Democratic legislators and veterans’ advocates gathered to rebuke the minority party’s tactics. They asked why Republican legislators not only walked out, but then voted against funding for everything from K-12 public schools to a long awaited military veterans’ home. (more…)

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Republican Walkout Triggers Budget Showdown in Final Days of Legislative Session

The Nevada Legislature was supposed to move forward with the one big tax proposal of this session. Instead, the marijuana excise tax Governor Brian Sandoval (R) proposed was defeated by the Senators from his own party. As a result, the public education budget, including vouchers, is undergoing major changes. The marijuana excise tax was the highlight of Sandoval’s State of the State address. And yet, Senate Republicans vote against Sandoval’s marijuana tax. Why did they? And what happens now? (more…)

Nevada LegislatureSocial Justice

Who’s Vouching for What? The Jury’s Out on ESA Vouchers.

In June 2015 Governor Brian Sandoval (R) signed SB 302 into law, establishing the ESA voucher program. Yet within weeks, the program was hit with a court ordered injunction. Since then, the voucher program has been in a legal coma. As Governor Sandoval pushes to revive vouchers, opponents are reminding the Nevada Legislature why they sued in the first place. Today, we speak with those most deeply involved in Lopez v. Schwartz on why they sued and why they oppose…