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Protesters Removed from “Sold Out” Private Las Vegas Luncheon with Dean Heller

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R) appeared before the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas. Unlike his last appointment with the Chamber, he finally appeared in person. This time, he appeared to a “sold out” crowd… But how “sold out” was the event, really? And this time, protesters were forcibly removed from the luncheon after they shouted questions at the Senator. (more…)

How to Put “The New Nevada” to Work: A Conversation with Nevada DETR Director Don Soderberg

Governor Brian Sandoval (R) has spoken often and glowingly about “The New Nevada”. How is that working? And what changes may be coming to the state’s workplaces? I spoke with someone Governor Sandoval has entrusted with a host of workforce development programs… And someone many in Nevada Legislature expect to implement the workplace equality bills they’re working to pass. (more…)

Every Voice Matters: Catherine Cortez Masto Opens up at Her Las Vegas Town Hall

Within 36 hours, Nevada had both its U.S. Senators do town halls on both ends of the state. The twist? On Monday, Senator Dean Heller (R) made a rare public appearance in Reno and struggled to provide clear answers to constituents’ questions. On Tuesday, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D) promised more accessibility and transparency during her freewheeling conversation with constituents at Las Vegas City Hall. (more…)

Notes from the Town Hall: Dean Heller Finally Faces His Constituents

After months of requests from constituents across the state, the Senator finally budged. Yesterday, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R) finally held his first public town hall of 2017. He joined forces with Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) to welcome about 600 of their constituents to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center to answer questions… Or at least, Rep. Amodei answered quite a few questions. What did Senator Heller have to say for himself? (more…)

Dollars and Sense: A Crash Course on Nevada’s Education Budgets

Education first: It’s technically the law here in Nevada. Legislators must approve the K-12 public education budget before deciding anything else in the overall final budget. Does that actually have an effect on how much funding goes into classrooms? And what kind of challenges lie ahead in deciding the budget for higher education? Below, we speak with two legislators with experience in public education and major say in how these budgets come together. (more…)

What’s the Matter With Red Rock?

Red Rock Canyon may not yet be as world-famous as the Las Vegas Strip casinos that keep Nevada’s economy humming, but Red Rock and other nearby natural treasures are increasingly part of the strategy to keep Nevada’s economy solid in the future. This may be why so many Nevadans are scratching their heads over the Clark County Commission’s vote that may open the door to 5,000 new homes nearby. What was that vote about? What’s the matter with Red Rock?…

Now, More Than Ever, We Need a Free Press

Could it ever happen here? For decades, experts have asked. And until very recently, hardly anyone seriously considered America was in any immediate danger. But now, in light of the Trump Administration’s recent moves to muzzle entire federal agencies and use press conferences to promote absolute falsehoods, we are left to wonder… Is our democracy in danger? What must our media do to prevent the ultimate American tragedy from happening?   (more…)