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#FIghtFor15 activists protest the nomination of CKE CEO Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary at a Las Vegas area Carl's Jr.

Too Close to Home: One of Andrew Puzder’s Employees Speaks Out

Earlier this week, we dove into CKE CEO Andrew Puzder’s corporate record, a protest at a Las Vegas Carl’s Jr., and the implications for the U.S. Labor Department under President Donald J. Trump. Today, we dig even deeper. I recently had the opportunity to speak with an employee at a Las Vegas area Carl’s Jr. Check out her story and her message to fellow Nevadans below the fold. (more…)

Heller’s Deciding DeVos Vote

Last Thursday, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R) announcing his support for DeVos last Thursday. Earlier today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary on a vote of 51 to 50. Yes, you read that correctly. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote after an initial 50-50 deadlock. Let’s examine just how critical Heller’s vote ultimately proved to be. (more…)

Jon and Diane Hall Discuss Steven Mnuchin

Can “Foreclosure Machine” Steven Mnuchin Drain the Swamp?

When President Donald Trump named Steven Mnuchin as his pick for U.S. Treasury Secretary, some of Trump’s own voters were surprised. After all, he promised to #DrainTheSwamp by ridding the #RiggedSystem with Wall Street corruption. He even specifically campaigned against Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs. So why did Trump turn to Goldman Sachs alum Mnuchin shortly after his surprise election victory? Below the fold, I’ll introduce you to a pair of Nevada Trump voters who have personal experience with the…

Calm Amidst the Storms: Notes on the Resistance During the Second Week of Trump

This week has been quite momentous, to say the least. Following the previous weekend’s uproar over President Donald Trump’s “Don’t Call It a #MuslimBan,”the mood in D.C. quickly soured as Congressional Republicans aimed to confirm more of Trump’s Cabinet picks. And as soon as news broke of Trump nominating Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat that Senate Republicans left vacant all last year by refusing to confirm Merrick Garland, then President Barack Obama’s nominee, Senate Democrats were seething.…

Yes, We Still Can? The new reality of the Trump Administration

As we conclude Week 2 of the Trump Administration, here’s a look back at how Donald Trump’s Presidency began… And how Nevadans reacted to it. Yes, it happened. On Friday, January 20th, Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States. The following day, at least 3.2 million Americans marched in protest of the Trump Administration–including at least 20,000 here in Nevada. What was that about? And how will the nation proceed with this new Commander-in-Chief? Below the…

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…