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Las Vegas Constituents to Senator Heller: “Where’s the Love?”

It’s quickly become a tradition of sorts. Progressive activists visit U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s (R) Las Vegas district office on #ResistTrumpTuesdays to demand he do more to stand up to President Donald Trump’s agenda. As Heller continues to approve more of Trump’s controversial Cabinet Nominees, activists made a special Valentine’s Day visit to ask him to show more love to his constituents (and less to Trump). (more…)

UHS owns and operates Valley Health System facilities in Nevada.

Guest Blog: Valley Health Systems “Profits Over Patients” Scandal Old News to Las Vegans

In December, BuzzFeed reported allegations against hospital giant UHS of bed-filling at all costs.  The story sent the company’s stock plummeting. The odyssey-like stories of patients held involuntarily in psych wards hit home for Las Vegas resident Judy Hendrickson, who in 2012, fought to free her elderly father from a three-day hold in Desert Springs Hospital’s Geropsych unit.   (more…)

Sanders v. Cruz on the Future of Health Care

Last night, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), returned to the debate stage. No, they’re not running for President again (at least not yet?). Yes, they duked it out over the future of America’s health care system. What did they have to say about the Affordable Care Act, and why should we care? I’ll take you through the highlights and lowlights of the great American Obamacare debate below. ----- Whatever motivated CNN to host a debate on…

#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.…