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Senior House Democrat Meets Nevada DREAMers with Susie Lee, Promises Action on DACA

Last Friday, NV-03 Congressional Candidate Susie Lee (D) and U.S. House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-New York) held an intimate roundtable discussion with Nevada DREAMers and allies at UNLV. DREAMers shared their stories of life in America, and how DACA made their lives easier. Crowley and Lee listened to DREAMers, then promised action on deportation relief and comprehensive immigration reform. (more…)

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Opinion: The New Norm of Violence

By Victor Rivera I’m glad to say that the greater Las Vegas community has responded to the Route 91 tragedy in a way that made me proud of my hometown. I volunteered on campus at UNLV to help collect supplies for victims and first responders. Everywhere, I was hearing stories of that civic pride like lines of people to donate blood stretched for blocks or that some centers that were collecting supplies were indeed already full. A shocking event happened,…

New Study, Same Old Problem: A Look Inside Nevada Schools’ Achievement Gap

Today, local children’s advocates released a new study that points to alarming inequities across our public infrastructure, including K-12 education. Though overall student achievement remains a major problem, it’s even more severe in communities of color. Why are students of color at a disadvantage, and what can be done about it? We look deeper into the numbers to find answers. (more…)

Change Makers: Moms Demand Action’s Elizabeth Becker on Her Continuing Work to End Gun Violence in Nevada

Elizabeth Becker did not originally plan to work on gun violence prevention. Instead, like so many other gun safety activists, the issue found her. Since then, Becker has been on the front line in fights to expand background checks and prevent dangerous weapons from falling into the wrong hands. After the October 1 shooting, Nevada’s gun laws received national attention, particularly a voter approved initiative that has not been enforced since the last election. We speak with Becker about not…

Amodei Speaks to Las Vegas Metro Chamber, Breaks with Sandoval on Health Care and Yucca Mountain

On Friday, Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) opened up during his appearance at the “Eggs and Issues” breakfast hosted by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. Amodei spent the morning explaining his conditions for supporting the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, and Donald Trump’s tax plan. After the breakfast, Amodei then answered our questions on what lies ahead for Congress on health care. (more…)

Trump-GOP Tax Plan Has Tax Cuts for Richest Nevadans, Budget Cuts for Everyone Else

This week, Republican leaders are maneuvering to place Donald Trump’s tax cut proposal on top of Congress’ agenda. In turn, Trump is justifying this by claiming that his tax cuts are designed to help working-class families. But is this really the case? We not only fact-check Trump’s tax spin, but we also speak with the experts about who truly benefits the most from these tax cuts. (more…)

Sernator Lamar Alexander has joined Senator Patty Murray to propose a bipartisan health care stabilization bill.

After Trump Moves to Sabotage Health Care Law, U.S. Senate Reopens Door to Bipartisan Health Care Fix

Less than a week ago, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to undermine the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA, or Obamacare) health insurance exchanges. He then followed that up with a decision to end the cost sharing reduction reimbursements that keep insurance costs low on the exchange. Yesterday, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Patty Murray (D-Washington) announced a tentative deal to resume cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments. What might this mean for Nevada consumers? We hear from the experts on…

How Can Nevada Succeed? A Conversation with Nevada Succeeds President Brent Husson on Public Education

How do we improve public education in Nevada? As the President of Nevada Succeeds, Brent Husson works on answering this question every day. We spoke with Husson recently about how he and his organization approach this and other critical questions on education policy, and tackle the most difficult questions surrounding education funding. (more…)

Trumpcare by Fiat: How Trump Is Trying to Derail the Health Care Law (and How Congress Can Stop Him)

This month, President Donald Trump has been rolling out a series of executive orders pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This law was an act of Congress that then President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010. Yet instead of respecting the law, Trump continues to sabotage the law with these executive actions that are designed to destroy America’s health care system. Can Trump get away with it? That may ultimately depend upon whether Senator Dean Heller (R)…

Change Makers: BBS Counseling’s Margarita Romano on Caring for Survivors After the Las Vegas Shooting

Since the Las Vegas Shooting, Nevadans have been stepping up to help victims and their loved ones in need. In a quiet office park near UNLV, BBS Counseling is providing critical mental health care services to survivors… Including Spanish speaking survivors in need of counseling. We spoke with a BBS counselor this week about what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and what lies ahead for them and the survivors. (more…)