Social Justice

Constituents Forcibly Removed from LIBRE Forum As Heller Praised Passage of Trump Tax Plan

Hours after Senator Dean Heller (R) voted to pass the Senate version of the Trump Tax Plan, he appeared at the LIBRE Initiative’s policy forum at the Palace Station in Las Vegas to make his case. Yet as Heller was confronted by constituents with their questions about the tax plan, the federal budget, and immigration reform, LIBRE and Station Casinos security removed these constituents from the event as Heller attempted to deflect and stick to his message. (more…)

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Faith Organizing Alliance Hosts Education Town Hall in West Las Vegas

On Tuesday, the Las Vegas based Faith Organizing Alliance held a community town hall at the Historic Westside School to discuss public education in Southern Nevada’s African-American communities. They invited a panel of experts to speak about what the state is doing to improve public education, and what still must be done to make education more equitable for communities of color. (more…)

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Nevadans Visit Dean Heller’s Las Vegas Office, Demand He Oppose Cuts to Safety Net Programs

On Tuesday, a group of concerned retirees visited Senator Dean Heller’s (R) Las Vegas office to register their opposition to the tax plan President Donald Trump and Congressional Republican leaders have been rallying around. They also demanded Heller oppose any cuts to safety net programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, to fill any budget hole the Trump-GOP Tax Plan will cause if it becomes law. (more…)

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As Goes Virginia, So Goes Nevada? Notes on the 2017 Election Results

Until now, there’s been a lot of speculation over how voters would respond to President Donald Trump’s actions and Congressional Republicans’ agenda. Yesterday, voters in Virginia, New Jersey, and other states provided some answers. One year after Trump himself won the Presidential Election, voters across the nation rebuked Republicans who campaigned on Trump’s platform. What does this mean for our own election next year? Let’s review last night’s results, and examine the clues they have for us in Nevada. (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,…

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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…)

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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…

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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…)

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

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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…)