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Veterans and Legislators Condemn Republican Budget Blockade

Following hard-line Republican grandstanding Thursday during Senate votes on critical budget bills, Democratic legislators and veterans’ advocates gathered to rebuke the minority party’s tactics. They asked why Republican legislators not only walked out, but then voted against funding for everything from K-12 public schools to a long awaited military veterans’ home. (more…)

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Republican Walkout Triggers Budget Showdown in Final Days of Legislative Session

The Nevada Legislature was supposed to move forward with the one big tax proposal of this session. Instead, the marijuana excise tax Governor Brian Sandoval (R) proposed was defeated by the Senators from his own party. As a result, the public education budget, including vouchers, is undergoing major changes. The marijuana excise tax was the highlight of Sandoval’s State of the State address. And yet, Senate Republicans vote against Sandoval’s marijuana tax. Why did they? And what happens now? (more…)

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Who’s Vouching for What: Governor’s ESA Voucher Bill Gets Heard at Nevada Legislature

For weeks, Governor Brian Sandoval (R) and Nevada Legislature Democratic leaders have sparred over funding his controversial voucher program, Education Savings Accounts. Then, at 3:00 PM yesterday, the two budget committees announced a joint hearing on Sandoval’s voucher bill. Why did this hearing happen, and how might the Legislature reshape this voucher program? We dig deeper below. (more…)

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Who’s Vouching for What: Where Would ESA Voucher Money Go?

Who would truly benefit from ESA school vouchers? Where would ESA voucher money go? How would that money be spent? And why would these publicly supported private schools get to play by different set of standards than public schools? As we reexamine how the school voucher program arrived in Nevada, let’s also dig deeper into one of the private schools that’s seeking ESA voucher funds. (more…)

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Rep. Ruben Kihuen Meets with Indivisible Members in Las Vegas

On Saturday, May 13, about 30 Indivisible volunteers gathered at Battle Born Progress’ Las Vegas office to discuss Donald Trump, Congress, health care policy, education, state and local government, and much more with Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas). Before Kihuen returned to Washington, D.C., he engaged in open dialogue with these Nevadans on what he can do to advance a more progressive agenda in this hostile federal environment. (more…)

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Who’s Vouching for What? School Funding at Center of #NVLeg “End Game”

As the Nevada Legislature races towards Sine Die, the budget is once again front and center, specifically K-12 school funding. Is there extra money to boost public education funding? Or will that money be used to correct the currently unconstitutional funding mechanism for Adam Laxalt and Brian Sandoval’s school voucher scheme or Education Savings Accounts? We dig deeper into the education budget below. (more…)

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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…)