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Change Makers: Together We Will Nevada’s Eileen Eady Talks Health Care

Since the 2016 election, Eileen Eady has taken a leadership role in Nevada’s progressive activist world. If you’ve seen events around Las Vegas, you’ve probably seen her and fellow activists at Together We Will Nevada. We caught up with her earlier this month, right outside Senator Dean Heller’s (R) Las Vegas office, to talk about how she got involved and why she’s currently organizing to stop Trumpcare. (more…)

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Environmentalists Deliver 400+ Letters to Dean Heller Opposing Trump Budget Cuts

Several environmental and progressive groups visited U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s (R) Las Vegas office to urge him to vote against Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts. The Nevada Conservation League then delivered 408 handwritten letters to Heller’s office opposing cuts to environmental health programs. They want Senator Heller to stick to his word and vote against an anti-Nevada budget. (more…)

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Filling the Pothole: Nevada Gears up for Recreational Marijuana Sales

This Saturday, the State of Nevada will begin allowing sales of recreational marijuana. After voters passed Question 2 to legalize it, the state moved quickly to put the regulatory and tax infrastructure in place. But in the eleventh hour, a district court ruling threatened to leave it all up in smoke. How did the state overcome this final legal hurdle, and what lies ahead in this brave new world of legal pot? (more…)

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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…)