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As Trump Administration Eyes Changes to Gold Butte, Community Leaders Demand Monument Be Kept Whole

Just one day after President Donald Trump traveled to Utah to sign two proclamations to drastically reduce Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke confirmed on a press call that he’s recommending some sort of reduction to Nevada’s Gold Butte National Monument. Moments after the news broke, local public lands advocates gathered in Las Vegas to make clear that Nevadans won’t accept any cuts to the state’s monuments. (more…)

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Trump Announces Reduction of Two Utah Monuments

Standing in front of the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, President Donald Trump ended just over three months worth of suspense as he announced his decision on the future of several National Monuments. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his report in August on the monuments he was tasked to review, but it wasn't until today when the White House finally confirmed Trump's plans to severely reduce the square footage of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments in…

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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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“It’s Not Going to Work Now”: Titus Condemns House Passage of Trump Tax Plan

One day after the U.S. House passed its version of the Trump Tax Plan, Rep. Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas) returned to Nevada and appeared at UNLV to explain how the tax bill would affect her constituents. Titus did not hold back in criticizing the House bill, and she pointed out how the Senate bill could cause just as many problems for working class Nevadans. (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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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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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…)