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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)…

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Nevadans Take Stock After Heller’s Trumpcare Bill Tumbles

On Tuesday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced the latest version of Trumpcare would not get a floor vote this week. The next day, Nevadans voiced their frustration over Senator Dean Heller (R) cosponsoring this Trumpcare bill as they urged Congress to pivot to legislation that could actually improve Nevadans’ health care. (more…)

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“We’re All Doing This for Our Children”: Kihuen and Health Care Advocates Demand Nevada Kids Remain Insured

On Wednesday, Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas) gathered with Former Nevada First Lady Sandy Miller and local health care advocates outside UMC Hospital in Las Vegas. Kihuen called on his fellow Members of Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides health insurance for some 25,000 Nevada kids as Nevada Check-up. While there, he also addressed the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill that Nevada’s own Senator Dean Heller (R) has co-sponsored. As Kihuen is demanding that Nevada children stay insured,…

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Finding Joe Arpaio: Inside the Private Fundraising Dinner in Las Vegas

Last Saturday, Former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio accepted the “Courage Under Fire” award from conservative anti-tax activist Chuck Muth’s Conservative Leadership Conference. From the start, Arpaio’s planned visit came under fire due to his record in Maricopa County, and his controversial pardon from Donald Trump last month. Prior to Saturday, Muth wouldn’t even confirm Arpaio’s attendance, or the venue where the awards dinner would be held. On Saturday we were briefly removed from the dinner, then allowed to…

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Nevada State College Students and Faculty Walk Out in Support of DACA Students

On Monday, dozens of Nevada State College (NSC) students and several faculty walked out and gathered outside the Rogers Student Center in support of DACA students. They walked out to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act to provide permanent legal protection for Nevada’s DACA recipients, and to reassure DREAMer students that the NSC community will continue to support them. (more…)

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“Your Bill Will Pull the Plug on Us”: Nevadans Call Out Dean Heller Promoting Trumpcare Bill

This Wednesday, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R) reaffirmed his support for a Trumpcare bill that does what Heller himself vociferously claimed to oppose less than three months ago. Back in Nevada, local health care advocates gathered to debunk Heller’s spin and ask him to stand by his earlier promise not to take health care coverage away from any Nevadan. (more…)

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DREAMer and College Student Nayelli Speaks Out on Life After DACA and the Future of DACA Activism

After the Trump Administration announced its decision on DACA, a group of college students and faculty met in Henderson to discuss how to advocate for student DREAMers in Nevada’s colleges. Afterwards, we spoke with one of these student DREAMers about her experience growing up here. She explains how she made it to college, and how she will fight to stay in the one place she calls home. (more…)

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Change Makers: The DREAMers Who Continue to Stand by the American Dream

Last week, the Trump Administration announced the end of the DACA program that protects DREAMers from deportation. Nevadans across the state reacted with sorrow and outrage. While many DREAMers themselves reacted similarly, we spoke with a few activists who expressed another feeling: determination. They shared with us why they’re determined to continue fighting for the American Dream, regardless of Donald Trump’s threats. (more…)

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Nevada’s AAPI Community Pitches in to Help Hurricane Harvey Survivors

As Texas and Louisiana begin to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Harvey hit, Nevadans are stepping up to help. This week, the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) of Nevada held a press conference in Las Vegas to announce its campaign to assist Hurricane Harvey survivors. We spoke with ACDC about why they’re jumping into the Harvey relief effort, and what they hope to accomplish. (more…)

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Nevadans Discuss Next Steps After Trump Ends DACA

Hours after the Trump Administration announced its decision to end DACA, Nevada immigrants and allies gathered at the East Las Vegas Community Center to express their outrage and ask the tough questions on how immigrants can stay safe in the current legal environment. They then discussed what the end of DACA means going forward, and how immigrant communities can fight back. (more…)