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Crisis Solved? VA Medical Center Short on Staff, At Risk of Budget Cuts

As Congress careens towards its end-of-year budget deadline, many issues remain unresolved. One of those happens to be next year’s budget, as automatic across-the-board sequester cuts are set to kick in next month if Congress doesn’t act. This has many Americans worried across the country, including some of the workers at the Veterans’ Administration (VA) North Las Vegas Medical Center, where numerous vacancies continue to be unfilled. Why does the VA have so many vacancies, and why are veterans potentially…

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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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Much at Stake for Nevada As Federal Budget Deadline Looms

Now that Congress is back from Thanksgiving break, it’s time for them to get back to work. While Republican leaders are pushing to pass some version of the Trump Tax Plan by the end of the year, there are actually far more pressing issues that they’ve thus far left unresolved. Let’s review what these issues are, and why Congress must resolve them in the weeks ahead. (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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House Passes Its Version of Trump Tax Plan, But Senate Version Is in Doubt

Today, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Trump Tax Plan, mostly along party lines. With the House vote, President Donald Trump is one step closer to accomplishing a key part of his legislative agenda. But at the same time, Senate Republicans have run into trouble over Republicans’ decision to include repeal of a key part of Obamacare in their tax bill. Let’s examine the difference between what was in the House bill and what is in the…

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Republicans Continue to Tweak Trump’s Tax Plan. It Still Benefits the Richest Americans the Most.

Yesterday, Senate Republicans began to unveil their version of the tax plan President Donald Trump wants to sign into law by the end of the year. Though they made some changes on top of the changes House Republicans made to the original framework, it still directs the bulk of the benefits to the wealthiest 1% of Americans. Despite Trump’s promises to “cut taxes for the middle class”, some middle class households may still end up paying more in taxes if the…

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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…)