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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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Back to the Drawing Board: A Conversation with Nancy Brune and Sylvia Lazos on CCSD and Public Education in Nevada

Last week, Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky announced his June 2018 retirement. As CCSD is navigating major changes in public education, including its own reorganization, we speak with experts on what lies ahead for the district. We also discuss whether a state budgetary formula is the root of CCSD’s ongoing financial woes. (more…)

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“Big Things Don’t Run Well”: A Conversation with NPRI President John Tsarpalas on Education and the State Budget

We recently had the opportunity to speak with John Tsarpalas, the new President of the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI). For 27 years, NPRI has been a major force to advance conservative ideas in the Silver State. But in recent years, NPRI found itself on the losing side in major battles on tax reform and school vouchers. Tsarpalas explained to us how NPRI is moving on, despite these recent setbacks. (more…)

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Heller Strikes Out on Trumpcare with McCain’s Rejection of Graham-Cassidy

On Friday, the latest iteration of Trumpcare likely received its death blow when Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) announced his opposition to the bill. Just like his last-minute thumbs-down late in July, McCain’s opposition probably seals the fate of Republicans’ current push to repeal Obamacare. And once again, Senator Dean Heller (R) is left with nothing to show for it. (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…)