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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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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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Total Recall: What Does Roberson Really Want?

Late Wednesday, news broke of Republicans filing a notice of intent to recall State Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D-Henderson). Within 48 hours, Republicans would announce intention to recall two other female Senators. Why? That’s the question on everyone’s mind as reporters, other legislators, and constituents try to figure out the actual intent of this attempted recall. So now, we must ask: What is Senator Michael Roberson (R-Henderson) really up to? (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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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…)

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Securing Whose Future? Dark Money Group Launches Last Minute Attack on Energy Bill

Energy has been a defining issue for the 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature from the start. In these final days, several renewable energy bills have been moving towards Governor Brian Sandoval’s (R) desk. But now, a shadowy conservative outfit is trying to defeat a key bill to update Nevada’s renewable energy portfolio. Who are these people? And what are they trying to accomplish? (more…)

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Why Is Adam Laxalt in the Hot Seat? The GCB Scandal, Explained

In March 2016, Attorney General Adam Laxalt asked Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) Chair A.G. Burnett to intervene in a lawsuit between Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and a former employee. Burnett, a registered Republican who was appointed to the GCB by Governor Brian Sandoval (R) in 2011, balked over the suggestion that even Laxalt’s own deputy attorney general rejected. Burnett then secretly recorded conversations with Laxalt involving Laxalt’s request that the State of Nevada intervene on behalf of…

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Who’s Vouching for What? School Funding at Center of #NVLeg “End Game”

As the Nevada Legislature races towards Sine Die, the budget is once again front and center, specifically K-12 school funding. Is there extra money to boost public education funding? Or will that money be used to correct the currently unconstitutional funding mechanism for Adam Laxalt and Brian Sandoval’s school voucher scheme or Education Savings Accounts? We dig deeper into the education budget below. (more…)