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Change Makers: BBS Counseling’s Margarita Romano on Caring for Survivors After the Las Vegas Shooting

Since the Las Vegas Shooting, Nevadans have been stepping up to help victims and their loved ones in need. In a quiet office park near UNLV, BBS Counseling is providing critical mental health care services to survivors… Including Spanish speaking survivors in need of counseling. We spoke with a BBS counselor this week about what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and what lies ahead for them and the survivors. (more…)

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After Shooting, Gun Safety Advocates File Class Action Suit Against “Bump Stock” Manufacturers

Today the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Las Vegas based Eglet Prince law firm announced their class action lawsuit against Slide Fire, the company that manufactures the “bump stock” device that was used in last week’s Mandalay Bay Shooting. The suit names other “bump stock” manufacturers as defendants, as well. They produce a device that had been considered a legal loophole to convert semi-automatic assault weapons into fully automatic weapons. This lawsuit will test the legal limits…

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Nevadans Demand Action on Gun Violence After Trump Visits Las Vegas

Earlier today, U.S. President Donald Trump made a brief visit to Las Vegas to thank first responders for their efforts following Sunday’s mass shooting. Despite renewed calls to pass legislation to prevent future mass shootings, Trump has refused to speak about the nation’s gun laws. Moments after Trump left Las Vegas, gun violence prevention advocates called on the White House and Congress to stop avoiding the subject and start taking action. (more…)

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CCSD Trustees Decide on Next Round of Budget Cuts

After five-plus hours of outrage, rancor, frustration, and sorrow from both sides of the dais, the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees agreed to an alternative budget proposal in hopes of staving off any further cuts to support staff or special education programs. The CCSD Board also proposed a financial review to approve next month to respond to public demands for increased accountability. (more…)

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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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Opinion: Authentic Patriotism

By Victor Rivera What is authenticity? My personal take is that when it comes to people, authenticity is the behavior that comes from a person which is natural to them and relates to people in a way that that is upfront and honest. I finish my personal definition by adding that this behavior is not forced or coerced. To be a small child and be told that you have to hug your older relative is a nice gesture, but that…

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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…)