Social Justice

Pence Appears With Heller at Nellis Air Force Base, Warns of Potential Conflict With North Korea

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence appeared with U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R), and Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) to a crowd of about 1,500 military service members and invited guests at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. After Heller introduced Pence and praised President Donald Trump’s first year in office, Pence warned of potential trouble ahead in North Korea and the Middle East. And yet, neither Heller nor Pence addressed the…

Public LandSocial Justice

Cliven Bundy Challenges Federal Authority Over Public Lands After Release from Jail

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro ordered the release of Cliven Bundy from federal custody. On Wednesday, Cliven Bundy addressed the media at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Headquarters. Even as many Nevadans continue to condemn Bundy’s 2014 armed standoff against federal and local law enforcement agents, Bundy threatened more unrest as long as federal public lands remain as such. (more…)

Social Justice

Nevadans Speak Out on DACA, TPS, and the Future of Immigration Reform

Last September, President Donald Trump announced the end of the DACA program that has shielded some 900,000 DREAMers from deportation. The Trump Administration has since followed that up by scaling back the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program that’s offered legal protection to select refugees. What does this mean for local immigrant communities? Here are a few stories of the Nevadans who are suddenly on the front line of Congress’ immigration debate. (more…)

DREAM Act, DACA, TPS, immigration reform
Social Justice

Where’s the DREAM? Here’s What’s at Stake with Congress’ Debate Over DACA and TPS

Four months have passed since President Donald Trump announced his decision to revoke DACA protection for over 800,000 DREAMers. Since then, the White House has also announced the revocation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of refugees. As of today, Congress has yet to act on either issue. But with another critical budget deadline coming up this month, immigrant rights activists are demanding Congress finally pass legislation to protect these vulnerable communities that the White House has placed at…

shooting, shootings, gun violence
ColumnsSocial Justice

Silent Killer: The Off-Strip Shootings that Hit Las Vegas at the End of the Year

After Las Vegas experienced the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on October 1, 2017, local authorities prepared for the worst and stepped up security to prevent a repeat attack on New Year’s Eve. Their preparation paid off, as “America’s Party” went down without any major disturbances. But just a few blocks off The Strip, Las Vegas locals suffered another round of deadly gun violence during the winter holidays. These shootings served as a tragic reminder that three months after…

Public LandSocial Justice

2017 in Review, Part 2: The Year of Epic Struggles

2017 may have been just one year, but it had more than enough news to span a decade. That certainly proved true in the second half of the year, as Nevadans tried to make sense of Congress’ debate over health care and taxes. Las Vegas then suffered the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and the nation once more had to come to terms with its gun laws. By the end of the year President Donald Trump signed his tax…

EnergyNevada LegislatureSocial Justice

2017 in Review, Part 1: Resistance, Silver State Style

In 2017, Nevada became a key state for “The Resistance” to push back against Trump Administration policies, from immigrant rights to renewable energy and marijuana legalization. This week, we’ll be remembering the moments that made 2017 a year that none of us can forget. Let’s begin with a review of how Nevadans reacted to the first days of the Trump Presidency, and why the 2017 legislative session broke new ground here at home. (more…)

federal budget, Trump Tax Plan, debt ceiling, continuing resolution, DREAM Act
Nevada LegislatureSocial Justice

DREAM Act Deferred Again As Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown

Congress decided to postpone its budget and debt ceiling deadline yesterday, as Republican leaders opted not to risk a government shutdown during the winter holidays. But in doing so, Congress also delayed (again) decisions on key legislative priorities, such as reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and passing the DREAM Act to protect DACA recipients. Though the Nevada delegation split along party lines, there was enough bipartisan support in both chambers to send another continuing resolution to the President’s…

Nevada LegislatureSocial Justice

Dollars and Sense: A Conversation with Francine Lipman on What’s Actually in the Trump-GOP Tax Plan

Congress just passed the most consequential tax legislation in over three decades. It’s been sold by the White House as a “middle-class tax cut”, but is it really? What’s actually in this bill? We speak with UNLV Boyd Law Professor Francine Lipman on how federal tax law is changing, and Nevadans can expect from this tax bill in the years ahead. (more…)