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Child hungry without SNAP

Mark Amodei- We are Hungry, Save SNAP

Dear Mark Amodei, I have to reach out to you here since you have avoided all of our attempts to meet with you. Who are we? We are the ones that are receiving SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps. We are the ones who are struggling, and bearing witness to you repeatedly voting in favor of making our hard situation harder.  If you were to meet with us we would tell you that we are hungry, and our kids…

Breast cancer survivor

National Cancer Survivor Day Reflections from a Cancer Survivor

Two years ago on this day I was five months into a treatment plan for Stage II Breast Cancer. I had undergone two surgeries, and two months of chemotherapy were already in my rear-view mirror, but 12 more weeks of chemo plus 5 weeks of radiation lay ahead of me. I was diagnosed in January 2016 just a few weeks after my husband had been laid off from his job. We had health insurance, but because it was through the…

Food Stamps are an essential safety net for working families

Dear Editor, In November of 2017, my hard-working husband applied for his VISA, but was denied. Since then, I had to find ways to maintain a household, independently, and I found myself struggling making ends meet. It wasn’t until I applied for food stamps and received help to buy nutritious foods for my children. Food stamps have been a critical resource to me at times when I needed help to get enough food on the table for my family and…

Health Care Has Improved; Let’s Keep the Progress Going

Virginia has become the most recent state to expand Medicaid. Thanks to a few bold Republicans in the state’s legislature, more Virginians will have access to the healthcare they need. As those in the South celebrate, it’s worth remembering Nevada’s monumental healthcare progress since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) passage. Approval of the ACA has reached record levels across the country. Nevadans are no exception. The ACA’s careful mix of market-based adjustments resulted in about 20 million people nationwide gaining…

Youth are Showing Extraordinary Leadership on Climate in the Courts

You have heard of the Parkland students who are leading the #NeverAgain movement against gun violence. As we approach Earth Day this weekend, it's important to spread the word about another group of youth out of Oregon have shown similarly courageous leadership on climate change in the courtroom. It all started in 2015, when 21 young people in Oregon, then aged 8 to 19 years old, worked with a youth focused organization called Our Children’s Trust to file a lawsuit…

TAX DAY: New Report Reveals How Trump's Tax Giveaway Impacts Nevada

Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress, such as Nevada Senator Dean Heller, have made a lot of promises about their $1.5 trillion tax giveaway passed in December. They said millions and millions of workers would get wage hikes or bonuses. But it didn’t work out that way – only 4% of the nation’s 148 million employees got more money from their bosses. It’s the wealthy that that have reaped the benefits. About two-thirds of the tax cuts are going…

BLOG: Why March for Science?

This Saturday's march is more than just a fun way to celebrate science. How many times per day does the average American rely on science? When you make your breakfast in the morning, we trust that what we bought at the grocery store is not infected with harmful bacteria or laced with toxic pesticides, thanks to the US Food and Drug Administration. When we commute to work in the morning, we trust that consumer protection agencies regulate that vehicles have…

Woman Alleges Steve Wynn Used Her Job, Executive Boyfriend’s as Leverage for Sex

A former employee at the Golden Nugget and Mirage alleges Steve Wynn coerced her into a two-year-long sexual relationship by making implicit threats to not only her job but also her boyfriend’s. Meg, who doesn’t want to use her last name, says she first appeared on Wynn’s radar when she attended the opening of the Mirage in 1989 with her then-fiance, an executive with the hotel company.  The two never married. It was a Cinderella moment for me. “It was a Cinderella…

Steve Wynn Described by former Cocktail Waitress as “Forceful, Aggressive”

A former Golden Nugget cocktail waitress says Steve Wynn, whom she had never met, showed up unannounced at her home three weeks into her tenure at the hotel in May of 1988. “I think he was in a light blue Mercedes and he was with an African-American valet,” the woman, who requested anonymity, said of the unannounced visit.  “My neighbor called me and said ‘Steve Wynn is coming up the stairs to your apartment!” When the woman (I’ll call her Sherri),…

Paiute Activist Fawn Douglas Honored by Nevada Indian Commission

By Natalie Hernandez and Andrew Davey Las Vegas Paiute artist and activist Fawn Douglas was one of four Nevadans honored at the American Indian Achievement Awards in Carson City last Saturday. Douglas was recognized by the Nevada Indian Commission for her tireless advocacy for Southern Nevada Paiute communities, including her work to protect tribal ancestral lands. That work continued Saturday, when Douglas used her acceptance speech to ask Senator Dean Heller (R) to meet with tribal communities about protecting Gold…