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DREAM Act, DACA, TPS, immigration reform

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

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…

2017 in Review, Part 3: Looking Forward to the New Year

2017 is a year that will be incredibly hard to forget. From the nation's bombastic new President to Nevada's groundbreaking legislative session, this year was one of tremendous change. Believe it or not, this may just the beginning. Below, we’ll do a sneak preview of what 2018 will likely bring. Fasten your seatbelts, Nevada, as the new year is certain to give us another wild ride. (more…)

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…

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

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…

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…)

Trump Tax Plan, GOP Tax Plan, Trump-GOP Tax Plan

What the Heller? A Conversation with Health Care Activist Laura Packard on the Trump-GOP Tax Plan Means for Nevada

With the House and the Senate narrowly approving the Trump-GOP Tax Plan in the past 36 hours, the bill now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk. What did Senator Dean Heller (R) and Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) just vote to pass? We speak with Las Vegas resident, stage four cancer survivor, and nationally renowned health care activist Laura Packard on what this bill means for her, and for the future of health care in Nevada. (more…)

Amodei Joins Fellow House Republicans to Pass Final Version of Trump-GOP Tax Plan

With only three days left for Congress to finish its work for the year, including passing a budget bill to keep the government open, Republican leaders rushed through their final version of the Trump Tax Plan. Despite the bill’s growing unpopularity, the House approved it on another mostly party-line vote of 227-203. That division materialized again among Nevada’s Members of Congress, as Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) broke with the rest of the state’s delegation to vote for the tax…

This Is Hunger: Temple Beth Sholom Hosts Exhibit on America’s Food Security Crisis

On Monday, Temple Beth Sholom hosted a trailer on its Summerlin campus to tell the story of hunger in America. As many Americans rush to finish their holiday gift shopping and prepare their holiday party menus, over 41 million Americans struggle with food security. As the season of giving kicks into high gear. Temple Beth Sholom and anti-poverty activists are hoping their fellow Nevadans won’t just remember the less fortunate, but also do something about this crisis in our own…