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Group with ties to dark-money conservative PACs places large ad reservation in governor's race
Riley Snyder
September 19th, 2018 - 2:05am
A recently formed political organization involved in a handful of other states has quietly reserved more than $250,000 worth of television ads to run in Nevada’s gubernatorial race. An organization called Tenth Amendment Project reserved the six-figure ad buy at Las Vegas television stations to run over the last half of September, according to public filings with the Federal Communications Commission.
The Indy Explains: Question 4, a ballot measure to exempt medical devices from the sales tax
Michelle Rindels
September 19th, 2018 - 2:00am
A measure backed by a medical equipment supplier would exempt so-called durable medical equipment — things such as oxygen tanks, ventilators and wheelchairs — from taxation. Prosthetics, orthotics and some other medical supplies are already exempt from taxation under Nevada law.
Sandoval: Invasive species one of the biggest environmental issues in the West
Daniel Rothberg
September 18th, 2018 - 2:10am
Sandoval, a former chair of the association, opened a two-day workshop focused on combating non-native species that transform ecosystems and threaten habitat in lakes and on the range across the West. The workshop is part of the Western Governors Association's initiative to study an issue that can have potentially negative consequences for the environment, agriculture, tourism and fighting wildfires.
IndyMatters: Dina Titus on 2018 goals, not running for Senate and Kihuen accusers
Riley Snyder and Jacob Solis
September 18th, 2018 - 2:05am
Asked if she regretted not jumping in the race to challenge Sen. Dean Heller, Dina Titus had a succinct answer. “Every day. Every day I regret it,” she said. But the 68-year-old Democratic congresswoman said Monday during a recording of the Indymatters podcast that she made the right decision to not run in a primary election against establishment-backed freshman Rep. Jacky Rosen for the right to challenge Heller, widely considered the most vulnerable Republican incumbent up for re-election in 2018.
Cortez Masto questions Trump administration plan to resuscitate deportation cases closed by judges
Michelle Rindels
September 18th, 2018 - 2:00am
Cases were routinely closed by judges at the end of the Obama administration if the defendant didn’t have a criminal background and had deep ties in the country, such as U.S. citizen children, or had become eligible for a work permit. This spring, Sessions revoked judges’ authority to carry out the practice, which was aimed at making room for more urgent cases.
With horses facing summer heat and an uncertain future, Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center companies create new water sources
Daniel Rothberg
September 17th, 2018 - 2:10am
The Virginia Range horses have faced a number of challenges — from development to politics — but one of the most pressing issues, given the region’s aridity, has been water. At the industrial center, getting horses to water safely can be difficult, a problem that is worst in the summer months.
Indy Database: Search every contribution to Wes Duncan and Aaron Ford
Riley Snyder
September 17th, 2018 - 2:05am
Next up? Attorney general candidates Wes Duncan, the Republican, and Aaron Ford, the Democrat, who have combined to raise more than $2.74 million since the start of 2015. The following database includes every contribution over $50 made to Duncan or Ford since January 1, 2015, and includes all contributions reported between then and the last reporting deadline of June 7, 2018.
On the Record: The policy positions of Democratic treasurer candidate Zach Conine
Riley Snyder
September 17th, 2018 - 2:00am
As part of the “search for relevancy” for the position of treasurer, Conine said he wanted to focus on an issue that isn’t historically connected to the office — marijuana. His idea deals with an issue that’s dogged Nevada’s and other states that have legalized the drug for recreational use — a lack of reliable and accessible banking options, forcing the industry to rely on (and pay taxes) solely with cash. Banks have been reluctant to serve dispensaries given marijuana’s federal illegality.
How one charter network achieved five-star ratings for every school
Jackie Valley
September 16th, 2018 - 2:10am
Across the state, only 108 of the 678 schools rated received five stars, the highest designation within the Nevada School Performance Framework, which is the state’s accountability system for public schools. Twenty-nine of the five-star buildings are charter schools, a growing segment of Nevada’s education portfolio that serve roughly 10 percent of the student population.