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Cortez Masto backs the ‘talking filibuster’

ByHumberto Sanchez

Follow the Money: Breaking down more than $1 million in union and labor group spending on legislative campaigns

March 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
As in most election years, no single group of political donors was a bigger booster for legislative Democrats than labor unions, which shelled out more than $1 million on legislative campaigns in 2020, of which roughly 94 percent went to Democrats.

UNR announces it is ‘actively planning’ more in-person offerings for academics, events for fall semester

March 8th, 2021 - 3:37pm
In one of the first signs of the emerging “new normal” at Nevada’s higher education institutions, UNR President Brian Sandoval announced in a letter Monday that administrators were “actively planning on being back” for the coming fall semester, including increased options for in-person academics and events.

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Poll: Nevadans divided over abolishing the death penalty, a shift from previous poll

March 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
A recent poll of 500 likely voters in Nevada found that respondents are divided over replacing the death penalty with a life sentence in prison — a shift from the results of a 2017 poll from The Nevada Independent that found Nevada voters overwhelmingly in support of the death penalty.

Behind the Bar: Just how slow is the start of session? NV GOP alleges election fraud (again), unemployment updates and bills to watch for this week

March 8th, 2021 - 8:00am
In this edition: Has this session started slower than others? Plus, the Nevada Republican Party turns in election complaints, unemployment updates and related GOP indignation, plus a look at upcoming major bill hearings.

What Happened Here: How a service industry state struggled to find harmony between protecting the personal safety and financial wellbeing of its residents

March 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
The last year laid bare Nevada’s chronic underfunding of public health systems, a lack of investment in aging state infrastructure, including its unemployment system and continued economic overreliance on the tourism industry. It also saw resilience in the face of despair.

Indy Explains: Housing affordability and lack of supply

March 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
Advocates, real estate agents and developers have turned their eyes to Carson City, with representatives for each group saying that lawmakers’ decisions this session will have long-term implications for the future of Nevada’s housing market.

Indy DC Download: The House approved voting rights legislation and the Senate passed a $1.9 trillion COVID aid bill

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March 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
The House approved a far-reaching voting rights measure as the Senate considered the House-passed $1.9 trillion COVID aid package, including boosting funding for communities suffering from the loss of jobs in the travel and tourism sector to $750 million from the $450 million provided in the House bill.

Contract buyouts at colleges, universities surged to $1.1 million last year amid pandemic budget cuts

March 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
The money spent by Nevada colleges and universities on contract buyouts and settlements ballooned to more than $1.1 million last year, up from roughly $713,000 in 2019 or an increase of more than 54 percent, according to a report presented Thursday during the Board of Regents quarterly meeting.

Effort to add Equal Rights Amendment to U.S. Constitution after deadline shut down by federal judge

March 5th, 2021 - 5:31pm
A federal judge has ruled that the states that ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in recent years were too late for the amendment to be added to the U.S. Constitution.

What Happened Here: A six-part series on COVID-19 in Nevada

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What Happened Here: A year after its first COVID case, Nevada reflects on its pandemic response

Megan Messerly
March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am

One year ago today, when Nevada announced its first case of COVID-19, no one could’ve imagined how deep or long-lasting the devastation from the virus would be. In this six-part series, The Nevada Independent pieces together the events of the last year to grasp the myriad ways in which the pandemic has affected our state.

Coronavirus Contextualized, 42nd edition: Hospitalizations hit lowest point since June as new cases hold steady

Megan Messerly
March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am

Welcome to the 42nd installment of “Coronavirus Contextualized,” a recurring feature in which we explore some of the numbers swirling around in the time of coronavirus.

Bill to give tenants more notice before evictions faces pushback from landlords who say it makes renting unviable

Michelle Rindels
March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am

The discussion, which laid bare starkly different visions of how the state should be intervening in housing policy during the pandemic, comes at a time when home values are at record highs and homes are in short supply.

Freshman Orientation: Assemblyman Cameron "C.H." Miller

Tabitha Mueller
March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am

The ability to shape the state's direction following a society-altering pandemic ultimately gave Assemblyman Cameron "C.H." Miller the impetus to run for office.

Cortez Masto introduces Clark County lands bill to expand Las Vegas footprint, designate public land for conservation

Daniel Rothberg
March 4th, 2021 - 2:00am

This week’s Indy Environment newsletter looks at a long-awaited congressional bill that would change the way federal public land is managed in Clark County, creating a path to expand the Las Vegas metro area toward California while setting aside land for conservation.

Inmate advocates and family members seek to lower deductions from offender accounts

Sean Golonka
March 4th, 2021 - 5:56pm

Inmate advocates and family members are concerned that a proposed bill on victim restitution would allow the Nevada Department of Corrections to continue to deduct up to 50 percent of funds deposited in an offender’s account — a policy that has drawn strident criticism from families in recent months.

Behind the Bar: Should inmates get minimum wage? Plus plans to address learning loss, an esports commission and Carson City Restaurant Spotlight

Riley Snyder, Michelle Rindels and Tabitha Mueller
March 4th, 2021 - 8:00am

In this edition: Can either Assemblywoman Annie Black or a federal lawsuit open the Legislature to the public? Plus, details on a bill to pay inmates the minimum wage, a proposed esports commission and legislative Democrats’ plan to offset educational losses during a year of COVID. Carson City Restaurant Spotlight makes a triumphant return.

End of an era: Sands sells Strip properties for $6.25 billion

The Nevada Independent Staff
March 3rd, 2021 - 6:30am

Two months after the death of founder Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas Sands has divested itself of its Las Vegas Strip properties, ending an era that began with a long-ago imploded casino that was once home to the Rat Pack.

Mining gave half a million dollars to Sisolak-affiliated PAC shortly before session that could raise tax on industry

Jacob Solis
March 3rd, 2021 - 4:44pm

Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Home Means Nevada political action committee raised more than $830,000 in the last three months of last year, including $500,000 from Nevada Gold Mines — a joint venture between mining giants Barrick and Newmont — and another $260,000 from the pharmaceutical lobbying group PhRMA, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday.