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Freshman Orientation: Republican Assemblyman Glen Leavitt
Jacob Solis
January 18th, 2019 - 2:00am
Freshman Republican Assemblyman who fills the Boulder City-area seat of former GOP Assemblywoman Melissa Woodbury, who did not seek reelection in 2018.
Sisolak's budget lifts curtain on price tags for teacher pay raises, tax extensions and health-care spending
Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels
January 17th, 2019 - 3:24pm
Many of the proposals announced Wednesday — including plans for state employee and teacher raises — were originally in a balanced budget proposal submitted by former Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval at the end of his term. But two key changes are expected to give Sisolak about $138 million more to play with than Sandoval had projected.
'No means no, Ruben' campaign launches to oppose Kihuen's City Council bid
Riley Snyder
January 17th, 2019 - 1:34pm
Democratic Assemblywoman Heidi Swank and a left-leaning PAC are launching an organized campaign asking voters to oppose Las Vegas City Council candidate and former Rep. Ruben Kihuen, after he was formally censured by House Ethics officials over credible allegations of sexual misconduct by multiple women.
PHOTOS: Gov. Sisolak delivers his first State of the State address
The Nevada Independent Staff
January 17th, 2019 - 11:47am
Photographer David Calvert was in Carson City to catch the reactions from Nevada’s assembled lawmakers — both jubilant and wary — to a speech that marks the state’s first Democratic governorship in two decades.
From caution to elation, lawmakers assess Sisolak's State of the State priorities
Riley Snyder, Michelle Rindels, Daniel Rothberg and Jackie Valley
January 17th, 2019 - 2:15am
Nevada lawmakers expressed everything from elation to skepticism after Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak unveiled his policy priorities Wednesday in the State of the State address, highlighting key issues — including state worker collective bargaining and minimum wage increases — that are likely to spur the most tension during the legislative session.
Sisolak pledges no new taxes, additional education and health-care funding in State of the State address
Riley Snyder, Michelle Rindels, Daniel Rothberg and Jackie Valley
January 16th, 2019 - 6:51pm
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak is calling for a budget tens of millions of dollars above the one proposed by his predecessor, Brian Sandoval, adding a 3 percent salary increase for teachers, higher education employees and state workers, more clinics for people with mental illness and many other new spending initiatives, all without new taxes.
Few applicants, no winners of conditional marijuana dispensary licenses allowing state to reveal their names
Michelle Rindels
January 16th, 2019 - 11:53am
The agency released a list of scores for 457 applications for marijuana dispensary licenses that were received this fall, including those from the 61 applications that won conditional licenses, but is not providing the names attached to the scores unless the dispensary consents. After the department solicited such permission in December, the businesspeople behind only 26 of the applications have granted consent.
Sisolak rakes in more than $2.3 million to campaign, PACs since elected governor
Riley Snyder and Megan Messerly
January 15th, 2019 - 6:29pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak raised at least $1 million after he was elected, including $100,000 from one casino mogul, and leant himself $250,000 just before his victory over Adam Laxalt, a new campaign filing reveals.
Lawmakers, top officials continued raising campaign cash in two months post-election
Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Jacob Solis
January 16th, 2019 - 2:10am
Even state lawmakers and elected office-holders who won’t be back on the ballot for two more years at the earliest continued to bring in large campaign contributions in the last two months of 2018, according to campaign finance reports required to be filed with the secretary of state on Tuesday. The reports span Nov. 2 to Dec. 31.