Republican congressional candidates draw lines on immigration, gun violence at debate

Megan Messerly
May 22nd, 2018 - 2:10am
The Republican candidates vying for the chance to represent Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District in the November election drew lines in the sand on a number of issues at a debate Monday afternoon on issues ranging from whether they would support a path to citizenship for all unauthorized immigrants to what the country should do about gun violence.
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Correctional officers say more robust staffing might have prevented inmate's killing in Carson City

Michelle Rindels
May 21st, 2018 - 12:02pm
“That particular unit is legislatively approved for two officers that time of the day when this happened,” Eugene Columbus, a retired correctional officer and president of the Nevada Corrections Association, told The Nevada Independent in an interview. “Because of money restraints placed by the governor and politicians downtown, there was only one.”
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Rural counties fear speculation as company files to control as much water as Nevada gets from the Colorado River every year

Daniel Rothberg
May 21st, 2018 - 2:05am
An investment vehicle for a New York hedge fund filed an application late last year with Nevada’s top water official to stake a large claim for the last available rights to one of the state’s most contested waterways. In the months since its application, Nevada’s wildlife department and four rural counties — Elko, Lander, Humboldt and Pershing — have filed protests.
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Immigration could play a decisive role in the Nevada Senate race

Humberto Sanchez
May 20th, 2018 - 2:15am
Immigration policy has long been a pivotal subject in Nevada, where one in every five residents hails from outside the U.S. This week, Sen. Dean Heller revealed flickers of concern about how decisive a role the issue could play in the Senate race.
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How Pat Spearman went from the pulpit to the polls

Soni Brown
May 20th, 2018 - 2:10am
Before she lifted her eyes to the next rung of the political ladder, Pat Spearman was gaining recognition in state and national politics as a woman on the rise. The retired Army lieutenant colonel and pastor defended LGBTQ rights in a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
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              Indy DC Download: Heller pleads with Trump on immigration, works with Cortez Masto opposing Yucca
              Humberto Sanchez
              May 19th, 2018 - 2:00am
              Sen. Dean Heller featured prominently in congressional goings-on last week beginning with an awkward exchange with President Donald Trump over immigration and ending with a joint letter with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto urging no federal appropriations for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project.
              Despite early promises, Heller has yet to hold hearings in either of his congressional subcommittees
              Riley Snyder
              May 18th, 2018 - 2:10am
              But that enthusiasm hasn’t translated to Heller’s role chairing two Senate subcommittees, which have yet to meet over the last year and a half since Heller was appointed to lead them and touted his ability in news releases to help Nevada through those roles.
              Premiums to increase $843 next year on Nevada exchange after individual mandate repeal, new federal rule change, report says
              Megan Messerly
              May 18th, 2018 - 5:00am
              Nevada’s premiums on the health-care exchange are likely to increase by about $843 next year as a result of Congress’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and a new Trump administration rule on short-term health insurance plans, according to a new report from the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress.
              Lyon County to draft its own ballot question on brothel ban, leaving the issue up to voters
              Daniel Rothberg
              May 18th, 2018 - 2:05am
              Lyon County's five commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to draft a ballot question for November to ask voters whether its brothels should stay or go.
              School board approves new superintendent's contract in split vote
              Jackie Valley
              May 18th, 2018 - 2:00am
              The Clark County School District’s incoming superintendent, Jesus Jara, will receive a $320,000 annual salary and up to $10,000 to defray moving costs.Those are some of the terms laid out in a three-year employment agreement approved Thursday by a divided School Board of Trustees, solidifying Jara’s hire with the nation’s fifth-largest district.
              About 300 people eligible for parole are being held in Nevada prisons beyond release date
              Michelle Rindels
              May 17th, 2018 - 2:30am
              At a Board of Prison Commissioners meeting, the Nevada Department of Corrections reported there were 272 inmates on in-house parole, meaning they weren’t approved for release into the community because there were issues with their transition plan, administrative hold-ups or lack of appropriate housing. That’s out of a total count of 13,229 inmates.
              Tarkanian, Mortensen spar over Trump endorsement in first Republican congressional debate
              Megan Messerly
              May 17th, 2018 - 2:20am
              Businessman Danny Tarkanian and former television reporter Michelle Mortensen traded barbs during the first debate in the race to secure the Republican nomination for Nevada’s swingiest congressional district, with Mortensen deriding Tarkanian as a “perennial candidate” and Tarkanian quipping that Mortensen spent the last few years “doing reports on OxiClean and salad spinners.”
              Staunch Republican, former professional wrestler attempting to become Nevada's Jesse Ventura
              Riley Snyder
              May 17th, 2018 - 2:10am
              But that’s the case for Dan Rodimer, a Republican state Senate candidate who worked a brief stint in the World Wrestling Entertainment in the mid 2000s and is now ramping up his campaign for one of the key legislative seats up on the 2018 ballot.
              Supreme Court rules anti-sanctuary cities ballot measure needs more work, likely dooming the initiative
              Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels
              May 16th, 2018 - 1:21pm
              The court’s order is most likely a fatal blow for the proposed ballot initiative, which has been championed by Republican state Senate Leader Michael Roberson. The Prevent Sanctuary Cities PAC, which sponsored the ballot question and introduced it last year, must now start over and collect 112,544 signatures — including 28,136 from each of the state’s congressional districts — before a June 19 deadline, or it won’t appear on the November ballot.
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