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Washoe turns Republicans blue
Daniel Rothberg and Megan Messerly
November 11th, 2018 - 2:05am
Washoe County used to be solidly conservative. But in recent years, it has emerged as the state’s only swing county, a fact that has often resulted in split tickets. The Nevada Independent explores why Democrats have been so successful and what that means for state politics and the Republican Party.
Cortez Masto raises more than $2 million for Nevada Democrats over election cycle
Megan Messerly
November 10th, 2018 - 2:00am
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto raised more than $2 million over the course of the election cycle for the Nevada State Democratic Party after taking up its fundraising mantle earlier this year, according to her fundraising team embedded within the party.
Investigation underway after Vegas air traffic controller became incapacitated on duty
Michelle Rindels
November 9th, 2018 - 4:41pm
Federal Aviation Administration officials say there were no safety events, losses of required separation between aircraft or conflicts between the airfield and the aircraft during that period, which happened after 11 p.m. on Nov. 7. But the agency has restricted the controller from working and is investigating the incident, which attracted the attention of Nevada Rep. Dina Titus.
Rosen says protecting pre-existing conditions her top priority in Senate; wants 'empathy' for migrant caravan
Riley Snyder
November 9th, 2018 - 2:05pm
Fighting through a post-election cold, Rosen also told reporters during a Friday press conference that she wasn’t sure Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general after the resignation of Jeff Sessions was constitutionally valid, but that Whitaker should recuse himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
School choice, union groups start early push for funding after elections
Riley Snyder
November 9th, 2018 - 2:10am
With the dust hardly settled days after major Democratic victories in Nevada’s midterm elections, education advocacy groups have already begun jockeying for position and funding ahead of the state’s 2019 legislative session. Within days of Tuesday’s results, a pro education choice group released a celebratory statement congratulating Democrat and Republican candidates alike for victories on Tuesday, ahead of its planned effort to push for funding of a state program giving tax credits to businesses in exchange for contributions to a private school scholarship program.
Sandoval, state groups concerned about Interior Department reorganization
Daniel Rothberg
November 9th, 2018 - 2:05am
As the Department of Interior moves ahead with a reorganization of its sub-agencies including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), groups in Nevada are again voicing concern that the shake-up could fragment local input in how more than 85 percent of the state’s land is managed.
School district lobbyists cautiously optimistic about upcoming legislative session following midterm election
Jackie Valley
November 9th, 2018 - 2:00am
Lobbyists working for the Clark County School Board said the outcome of the midterm election could bode well for local education requests given that the governor-elect and both legislative leaders are from Southern Nevada.
Sisolak bucks Nevada trend as first unmarried governor-elect in a century
Jackie Valley
November 8th, 2018 - 4:19pm
It’s unclear how much a role, if any, the gubernatorial candidates’ marital status played in the midterm election. But Sisolak’s win means that for the first time in more than 100 years and only the third time in the state’s history, Nevada voters elected an unmarried governor.
Lawmakers elect caucus leaders, who will have major influence on direction of 2019 session
Michelle Rindels and Megan Messerly
November 8th, 2018 - 12:21pm
Republican and Democratic caucuses in the Senate and the Assembly selected the lawmakers who will lead an increasingly Democratic Legislature in the 2019 session.