As Republicans eye Nevada, the state’s battleground status may come down to one man: Joe Biden
November 10th, 2019 - 2:00am
With less than a year to go until the presidential election, Nevada Republicans are hosting trainings and reactivating their volunteer army. National Republicans have promised to invest in the state no matter what. But to what extent Nevada is actually in play in 2020 will likely come down to who wins the Democratic presidential nomination.
Harris touts union-friendly Medicare-for-all plan at town hall with powerful Culinary Union
November 8th, 2019 - 9:02pm
California Sen. Kamala Harris lauded the Culinary Union’s hard-fought health insurance plan as “extraordinary” and promised that her version of Medicare-for-all wouldn’t take it away while at a town hall with the union’s members in Las Vegas on Friday night.
Election 2020 | Elections | Government
DNC sees Nevada as key battleground for presidential victory
Elections | Legislature
Group files ballot initiative to overhaul state Senate, add ranked-choice voting
November 6th, 2019 - 2:00am
According to paperwork filed with the secretary of state’s office last month, a public school teacher in Beatty named Benjamin Pennington has filed documents signaling an intent to begin collecting signatures for a proposed initiative petition that would reduce the terms for state senators from four to two years and align their districts with the boundaries of the state’s congressional districts.
Steyer calls Warren health care plan a ‘huge risk,’ weighs in on Anaconda Copper Mine contamination
Election 2020 | Elections | State Government
Page, Hayes seats on Board of Regents will be open
November 5th, 2019 - 2:00am
Clark County Regents Kevin Page and Trevor Hayes have said that they will not run next year for re-election to the NSHE Board of Regents, which has jurisdiction over eight Nevada colleges and universities and more than 107,000 enrolled students. Regent Sam Lieberman confirmed over the phone on Friday that he will run for re-election. Washoe County Regent Rick Trachok said on Thursday that he was undecided.
Steyer pushes back on Medicare for all, talks about improving veterans services at town hall
Election 2020 | State Government
Ballot question filed to create independent redistricting commission, place limits on gerrymandering
November 4th, 2019 - 4:00pm
In an interview, Cosgrove said that she and her organization believed that moving the power to redistrict to a bipartisan board and out of the hands of the Legislature — a powerful tool that influences political balance for a decade — would ultimately be a more stable system, avoid potential future litigation over gerrymandering and give more people a reason to cast a ballot.
Criminal Justice | Elections | IndyBlog
Pickering will defend Supreme Court Seat, Chief Justice Gibbons will vacate
November 4th, 2019 - 3:53pm
Associate Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court Kristina Pickering will seek re-election in 2020. Chief Justice Mark Gibbons will not. The chief presiding criminal judge for Clark County’s District Court, Douglas Herndon, confirmed last week that he will seek a seat on the high court in 2020.
Poll: Biden holds significant lead over Warren, Sanders in Nevada; top issue is electing someone who can beat Trump
November 4th, 2019 - 1:00pm
Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a 10 point lead over Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders among likely Democratic presidential caucusgoers in Nevada, buoyed by an intense focus on electing a candidate who can beat President Donald Trump, according to a new poll by The Nevada Independent released Monday.
From Yucca Mountain to Freedom Dividends: A conversation with Andrew Yang
Elections | State Government
In quest to automatically register voters at DMV, permits that allow undocumented residents to drive prove a hang-up
October 31st, 2019 - 2:00am
“An opt-in opportunity to register relies on affirmation of one’s citizenship and an inadvertent false affirmation of citizenship for the purpose of registration is not only a federal crime but [also] grounds for deportation or denial of a naturalization application,” said Oliker-Friedland.
Elections | Government | Local Government
Former Secretary of State Ross Miller seeks post on Clark County Commission
October 30th, 2019 - 2:00am
Former Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller, who lost a high-profile bid for attorney general in 2014, is making a political comeback in a campaign for Clark County Commission. He will go up against at least three contenders for District C seat.
Indy 2020: Democratic presidential hopefuls try to out-Nevada each other on controversial 287(g) program, homeless ordinance
Election 2020 | Legislature
Terms limits, higher ambitions mean at least 11 open seats in the Legislature in 2020
About a dozen seats in the Legislature will have no incumbent in the race in the 2020 election, setting the stage for some fierce competition when candidates formally file to run in March, according to an analysis from The Nevada Independent.
Election 2020 | Health Care
Presidential hopefuls cite labor in opposition to Medicare for all, but what do Nevada’s unions want?
October 27th, 2019 - 2:00am
The Culinary Health Center lies within an unremarkable building on an unremarkable block in East Las Vegas. But the clinic’s beige exterior belies its well-appointed interior — a granite, concierge-style reception desk where patients are greeted, tiled columns, wood paneled ceilings, modern globe light fixtures and wall decorations shimmering with gold-colored threads. If Culinary workers spend their days laboring in some of the most glitzy casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, their union wanted them to have an equally as pleasant aesthetic experience while receiving their health care, union officials have said.
Three Democratic presidential hopefuls face off on Yucca Mountain, housing, immigration at progressive forum
October 27th, 2019 - 2:00am
Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang surpassed fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro in two Nevada polls last month. But at a progressive forum in East Las Vegas on Saturday, it was Castro whom the crowd warmed to with his Nevada-specific answers while Yang struggled to answer questions, including on Yucca Mountain.