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Follow the Money: Energy industry donors contributed more than $400,000 to lawmakers ahead of 2021 session

April 19th, 2021 - 2:00am
Amid continuing attempts by a Democratic-led Legislature to grapple with the effects of the energy industry on the climate, a handful of Nevada’s largest energy companies shelled out more than $401,000 to legislative campaigns through the 2020 cycle.

Cortez Masto, Lee top prior first-quarter fundraising tallies as congressional campaigns eye 2022 midterms

April 16th, 2021 - 4:16pm
Congressional representatives across the state reported race-leading fundraising hauls this week, positioning each with an early money advantage more than a year in advance of next summer’s primary elections.

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Rosen raises $340,000 in the first quarter

April 13th, 2021 - 3:42pm
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who won’t face voters again until 2024, raised over $340,000 in the first quarter of the year and has $1.8 million cash on hand, according to her campaign’s filing with the Federal Election Commission.

Rep. Steven Horsford announces $363,000 in first quarter fundraising

April 13th, 2021 - 12:21pm
The campaign for Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford announced $363,000 in first-quarter fundraising Tuesday, an amount that lifts his campaign war chest to more than $750,000 through the first three months of the midterm election cycle.

Rep. Susie Lee reports raising more than $600,000 through first quarter of 2021

Susie Lee at a podium wearing a blue shirt
April 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
In the months after securing her second term in Congress last year, Democratic Rep. Susie Lee’s campaign announced more than $600,000 in first-quarter fundraising Monday, raising her cash on hand to nearly $500,000.

Follow the Money: Tracking more than $607,000 in legislative campaign contributions from lawyers, legal groups

April 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
With nearly a quarter of the Legislature holding legal day jobs or with a J.D. on their wall, it comes as little surprise that law firms, legal groups and lawyers contributed more than $607,000 to legislative campaigns last cycle.

Nevada Republicans vote to censure SOS Cegavske over voter fraud allegations

April 10th, 2021 - 4:50pm
Members of the central committee voted to approve the censure on a 126-112 vote on Saturday during the party’s spring meeting in Carson City, sources told The Nevada Independent. The censure also banned Cegavske from party membership, endorsements or resources for “the intense dishonor her failures brought upon the Nevada Republican Party.”

Cortez Masto raised $2.3 million last quarter

April 9th, 2021 - 12:13pm
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) raised $2.3 million in the first quarter of the year, a Nevada record for federal office this early in the campaign cycle, leaving her re-election campaign with $4.66 million in cash on hand, her campaign will announce later Friday.

Lawmakers advance bill that could make Nevada first presidential nominating state, but many challenges remain

April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
Members of the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee voted along party-lines to approve AB126 on Thursday, the bill from Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson to end Nevada’s presidential caucus and replace it with a primary election that would leapfrog other states to the front of the nominating calendar.

Lawyers argue before Nevada Supreme Court over close Clark County Commission race

The front of the Nevada Supreme Court Building
April 7th, 2021 - 5:31pm
The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday morning in a months-long case over an exceptionally close Clark County Commission race, with lawyers arguing whether discrepancies in the voting process met the definition of an election being “prevented.”

Lawmakers debate expanding automatic voter registration, implementing top-down registration system

April 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
On the heels of a transition to automatic voter registration (AVR) at the DMV and same-day voter registration, lawmakers are considering bills that proponents say further streamline civic participation and bring more Nevadans into the process.

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee switches parties over ‘Socialist takeover of the Nevada Democratic Party’

April 6th, 2021 - 8:07am
Lee made the announcement during an appearance on Fox and Friends early Tuesday, saying the state Democratic Party’s recent leadership takeover by members of the Democratic Socialists of America had convinced him to finally switch political parties.

Follow the Money: Breaking down more than $769,000 in gaming-industry spending on legislative campaigns

April 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
Amid the most dire threat to casino profits in the history of the Las Vegas Strip, a gaming industry hobbled by the COVID-19 pandemic still gave more than $769,000 to 52 state lawmakers over the course of the 2020 campaign cycle.

Permanent expanded mail-in voting, straight ticket ballots draw partisan fire in Legislature

April 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The fight over how Nevada conducts elections may have subsided since last year’s election but roared back in full view on Thursday, as state lawmakers held hearings on two measures that drew partisan battle lines and could have a profound effect on election cycles in the state.

Assembly to review election contest filed by defeated GOP candidate

March 29th, 2021 - 3:04pm
Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D-Las Vegas) on Monday appointed three lawmakers — Democrats Steve Yeager and Sandra Jauregui and Republican Tom Roberts — to serve on an election contest committee to review a complaint submitted by former Republican Assembly candidate Cheryl Arrington. She lost her bid for an Assembly seat to current office-holder Elaine Marzola (D-Las Vegas) by 1,197 votes, or four percentage points.

Follow the Money: Breaking down more than $840,000 in legislative campaign contributions from business interests

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
March 29th, 2021 - 2:00am
Amid a pandemic year that stalled the Las Vegas economy and severely tested the bottom lines of businesses small and large, chambers of commerce and other business interests gave 61 of 63 Nevada lawmakers more than $840,000 in the 2020 election cycle.

Follow the Money: Breaking down $1.7 million in legislative campaign spending from PACs, political groups and politicians

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
March 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
Of more than $10.6 million spent on Nevada legislative races in the 2020 cycle, no single group of donors, corporate or otherwise, spent more money than candidates, politicians and political PACs, which combined for more than $1.7 million spread across 61 of the state’s 63 lawmakers.

Indy Explains: Legislative Democrats’ plan for permanent expanded mail-in voting

March 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
The bill is the the fulfilment of a promise that Frierson made earlier in the session to make the state’s pandemic-induced change to mail balloting in the 2020 election permanent, but is also likely to draw staunch opposition from Republican lawmakers who have denounced the expansion of mail voting and have introduced many of their own election-related proposals.

Most 2020 Nevada election integrity cases resolved without finding of fraud; recent Republican document drop under review

March 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
A log obtained by The Nevada Independent through a public records request shows there were 298 election integrity case files submitted to the secretary of state’s office from the beginning of September through Tuesday. It does not characterize the complexity of any individual case — such as whether a complainant suggested a single improper vote or submitted a spreadsheet alleging thousands of suspicious votes — or offer names of complainants or the accused.

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