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Even amid Trump’s Nevada loss, PAC led by former Lt. Gov. Hutchison touts success for down-ballot Republicans

November 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
Though election results are being contested (including a request for a special election in one close state Senate race), a substantial amount of credit for Republican success in down-ballot races is being attributed to a well funded political action committee called “Stronger Nevada PAC.”

Sisolak limits gathering sizes, reduces occupancy at certain places as COVID-19 cases climb

November 22nd, 2020 - 4:58pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak announced on Sunday that he is lowering occupancy limits and once again reducing the size of allowed gatherings as COVID-19 continues to spread like wildfire across the state, setting records day after day for new reported cases.

Overpayment notices bring new heartburn to broke claimants who say DETR still owes them

November 21st, 2020 - 9:00am
Santeliz said she knows there must be a mistake because she only received a few weeks of benefits before her claim stalled indefinitely, and the amount DETR said she owes is far more than she was ever paid. But it’s still a major stressor for a mother of two who is trying to keep a roof over her head, and she’s far from the only Nevadan receiving such news.

Indy DC Download: Congress pushes for end-of-year appropriations deal as a COVID-19 relief package remains elusive

Dark clouds over the U.S. Capitol building
November 21st, 2020 - 2:00am
Prospects for Congress to wrap up the 12 annual appropriations bills before the end of the year improved last week as chances for a deal on pandemic aid remained low.

Judge rejects ‘shocking ask’ of new election over voter fraud claims brought by Sharron Angle and affiliated group

November 20th, 2020 - 5:26pm
Judge Gloria Sturman rejected the request by Election Integrity Project and Angle after a lengthy hearing Friday afternoon, saying that the group’s claims of potential voter fraud fell far short of the required level of evidence needed for a judgement in their favor — throwing out a state law allowing mail-in ballots to be sent to all active registered voters, declaring the 2020 election null and ordering a new election to take place.

Special election plans on hold in Clark County Commission race decided by 10 votes

November 20th, 2020 - 4:11pm
Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez heard from both parties involved in Democrat Ross Miller’s lawsuit against Clark County on Friday to determine what is needed as evidence in the case and to set a date for the next hearing.

Judge rejects Marchant request for new election in congressional race over ‘voter fraud’ allegations

Republican congressional candidate Jim Marchant at a rally in support of law enforcement organized by the Nevada Republican Party on Thursday, July 30, 2020 outside the Legislature in Carson City.
November 20th, 2020 - 1:43pm
Though Marchant’s attorney, Craig Mueller, said he would be comfortable pairing the request for a new election with either a later evidentiary hearing or the transferring of computer records related to mail ballots, Sturman said she was not comfortable issuing such an order both because of jurisdictional concerns — Nevada state law has a separate process for the filing of election contest suits — and because of the basic geography of the congressional district, which spans seven counties.

With Nevada prison COVID-19 cases nearly quintupling in two weeks, families call for early releases

Ely State Prison
November 19th, 2020 - 6:16pm
“This isn't about partisan politics. It's about fighting for the survival of people and seeing the humanity in those who are not defined by the worst thing they've ever done,” said Leslie Turner of the Mass Liberation Project, which is affiliated with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. “And we all should believe that COVID-19 shouldn't be a death sentence for anyone, including those who are incarcerated.”

Ford appointed to leadership position in national Democratic attorneys general group

November 19th, 2020 - 5:00am
Aaron Ford will serve alongside DAGA’s current co-chair, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, in the group dedicated to supporting Democratic Party candidates in attorney general races across the nation. The group helps fund Democratic candidates and also runs independent ads, including in Ford’s narrow 2018 victory over Republican challenger Wes Duncan.

Judge tosses separation of powers lawsuit challenging government-employed lawmakers over lack of standing

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
November 18th, 2020 - 5:43pm
“It is an organization, rather than a particularly-aggrieved individual, harmed by any alleged dual employment,” Crockett wrote in a brief order. “It is quite clear that Nevada Policy Research Institute does not allege any particularized harm beyond that of any ordinary taxpayer and that is simply not enough to give standing to Nevada Policy Research Institute to bring this suit.”

Democratic candidate sues Clark County after commission declines to certify his 10-vote victory, instead pursues special election

November 17th, 2020 - 7:15pm
Democratic candidate Ross Miller has filed a lawsuit over the Clark County Commission’s decision not to certify the results of the election for the District C seat on the board — a race he initially won by 10 votes out of more than 150,000 cast.

Trump campaign files lawsuit asking judge to overturn or annul Nevada’s presidential election results

November 17th, 2020 - 3:50pm
The lawsuit, which was filed in Carson City District Court Tuesday afternoon, is the latest legal challenge filed by the Trump campaign and Republican groups over Nevada and Clark County’s general election processes and procedures. Final vote tallies released over the weekend and certified by counties on Monday gave former Vice President Joe Biden a 33,596 vote, or 2.39 percentage point, lead over Trump in the state.

CCEA-backed tax proposals submitted with almost double the number of required signatures to qualify

Rally signs saying "Fund Our Schools"
November 17th, 2020 - 2:19pm
Two ballot initiatives backed by the Clark County Education Association that would raise the state’s sales and gaming tax rates have garnered enough signatures to move forward to the 2021 Legislature, setting up a potentially politically fraught fight over taxes next year.

Nevada grows majority-female Legislature after 2020 election, with more than 60 percent of seats to be filled by women

Assembly Majority Floor Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson, right, speaks with Deputy Minority Whip Robin Titus, on Friday, July 31, 2020 during the first day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.
November 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
In total, the 42-seat state Assembly will have 27 female lawmakers and 14 male lawmakers, including 19 female Democrats and eight female Republicans. In the 21-member state Senate, men will hold 10 seats and females will hold 11 (two Republicans and nine Democrats). Women held 33 of the 63 seats in the 2019 Legislature, hitting the majority mark after two female Assembly members (Rochelle Nguyen and Bea Duran) were appointed to vacant positions by the Clark County Commission in December 2019.

Clark County calls for re-vote in commission race decided by 10 ballots; discrepancies outnumber victory margin

November 16th, 2020 - 4:02pm
Clark County commissioners have certified all the results of the general election — except in the race for the commission seat representing District C, where ballot discrepancies outnumber Democrat Ross Miller’s 10-vote victory and a special election will be held.

Miller comes out on top in competitive race, winning seat on Clark County Commission by 10 votes

November 14th, 2020 - 11:08am
Democrat Ross Miller has been declared the winner in a contentious and exceedingly close race for the open District C seat on the powerful Clark County Commission, but Republican Stavros Anthony has indicated a recount may be coming.

Indy DC Download: Pandemic aid standoff continued as parties return to their pre-election positions

November 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
Odds for Congress to pass a pandemic aid package did not appear to improve after the recent elections as House Democrats and Senate Republicans last week traded jabs over their differing visions for a bill, which remained the same as before the election.

More than 80 percent of inmates at Carson City prison test positive for COVID-19

November 13th, 2020 - 6:31pm
News of the additional cases comes after 93 cases were initially reported among inmates last week, and after advocates had called since March for prison populations to be reduced to lower the risk of spread. Various state boards deliberated on the matter but the state ultimately took no action to release large groups of inmates.

Sisolak tests positive for COVID-19 as virus surges in Nevada, across the nation

Sisolak speaks during press conference
November 13th, 2020 - 4:01pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

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