Environment | Government
Follow the Money: Fiore-led PAC paid daughter’s event planning company six figures over last two years
January 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
Campaign payments made by Fiore’s PAC to a business owned by her daughter highlight Nevada’s loose laws and oversight on political spending, especially with no clear definition of “personal use” or guidance on how to avoid ethical conflicts when paying family members out of campaign funds.
Government | Local Government | State Government
Eureka sheriff writes letter to Sisolak, says he’ll resist new 'red flag' gun law 'until there is no fight left in me'
January 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Eureka County Sheriff Jesse Watts issued an open letter earlier this month expressing “disdain” for Gov. Steve Sisolak and accusing him of using the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas as a way to “show boat” and “grand stand” in order to further gun control laws.
Government | Local Government
Clark County takes steps to prevent “the same type of tragedy” as Alpine Motel fire
January 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Clark County commissioners are asking what they can do to prevent a tragedy like the fire that took six lives and injured 13 people on Dec. 21 at the Alpine Motel Apartments in downtown Las Vegas. The Department of Building and Fire Prevention has been tasked with notifying residents of inspections and providing a "priority" list of vulnerable properties.
Congress | Government | IndyBlog
Senate GOP votes to kill Democrats' efforts to subpoena documents, witnesses at outset of Trump impeachment trial
Nevada state workers moving closer to collective bargaining after gaining right last year
Community | State Government
New Stewart Indian School museum reflects on dark history, brings hope for Native communities
January 19th, 2020 - 2:00am
The boarding school was opened in 1890 as part of the 1887 federal Assimilation and Allotment program and closed 90 years later. Rahder said the program aimed to wipe out Native languages and cultures and separate children from their parents in order to assimilate them into white culture and to create citizens who spoke, looked, and acted the part.
Congress | Government
Indy DC Download: House hands off impeachment to Senate, approves Lee resolution to protect defrauded students
January 18th, 2020 - 2:00am
After sending impeachment articles to the Senate, the House last week approved Rep. Susie Lee’s resolution to block a Department of Education rule that would make it more difficult for borrowers cheated by for-profit schools to receive restitution.
Government | Immigration
Immigrant rights groups sue City of Las Vegas over immigration detention practices
Elections | Legislature
Follow the Money: Campaign finance reports show GOP edges in key Assembly races, tight contests in State Senate
January 17th, 2020 - 11:36am
Details from the 2019 contribution and expenses reports, due on Jan. 15, detailed how much legislative incumbents and candidates raised over the last calendar year and painted a more hopeful picture for Republicans in several “swing” Assembly races, with a more mixed view in competitive state Senate seats.
Election 2020 | Elections | Government
Democrats tout plans for Indian Country, urge voter access at second-ever Native American presidential candidate forum
January 16th, 2020 - 2:00am
At the Native American Presidential Forum on Wednesday, Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer accused the Republican Party of “doing everything it can” to take voting rights away from Americans, especially Native Americans. The forum, hosted at UNLV by the voting rights advocacy group Four Directions and Nevada’s tribes, was the second-ever of its kind. Though the first Native forum was hosted in Sioux City, Iowa last summer, organizers wanted to hold another event in a state with a significant Native population and that will be primary a focus for get-out-the-vote efforts in 2020.
Elections | State Government
Sisolak campaign raises $1.6 million in 2019, has $2.3 million in cash more than three years before next election
January 15th, 2020 - 2:06pm
Sisolak’s Contributions and Expenses report was released on Wednesday and shows the incumbent governor’s campaign spent $164,000 throughout the year while pushing his cash on hand total to more than $2.3 million. The report covers all contributions and expenses in 2019.
Congress | Government
Nevada's House Democrats help kick off Senate impeachment trial
Election 2020 | Legislature | Real Estate
REALTORS pump $2 million toward legislative races, candidate recruitment amid backlash to tenants rights bills
January 15th, 2020 - 10:00am
The two political action committees — Realtor Champion PAC and Realtor Industry PAC — were each registered with the state on the same day in December and given $1 million each by the REALTORS association. It’s part of an expanded strategy by the association (already a major contributor to legislative candidates of both parties) to play a larger role in recruiting and supporting candidates in both major political parties aligned with the industry after a 2019 legislative session that association President Chris Bishop called “one of the worst legislative sessions we've been through.”
Vegas council votes to extend criminal penalties to sidewalks not covered by encampment ordinance
The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday is expected to vote on an ordinance to allow city officials to “designate hours of sidewalk cleaning” in areas that are not already covered by an approved ordinance that makes it illegal to sit or lie down in many parts of town. Deputy City Attorney Jeff Dorocak says that the ordinance is intended to give allow the city to clean areas where encampments would be "still available," such as sidewalks or parking lots in commercial or industrial areas.
Sex Industry | State Government
Brothel fights for records after state classifies sex workers as employees, not independent contractors
January 13th, 2020 - 11:13am
A brothel protesting that the state has classified sex workers as its employees rather than as independent contractors — a change that could mean the brothel owes a large sum to the state’s unemployment insurance fund — is now arguing over public records before the Nevada Supreme Court.
Criminal Justice | Legislature
State Supreme Court temporarily blocks lower court ruling, will hear appeal on decision over legislative attorneys role in payroll tax lawsuit
January 13th, 2020 - 10:30am
In an order issued Friday, the seven-member court granted a stay blocking implementation of Carson City District Court Judge James Russell’s order preventing the Legislative Counsel Bureau from representing individual lawmakers in a payroll tax lawsuit — filed by Republican state senators challenging a 2019 bill that removed a scheduled decrease in the state’s payroll tax rate without a two-thirds majority usually required for any change in taxes.
Community | Local Government
Clark County hosts forum of community leaders, asks public to sign written pledge to help end poverty
January 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
The forum brought together more than 200 local community leaders and decision-makers to focus on three major areas in their efforts to fight poverty — increasing career opportunities for the underemployed, providing employment and mentoring programs for low-income youth and increasing economic mobility for impoverished single parents.