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The life and death of Manuela Guzman

A view of Las Vegas Boulevard in the evening
November 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
Manuela Guzman died this month, alone in a Las Vegas hospital, where she had been since late September. Early in her battle with COVID-19, nurses had helped her talk to her family via FaceTime. But in the third week of October, her heart stopped.


Corona Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2020 - 2:00am
The holidays are certainly going to be a lot different this year, aren’t they? At least they should be if we heed the warnings and recommendations of the CDC, countless scientists, and global public health experts. And yet, I am entirely certain that we won’t.

Securing federal grants to offset Nevada’s budget shortfalls is critical

The front of the Nevada Legislature Building on a sunny day
November 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
Earlier this month, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that he was asking state agencies to reduce their 2021-2023 budgets by 12 percent. These cuts are in addition to the more than $1 billion in reductions approved this summer and are likely to compromise core services, especially in the areas of behavioral health, social services, foster care and child welfare, and education.

Govern yourself this Thanksgiving

Red Cross volunteers make masks for Spanish flu
November 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Growing up is seldom easy. When you’re little, you usually trust your parents. You trust they know how the world works and they know what they’re talking about. You trust they’re working in your best interest, even if you don’t fully understand every rule they hold you to.


Begging your pardon

A two inmate cell
November 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
I’ve never met Deborah Clendenning and I don’t represent her, but having read transcripts and law briefs describing her circumstances, I know a lot about her criminal case. From my perspective as an attorney for four decades, a judge for a spell, and an advocate for those abandoned or ignored by our institutions in the interim, I can speak with authority that she does not belong in prison. In fact, it’s as clear that she should have never been sent there at all.


Trump campaign, state GOP continue to perpetrate fraud on voters

November 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
The Raiders are in the middle of their first season in Las Vegas, but I remember when the Dallas Cowboys moved to Southern Nevada.

Stop leaving money on the table and keep families at home around theirs

November 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada must act swiftly to forestall a looming eviction crisis and secure federal funds to address housing discrimination and disparities. Fortunately, Nevada only needs to implement modest changes to access assistance.

Addiction mental health recovery advocates must decide if they are partners with legislators who already support them

The Nevada Legislature building
November 18th, 2020 - 2:00am
“Throw the bums out!” is a comical mantra for short-sighted views of how stable policy change happens. It is also a tactic to keep an emerging bloc of addiction recovery advocates sidelined in the next legislative session.

Assigning political scarlet letters

November 15th, 2020 - 2:10am
That the efforts of Team Trump have been embarrassingly inept and unhinged does not mitigate the imperative for there to be some kind of reckoning when a band of malefactors attempts to sway public opinion with misdirection and misinformation and thicken the froth of the president’s rabid adherents with conspiracy theories and outright falsehoods.

Rumors of widespread election fraud aren't new

November 15th, 2020 - 2:05am
In 2012, I was a moderator for a number of Libertarian forums on Facebook. Back in those far-off, pre-COVID days, there were a slew of supposedly “satirical” news websites — “supposedly” in that, if you dug deep enough into their “About Us” pages, they’d post some legal boilerplate declaring their content to be fictional and “satirical” to limit legal liability.

All good things…

November 15th, 2020 - 2:02am
When I was a kid, my gateway drug to the news was the comics page in the newspaper. As I got older and more curious about the world, I couldn’t help but notice that there was another comic or two in the front section of the paper, a few pages in. And along with them, there were some pretty interesting articles by very good writers saying interesting things – even if I didn’t necessarily agree with what they were saying.

Latinx political energy helps give Nevada Democrats something to celebrate

November 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
The careworn east Las Vegas strip mall had seen better decades, but not long after sunrise on election morning it was a whirl of energetic humanity set to the undeniable optimism of mariachi music.

When warrants become poison

Photo of gavel on scale of justice
November 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
The simplest definition of a warrant is that it’s a piece of paper signed by a judge that provides official permission to do something that is otherwise illegal and unconstitutional. Warrants should be rare, but they are not. They should be highly scrutinized, but they aren’t.

The system worked

November 12th, 2020 - 2:00am
It has been a little more than one week since the 2020 general election. All of the votes are in; all but a few have been counted. Vice President Biden and Senator Kamala Harris won nationwide and in Nevada. And none of President Trump’s election challenges—in and out of court—will alter the results. The margins are too big in too many states for anything to change.

Ghost of eTreppid: Tech ‘con man’ in the middle of Trump’s voter fraud

President Trump in a blue suit and red tie coming down the stairs of Air Force One
November 11th, 2020 - 2:00am
As he tries to alter the reality of losing the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is relying on high-tech sleight-of-hand artist and former Nevada businessman Dennis Montgomery to help spread misinformation about widespread voter fraud.

UNR is battling COVID-19 spikes, but are the numbers really that frightening?

November 11th, 2020 - 2:00am
The recent announcement the University of Nevada, Reno will close most on-campus instruction in November was a surprise to many. Shutting down a campus that just reopened and is home to more than 20,000 students each fall is a huge disruption in the lives of these students, their families, university faculty and staff, local landlords and local businesses that rely on the additional commerce each year.

The current cries of voter fraud are the fraud

November 10th, 2020 - 1:30pm
As a longtime Nevada lawyer who has actually litigated election cases here, including those involving unlawful voting, I feel compelled by the words of the late Congressman John Lewis: “When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something.”

This election belongs to the young

November 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
Well, well, well. What a difference a week makes. Saturday felt like the first real sleep I’ve had in four years. That’s not to say that I think our slide into fascism is over, or that there isn’t still a ton of work to do, but for now at least I can see a future.

Not one presidential candidate is referenced by name in this column

November 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
With another election behind us, there are some lessons we learned, some lessons we know we didn’t learn, and many lessons we don’t know we didn’t learn.

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