Koenig did not grow up with grand political goals. “It's not like ever since I was 5 years old I said ‘I want to be the governor!' Koenig said. "And it didn't evolve that way. It just was more organic.”
Reports from the Anti-Defamation League indicate 2,717 antisemitic incidents took place throughout the United States in 2021 — the most since tracking began in 1979 and a 64 percent increase in incidents from the previous year.
Five educators turned lawmakers are joining the 2023 legislative session. They’re hoping to add context to issues such as inadequate school funding, safety concerns and recruitment and retention challenges.
The comments came as part of a sweeping 90-minute discussion with Nevada Independent CEO Jon Ralston in Las Vegas, in an interview that ranged from the governor’s new $11 billion budget to plans to critical comments Lombardo made over the state’s universal mail-in elections.
His mentor is state Sen. Scott Hammond (R-Las Vegas), whom he met in 2010 when Hammond was knocking on doors for his campaign for the same seat Hibbetts now holds.
“I love this town, and I love this state,” he said.
Gov. Joe Lombardo proposed a two-year, $11 billion budget that would be the largest general fund budget in state history during his first State of the State address Monday, but many of the proposals deserve additional explanation.
During his contentious campaign to become Nevada governor, Joe Lombardo accused the Democratic incumbent of catering to the family of a donor and their lobbyist who helped an error-prone COVID-19 testing lab get licensed in the state.
With the authorization that allows federal funds to flow to the Tahoe Basin set to expire next year, Nevada’s congressional delegation and Tahoe stakeholders are hopeful they can pass a re-authorization this year.
In the wake of Gov. Joe Lombardo’s State of the State speech, Democrats — who still control both legislative chambers — were quick to criticize the partisan elements of the address, even as they signaled they may support some funding priorities on bipartisan grounds.
The proposal, which was released Monday evening alongside the governor’s biennial State of the State address, sets the general fund budget at $11 billion over the next two years, an increase of more than $1.7 billion over the current two-year state budget.
During his inaugural State of the State speech, Lombardo announced details of his proposed two-year $11 billion budget, shared Tesla’s plans for a $3.5 billion manufacturing facility in Northern Nevada and pledged to provide raises and bonuses for state employees, although to a lesser extent than former Gov. Steve Sisolak proposed last month.
Former Republican Gov. Bob List, who served from 1979-1983, described the speech in an interview as “an opportunity to lay your groundwork with the Legislature,” adding, though, that “it's bigger than that.”
“I just wanted to, to the extent that we can, strengthen the rule against it, the penalty for it, make sure it never happens again, basically make it even more illegal than it was before,” Daly, who represents a Sparks-area district, told The Nevada Independent.