On this week’s episode of IndyMatters, Northern Nevada Indy reporter Daniel Rothberg sits down with the mayor of Reno, Hillary Schieve. They talk about Schieve endorsing democratic candidate for governor Steve Sisolak as well as the struggles that Northern Nevada has with affordable housing and an increase in the homeless population as the city grows. Later on, they talk about flood risks for development projects in the region, the controversial strip club debacle in the city as well as a retrospective on Schieve’s past year in office.
Editor Jon Ralston and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson talk to Wayne Thorley, the man who oversees the election section of the secretary of state’s office. They talk about what’s being done to secure the November vote,. what went wrong in the primary and where the voter fraud probe is that started a year ago.
In this wide-ranging interview, John Entsminger, General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, talks with reporter Daniel Rothberg and Indy Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson about concerns over a Colorado River shortage, the agency’s continued push for a pipeline project to pump groundwater from Eastern Nevada to Las Vegas, ongoing water litigation across the state, and the need for policy changes.
Reporter Michelle Rindels and Editor Jon Ralston sit down with new UNLV President Marta Meana in this episode of IndyMatters. Meana, who started her new job in July, discusses what she’s been doing to promote healing in the university community after the departure of President Len Jessup, anger from donors and tension between the philanthropy community and regents this spring. She also discusses her vision for UNLV to be more fully integrated in the Las Vegas community and how her experience leading the school’s Honors College for six years will inform her quest to raise student achievement at the university.
Editor Jon Ralston and The Indy‘s resident medical expert Megan Messerly talk with the executive director of the state medical association, Catherine O’Mara. O’Mara talks about the challenges the state faces when it comes to doctor shortages and other more in-depth topics such as prior authorization and continuing medical education credits. Later we hear from the editors of The Indy, Elizabeth Thompson and Jon Ralston, as they speak candidly about the lengths some Nevada elected officials have been going to in order to avoid talking to Indy reporters and their disgust at false accusations of bias. There is also a very open discussion about Jon’s role as a political commentator and how donations impact the Indy‘s reporting (spoiler alert: they don’t).
Reporter Michelle Rindels sits down with a few people in this episode of IndyMatters. First, we will hear from Rachel Palmer and her probation officer Gianna Griffin as they talk about the struggles Palmer faced going in and out of jail because of her mental health and substance abuse issues. Palmer is now going through the Day Reporting Center for her check-ins, having a much more positive experience than in the past. Later we hear from two officers from the Division of Parole and Probation who talk about the new approach the state is taking with the Day Reporting Center and the resources that are being offered there.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Riley Snyder sit down with Meredith Levine of the Guinn Center, to discuss her new report on the Energy Choice Initiative. Levine, whose report has been cited positively by both sides of the ballot measure, found that there’s no easy way to determine how its passage would affect rates or how much renewable energy would be used by Nevadans.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Jackie Valley chat with Principal Margarita Gamboa of Sunrise Acres, the elementary school that was the subject of our recent five-part series. Then, Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson and Jon then discuss the headlines of the week.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Megan Messerly sit down with Lindsey Harmon, the new executive director of Planned Parenthood in Nevada. What’s the organization’s battle plan for 2018? Does she believe Dean Heller supports Planned Parenthood, as he once claimed? Can Steve Sisolak’s daughters keep him woke on these issues?
This week, UNLV Immigration Clinic chief Michael Kagan joined reporters Michelle Rindels and Luz Gray, along with Editor Jon Ralston, to talk about the policies at the border that have been roiling the country. Kagan talked emotionally and thoughtfully about the nuances, the Obama and Trump approaches and more.
Editor Jon Ralston, Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson and reporters Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder preview the primary election. They discuss the governor’s race, the two congressional races, the D.A. race and a spirited Assembly race involving a brothel kingpin and a GOP assemblyman. Also: Headlines and Jon and Elizabeth discuss the latest on the supposed probe by the AG of a rural sheriff who endorsed him.
Assemblywoman Heidi Swank breaks some news and provides some context on the state’s efforts to regulate payday lenders. She tells us about how it failed in 2017 and what she’s doing to prepare for 2019. Reporter Riley Snyder and Editor Jon Ralston chat with her. Then, Jon and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson talk about the electric utility’s love of renewables and Big PhRMA’s and the Culinary’s fear of new drug transparency bill regs.
Special IndyMatters: Our debate between the Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Chris Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Megan Messerly talk to Heather Korbulic, who runs the Nevada health care exchange. She talks about premiums rising, marketing Obamacare and much more.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Michelle Rindels chat with Laura Barrera, an immigration attorney who went down to the southern border to counsel a refugee caravan last month. She talks about what she saw there, the ins and outs of the asylum-seeking process, the TPS program and immigrants in Las Vegas.
Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson reveals where he’s headed with education in the upcoming session, including his plans for marijuana and hotel tax money, in a conversation with reporter Michelle Rindels and Editor Jon Ralston.
Editor Jon Ralston talks with pollster Mark Mellman about a recent statewide survey that has a lot of interesting information about Nevada races and issues. This is from our IndyTalks at The Smith Center on Tuesday evening, April 24.
Editor Jon Ralston chats with a woman who works in a brothel while doing research for doctorate in sociology at UNLV. Christina Parreira has worked at Dennis Hof’s Alien Cathouse and talks about her views on a proposal to ban brothels in two counties and gives an inside look at what life is like for sex workers.
Lawyer Jason Guinasso joins Editor Jon Ralston to discuss his efforts to ban brothels in Lyon County, why he thinks prostitution is tied to sex trafficking and how he believes it is bad for Nevada.
Editor Jon Ralston and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson talk with the head of the higher education system about UNLV President Len Jessup’s departure, the future of medical school Dean Barbara Atkinson (it appears short there) and the future of the system. Lots of newsy, provocative stuff.
On this special edition of IndyMatters, we bring you one of our panels from our recent IndyForums on marijuana in Nevada. This one, called “Rules, Regulations, Compliance and Law Enforcement,” featured former U.S. Attorney Rick Pocker, ex-Justice Department official Will Moschella and attorney Melissa Kuipers, who helped start pot legalization in Colorado.
Mr. James Dean Leavitt, former Chairman of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents — and member of the team that fought to establish the UNLV School of Medicine — joins us to talk about recent controversy around UNLV President Len Jessup’s performance and his possible departure. Afterward, the editors of The Indy hash through that and other headlines from the week.
Editor Jon Ralston talks to attorney Maggie McLetchie, a fierce defender of the 1st Amendment and public access to records on this week’s podcast. She talks about litigation she has been involved in and what the media should due to try to pry documents from recalcitrant governments. She is the only person who can talk more than the editor.
In this special edition of IndyMatters, we recorded Editor Jon Ralston appearing with two Brookings Institution scholars at a public policy forum at UNLV. The wide-ranging discussion included how to trust news sources, how to consume news and how to survive in an ever-chaotic world with so many inputs.
On Wednesday, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve joined Editor Jon Ralston for an hour-long discussion about The Biggest Little City, her ambitions and more.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Jackie Valley interview two high school principals about what they are thinking in the wake of the Florida shootings. We talk about what the students are saying, the idea of arming teachers and more. Also, headlines of the week, and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson and Jon talk about guns and public discourse.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Riley Snyder interview Jon Wellinghoff, a former chairman of an important federal energy panel and a consultant to the Energy Choice Initiative. He talks about the ballot question and reacts to criticism from the utility. Also, Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson joins Jon to talk about more Wynn fallout and our blockbuster interview of Switch CEO Rob Roy.
Our special guest on the podcast was Tom Steyer, the billionaire activist who is passionate about many topics, including his desire to see President Trump impeached. Reporter Michelle Rindels and Editor Jon Ralston talked to Steyer about a new energy initiative he is funding in Nevada and his feelings about DACA and what Democrats should do to ensure it continues.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Megan Messerly chat with Alexandra Berzon, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was part of the team that did the reporting on Steve Wynn’s conduct toward women. She reveals how the story got started, how they are working on more and how difficult such pieces are to do. Also, Jon and Elizabeth Thompson talk at length about the story, and Elizabeth unloads.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Riley Snyder chat with Assemblyman Chris Brooks about energy issues, how he voted on a ballot question in 2016 and who he is supporting for governor. Also: Pithy headlines and the editor and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson talk about ex-Councilman Barlow and Adam Laxalt’s definition of “premature.”
Editor Jon Ralston interviews longtime adman and political guru Billy Vassiliadis about Campaign ’18 and marketing Vegas in the wake of 1 October. Come for the insight, stay for when Billy tells Jon he could not be more wrong about the U.S. Senate primary. Also, Jon and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson banter about Michael Roberson’s “lesser humans” joke, campaign reports and more. She does not call Jon an idiot. At least not today.
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada chief Tina Quigley fields questions from Editor Jon Ralston and reporter Michelle Rindels. Quigley talks about the hit to the RTC from Uber/Lyft, a new Smart Cities panel and more. And Managing Editor Elizabeth and Jon talk about DACA, the North Las Vegas implosion and the first female gaming control chair.
Editor Jon Ralston interviews wealth-management firm partner Mike PeQueen about what to look for in the Nevada economy this year. They talk jobs, wages and housing. Then Jon and Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson dive into those stories about the AG cracking down on pot and docs upset about opioid law rules. There are headlines, too, and the editor is quite pithy. (Yes, he wrote this.)
The week’s headlines, an interview w/ victim advocate Kimberly Mull, and the editors discuss the use of anonymous sources in sexual harassment stories.
A special podcast this week as we have Editor Jon Ralston’s entire, wide-ranging chat with Gov. Brian Sandoval at The Smith Center on Tuesday evening. His successes, his regrets, why he opted into ACA, his conversations with the president, whether he will endorse Adam Laxalt to be his successor and much, much more. Also: A few headlines and Jon and Elizabeth Thompson analyze what the governor said.
In the first episode of a brand new IndyMatters format, Editor Jon Ralston highlights the week’s top headlines, interviews economic development guru Steve Hill along with Indy reporter Michelle Rindels, and talks about three controversial topics — sexual harassment, annual legislative sessions, and expanded background checks for gun sales — with Managing Editor Elizabeth Thompson.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporters Riley Snyder and Jackie Valley talk about the stadium celebration party, the latest on the recalls and more. Riley expresses surprise at the editor’s analogy that involves Vladimir Putin and Mark Davis.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporters Riley Snyder and Megan Messerly talk about the recalls, energy, a new congressional candidate from TV who hates the liberal media and more. The editor is tempted to bring up “Game of Thrones” analogues in Nevada politics but demurs. Riley misses many straight lines.
Editor Jon Ralston talks with reporter Michelle Rindels and Spanish language editor Luz Gray about Adam Laxalt’s run for governor, the issue of sanctuary cities, and The Indy‘s Spanish page content.
Editor Jon Ralston talks to reporters Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder about energy and the governor’s race, the pharma lawsuit and “Sprinklecare” goes national. We also spend some time talking about sexual politics in Carson City in light of the national headlines.
Editor Jon Ralston talks to reporters Riley Snyder and Jackie Valley about a gubernatorial announcement, a federal lawsuit on those recalls, NV Energy’s contractual dilemma and much more. Two of the podcast participants have pleasant voices, so listen.
Editor Jon Ralston sits down with reporters Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels to talk about the shifting shooting timeline, charitable donations in the aftermath, the AG vs. the governor on the Commerce Tax, Obamacare gutting developments and a retiring assemblyman and what his departure says about life in the Legislature.
Editor Jon Ralston talks with reporters Jackie Valley and Riley Snyder about covering the worst week in Las Vegas history. We talk about how we made the decision to cover the tragedy and how we covered it.
Reporters Megan Messerly, Riley Snyder and Jackie Valley dissect the week’s top stories, including Sen. Dean Heller’s defense of the Graham-Cassidy health bill, Switch’s involvement in a nonprofit that’s taking aim at NV Energy and a surprise move by school district trustees to pursue furloughs in lieu of job cuts. They also preview some likely candidate announcements coming Monday.
Reporters Michelle Rindels, Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder discuss local and national setbacks for an Obamacare repeal bill pushed by Sen. Dean Heller. Also, moderate Republican Paul Anderson leaves his leadership role for a state job and there’s a last-minute push to get students to renew DACA.
Editor Jon Ralston chats with reporters Jackie Valley and Michelle Rindels about announcements made by state Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and ex-Treasurer Kate Marshall and one coming from Assemblyman Nelson Araujo. Also, the Clark County School District makes decisions on major budget cuts.
Editor Jon Ralston talks to reporters Megan Messerly and Jackie Valley about the surprising retirement of Clark County Schools chief Pat Skorkowsky, the unsurprising lawsuit by the pharmaceutical industry to block a new transparency law, that neverending Badlands golf course issue and Treasurer Dan Schwartz jumping in the governor’s race. Jackie and Megan are podcast-smooth. Jon? Not so much.
Producer Joey Lovato hosts a special Labor Day edition of IndyMatters, with reporters Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder. Michelle talks about going to the Basque Fry and gubernatorial contender Steve Sisolak corralling some national talent. Riley talked about his favorite subject, energy, and Joey recapped a legislative event he attended up North. Joey also sounds podcast-smoother than the usual host.
Managing editor E. Thompson is joined by reporters Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder to talk about Sen. Heller’s latest efforts on national health care reform, the doctor shortage in Nevada, Riley’s chat with Gov. Sandoval about sanctuary cities and other issues, NVE’s surprise play re: net metering and other energy rates, a $75 million bill from the Dept. of Justice that is in contention in Clark County, and more.
Editor Jon Ralston sits down with reporters Megan Messerly and Jackie Valley. As usual, Jon sounds the most podcast-smooth, but Megan and Jackie do their best to sound good. They talk about those state Senate recalls and the counter-campaign, the Raiders stadium, Senate campaign fact-checks, a new school board trustee and more.
Editor Jon Ralston chats with reporters Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder about the recalls against two state senators, Danny Tarkanian’s announcement of his U.S. Senate candidacy, developments on energy and pot and a preview of coming attractions. Also, Riley says he is underpaid.
Editor Jon Ralston chats with reporters Megan Messerly and Jackie Valley about a raft of Indy content from the week. There is much substance, with intermittent frivolity.
Editor Jon Ralston talks with reporters Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder about the big healthcare fight in DC and our own Sen. Dean Heller’s pivotal role. We also talk about public officials on the move and other Indy stories. Riley is intermittently funny.
Editor Jon Ralston talks with reporters Riley Snyder and Megan Messerly about the week in news: The latest on health care and Sen. Dean Heller’s pickle; Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani and Treasurer Dan Schwartz edge closer to getting in the governor’s race; Megan and Riley talk about their weekend stories. There is great information and a little mirth on the side.
Editor Jon Ralston chats with Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder about Jacky Rosen’s Senate candidacy, pot sales, a constable who shouldn’t be a constable and Yucca Mountain. The editor tries to be funny; Riley succeeds in being funny.
Editor Jon Ralston chats with reporters Jackie Valley and Megan Messerly about the national news of Sen. Dean Heller saying he will vote against the Senate health care bill, Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak’s announcement for governor, Rep. Jacky Rosen’s challenge to Heller, state Sen. Scott Hammond’s congressional gambit, and two local stories: Short-term rentals and sanctuary cities/counties.
Reporters Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels discuss continuing fallout from the 2017 legislative session, including major bills signed and vetoed by Governor Brian Sandoval. They also discuss an ongoing lawsuit that could threaten the state’s planned July 1st start date for recreational marijuana sales to begin.
Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder join Editor Jon Ralston in an undisclosed Reno location to recap the flurry of legislative drama that happened over the past week. They also talk about sneaky last minute bills, updates on a vetoed and revived pharmaceutical transparency measure and take a look back at the highlights of the 2017 session.
Nevada Independent reporters Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels chat with Editor Jon Ralston about what happened the second-to-last-week of the Legislature and what’s left to resolve.
Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels chat with Indy Editor Jon Ralston about the big hearing on the secret taping of the attorney general by the state’s premier gaming regulator. They also chat about major developments on key legislation and talk about the week that the Senate minority leader had.
Editor Jon Ralston and reporters Megan Messerly, Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels discuss two stories that have been the talk of the capital: the investigation of state Sen. Mark Manendo on allegations he mistreated women and the Legislature’s acquisition of records related to Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett’s secret taping of Attorney General Adam Laxalt, whom Burnett surmised was acting on behalf of Sheldon Adelson. We also talked about energy, pot and more. Packed podcast.
Megan, Michelle and Riley discuss $140 million in unexpected cash that the Legislature now has to work with (and fight over) after the Economic Forum updated its revenue forecast. Also, an update on how Nevada’s congressional delegation voted on a Republican bill that rolls back Obamacare provisions and a preview of a marijuana regulation vote and a major energy commission meeting happening in the week ahead.
Editor Jon Ralston chats with reporters Megan Messerly, Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder about the week that was in Carson City — bills living and dying, an energy meeting with lots of players, and much more. Come for the great information and insight, stay for the Snyder zinger to the editor.
Reporters Riley Snyder, Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels break down the week in Nevada news, including what to expect from two major legislative deadlines and how speeches from Sen. Dean Heller and other Nevada members of Congress were received. Also, a look ahead to next week and the highly anticipated Republican vs. Democrats basketball game at Carson City High School.
Nevada Independent Editor Jon Ralston and his team of Carson City reporters — Michelle Rindels, Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder — chat about what happened in the week that hundreds of bills met their maker and what measures will live to be killed another day — or become part of the legislative endgame. There is also talk of band names.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Nevada Independent’s IndyMatters podcast, a weekly discussion and overview of the week in Nevada news and politics. This week, Editor Jon Ralston spoke with reporters Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder about a major pharmaceutical bill, efforts to break up the Nevada System of Higher Education and how this legislative session stacks up to previous sessions.
Here’s a few links to stories discussed in the episode: