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Jun 23, 2017

Getting a 500 or so day jump on the general election, Democrat Steve Sisolak, a Wisconsin-born Southern Nevadan, threw his hat into the 2018 race for Nevada Governor, hoping to replace Nevada’s term-limited Republican, Brian Sandoval.

Jun 19, 2017

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama issued a 20-year ban on mining claims near the Grand Canyon. The move halted future uranium extraction projects in the region, a win for environmentalists and local tribes that had fought against the industry for years. But some elected officials in Arizona and Utah disputed their claims of contamination risk, arguing that the ban would unnecessarily sacrifice jobs for overblown environmental concerns.

Jun 15, 2017

Now that the 2017 legislative session is over, what did we learn? Setting aside the most important news (state employees get a pay raise!), we are taxing marijuana, unwisely trusting the state attorney general, ramping up the UNLV medical school, not funding school vouchers, erecting some much-needed buildings and infrastructure, possibly forcing transparency onto pharmaceuticals, raising renewable energy standards and instituting a useless civics exam for high school seniors. We’re also discovering that Nevadans can’t know what’s going on in Carson City without Twitter, some veteran legislative correspondents and the reporters for The Nevada Independent.

Jun 14, 2017

“I was intimidated about knocking on a door and getting a negative reaction, but almost everyone whose door I knock on is excited, informed, engaged and willing to have a dialogue, even if they disagree with me,” Las Vegas city council candidate Steve Seroka says. “The reaction has been very positive. People are happy and surprised that a candidate comes to the door. I’ve also had my wife and family with me, and that pleases them as well.”

May 12, 2017

Too many Americans hate politics and politicians. They shouldn’t, because they’re important. But sometimes our elected officials reinforce that view.

May 10, 2017

As summer nears, many Americans may be getting ready to change their closets for the new season, making room for the more colorful clothing that goes with the warm weather. Amid all that excitement, it's easy to forget that middle-class Americans have really only been wearing colorful clothes regularly for less than a century.

Apr 28, 2017

A’s management responded firmly Friday to a report that connected the team to Las Vegas. According to the Chicago Tribune, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told a group of sports editors “if we were looking at relocation, Las Vegas would be on the list.” He then added that “until the Tampa Bay and Oakland situations are settled, I can’t see talking about expansion.”

Apr 10, 2017

A longtime Las Vegas icon has angered some on the left after his image was used to bash Hillary Clinton. Vegas Vic, a fixture on Freemont Street since it was erected outside of The Pioneer Club in 1951, used to say “Howdy partner” to passersby. Now his words are causing legal action.

Apr 6, 2017

Only it, the Flamingo and the successor to the Sahara (now the SLS) are left. The Sahara was completely gutted. The Flamingo only has memories of Bugsy.

Apr 5, 2017

Athleisure is the future. It seems that every major retailer is trying to jump on the movement that was once thought as just a passing trend, but is now seen as a radical shift in what Americans demand from their clothing.
"Athleisure is the new casual," Deirdre Clemente, a professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, recently told Business Insider.

Apr 4, 2017

The stories of the Calac cousins and other Nevadans who fought in World War I echo very faintly today.

Apr 3, 2017

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority spends millions of taxpayer dollars on high-end entertainment, including top-shelf liquor and $300 steaks, as well as gifts for employees and first-class trips for board members. The agency’s lavish purchases at times have little or no business purpose and routinely violate its own vague expense policies, a Las Vegas Review-Journal investigation found.

Mar 29, 2017

If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you must love Yucca Mountain. It keeps coming back. In the new budget submitted by President Donald Trump, we can’t afford the National Endowments for the Humanities and the Arts, or to take care of the poor and sick, but we can afford $120 million to get the licensing back on track for a nuclear waste dump about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Mar 27, 2017

Decades before Harry Reid was at his peak, it was hard to argue that Patrick McCarran wasn’t the most powerful Nevada politician to emerge from the state. He was elected to the U.S. Senate four times and carried heavy legislation during his tenure, including a 1934 act that helped establish a swath of safety regulations for aircraft. Before his years on Capitol Hill, he had served as a justice on the Nevada Supreme Court and in the state’s Legislature. When he died in 1954, he was ranked as one of the most powerful senators in Washington.

Mar 21, 2017

Opponents of the newly revived federal plan to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain are preparing for battle with the Trump administration as the political winds seem to be shifting in favor of the project.

Mar 21, 2017

Many of the remaining Las Vegas civil rights pioneers gathered at the Westside School last week for the premiere of a documentary that chronicles Southern Nevada’s African-American community.

Mar 20, 2017

The Las Vegas airport should be renamed after the recently retired U.S. senator who many in Nevada call the most politically powerful man in state history, some legislators argued at a Senate hearing on Friday.

Mar 20, 2017

Multiple speakers told a Senate panel on Friday that they would be proud to fly through Harry Reid, Las Vegas International Airport if a name change proposal becomes a reality. Speakers ranging from Assemblyman Nelson Araujo to Dreamer Astrid Silva testified in support of Senate Bill 174 heard by the Senate Government Affairs Committee.