Politics

ALEXA ARD

Friday, Donald Trump was sworn-in as the 45th President of the United States, and he'll be taking office with some of the lowest approval numbers in recent history. But how are Nevadans feeling about Trump's inauguration? Reno Public Radio's Paul Boger has more.

Cortez Masto Becomes First Latina Senator

Jan 3, 2017
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Catherine Cortez Masto has been sworn in to the U.S. Senate, becoming Nevada's first female in the upper chamber of Congress and the nation's first Latina senator. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports. 

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Donald J. Trump, the black-sheep Republican presidential nominee, surprised the nation with a convincing upset victory over Democrat Hillary R. Clinton Tuesday night. Nevada, a battleground state, turned blue for the third time since the 2008 election, but the state's 6 votes did not deny the candidate the electoral win, although Clinton claimed the popular vote early Wednesday morning.

Donald Trump could stand to benefit from his reported vice presidential pick Mike Pence in a number of ways, in particular from his strong Christian identity, which might help Trump gain needed support in evangelical communities.

But Pence initially endorsed Ted Cruz, albeit without enthusiasm, and there were some reports that the Indiana governor disliked Trump. Less than a week after Cruz dropped out, Pence endorsed Trump.

Nevada's Youngest GOP Delegate Prepares For Cleveland

Jul 14, 2016
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The Nevada GOP is sending 30 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, next week. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey talks to a first-time attendee who'll be the youngest member of the state's delegation. 

At 19 years old, Reno High graduate Ryder Haag will be casting his first vote in a presidential election this year. It will also be his first time serving as a national delegate.

Like other Republicans, his road to supporting Trump was winding. He initially voted for Marco Rubio in the caucus. 

Alexa Ard

The three candidates for Reno City Council's Ward 1 seat all agree that downtown homelessness is a big problem that needs concrete solutions. Our News Director Michelle Billman reached out to hear their ideas ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

Candidate and lawyer Victor Salcido says the problem stems from both the local housing shortage and inadequate mental health services, which eventually need to be addressed. But in the short-term...

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This fall, Nevada residents will vote on whether or not to allow marijuana for recreational use, and Wednesday, the University of Nevada School of Medicine is hosting a Marijuana Summit. But as Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, the conference has drawn some criticism.

The summit, which is being billed as a marijuana education event, does not include speakers who support marijuana legalization and is being funded with a federal grant.

Local Races To Watch With RGJ's Seth Richardson

Mar 17, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Candidate filing ends Friday for state and local races. To fill us in on who's stepping into the political ring this season, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with political reporter Seth Richardson from the Reno-Gazette Journal.

All eyes are on the U.S. Senate race where 16 candidates have filed. But the two presumptive nominees are, on the Democratic side, former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and for the Republicans, Rep. Joe Heck.  

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Nevada Representative Joe Heck filed paperwork today to run as a Republican candidate to replace Sen. Harry Reid, who's held the seat for three decades.

Heck announced his intent to run for senate last summer, but Monday's filing made it official.

The doctor and one-star general will face off against former state attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, who plans to file March 15.

It's one of several key races in battleground states that Democrats hope to win in order to regain control of the Senate.

Alexa Ard

Reno's City Council seat for Ward 1 is up for grabs and, so far, three people are vying for it. 

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