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. 

Sparks City Councilwoman Julia Ratti will run for the vacant state senate seat left by her close friend and mentor Debbie Smith, who died last month from brain cancer. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

Ratti met Smith decades ago when the two were working together on a campaign to increase parental involvement with Washoe County Schools. 

Noah Glick

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders held a political rally in Reno on Sunday. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick was there.

While speaking to nearly 2,000 supporters, Bernie Sanders' message was directed toward the wealthiest Americans.

"Our message to the billionaire class is simple and straightforward: In this great country, you cannot and will not have it all," he says. "You are not going to get huge tax breaks."

Sanders says income inequality is a major problem that needs to change, and that includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Julia Ritchey

Republican presidential hopefuls will face off Tuesday for the fifth GOP debate in Las Vegas — about two months before Nevada's caucuses. From secret ballots to all-day stump speeches, this system can be confusing to first-timers. To de-mystify the process, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with Precious Hall, a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College. Below is their conversation, and an abbreviated Q+A. 

Q: What is the difference between a caucus and a primary?

Bernie Sanders Campaign Opens First Reno Office

Dec 2, 2015
Julia Ritchey

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is opening a handful of new Nevada campaign offices, including one in Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey went down to check it out.

Half a dozen volunteers are typing away behind laptops at the new Reno headquarters of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

They’re overseen by Bridget Lavington, a state deputy field director for Sanders.

"We're expecting exponential week-over-week growth and that's part of the reason we brought so many paid staff into Nevada."

Julia Ritchey

  Over the next year, Reno Public Radio news is bringing you profiles of local voters to find out what issues are important to them ahead of the 2016 election. Last week, we heard from a Sparks veteran who supports Donald Trump, and today, we hear from a soon-to-be first-time voter.

Kate Krolicki is a senior at George Whittel High School near South Lake Tahoe, but she has a much bigger title this election season.