Politics

Nevada Lawmakers Join Chorus Opposing Syrian Refugees

Nov 16, 2015

Several GOP lawmakers in Nevada are urging Governor Brian Sandoval to stand with other Republican-led states in turning away Syrian refugees. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Senator Dean Heller issued an open letter on Monday encouraging the governor to reject Syrian migrants from being relocated to Nevada until it is clear that the state would be protected from terror threats.

U.S. Representative Joe Heck of Nevada's third congressional district also signed onto a letter asking for a suspension in admitting new refugees.

Longtime Reno Reporter Recalls Knockout Story

Nov 9, 2015
Courtesy Ray Hagar

  Four long-time journalists with the Reno-Gazette Journal retired at the end of last month, including political reporter Ray Hagar. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with Hagar to talk about his nearly four-decade career in journalism and an infamous episode when he accidentally became the news.

“My first job at the paper was in high school, and I answered the phones in the sports department at night when they got busy and when somebody called something in that the regular sports writers were too busy to deal with,” he says.

Trump's First Visit Draws Crowds, Controversy

Oct 30, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  

GOP front-runner Donald Trump made his first appearance in northern Nevada Thursday, attracting a crowd of thousands to downtown Sparks. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has more.

The bombastic billionaire spoke for more than an hour to a packed ballroom at The Nugget casino, fresh off his third debate appearance in Colorado. 

Trump stuck to familiar talking points, including job creation and his plans to, as he likes to put it, make America great again.

Interview: Young Latinos Look To Widen Media Reach

Oct 26, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  As Latinos make up an increasingly larger share of eligible voters in Nevada, organizations like Voto Latino are trying to boost their participation.

About 20 University of Nevada, Reno students just attended a Voto Latino conference in Stanford aimed at empowering Latino millennials to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey talked with UNR student Diego Zarazua about what he learned.

Amy Westervelt

Nevada drew a national spotlight to the issue of public lands last year when rancher Cliven Bundy faced off against the BLM. Now it's back in the headlines after presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced his public lands plan in Reno. Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt reports.

Campaigns Step Up Latino Outreach In Nevada

Oct 20, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  Both GOP and Democratic presidential candidates are expanding their Latino outreach efforts in Nevada — a crucial demographic for winning the state's caucus in February. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Twenty-three-year-old Benjamin Challinor is training a volunteer on how to make phone calls for the Hillary Clinton campaign at their Reno office.

Dem Debate To Showcase Substance Over Style

Oct 12, 2015
Michelle Bliss

The first Democratic presidential debate will be held Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with local professor Fred Lokken, who frequently joins us to chat about politics. 

Hillary Clinton is considered the frontrunner going into the debate, but her vulnerabilities are many, according to Lokken. 

"Unfortunately, that's all we've dealt with for the last six to eight week," he says. "We know way too much about servers and email accounts; we know too much about Benghazi still, churning along as a political issue."

Rand Paul Recruits Students In Reno, Avoids Trump Talk

Sep 17, 2015
Julia Ritchey

Fresh from the second GOP presidential debate, underdog candidate Senator Rand Paul swung through the Silver State yesterday (Thursday) on a multi-leg tour. Our reporter Julia Ritchey covered his rally in Reno and has more.

Paul spoke to a crowd of about 250 mostly college-aged students at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Kentucky senator hit the highlights of his libertarian platform, including limiting U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts and decriminalization of marijuana.

In Reno, Marco Rubio Calls For Immigration Fixes

Aug 31, 2015
Julia Ritchey

GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio stumped in Reno last night (Monday), the first of a multi-leg tour of the state. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has this report.

About 250 people crowded into a ballroom at the Peppermill Casino to hear Rubio outline what he thinks it will take for America to succeed in the 21st century. 

The Florida Senator spoke extensively on immigration, emphasizing his parents' journey from Cuba to the United States in the 1950s. 

Sanders Talks Free Tuition, Justice Reform At UNR

Aug 18, 2015
Julia Ritchey

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders spoke to a revved up crowd at the University of Nevada, Reno on Tuesday. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there and has this report.

 

Sanders spoke for more than an hour, his voice growing hoarse at points, hitting hard on progressive themes of economic and social justice.

More than 1,000 people showed up to hear the Vermont senator speak. With many UNR students in attendance, the senator got some of his biggest applause for his stance on college tuition.

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