Politics and Policy

Politics and Policy
11:02 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Why one Northern Nevada race feels a lot like the primary

Lisa Krasner (left) and Randy Kirner (right) are vying to represent Assembly District 26 and both are from the GOP.

While there are several competitive races in Las Vegas, state senate and assembly seats aren't expected to change parties in the north. Nowhere is that more certain than a district covering Incline Village and much of South Reno, but that race still has a twist.  

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Politics and Policy
11:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

In Reno's Ward 2 race, candidates disagree on water, firefighters

Elisa Cafferata (left) and Naomi Duerr (right)

Three seats are up for grabs on the Reno City Council this November. One of those is for Ward 2, which covers much of South Reno and the area south of Midtown.  


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Politics and Policy
9:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Washoe Sheriff candidate's plan to recruit volunteers under scrutiny

Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Chuck Allen

An organization representing more than thirty law enforcement agencies across the state is voicing its concern for a proposal by Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Chuck Allen to revitalize the county's reserve deputy program, which currently has nine volunteer participants. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Allen says the sheriff's office needs more boots on the ground since about 100 positions have been cut in the past several years.

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Politics and Policy
12:14 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Secretary of State candidates disagree on election reform, voter ID laws

Secretary of state candidates State Senator Barbara Cegavske (Republican) and Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall (Democrat).

State Senator Barbara Cegavske and Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall disagreed on both election reform and voter ID laws during thir first debate as secretary of state candidates. That office oversees Nevada's election process and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the latest details on the race.

Marshall, a Democrat, criticized her opponent Cegavske, a Republican, for voting multiple times against major campaign reform. Along with increasing how often campaign finances are reported, Marshall said she wants more transparency regarding gifts from lobbyists.

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Politics and Policy
1:16 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Schieve and Pezonella clash on firefighting staff levels

Reno mayoral candidates faced off at a debate Thursday hosted by KNPB and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Reno mayoral candidates Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella agree on many issues...but not on staffing levels for public safety personnel, like firefighters. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that this contention came up at a debate Thursday.

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Politics and Policy
5:17 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Lt. Governor candidates spar over education funding

Lucy Flores, the democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, is criticizing her opponent, Republican Mark Hutchison, for not supporting legislation last year that would have directly helped the Washoe County School District improve its aging infrastructure. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Flores made the comment during a debate that aired Tuesday on KRNV-TV's Nevada Newsmakers program. She said Republicans in the Assembly "punted" on the issue.

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Politics and Policy
12:24 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Washoe sheriff candidates differ on how to bolster police presence

Chuck Allen (left) and Tim Kuzanek are both running for Washoe County Sheriff. Kuzanek brings institutional knowledge while Allen brings an outside perspective.
Credit Chuck Allen and Tim Kuzanek campaign photos

Both candidates for Washoe County Sheriff agree that the community presence of local law enforcement must grow, but Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports they offer different pathways for making that happen if elected in November.

At a debate Thursday night in Reno, hosted by KNPB and the Reno Gazette Journal, candidates Chuck Allen and Tim Kuzanek faced off in advance of the upcoming election.

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Politics and Policy
8:52 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Reno rejects automatic aid offer from county

Credit Angelfire.com

The Reno Fire Department is not accepting any extra assistance or automatic aid from Washoe County, which broached the idea when the layoff of more than 30 Reno firefighters seemed imminent. That’s now stalled because of a lawsuit, but the offer was still on the table. That is, until the city council unanimously rejected it.


Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez told the council there’s no pressing need for such an agreement.

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Politics and Policy
9:44 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Mayoral hopefuls differ in style and tone

Reno's mayoral candidates, Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella, met recently for one of their first debates. It was hosted by the Washoe Republican Women and moderated by Sam Shad.
Credit Will Stone


With the November election fast approaching, Reno’s two mayoral candidates squared off recently for one of their first debates, but neither candidate was on the offensive exactly.

The race is nonpartisan and what sets Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella apart often comes down to style, personality and backing, rather than policy.

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DACA sign-ups
12:05 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Nevada among states with highest DACA sign-up

Credit Nevada News Service

Nevada is among the states leading the nation for its high percentage of applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" program, which provides temporary legal status for some undocumented immigrants. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.

Jeanne Batalova is with the Migration Policy Institute, the group that studied DACA two years after its launch. She says more than half of the 17-thousand people eligible in Nevada have applied for the program and most have been approved.

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