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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."

UNR Library Expanding Its Harry Reid Collection

Sep 29, 2015
Alexa Ard

The University of Nevada, Reno will be getting more than 2,000 boxes of documents chronicling Senator Harry Reid's decades-long career in Washington. 

The university already has about 30 boxes of documents from Reid's time as a congressman. But it's expecting hundreds more, along with three terabytes of digital information, when Reid's Senate career ends in 2017. 

Library officials say the collection will help illuminate major political decisions over the years, including the response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the passage of Obamacare.

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.

All week KUNR has been looking into the challenges of implementing the new Education Savings Account program for our series Nevada’s Gamble on School Choice. Some have questioned whether the program is unconstitutional because the funds can be used at private religious schools. The State Constitution says, “No public money of any kind…shall be used for sectarian purposes.” But some, including Kristopher Dahir the director of Excel Christian Academy in Sparks, say once parents are given an account, the money in it belongs to them similar to a tax refund.

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. 


The National Clean Energy Summit is Monday in Las Vegas. Democratic Senator Harry Reid says that rooftop solar power and the growing pains of that industry will be a major topic of discussion.

"We have electricity that's produced and then sent to the consumers on power lines," Reid explains. "That's a model that was developed by Westinghouse and Edison. Well, that was before the Model T Ford. Now, we have a new world where consumers can produce their own electricity. They don't have to depend on a power company to do that."

Your Teen May Be Chronically Sleep Deprived

Aug 21, 2015
The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach, SUNY New Paltz Ulster County School Boards Association


More than 80 percent of the country’s public middle and high schools start too early, according to a report out last week from the Centers for Disease Control. Nevada's schools rank better than the average, with about half starting at 8:30 am, but that still leaves 130,000 of the state's teens chronically sleep deprived.


Research indicates that while younger children learn best early in the day, teens perform better if they start school later in the morning. 

Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Casinos across the country including Nevada, are urging Congress to pass legislation that would expand cyber-security protections for the gaming industry.  

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.

Julia Ritchey

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush stopped by Reno Wednesday, his fourth visit to the Silver State. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

A friendly crowd packed into a conference room at the Hyatt near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport for a quick meet-and-greet with Bush.

"Now is the time to start fixing things rather than yappin' about 'em," Bush told supporters.

The former Florida governor was joined on stage by Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch. Both endorsed Bush ahead of the rally.