Politics and Policy

Politics and Policy
4:07 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

School Construction Bill Becomes Battleground Over Labor Issues In Nevada

A new portable classroom unit awaiting installation at Brown Elementary School.
Credit Anh Gray

Right now, there are close to 2,000 portable classrooms in Washoe and Clark Counties alone because of overcrowding. Couple that with calls from business leaders, parents and both parties to improve education in Nevada, and you'd expect a bill that would create more schools to sail through.

“Except that we’re going to do that by stepping on your parents' backs. It’s the parents versus the kids. That’s what you’re doing with this bill. For someone to have the audacity to put this in front of my face and say it’s about schools...”

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Politics and Policy
4:45 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Rural Community Colleges In Nevada Could See Major Cuts

Nevada’s rural community colleges are cash-strapped. That will only get worse under the current budget proposal. Leaders from those colleges will be in Carson City on Tuesday in hopes of improving their outlook. 

Higher education in Nevada has faced some rough years. Now, the picture is beginning to change, but for rural community colleges, namely Western Nevada College and Great Basin, major cuts are still imminent.

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Politics and Policy
1:49 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Welcome To Nevada Politics: A Roundup Of The Legislative Session

The 2015 legislative session is only in its first weeks, but already some political observers in Nevada say the prognosis is not good. Republicans continue to deal with discord in their ranks. Governor Brian Sandoval's plan to increase taxes to fund education could face serious opposition from members of his own party. Meanwhile, police are investigating a possible extortion plot.

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Politics and Policy
3:40 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Nevada Treasurer Lambasted For Alternative Budget

Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz is being criticized for his alternative budget proposal.
Credit www.nevadatreasurer.gov

If you’re scratching your head about why the treasurer is designing the state’s budget, you’re not the only 

  one. In an unprecedented move, Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz, a Republican, came forward with a plan that’s about half a billion dollars lower than Governor Brian Sandoval’s. It also eliminates the governor’s proposed taxes on business to fund education.

Speaking in front of the Senate Finance Committee, Schwartz put it this way:

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Politics and Policy
9:24 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Debate over gun rights heats up in Carson

A bill under consideration would allow guns on school grounds, if they are secured in a locked car. Some lawmakers argue that would make schools safer, while others disagree.

Guns could be coming to a campus parking lot near you. Some lawmakers in Carson City say that's a good thing, while others believe schools and universities should remain gun free.

Josh Wilsey, a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno, doesn’t really have a problem with guns on campus.

“I wouldn’t say it would really bother me. I think in Nevada you’re going to have guns everywhere anyway.”

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Politics and Policy
2:45 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Background checks: Should they be expanded in Nevada?

Credit Nevada Firearms Coalition

The Background Check Initiative would expand background checks to private gun sales made online and at gun shows. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that if lawmakers don’t approve it the law this session, voters will have their say in 2016.

This topic arouses passion from both sides. Don Turner has formed a political action committee to fight the Background Check Initiative.

“I’m president of Nevada Firearms Coalition," Turner says. "I’m also president of Nevadans for State Gun Rights.”

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Politics and Policy
1:45 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Governor Sandoval Wants New Taxes...Who's With Him?

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is pushing for more revenue to fund the state's education system.
Credit State of Nevada website

In his State of the State address, Republican Governor Brian Sandoval promised bold action for Nevada’s struggling education system and outdated tax structure:

We live in a state that is transforming before our eyes – with 21st Century companies, jobs and technologies that place us at the forefront of innovation and the new economy. Yet we still operate with decades-old funding systems and an education structure that will eventually grind us to an inevitable halt.”

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Politics and Policy
9:59 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Sandoval proposes big tax increases for funding education

Credit Governor Brian Sandoval

Governor Brian Sandoval is calling for more than a billion dollars in revenue to fund Nevada's education system. That was among the many ambitious proposals the governor laid out in his State of the State address last night. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has more.

From the very first minutes, Governor  Brian Sandoval wasn't just speaking to today's Nevada, but to a future one, where education and the economy no longer hold the state back.

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Politics and Policy
5:13 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Sandoval sworn in for second term

Governor Sandoval and a slate of other Republican leaders were sworn in Monday as Nevada's next crew of constitutional officers.
Credit gov.nv.gov

On the state capitol steps in Carson City Monday, Governor Brian Sandoval was sworn in for his second term after a landslide victory in November. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that several other Republican leaders joined him to take their oaths as constitutional officers for Nevada.

The ceremony was actually the only inaugural program in the country presented entirely by children. Kids emceed the event and performed poetry, music, and prayer, including a violin duo who played the state song "Home Means Nevada."

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Recreational Pot NV
11:42 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Northern Nevada NAACP leader asking legislators to legalize recreational pot

The head of a northern Nevada civil rights group says the incoming state Legislature should legalize marijuana for recreational use instead of leaving the question up to voters in November 2016.

In September, Jeffrey Blanck, president of the Reno/Sparks chapter of the NAACP, sent a letter to legislators that highlighted an ACLU study finding blacks are more likely than whites to face arrest and prosecution for marijuana possession.

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