Politics and Policy

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Three Democratic candidates are vying for Nevada's second Congressional seat, held by two-term Republican incumbent Mark Amodei. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman takes a look at who's running to represent that rural district, which has never gone blue.

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Internal divisions and a leadership vacuum are complicating the Washoe County Republican Party's efforts ahead of the November election. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey went to a meeting of local Republicans this week that ended with shouting and a call to the police. 

The chaos began as 200 people convened for the quarterly meeting of the Washoe County Republican Central Committee, a fairly routine gathering.

The person you're hearing is vice-chair of the Washoe County GOP, Tom Dickman, attempting to bring the meeting to order.

Julia Ritchey

Nevada lawmakers exchanged cross-fire at the start of U.S. Supreme Court arguments Monday over President Obama's executive actions to protects millions of undocumented immigrants.

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At the polls this election season, voters will have one more requirement to prove their identity. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has more on the state's new voter ID law which recently went into effect.

When voting, if your signature does not match the one on file, you will have to respond to a list of questions to confirm your personal data. Erik Jimenez, is a spokesman for the Washoe County Republican Party.

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Washoe county officials are devising a multi-use plan for Peavine Mountain in response to concerns about recreational shooters sharing space with hikers and bikers. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has more.


A commission charged with repairing Nevada's troubled guardianship system will meet next week to continue voting on several major policy issues before making its final recommendations later this spring.

Guardianships are needed when children don't have parents looking out for them or when adults are unable to properly care for themselves.


The student newspaper for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas says it will change its name by next spring amid claims that the school's "Rebel" moniker is racist since it refers to Confederate soldiers.

Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hardesty spoke to 43 new judges in Reno Thursday about recent Supreme Court rulings that will undoubtedly have an impact on their work. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman has more.


Justice Hardesty brought up well-known rulings like Obergefell versus Hodges, which made same-sex marriage legal nationwide. He says trial court judges are now on the front lines for follow up debates:

Bernie Sanders scored a big victory at Nevada's county-level Democratic conventions last Saturday — this was despite Hillary Clinton's win at the state's February 20th precinct caucuses. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with Fred Lokken, political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College, to break down what happened.

"I don't blame a single voter in Nevada for somehow thinking maybe the decision had been made on Saturday, Feb. 20," says Lokken on the confusion that followed the results last weekend.

The Washoe GOP elected 633 out of 638 possible delegates to the state convention in Reno this May. The organization also revised its platform at the county convention on Saturday, but questions remain about how the local party will move forward once its four elected officials resign in just a few weeks. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.