Politics and Policy

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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Heller VA
10:41 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Heller on Nevada Veterans Affairs

U.S. Senator Dean Heller spoke at the Senate Committee on Veteran's Affairs Wednesday in Washington D.C. to discuss the state of the VA health care system in Nevada. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.

Heller addressed issues regarding VA centers throughout the state, but one of his major issues involves the office here in the north.  

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Politics and Policy
12:08 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

City reverses decision to stop paying law firm

Reno City Hall

The Reno City Council is rehiring an outside law firm to handle its costly labor negotiations and lawsuits. The decision reverses a previous vote to stop paying the firm.

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