Politics and Policy

Alexa Ard

The National Rifle Association has launched its first TV ad of the election cycle, targeting several battleground states, including Nevada. The NRA is spending $100,000 in the Reno market to air the ad, featuring a former security contractor, Mark Geist, who was a member of the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down an abortion law in Texas. Our News Director Michelle Billman checked in with local advocates on both sides to hear their thoughts on the controversial ruling.

The court voted 5-3 in opposition to portions of a Texas law that required abortion providers to have admitting privileges with a nearby hospital and to meet the standards of surgical centers in the state.

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Nevada's political establishment is split down the middle following the Supreme Court's decision today that blocked President Obama's anti-deportation plan. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

Lawmakers, candidates and political groups issued a flood of press releases expressing either disappointment or satisfaction with today's 4-4 decision.

Nevada was one of 26 states that challenged the unilateral action by Obama, which would have shielded upwards of 5 million people from deportation.

Nevada's PBS Affiliates Cancel 'Ralston Live'

Jun 21, 2016
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Nevada's top political commentator Jon Ralston is parting ways with the state's local PBS affiliates. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

In a statement, the heads of Reno's KNBP and Vegas PBS said Ralston's show had required considerable financial investment and no longer had sufficient funds to continue production.

The hour-long Ralston Live debuted in March of last year and featured interviews with Nevada's top legislators and newsmakers, as well as blunt commentary from the veteran political reporter.

Julia Ritchey

The Nevada primary wrapped up last night and several key races have been narrowed down. To breakdown the results, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey joined Reno Gazette-Journal political reporter Seth Richardson in the studio. Listen to their conversation.

Embedded is a list of unofficial final results from Washoe County.

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Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung has been re-elected to a second term. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

The Republican incumbent beat out challenger and former Nevada State Senator Maurice Washington, winning 55 percent of the vote. Hartung says that one of his biggest priorities for his next term is managing growth, especially in residential areas.

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Because of a new state law, two of the four open seats on the Washoe County school board were decided in Tuesday's primary. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman explains.

Candidates who get more than 50 percent of the primary votes are declared winners and don't have to go to the general election. That happened for Incumbent Angie Taylor in District E and newcomer Scott Kelley in District A. 

Taylor was appointed to the board at the end of 2014 and says her leadership since then has sparked real change.

Incumbent David Bobzien easily won the primary for the Reno City Council At-Large seat, beating out three challengers by a wide margin.

Bobzien won 63 percent of the total vote, meaning he will be on the general election ballot, along with second-place finisher, Sam Kumar.

Bobzien says he has what voters are looking for.

Three term Congressman Joe Heck handily won the Republican primary for Nevada's open U.S. Senate seat. 

Heck now faces Democratic challenger Catherine Cortez Masto in the general election to replace retiring Sen. Harry Reid.

Both candidates easily won their primary races, clinching large victories less than an hour after polls closed. Heck says he's ready to pivot to November.

Early Voting Numbers For Washoe County

Jun 14, 2016

Early voting wrapped up last Friday in Washoe County. About 25,000 people voted during the two-week period ahead of tomorrow's primary election for state and local races.

That's about a 10 percent increase in the number of people who early voted in 2014, though the overall participation rate among active registered voters remained virtually the same. 

The highest early voting day was, as expected, the last day, with 3,600 people showing up. Republicans also had a slightly higher turnout than Democrats.