Politics and Policy

Alexa Ard

With 70 days until the election, both presidential candidates are putting more face time in battleground states. Late last week, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made their first visits to Northern Nevada since the February caucus. To get the latest, our reporter Julia Ritchey sat down with the Reno Gazette-Journal's political reporter Seth Richardson.

Donald Trump headlined a private fundraiser last Friday in Stateline, Nev., on Lake Tahoe. Richardson staked out the event, which was closed to press, and heard from those inside that it was a fairly typical speech. 

ThisisReno.com

The Washoe County Board of Commissioners has removed a planning commission member over questions about his impartiality. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the details.

Planning Commission Member Thomas Daly lost his seat after a 3-2 vote from the board.

At issue was an opinion article Daly wrote last spring for the Reno Gazette-Journal in which he expressed opposition to a development near Mt. Rose highway.

Clinton Sharpens Rhetoric, Tethers Trump To Alt-Right

Aug 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton made one of the most pointed speeches of her campaign in Reno on Tuesday, accusing Donald Trump of embracing the ideologies of hate groups.

Clinton had originally planned to come to Reno to talk about jobs and the economy. But she changed her mind after listening to voters who are worried about the incendiary tone of Donald Trump's campaign.

"Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent,” she said. “And I understand that concern, because it's like nothing we've heard before."

Julia Ritchey

Hillary Clinton gave a fiery speech in Reno today, accusing her opponent of embracing fringe groups and racist ideas. 

Clinton told a crowd at Truckee Meadows Community College that Trump has legitimized groups that prescribe to racist philosophies and conspiracy theories.

"From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia," she said. "He is taking hate groups mainstream, and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican party."

Julia Ritchey

With the 20th anniversary of the Lake Tahoe Summit around the corner, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid says more will have to be done to protect the lake from climate change. 

Julia Ritchey

Both presidential candidates are scheduled to make stops in Northern Nevada this week. As Reno Public Radio Julia Ritchey reports, the two campaigns see the state as up for grabs.

Julia Ritchey

The race for Nevada's U.S. Senate seat between Representative Joe Heck and former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is intensifying. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey caught up with Heck over the weekend during a campaign stop in Gardnerville. 

  Heck says he's not worried about his Democratic opponent's attempts to tether him to Donald Trump. He thinks Nevadans are more worried about state and local issues.

"They're not questioning me about what the presidential race is, they want to know what I'm going to be able to do for them here in Nevada," said Heck. 

Julia Ritchey

Several high profile Republicans took sharp aim at Hillary Clinton during the 2nd annual Basque Fry hosted by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt. 

More than 1,200 people gathered under large outdoor tents at the scenic Corley Ranch in Gardnerville over the weekend.

Attendees noshed on lamb chops, signed up for candidate mailing lists and snapped selfies with conservative rising stars like Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee.

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is hosting his second annual Basque fry this weekend, an event gaining popularity among conservatives with big political aspirations.

Laxalt got the idea from his grandfather, former U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt, who held a similar event in Washington, D.C., back in the '80s.

"He was fortunate to have Ronald Regan come to all but one, during the years he was serving as president,” says Laxalt. “It had a Western [theme] to it, but it was just a great D.C. event to bring Nevada culture to that part of the country."

Alexa Ard

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump will headline a fundraising dinner in Lake Tahoe next week.

The Nevada Republican Party is hosting the dinner at Harrah's Lake Tahoe in Stateline, NV, on Friday, Aug. 26.

General admission is $200 while a VIP table is going for $5,000.

Trump's state director, Charles Munoz , says Northern Nevada can expect more candidate visits heading into the general election.

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