Politics and Policy

Megan Messerly / Las Vegas Sun

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won Nevada at Saturday's state Democratic convention in Las Vegas. Of the 35 pledged delegates that Nevada will send to the National Convention this summer, 20 will support Clinton and 15 will support Bernie Sanders. 

That's because slightly more delegates showed up at this weekend's event in support of Clinton.

Megan Messerly, a political reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, covered the event where tensions were running high.

Julia Ritchey

Nevada Republicans came together around their presumptive nominee, businessman Donald Trump, at the state’s convention this weekend.

“Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump”

State delegates broke into chants for Donald Trump, whose clear path to the presidential nomination became all but assured after his two remaining opponents dropped out this month. 

Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald said party unity would be critical to winning back the White House this fall.

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Nevada Democrats are meeting Saturday for their state convention in Las Vegas. The party's main task is electing presidential delegates. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

Nevada Democrats will send 43 delegates to the national convention in July. During the February caucuses, Hillary Clinton nabbed 13 of them while Bernie Sanders claimed ten. There are also super delegates who are appointed. Right now, more are supporting Clinton. 

Megan Messerly, a political reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, says that for tomorrow, a dozen final delegates are up for grabs.

Julia Ritchey

Nevada Republicans are gearing up for their state convention this weekend — the last step in the state's three-tier presidential nominating process.

Republicans will be selecting 27 of their 30 delegates at the Reno Events Center this weekend to send to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July.

Fourteen of those delegates will be bound to Donald Trump, who easily won the state's Feb. 23 caucus. The others will be divided among Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich — who while no longer in the race, have chosen to keep their delegates.

Julia Ritchey

The Nevada GOP's top dog is defending the state’s early caucus after a report that the Republican National Committee may send Nevada to the back of the line. 

A piece published in Politico over the weekend raised concerns that Nevada may lose its enviable first-in-the-West status in the presidential nominating process.

But to those rumors, Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald says not so fast.

“I’m not too worried about it because I know it didn’t mention this year.”

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This fall, Nevada residents will vote on whether or not to allow marijuana for recreational use, and Wednesday, the University of Nevada School of Medicine is hosting a Marijuana Summit. But as Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, the conference has drawn some criticism.

The summit, which is being billed as a marijuana education event, does not include speakers who support marijuana legalization and is being funded with a federal grant.

Julia Ritchey

A story in Politico this week is stirring up debate about the future of the Nevada GOP's prominent role in the presidential nominating process. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Alexa Ard

Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued stinging criticism today of the state of the Republican Party following Donald Trump's ascension to the top the of GOP ticket.

Reid called the GOP a "hollowed out shell of its former self" and ripe for Trump's takeover during a spirited, half-hour conference call with reporters on Thursday.

"By nominating Trump, I guess it's a natural evolution for party that's spent eight years on defining itself on what it's against — anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-Obama and anti-working people."

Alexa Ard

Donald Trump's path to the GOP presidential nomination is all but assured — and that's causing major headaches for Nevada Republicans hoping to win key races this year. 

In a candid exchange with reporters in Vegas, today, after Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the race, Nevada's Republican Senator Dean Heller says he's not sure he can vote for Trump.

Rindels: "Senator, are you committing to vote for Trump at this point?"

Heller: "No, what I'm committing is to voting against Hillary Clinton this November."

Alexa Ard

The City of Reno held its first budget workshop for the next fiscal year. As Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, the City Council raised serious questions about priorities.

Overall, the city is looking to spend $3.3 million more than last year. Nine new positions are being budgeted to the general fund and a new Office of Economic Development will be created to partner with the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.

But Mayor Hillary Schieve says there are major components missing from the budget.

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