Politics and Policy

Politics and Policy
2:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

LGBT advocate hopes to win over democratic district in Reno/Sparks

Mike Sprinkle (left) and Lauren Scott (right) are running for Assembly District 30.

Hear Lauren Scott campaign and she sounds like most Republicans—keep taxes low, promote economic development, support the governor. But, unlike the typical GOP candidate, she spent years fighting for LGBT rights in Nevada.

“In the North, it’s a little bit of an oxymoron—a gay Republican—but, down South, it does seem to be a growing group. Nationally, they are very well-known. I do have their endorsement.”

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Politics and Policy
4:20 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Miller losing ground to GOP's Laxalt in fight for attorney general

It may seem odd that the most expensive and watched race of this election is for attorney general, but a quick look at the last names of the two candidates clears up why that is.

On the Democratic ticket is second-term Secretary of State Ross Miller—the son of former Nevada Governor Bob Miller. He’s facing off against Republican Adam Laxalt, the grandson of former Senator and Governor Paul Laxalt.

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Politics and Policy
1:59 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

State treasurer candidates vow to replenish Millennium Scholarship funds

Roughly 6,000 students receive Millennium Scholarships to help pay for tuition to state schools like the University of Nevada, Reno.
Credit University of Nevada, Reno

Funding for Nevada's Millennium Scholarships is slated to run out in the next several years. The program is overseen by the state treasurer, a post that's up for grabs this election, and both major party candidates agree these scholarships are critical to maintain for Nevada families. But Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports they offer different ideas for keeping the program alive.

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Politics and Policy
9:11 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Opposites fight it out in Reno's Ward 4 race

Bonnie Weber (left) and Paul McKenzie (right) are running to represent Ward 4 on the Reno City Council.

Reno City Council races are nonpartisan, but, for Ward 4, it's basically in name only.

On one side is Bonnie Weber, a termed out Washoe County Commissioner, who says the choice in this race is "black and white." 

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Politics and Policy
9:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Republicans take voter registration lead in Washoe County

Republicans are feeling good less than two weeks from Election Day. Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports that’s based on registration and early voting numbers across the state, including Washoe County.

Even before early voting began, Democrats in Washoe County had something to be worried about. Final registration numbers showed that the GOP has a lead of more than 6,000 registered voters. That’s the largest, for either party, since the mid-2000s.

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Politics and Policy
11:02 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Why one Northern Nevada race feels a lot like the primary

Lisa Krasner (left) and Randy Kirner (right) are vying to represent Assembly District 26 and both are from the GOP.

While there are several competitive races in Las Vegas, state senate and assembly seats aren't expected to change parties in the north. Nowhere is that more certain than a district covering Incline Village and much of South Reno, but that race still has a twist.  

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Politics and Policy
11:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

In Reno's Ward 2 race, candidates disagree on water, firefighters

Elisa Cafferata (left) and Naomi Duerr (right)

Three seats are up for grabs on the Reno City Council this November. One of those is for Ward 2, which covers much of South Reno and the area south of Midtown.  

    

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Politics and Policy
9:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Washoe Sheriff candidate's plan to recruit volunteers under scrutiny

Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Chuck Allen

An organization representing more than thirty law enforcement agencies across the state is voicing its concern for a proposal by Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Chuck Allen to revitalize the county's reserve deputy program, which currently has nine volunteer participants. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Allen says the sheriff's office needs more boots on the ground since about 100 positions have been cut in the past several years.

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Politics and Policy
12:14 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Secretary of State candidates disagree on election reform, voter ID laws

Secretary of state candidates State Senator Barbara Cegavske (Republican) and Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall (Democrat).

State Senator Barbara Cegavske and Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall disagreed on both election reform and voter ID laws during thir first debate as secretary of state candidates. That office oversees Nevada's election process and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the latest details on the race.

Marshall, a Democrat, criticized her opponent Cegavske, a Republican, for voting multiple times against major campaign reform. Along with increasing how often campaign finances are reported, Marshall said she wants more transparency regarding gifts from lobbyists.

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Politics and Policy
1:16 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Schieve and Pezonella clash on firefighting staff levels

Reno mayoral candidates faced off at a debate Thursday hosted by KNPB and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Reno mayoral candidates Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella agree on many issues...but not on staffing levels for public safety personnel, like firefighters. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that this contention came up at a debate Thursday.

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