Politics and Policy

Reno Pro-Immigration Rally Aims Barbs At Nevada AG

Nov 23, 2015
Alexa Ard

Community activists held a pro-immigration rally on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of President Obama's executive order that would keep 5 million immigrants from being deported. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there.

About 30 people with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada held up signs and chanted at a protest primary targeting Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

Laxalt joined 25 other states in suing the Obama administration to block his executive action to protect families from deportation.

Interview: Nevada Flunks Ethics Report Card

Nov 17, 2015
Alexa Ard

A new report on government transparency gives Nevada an "F" for integrity. To learn why, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey spoke with the Las Vegas-based journalist, Felicia Mello, who's been researching ethical lapses in Nevada's legislature.

Mello says Nevada scored worse than any other state in lobbying oversight.

Nevada Lawmakers Join Chorus Opposing Syrian Refugees

Nov 16, 2015

Several GOP lawmakers in Nevada are urging Governor Brian Sandoval to stand with other Republican-led states in turning away Syrian refugees. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Senator Dean Heller issued an open letter on Monday encouraging the governor to reject Syrian migrants from being relocated to Nevada until it is clear that the state would be protected from terror threats.

U.S. Representative Joe Heck of Nevada's third congressional district also signed onto a letter asking for a suspension in admitting new refugees.

Columba Bush Makes Quiet Pit Stop At UNR

Nov 5, 2015
Julia Ritchey

Columba Bush, the wife of GOP presidential hopeful Jeb, held a roundtable with local high school and college students at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Wednesday. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there.

Bush met with students in a quiet corner of UNR's campus to listen to their concerns on hot-button issues like immigration, abortion and rising student debt.

Trump's First Visit Draws Crowds, Controversy

Oct 30, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  

GOP front-runner Donald Trump made his first appearance in northern Nevada Thursday, attracting a crowd of thousands to downtown Sparks. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has more.

The bombastic billionaire spoke for more than an hour to a packed ballroom at The Nugget casino, fresh off his third debate appearance in Colorado. 

Trump stuck to familiar talking points, including job creation and his plans to, as he likes to put it, make America great again.

Interview: Young Latinos Look To Widen Media Reach

Oct 26, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  As Latinos make up an increasingly larger share of eligible voters in Nevada, organizations like Voto Latino are trying to boost their participation.

About 20 University of Nevada, Reno students just attended a Voto Latino conference in Stanford aimed at empowering Latino millennials to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey talked with UNR student Diego Zarazua about what he learned.

Amy Westervelt

Nevada drew a national spotlight to the issue of public lands last year when rancher Cliven Bundy faced off against the BLM. Now it's back in the headlines after presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced his public lands plan in Reno. Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt reports.

Campaigns Step Up Latino Outreach In Nevada

Oct 20, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  Both GOP and Democratic presidential candidates are expanding their Latino outreach efforts in Nevada — a crucial demographic for winning the state's caucus in February. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Twenty-three-year-old Benjamin Challinor is training a volunteer on how to make phone calls for the Hillary Clinton campaign at their Reno office.

Dem Debate To Showcase Substance Over Style

Oct 12, 2015
Michelle Bliss

The first Democratic presidential debate will be held Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with local professor Fred Lokken, who frequently joins us to chat about politics. 

Hillary Clinton is considered the frontrunner going into the debate, but her vulnerabilities are many, according to Lokken. 

"Unfortunately, that's all we've dealt with for the last six to eight week," he says. "We know way too much about servers and email accounts; we know too much about Benghazi still, churning along as a political issue."

UNR Library Expanding Its Harry Reid Collection

Sep 29, 2015
Alexa Ard

The University of Nevada, Reno will be getting more than 2,000 boxes of documents chronicling Senator Harry Reid's decades-long career in Washington. 

The university already has about 30 boxes of documents from Reid's time as a congressman. But it's expecting hundreds more, along with three terabytes of digital information, when Reid's Senate career ends in 2017. 

Library officials say the collection will help illuminate major political decisions over the years, including the response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the passage of Obamacare.

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