Politics and Policy

Nevada State Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (right) spoke in the U.S. Senate to ask for support in passing the DREAM Act. She also shared a letter from DACA recipient and Reno resident Maria Toca (pictured in middle photo).
Screenshot from a Facebook video posted by the Facebook account of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

The legislation for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, is still in a state of uncertainty.

Our reporter Natalie Van Hoozer sat down with our news director Michelle Billman to provide some updates.  

Here are seven things to know.

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President Donald Trump is expected to sign the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a sweeping $1.5 Trillion plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code. The Republican backed-bill is supposed to provide middle-class families across the country with tax breaks, while at the same time creating more jobs by lowering the tax burden on corporations. But what kind of impact will the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have on Nevada?

Waste Management

Some Reno business owners, like Mark McKinnon, are getting letters telling them that they are in violation of city ordinances because they are not using the company Waste Management to haul their trash and recycling. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has been reporting on this situation and gave the latest update to our News Director Michelle Billman.

The actions mark an effort to solidify Waste Management’s exclusivity as the area’s waste hauler.

Map image credit: G.E. Bullard, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/  Text and graphic design: Natalie Van Hoozer
Natalie Van Hoozer

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The heated national debate on immigration often brings up the question of why undocumented immigrants didn’t enter the U.S. legally.

Our reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has been researching this topic, and she’s finding that it’s not that simple. She sat down with our News Director Michelle Billman to break down the visa process. 

Here are six things to know.

Nevada Legislative Building
Alexa Ard

Reno assemblywoman Amber Joiner, a Democrat, is choosing not to run for reelection in 2018. Joiner was appointed to her seat in Assembly District 24 in 2014, and since then has served for two regular sessions and two special sessions.

 

 

But in an email to The Nevada Independent, Joiner says the financial burden of campaigning and serving is unsustainable.

 

Alexa Ard

Last November, Nevada voters approved Question 1, an initiative that requires all private firearm sales and transfers to undergo background checks, including those at gun shows.

But a video taken less than a week after the Las Vegas massacre shows gun sellers at a Reno gun show selling firearms without the required background checks.

 An artist with the Inside Out Dreamers Project pastes photos of UNR students on the sidewalk who had their photos taken to show solidarity with Dreamers.
Natalie Van Hoozer

 

With continued uncertainty about the future of the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, a community art project recently stopped at the University of Nevada, Reno, to highlight the issue.

 

The Inside Out Dreamers Project aims to show solidarity with so-called Dreamers by letting community members take their pictures in a photo booth truck. The images are then pasted on the sidewalk for all to see.

Reno could soon join the growing list of more than 100 cities around the nation that have pursued similar lawsuits.

Jacob Solis

Nevada’s Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt is making his bid to become the state’s next governor official.

The 39-year-old conservative made the announcement via press release yesterday quickly followed by a campaign event in Las Vegas in the morning with a stop in Sparks later in the afternoon.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters in Northern Nevada, including several current Republican lawmakers, Laxalt told attendees that his goal as governor will be to ensure the state's bright future for his children.

 

Nevada’s Republican Senator Dean Heller may be in the political fight for his life. Political pundits have named him one of the most vulnerable members of Congress, and now he faces a challenge from within his own party. Our News Director Michelle Billman sat down with our political reporter Paul Boger to get the latest on Senator Heller’s reelection campaign. 

 

Paul, let’s start off with why we’re speaking to each other instead of airing an interview with Senator Heller.

 

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