Politics and Policy

Governor Brian Sandoval

Governor Brian Sandoval is calling for more than a billion dollars in revenue to fund Nevada's education system. That was among the many ambitious proposals the governor laid out in his State of the State address last night. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has more.

From the very first minutes, Governor  Brian Sandoval wasn't just speaking to today's Nevada, but to a future one, where education and the economy no longer hold the state back.

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On the state capitol steps in Carson City Monday, Governor Brian Sandoval was sworn in for his second term after a landslide victory in November. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that several other Republican leaders joined him to take their oaths as constitutional officers for Nevada.

The ceremony was actually the only inaugural program in the country presented entirely by children. Kids emceed the event and performed poetry, music, and prayer, including a violin duo who played the state song "Home Means Nevada."

The head of a northern Nevada civil rights group says the incoming state Legislature should legalize marijuana for recreational use instead of leaving the question up to voters in November 2016.

In September, Jeffrey Blanck, president of the Reno/Sparks chapter of the NAACP, sent a letter to legislators that highlighted an ACLU study finding blacks are more likely than whites to face arrest and prosecution for marijuana possession.

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After six years as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid is leaving that post, now that Republicans control that chamber. Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell will soon step into that role while Reid transitions to leading the minority. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss caught up with Reid just after the Senate wrapped up its session this week to look back on his tenure, including the recent passage of several Nevada lands bills.

City of Reno

From a pool of 74 applicants, the Reno City Council chose David Bobzien as its newest member. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss caught up with the former state assemblyman to learn about his immediate priorities for the post, which include bolstering the city's role in improving public education.

Members of the Reno City Council have unanimously selected Democratic Assemblyman David Bobzien as their newest member, filling the at-large seat left vacant when Hillary Schieve was elected mayor last month.

They made the decision Wednesday night after spending several hours interviewing their top six candidates. The original pool of applicants topped seventy people.

Bobzien has represented Assembly District 24 since 2006. That district covers downtown Reno, along with several other sections of the city.

The Reno City Council could decide Wednesday on its newest member. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the group is interviewing candidates for the at-large council seat recently vacated by Hillary Schieve, who was elected mayor last month.

The council will interview 13 candidates who were selected as finalists from an original pool of more than seventy applicants.

Learn more here about the open council seat.

Recount confirms Kirner's victory over Krasner

Nov 20, 2014

A recount has upheld Assemblyman Randy Kirner's 11-vote victory over fellow Republican Lisa Krasner.

County Registrar Luanne Cutler says the recount ended Friday when the Reno lawmaker's margin of victory held up after votes in seven precincts of Assembly District 26 were recounted.

A recount of all votes would have followed had officials found a discrepancy of 1 percent or five votes in any of the sample precincts.

The recount was requested by Krasner. Officials had estimated it would cost her campaign $2,000.

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The number of unauthorized immigrants in Nevada has dropped by roughly 20,000 people between 2009 and 2012. That's according to a new study just released from the Pew Research Center. Despite that decline, Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that Nevada still has the highest percentage of this population nationwide.

More than 7 percent of Nevada residents, or about 210,000 people, are in the country illegally. Other states with a large share of  unauthorized immigrants include California, Arizona, and Texas. 

A candidate for a Northern Nevada assembly seat is asking for a recount. Republican Lisa Krasner lost to Randy Kirner in this election by only 11 votes.

Lisa Krasner continues to shake up the political landscape in Northern Nevada. First, she ran against fellow Republican and incumbent Randy Kirner in the general election to the dismay of some in her party. Now, she’s not stepping aside until she’s sure she lost.

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