Politics and Policy

Argentinian Fulbright Scholar Melisa Prior
Natalie Van Hoozer

Despite the attention the presidential election has drawn, less than 60 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot.

Academics from Latin America living in Reno have a unique perspective on the issue of voting, as it is compulsory in many Latin American countries.  

Melisa Prior is a teacher at UNR visiting from Argentina, where those who don’t vote can be fined.

However, she does understand why some Americans aren’t interested in participating.

Marcus Lavergne

Nevada went blue, but America went red. Our News Director Michelle Billman explores what that could mean for the state with Seth Richardson. He's the political reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal.

KUNR: First, Republican Donald Trump clinched the presidency even after most polls showed Clinton ahead near the end...what ultimately turned things around for his campaign?

Alexa Ard

Voters have narrowly approved an initiative to tighten gun background checks in Nevada.

Supporters of the initiative, "Question 1" on the ballot, say they wanted to close what they call a loophole in current law by requiring background checks through a licensed gun dealer when most firearms change hands.

Jennifer Crowe is with Nevadans for Background Checks, the group that sponsored the measure. She says many criminals try to buy guns through private sales, often done online or at gun shows.

Alexa Ard

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in the state of Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

54 percent of Nevadans voted to approve Question 2, which makes it legal for those 21 years of age or older to possess, cultivate and use marijuana.

In addition, a 15 percent excise tax will be levied on wholesale marijuana sales, which will be used to pay for additional regulators and law enforcement, with the rest going to the State Distributive School Account.

Noah Glick

Hillary Clinton may have won the state of Nevada, but it was Republican Donald Trump who won the Presidential election.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick spoke with local Trump supporters at last night’s Washoe County GOP Viewing Party, where they touted their candidate billed as the ultimate outsider.

Alexa Ard

The makeup of the Reno City Council is staying the same, as all four seats up for grabs have been filled by incumbents.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

David Bobzien handily won his election bid for the city’s at-large seat, beating out former Washoe County Republican Chairman Sam Kumar.

During an interview last month with KUNR, Bobzien said his biggest priority if elected is…

Alexa Ard

After devastating losses in 2014, the Democratic Party seized back majority control of both houses in the Nevada state legislature. 

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Democrats won in a landslide in the Assembly, claiming 27 seats in the 42-member chamber.

During last night’s Washoe County GOP Viewing Party, Incumbent Republican Assemblyman Ira Hansen, who represents District 32 in Northern Nevada, said he’s not surprised.

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Catherine Cortez Masto has won a nail biter Senate race and will keep the seat of retiring Sen. Harry Reid in Democratic hands. Our News Director Michelle Billman has the story.

The two-term former Nevada attorney general triumphed over three-term Republican Rep. Joe Heck. Political analyst Precious Hall says it came down to Heck's decision to drop his support for the now president-elect, Republican Donald Trump. Heck did so after video footage emerged of Trump discussing how he had groped and kissed multiple women.

Join NPR's Live Election Blog for updates on news and results from across the country. Updated in real-time by NPR reporters, we'll keep you up-to-date on the latest during this historic Election Day.

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Democrats and Republicans in Washoe County have employed different methods of engaging with Latino voters this election season, and we'll soon see how effective they've been. Our contributor Krysta Scripter with Noticiero Movil has more. 

In Washoe County, Latinos make up nearly a quarter of the population.

Miguel Ayala, communications director for Hillary for Nevada, has helped organize multiple statewide outreach initiatives, including the Abuelas program.

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