Politics and Policy

Chuck Allen and Tim Kuzanek campaign photos

Both candidates for Washoe County Sheriff agree that the community presence of local law enforcement must grow, but Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports they offer different pathways for making that happen if elected in November.

At a debate Thursday night in Reno, hosted by KNPB and the Reno Gazette Journal, candidates Chuck Allen and Tim Kuzanek faced off in advance of the upcoming election.

Reno rejects automatic aid offer from county

Sep 26, 2014

The Reno Fire Department is not accepting any extra assistance or automatic aid from Washoe County, which broached the idea when the layoff of more than 30 Reno firefighters seemed imminent. That’s now stalled because of a lawsuit, but the offer was still on the table. That is, until the city council unanimously rejected it.


Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez told the council there’s no pressing need for such an agreement.

Mayoral hopefuls differ in style and tone

Sep 19, 2014
Will Stone


With the November election fast approaching, Reno’s two mayoral candidates squared off recently for one of their first debates, but neither candidate was on the offensive exactly.

The race is nonpartisan and what sets Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella apart often comes down to style, personality and backing, rather than policy.

Nevada among states with highest DACA sign-up

Aug 14, 2014
Nevada News Service

Nevada is among the states leading the nation for its high percentage of applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" program, which provides temporary legal status for some undocumented immigrants. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.

Jeanne Batalova is with the Migration Policy Institute, the group that studied DACA two years after its launch. She says more than half of the 17-thousand people eligible in Nevada have applied for the program and most have been approved.

Heller on Nevada Veterans Affairs

Jul 18, 2014

U.S. Senator Dean Heller spoke at the Senate Committee on Veteran's Affairs Wednesday in Washington D.C. to discuss the state of the VA health care system in Nevada. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.

Heller addressed issues regarding VA centers throughout the state, but one of his major issues involves the office here in the north.  

City reverses decision to stop paying law firm

Jul 17, 2014

The Reno City Council is rehiring an outside law firm to handle its costly labor negotiations and lawsuits. The decision reverses a previous vote to stop paying the firm.

Lawmakers to pursue tougher anti-bullying laws

Jun 3, 2014

Nevada lawmakers are planning to introduce tougher anti-bullying legislation in the coming session.

 Was Jose Reyes bullied before the Sparks Middle School shooting? Police stopped short of making that claim, instead opting to say he was "teased" or "made fun of."

Over the last decade, the legislature has taken up more than 5 bills that address the problem. But it wasn't until 2009 that Nevada actually defined bullying. Former State Senator Valerie Wiener recently explained that to a legislative committee on education.

The local firefighters union is suing the City of Reno in an effort to prevent dozens of layoffs. The cuts are scheduled to take effect next month. Meanwhile, the two parties are in negotiations over the union's contract, but that's also becoming tense.

The City of Reno has already passed its budget, but the dispute over laying off 33 firefighters is not going away anytime soon.

“The only way you can lay people off is if you don’t have any money, or you don’t have any work.”

Northern Nevada's congressman says he's okay with giving illegal immigrants legal status in certain situations. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone reports Republican U.S. Representative Mark Amodei held a town hall style meeting in Reno this week to hear from his constituents.