2018 elections

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Bree Zender

The 2018 Midterm Election is over, and it appears that Nevada saw a significant Blue Wave roll over the state. To talk about some of the results, KUNR’s Bree Zender spoke with Senior Political Reporter Paul Boger to breakdown the election.

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Jana Sayson

The Democratic watch party took place at the Reno Ballroom Tuesday night. Over 200 people attended the watch party, awaiting results of the 2018 Midterm Elections. Celebrations erupted at the wake of a blue wave sweeping Nevada. Two major Democratic victories include the election of Steve Sisolak as the state's governor and Jacky Rosen as U.S. senator, replacing Incumbent Republican Senator Dean Heller.

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Nevada is not the only state that'll be holding major elections up and down the ballot. To the West, voters in California are also set to decide who will lead their state for the next four years. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Alexei Koseff, a political reporter at the Sacramento Bee, to get the latest on the some of the high profile campaigns there.

A Look At Congressional Races In Southern Nevada

Oct 25, 2018
Yvonne Gonzalez

Nevada is made up of four congressional districts, three of which comprise most of the southern and central part of the state. Races to fill those seats are in full swing. To learn more about what’s at stake for our southern neighbors, KUNR’s Holly Hutchings talked to Yvonne Gonzalez, political reporter for the Las Vegas Sun.

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Question 6, or the Renewable Energy Standards Initiative, would require Nevada to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standards to 50 percent by the year 2030. Our senior political reporter Paul Boger sat down with student reporter Paolo Zialcita to discuss Question 6.

Republican Senator Dean Heller and Democratic Congresswoman Jacky Rosen traded barbs in their first and only debate. KUNR’s Anh Gray reports health care took center stage.

Bree Zender

Next month, Lyon County voters will be posed with a ballot question: Should sex work be legal?

Ultimately, the county commissioners will have the final word. Critics say that legal sex work is unethical. They specifically mention what are called “lineups”--where the sex workers present themselves to prospective clients, calling the practice demeaning to women. Brothel owners disagree, saying it’s empowering. KUNR’s Bree Zender wanted to know how the sex workers themselves feel about it.


In a congressional district that’s never gone blue, Republican incumbent Mark Amodei hopes to retain the seat he’s held since 2011. KUNR’s Holly Hutchings sat down with Mr. Amodei to discuss his position on immigration, healthcare and more, as well as his plans for the next 24 months in office.

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Voters may soon decide whether to eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products. KUNR’s Anh Gray has more.

Bree Zender

Dennis Hof died earlier this week. He owned all of the brothels in Lyon County. Despite his death, a question will remain on the ballot asking Lyon County voters whether or not to ban prostitution. KUNR’s Bree Zender examines both sides of this debate. 

How Q6 Could Impact Renewable Energy In Nevada

Oct 16, 2018

The upcoming ballot includes Question 6, an initiative that will mandate the increase of production of energy from renewable energy sources in Nevada. Our reporter Paolo Zialcita spoke with UNR associate professor of chemical engineering Charles Coronella about the state of renewable energy in Nevada. 

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Sisolak talks with a farmer in rural Nevada.
Paul Boger

The race for Nevada's next governor has drawn a lot of attention. Not only will the election determine who will lead the state for the next four years, but it may also help decide key down-ballot races as well. KUNR's Paul Boger caught up with Democratic nominee for governor Steve Sisolak at a recent campaign event in Northern Nevada to see how the campaign is going and where the candidate stands on certain issues.

Reno city attorney Karl Hall is up for reelection against opponent John Kadlic, who has previously served in the role as well. Anjeanette Damon is the government watchdog reporter at the Reno Gazette Journal. She sat down with KUNR reporter Stephanie Serrano to break down this race.

Darrin Balaam has served in the Washoe County Sheriff's Office in various positions over the past 21 years. He is running for sheriff this November. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano talked to Balaam about his position in the race.

A Look At Nevada's Down Ballot Races

Oct 9, 2018
Jacob Solis

This November, every constitutional office in Nevada is up for grabs. And while most people may be concentrating on the who is running for Governor, it'll be up to voters to decide who will also take over the down ballot positions in the executive branch. KUNR's Paul Boger sat down with our reporter Paolo Zialcita to discuss those elections.

Heidi Howe is a retired captain for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and is running for sheriff this election. She has also recently sued the sheriff’s office for gender discrimination. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano talked to Howe to break it all down.

The photo is the front of the Nevada State Legislature buidling in Carson City, Nevada.
Alexa Ard

Several factors could shape the upcoming midterm election in Nevada. The Nevada Secretary of State announced earlier this week that there are slightly more than 1.5 million active registered voters, a record-breaking number.

Currently, Democrats are close to having 70,000 more registered voters than Republicans, accounting for a nearly five-point lead. The Silver State could also make history as the first female-majority led statehouse.

KUNR’s Anh Gray checks in with a Truckee Meadows Community College Political Science Professor Precious Hall to learn how this election could play out.