Politics

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Lawmakers are quickly approaching the halfway point of the 2017 Legislative session. There are officially 62 days left, and there’s still a lot of work to be done. So let’s recap the past seven days.

COMMITTEE BILL INTRODUCTIONS

Monday marked yet another deadline for the introduction of bills by committees. Over the course of the day, the legislature 21 committees dropped another 175 bills.

Paul Boger

Sanctuary State...it’s a term that’s cropped up in the months since President Donald Trump took office. With promises from the administration to ramp up deportations, some states hope to protect their undocumented residents by prohibiting their local law enforcement from working with federal immigration officials, and Nevada could become one of the first states to pass such a law.

Paul Boger

Just one day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, thousands of demonstrators from Northern Nevada and Eastern California took to the streets of Reno calling for solidarity against the new administration. As Reno Public Radio's Paul Boger reports, protestors say they will fight for equal rights, income equality and the environment. 

 

Marching down Virginia Street, peaceful protestors held signs with messages like "love trumps hate," "my body, my choice" and "women's rights are human rights."

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Friday, Donald Trump was sworn-in as the 45th President of the United States, and he'll be taking office with some of the lowest approval numbers in recent history. But how are Nevadans feeling about Trump's inauguration? Reno Public Radio's Paul Boger has more.

Cortez Masto Becomes First Latina Senator

Jan 3, 2017
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Catherine Cortez Masto has been sworn in to the U.S. Senate, becoming Nevada's first female in the upper chamber of Congress and the nation's first Latina senator. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports. 

Photos: Election Night 2016 In Washoe County

Nov 9, 2016
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Donald J. Trump, the black-sheep Republican presidential nominee, surprised the nation with a convincing upset victory over Democrat Hillary R. Clinton Tuesday night. Nevada, a battleground state, turned blue for the third time since the 2008 election, but the state's 6 votes did not deny the candidate the electoral win, although Clinton claimed the popular vote early Wednesday morning.

Donald Trump could stand to benefit from his reported vice presidential pick Mike Pence in a number of ways, in particular from his strong Christian identity, which might help Trump gain needed support in evangelical communities.

But Pence initially endorsed Ted Cruz, albeit without enthusiasm, and there were some reports that the Indiana governor disliked Trump. Less than a week after Cruz dropped out, Pence endorsed Trump.

Nevada's Youngest GOP Delegate Prepares For Cleveland

Jul 14, 2016
Julia Ritchey

The Nevada GOP is sending 30 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, next week. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey talks to a first-time attendee who'll be the youngest member of the state's delegation. 

At 19 years old, Reno High graduate Ryder Haag will be casting his first vote in a presidential election this year. It will also be his first time serving as a national delegate.

Like other Republicans, his road to supporting Trump was winding. He initially voted for Marco Rubio in the caucus. 

Alexa Ard

The three candidates for Reno City Council's Ward 1 seat all agree that downtown homelessness is a big problem that needs concrete solutions. Our News Director Michelle Billman reached out to hear their ideas ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

Candidate and lawyer Victor Salcido says the problem stems from both the local housing shortage and inadequate mental health services, which eventually need to be addressed. But in the short-term...

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This fall, Nevada residents will vote on whether or not to allow marijuana for recreational use, and Wednesday, the University of Nevada School of Medicine is hosting a Marijuana Summit. But as Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, the conference has drawn some criticism.

The summit, which is being billed as a marijuana education event, does not include speakers who support marijuana legalization and is being funded with a federal grant.

Local Races To Watch With RGJ's Seth Richardson

Mar 17, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Candidate filing ends Friday for state and local races. To fill us in on who's stepping into the political ring this season, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with political reporter Seth Richardson from the Reno-Gazette Journal.

All eyes are on the U.S. Senate race where 16 candidates have filed. But the two presumptive nominees are, on the Democratic side, former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and for the Republicans, Rep. Joe Heck.  

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Nevada Representative Joe Heck filed paperwork today to run as a Republican candidate to replace Sen. Harry Reid, who's held the seat for three decades.

Heck announced his intent to run for senate last summer, but Monday's filing made it official.

The doctor and one-star general will face off against former state attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, who plans to file March 15.

It's one of several key races in battleground states that Democrats hope to win in order to regain control of the Senate.

Alexa Ard

Reno's City Council seat for Ward 1 is up for grabs and, so far, three people are vying for it. 

Sparks City Councilwoman Julia Ratti will run for the vacant state senate seat left by her close friend and mentor Debbie Smith, who died last month from brain cancer. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

Ratti met Smith decades ago when the two were working together on a campaign to increase parental involvement with Washoe County Schools. 

Noah Glick

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders held a political rally in Reno on Sunday. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick was there.

While speaking to nearly 2,000 supporters, Bernie Sanders' message was directed toward the wealthiest Americans.

"Our message to the billionaire class is simple and straightforward: In this great country, you cannot and will not have it all," he says. "You are not going to get huge tax breaks."

Sanders says income inequality is a major problem that needs to change, and that includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Julia Ritchey

Republican presidential hopefuls will face off Tuesday for the fifth GOP debate in Las Vegas — about two months before Nevada's caucuses. From secret ballots to all-day stump speeches, this system can be confusing to first-timers. To de-mystify the process, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with Precious Hall, a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College. Below is their conversation, and an abbreviated Q+A. 

Q: What is the difference between a caucus and a primary?

Bernie Sanders Campaign Opens First Reno Office

Dec 2, 2015
Julia Ritchey

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is opening a handful of new Nevada campaign offices, including one in Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey went down to check it out.

Half a dozen volunteers are typing away behind laptops at the new Reno headquarters of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

They’re overseen by Bridget Lavington, a state deputy field director for Sanders.

"We're expecting exponential week-over-week growth and that's part of the reason we brought so many paid staff into Nevada."

Julia Ritchey

  Over the next year, Reno Public Radio news is bringing you profiles of local voters to find out what issues are important to them ahead of the 2016 election. Last week, we heard from a Sparks veteran who supports Donald Trump, and today, we hear from a soon-to-be first-time voter.

Kate Krolicki is a senior at George Whittel High School near South Lake Tahoe, but she has a much bigger title this election season.

Julia Ritchey

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton wrapped up her second visit to Reno last night with a large organizing rally where she focused on several issues important to northern Nevada. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has more.

The Nevada Gay Men's Chorus sang show tunes at the outset of the rally at Pine Middle School, where Clinton spoke to about 500 people packed into the hot gymnasium.

The former Secretary of State talked education, equal pay and the economy — but lingered on the issue of gun control.

Nevada Lawmakers Join Chorus Opposing Syrian Refugees

Nov 16, 2015

Several GOP lawmakers in Nevada are urging Governor Brian Sandoval to stand with other Republican-led states in turning away Syrian refugees. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Senator Dean Heller issued an open letter on Monday encouraging the governor to reject Syrian migrants from being relocated to Nevada until it is clear that the state would be protected from terror threats.

U.S. Representative Joe Heck of Nevada's third congressional district also signed onto a letter asking for a suspension in admitting new refugees.

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