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It's been a tumultuous week in the nation's capital as lawmakers contend with the insurrection and subsequent impeachment of President Donald Trump. KUNR Morning Edition Host Noah Glick checks in with Political Editor Paul Boger to get a sense of where Nevada's lawmakers stand.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with "incitement of insurrection." Watch the debate and vote live.

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Update Thursday, Jan. 7, 8:48 a.m. PT

Nevada lawmakers continue to comment on the armed insurgency of the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto tweeted an update yesterday about the importance of finishing the Electoral College tally.

Updated at 6:38 p.m. ET

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi informed House lawmakers that Congress will reconvene Wednesday night to continue its constitutional duty to count and certify the electoral votes after pro-Trump protestors breached the Capitol and forced Capitol Police to evacuate both the House and Senate.

Anti-mask and anti-lockdown protesters are targeting public health officials and politicians in parts of the Mountain West – sometimes at their own homes.


Karen Snyder has never been afraid to use her voice. She learned that from the women who raised her on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

"I come from a very long line of strong women. Grandmothers, mothers, a very strong line of women that are very outspoken," Snyder said.

That came in handy in 2016, when she was elected as one of two women on the six-person Eastern Shoshone Business Council.

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New Mexico and Colorado put limitations in place back in the spring and summer, respectively. And Nevada recently tightened its capacity restrictions even further to 25%. 

A quote from Steve Sisolak, the governor of Nevada. “The majority of our counties are deemed at-risk of increased transmission of COVID-19. To be blunt, our state is surging and continues to surge.”
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Governor Steve Sisolak announced that he is doing well despite contracting COVID-19; however, he warned Nevadans of the dangers that the coronavirus imposes on the state.

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As of Nov. 17, this blog will no longer be updated. For related articles, please visit our 2020 election webpage.

KUNR’s 2020 Election Blog is a space for updates throughout Election Day and night, as well as short articles based on conversations our reporters have had with community members and local stakeholders to provide greater context to the election process. Because of the heavy reliance on mail-in voting this election due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may not be final results for some races on election night in 2020. We will post results and updates to this blog as they come in.

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More than 1.3 million people in Nevada voted in the 2020 general election. That's roughly 200,000 more ballots cast this year than in 2016. While results from across the state have continued to trickle in over the weekend, it appears most races are nearing their conclusion. KUNR's Michelle Billman spoke with political editor, Paul Boger who's been following all of the twists and turns to get the latest.

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Over the weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden was elected as the 46th president of the United States, but some people in Northern Nevada took to the streets to protest the election results. 

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Nevada's top law enforcement official says the state's decision to release election results methodically is part of an effort to prevent voter fraud. The remarks by Nevada's Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford came the same day officials with President Donald Trump's reelection campaign told reporters they were filing a lawsuit to stop election officials from counting “improper votes.”

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In this election, women made up an important voting bloc and the door is slowly opening as more women run for office. To talk about the influence of women in politics, KUNR’s Natalie Van Hoozer spoke to Dr. Christina Ladam, a political science professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. They also discussed how the current pandemic may or may not have affected women voters in this election.

A young woman smiles at the camera as she waits in line to early vote. She is wearing a facial mask.
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During this year's presidential election, Nevadans had three ways to cast their vote. They could mail in their ballot, drop it off or vote in person.

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For the latest updates on the presidential election, both in Nevada and nationally, follow NPR's coverage here

Nevada’s 2020 general election results will not be official for several days yet. And many races, up and down the ballot, across the state are too close to make any sort of call. That includes which presidential candidate won Nevada. So far, former Vice President Joe Biden holds a slight lead over Republican incumbent Donald Trump. KUNR’s News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Political Editor Paul Boger to break down some of the results so far.

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For Northern Nevada updates, as well as short articles based on conversations KUNR reporters have had with community members and local stakeholders, visit KUNR's 2020 election blog.

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For Northern Nevada updates, as well as short articles based on conversations KUNR reporters have had with community members and local stakeholders, visit KUNR's 2020 election blog.

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As many college students gear up to vote in their first presidential election, student leaders from the University of Nevada, Reno are urging students to cast their ballots.

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