Politics and Policy

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (left) jokes with Former Massachusetts Governor and newly-announced Presidential candidate, Deval Patrick (right).
Noah Glick

Fourteen Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas Sunday to make their pitch to Nevada voters.

The Mountain West News Bureau’s Noah Glick covered the event and chatted with KUNR about it.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to voters at a campaign event at the Western Folklike Center in Elko.
Paul Boger

Pledging to strengthen access to quality, high-speed Internet and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, Former Vice President Joe Biden says more needs to be done to address the issues facing rural Americans. KUNR’s Paul Boger reports.

Citizens protest at the Las Vegas City Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, during which council members considered a ban on people sleeping in public areas in downtown Las Vegas.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Las Vegas will soon enforce a new ordinance that bans homeless people from sleeping on some city streets. For some city leaders, the new laws are a necessary step in addressing homelessness as a public health problem, but critics argue the measure is waging an illegal "war on the poor." KUNR's Paul Boger talked to Shannon Miller who's been reporting on the new law for The Nevada Independent.

A government watchdog on Wednesday filed suit against the Bureau of Land Management to find out why it hired a one-time, anti-public lands advocate to run the agency. 

The 2020 general election is officially less than a year away, but with Nevada among the first states in the nation to vote next year, candidates for the country's top job have been focusing heavily on the Silver State for several months. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke to Fred Lokken, a political scientist with Truckee Meadows Community College, about where we are in the election process and what it all means for voters in Nevada.

Jacob Solis / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada's Attorney General Aaron Ford is joining a 47-state anti-trust investigation into Facebook for, among other things, endangering consumer data. This comes after Facebook was scrutinized for its connections to now-defunct Cambridge Analytica, which harvested the personal data of millions of peoples' profiles without their consent and used it for political advertising purposes.

One of those users was David Carroll, an associate professor of Media Design at Parsons School of Design in New York, and the recent subject of The Great Hack, a documentary about the scandal. He spoke with KUNR's Paul Boger about how targeted ads can be used to influence how we vote.

Across the U.S., and especially in Nevada, nearly every Democratic presidential hopeful has pitched themselves as the only candidate who understands how to beat President Donald Trump in next year's general election. But for billionaire businessman-turned-political activist Tom Steyer, the race is about more than unseating the president. He told KUNR's Paul Boger that all of Washington D.C. is in need of a shake-up.

In most of the West, a deer killed by a vehicle, such as this one in Idaho, could be harvested for its meat. But not in Nevada and Wyoming.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Most states in the Mountain West allow people to harvest roadkill, and California passed its own “roadkill bill” earlier this week.

But Nevada and Wyoming are holding out. They are the only states in our region that don’t allow the harvesting of meat from animals killed by vehicles.

As Turkey launched attacks in Syria on Wednesday, cracks emerged in Republican support for the Trump administration, even from reliable Trump supporters in the Mountain West.

Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch takes the judicial oath of office in 2017. Gorsuch may be the deciding vote in a case over whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Franz Jantzen / Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing cases on employment protections for LGBTQ workers, and conservative Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who hails from Colorado, is likely the deciding vote.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to voters at a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Former Vice President Joe Biden used his time speaking to voters in Northern Nevada Wednesday night condemning President Trump’s recent attacks as an attempt to knock him out of the race.

Map of federal public lands in the West. BLM lands shown in yellow. The red pin marks Grand Junction, Colorado.
Headwaters Economics / headwaterseconomics.org

The Bureau of Land Management is moving more staff and—perhaps most significantly—its headquarters to the Mountain West.

Depending on who you ask, relocating the BLM’s headquarters from Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction, Colorado will make the agency more efficient, give preferential treatment to the fossil fuel industry—or even functionally dismantle it.

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaking with attendees at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People hosted by the Center for the American Progress Action Fund and the SEIU at the Enclave in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gage Skidmore via flickr - creative commons

California Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris is expected to make a series of campaign stops in Reno this week, including a visit with striking auto workers and a town hall with students at the University of Nevada, Reno. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke to Senator Harris ahead of her latest blitz through the Silver State.

Bree Zender

Come this November, the general election will be just a year away. Looking ahead, KUNR's Paul Boger sat down with NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea, who is in Reno this week, to break down what we can make of this process so far.

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Along with its new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to our region. But, there is some confusion on the specifics.

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

In his latest campaign swing through Northern Nevada, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders defended his plans to expand Medicare and forgive college loan debt.

A team of horseriders carries the U.S. and Nevada flags ahead of the 5th annual Basque Fry.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Republican leaders in Nevada say they are all in on re-electing President Donald Trump to a second term. Party officials threw their full support behind Trump during the annual Basque Fry Republican fundraiser in Gardnerville over the weekend. The conservatives argued that re-electing the president is the only way to divert the rise of socialism in the United States.

Last month, the Trump administration said it would start deporting gravely ill immigrants here temporarily for medical care. This week, it backtracked a little. But 20 Attorneys General sent a letter to the administration saying they’re not satisfied. 

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After lawmakers in California sent a letter to their counterparts in Nevada asking for a summit aimed at tackling gun violence, legislative leaders in the Silver state remain split on whether to accept the invitation.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of Idaho must provide sex reassignment surgery to inmate Adree Edmo.


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