• First Friday January: The Stars Come Out to Play!

    (Karri Bragg) – In what may go down as the largest First Friday turnout since the event’s inception back in August 2009, First Friday January turned out many of Nevada’s biggest political players and soon-to-be politicians for a festive kickoff of the 2010 election year. Crowds gathered at Stoney’s before the 5...

  • UNR Study: Field Skipper Butterflies Enjoying Spring a Month Earlier

    (Chuck Muth) – Representatives of the Nevada System of Higher Education continue to tell us that there is simply no “fat” left to cut in the higher ed system and that Nevada taxpayers should simply pay a “miniscule” amount of higher taxes to perpetuate the critically important work being done at our...

  • SAGE Commission’s 44 Recommendations

    (NN&V Staff) – The following is a recently released list of the entire 44 recommendations made by Gov. Jim Gibbons’s “Spending and Government Efficiency” (SAGE) Commission: 1. Centralize billing for third party pay services in Mental Health and Developmental Services (MHDS). Explore data proc-essing improvements and contracted billing services. 2. Staffing ratios...

  • Petition to Redefine “Person” in Nevada Constitution Dismissed

    (Phillip Moyer/Nevada News Bureau) – The Nevada Personhood Petition, a ballot initiative to amend the Nevada Constitution in a way that alters the definition of “person” to include “every human being,” was ruled invalid by District Judge James Russell yesterday. The judge said that the initiative’s generalized language and potentially broad effect...

  • “Mt. Reagan” Legacy Project Launched in Nevada

    Commemorating President Reagan in our state is key to ensuring that future generations of Nevadans will recognize...

  • Legislative Leaders Tell Governor to Draft His Own Bills

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – If Governor Jim Gibbons wants to bring hi s entire education reform agenda to a special session of the Legislature, from eliminating mandates for class-size reduction to repealing Nevada’s collective bargaining law, he will have to draft the bills himself. The leadership of the Legislature has rejected...

  • Zip Code, Reporting Errors Found on Nevada Pages of Stimulus Website

    (Phillip Moyer/Nevada News Bureau) – More errors have been discovered at recovery.gov, the $18 million government website that tracks spending for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition to previously-discovered reports of spending in Nevada congressional districts that do not exist, including $7.7 million reportedly sent to Nevada’s 9th, 22nd, 25th,...

  • SAGE Calls for Reform to State Employee Pay and Benefit Package

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – A final report from a panel of private citizens charged with finding efficiencies in state government says the generous salary and benefit package provided to the state workforce is “unaffordable in the short run and unsustainable in the long run.” “The sooner Nevada addresses this, and the...

  • Steve Martin announces candidacy for State Treasurer

    (NN&V Staff) – Steve Martin, former Nevada State Controller, today announced his intention to run for State Treasurer in 2010. Martin, a Republican, is well liked and well respected throughout the State and earned the respect of voters of both parties for his operation of the State Controller’s Office. “In difficult economic...

  • Nevada DMV to Begin Issuing New Licenses that Comply with Federal Real ID Act

    (Sean Whaley/ Nevada News Bureau) – Nevada’s first drivers’ licenses and identification cards that comply with the federal Real ID Act will be issued beginning Monday in Carson City. The Advanced Secure Issuance, or ASI, is a new license or ID card marked with a gold star indicating it meets federal identification...

  • Gibbons Announces Bold Proposals for Massive Public Education Overhaul

    (Jim Gibbons) - We need to stop using education funds to pay for unions and layers of...

  • SoS Says Rumor of ACORN Involvement in Nevada Census is False

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Secretary of State Ross Miller said today a rumor circulating that ACORN is involved in the 2010 Census is false and could hamper Nevada’s efforts to count all of its residents, which in turn could cost the state millions in federal funding. “The deliberate dissemination of this...

  • Pot Advocates Submit Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

    (NN&V Staff) – On the steps of the State Capitol building on Tuesday, the campaign manager for Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, Dave Schwartz, unveiled the details of a proposed 2012 ballot initiative to establish a taxed and regulated marijuana market in the state of Nevada. The press conference occurred immediately after...

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