• Feds to Nevada: Ease up on medical marijuana users

    (RGJ) – Federal prosecutors in Nevada and about a dozen other states that have laws allowing people to use marijuana for medical reasons were told Monday that they should not waste their “limited federal resources” going after these individuals or their suppliers. Continue reading…

  • It’s time to grade the teachers

    (NPRI) – It is extremely rare for politicians to turn down other people’s money, even if the sticky strings of a spider’s web are attached. But policymakers in Nevada are turning down President Obama’s “Race to the Top” education dollars rather than vex teacher-union bosses. – Read the rest here

  • RGJ: Big Nevada census response means big federal dollars

    When David Byerman says no other state in the union has more to gain than Nevada in the 2010 Census, he can back it up. Read the rest here

  • Political Notebook: Reid vows to fight insurance industry

    After months of debate over proposals to reform the American system of health care delivery, the health insurance industry is openly flexing its muscle in opposition to reform. Read the rest here

  • AP: State Workers Stage Protest in Las Vegas

    More than 100 state employees staged a protest in Las Vegas today over staffing levels at state facilities that provide essential public services. Read more here

  • Legislative Panel Recommends Four Proposals as Finalists for Revenue Study

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – A legislative panel today moved four proposals forward as finalists for a study of Nevada’s revenue structure, with a submittal by Moody’s Analytics at a cost of $253,000 receiving the highest rating from lawmakers. The other three proposals recommended for further consideration are Willdan Financial Services, the...

  • Democrats Blast Gibbons on Stimulus Spending, Governor Fires Right Back

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – The Nevada State Democratic Party today launched an attack on Gov. Jim Gibbons for failing to get federal stimulus transportation and infrastructure projects out to bid in a timely fashion. “In his typical inept fashion, Gibbons has landed Nevada at the bottom of another list; the state...

  • Transportation Study Likely to Resurrect Calls for Higher Taxes

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Nearly 60 percent of Nevada’s major urban roadways are congested during peak travel times, a situation that will only worsen without significant improvements to the state’s transportation system, a report released today says. The state has used a combination of federal and state funding to improve its...

  • Board Approves Tax Study Over Governor’s Objections

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Over the objections of Gov. Jim Gibbons, the Board of Examiners today approved a request to spend $500,000 on a study of Nevada’s revenue structure sought by a bipartisan group of legislative leaders. The $500,000 figure is not guaranteed to be the final price of the study,...

  • Homeschoolers Do Much Better for Much Less

    (Nevada News Bureau) – A new study commissioned by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and conducted by Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute shows home-schooled children performing significantly better than their public school counterparts in numerous ways. The study collected data in the spring of...

  • School Superintendent Kills Himself

    In Ottawa, Illinois schools superintendent John Harrison committed suicide over the weekend. Ottawa is south west of Chicago in LaSalle County. The school is suffering a teachers unions trike at this time, but it isn’t known if the strike and controversy is connected to the suicide. One interesting part of the report...

  • Gibbons Names Energy Czar & Energy Director

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Gov. Jim Gibbons announced today his selections to fill two key state positions in the energy field, the newly created commissioner of energy and director of the Office of Energy. Dr. Hatice Gecol will transfer from her position as director of the Office of Energy to become...

  • Gov. Jim Gibbons Makes New Appointment to the Nevada Athletic Commission

    (Sean Whaley) – Gov. Jim Gibbons today named Francisco Aguilar to the Nevada Athletic Commission. Aguilar is presently employed as corporate and communications counsel for The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Agassi Graf Holdings. Aguilar’s professional past includes working as senior counsel for Southwest Gas Corp. and as special counsel to...

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