• 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...

  • Norquist Requests that Michaels Undergo Confirmation Process

    Norquist Requests that Michaels Undergo Confirmation Process In a letter on Friday to Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Grover Norquist requested that Professor David Michaels be subjected to Senate confirmation procedures in light of some disturbing positions on government regulation of private industry....

  • Gaming Numbers Better, But Hardly Good

    It could almost be considered good news. For only the second time in the past 11 months, Nevada casinos reported a single rather than double-digit decline in gaming win, this one coming in August compared to the same month in 2008. Nevada’s statewide casino industry reported a win of $847 million in...

  • Nevada Congressional Delegation on Wrong Side of Tourist Tax Bill

    The fiscal conservative Club for Growth is urging all members of Congress to vote “NO” on the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (HR 2935/S 1023). The bill is expected to be considered as early as this week in both chambers and is being supported by the Nevada delegation. Club for Growth announced...

  • Legislative Panel Delays Selection of Consultant for Revenue Study

    (Nevada News Bureau) – A legislative panel today decided to seek clarifying information before selecting a proposal to study Nevada’s revenue structure. Eight proposals were submitted by an Oct. 1 deadline from organizations both within Nevada and across the country. However not all of the proposals, which range in cost from $32,200...

  • Employment Security Council Leaves Unemployment Insurance Rate Unchanged

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – The Nevada Employment Security Council voted today to recommend no change in the unemployment insurance tax rate for 2010 after hearing from business and labor representatives who said any increase would cost jobs and further slow the state’s economic recovery. The council, a panel of nine representatives...

  • Nevada News Bureau Hopes to Fill “Mainstream” News Void

    Citizen Outreach Foundation officially launched a new independent, non-partisan news service today. The Nevada News Bureau (NNB) will provide original statehouse and government reporting, as well as stories on state and local politics. Material produced by the service will be distributed free of charge for use by Nevada media sources and bloggers...

  • Forum on Nuclear Science Slated for Next Week

    The Nevada Innovative Coalition for Education (NICE) will be conducting a forum on nuclear science and education at the Atomic Testing Museum located at 755 E. Flamingo Road on October 14, 2009 at 6:00 PM. “This forum is the first step in efforts to provide Nevada’s children with career alternatives to the...

  • Former Gibbons CoS Joins Lobbying Firm

    The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is expanding its government relations group and its Nevada presence with the addition of Joshua “Josh” J. Hicks. He will open the firm’s Reno office. “The opening of our Reno office demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the Nevada business community,” said Ellen Schulhofer, managing...

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