SEIU rallies outside Clark County, promises to escalate action amid ongoing contract negotiations 
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by Michael Lyle
7h ago
Michelle Maese, president of SEIU Local 1107, speaks at a rally in front of Clark County. (Photo: Michael Lyle/Nevada Current) Policy, politics and progressive commentary SEIU Local 1107 members rallied outside of the Clark County Commission on Tuesday to demand the management address vacancy rates by filling open positions, offer better and more competitive pay, and address racial disparities in hiring and discipline.  The union, which represents around 7,000 county employees including public service employees in departments including public works, aviation, juvenile justice services, f ..read more
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‘Lost cause’ of our nation’s brutal racism permeates society, distorting history along the way
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by Mark McCormick
7h ago
Fire fighters use fire hoses to subdue the protestors during the Birmingham Campaign in Birmingham, Alabama, May 1963. The movement, which called for the integration of African Americans in schools, was organized by Martin Luther King Jr. and Fred Shuttlesworth amongst others. (Photo by Frank Rockstroh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Policy, politics and progressive commentary Few images from the violent attacks on peacefully demonstrating teens from civil rights-era demonstrations convey the brutality of the era more than scenes from 1963 Birmingham and the powerful blasts from fire hose ..read more
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After U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow bump stocks, U.S. Senate rejects bill to ban them
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by Ariana Figueroa
18h ago
Gun wall rack with rifles (Getty Images) Policy, politics and progressive commentary WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Ricketts blocked a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would ban bump stocks following a Supreme Court decision that repealed a Trump-era rule against using the gun accessory. Ricketts, a Nebraska Republican, objected to New Mexico Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich’s request that the chamber approve his bill — cosponsored by Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins — by unanimous consent. Heinrich attempted to pass the bill, which the trio introd ..read more
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Doctors speak out as U.S. Supreme Court weighs future of ER abortions
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by Gloria Rebecca Gomez
23h ago
The surprise ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court could help Democrats in the battle for control of the U.S. House and state legislatures in the 2024 election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Policy, politics and progressive commentary With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to decide this month whether federal law protects emergency room abortions — including where the procedure is banned — doctors in states with abortion on the ballot this November urged the high court to preserve access. “As physicians we’ve taken an oath to care for our patients and ensure their best outcomes and do no har ..read more
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How public charter schools in Nevada can become private when building their facilities
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by April Corbin Girnus
1d ago
(Photo: SimplyCreativePhotography via Getty Images) Policy, politics and progressive commentary Charter schools are using a loophole to bypass Nevada prevailing wage laws, allege an alliance of building trades unions and one state lawmaker, who says he wants the state agency tasked with overseeing the majority of the charter schools to crack down on the practice. But the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority and Academica Nevada, the largest educational management organization in the state, argue prevailing wage laws don’t apply to construction projects included within lease agreements ..read more
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Funding for federal food assistance fell while participation increased, report says
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by Jeniffer Solis
1d ago
The U.S. government can’t do much about rising food prices, which are primarily caused by supply chain problems. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Policy, politics and progressive commentary A report on federal nutrition programs found that while government spending on food assistance programs decreased post-pandemic, participation in those programs has only grown, leaving more Americans than ever without access to the food they need. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service released an annual report examining participation trends and spending for the agency’s largest dom ..read more
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Biden to unveil protections for some undocumented spouses, easier DACA work visas
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by Ariana Figueroa
1d ago
President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed into law foreign aid that includes $60.84 billion in assistance for Ukraine. In this photo, Biden delivers remarks about Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified” military invasion of neighboring Ukraine in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 24, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Policy, politics and progressive commentary WASHINGTON — The Biden administration Tuesday will announce deportation protections for long-term undocumented immigrants married to U.S. citizens, along with quicker approval of work permits for those in ..read more
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U.S. Senate committee hearing considers Clark, Washoe land bills
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by Jeniffer Solis
2d ago
Pushing federal legislation to make more land available for development has historically been a priority for the state's members of Congress from both parties. (Photo of Reno, Travel Nevada) Policy, politics and progressive commentary A federal bill that could have major implications for future development in Washoe County received its first hearing Wednesday, marking a critical step towards becoming law. The Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act — commonly referred to as the Washoe County Lands Bill — would allow 16,000 acres of public lands in Washoe County to be sold to local governm ..read more
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UNR student urges lawmakers to make overdose reversal medication more readily available
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by Michael Lyle
2d ago
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Policy, politics and progressive commentary The Nevada System of Higher Education lacks an official policy on making naloxone, the medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, readily available on college campuses. University of Nevada Reno public health graduate student Madalyn Larson, who co-chairs the Northern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance, believes there is a need for one. “Doing my seven consecutive years at UNR, I’ve noticed a lot of drug use,” she told lawmakers at on the interim Committee on Health and Human Services last week ..read more
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U.S. Supreme Court overturns ban on bump stocks used in Las Vegas mass shooting
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by Ariana Figueroa
5d ago
A 7.62X39mm round sits next a a 30-round magazine and an AK-47 with a bump stock installed at Good Guys Gun and Range in Orem, Utah, on Feb. 21, 2018. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2018 rule to ban bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic rifles to fire at a rapid rate similar to fully automatic guns. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images) Policy, politics and progressive commentary WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday struck down a rule enacted following a 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that defined a semiautomatic rifle equipped with a bump stock attachment as a machin ..read more
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