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December 21, 2014

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  • A look at the proposed Tule Springs National Monument area located in the northern part of the Las Vegas Valley.
    Titus: In steering lands bills through Congress, Reid pulled a miracle
    Dec. 5, 2014
    In orchestrating a surprise deal involving a collection of Nevada lands bills, Sen. Harry Reid proved once again that ...
  • Reid Gardner Station is a coal-fired power plant in Moapa. The Environmental Protection Agency's call to cut emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030 may suffer if the American Legislative Exchange Council has its way. Environmentalists say the nonprofit is pushing legislation that would hinder the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
    Nevada environmentalists keeping close eye on think tank backed by Kochs
    Dec. 4, 2014
    With the 2015 Nevada legislative session approaching, environmentalists are bracing for a push by a Koch Industries-backed think tank to weaken regulations on ...
  • Greg French, vice president and senior project manager for Nevada Copper, is among a group of Yerington miners and business operators who have shaved half of their beards to draw attention to a lands bill that passed the U.S. House but not the Senate.
    Nevada miners get cheeky in urging Congress to pass land bill
    Dec. 3, 2014
    To call attention to political causes, Americans have done everything from dumping tea in Boston Harbor to occupying Wall Street. Now, a group of miners in Yerington is taking its own approach by shaving half of ...
  • Nevada Assemblyman John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, talks on the Assembly floor at the Nevada Legislature on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Carson City.
    Republicans tab Hambrick as speaker, Fiore as majority leader
    Dec. 2, 2014
    After more than two hours of deliberation, the 25-member Republican Assembly caucus elected Assemblyman John Hambrick as its new speaker. In the No. 2 spot is Assemblywoman Michele Fiore as the majority leader. She is the first female Republican ever to be elected to ...
  • In this file photo, then-Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli talks to the media after testifying before the Nevada Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, in Carson City. Lipparelli was appointed Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, to fill a vacant state Senate seat.
    Former Gaming Control chairman appointed to state Senate
    Dec. 2, 2014
    The Clark County Commission voted unanimously today to appoint former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli to the vacant state Senate seat representing ...
  • Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., second from left, accompanied by fellow Senate Republicans, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, where they discussed their concerns about the political fight over legislation to restore benefits to long-term jobless workers. From left are, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Heller, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.
    Heller: ‘Votes just aren’t there’ to extend jobless benefits
    Dec. 2, 2014
    As Congress tries to wrap two years of work into about two weeks, extending unemployment benefits for long-term unemployed Americans won’t be on lawmakers’ to-do list. A majority of lawmakers don’t feel the need to ...
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, with his wife Landra, gives a victory speech during a Democratic election party at Aria on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.
    Is Harry Reid running again? Look to his birthday present for clues
    Dec. 2, 2014
    For those wondering whether Sen. Harry Reid would seek re-election in 2016, a birthday message from his wife, Landra, to his supporters offers ...
  • Assemblyman Paul Anderson of the 77th (2013) Nevada Assembly District.
    After Hansen racism scandal, Nevada Republicans meet to vote again on leadership
    Dec. 2, 2014
    When members of the Assembly Republican caucus meet today in Las Vegas to select new leaders, the front-runner for Assembly speaker-elect will be ...
  • Cherie Nepote plays a slot machine at Dotty's near Eastern and Serene in Henderson on Thursday, March 24, 2011.
    Commissioners to decide on tighter regulations for Dotty’s, other slot parlors
    Dec. 2, 2014
    Clark County commissioners are set to decide today on changes to tavern gaming regulations meant to rein in so-called slot parlors like Dotty's. The new rules are meant to force Dotty's and other similar businesses to look and act more like traditional bars or risk losing more than half their slot machines. The changes have been in the works since March and will be ...
  • TV station pulls the plug on ‘Ralston Reports’
    Dec. 1, 2014
    Nevada will have one fewer pundit on television at the end of the month. Jon Ralston’s KSNV News 3 program "Ralston Reports" will air for the last time on Dec. 12. Ralston said he will remain in journalism and continue to ...
  • Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev) attends a speech on immigration by President Obama at Del Sol High School Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.
    Reid touts Obama’s immigration plan, urges Congress to act
    Dec. 1, 2014
    U.S. Sen. Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today to tout President Barack Obama’s plan to defer deportation for millions of people as “a good first step” for mending the country’s broken immigration system, urging Congress to ...
  • Group asking Nevada to throw out gun ballot item
    Dec. 1, 2014
    A gun rights group wants Nevada's elections chief to throw out a proposed ballot measure to tighten background checks for anyone buying firearms from private sellers or gun show exhibitors. In a letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press, Nevadans for State Gun Rights tells ...
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky holds a news conference on the day after the GOP gained enough seats to control the Senate in next year's Congress and make McConnell majority leader, in Louisville, Ky. Lawmakers resuming work Monday will try to cram two years of leftover business into two weeks, while also seeking to avoid a government shutdown.
    Congress crams unfinished agenda into final days
    Nov. 30, 2014
    Like a student who waited until the night before a deadline, lawmakers resuming work Monday will try to cram two years of leftover business into two weeks, while also seeking to avoid a government shutdown ...
  • Ryan Erwin, president and founder of RedRock Strategies, in his offices November 21, 2014.
    GOP strategist peels back the curtain
    Nov. 30, 2014
    A top political adviser for Republican candidates talks about recruiting politicians, what makes a good candidate and the GOP’s mission to unseat Harry Reid in 2016.
  • Gov. Brian Sandoval enters with his family as Nevada Republicans gather to celebrate the winning vote counts in New Nevada Lounge on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at Red Rock Resort.
    What will GOP do with its new power in Nevada?
    Nov. 30, 2014
    Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada’s Republican Party will call the shots in the Legislature. They will drive the hard decisions on the state’s $20 billion budget, Clark County’s failing public school system and the rising costs of health care. But the Republican Party also must deal with itself. The GOP scored an Election Day victory that ...
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