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Conor Shine

Local Government Reporter

A Kansas native, Conor studied engineering at the University of Minnesota but switched to journalism because it was infinitely more fun. It was in his blood, too; he's a third-generation journalist. Conor worked for the Wichita Eagle and the St. Paul Pioneer Press before joining the Sun in 2011.

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Why Las Vegas chamber can give only $10K to candidate but $1M to anti-margin tax campaign
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
This inconsistency in state law has left the door open for major businesses, unions and trade associations to funnel unlimited amounts of money to groups supporting or opposing the ...
7 of Adam Laxalt’s relatives endorse his opponent for attorney general
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Seven members of Republican attorney general candidate Adam Laxalt’s extended family have endorsed his opponent, Democrat Ross Miller. In a letter to the editor published ...
Money in politics: 6 takeaways from the latest campaign finance reports
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Updated campaign finance reports released this week shone new light on which candidates and issues money is flowing to this election season. So far, more than $30 million has ...
Mark Hutchison reports big haul in latest campaign finance disclosure
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Republican Mark Hutchison has raised more than $1 million since June in his race for lieutenant governor, according to campaign finance reports released today. The massive haul brings ...
Q+A: Voters’ guide to how Nevada politicians raise campaign money
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Nevada voters get a new look today at who’s spending money to influence upcoming state and local elections. Candidates in the Nov. 4 election must file new campaign finance reports today. While campaigns have been at full throttle since the primary election this summer, today's report will be the first one since June 6. So far, there have been 17,597 contributions totaling nearly $24 million made to ...
What’s ailing Las Vegas’ public hospital and how it might be fixed
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Finding a prescription to make the public hospital financially viable has vexed executives and politicians for more than a decade, and over the past year, UMC’s problems have grown even more acute. The Affordable Care Act blew a $15 million hole in the hospital’s budget, and a delay in reimbursements for new Medicaid patients required UMC to borrow $45 million in emergency loans from Clark County to make payroll. The hospital, owned by Clark County, had ...
Q+A: Voters’ guide to Nevada secretary of state campaign
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
A pair of politicians pushed out of their previous office by term limits are trading partisan jobs in a race to become Nevada's chief election officer ...
By the numbers: The business of same-sex marriage in Nevada
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Same-sex marriage is on its way to Nevada and with it could come millions of dollars in new spending for the state’s economy. Weddings are already a $2.3 billion ...
Dotty’s owner protests proposed regulations for slot parlors
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Dotty’s owner Craig Estey made a rare public appearance at the Clark County Commission today to protest a new law he said is meant to put his company out of business. Estey said the proposed regulations would lead to ...
Q+A: Voters’ guide to Nevada’s lieutenant governor race
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
With the governor’s race shaping up to be a blowout, the spotlight has turned to the undercard: Republican Mark Hutchison vs. Democrat Lucy Flores in what has become ...
Clark County pitches new rules to regulate Dotty’s, slot parlors
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
The battle over how much money taverns can make from bartop slot machines is shaping up with a new ordinance set to be ...
Would-be stadium developers win extension, but council’s caveat looms large
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council appeared to throw a lifeline today to the embattled downtown stadium proposal by granting a two-month extension to keep working out financial details. But demands by the council ...
Las Vegas City Council votes 6-1 to keep alive stadium, soccer team bid
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
A proposed $200 million downtown stadium faces a critical vote before a divided Las Vegas City Council today. The council split a vote on the stadium’s financing terms last month, with ...
Timeline: Today’s City Council vote and Las Vegas’ 20-year quest for pro sports
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council will vote today on a proposed $200 million stadium for Major League Soccer. That may seem like a historic vote for a city with ...
Mayor Carolyn Goodman sells soccer stadium as ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ chance
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Facing a critical stadium vote by the City Council on Wednesday, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is lobbying for the soccer bid, a long-time campaign to ...
Las Vegas announces new financing plan for proposed stadium
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Las Vegas officially unveiled a new financing plan tonight for a proposed $200 million downtown soccer stadium that would shift much of the project’s risk to ...
Q+A: Voters’ guide to the Clark County Commission
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Three Clark County commissioners are running for another four-year term on the most powerful government body in Southern Nevada. None of the incumbent Democrats ...
Developers float new financing plan for proposed soccer stadium
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Developers behind a proposed $200 million downtown soccer stadium have floated a new financing plan that would cut the risk to the public in an attempt to boost the ...
County taps star power to get voters to the polls
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
With three weeks until the voter registration deadline and 500,000 eligible voters still unregistered, Clark County unveiled a series of television spots today urging people to cast their ballots in the November election. The campaign includes Las Vegas notables ...
Inside the business of political signs in Las Vegas
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
It’s an election year, and campaign signs have sprouted like weeds on vacant lots. Mailboxes are full of campaign postcards. Voters are sure to see television and Internet ads ...
Developer: Proposed stadium not viable without city chipping in $3M a year
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
A downtown soccer stadium isn’t financially viable without a $3 million annual contribution from the city, a developer for the project said. The response came from Port Telles of ...
At public hearing, concern over proposed stadium’s financing
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Telling the crowd to “believe in Las Vegas,” Mayor Carolyn Goodman made an impassioned pitch to bring soccer to downtown during a community meeting. “It’s the last hurrah ...
Clark County to turn focus to slot parlor curbs
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
After a summer-long hiatus, the Clark County Commission is returning to the issue of tavern gaming in an effort to stamp out slot parlors that have proliferated across ...
Glass bottles no longer allowed on Las Vegas Strip
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
The Clark County Commission voted today to ban glass bottles on the Las Vegas Strip to prevent them from being used as weapons and to cut down on litter. The measure prohibits anyone from ...
Public hearings on proposed soccer stadium begin tonight
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
After several canceled public meetings last month, Las Vegas residents will finally get a chance to examine a proposal for a downtown soccer stadium and ask questions about financing in a series of meetings starting tonight. The city council delayed ...
Movement stalled on development in Symphony Park
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Despite major projects being built, 90 percent of the urban village is vacant ...
Clark County Democrats vow to bring back film tax credits in 2015 session
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
After gutting nearly 90 percent of the state's film tax credit today, Nevada lawmakers signaled they will push to revamp it in 2015. The film tax credit was a passion project for ...
Nonprofit Guinn Center’s six suggestions for lawmakers on Tesla
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The nonprofit Guinn Center for Policy Priorities has six suggestions for Nevada lawmakers considering the $1.3 billion Tesla deal today.
Ask us anything about Nevada’s Tesla proposal
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Nevada lawmakers today are debating a $1.3 billion package of tax incentives to recruit Tesla's new battery factory to an industrial center near Reno. For a deal of this size ...
The Tesla bills fully annotated for Nevada taxpayers
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The Legislature will need to pass four bills before Tesla’s $1.3 billion incentive package is finalized. So far, two of the four bills have been released ...
What you should know about tax breaks before the Tesla special session starts today
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Nevada lawmakers gather today at the Capitol to consider a $1.3 billion question: How bad does Nevada ...
Economic report says Tesla to generate $1.9 billion in new taxes for state
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Even with its $1.3 billion in state tax incentives, Tesla Motors could generate $1.24 billion to $1.95 billion in new direct and indirect tax revenues in Nevada over the next 20 years ...
Las Vegas fights to stay ahead of convention competition
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
In terms of tourism, Las Vegas is the proverbial Joneses that other cities try to keep up with. And the city is making a big investment to keep it that way ...
While Northern Nevada cashes in on Tesla, will Southern Nevada push for its own medical school?
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Before Nevada's Tesla deal is finalized, Gov. Brian Sandoval will need Southern Nevada lawmakers to sign off on a $1.3 billion tax break that won’t do much to directly benefit Las Vegas. It's unlikely that Southern Nevada lawmakers will ...
Officer investigating crash struck in hit-and-run; suspect in custody
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
As traffic was stopped at Windmill Lane and Eastern Avenue, police said, a man drove around other stopped vehicles, accelerated and hit the officer, who clung to the front of the vehicle and ...
Las Vegas keeps MLS bid alive, but future is murky
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council kept the dream alive for a downtown soccer stadium for another month. But even with that lifeline, the $200 million project faces an uphill battle. After four hours of debate Wednesday, the City Council was deadlocked with three members supporting and three members ...
Live coverage: Las Vegas City Council debates $200 million soccer stadium
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council voted 4-3 today to delay its vote on a proposal for a $200 million stadium for Major League Soccer. The yes votes were ...
Las Vegas officials face crucial vote on downtown soccer stadium
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council has lined up a shot to net the city a downtown soccer stadium. But with lingering concerns about how much public money will be used, the question remains ...
Henderson City Council tables decision on property tax hike
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
The Henderson City Council decided today to put off any decision to increase property tax rates until after the state Legislature meets next year. City officials have ...
Henderson City Council to consider raising property tax rate
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
The Henderson City Council could decide tonight whether to seek an increase in property taxes to help maintain the city’s aging infrastructure.
County considers banning glass bottles on the Strip
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
In a move that commissioners are considering a new law that would ban open glass bottles on Strip sidewalks. Glass bottles will still be allowed if they’re carried in plastic or paper bags that are stapled closed with the receipt attached to the front. ...
Developers behind Major League Soccer proposal estimate $1.2 annual profit
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
A downtown soccer stadium would generate $23.9 million in revenue per year and a profit of $1.2 million, according to a financial analysis released today by the project’s developer. The estimate includes $10.5 million ...
Las Vegas recruits top lobbyist from Metro Chamber of Commerce
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Brian McAnallen will be responsible for shaping the city’s legislative agenda and coordinating with state and federal lobbyists.
Four things to know about Las Vegas’ MLS stadium deal
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
When they announced a tentative deal to build a new soccer stadium, Las Vegas city leaders said the public's share of the $200 million stadium would be just 31 percent. On its face, the deal is a bonanza for taxpayers. The public share of recent Major League Soccer stadiums is ...
Q+A: There’s a drought in Las Vegas, and that’s a challenge for Denver, too
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Sitting near the headwaters of the Colorado River, Denver seems like it would have little reason to worry about the drought that has parched Las Vegas and the Southwest. But ...
Study answers question: Just how bad are Las Vegas drivers?
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Drivers in Las Vegas are 15 percent more likely to be in an automobile accident than the national average, putting them in the bottom half of safest drivers in the country, according to study released today by Allstate. ...
UMC announces second, bigger round of layoffs
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
A second round of layoffs are coming to University Medical Center, officials announced today, less than six months after the financially troubled hospital had its first batch of layoffs. ...
UMC governing board seeks OK to meet in private
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Clark County Commissioners signaled mixed support today for a proposal to let University Medical Center’s newly formed governing board meet outside the public eye. Commissioners voted 4-3 to ...
State dumps public-private financing for massive I-15 project
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
The Nevada Department of Transportation today scrapped plans to use private financing to pay for major overhauls to Interstate 15 in Las Vegas over concerns about affordability. The department instead opted to go with ...
Late in planning, Nevada considers big changes to massive I-15 project
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
State leaders will decide today whether to reverse their decision to use private financing to pay for the biggest road project in the history of the Nevada Department of Transportation. Last June, the agency's...

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