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Megan McCloskey

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Revisiting public workers’ pay
Local governments are asking unions to give them unprecedented breaks
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008
In a state that prizes small, limited government, public employees have always been the exception, insulated from the economic ups and downs of the private sector. That is, until now. For the first time in Nevada’s history, county and city governments are turning to public employee unions, strongly suggesting labor leaders reopen existing contracts and make some concessions — or face the prospect of layoffs.
Paramedics drop threat of strike, for now
Friday, Nov. 21, 2008
It looks like, for now, paramedics will be showing up for work the day after Thanksgiving.
From the sidelines, a bid to stop a strike
Private ambulance service, union at odds over expired contract
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman urged both sides in a looming paramedic strike last week to resolve their differences and negotiate a contract for the sake of the community.
Maj. Paul Kirmis, U.S. Air Force pilot
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008
Nellis Air Force Base has the unique mission of hosting foreign militaries for combat training.
Ambulance company wants injunction to avoid strike
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008
The company that handles about 75 percent of Las Vegas’ ambulance needs has asked the National Labor Review Board for an injunction preventing its workers from striking.
Etiquette 101: Call rival after you lose
Several winners in Nevada races haven’t heard from vanquished
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008
Election etiquette is important to voters as recognition that the democratic process stands above all. In Nevada, however, citizens are still waiting.
Election results: What took so long?
One-hour lag in results reporting delayed Titus, Breeden wins
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
Hours after the nation knew Barack Obama would be the next president and local supporters started the celebration at the Rio, Democrat Dina Titus was waiting upstairs for word on whether she had unseated Republican incumbent Jon Porter in the contentious race for the 3rd Congressional District.
Big election day also a work day
A look at what it's like to be in the trenches with campaign workers and an election official
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008
Election Day meant heavy lifting and shifting emotions for campaign workers and those responsible for ensuring a fair vote. The Sun spent the day with three of them.
Taking it personally
Strong feelings about the election generate tension in relationships
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008
After the bickering among stylists over John McCain and Barack Obama became so heated at a beauty salon, the shop was declared a politics-free zone.
Early voting ends tonight
Friday, Oct. 31, 2008
If you don’t want to wait until Nov. 4 to cast your vote, get to the polls some time today because early voting ends tonight.
Women-friendly politics
In Nevada, women are vying for all of the state’s House seats, and for many other positions
Friday, Oct. 31, 2008
On Tuesday, Nevada — famous for its legal prostitution and leggy showgirls — could make history by being the first state to send only women to the U.S. House of Representatives.
New ad links Porter with Bush, omits vote trend
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and state Sen. Dina Titus have released new ads targeting Rep. Jon Porter, the incumbent in the 3rd Congressional District.
For veterans, VA-backed home loans offer security
No money down needed, but approval standards stringent
Monday, Oct. 27, 2008
Across Las Vegas, the most prominent sign of the times is the home for-sale sign with the added placard: “Bank owned.”
Anti-Titus ads: Several sponsors, one basic message
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008
This week brought a barrage of negative ads in the 3rd Congressional District race. Rep. Jon Porter and Republican groups are mostly one-note in their attacks: Democratic challenger Dina Titus has voted in the state Senate to raise taxes.
Ad reiterates unfair claims about Titus
The Sun examines the political commercials to determine what’s fair and what’s not.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008
Rep. Jon Porter is running another attack ad in the increasingly negative 3rd Congressional District race between the Republican and his challenger, state Sen. Dina Titus. This ad calls Titus greedy.
'Card check' ads bypassing Nevada
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008
Both business and pro-union groups are flooding the airwaves with battling ads about the Employee Free Choice Act, but you won't see any of them here.
Titus ad unfair on pay raises, Social Security
Monday, Oct. 20, 2008
Democrat state Sen. Dina Titus attacks her 3rd Congressional District opponent, Rep. Jon Porter, in a new TV ad, calling him “another Washington politician.”
Election could help fulfill union dream, management nightmare
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008
Around here it’s called “The Las Vegas Dream.”
Middle school gets solar education grant
Friday, Oct. 17, 2008
It’s all about being green these days – and it’s best to catch folks when they’re young so habits stick.
Californians arrive just in time for early voting
Friday, Oct. 17, 2008
‘Morning, Sun readers. It’s Friday! Not that it matters much for this reporter: with the general election 18 days away, it’s all politics all the time – including the weekends. Early voting starts tomorrow for those who want to cast their vote and tune out until ballots are counted Nov. 4.
Song use draws threat to sue Heller camp
Friday, Oct. 17, 2008
Republican Rep. Dean Heller has “appalled” the widow of composer Cy Coleman with an unauthorized use of his Broadway hit “Big Spender.”
Hawaii governor says nation wouldn’t be safe under Obama
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008
Echoing the theme of recent John McCain campaign ads that claim Barack Obama associates with terrorists, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle told a small Henderson audience that in this presidential election “it’s the protection of your families that’s at stake.”
Half-truths mar ad on Porter
The Sun examines the political commercials to determine what’s fair and what’s not.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running its third ad attacking Republican Rep. Jon Porter, the incumbent in the 3rd Congressional District. Porter faces state Sen. Dina Titus.
Titus: Here’s what I’ll do for the military
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008
No politician is anti-veteran, so it isn’t exactly earth shattering when one calls a press conference to express support for the country’s military.
Nevada political roundup
Monday, Oct. 13, 2008
All work and no play this weekend for American and European leaders, and it looks like it might be paying off.
Nevada political roundup: Stocks slide, VP candidates
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008
Ad attacks widely backed Titus votes
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008
Freedom’s Watch, a conservative lobbying group heavily funded by gaming mogul Sheldon Adelson, is running a second ad targeting 3rd Congressional District candidate Dina Titus.
If a hospital is unionized, might care be better?
One study says yes, and suggests higher wages and pushes for nurse-to-patient ratios are key reasons
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008
When labor contract negotiations with hospitals progress slowly — much like the current stalemate at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals — nurses and their unions often launch public relations campaigns.
Porter ad calls Titus a ‘self-serving’ pol
The Sun examines the political commercials to determine what’s fair and what’s not.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
Republican Rep. Jon Porter is running a new ad attacking his opponent in the 3rd Congressional District race. The ad accuses state Sen. Dina Titus of being a “self-serving politician.”
Titus ad connects Porter to Bush fiscal policies
The Sun examines the political commercials to determine what’s fair and what’s not.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
Democratic state Sen. Dina Titus is running an ad attacking her opponent, Republican Rep. Jon Porter, for his support of the president’s policies.
Well, Porter did take the money ... over time
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008
The Sun examines the political commercials to determine what’s fair and what’s not.
No way Titus could be responsible for all this
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008
The Sun examines the political commercials to determine what’s fair and what’s not.
SEIU picketing St. Rose Dominican hospitals
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
In what might be an effort to tip the balance of power leading up to the next bargaining session, the Service Employees International Union said it is picketing St. Rose Dominican hospitals this evening.
This campaign ad you can believe
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Dina Titus is running a largely biographical ad to promote herself as an “independent voice for change” in her race against Republican Rep. Jon Porter in the 3rd Congressional District.
Titus turns albatross into eagle: Southern accent has its charms
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008
No politician is going to win an election without connecting with the voters. But what if the mere sound of your voice turned some people off? What then?
Anti-Titus ad is laced with digs, distortions
The Sun examines the political commercials to determine what’s fair and what’s not.
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008
Freedom’s Watch, a conservative Washington-based lobbying group largely funded by Sheldon Adelson, is running a TV ad that mocks Democrat Dina Titus’ Southern accent and focuses on taxes in her race for the 3rd Congressional District against incumbent Republican Jon Porter.
Nevada political roundup: Porter-Titus close, Buckley hits the road
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
Ads on Porter’s financing have long but hazy memory
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
The Sun examines the political commercials to determine what’s fair and what’s not.
Titus, Porter each skirt truth in ads
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008
Republican Rep. Jon Porter is attacking Democratic state Sen. Dina Titus in a TV ad, accusing his challenger for the 3rd Congressional District seat of being on the side of special interests.
Nonunion laborers sue builder in wage dispute
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008
Amid a sweeping effort to organize residential construction laborers, five Las Vegas workers have joined others from California and Arizona in suing one of the nation’s largest homebuilding subcontractors over pay.
A flight takes him back 64 years
To Battle of the Bulge veteran, Allied B-17s represented salvation
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008
Parked at the North Las Vegas Airport, the plane seemed so much smaller to him than he remembered from World War II. Maybe because Simon Epstein had seen one flying overhead only as he looked up from a foxhole.
Deaf group planning convention is out $170,000
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008
The money wasn’t raised with a few lavish or large events.
At stake in nurse union fight: Patient care
The two groups dueling in Nevada disagree on how to improve it
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008
Two unions are battling to represent the bulk of the state’s nurses — and the outcome could shape how Nevada deals with patient care issues.
Romney risks upstaging McCain
Henderson crowd warms to former rival as he backs candidate
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008
Stumping in Henderson for the former rival he handily beat in Nevada’s caucus, Mitt Romney eagerly played attack dog Wednesday for Republican nominee-in-waiting Sen. John McCain.
New blood helped Tropicana, union heal old wounds
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
No one would describe a relationship between unions and management as amorous, but on the Strip there’s at least an understanding, an industry standard that is mostly obliged.

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