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  • Nevada governments on the hook for over $600M in paid time off

    09/21/2018 5:52:47 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 11 replies
    https://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 09/21/2018 | By Michael Scott Davidson
    Taxpayers potentially owe almost $610 million to local government employees in Nevada’s two most populous counties for their unused paid time off, financial reports show. That liability grew 26 percent from 2007 to 2017, and it doesn’t represent compensation that will be paid exclusively for rest, relaxation, illness or personal time. Many of Nevada’s public employees can stockpile their sick and vacation hours and cash them out at retirement. Some of those payouts exceed $100,000.
  • Stalled 2016 gun buyer measure headed to Nevada high court (barf alert)

    09/21/2018 3:35:41 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 20 sept 2018 | Ken Ritter
    Backers of a voter-approved gun buyer screening initiative that passed in November 2016 but was never enacted have filed notice they'll ask the Nevada Supreme Court to overrule a judge who decided the measure was fatally flawed and could not be enforced. The state high court should side with voters who chose to close what proponents of the measure call a legal loophole that lets gun purchasers skip background screenings when buying from another person or online, attorney Tami Cowden said Thursday. Twenty states have similar laws, she said. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval declined through his spokeswoman to respond to...
  • Trump Calls Heller a ‘Champion,’ Slams Opponent ‘Wacky Jacky’ Rosen

    09/21/2018 2:34:38 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    rollcall ^ | September 20, 2018
    Nevada Democrat is ‘bought and paid’ by her ‘out-of-state donors,’ he says Aiming to boost vulnerable Nevada Sen. Dean Heller on his home turf amid a fierce re-election bid, President Donald Trump dubbed the Republican a “champion” of conservative causes and called his Democratic foe “wacky.” “There’s been no better friend — we started off slow — but I’ve had no better friend in Congress than Dean Heller,” Trump said Thursday at a campaign rally in Las Vegas. Trump first singled out Danny Tarkanian, who is in a close fight for Nevada’s open 3rd District seat. Trump then soon hailed...
  • Photos: ‘Just Like 2016!’ Massive Lines for Trump Las Vegas rally

    09/20/2018 7:06:37 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    GP ^ | September 20,2018 | Kristinn Taylor
    Photos posted online from Las Vegas show a massive turnout for President’s Trump’s campaign rally being held Thursday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The half-mile-plus lines in the 95 degree heat are reminiscent of the huge crowds that turned out in 2015-2016 for Trump’s presidential campaign rallies. The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker reported on the enthusiasm of the Trump supporters, “Some brief anecdotal scene from the Trump rally here in Las Vegas: One woman drove in from San Diego. Another drove 16 hours from Elk City, Idaho. A man and his son flew down from Washington State. And...
  • Trump jumps into the Nevada Senate race — ground zero in the midterm fight over Obamacare

    09/20/2018 4:49:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 20, 2018
    President Donald Trump heads to Nevada, where the Affordable Care Act is perhaps the most important issue in a pivotal Senate race. GOP Sen. Dean Heller, who voted for a bill to repeal parts of Obamacare after pledging to oppose an earlier version, is facing a tough re-election bid against Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen. Nevada saw a massive decrease in its uninsured rate after it expanded Medicaid under the health care law. As he pushed Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act last year, President Donald Trump zeroed in on Sen. Dean Heller. When the president had lunch with...
  • LIVE:President Trump Holds MAGA Rally 7pm today (LV time) Las Vegas Convention Center.

    09/20/2018 10:42:46 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 207 replies
    President Donald Trump plans to visit Las Vegas on Thursday for a “Make America Great Again” rally in advance of the November midterm elections, the Review-Journal has learned. The rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Details, such as which Republican candidates will appear at the event, are still to be determined. This will be Trump’s seventh rally in Las Vegas since he declared his candidacy for the presidency in June 2015. The White House announced the campaign event after canceling scheduled rallies in Missouri and Mississippi on Thursday and Friday so that the president...
  • Las Vegas judge nullifies results of Republican election

    09/19/2018 5:09:13 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 24 replies
    https://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 09/18/2018 | By Ramona Giwargis
    In a decision that appears to flout Nevada election law, a Las Vegas judge has nullified the results of a Republican primary election. Jason Burke defeated Mack Miller by 122 votes in the June 12 primary for state Assembly District 5, but a judge declared Miller “the rightful winner of the election” because Burke did not file campaign finance reports in time. “This is certainly a novel case that I haven’t seen before,” said Las Vegas attorney Daniel Stewart, who specializes in Nevada election law. “But no two election contests are the same, and it seems like every election cycle...
  • Latest Ipsos/Reuters online poll in NV: Heller (R), 46: Rosen (D), 43;

    09/19/2018 6:59:49 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    Jon Ralston Twitter ^ | Sept 19, 2018 | Jon Ralston - Editor, The Nevada Independent
    Latest Ipsos/Reuters online poll in NV: Heller, 46: Rosen, 43 Laxalt, 43; Sisolak, 40 Trump at 49-49 Slightly more favorable to Rs than other recent polls.
  • Protecting Las Vegans means supporting reasonable gun policies (barf alert)

    09/19/2018 3:12:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    lLas Vegas Sun ^ | 19 sept 2018
    In a recent interview with the Sun, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said he loses sleep “wondering if we’re doing everything possible to protect our children, protect our community.” There’s no reason to doubt the sincerity of that comment. Lombardo clearly takes his responsibility to protect and serve the people of Southern Nevada seriously, as he showed most vividly during the minutes, days and weeks after the Oct. 1 shooting. But when asked later in the interview whether he’d support legislation to increase gun safety in Nevada, Lombardo demurred. He declined to give support for broad measures — bans on sales of...
  • Changing times leave sheriff feeling uneasy (Las Vegas)

    09/16/2018 4:34:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    lLas Vegas Sun ^ | 16 sept 2018 | ricardo-torres-cortez
    ---(snip)-- Lombardo maintains that “well over” 40 percent of suspects or victims in local violent crimes are Californians with ties to that state’s law enforcement and its prison system. Some of them have been identified gang members. The nexus might be because past legislation depopulated some California prisons, eased parole conditions and lowered the amount of time served for non-violent offenders jailed for parole violations. Could it also be that criminals think the valley is a good place to commit crimes and easily flee back home?
  • Yucca Mountain Halted Again as GOP Aims to Retain Senate

    09/14/2018 4:37:00 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    rollcall ^ | September 12, 2018
    Nevada’s Dean Heller among blockers this time Supporters of the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada face a familiar fate despite bipartisan momentum to restart progress on the site: Once again, their hopes appear dashed by a Silver State senator. For years the Senate spoiler was the chamber’s top Democrat, Harry Reid, who departed in 2017. This year Republican Dean Heller played the role, a vocal opponent of the project who faces an uphill re-election bid in a state that went for Hillary Clinton and Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in 2016. The outcome: Funding backed by the...
  • Report: Las Vegas professor shot himself in arm to protest Trump

    09/11/2018 8:07:31 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 136 replies
    https://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 09/11/2018 | By Rio Lacanlale
    A longtime College of Southern Nevada sociology professor is facing felony gun charges in connection with an on-campus shooting on the second day of classes. Mark J. Bird was charged last month with discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, court records show. He was found bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his arm about 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 28 outside a bathroom in the Charleston campus K building.
  • 1 dead in shooting at North Las Vegas high school

    09/11/2018 5:40:42 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 13 replies
    https://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 09/11/2018 | By Meghin Delaney
    North Las Vegas police are investigating a fatal shooting at Canyon Springs High School. An 18-year-old male died in the shooting, which happened near the athletic fields, acting North Las Vegas Police Chief Justin Roberts said during a news briefing just before 4:30 p.m. Roberts did not confirm whether the male was a student at the school.
  • Family files lawsuit after woman dies in Mineral County jail

    09/11/2018 4:04:52 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 65 replies
    https://mynews4.com ^ | Wednesday, September 5th 2018 | by Melissa Matheney|
    HAWTHORNE, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The family of a 27-year-old woman who died in a jail cell in Mineral County has filed a lawsuit arguing deputies left her to die after ignoring her serious medical needs. Kelly Coltrain was jailed in July of 2017 for unpaid traffic tickets after she was pulled over for speeding.
  • Mandalay Bay renumbering floor associated with Vegas shooting

    08/28/2018 2:56:20 AM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 21 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | 2/06/18 | Todd Prince
    The 32nd floor at Mandalay Bay, strongly associated with the Oct. 1 shooting, is going away. Mandalay Bay is renumbering floors 31 through 34 as floors 56 through 59, owner MGM Resorts International said Tuesday. https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/mandalay-bay-renumbering-floor-associated-with-las-vegas-shooting/
  • Judge throws out Question 1 lawsuit

    08/24/2018 5:17:32 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    A District Court judge this week refused to bail out sponsors of a voter-approved gun background check initiative that has yet to be implemented due to problems inherent in the measure’s language. It was the right decision. Nevada’s Question 1 passed in 2016 by less than 1 percentage point and mandated background checks on private-party gun sales and transfers. In order to mute opposition about the potential costs of such reviews, those who wrote the proposal made the calculated decision to require that licensed dealers run the checks through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System rather than use...
  • Trump Sets Ambitious Fall Campaign Schedule To Help Republicans–And Himself

    08/23/2018 6:41:34 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 23,2018 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    President Trump has a lot on the line in this fall’s midterm elections. So, he’s decided to turn for help to the man he trusts the most — himself. In the remaining 75 days until ballots are counted, Trump will invest at least 40 of them in campaigning for Republicans in both House and Senate races. He will spend additional time on fundraising for candidates and the party .And you may have noticed, this president is quite comfortable with spur-of-the-moment decisions. So, it’s likely he will add even more campaign days along the way as races and political needs develop....
  • Attorney General Laxalt Issues Statement (snip

    08/22/2018 4:55:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 2 replies
    Nevada.gov ^ | 22 aug 2018
    Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt applauded a Nevada District Court’s decision to toss out a lawsuit brought by the proponents of Nevada’s stillborn Background Check Act, also known as Question 1. The lawsuit sought to shift the blame for the broken initiative from its drafters to Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. The Court, in a comprehensive 22-page opinion, ruled that “as a matter of law, […] given the undisputed efforts to implement The Background Check Act, it is unenforceable as written.” The Court rejected each of the proponents’ legal...
  • Report: Raiders' Las Vegas stadium to feature jail and courtroom

    08/21/2018 9:59:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    247 Sports ^ | August 21, 2018 | Jeff Smith
    On the heels of a massive fight between fans during the Oakland Raiders second preseason game, an announcement was made about the future home of the Silver and Black. When it comes to fighting among fans, the new Las Vegas stadium will have none of it. The situation is being taken so seriously that the stadium will have a small jail and courtroom to "deal with unruly fans."
  • UFC’s White: ‘I Will Never Talk Bad About Donald Trump”

    08/19/2018 11:46:09 PM PDT · by wardaddy · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8-19-18 | Baker
    During Fox News Channel’s Sunday airing of “OBJECTified,” UFC President Dana White praised his friend Donald Trump as someone he will “never talk bad about.” White said way before Trump ever ran for office, the president gave his league its start when nobody else would give them a shot. “I’m never going to say anything bad about — ever. Ever, ever, ever. That guy gave us our start when nobody would talk to us,” said White. He added, “No arenas wanted us. [Trump] reached out and he’s always been a friend to me. The guy’s always been a friend to...