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Progressive group NextGen announces $1 million investment to keep Nevada blue in 2020

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December 4th, 2019 - 2:00am
The progressive advocacy group NextGen America is ramping up its efforts ahead of the 2020 election in an effort to keep Nevada blue, with plans to spend $1 million on registering and turning out young people.

Trump 2020 campaign eyes victory in Nevada after close election in 2016

May 12th, 2019 - 2:10am
Having barely lost Nevada in 2016, President Donald Trump will make a play for the state with the belief that the strong economy, successes of his first term and an improved field operation will be enough to make the difference, campaign officials said Friday.

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Recount upholds Republican victory in swing state Senate seat preventing Democratic supermajority

November 26th, 2018 - 10:50am
A recount has upheld Republican Keith Pickard’s victory earlier this month in a competitive Henderson-area state Senate race, denying Democrats a supermajority in the upper chamber of the Legislature.

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As the state’s economy continues its recovery, The Nevada Independent will track the most important economic indicators across the state on this page, including unemployment numbers, gaming revenue and housing prices.

Sisolak announces leaders of his transition advisory committee

November 26th, 2018 - 10:15am
Three women well-entrenched in Nevada’s political world will lead a transition advisory committee for Governor-elect Steve Sisolak.

Nevada avoids delays in election calls thanks to unpopularity of voting by mail

November 19th, 2018 - 1:55am
But Nevada has largely avoided that issue — quick calls on election night are a result of the state’s relatively strict deadlines for mail and absentee ballots and because of the popularity of early voting in the state, Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley said in an interview with The Nevada Independent. Thorley said being able to call races relatively quickly helped solidify the integrity of election results and cut down on misinformation that festers when ballot counting continues indefinitely.

How energy choice, the most expensive ballot question in Nevada history, went from a slam dunk to an airball

The sign at NV Energy corporate headquarters
November 18th, 2018 - 2:30am
When the money was tallied, opponents of the ballot question spent more than three times more than the amount reported by proponents. They were also able to bring together a diverse coalition of groups, including rural counties, organized labor, business organizations, pro-renewable groups, teachers’ unions and senior groups to publicly oppose Question 3 and appear in campaign ads laying out their issues with it.

After long lines during midterm, officials ask Washoe County to spend more on elections

November 18th, 2018 - 2:05am
On Election Night, all eyes were on Washoe County, where high turnout kept polls open nearly three hours after doors closed in some parts of Reno. With high turnout and long lines, some officials are now calling on the county to dedicate more resources to its Election Day operations.

Anatomy of a blue wave: Why Nevada Democrats won decisively in races that were supposed to be close

November 14th, 2018 - 2:10am
In the aftermath, some Republicans have sounded tones of resignation — that two consecutive elections have established that Nevada is a blue state, that the conventional wisdom of a low-turnout midterm no longer applies, and that Republicans can’t compete in years where Democrats are motivated to vote.

How first-term congresswoman Jacky Rosen defeated incumbent Dean Heller to become Nevada's next U.S. senator

November 14th, 2018 - 2:05am
Heading into Election Day, the U.S. Senate race appeared to be a true tossup.

How Democrat Steve Sisolak defeated conservative rising star Adam Laxalt in bid for governor's mansion

November 14th, 2018 - 2:00am
In spite of Laxalt’s head start on the airwaves, and in spite of warnings that commissioners like Sisolak are unelectable because they deal daily in a world of contracts and campaign donations that can look unseemly, Sisolak defeated Laxalt by four points, or almost 40,000 votes. How?

Secretary of State: We have received no evidence of voter fraud

November 13th, 2018 - 4:10pm
The Nevada Secretary of State’s Office says it has received no credible reports of voter fraud, much less any on a scale that would affect the outcome of a race, in the aftermath of the 2018 election.

The Indy Explains: How legislative and commission vacancies are filled

November 13th, 2018 - 2:05am
If nothing is certain but death and taxes, it’s inevitable that some elected officials will pass away during their terms — or sometimes before they even begin. Other vacancies arise when lawmakers resign before their terms end. So what happens when there’s suddenly an empty elected seat?

A moderate governor and a Democratic Legislature: What the election means for the environment

November 13th, 2018 - 2:00am
In echoes starting from the primary, the environment played a role in several 2018 races. Ads, rallies and speeches prominently highlighted positions on everything from development near Red Rock National Conservation Area to the Trump administration’s push to deregulate clean air standards.

Governor-elect Sisolak announces engagement

November 12th, 2018 - 5:03pm
It’s been quite the week for Democrat Steve Sisolak. Just days after winning a hotly contested race for governor, the chairman of the Clark County Commission announced his engagement to his girlfriend of five years, Kathy Ong, whom he called his soulmate.

Washoe turns Republicans blue

November 11th, 2018 - 2:05am
Washoe County used to be solidly conservative. But in recent years, it has emerged as the state’s only swing county, a fact that has often resulted in split tickets. The Nevada Independent explores why Democrats have been so successful and what that means for state politics and the Republican Party.

Cortez Masto raises more than $2 million for Nevada Democrats over election cycle

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto speaking into a microphone behind a podium
November 10th, 2018 - 2:00am
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto raised more than $2 million over the course of the election cycle for the Nevada State Democratic Party after taking up its fundraising mantle earlier this year, according to her fundraising team embedded within the party.

Sisolak bucks Nevada trend as first unmarried governor-elect in a century

November 8th, 2018 - 4:19pm
It’s unclear how much a role, if any, the gubernatorial candidates’ marital status played in the midterm election. But Sisolak’s win means that for the first time in more than 100 years and only the third time in the state’s history, Nevada voters elected an unmarried governor.

Democratic state Senate candidate to seek recount after 28 vote loss to Republican asssemblyman

November 8th, 2018 - 11:49am
Democratic state Senate candidate Julie Pazina announced Thursday she will seek a recount in her race against Republican Assemblyman Keith Pickard.

Nevada turnout figures show election was a midterm on steroids

November 8th, 2018 - 2:05am
The percentage of voters who turned out to the polls in Nevada was still lower than the 76.7 percent of voters who showed up in 2016 to cast their ballots in favor of then-candidate Trump or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But it was far and above the meager 45.6 percent voter turnout in the 2014 midterm

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