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Mining gave half a million dollars to Sisolak-affiliated PAC shortly before session that could raise tax on industry

Sign in front of the Nevada State Capitol building
March 3rd, 2021 - 4:44pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Home Means Nevada political action committee raised more than $830,000 in the last three months of last year, including $500,000 from Nevada Gold Mines — a joint venture between mining giants Barrick and Newmont — and another $260,000 from the pharmaceutical lobbying group PhRMA, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday.

Continued expansion of mail voting, straight-ticket ballots among election proposals on Legislature’s docket

February 28th, 2021 - 2:00am
With the dust mostly settled from the 2020 election — which saw a record number of votes cast and nearly half submitted through mail or a drop box — Nevada Democrats are now doubling down on mail-in voting.

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Cortez Masto launches 2022 re-election bid

February 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
With a message largely focused on providing better access to health care, immigration reform and helping Nevada rebound from the pandemic-triggered recession, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) officially announced her bid for a second term Wednesday.

Nevada seeks dismissal of Laxalt election lawsuit that claims noncitizens infiltrated state voter rolls

February 22nd, 2021 - 1:23pm
Attorneys for the state of Nevada are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit against the secretary of state regarding voter roll maintenance, asserting that the court does not have jurisdiction over the subject matter and that the plaintiffs have misrepresented the secretary of state’s role in maintaining voter rolls.


Assembly leader files bill to transition Nevada to a primary, become first presidential nominating state

February 15th, 2021 - 5:14pm
The bill, AB126, was introduced on Monday in the Assembly, and officially kickstarts the effort by state Democrats to move Nevada up the nominating process ahead of the next presidential election cycle — a move still subject to approval by Democratic National Committee but could mark a major shift in how the country decides presidential nominees.

Cortez Masto starts 2021 with $3 million war chest

February 2nd, 2021 - 2:42pm
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) raised more than $1 million in the last three months of 2020, mostly from individual donors, finishing the year with more than $3 million in the bank, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Automatic voter registration system adds thousands of new voters, despite security concerns from critics

People wait at the DMV office in Henderson on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
February 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am
More than 140,000 people registered as new voters through Nevada’s automatic voter registration (AVR) system since it took effect in January last year, according to a new report.

Gov. Steve Sisolak reports more than $2.4 million in 2020 fundraising ahead of looming re-election bid

January 13th, 2021 - 3:11pm
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak has reported raising upwards of $2.4 million Wednesday for his re-election bid next year, an amount that roughly doubled the size of his campaign war chest to more than $4.53 million compared to the same time in 2019.

Pro-Trump protesters in Carson City peaceful even as supporters of president storm, occupy U.S. Capitol

January 6th, 2021 - 2:38pm
On the other side of the country, chaos reigned on the day that Congress was set to count Electoral College votes and some members were expected to challenge the results. Following a speech from Trump, supporters breached barriers and pushed their way into the Capitol, smashing windows and taking over the floor of the Senate as members hid.

Clark County Commission swears in Ross Miller as opponent takes challenge to Supreme Court

Clark County Government Center
January 4th, 2021 - 3:57pm
The commission voted to certify the recount’s results on Dec. 15. Anthony’s lawsuit for a new Clark County Commission election was rejected by a judge on Christmas Eve, but Anthony filed a notice on Monday with the Nevada Supreme Court to appeal the District Court’s decision denying his request.

How Cortez Masto’s fundraising stacks up heading into likely competitive 2022 midterm election

January 4th, 2021 - 2:00am
Nevada will again be front and center in the national political conversation, with Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s Senate seat expected to be one of the top targets for Republicans — Nevada is one of three Democrat-held seats in potentially competitive states (others including New Hampshire and Arizona) up for grabs in 2022.

Laxalt files new lawsuit challenging Nevada's alleged inability to keep noncitizens off of voter rolls

December 31st, 2020 - 4:59pm
The lawsuit, which was filed last week in Carson City District Court names three conservative-aligned plaintiffs — former Republican Assemblyman Al Kramer, former Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick and prominent Northern Nevada developer Roger Norman — who say their votes were improperly diluted by an alleged failure to keep noncitizens from registering to vote in state elections.

Secretary of state: No voter info sent to Pakistani government; state election system has not been hacked

December 29th, 2020 - 5:01pm
In an election-themed “Facts vs. Myths” document updated on Tuesday, the secretary of state’s office pushed back on claims from the Texas-based organization True the Vote that the office had responded to a request for the state’s publicly available voter list in an email that carbon copied the CEO of a Pakistani-owned intelligence company. True the Vote is a conservative nonprofit group focused on identifying voter fraud.

Judge rejects request for new Clark County Commission election sought by Stavros Anthony amid narrow loss to Ross Miller

December 24th, 2020 - 11:35am
Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez denied the motion in a brief order on Thursday, writing that she could not apply a state law allowing for new elections owing to the loss or destruction of ballots in this case because “the election was not prevented.”

Secretary of State: No evidence of 'wide-spread fraud' in Nevada’s 2020 election

December 18th, 2020 - 5:57pm
In a “Facts vs. Myths” document posted to the secretary of state’s website late Friday, Cegavske’s office wrote that it is pursuing several “isolated” cases of voter fraud, but has not seen evidence of any large-scale fraud that would meaningfully affect Trump’s 33,596-vote loss in the state. Electors cast Nevada’s six electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden on Monday.

Clark County Commission votes to certify recount results, 15-vote victory for Democrat Ross Miller

December 15th, 2020 - 1:38pm
The Clark County Commission voted Tuesday to certify the results in the recount for the District C race, which resulted in a 15-vote victory for Democrat Ross Miller.

Why Trump’s lawsuit seeking to overturn Nevada’s presidential race sputtered in court

December 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
Election law experts interviewed by The Nevada Independent said the failures were unsurprising. Nevada’s legal parameters for challenging election results sets a high bar for acceptable evidence, including clear proof that serious error or malfeasance occurred before a court can step in and take action that could change the outcome of an election.

Recount reaffirms, widens Ross Miller’s narrow victory in Clark County Commission race

December 11th, 2020 - 4:35pm
Clark County on Friday finished a five-day recount of more than 153,000 ballots that reinforced Democrat Ross Miller’s commission victory, with his lead over Republican Stavros Anthony increasing from 10 votes to 30.

Group pushing Sisolak recall falls about 75 percent short of signature requirement

December 11th, 2020 - 4:30pm
Battle Born Patriots, a political action committee set up with the express intent of recalling Sisolak, a Democrat, turned in 64,765 signatures to local election officials at the conclusion of the group’s 90-day signature-gathering window — slightly more than a quarter of the 243,995 needed to qualify the petition.

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