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Whistleblower heard at Ninth Circuit after state OSHA fails to investigate her claims

May 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
Helen Armstrong’s personal odyssey from loyal employee to beleaguered whistleblower and cancer survivor would be harrowing at any time, but it reverberated with even greater meaning Monday morning as her attorney argued her case’s constitutional merits before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Once again, we look ready to ‘fail conventionally’ at meaningful reforms

May 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
“Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.” John Maynard Keynes wasn’t talking about government when he wrote those words—but he might as well have been.

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Space the Whale, don't give NFTs a chance

May 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
Two weeks ago, Reno’s mayor announced that she wanted to save the Space Whale by selling it as an NFT on Reno’s DAO, which will be hosted on the Tezos network.

Nevada Recovery Dashboard

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.

Clearing up misconceptions about the push to change the Board of Regents

May 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
I’m writing on behalf of Nevadans for Quality Higher Education, the coalition of over 70 individuals and organizations from across Nevada that endorsed YES on last year’s Ballot Question 1. We would like to clear up some common misconceptions about what Senate Joint Resolution 7 (SJR7) is and the intent of the resolution.


Competency-based learning and expanding access to a more equitable education in Nevada

May 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
In many Nevada classrooms I visit as a regional math trainer, students and teachers are taking part in different models of hybrid learning. This means teachers are simultaneously teaching students in their classrooms and engaging students online.

As frontline health care workers, we support the proposed public option legislation

May 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
As physicians, we are outraged that health care costs continue to skyrocket out of control, pricing too many Nevadans out of seeing a doctor or getting life-saving medications.

Creating the ‘State Government Option’ could harm Nevada’s recovery

The state seal of Nevada shown on a glass window or door
May 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
As a Nevada business owner and leader who works to promote the growth and prosperity of small businesses every day, I am very focused on our state’s ability to overcome the vast economic challenges ahead of us.

Common sense and COVID

May 6th, 2021 - 2:05am
Recently, the NV GOP declared its “staunch opposition” to the Gaming Control Board’s policy tying casino occupancy to the number of employee COVID vaccinations. Part of its stated objection is that the gaming board members are “non-medical.”

Police will kill you in Nevada and say it’s your fault

May 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
Through a presentation that lasted hours, the state of Nevada brought all it could to conjure justification for the cold-blooded killing of Jorge Gomez in 2020 during protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and justice for George Floyd.

Let voters have a say on mining taxation

May 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
As the 81st session of the Legislature barrels toward sine die and the inevitable special sessions to follow, I cannot help but be taken aback by the seeming sudden shyness about putting mining taxation on the ballot in 2022.

Stay woke

May 5th, 2021 - 2:05am
Having grown up around a mixed bag of right-leaning immigrants who’d fled oppressive leftist dictatorships and left-leaning immigrants who earnestly believed in the power and the duty of government, instilled in me a sense that everyone was ultimately after the same goal: to be a better version of themselves and to do better for others. Oh, the naiveté of youth.

Short-term rentals need regulating

May 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
People come to Las Vegas to party and enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer. All of us who live in Las Vegas or Reno know that we live in a town that offers the tourist experience.

Government price controls stifle much-needed pharmaceutical R&D

Photo of diabetes medication and blood glucose meter
May 4th, 2021 - 2:00am
The last year has been unlike any other. I still remember the first time I heard about COVID-19. I had been watching the evening news when reports of a new virus started flooding in, and over the next few days, it was all anyone was talking about.

A secure battery metals supply chain runs through Nevada and is critical to America’s energy security

May 4th, 2021 - 2:00am
Arctic temperatures in Texas and wildfires in California highlight the weakness of America’s energy infrastructure and devastating climate change effects. As part of Nevada’s State Climate Strategy, policymakers are turning to new technologies to power the future.

Land grant status: A responsibility and obligation

The Nevada Legislature building
May 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am
As an academic, I prefer facts and evidence for making decisions. As a communication studies scholar, I lecture on the importance of including stakeholder views and sound information when deliberating policy.

Why every school district should be required to teach multicultural education, specifically Black history

May 2nd, 2021 - 2:05am
I wonder how educators include multicultural education, specifically Black historical events or Black leaders, in their classrooms. The past year brought an eruption of frustration and angst regarding centuries-old systems that continue to deny true liberation.

Making education more expensive isn’t (necessarily) going to make it any better

May 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am
There are some public policy problems that simply can’t be solved by just spending more money. After all, making government services more expensive is no guarantee of improved service—a truth that, depending on the issue, individuals of all political backgrounds should be able to recognize.

Just what would justice for Jorge Gomez look like?

Clark County Government Center
May 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The demonstrators who assembled outside the Clark County Government Center made it sound almost simple. “Justice for Jorge Gomez,” they chanted into the April morning in a bullhorn-amplified chorus.

Don’t delay; cancer screenings save lives

May 1st, 2021 - 2:00am
Close to 2,500 Nevadans will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 400 of them will likely die. The National Cancer Institute reports that national expenditures associated with cancer have continued to increase in the United States.

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