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Sandoval suggests 'significantly higher' fees for higher ed students
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
Gov. Brian Sandoval has suggested that students pay “significantly higher fees” to attend Nevada colleges and universities, higher education officials said Wednesday.
State Sen. Bill Raggio to retire before session begins
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
Iconic Northern Nevada senator and ousted Republican leader Bill Raggio announced today he will retire this month, allowing the county commission to appoint his replacement before the session begins.
Jim Gibbons leaves governor's office without campaign debt
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011
Former Gov. Jim Gibbons left office without campaign debt, having repaid over $120,000 to donors after he lost June's primary. State law allows $10,000 contributions from a single individual or corporate entity for an election - $5,000 for a primary and $5,000 for a general election.
Sandoval begins inauguration day at Mass
Monday, Jan. 3, 2011
Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval and his family began the inaugural day with a special mass in Carson City.
Sandoval gets extra protection for family
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010
At a time when Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval is asking departments to prepare budget cuts as high as 30 percent, he has added an additional officer for his family's protection.
Chancellor pushes back on proposed cuts to higher education
Monday, Dec. 6, 2010
The Nevada higher education system said Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval should not assume a 10 percent cut to higher education.
Sandoval budget assumes 10 percent cut to state, higher ed and furloughs
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
Sandoval's budget assumes a 10 percent reduction to state spending, a $175 million cut to higher education and another two years of furloughs for state workers.
Business panel sets state spending at $5.3 billion
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
The Economic Forum emerged from its hibernation today and saw two more sour years for the state’s economy.
Sandoval keeps budget director
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010
Governor-elect Brian Sandoval will retain budget director Andrew Clinger, but won't provide any details on his proposed budget until December.
GOP warfare: Raggio's leadership position in state Senate challenged
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
Longtime Republican icon and state Senate leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno, faces a serious challenge to his leadership spot held since 1977 after endorsing U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over Sharron Angle.
250,000 to vote before campaign finance reports released
Monday, Oct. 25, 2010
Secretary of State Ross Miller said that at the current pace, 250,000 voters will have cast their ballots before campaign contribution and expense reports are released Tuesday, highlighting the shortcomings of Nevada election law.
Company fired after thousands of Nevadans get 1 a.m. campaign call
Monday, Oct. 25, 2010
Thousands of Nevada voters got a 1 a.m. wake-up call from former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. A company has been fired by the campaign PAC.
Sandoval: Take down Hispanic voter suppression ad
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010
Republican candidate for governor Brian Sandoval blasted an ad that tells Hispanic voters to stay home. Sandoval, looking to become the state's first Hispanic governor, issued a statement calling for the ad to be taken down.
Tea Party candidate on ballots as "TPN"
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010
Tea Party of Nevada candidate Jon Scott Ashjian will be identified on ballots as "TPN," rather than the full party name, in a potential blow to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Brian Sandoval, Rory Reid trade jabs in Las Vegas debate
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
Gubernatorial candidates Brian Sandoval and Rory Reid debated tonight in Las Vegas. The debate ended with observers concluding there was "no knock-out blow." Eric Herzik, professor of political science at University of Nevada, Reno, said, "that's bad for Rory Reid. He needed one." The candidates stuck close to the positions they've been reiterating during the campaign.
WSJ: Dems look to use marijuana to energize Nevada voters
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010
There’s nothing like marijuana to get voters off their couches and to the polls, according to some political strategists.
Where's Gibbons? In the meantime, Sen. Schneider in charge
Friday, March 13, 2009
Gov. Jim Gibbons is out of state, as is Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki. That means gubernatorial authority rests in the hands of Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas,.
Elko seems to bring out Gibbons' ire
Monday, March 2, 2009
Assemblymen claim conservative caucus doesn't exist
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008
Maybe conservative Assemblyman Ty Cobb now knows how Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert feels.
Governor wants to eliminate step pay increases for teachers, state employees
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008
No state employee paying attention to the state's fiscal health was expecting a cost of living adjustment in the next two years. But now, Gov. Jim Gibbons said he plans to eliminate step increases for state workers and teachers.
Budget deal approved
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008
The Legislature's job is done in under 9 hours, quicker than even the most optimistic observer predicted for the special session.
Assembly moves ahead on two budget bills
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008
Assembly passed the first bill, calling for the sweeping of government accounts, unanimously.
Budget deal contains 'revenue enhancements'
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008
The Las Vegas Sun has obtained a copy of the plan to cut $341.75 million from the budget.
A look at the budget cut history
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008
A little history lesson on the budget cuts from budget director Andrew Clinger:
Republicans are the wild card in budget deal
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008
The Assembly and Senate are in session, going through the ceremonial portion of the agenda.
Local governments could hurt budget deal
Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
Some local governments are more than worried about the state's plan to borrow up to $160 million from them. Some have actually pulled out there money, fearing the state would not repay them.
Governor still promising to veto tax increases
Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
As first reported by my colleague, Sun columnist Jon Ralston, the Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is sending out a letter today acknowledging that more revenue will be needed for the state if the crisis continues.
Mining industry asked to pre-pay tax in budget deal
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
Legislators are turning to another bit of fancy financial footwork to limp to the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
Hush over Washoe gathering as McCain concedes
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008
Washoe County Republican Party Victory Center at a casino hotel. McCain is on the air, and the crowd had to hush the piano player. You could hear a pin drop, until McCain calls for everyone to work together, there are scattered boos.
Nevada political update: Poll of polls gives Obama edge
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008
Here's the Early Line from your Carson City correspondent, where Cliff (from Cheers) will be stumping for Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
Nevada political roundup: Dems take Washoe
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008
It's political roundup time from Northern Nevada, where Washoe County has flipped to a majority Democratic voter registration for the first time in 30 years.
Poll gives Heller edge over Derby
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
Nevada political roundup: GOP pushes for photo ID voting bill
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008
Obama, in Reno, calls for passage of Wall Street bailout plan
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama told a Reno audience that Congress needs to act on the $700 billion financial bailout plan, which failed Monday shaking the stock market.
Nevada political roundup: NY Times on Nevada; bailout debate
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008
Democrats flock to see Obama in Elko
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
Who knew there were this many Democrats in rural Nevada? A line of people snake through a park here in preparation of a visit by Sen. Barack Obama.
Carson City mayor passes on Palin
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
Nevada political roundup: Palin in Carson City
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008
Nevada political roundup: A look at the DNC
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008
Nevada political roundup: Porter, Titus debate
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008
It's two weeks before Labor Day, and the campaigns up and down the ticket are in full swing.
Nevada political roundup: Election Day edition
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008
Happy Election Day, and welcome to another edition of Early Line, brought to you from Carson City.
Nevada political roundup: Tax initiative, Nevada's north/south split (UPDATED)
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008
Early Line is brought to you from Carson City, where Santa announced he's running for office.
Nevada political roundup: McCain visits, term-limit fallout
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Here's the political roundup for Tuesday, from the Carson City bureau. Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his wife, Cindy, are in Sparks this morning to hold a town hall meeting.
Gibbons: Brace for still more budget cuts
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Gov. Jim Gibbons said today additional cuts might be necessary to this current year’s budget as the most recent figures showed gaming tax figures plummeting.
12 hours later and it's over
Friday, June 27, 2008
Session takes on partisan edge
Friday, June 27, 2008
Gamers' prospects looking good on comped-meal tax issue
Friday, June 27, 2008
The bill in Carson City that could help block a $150 million tax rebate to casinos is in
danger of dying.
Top Gibbons aides quitting
Friday, June 27, 2008
The governor's top two aides will announce this morning they are leaving the Gibbons administration, according to a source close to the administration.
Gibbons, Buckley disagree on textbook funding
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dueling speeches by Gov. Jim Gibbons and House Speaker Barbara Buckley cast a couple of big questions heading into the special session slated to begin at 9 a.m. Friday.

Carson City drama
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Gov. Jim Gibbons' door is bolted. A legislative policeman is holding the doors shut in the old Assembly Chambers, where Speaker Barbara Buckley is practicing her speech.

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