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September 15, 2019

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    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, listens as former Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.

    Key takeaways from the Democratic candidates' debate
    Sept. 13, 2019
    Democratic debate night No. 3: Attacks and counter-attacks. Love for one former president, loathing for the current one. A 76-year-old front-runner essentially got called old, and he turned around and called another rival a "socialist."
  • Liaison Commissioner for Nuclear Issues, Nuclear Waste Repository Project Office for Nye County, Nevada, Leonardo Blundo speaks during the Radwaste Summit at Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.
    Nye County officials on Yucca Mountain: ‘Let’s sit down and talk’
    Sept. 8, 2019
    Nevada leaders have long pushed back against the development of a permanent nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Yet officials in Nye County have been much more willing …
  • This October 2017 photo shows the interior of Stephen Paddock's 32nd floor room of Mandalay Bay after the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting.
    High-capacity magazines get new scrutiny as Congress returns
    Sept. 3, 2019
    Lawmakers around the country are making a renewed push to ban high-capacity magazines that gunmen have used in many recent massacres, allowing them to inflict mass casualties ...
  • Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis responds to a question during an interview at the Biden for President campaign office in Las Vegas Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.
    Former pro-union labor secretary campaigns in Nevada for Biden
    Sept. 2, 2019
    Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis,a prominent pro-labor voice in the push for union votes in as the kickoff to the presidential primary season hits the homestretch, campaigned for former Vice President Joe Biden …
  • Andre Wade, director of Silver State Equality, sits down with the Las Vegas Sun to discuss the newly formed Nevada organization and how it looks to address LGBT policy issues, Tuesday Aug. 27, 2019.
    Nevada gay rights group delves into politics in its push for equality
    Aug. 31, 2019
    Silver State Equality, which was launched late last year, aims to ensure equality for every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individual nationwide by ...
  • Volunteers continue to check in attendees after noon comes and goes for the Democratic Caucus at Rancho High School on Saturday, February 20, 2016.
    DNC chairman effectively kills plans for virtual caucuses
    Aug. 29, 2019
    Democrats' plans for virtual presidential caucuses in Iowa and Nevada are effectively dead as the national party chairman said Friday the results would be vulnerable to ...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a Democratic presidential hopeful, speaks at an event in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 10, 2019. Warren is the latest Democratic contender to release a criminal justice plan. Democratic candidates are pushing ideas that were considered radical just a few years ago. But the American public has changed its views, too.
    Why the 2020 criminal justice debate is completely different
    Aug. 25, 2019
    “This is a conversation that is unrecognizable from 10 years ago — even five years ago — when these kinds of proposals wouldn’t have been floated in backrooms, let alone in public.”
  • Delegates from the Republican caucuses attend the Clark County Convention to elect representatives to the state convention at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 9, 2016..
    Pollsters' difficulties result in dearth of polling ahead of Nevada caucuses
    Aug. 25, 2019
    Presidential preference polling hasn’t been as frequent in Nevada as in other states with early presidential caucuses or primaries. RealClearPolitics has two Nevada-specific polls listed in its aggregation since July, and the Monmouth University Polling Institute, one of the most respected polling groups in the nation, has only polled Nevada once during this primary season, in early June. Change Research has done two, and Gravis Marketing released its first caucus poll on Aug. 20.
  • Terrie Dietrich, left, and her daughter Erin Cross, talk in Dietrich’s home in Henderson Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. “Medicare for All” remains hugely popular, but majorities say they’d prefer building on “Obamacare” to expand coverage instead of a new government program that replaces America’s mix of private and public insurance. Democrat Dietrich, 74, has Medicare and supplements that with private insurance, an arrangement she said she’s pretty comfortable with. Cross, 54, also a Democrat, said she’s not comfortable with switching to a system where a government plan is the only choice.
    For Democrats, a shift toward the middle on health care
    Aug. 24, 2019
    Rank-and-file Democrats appear to be shifting to the middle on health care, worried about what's politically achievable on their party's top 2020 issue. While "Medicare for All" remains ...
  • Candles burn at a makeshift memorial for Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting victims outside the festival grounds, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Gilroy, Calif.
    California wants Nevada to tighten its gun laws
    Aug. 21, 2019
    Alarmed that the gun used in a mass shooting in Gilroy was bought legally in Nevada, two dozen California legislators on Wednesday asked their counterparts in the neighboring ...
  • From left, Annette Magnus of Battle Born Progress, Congressman Steven Horsford and Congresswoman Susie Lee attend a roundtable panel on the rising cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. Tuesday Aug. 20, 2019.
    Lawmakers: Transparency, shining light on dark money donations key to curbing high cost of prescription drugs
    Aug. 21, 2019
    Congresswoman Susie Lee, D-Nev., said, “There’s not many issues in this country where I think we can come together, but I do think that prescription drug pricing — it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, it doesn’t matter if you live in rural Iowa or you live in Los Angeles — this is an issue that affects every single American …
  • Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden speaks during an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Public Service Forum at UNLV Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.
    New poll shows Biden leading Warren and Sanders in Nevada
    Aug. 20, 2019
    Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to top the field of Democratic presidential contenders in Nevada, according to the latest poll of registered voters by Gravis Marketing. The poll shows Biden ...
  • Assemblyman seeking Clark County Commission seat
    Aug. 20, 2019
    William McCurdy, a Las Vegas assemblyman and chairman of the Nevada Democratic Party, has announced his candidacy for Clark County Commission. McCurdy, who also serves as assistant majority whip, will seek ...
  • U.S. Rep. Dina Titus is the lone member of the Nevada congressional delegation, so far, to call for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. TItus is pictured Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, speaking at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas.
    Nevada congressional delegation remains mostly on hold on Trump impeachment calls
    Aug. 13, 2019
    Rep. Dina Titus is the sole congressional Democrat from Nevada to explicitly call for an impeachment inquiry, though other Nevadans in Congress are leaving the option …
  • Voters listen while a letter supporting Bernie Sanders is read during the 2016 Nevada Democratic presidential caucus at Rancho High School on Saturday, February 20, 2016. In 2020, registered Nevada Democrats will have the option of participating in a telecaucus instead of physically attending at their caucus site.
    Democrats have rolled out a virtual caucus for 2020. Here’s how it’s supposed to work.
    Aug. 11, 2019
    Molly Forgey, the communications director for the state Democratic Party, said that while participation on caucus day was still important, the addition of a virtual option was meant to …
  • Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer speaks during an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Public Service Forum at UNLV Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.
    2020 hopeful Steyer touts benefits of being political outsider
    Aug. 10, 2019
    Tom Steyer, the billionaire Democratic activist, declared his candidacy for the 2020 election late, pushing himself as an outsider who isn’t beholden to corporate interests ...
  • Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, mayor of  South Bend, Ind., responds to a question during an appearance at an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Public Service Forum at UNLV Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.
    Buttigieg, a millennial and Midwesterner, says he’s poised to topple Trump
    Aug. 9, 2019
    Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., said he is uniquely positioned to take on President Donald Trump because of his experiences as a millennial and a resident of the industrial Midwest. Buttigieg, who is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, spoke last week with the Sun to detail his positions on the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, climate ...
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