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Yvonne Gonzalez

State Politics Reporter

Yvonne joined the Las Vegas Sun to cover politics after a stint with the Associated Press. The native of Framingham, Massachusetts, grew up in Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University’s journalism school.

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Groups plan push to register young Nevada voters with start of school
Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
Democratic and progressive groups are boosting efforts to register young voters as students return to class this month. Nevada is one of 11 states where NextGen America is coordinating high school and college campus voter registration drives with the goal of registering 3,000 Nevada students in August, NextGen state spokeswoman Kate Frauenfelder said. The group plans to be on ...
Nevada bolstering resources for renewed Yucca fight
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
Nevada is shoring up two positions in its opposition to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository that has gained steam under President Trump ...
State OKs contract to move off federal health insurance exchange platform
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
Nevada is looking to save more than $18 million by transitioning the state’s health insurance exchange from healthcare.gov to its own platform under ...
Nevada joins first federal-local elections security exercise
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
Nevada is one of 20 states that explored election security scenarios in a first-ever virtual exercise with federal officials. The tabletop simulation brought together ...
Q+A: New CCSD superintendent prioritizes curriculum, funding for his first year
Monday, Aug. 13, 2018
The new leader of the country’s fifth-largest school district wants to work with lawmakers to update the state’s decades-old funding formula and maximize current funds by streamlining curriculum ...
Nevada schools continue to rate poorly, but officials aren't standing still
Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
With its high cost to taxpayers and its low ranking and lasting impact on hundreds of thousands of youngsters, Nevada’s education system provides fuel for politicians ...
2016 effort ranks Nevada fifth nationally in running elections
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Nevada is behind just four other states in a national ranking of election administration performance based on the 2016 election ...
Rosen meets patients with pre-existing conditions as GOP seeks to gut Obamacare
Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Longtime Las Vegas resident Rachael Rizzi pays hundreds of dollars each month to fill prescriptions for Lyme disease, a pre-existing condition that would have meant ...
Democrats widen voter registration advantage for 4th straight month
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
Republicans are losing ground on voter registrations from month to month after seeing some gains at the start of the year. Democrats have widened their ...
State improving safeguards, training after double-voting cases
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Nevada is implementing more safeguards and poll worker training after a half dozen voters cast ballots twice in June’s primary election. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office said ...
Manufacturing sector growing as Nevada diversifies beyond tourism
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Nevada is growing industries that historically haven’t been major economic drivers for the state, diversification that experts say will reduce the reliance on tourism revenue. Manufacturing, which has historically made up ...
Father reunited with 5-year-old after separation at border
Friday, July 27, 2018
A father and his 5-year-old daughter have been reunited after being separated under President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy for immigrants suspected of ...
Government missing deadlines in family reunification case
Thursday, July 26, 2018
The federal government is expected to miss another family reunification deadline for those separated under its zero-tolerance prosecution policy for immigrants ...
Analysis finds uptick in younger voter registrations after Parkland massacre
Thursday, July 26, 2018
The number of young people registered to vote in Nevada is up 6.6 percent in the five months following a mass shooting at a Florida high school. Available data ...
Heller: Nevada held detainees under zero-tolerance policy
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Nevada has held detainees under President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy for prosecuting immigrants captured while crossing the border illegally ...
Nevada seeks to maintain soon-to-end substance abuse prevention funds
Monday, July 23, 2018
Millions in state and federal funding have been pushed toward drug abuse prevention efforts in Nevada, where lawmakers have taken several steps to combat the problem ...
Nevada tightens election security in years after targeting of 2016 Democratic data
Friday, July 20, 2018
Millions of dollars and enhanced protections have helped Nevada shore up systems protecting voter data and ballot-casting since the 2016 election marked by suspicions of foreign interference. One of the latest suspected Russian ties to election interference includes ...
Ballot measure to restructure energy market spells uncertainty, report says
Thursday, July 19, 2018
A new independent report shows a restructured energy market in Nevada could benefit or hurt consumers, depending on a number of factors. Lawmakers may need to implement consumer protection measures if ...
Report: States should be cautious as they look to sin taxes for revenue
Thursday, July 19, 2018
So-called sin taxes on alcohol, tobacco and gambling are not a reliable source of state revenue, authors of a new research report warn. Sin taxes are volatile and likely to shrink as more states look to ...
Most in Nevada’s congressional delegation disagree with Trump on election probe
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
An investigation into whether Russians interfered in the 2016 election has support from Democrats and Republicans alike, contrary to President Donald Trump’s repeated criticism ...
White House nominates Nevada U.S. attorney
Friday, July 13, 2018
The chief of staff for state Attorney General Adam Laxalt has been nominated to serve as Nevada’s United States attorney. The White House announced today that ...
Longtime Yucca Mountain supporter eyes site as funding fight simmers
Monday, July 9, 2018
A group of lawmakers will reconcile Yucca Mountain money approved in the House with a lack of funding out of the Senate. The funding debate is unfolding amid a failed effort by Nevada to get a Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner to ...
Laxalt’s office reviewing family separations lawsuit
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
A lawsuit filed by more than a dozen Democratic attorneys general against the Trump administration’s family separation policy is under review in Nevada ...
Nevada voter registration climbs as Democrats widen lead slightly
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Voter registration is ticking up in the month since the primary election, with Democrats increasing their lead statewide. Democrats have widened their advantage since the ...
Lawmakers prepare renewable energy goals for 2019 session
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Voters will be considering several renewable energy questions on the ballot in November, and lawmakers are lining up priorities for bills that will help the state adapt. The Legislature’s interim energy committee is looking at proposals that may become bills in ...
State Democrats meet in Reno while Trump rallies with GOP
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Democrats took to the most conservative congressional district in Nevada today for their state party convention as Republicans rallied in the heavily Democratic Clark County.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren headlined the ...
Nevada delegation split on party lines on House immigration bill
Thursday, June 21, 2018
A bill that included funding for a border wall failed, with Nevada's three Democrats voting against it and Rep. Mark Amodei in favor ...
Senate candidates back competing measures on immigrant family separation
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Lawmakers in Congress are pushing for legislative solutions to prevent the separation of immigrant children from their families at the border even after ...
County’s public lands wish list to Congress draws ire of recreation groups
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Clark County is sending Nevada’s congressional delegation a list of public lands priorities that drew concern from recreation and environmental groups alike ...
Growing number of Nevada voters eschews 2-party system
Friday, June 15, 2018
Tens of thousands more voters were registered as neither Democrat or Republican this midterm election in comparison to 2014, with most of that growth coming from Libertarians ...
Nevada primary voting up slightly from the 2014 midterm
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Voter registration and turnout were a major focus of the Democratic and Republican parties heading into Tuesday’s primary elections, with early numbers indicating about 65,000 more ballots were cast than in the 2014 primaries ...
Laxalt, Sisolak pick up party nods for gubernatorial race
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
A Democrat fighting for gun background check enforcement and a Republican who wants to keep California’s sanctuary immigration policies out of Nevada are facing off in November to replace term-limited Gov. Brian Sandoval ...
Gubernatorial candidates make last pre-primary pitches to voters
Monday, June 11, 2018
Republicans and Democrats in a crowded race to replace term-limited Gov. Brian Sandoval are reminding voters what’s at stake heading into Tuesday’s primary. A get-out-the-vote event tonight for Adam Laxalt drew a crowd of supporters as well as protesters ...
Democrats head to primary night with edge in early voting
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Republicans are lagging behind Democrats in voter turnout heading into the primary election, with early voting numbers reflecting a national upswing for Democrats. Democrats tend to have lower turnout during midterm elections, but, as of noon Friday ...
2018 Election Guide: What to know before you vote
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Voters will have a slew of candidates to choose from this year, an election season marked by President Donald Trump and a wave of activism. The GOP tends to have stronger turnout in the midterms, though races in Texas and elsewhere have shown an uptick in Democratic turnout.
With fewer tying the knot, county keeps focus on wedding tourism
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Wedding tourism officials for Clark County are moving forward with efforts to boost Nevada’s long-stagnant industry. The County Commission unanimously directed staff to ...
Gun violence, health scare shape Nevada native’s congressional bid
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Pamela Horsford describes her son as a problem solver who has been stepping up to help the family since he was a child. Steven Horsford was the one ...
NV Energy to submit plans for $2 billion in solar, storage projects
Thursday, May 31, 2018
A solar project on Moapa Band of Paiutes land is part of a $2 billion plan by NV Energy and investors that may hinge on whether Nevada adopts its energy choice initiative. NV Energy plans to submit plans Friday to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada ...
How Nevada’s elections could affect the nation
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The election of President Donald Trump in 2016 was only the second time in a century that the winner of the Electoral College didn’t receive Nevada’s electoral votes. Even then ...
Laxalt won’t denounce sheriff’s endorsement pending harassment probe
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt wants his office to finish its investigation into a Nevada sheriff accused of sexual assault before his campaign decides whether to ...
Daughter's death drives Nevada candidate for Congress
Sunday, May 27, 2018
A mother says a delay in medical care that she blames for her daughter’s death is behind her push to run for political office in Nevada.
Families hear from candidates vying for education leadership positions
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Three state Board of Regents seats and three Clark County School Board spots are up for election this year, races that advocates worked to draw attention to through a Wednesday night candidate forum ...
Youth forum draws handful of Democrats vying for Kihuen’s seat
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The race to replace Nevada’s retiring one-term congressman is a crowded one with 16 candidates, and a Democratic candidate forum brought out differences on health care ...
Sisolak, Giunchigliani trade barbs in televised debate
Monday, May 21, 2018
Both candidates were asked why they voted four times against proposed sales tax increases for police, then voted for it in November 2016 when the Raiders stadium deal emerged ...
State to hear companies' pitches in return to in-house health exchange site
Monday, May 21, 2018
Presentations are set for today and Tuesday for vendors that are vying to put together the state’s platform for buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act ...
State Assembly candidate arrested on 9 felony counts
Thursday, May 17, 2018
A candidate for state Assembly is in jail on counts of burglary, forgery and offering a false document in a case unrelated to his election bid, according to ...
Partisanship and power at play as the governor’s race nears
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Gov. Brian Sandoval has left his mark, strengthening the role of his office as the political climate shakes up Nevada’s future.
Council spikes Badlands items as developer promises more lawsuits
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
A developer who wants to build on a former golf course says he’s going to file more lawsuits over his stalled plans, which the city nixed from its agenda today ...
Candidates navigate positions on Obamacare as many voters prioritize reform
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Calls to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are fewer this election cycle than in the past, with many candidates looking at adjustments to the law and fewer …
Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid undergoing cancer treatment
Monday, May 14, 2018
Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada will undergo chemotherapy after doctors removed a tumor from his pancreas today. Reid underwent surgery in Maryland after ...

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