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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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How Trump budget would boost Yucca project, cut Nevadans' safety net
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
The administration is seeking money for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, although not nearly the amount that would be required to see the project through ...
Opponents line city council aisles to condemn call for annexation
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
In nearly four hours of public comment, residents said property taxes were a major concern. Property owners annexed into the city could pay about $150 more in taxes per ...
Community mobilizes against annexation ahead of Las Vegas meeting
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
Las Vegas residents are pushing back against a city plan to annex less than 1.4 square miles of unincorporated Clark County ...
Clark County to consider anti-harassment policy
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
The #MeToo movement calling out sexual harassment is spurring a Clark County-level policy that will inform employees, lobbyists and other officials about conduct and where to file complaints ...
County moving away from assigned voting sites for 2018 election
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
Universal polling sites will ensure no voter shows up at the wrong place to cast a ballot this year ...
Recall arguments against 2 state senators heard by judge
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Challenges to two Democratic state senators’ recalls are expected to come before a judge Wednesday, possibly setting the cases up for ...
Sisolak pledges to donate governor salary to education groups if elected
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Sisolak said that teachers in California make $20,000 more a year than educators in Nevada and that the state cannot attract and retain teachers without competitive compensation ...
School district rolls out training on student-teacher relationships
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
The Clark County School District is introducing mandatory training on appropriate student-teacher relationships during a school year when there have been five sex-related arrests ...
Solar industry braces for job losses ahead of Trump's new tariff
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
A solar tariff is stirring concern in some parts of the industry as companies anticipate the loss of thousands of jobs. President Donald Trump imposed a 30 percent tariff to start ...
Looking ahead, legislators talk school funding formula, infrastructure
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Special programs in Nevada public schools, including those for English language learners, would get a permanent funding solution if lawmakers follow up on a top policy issue raised ...
Clark County’s hazard plan to cover climate change
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
The dangers of climate change will be addressed for the first time in Clark County’s hazard mitigation plan ...
In D.C., Goodman highlights dangers of transporting nuclear waste
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Carolyn Goodman spoke to fellow mayors about the nation’s aging infrastructure and risks associated with bringing nuclear waste to Nevada, where a repository has been ...
CHIP deal nixes need for Nevada to fund state health plan
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
Congress is funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next six years, a move that has taken pressure ...
Republicans, Democrats compete in Nevada to harness data for election wins
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Democrats are working to compete against a robust GOP data program that will tell the party who the likely voters are and how to get them to the polls ...
'A birthday party for a movement:' Women’s March marks first anniversary with focus on voting
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
Whether it was a politician, activist, community leader, or entertainer, the message at Sunday’s rally centered on the power of ...
The Year of Women: Marches around the world last January sparked a movement of empowerment
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
The election of President Donald Trump got the ball rolling and accusations of sexual assault against Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein helped it snowball. This year, women in Southern Nevada and across the country intend to ...
State eyes Congress as Children’s Health Insurance Program spends final dollars
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
More than 27,000 youths receive Children’s Health Insurance Program benefits through Nevada Check Up. The state program is funded through February, when officials ...
Cortez Masto meets with immigrants facing deportation in Las Vegas
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
A chorus of yeses went up around the room as a handful of families facing deportation under the Trump administration were asked by Nevada’s Democratic senator if ...
Pence joins Heller, Laxalt on Las Vegas visit to tech incubator
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Las Vegas is now home to an Air Force innovation hub that celebrated its grand opening today with the help of Vice President Mike Pence. Pence joined ...
Thousands in Nevada face deportation after El Salvador's protected status nixed
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Several thousand Nevada residents from El Salvador will likely become deportable in September 2019 and should seek legal aid in the coming months ...
One year in, Nevada's first female senator shares her progress and priorities
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
Catherine Cortez Masto joined some exclusive clubs in 2017, when she became one of four Hispanic Americans serving in the U.S. Senate and one of 50 women to ever have served in the upper house of Congress. We caught up with Cortez Masto 11 months into her term ...
Obamacare enrollment up in Nevada, despite obstacles
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
Nevada’s health insurance exchange signed up a record number of people in health plans this year, despite a shorter enrollment period. Almost 91,000 Nevada residents enrolled in so-called Obamacare plans through the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, up from 89,061 last year, the agency reported today. The 2017 enrollment period was ...
Congress repeals individual mandate while eyeing health care fixes for 2018
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
Republicans are looking to 2018 to pursue possible fixes for the Affordable Care Act, though Nevada’s health exchange director says these proposals are unlikely to reverse the ...
Trump's travel ban, border wall spark controversy: Locals fight back
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Since the election of President Donald Trump, immigrants have felt uneasy about their status in this country. We look at the possibility of a wall along the border with Mexico, the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the travel ban, the H-1B Visa program and Temporary Protected Status.
The status of immigration under Trump: A look at TPS
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Since the election of President Donald Trump, immigrants have felt uneasy about their status in this country. We look at the possibility of a wall along the border with Mexico, the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the travel ban, the H-1B Visa program and Temporary Protected Status.
Who wins, loses in GOP's tax plan?
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Republicans in the House and Senate have completed their tax bill and are expected to vote on it this week. If it becomes law, what does that mean for your income tax bracket? Or health care in America? And how does it affect businesses? In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on the ramifications of the proposed plan.
A Dreamer's lament: 'I don’t want these to be the last holidays that I spend with my family'
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Since the election of President Donald Trump, immigrants have felt uneasy about their status in this country. We look at the possibility of a wall along the border with Mexico, the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the travel ban, the H-1B Visa program and Temporary Protected Status.
Immigrants push for DREAM Act during sit-in at Heller’s D.C. office
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Young immigrants from four states sat in at U.S. Sen. Dean Heller’s office in Washington, D.C., today, advocating for passage of a clean DREAM Act. The group of ...
Committee OKs $7 million from victims fund for Oct. 1 shooting
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
A large number of claims stemming from the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip is putting pressure on the state’s crime victims fund. A committee of state lawmakers ...
Justice Department to clarify bump stock regulations
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
A review of the rapid-fire devices used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas is underway, according to federal officials. The Department of Justice announced today that it would begin a “regulatory clarification” with the ...
Minimalism: Folks ditching their possessions for tiny houses and the simple life
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
American homes are growing ever bigger, but a separate mindset is causing some to leave their possessions behind and embrace much smaller digs. Minimalism is a movement away from excess and toward keeping only vital, important items. Experts such as psychotherapist Linda Esposito write that ...
GOP tax plan stirs concern among UNLV grad students
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Republicans are working to pass the nation’s first tax reform since the Reagan administration, and graduate students are worried about being taxed out of ...
7 days left in Medicare open enrollment period
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Open enrollment for Medicare ends Dec. 7, more than a week before consumers who purchase insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. ...
Lawyers reach out to Las Vegans temporarily protected from deportation
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
It’s been about 17 years since Las Vegas resident Sandra Granados left the guns and danger she remembers from El Salvador for Las Vegas, finding work, raising children and living with an uncertain immigration status ...
Pace of health exchange sign-ups is down with shorter time to enroll
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
More consumers have signed up for health plans compared to the same time in 2016, but the shortened enrollment period means the uptick is not on pace to reach ...
Coffee tasting stimulates discussion on water quality as EPA cuts loom
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
The UNLV event was organized by Defend Our Future Nevada in part to illustrate the importance of monitoring water quality, a task that may suffer with budget cuts ...
Lee picks up endorsement from Giffords gun safety group
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
A Democrat in the race to replace Rep. Jacky Rosen has picked up the endorsement of a gun safety group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was wounded in an Arizona shooting ...
Health exchange eyes return to state-run enrollment site
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Nevada’s health exchange is looking to once again run its own enrollment site, a move off the healthcare.gov platform that could save the state millions of dollars. The Silver State Health Exchange is planning to issue a request for information in December and ...
People are likely cause of Earth’s warming, report says
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Humans are the “extremely likely” cause of warmer temperatures observed since the 1950s, according to a legally required report recently released by the federal government. ...
Recall effort against state Sen. Farley fails
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
One of three recall efforts targeting Nevada state senators is no longer moving forward after failing to turn in the required number of signatures. A recall election will not be held for Sen. Patricia Farley, I-Las Vegas, a former ...
A year after Trump's election win, both parties claim momentum
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
One year after the 2016 election, President Donald Trump’s presidency has succeeded in energizing both Republicans and Democrats ...
From minorities to rural areas, health insurance outreach aims to bridge fed cuts
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
A huge federal cut to health insurance outreach is spurring awareness efforts, with minority and rural communities considered some of the most at risk of missing the message. ...
State senator closer to recall as two other petitions near deadlines
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
One of three recall efforts targeting Nevada state senators is moving forward. The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed Saturday that the recall petition for Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, D-Henderson, had enough signatures to qualify for a special election. Two other petition drives are in their final days to submit signatures to recall Sens. Nicole Cannizzaro, D-Las Vegas, and Patricia Farley, I-Las Vegas, a former Republican who caucused with ...
Smooth start to health insurance enrollment on Nevada’s exchange
Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Nevada’s health insurance enrollment period is running smoothly so far, though the director of the state’s exchange under the Affordable Care Act says there may still be challenges ...
Laxalt joins 4 gubernatorial candidates in vying to replace Sandoval
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Republican state Attorney General Adam Laxalt is entering Nevada's Republican gubernatorial race. Laxalt today made his gubernatorial aspirations official in a statement that ...
House Democratic chairman swings through Nevada to discuss DACA, support candidates
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus made stops in Nevada on Friday, expressing support for Democratic candidates for office and listening to ...
Bipartisan health care plan would reduce deficit, experts say
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
A bill that would fund health care payments that have been called “bailouts” by President Donald Trump would drive down the deficit, according to congressional budget experts. ...
Activists target Heller, Amodei in DREAM Act push
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
A Nevada resident benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program knows the challenges of living in America without deportation protection ...
In Las Vegas, former Attorney General Holder emphasizes activism, redistricting
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
From recall attempts to unfairly drawn districts, former Attorney General Eric Holder says Democrats must fight GOP voter-suppression tactics. ...
With Giunchigliani’s entry, field grows for Nevada governor’s race
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
With Gov. Brian Sandoval term-limited, the Democratic race to succeed him gained another long-anticipated contender from Southern Nevada on Wednesday. Clark County Commissioner ...

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