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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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Sisolak urges Nevada residents to sign up for Obamacare
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
Sisolak said no one can afford to be without health insurance. He urged younger people to enroll in particular, saying even the healthiest residents need to be prepared for an injury or ...
Heller bids farewell to Senate, says 'Nevada’s booming is because this Congress delivered tax cuts'
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
Heller, who lost his reelection bid this year to Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, gave his farewell speech on the Senate floor today, stressing the importance of his family, staff and ...
Southwest states eye drought plans ahead of expected Lake Mead shortages
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Colorado River water users will meet in Las Vegas this week as states lay out plans to combat expected shortages at Lake Mead amid a nearly 20-year drought ...
Fewer signing up for Obamacare as enrollment deadline nears
Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
Obamacare sign-ups through Healthcare.gov are down nationally and in Nevada as the final days of open enrollment approach. Enrollment was about ...
Q+A: Mining executive shares industry insights gleaned over decades
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018
In more than 25 years in the mining industry, Michael Brown says that as he retires, his proudest moment was bringing his company to Southern Nevada ...
Utility company GM selected for Assembly seat won by deceased brothel owner
Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
Commissioners finalized their choice of Republican Gregory Hafen II to join the Assembly and replace late brothel owner Dennis Hof …
Clark County commissioners appoint 2 to fill Nevada Senate vacancies
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
Nevada’s Legislature is almost set for the 2019 session, with three more seats still to be filled after Clark County chose replacements for two outgoing Democrats ...
CCSD’s Jara: ‘It’s OK that some kids cost more to educate’
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
Lawmakers are looking to deliver on years of discussions and demands from educators that Nevada update its education funding formula ...
Commissioners near decision on filling legislative vacancies, including for late brothel owner Hof's seat
Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
Three vacant legislative seats are expected to be filled this week, with commissioners choosing from a pool of dozens of applicants. Clark, Nye and Lincoln counties are making their nominations early this week with a final decision Friday for the Republican who will represent Assembly District 36, where voters elected ...
State seeks to replace contractor fired from $115 million DMV project
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
Lessons learned from a botched contract are helping the Department of Motor Vehicles seek out a new company to lead its technology upgrade. The state is requesting proposals from companies that want ...
State officials navigate implementation of voter-approved ballot measures
Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
Automatic voter registration and new rights for crime victims will take months to implement, and the agencies carrying out the changes say they’re just starting to piece together ...
Nevada lawmakers begin laying out priorities for Democrat-controlled Legislature
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018
Democrats this year took a supermajority in the Assembly and kept control of the Senate, leaving a smaller number of Republicans to push for their party's priorities ...
Ethics investigation finds Kihuen made persistent, unwanted advances
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
An ethics investigation has found that retiring U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada “made persistent and unwanted advances towards women” he worked with. The freshman Democratic congressman announced he would ...
Specter of immigration rule change sparks health exchange concerns
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
A possible new hurdle in the immigration process could dissuade residents from seeking services and is leading some to fear Obamacare health care subsidies ...
Democrats calling for higher Nevada renewable energy standard
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
Democrats are going to introduce a higher renewable energy standard in the 2019 legislative session rather than wait until 2020 for a ballot measure to clear ...
Applications open to fill legislative vacancies
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
Clark County will help decide all three legislative vacancies that will need to be filled for ...
The Clintons push their Las Vegas event back to May
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
The Clintons are coming to Las Vegas in May instead of November as originally planned. The event was pushed back because ...
Democrats solidify their majorities at the Legislature
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
The election made Nevada the first in the country with a female-majority Assembly, and it brought the state closer to becoming the nation’s first with at least equal representation in its Legislature for men and women.
Rosen says Yucca Mountain, health care among her top Senate priorities
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
Democratic Sen.-elect Jacky Rosen listed health care and working to block the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada among her top priorities. Rosen told reporters today that outgoing Republican Sen. Dean Heller called her to ...
Heavy voter turnout seen among young people, Hispanics
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
Young people and Hispanic voters cast more ballots in Tuesday’s election than in the last midterm, according to early analyses. Estimated turnout nationally among eligible voters ages 18 to 29 — 31 percent — was the highest of the past seven midterms ...
Democrat Rosen ousts GOP’s Heller from Nevada Senate seat
'We’ve hit a blue wave,' Heller says
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
Nevada will have two Democrats in the U.S. Senate with GOP Sen. Dean Heller’s loss Tuesday to first-term congresswoman Jacky Rosen. Heller was considered ...
Gov.-elect Steve Sisolak says, 'We will be one Nevada'
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
Nevada voters on Tuesday elected a Democratic governor for the first time in 20 years. Steve Sisolak, the Clark County commissioner, was declared the winner against Republican Adam Laxalt with ...
Laxalt, Republicans rally in Las Vegas before Election Day
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
Attorney General Adam Laxalt told a group of Republicans Monday night that Democrats would bring higher taxes, especially property taxes, and turn Nevada into a sanctuary state. A “likely” Democratic majority in the Legislature, Laxalt said, could give a veto-proof majority ...
Door-to-door canvassers hope efforts influence Asian-Americans at polls
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
The alliance is pushing specific candidates, like Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen in her bid to unseat GOP Sen. Dean Heller. It’s a new strategy that goes beyond voter registration ...
Las Vegas facility aims to end jail revolving door with services from detox to recovery
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
A new substance abuse and mental health treatment facility aims to help patients achieve self-sufficiency from start to finish, officials said yesterday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony ...
Rosen, Kimmel rally voters at First Friday downtown
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
Sen. Dean Heller is lying when he says he’s protecting people with preexisting conditions, said late night host Jimmy Kimmel while stumping Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Jacky Rosen. Kimmel, whose son underwent heart surgery, has been an outspoken critic ...
State hits last day of early voting, with turnout well over 2014 numbers
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
Nevada voters have until tonight to cast ballots early in an election that Republicans and Democrats alike have called one of the most consequential in history. Turnout this midterm could set the tone for the 2020 presidential election, with unpopular Trump administration policies such as ...
Candidates for state and local offices share their stances on the issues
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Candidates for a selection of influential statewide offices were asked to respond to a set of key issues relevant to their office.
Candidates for federal offices share their stances on the issues
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Nevada residents are nearing the end of an election cycle that has repeatedly been called one of the most consequential in a generation and will deliver a message of support or condemnation to President Donald Trump.

Sisolak works to earn votes in GOP-friendly Northern Nevada
Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
Nevada’s gubernatorial candidates are courting the rural vote, where Democratic hopeful Steve Sisolak has ground to make up because ...
In Las Vegas, Lindsey Graham says Kavanaugh opposition should ‘blow up’ in Democrats’ faces
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
Opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh should “blow up” in Democrats’ faces, said GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham during a Las Vegas voter turnout ...
Sanders latest to rally in Las Vegas for Democratic voter turnout effort
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Chants of “Medicare for all” broke out several times at a voter turnout rally in Las Vegas, where Sen. Bernie Sanders urged Democrats to flip Nevada’s red Senate seat. Sanders said Democrat Jacky Rosen is needed in the Senate to replace incumbent Republican Dean Heller to tip the chamber’s slim majority ...
Bernie Sanders to stump today for Democrats in Las Vegas, Reno
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Democrats will rally with former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders in Nevada today, the sixth day of early voting ...
Harnessing the power of the Hispanic vote
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Turnout has been a challenge, but the growing Hispanic population is becoming an influential voting bloc.
Democrats outpace GOP in early voting as groups reach out to diverse communities
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
Turnout is high this election just days into early voting and progressive groups are looking to sustain that momentum heading into Election Day. A record number of ...
Effort to energize young voters ramps up at UNLV campus
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
Organizers are working to buck a historically lackluster trend of young voter turnout with messaging and a sustained presence on college campuses ...
Obama at Vegas rally: 'Jacky Rosen believes health care is not a privilege for the few'
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Obama said Republicans, who have so far failed to repeal and replace Obamacare as they have long promised, want to balance those cuts on the backs of people who reply on programs like Social Security and Medicaid ....
Dark money in Nevada elections stirs concern
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Millions of dollars going into Nevada’s election from groups that don’t have to disclose their donors is raising concerns about misleading voters. The Citizens United Supreme Court decision opened the door for ...
Joe Biden in Las Vegas to stump for candidates as early voting starts
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Las Vegas Democrats are kicking off early voting with former Vice President Joe Biden while President Donald Trump prepares for yet another visit to ...
Heller targets Rosen’s out-of-state funding; she criticizes his health care votes
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
Republicans and Democrats alike are working to show their support for protections for pre-existing conditions, a popular aspect of the Affordable Care Act that both candidates ...
Senate candidates approach campaign’s only statewide televised debate
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
Nevada voters will be able to watch the Democrat and incumbent Republican running for Senate in the only debate of the campaign to be televised statewide ...
Your comprehensive guide to early voting in Nevada
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
Thousands of Nevada residents will already have cast their ballots by Election Day on Nov. 6, taking advantage of a 14-day early voting period that begins Saturday. Clark ...
Tarkanian, Lee sole congressional opponents at wide-ranging candidate forum
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
The sole Republican congressional candidate at a bipartisan forum said he would support five-year funding for a program included in Obamacare ...
Today is last day to register to vote this election
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Today is the last day to register to vote in the midterm election. Deadlines passed earlier this month to register by mail or in person ...
Enrollment approaching for slightly cheaper exchange plans ahead of big federal changes
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
People will no longer face a tax penalty if they choose not to purchase health insurance starting next year, though those who do will find slightly lower rates on Nevada’s Obamacare exchange. The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange is readying for ...
Today is final day to register in person to vote in Nevada midterm election
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
Clark County is keeping its election department open a little later today to give people time to drop off their voter registration materials by the deadline ...
Upturn in voter registrations shows nonpartisans and young voters are making gains
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Young voters make up more of the state’s active voters than they did at the same time in the last midterm election, a gain that progressive groups hope ...
Ballot Question 6 calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Lawmakers are asking Nevada voters to boost the renewable energy consumption requirement to 50 percent by 2030 ...
Clintons slated to speak next month in Las Vegas
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
The Clintons are coming to Las Vegas next month to kick off a 13-city speaking tour. Live Nation announced that tickets for ...
On the stump: Campaign for Senate has Rosen talking about her ability to listen to constituents
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
A stop at a church was one in a long day of campaigning for Rosen, who is juggling her official House duties while campaigning for another office. She allowed the Sun to …

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