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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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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 ...
Council to revisit possible Badlands development
Monday, May 14, 2018
The council is set to consider an amendment to the general plan designating the area for open space and recreation, pared-down plans to put housing on the land, and the first phase of a ...
Gubernatorial candidates spar over education funding at bipartisan forum
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Democratic candidates and Clark County Commissioners Chris Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak split Tuesday night on the value of the state’s portion of the ...
Top Nevada court to hear arguments on anti-sanctuary ballot measure
Monday, April 30, 2018
An anti-sanctuary ballot measure that seeks to ban laws that interfere with immigration enforcement is heading to court again after a judge blocked it from appearing on the ballot ...
Rosen introduces anti-Yucca Mountain bill as state readies 2019 legislation
Thursday, April 26, 2018
A group of Nevada lawmakers is preparing to request biennial legislation opposing a possible nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain while a congresswoman seeks to block action on the project ...
New question on 2020 Census stoking immigration fears
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Immigration advocates are worried a new citizenship question on the upcoming Census will hurt population data in certain states, affecting representation for voters and federal funding.
Health experts concerned about risks of limited-duration health plans
Monday, April 23, 2018
Nevada lawmakers have already codified the six-month limit on these plans into state law, but experts say they still pose risks. A plan that was intended to act as ...
CCSD superintendent search now has three local candidates
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The board expanded the search to former and current CCSD employees amid concern from the community about a lack of an internal candidate ...
Commissioners update, expand county anti-harassment policy
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Clark County is rolling out new anti-harassment training for its employees and elected officials in the coming weeks, under a policy approved unanimously by ...
Rape kit backlog decreasing as funding remains uncertain
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Thousands of sexual assault kits have been tested in Nevada, but thousands remain in a backlog that is taking years to reduce. More than ...
Q + A: RTC official outlines what’s next for Maryland Parkway
Monday, April 16, 2018
A possible light rail system on Maryland Parkway is coming closer to reality as officials prepare to release an environmental assessment of options for the heavily-trafficked corridor. Three options, including improved bus service, dedicated bus lanes and light rail, are part of the environmental review that officials expect to be made public in ...
State to begin vetting applications to set up health insurance exchange platform
Friday, April 13, 2018
pplications from potential vendors who want to set up Nevada’s state-run health exchange platform are up for review as of Friday afternoon. The state is opening bids from ...
Don't tread the line: How Sin City can lead the #MeToo movement
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Gluttony, indulgence and sin—the famous perceptions of Las Vegas seem antithetical to the #MeToo movement. But as a city, we have a unique opportunity to be leaders in the campaign.
How can we rid our future of harassment?
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Many men in politics come from backgrounds of privilege, and the intoxicating nature of power can lead to arrogance and entitlement.
What are political parties doing about sexual harassment within their ranks?
Thursday, April 12, 2018
More than a half-dozen members of Congress resigned or announced retirement in 2017 after they were accused of various forms of harassment. The wave of accusations hit Republicans and Democrats alike.
Environmentalists decry early closure of Las Vegas EPA lab
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
A Las Vegas lab of the Environmental Protection Agency is closing in September, leaving workers scrambling and Nevada’s Democratic senator seeking answers. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is asking ...
Nevada struggles to close gender pay gap, study finds
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Women in Nevada earn an average of 81 cents for every dollar made by men, according to an analysis published Monday by the American Association of University Women ...
Officials: Recall efforts against 2 Democratic state senators have failed
Monday, April 9, 2018
Recall efforts targeting two Democratic state senators appear to have failed following a review by elections officials. Letters from Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske filed in ...
Nevada looks to learn from past mistakes in health platform switch
Sunday, April 8, 2018
The state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act is moving off the federal platform for signing up for insurance, relying on lessons learned in the past and in other states ...
Las Vegas students join Cortez Masto for dialogue on gun control, school safety
Friday, April 6, 2018
Students across the country have been speaking out both for and against gun control, a split largely absent when Nevada’s Democratic senator sat down with Las Vegas students ...
16 compete for Kihuen’s seat in Congress
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Ruben Kihuen’s decision not to run for re-election in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District following sexual harassment complaints opened the door for 16 candidates to file for his seat, including a Republican and a Democrat who previously held the office.
County mulls ban on standalone recreational pot shops
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Opposition from some commissioners and marijuana dispensary owners isn’t stopping Clark County from drafting an ordinance that would ban standalone recreational pot shops. Commissioner Susan Brager asked county staff to draft an ...
County to request millions in federal housing funds
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The Community Development Advisory Committee today recommended six projects for a requested total of more than $6.6 million in state and federal funding ...
Gun control gains little traction in Congress as groups spend millions
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Democrats in Nevada’s congressional delegation pushed several gun control measures since Oct. 1, but the measures stalled, and many advocates blame the millions spent by ...
Lawmaker, councilwoman want pot tax revenue for Clark County schools
Monday, March 26, 2018
People are spending millions of dollars on legal marijuana in Nevada, and a state senator and a Las Vegas City Council member want the associated excise tax revenue generated in Clark County to ...
Trump reaches into Nevada elections
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Nevada’s Republican incumbent senator, Dean Heller, is running in a less-competitive primary now that the president pushed out one of his main contenders ...
Las Vegas won’t appeal court ruling on Badlands vote
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Las Vegas will not appeal a ruling against the city and a developer in a case over a stalled project on former golf course land. A judge recently ruled in favor of residents of ...
Las Vegas extends moratorium on new pet shops
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
A moratorium on new pet shops has been extended for another three months while Las Vegas officials finalize an ordinance. The moratorium was put in place ...
County mulls how to handle harassment complaints against commissioners
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Commissioners are discussing updates and expansions to Clark County’s sexual harassment policy, with a possible vote next month ...
Nevada taking steps to prevent election hacking
Monday, March 19, 2018
Nevada is organizing cybersecurity under a new central hub, according to the Secretary of State’s Office, and is among more than 35 states sending officials to a cyber security incident response training at ...
Tarkanian drops out of Senate race after Trump weighs in
Friday, March 16, 2018
Danny Tarkanian is no longer running against GOP incumbent Dean Heller in the U.S. Senate primary in Nevada and is instead running for Congress with President Donald Trump’s support. The Republican candidate dropped out of the Senate race today, the last day of the filing period, saying in a statement that Trump reached out to him Wednesday urging him to run for Congress. This morning, Trump tweeted, “It would be great for the ...
Judge deals blow to recall petitions targeting 2 state senators
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Thousands of signatures on petitions to recall two state senators could be removed after a judge ruled that a state law allowing people to pull their support is constitutional. The judge today decided the ...
Get involved: A citizen's guide to getting your voice heard by government
Thursday, March 15, 2018
The long, grueling and combative 2016 election had at least one silver lining. According to the website VolunteerMatch, its highest-ever traffic numbers happened four days after Trump’s inauguration and ...
Sandoval, school superintendents agree to create school safety group
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Gov. Brian Sandoval convened superintendents from 15 out of 17 counties on Monday, with the group agreeing unanimously that the state should ...
Immigration update: Supreme Court rejects Trump’s DACA case, for now
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Many immigrants brought to the country as children are finding no relief from Congress, but court decisions are helping some maintain deportation protection.
Northwest valley farm, a family favorite, fears closure if Las Vegas annexes property
Thursday, March 1, 2018
As Las Vegas tallies annexation protest letters from more than 1,200 residents in unincorporated Clark County, the owners of JR Pony Farm worry they may have to close their doors. The annexation plan would require significant changes at the farm, from reducing ...
Sandoval to convene superintendents on school safety
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Nevada could be getting a commission on school safety, according to the governor’s office. After the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas killed 58 people and a shooting at a Florida school killed 17, Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office announced today that it would ...
Lawmakers OK contract for handling harassment complaints
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Nevada’s Legislature is contracting with the same firm that investigated a former senator on allegations of harassment to implement its system for reporting and ...
Residents to deliver opposition petition on annexation
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Owners representing more than half of the valuation and acreage of the county islands can block the plan if they meet today’s deadline ...
Young robot builders draw visit from Rosen as her STEM bills advance
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Eighth-grade robotics enthusiast Isobel Letourneau is heading to a world competition in a few months, but first she taught Rep. Jacky Rosen some of her skills. Rosen, whose Code Like a Girl Act and Building Blocks of STEM Act recently passed to the Senate, visited ...
Delay in Nevada gun buyer law draws protests outside court hearing
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
A Nevada assemblywoman who survived the Oct. 1 shooting joined a group of activists outside a courthouse today before a hearing in a lawsuit over Nevada’s unenforced ...
CCSD has no policy on armed teachers, relies on own police force for safety
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
President Donald Trump is among the voices calling for armed teachers to protect students in the wake of last week’s Florida school shooting that killed 17 ...

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