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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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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 …
Education funding a top issue for students at Sisolak Q&A
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
A group of about 30 senior government students at Liberty High School questioned Nevada’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate today about his plans to ...
Explaining Ballot Question 3, the Energy Choice Initiative
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
Millions have been spent in Nevada on each side of the Energy Choice Initiative, a measure that passed overwhelmingly in 2016 and could be amended into the state constitution if voters ...
Gabby Giffords brings gun violence survivors together in Las Vegas to discuss action
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
A feather that landed on the shoulder of a parent whose daughter died in the Oct. 1 mass shooting is pressed inside a book of memories kept by the family — memories that ...
Nevada voters will decide on automatic voter registration next month
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
A statewide ballot measure seeking to improve access to voting by automatically registering residents is getting some pushback over costs and security ...
Gun laws haven’t changed significantly despite a swell of grassroots activism
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
A wave of activism spread across the U.S. after multiple mass shootings this past year, but Congress has made few changes to gun laws despite the outcry.
Heller mentions Kavanaugh’s ‘honor’ while Cortez Masto calls for halting confirmation
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
Nevada’s Sen. Dean Heller would not answer whether testimony from a woman accusing President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick of sexual misconduct would prompt him to vote no on the nominee ...
Partisan redistricting means Democrats need a surge to win majorities
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
It’ll take a bigger blue wave than in past decades to flip the balance of power in elected bodies at the state and federal levels, even as Democratic turnout has been ...
Kavanaugh hearing crucial for undecided senators, Cortez Masto says
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
Undecided senators and potentially those who support Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh should listen to the women who are accusing him of sexual misconduct, Nevada’s Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said ...
Michelle Obama urges crowd to vote at Las Vegas rally
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
Even with former presidents and celebrities urging people to vote, Michelle Obama said, turnout remains at roughly half among eligible voters.
Trump meets with supporters, visits VA in North Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
The president signed legislation for military construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations in front of a small audience of veterans and others ...
At packed Las Vegas rally, Trump implores voters to elect Nevada Republicans
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
The country’s improving economy and the need to vote to keep pushing Republican issues forward were key themes of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Las Vegas. He urged the crowd to vote this midterm and support fellow Republicans ...
Groups rally against Trump day before presidential visit
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
President Donald Trump’s planned campaign visit in Southern Nevada on Thursday is spurring protests from progressive groups that oppose his administration’s policies ...
Nevada Libertarians look to influence the conversation beyond size of their party
Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
A Republican and two Democrats who mingled among a recent gathering of Libertarians are some of the candidates that Nevada’s littlest big party is finding common ground with. Libertarians are working to raise awareness among voters and mainstream candidates ...
Both sides of busting Nevada’s energy monopoly emphasize consumer protection
Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
More than 150 energy plan options cropped up during a recent search of a Texas website that is touted as a model for Nevada and other states considering energy ...
The Las Vegas Philharmonic mixes it up for the start of its 20th season
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
An October 6 screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho will feature a live accompaniment of Bernard Herrmann’s score.
Legal abortion, Yucca Mountain among concerns about Kavanaugh
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018
For Senate Democrats, including Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto, the calls last week to delay the Senate judiciary committee hearing to question the potential newest member of the Supreme Court were the result of many concerns ...
Q+A: Historian expounds on political predictions in latest book edition
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
Required reading for one of Nevada’s college graduation requirements is in a new edition this year, giving new predictions and taking a fresh look at Nevada politics after recession recovery ...
Pence stands alongside Heller, Laxalt during Las Vegas visit
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence is spending the day in Las Vegas visiting Nellis Air Force Base with Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt and incumbent GOP Sen. Dean Heller. Laxalt and Heller joined Pence on Air Force Two once it landed at Nellis and exited the plane with the vice president, shaking hands and posing for photos with service members on ...
Experts weigh possibility of nuclear energy bill movement in ‘lame duck’ Congress
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
Nevada’s nuclear energy experts expect movement next year, after the election, on Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus’s Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act. The bill would ...
New registered Democrats widen party’s voter advantage over GOP in Nevada
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
Republicans are trailing Democrats in active voter registrations by almost another 2,000 people. Democrats have been reversing months of lost ground earlier this year, when ...
Energy industry experts gather in Nevada for annual summit on nuclear waste
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
A nuclear waste summit at Green Valley Resort will spend the next few days focused on the feedback from experts outside the host state of Yucca Mountain ...
State files legal challenge against nuclear regulatory commissioner
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
Nevada wants a court to force a member of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to recuse himself from decisions involving a long-stalled spent fuel repository at Yucca Mountain ...
Health exchange head says Heller bill gives illusion of protecting pre-existing conditions
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
A Republican Senate bill that seeks to bolster protections for patients with pre-existing conditions falls short of current law, said Nevada’s health insurance exchange leader ...
Q+A: Expert discusses Basque history, culture in Nevada
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018
Politics and food are some of the long-lasting marks that Basque immigrants have made on Nevada, and both will be on display at a Republican event in Northern Nevada today ...
Cortez Masto discusses Kavanaugh, hush money and election security during Nellis visit
Friday, Aug. 24, 2018
Nevada’s Democratic senator is joining calls for the Senate to delay the confirmation process for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh ...
Speaker Paul Ryan appears with GOP House candidate in tight race
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018
A discussion on criminal justice reform brought House Speaker Paul Ryan to Nevada today, where he joined a GOP House candidate facing a competitive race this midterm election. Former Rep. Cresent Hardy and Ryan visited nonprofit organization Hope for Prisoners ...
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 ...

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