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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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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 ...
In LV, Pelosi thanks UMC for response to shooting, talks Obamacare changes
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Pelosi visited the hospital days after President Donald Trump ended a key component of the Affordable Care Act that helped insurance providers cover costs ...
Democrats eye Dream Act’s passage as Trump seeks deal
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Democrats are advocating for the passage of a long-proposed immigration bill as President Donald Trump pushes to tie a border wall to deportation relief for young immigrants ...
‘Public sentiment is everything’: Pelosi quotes Lincoln when asked about gun control
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
The shooting on Las Vegas’s Strip on Oct. 1 spurred a focus on gun control legislation in Congress, at least among Democrats ...
Longtime Yucca Mountain booster in Congress makes his pitch in Nevada
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
An Illinois congressman who is pushing legislation tied to the proposed Yucca Mountain dump is presenting his point of view on the topic to a group of Northern Nevada business owners. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., is visiting the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce for ...
Governors bullish on battery storage as boon to solar energy
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
"You see all the solar generation that we have here, and when you put that together with the storage, that’s going to be fabulous for Las Vegas.”
Moniz: U.S. needs ‘consent-based process’ for nuclear waste storage
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
A consent-based process is needed when it comes to disposing of the country’s spent nuclear fuel, says former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz, who served under the Obama administration and was part of ...
In Las Vegas, Gore says global warming worsening hurricanes, drought
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
As wildfires burn in California and communities recover from massive hurricanes, environmental leaders opened the ninth annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. Former Vice President Al Gore ...
Sandoval, Reid co-host National Clean Energy Summit at Bellagio
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
About 380 environmentalists and members of the energy industry are expected to convene at the Bellagio on Friday for the ninth annual National Clean Energy Summit. ...
Lawsuit filed over Nevada’s mothballed background check law
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
A background check law that’s gone unimplemented in Nevada since voters approved it in November is now the subject of a lawsuit from a group that wants it enforced. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, the same day ...
Young LGBT immigrants face additional hurdles with end of DACA
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Advocates pushing for an unaltered Dream Act to protect young immigrants are warning of the discrimination that some in the LGBT community would face if ...
After shooting, hundreds fled for Las Vegas airport’s safety
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Hundreds of those who fled the Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip found safety, medical care and a ride after breaching the perimeter of McCarran International Airport. Airport spokeswoman ...
Q+A: Experts weigh in on elusive motive in Las Vegas shooting
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
Law enforcement officials have been unable to determine the motive behind why a retiree would become the most prolific mass killer in modern American history. Experts say ...
Mass killings have wide reach, even for those who weren’t there
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
The impact radius of the Las Vegas massacre can’t be measured. One person took dozens of lives and directly shook many thousands more, and the pain, fear and sense of loss inescapably ripple to ...
Community rallies mental health support services for those impacted by shooting
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Organizations are working together to bring mental health and support services to families after Sunday’s mass shooting, which directly affected tens of thousands and, indirectly ...
Las Vegas shooting spurs legislation to ban bump stocks
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
“The victims and families in Las Vegas don’t need an explanation about the difference between machine guns and firearms with bump stocks. They need action.”
Candles lit in memory of those who died in Las Vegas shooting
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Residents, faith leaders and lawmakers gathered on the front steps of City Hall on Monday evening, where a candle was lit for each of the 59 lives lost. The crowd began singing as the candles were lit at the end of the event, and attendees stayed afterward to continue singing on the front steps of City Hall ...
School Board holds off on some cuts, will pursue furloughs
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
A meeting punctuated by emotional speakers and pleading students from a closing school led the Clark County School Board to postpone making some cuts proposed to ...
Lawmakers push competing protections for Dreamers
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Young immigrants at risk of deportation are looking for a solution from Congress, where lawmakers are weighing a bipartisan bill against a new, more conservative proposal from Republicans ...
'It’s heartbreaking': Some Las Vegans brace for Trump’s new travel rules
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017
The Trump administration is taking its third swipe at travel restrictions with new rules that carry key differences from two previous attempts, but local experts say this new version is likely to see legal challenges as well. New restrictions announced over the weekend apply to five of the countries listed in the first and ...
Democrat Lee picks up another endorsement in CD3 race
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
A candidate for the 3rd Congressional District backed by Nevada’s entire Democratic delegation has picked up another endorsement ...
This land is your land ... for now
Monument controversy adds gravity to National Public Lands Day
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Early reports on recommendations made to President Donald Trump by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spared Nevada’s Gold Butte and Basin and Range from the alterations and management changes being discussed. But any sighs of relief by local conservationists were choked off Sept. 17, when the memo indicated Gold Butte was among the national monuments Zinke flagged for reduction.
School district budget problems spur push for more audits
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
Lawmakers and community members are pushing for more audits of the Clark County School District as officials work to bridge a massive budget shortfall ...
Tariff case moving forward, despite solar industry objections
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
A trade case pursuing solar product tariffs is moving forward after a commission found that imports had injured the domestic solar cell industry, a move that opponents say ...
Q+A: Kihuen discusses his immigration story, DACA and Yucca Mountain
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
Kihuen, who became a citizen in 2004 and whose district includes Nye County where Yucca Mountain is located, spoke about DACA, the Dream Act, health care and ...
Crowded field of candidates eyeing Rosen’s House seat
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen’s bid for Senate is opening up her seat to a growing field of candidates. Former Nevada Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman launched her campaign Wednesday night, joining ...
Trade case opponents warn that a solar cell tariff would raise costs
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
A trade commission is expected to decide next week whether to proceed with a case that could lead to tariffs on solar cells. The tariffs would make solar panels more expensive and ...
House expected to act on nuclear waste policy this fall
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
Representatives in Congress are expected to take up a nuclear waste policy bill this fall that deals with Yucca Mountain ...
Yucca Mountain panel shows divide between state, rural counties
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
A nuclear waste summit in Las Vegas brought Nevada’s opposition to a proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository up against rural counties' calls for hearing the science behind the project. Yucca Mountain is in Nye County, which stands with eight other rural counties in calling for the licensing process to ...
Legal options limited for DACA participants without congressional action
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
Participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have little or no options if Congress fails to act and provide a solution. ...
Democratic lawmakers, immigration advocates call for passage of DREAM Act
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
Local supporters of the soon-to-end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are renewing calls for Congress to pass the DREAM Act, legislation that seeks to protect young immigrants. President Donald Trump’s administration announced today it would phase out DACA in ...
State’s chief Yucca critic: It’s ‘almost a religious controversy now’
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
The once-mothballed proposal for a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository looks to be heading for a revival and will be a part of discussions at this week’s Radwaste Summit in Las Vegas. Robert J. Halstead, executive director of ...
Student veterans, lawmakers examine expanded GI benefits
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
About three dozen veterans gathered at UNLV to hear about the new Forever GI Bill and other pieces of legislation that could impact former members of the armed forces ...
Nevada Republican Senate candidates tout conflicting polls
Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
Republican Sen. Dean Heller is up in his race to beat out GOP challenger Danny Tarkanian. Or down, depending on the poll. Heller’s campaign commissioned a poll and ...
Control of state Senate at stake in three recall petition drives
Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
Two Democrats and one independent are being targeted by mysterious figures who aim to replace them with Republicans.
How much did your vote cost? What it takes to be elected to City Council
Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
While voters and candidates have long lamented the high cost of campaigning at the state and federal levels, even running for a part-time local seat in the Las Vegas Valley is an expensive proposition. ...
Advocates urge GOP to extend immigrants’ temporary protection status
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
There are about 5,700 immigrants in Nevada whose home countries are either unsafe or unable to handle their return, and local advocates want the Trump administration to ...
Volatility in Washington puts Nevadans’ health care in jeopardy
Head of Nevada’s insurance exchange talks about an uncertain future
Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Executive Director Heather Korbulic spoke about what consumers can expect going forward, steps they should take to ensure coverage and what elected officials need to do to make progress.
Former teacher Linda Cavazos fills vacancy on CCSD board
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Former teacher Linda Cavazos has joined the Clark County School District board of trustees to fill the spot vacated by Erin Cranor. Cavazos was selected to ...
New insurer to offer health exchange plans in rural Nevada
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017
A health plan will be offered on Nevada’s exchange in 14 rural counties that had lost their only carrier for the coming year. Carriers Prominence and Anthem previously ...
Advocates urge Trump, GOP leaders to support programs for young immigrants
Monday, Aug. 14, 2017
Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Kamala D. Harris of California spoke about the negative economic impact of ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and ...
The new CCSD: Radical reconfiguration gives schools more control over their future
Monday, Aug. 14, 2017
Students starting classes Monday in the Clark County School District might not notice a change, but the district’s operational structure is going through a massive change — an ongoing effort to shift control from administration to schools. The shift has been years in the making, with the bipartisan passage of ...
STEM gender gap spurs push to support research
Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
A gender gap persists in science, technology, engineering and math, a problem that researchers say could begin to be understood and then solved through research. ...
Sanctuary review finds Clark County in compliance with immigration law
Friday, Aug. 4, 2017
Clark County is not a sanctuary jurisdiction, according to a review conducted by the Department of Justice. The county was among those selected for review to determine whether it cooperates with federal immigration authorities ...
Progressive groups rate Nevada lawmakers’ efforts on Latino issues
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017
Legislation impacting the Latino community was the basis for a newly released Latino scorecard grading Nevada lawmakers and the governor. Democratic lawmakers landed the highest scores, including Sen. Yvanna Cancela, D-Las Vegas. She sponsored ...
Titus, monuments advocates criticize shortened Zinke visit
Monday, July 31, 2017
Nevada monuments advocates are criticizing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s shortened visit to the West. ...
Nevada Democrats call for bipartisan work after ‘skinny’ repeal fails
Friday, July 28, 2017
Democrats are calling for a bipartisan process after a scaled-down version of Obamacare repeal failed to pass the Senate early today. Republicans have faced criticism for ...
What your rep can do for you: Bridging that 2,500-mile gap
Friday, July 28, 2017
Senators and representatives in Washington have the ability to help constituents with a variety of issues, from requesting flags to navigating federal agencies. The six members of Nevada’s congressional delegation can become involved in emotional situations, such as when Rep. Jacky Rosen helped a family bring a relative’s body back from overseas ...
Zinke visit appears set for coming days as monument review progresses
Friday, July 28, 2017
Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., says she’ll be meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday in Mesquite ...
Group supporting pro-choice women candidates targets Heller’s seat
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is one of the 50 targets put “on notice” in a list of priority incumbents released by political action committee Emily’s List, a group that supports pro-choice female candidates for office. ...

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