It's been a strange 24 hours in Las Vegas. Mysterious mannequins appeared hanging from billboards. Was it vandalism or a serious attempt to talk about poverty and unemployment? One analyst has crunched the numbers for Nevada's deal giving tax breaks to Apple in return for setting up shop in Reno and says it's not such a good deal. And the feud between GOP candidate Mitt Romney and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is getting personal. So what are you thinking about these days? Call and let us know!
Solar panel producer Amonix has shut down after just 14 months of operation. The facility opened in May 2011 and was touted by many Nevada elected leaders as a huge step forward for the state's solar industry. In January, however, the company unexpectedly laid off 200 employees. Spokespeople for the company said that it was because the plant needed to retool, but the Review Journal has reported that the plant has been idle since May. Amonix was awarded $6 million in federal tax credits and also received a $15.6 million government grant. So what happened to that money? We talk with reporter Ucilia Wang about Amonix's failure.
Congress has rushed to finish work this term - student loans, the transportation bill and others were finished just before the July 4th break. And, of course, the United States Supreme Court has upheld most of the health care reform law. Nevada's senior senator joins us to discuss the issues and answer your questions. Call us at 258-3552 or post a question at knprtalk.org.
The process of reapportioning Nevada's congressional and statehouse districts is coming closer to reality. State District Judge James Russell last week appointed three "special masters" to draft Nevada's new maps that will determine where the state's fourth congressional seat is located and whether Hispanics deserve a district that is majority Latino.
Meanwhile the debt debate in Washington came down to the wire and all but one of Nevada's congressional delegation voted in favor of the debt deal. Sen. Dean Heller was the only no vote. So why did he vote no on the bipartisan package? Review Journal Columnist, Steve Sebelius joins us to discuss special masters and Nevada's role in the debt deal.
With the August first 1 deadline looming congressional leaders are still mired in debate over what to do with the nation's debt ceiling. President Obama wants a long term budget cutting solution to accompany raising of the debt ceiling.
Sen. Harry Reid is back from a trip to China and says the experience was an unmistakable reminder of just how hard our country has to work to make America more competitive with the rest of the world. Sen. Reid traveled to China with a bipartisan delegation and discussed various issues including clean energy, human rights and jobs.
Harry Reid joins us to talk about his recent trip to China and how the continuing budget battle and partisan divide in Washington impacts how he will approach issues like clean energy and global competitiveness.
Is Harry Reid looking to outlaw prostitution? The U.S. senator claimed legalized prostitution might be scaring potential business away from the state, in his morning remarks to the state legislature. Why is Harry Reid taking a stand now? And are businesses deterred from moving to Nevada because of legalized prostitution? A brothel lobbyist, a political pundit, and other experts weigh in.
He won a close race, but Harry Reid is back as our senator. The Senate Majority Leader joins us for the first time since his win to talk politics including his narrow win, the new Republicans, Tea Party influences, the expiration of unemployment benefits at the end of this month, the DREAM Act, and other issues on his plate.