Many new faces will be in Carson City Monday for the first day of the 2013 session. And it's a more complicated session than anyone would have thought six weeks ago. Assemblyman Steven Brooks has drawn his own special committee to investigate his fitness to sit in the legislature. On top of that, the Supreme Court has unexpectedly approved a tax petition organized by the Nevada State Education Association. The tax would raise $800 million from larger businesses. The legislature has 40 days to pass the law or it will be on the 2014 ballot. And, of course, the legislators have to pass a budget for the next two years.
Eight Nevada same-sex couples joined a federal suit seeking to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage. But Governor Brian Sandoval is now asking the court to dismiss the suit. He says the issue should be decided by the state, not a federal suit. The governor is also named as a defendant in the suit. Should the governor speak out, or should he let the suit move forward? Political pundit Steve Sebelius joins us for analysis.
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is challenging Senator Dean Heller to go without super PAC funding. How effective is money from the super PACs? It helped Newt Gingrich win a caucus powered by ads. But how much do voters take these ads into consideration when they cast their ballots? And do voters care whether or not a candidate uses super PAC money? We want to hear from you.
Proposition 8 was called unconstitutional by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court. Prop 8 is the voter approved ban on gay marriage in California. This doesn't mean there will be any gay marriages allowed for some time. And, supporters of Prop 8 are likely to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Will groups try and overturn the voter approved constitutional amendment in Nevada that bans gay marriage? Share your thoughts by calling in or on our website.
In 2008, President Barrack Obama and the Democrats won Nevada thanks in part to an army of volunteers. These volunteers blitzed the state and helped the Democrats gain a 100,000 registered voter advantage. But, almost four years later, is that campaign machine still as strong? Are young people, one of Obama's most important voter block, still behind him? Are Latinos ready to give Obama their vote? What have Republicans learned from the Democrats' campaign wave of '08?
US Senator Dean Heller has upset the members of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Las Vegas. The senator was scheduled to speak before the chamber then cancelled last minute. His reason? He was tipped off that a staffer for his Senate opponent, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, was spotted at the meeting with a camera. Will this hurt Heller's efforts to win the Latino support?
After Nevada Republicans set January 14, 2012 as the date for the party's presidential caucus it raised the eyebrows of New Hampshire Secretary of State, Bill Gardner. State law in New Hampshire says events similar to the state's presidential primary have to wait a full seven days before they can be held.
In a world where politicians regularly throw barbs across the aisle and pundits grumble about broken promises, Richard Harwood looks for the silver lining. "We need to release ourselves from our resignation that public life and politics has to be the way that it is today, and declare that it can be better," he says.
Since he founded The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, he's pushed for neighborhood discussions on how we can improve our country, and what it will take to trust government. Do you trust your politicians? The media? Who do you trust in your community? If you don't trust the government, what would have to change to reinstill that sense of faith?
Richard Harwood and Las Vegas community leaders weigh in. Tell us what you think.
Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., had stoutly maintained that he intended to run in 2012 ... until Monday. At a press conference in Las Vegas he announced that he will not be running for another term in the United States Senate. He told the media that he could not put his family through a campaign. Political experts tell us why Ensign decided not to run now and what it means for the race in 2012.