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INTEGRITY | LEADERSHIP | GRIT: Ricky Gourrier, Sr.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Ricky Gourrier took advantage of the chance to work as a paid intern in the Communications Department for Senator Harry Reid, who was the Senate Minority Leader at the time. ... Read full article

Count on Me! US Census Impacts Lives for a Decade

by Shaundell Newsome on

The Census is a Constitutionally mandated count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories that happens every 10 years. ... Read full article

Heart of My Community

by Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq. on

Family is one of the most important things to me. I am a mom of four and a wife to a Navy veteran. My greatest accomplishment in life is raising my four children (11, 9, 5, and 2) with my husband.... Read full article

I Care Because I’ve Been There: Dedree “Dee” Butler, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

As an attorney (Dedree Butler, Esq.) practicing in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office for the past decade, she is now running for Family Court Judge in Department J in the upcoming November elections.... Read full article

PROFILE: Belinda T. Harris, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Belinda T. is unafraid of initiating the difficult conversations that are necessary. She understands that what she may have to say and do could go against popular opinion, and certain decisions can be very hard to make. ... Read full article

Nevada Governor Signs the Strongest Compensation Law in the Country

by Innocence Project Staff on

Governor Steve Sisolak signed a law to compensate innocent Nevadans who were wrongfully incarcerated for crimes they did not commit (Assembly Bill 267). Nevada is the 35th state in the nation to enact a compensation law.... Read full article

Q&A for Esther Rodriguez, Esq.

by Esther Rodriguez, Esq. on

"Diversity in the judiciary is important in that it restores public confidence in our judicial system. Nevadans need to have confidence in the Courts that are meant to serve them." Esther Rodriguez candidate for Nevada Supreme Court | Seat B.... Read full article

PROFILE: Monica Trujillo, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Running for District Court judge in Department #3, Trujillo desires to serve as a trial judge where she feels she can have the greatest impact.  If elected, she plans on ruling with compassion, integrity and respect.... Read full article

The Power of Love

by Dr. Gerald D. Curry on

Throughout the years, hundreds of songs have been written on the power and concept of love. In this article I’m not speaking to the romantic type of love, but that love you feel for your child, a friend or perhaps a relative.... Read full article

Wealth Management for “Un-wealthy”

by Anand Nair, MSFS on

Over a twenty-year career in banking and investments I have heard the phrase, “Unfortunately, I don’t have any wealth to manage right now.” This is sometimes the response they give me when they ask me what I do for a living, and I reply...... Read full article

Justice in Policing

by Congressman Steven Horsford on

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement...... Read full article

Nevada lawmakers passed bold, historic reforms in 2019

by Speaker Jason Frierson on

This year’s legislative session offered us an opportunity to tackle some of Nevada’s greatest challenges. In the 2018 election cycle, we reached a new milestone for our country when we became the first ever female majority state legislature. ... Read full article

The Elimination of "Cash Bail"

by Belinda T. Harris, Esq. on

Why should you concern yourself with voting in the upcoming Primary Election?  Why should you concern yourself with ensuring that the right candidates are elected to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court? ... Read full article

The Importance of Time

by Dr. Gerald D. Curry on

Thank you for taking this opportunity to learn about 'The Importance of Time' in an article by Dr. Gerald D. Curry, Publisher of Curry Brothers Publishing in Haymarket, Virginia. Dr. Gerald D. Curry is a Retired Colonel from the US Air Force.... Read full article

My highest priority: Lowering health care and prescription drug costs

by Congressman Steven Horsford on

Representative Horsford is a proven champion for Nevada’s working families. He is committed to standing up to the reckless agenda of Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.... Read full article

Committed to Serve the Community Who Molded Her: Belinda T. Harris, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

“I want people to remember that the power of the people will always be more than the people in power.  Everyone’s vote is equal.  No one vote or voter has more power than the next vote or voter,” Belinda emphasizes.... Read full article

PROFILE: Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

As Lilly-Spells runs for a seat on the Eighth Judicial District Court in Department 23, she plans on offering a unique approach to administering justice and serving her community. She believes in balancing compassion with just punishment.... Read full article

Equal Representation for All: Carli Kierny, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Carli Kierny explains “It exists in the justice system as higher rates of arrest for black people, higher rates of conviction, and longer criminal histories than their white counterparts.  I am committed to combating the effects of white privilege."... Read full article

Impartiality in Civil and Criminal Cases

by Tegan Christine Machnich, Esq. on

As a Chief Deputy Public Defender and experienced trial attorney, I am the best choice for judge in District Court, Department 15 - I am asking for your vote.... Read full article

Battle Born Credentials

by Senator Kamala Harris on

"Every moment I spend with Nevadans seems to further burnish their ‘Battle Born’ credentials–and my most recent trip to the state was certainly no exception." Presidential Candidate Senator Kamala Harris in Las Vegas with Congressman Steven Horsford.... Read full article

A Pathway to the American Dream

by Deval Patrick on

"Renewing the American Dream requires we deliver on our bold campaign proposals: an Opportunity Agenda to grow our economy, create better jobs, create wealth for more people in more places" - Deval Patrick... Read full article

Kamala Harris at the 2019 Liberty & Justice Event (Iowa)

by Campaign Staff on

Last night at Iowa's Liberty & Justice event, Kamala Harris delivered a rousing speech that laid out what makes her unique in the primary field: her career-long commitment to justice. Watch Kamala's full speech and read some key excerpts.... Read full article

OPINION-EDITORIAL: Yes We Can With Tanya Flanagan

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Tanya Flanagan, a 20-year resident of North Las Vegas, has tossed her hat in the ring for the seat of Clark County Commission District D, currently held by Lawrence Weekly who will term out next year.... Read full article

PROFILE: Carli Kierny, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

"While there are certainly offenses that mandate incarceration, often we are using this as a default for people we just don’t know how to help,” Carli Kierny, Chief Deputy Public Defender for Clark County, explains her position on justice reform.... Read full article

Faith and Family Have Always Guided Cory Booker

by Carolyn Booker on

The truth is, that is who Cory has always been -- someone who brings people together to get things done for people who are struggling and who have been left out and left behind. ... Read full article

“No More Deans” in CCSD Schools

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Clark County School District Superintendent, Dr. Jesus Jara, announced the elimination of 170 middle and high school dean positions through a viral video, June 10, 2019. ... Read full article

COVID and Racism Have Exposed Great Inequalities.

by Shaundell Newsome on

GoFundMe pages, idled workers and “good-bye and thank you” signs popping up on one long-standing storefront after another. America’s Main Street businesses are on the ropes and many of our moms and pops are facing early retirement.... Read full article

The Wrongful Conviction of Fred Steese for the Murder of Gerard Soles

by Naiomi Pitre on

After serving more than twenty years in prison, the hard work and diligence of the federal public defender’s office uncovered all of the evidence that was withheld by the prosecution and therefore violated Fred Steese’s right to a fair trial.  ... Read full article

Cedric Williams, A True Legacy Builder

by Naiomi Pitre on

Due to all of the work that Cedric has done in the community, he was recently given an award and named a Legacy Builder by the NAACP.... Read full article

Building an Inclusive Middle Class

by Former Vice President Joe Biden on

"We’re also going to continue the work we started during the Obama-Biden Administration to reduce the number of people incarcerated and eliminate the racial, gender, and income-based inequalities in our criminal justice system." - Joe Biden... Read full article

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