Articles in Politics

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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

Cory Booker: Paying It Forward and Why I Fight

by Cory Booker on

The first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey, Cory has led efforts to reform our broken criminal justice system, and invest in communities that have been left out and left behind.... 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

Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq. - Candidate District Court, Department #23

by Naiomi Pitre on

“Becoming the Judge of District Court Department 23 will not only be an accomplishment for me, it will be my grandma’s dream come true,” Jasmin Lilly-Spells confides.  “She planted the seed years ago.”... Read full article

Attorney General Ford Launches New Public Information Campaign on Expanded Voting Rights

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Carson City, NV – Today, Attorney General Ford announced a new public information campaign to educate Nevadans about recently-passed legislation that expands voting rights to people formerly incarcerated. ... Read full article

Belinda T. Harris, Esq. - Candidate for N. Las Vegas Justice Court, Dept. #3

by Naiomi Pitre on

For the past thirteen years, Belinda T. has worked tirelessly as a Public Defender.  Her current position as a Chief Deputy Public Defender for the Clark County Public Defender’s office places her in the ideal position to serve the community. ... Read full article

PROFILE: Dedree Butler, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

A strong passion for family law and criminal defense drew Dedree “Dee” Butler into the legal field, where she has been practicing as an attorney in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office.... Read full article

Dedree Butler, Esq. - Candidate for District Court, Family Division - Dept. J

by Naiomi Pitre on

That woman was Dedree “Dee” Butler, years ago.  It didn’t matter that she had attended school at Howard University and then the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV to achieve her law degree.... 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

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

Stephanie Charter for District Court Family Division – Department Y

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Stephanie Charter is running for one of the new judicial seats in Clark County Family Court: Department Y.  Stephanie was admitted to the California State Bar in 1991 and the Nevada State Bar in 1994.... Read full article

Black History Teaches Us the Only Way to Win is to Get in the Fight

by Senator Elizabeth Warren on

In November, Elizabeth Warren delivered a major speech at Clark Atlanta University, one of the oldest Historically Black Colleges in the nation, where she spoke about valuing the work of Black women and laid out her plan.... Read full article

Adriana Rincon-White, Esq. - Candidate for District Court, Family Division - Dept. W

by Naiomi Pitre on

In her campaign efforts, Adriana Rincon White is eagerly educating the public on why this election is of such great importance.  With the impact that a judge has on the community that they serve, voting should be taken seriously by all constituents. ... 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

Monica Trujillo, Esq. - Candidate for District Court Department #3

by Naiomi Pitre on

Trujillo advises all attorneys who argue cases in court to be prepared. Understanding that the quality of people’s lives is on the line, and respecting the gravity of the decisions that she will make if elected, Monica Trujillo...... 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

Why We Need to Elect Professional Educators to Run the School Board of Trustees

by Barbara A. Dreyer, M.Ed. on

Did you know that historically the CCSD Board of Trustees, which manages the fifth largest school district in the nation, has been run by business people and non-educators? ... 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

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

How a Traffic Ticket Can Ruin Your Life

by Heidi Almase, Esq. on

Heidi Almase is a former Las Vegas Municipal Court judge who created and presided over the Serious Traffic Offenders Program.... 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

Fikisha Miller, Esq. - Candidate for Clark County District Court, Dept. #19

by Naiomi Pitre on

As the upcoming 2020 election approaches, Fikisha Miller vows to demonstrate fair, equal, and true justice in her department. ... Read full article

Family Court Come First

by Kevin Speed, Esq. on

First, the most important thing that I need my supporters to know is that this election will be unlike any other in the history of our state. ... 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

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

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

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

In memoriam: Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson

by Joseph C. Abraham on

Nevada Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson remembered by the community, including Jared Clark, Esq., Roxann McCoy, China Hudson, Quincy Branch, Trina Jiles, Kelvin Atkinson, and Steven Horsford in a touching tribute to his lasting legacy of excellence.... 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

PROFILE: Fikisha Miller, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

As far as District Court, Department 19, Fikisha Miller will bring all of her past experiences with her to the bench.  She has held positions as a judicial commissioner, general counsel for a construction firm, and even as a juror in a civil trial.... Read full article

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