skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

UAW strike continues: Officials say EPA standards must catch up; Mississippians urged to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 7 general election; NYers worry about impacts of government shutdown.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Senate leaders advance a plan to avoid a government shutdown, an elections official argues AI could be a threat to democracy and voting rights advocates look to states like Arizona to rally young Latino voters.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.

NV Group's Progressive Expectations for New Legislature

play audio
Play

Friday, January 20, 2023   

The Nevada Legislature starts Feb. 6, where lawmakers will determine the state's priorities for the next two years. Despite the governor's seat having flipped, now occupied by Republican Joe Lombardo, the state assemblies hold Democratic majorities, meaning it'll take negotiations and concessions to determine the state budget.

Will Pregman, communications director for the group Battle Born Progress, predicted that top-of-mind issues will be housing, reducing the cost of living, protecting voting rights and education. He said progressive groups such as his want to make sure public schools are put first, rather than state education funds going to voucher programs for private and religious schools.

"That's going to be a priority for the governor himself," he said. "Folks involved who are involved in activism around public education sharply disagree with that, and I think are really going to be looking to Democratic leadership to hold the line on that issue."

Pregmam said climate change, preserving labor unions and protecting abortion access in Nevada may be other hot-button issues. He said he thinks it will take some work to ensure that freedoms and protections that Nevadans may take for granted remain in place.

Battle Born Progress will host its ninth annual Virtual Progressive Summit this weekend, bringing people together to learn about civic engagement and how to catalyze change in their communities. Pregman said this year's theme surrounds protecting democracy, rights and freedoms.

He cited the 2022 midterm elections as an example of how Nevadans, and many across the country, rejected political extremism and conspiracy theorists. Even so, he said, the work doesn't stop.

"Just because one election goes by," he said, "it doesn't mean that there aren't still folks who are just intent on overturning democratic elections, who are still out there and still organizing."

Pregman said he hopes those who attend the summit are able to celebrate the wins ushered in by the midterms, but also recognize the legislative session is the one chance advocates get every two years to affect policy change and address emerging crises for Nevadans.

Disclosure: Battle Born Progress - Institute for a Progressive Nevada contributes to our fund for reporting on Civic Engagement, Environment, Gun Violence Prevention, Health Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Montana has more than 30 million acres of state and federal lands, nearly one third of the state. Conservation advocates are holding a photo contest featuring people and their dogs to celebrate being outdoors. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

This is the last weekend to get involved in a photo competition designed to encourage Montanans to explore the wilderness with their pets. There …


play sound

In a new poll, about a quarter of Hispanic students in post-high school education and training programs report feeling discriminated against…

Social Issues

play sound

New Yorkers are preparing for an impending government shutdown. State officials are worried about how it could impact the work state agencies have …


In 1920, Black people made up 14% of all farmers. It is estimated Black farmers lost around $326 billion worth of land within the 20th century. BIPOC farmers now make up less than 5% of all U.S. farmers. (Heather Craig/Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Advocates are drawing attention to systemic racism in farming across North Carolina and the nation. The National Farm Worker Ministry is hosting its …

Environment

play sound

Researchers have found the amount of land affected by saltwater intrusion on the Delmarva Peninsula has dramatically increased in recent years…

Groups trying to prevent bullying say simple things such as sparking conversations in the classroom about each student's favorite TV show can help establish inclusiveness. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

This weekend marks the kickoff of National Bullying Prevention Month. Those raising awareness hope schools in South Dakota and elsewhere work toward …

Environment

play sound

The arrival of fall has farmers transitioning to the harvest season, but what if some gathered their crops with rows of solar panels right alongside …

Environment

play sound

A new report finds more than half of the sewage facilities in Idaho had pollution violations in 2022. The sixth annual analysis by the Idaho …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021