Learning politics

2014 election results bring volunteers to Legislature.

“Just because we might not be able to win on a bill,” Democratic Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson said, “doesn’t mean … that we aren’t the smartest in our strategy, the smartest in our reason, and the most well organized.”

Madeleine Poore, left, met with Assemblymember Jill Dickman, who represents her in the Nevada Legislature. PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS

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Grass roots go to Carson

Nevadans from around the state converge for a day of lobbying.

Why lobby? That was the question Catana Barnes of Reno faced: “I was one of those people that thought lobbying was a bad word. It was nice to know that it’s more of an empowerment.”
Grass roots lobbying

Mary Skau, left, and Ashley Stieb lobby Assemblymember Randy Kirner, a Washoe Republican.
PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS

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Steel cage death match

Election 2010: The RN&R looks at selected local races, ballot questions, and begs for mercy.

But it’s not all baseball, hot dogs and apple pie in the eyes of concerned residents, who question the city’s use of multiple subsidies to entice the Aces to build a stadium and to play downtown. “For our entire infrastructure to just [be] sold,” Anderson said, “it’s just crazy. Somebody’s got to do something about it.”
Geno Martini and Ron Schmitt

Geno Martini, center, with his opponent in this year’s election, Ron Schmitt, right.
PHOTO BY DENNIS MYERS

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Somber message in Sparks

By calling her opponents terrorists, Philippine President Gloria Arroyo got the United States to enlist.

“Men took turns interrogating me while beating my head with their fists and blunt objects. Layers of plastic bags were put on my head. My torturers would tighten the bags until I could no longer breathe. I passed out twice. … After about 12 hours, they put me back in the van, still hands tied and blindfolded. They threatened to kill me.”
from Philippine pastor Berlin Guerrero’s testimony to the Philippine commission on human rights
Eliezer Pascua

Bishop Eliezer Pascua speaks about violence and human rights issues in the philippines during chapel service at Jim Elliot Christian High School Wednesday morning.
PHOTO BY BRIAN FEULNER/NEWS-SENTINEL


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Growing out

Activists fight sprawl into areas remote from the Truckee Meadows.

“Once they develop that Winnemucca Ranch, it’s gone forever. Once they cut down the old growth, it’s gone forever,” Bob Fulkerson said. “We can stop them right now on those issues, but next year, yeah, they could be back. But, you know what? It’s our watch that matters. … The next generation—it’ll be up to them. They’d better freakin’ be up to the challenge.”
Winnemucca Ranch protest

At a demonstration last week, protestor Susan McNeall displayed a regional planning map showing the distance between the remote Winnemucca Ranch land west of Pyramid Lake and the Reno metro area.
PHOTO BY DENNIS MYERS


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Lobbyists without moneybags

Citizens go one-on-one with their state legislators on family issues.

For Sandy Akins, who came to learn about her legislature, Grassroots Lobby Days showed her the strength of each voice in this state. “It led me to find out what I could do on my own,” she said. “This isn’t something just for a privileged few. This is for citizens of Nevada”
Without moneybags

Sandy Akins of Reno, left, met Kathleen Harney of Henderson when both traveled to the state capital to be volunteer lobbyists.
PHOTO BY DAVID ROBERT


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Richardson meets the locals

Five days after announcing his candidacy for president, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson addressed a core group of Democrats in Reno.

“I’m a Westerner, like you,” Richardson said on why he was stumping Nevada so early in the campaign (besides Nevada’s second place in the national caucus lineup). “I want to be able, when I campaign in the West, to wear blue jeans.”
Richardson Reno

Democratic presidential contender Bill Richardson, here addressing a group of Nevadans at the Gold-N-Silver Restaurant, is cultivating support around the state.
PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS


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