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Nevada

Silver State

Nevada is the home of Las Vegas, a city famed for gambling, entertainment, and perhaps a bit of debauchery. It is the driest state, averaging less than ten inches of rainfall per year. In the summer of 2018, women won a record number of primary contests, leaving Nevada poised to elect the first ever female-majority state house this November. Nevada is one of 14 states where the Democratic Party controls the governorship, state house and state senate (also known as a trifecta).

State capital

Carson City

Population 2017

2998039

Largest city

Las Vegas

Year entered union

1864

State flower

Big sagebrush

Motto

"All for Our Country"

  • Dem

    Governor

  • 21 Total Seats

    State Senate

    • 8
    • 13
    • 0
    • 0
    42 Total Seats

    State Assembly

    • 12
    • 27
    • 0
    • 2

    Democrats

    Republicans

    Independent

    Vacancies

    Policies & Political Updates

    • Ex-convicts will automatically have voting rights restored under new law

      Incarceration and recidivism, Voting rights

      1/07/2019

    • Program in Las Vegas program helps low-income earners to bridge the digital divide

      Education, Housing

      28/06/2019

    • State legislators accept $1million+ federal grant to prevent gang violence, but are annoyed it links unaccompanied minors to MS-13

      Immigration, Justice and the courts, State government

      26/06/2019

    • College presidents asked to make up for $6.4 million shortfall for employee pay increases

      Education

      18/06/2019

    • State's AF files anti-opioid lawsuit

      Drug policy

      17/06/2019

    • Why Nevada's state legislature is in need of reform

      State government

      14/06/2019

    • Governor approves bill to create legal cannabis banking program

      Drug policy

      6/06/2019

    • Clark County strike still going ahead despite potential for pay increases

      Education

      4/06/2019

    • Bill reforming access to public records heads to Governor's desk

      State government

      3/06/2019

    • Bill banning bump stocks and more stringent gun storage provision heads to Governor Sisolak's desk

      Gun laws

      1/06/2019

    • A Double Blow to Disenfranchisement

      Incarceration and recidivism, Voting rights

      31/05/2019

    • A Double Blow to felon Disenfranchisement

      Incarceration and recidivism, Voting rights

      31/05/2019

    • Governor Sisolak gives thumbs down to bill which would override Electoral College

      Federal elections

      30/05/2019

    • State Assembly passes bill liberalizing abortion rules

      Abortion

      21/05/2019

    • Governor Sisolak signs emergency room billing compromise measure

      Healthcare

      15/05/2019

    • New school funding plan unveiled

      Budgets and finance, Education

      13/05/2019

    • State Assembly passes protection for pre-existing health conditions

      Healthcare

      7/05/2019

    • State legislature looks at addressing housing affordability

      Housing

      5/05/2019

    • Las Vegas City Council green lights cannabis lounges

      Drug policy, Urban regional and rural policy

      1/05/2019

    • Governor Sisolak donates his first quarter salary to low-income state schools

      Education, Gubernatorial politics

      24/04/2019

    • Governor Sisolak signs bill requiring energy companies to move to 50 percent renewable sources by 2030

      Climate Change, Energy policy, Environment

      23/04/2019

    • Potential for low census count worries state officials

      State government

      21/04/2019

    • Abortion law change passes State Senate

      Abortion

      16/04/2019

    • State judges would no longer be elected under proposed amendment

      Justice and the courts

      8/04/2019

    • Legislative proposal would give voting rights to nearly 90,000 formerly incarcerated people

      Voting rights

      4/04/2019

    • State legislators consider ban on bump stocks

      Gun laws

      2/04/2019

    • Increase of minimum wage to $12 possible by 2024

      Work and Trade Unions

      26/03/2019

    • New bill on tenants' rights would limit fees - criticized by real estate industry

      Housing

      23/03/2019

    • State legislator calls for study into working conditions in brothels

      Women's rights, Work and Trade Unions

      20/03/2019

    • State looks at cellphone scan technology following crashes

      Transport and infrastructure

      17/03/2019

    State Facts and Figures

    • Governor

      • Governor
        Steve Sisolak
      • Governor's Party
        Democratic
      • Running for re-election?
        No
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Jun 12 2018
      • Open or Closed Primary
        Closed
      • Governor and Lieutenant Governor on same ticket
        No
    • Lieutenant Governor

      • Lieutenant Governor
        Mark Hutchison
      • Lieutenant Governor's Party
        Republican
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Jun 12 2018
      • Open or Closed Primary
        Closed
    • Attorney General

      • Attorney General
        Adam Laxalt
      • Attorney General Party
        Republican
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Jun 12 2018
    • State Senate

      • Length of Term (Years)
        4
      • Term Limits
        3
      • Scheduled Session 2018
        No regular session
      • Total Members
        21
      • Number who are Democrats
        13
      • Number who are Republicans
        8
      • Number who are POC
        4
      • Percentage who are POC
        19%
      • Number who are men
        13
      • Percentage who are men
        62%
      • Number who are women
        7
      • Percentage who are women
        33%
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Jun 12 2018
    • State Assembly

      • Length of Term (Years)
        2
      • Term Limits
        6
      • Scheduled Session 2018
        No regular session
      • Total Members
        42
      • Number who are Democrats
        27
      • Number who are Republicans
        12
      • Number of vacancies
        2
      • Number who are POC
        12
      • Percentage who are POC
        29%
      • Number who are men
        24
      • Percentage who are men
        57%
      • Number who are women
        17
      • Percentage who are women
        40%
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Jun 12 2018
    • Representation in Congress

      • Senior Senator
        Catherine Cortez Masto
      • Party
        Democrat
      • Next Election
        2022
      • Junior Senator
        Jacky Rosen
      • Junior Senators Party
        Democrat
      • Next Election Year
        2024
      • U.S. House Democrats
        3
      • U.S. House Republicans
        1
    • Demographics

      • Female, percent
        49.8%
      • White alone, percent
        74.6%
      • Black or African American alone, percent
        9.8%
      • American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent
        1.7%
      • Asian alone, percent
        8.8%
      • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent
        0.8%
      • Two or More Races, percent
        4.3%
      • Hispanic or Latino, percent
        28.8%
      • Number of Veterans, 2012-2016
        216,275
      • Percentage of foreign born persons, 2012-2016
        19.3%
      • Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons aged 5+, 2012-2016
        30.3%
      • Number of Homeless
        7,833
      • Number of Kids in Foster Care, 2015
        4,485
      • Percentage in Foster Care for 5 or more years
        3%
      • Number in Foster Care per Thousand
        5
    • Economy

      • Minimum wage level in 2018 (Dollars per hour)
        8.25
      • Annual state budget in Dollars (2016)
        11,527,000,000
      • State Credit Rating as of 2017
        AA
      • State Debt in Dollars (2014)
        3,351,972,000
      • Maximum State Income Tax Level, Percent
        0%
    • Top Export by value, 2017

      • Top 1
        Precious stones
      • Top 2
        Toys, games, sports equipment
      • Top 3
        Electronic machinery
    • Healthcare

      • Children's Uninsured Rate
        6.8%
      • Parents' Uninsured Rate
        15%
      • Medicaid Expansion
        Yes
    • Policy

      • Capital punishment
        Yes
      • Assisted dying and euthanasia
        No
      • Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2012-2016
        23.9
      • Persons in Poverty, Percent
        13.8%
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