Category: Our Metropolis

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Matt Hufman and David Damore discuss the continuing saga in Bunkerville surrounding Cliven Bundy and the lack of media coverage dedicated to the militia which has been rallied to Bundy’s cause. The pannel also reflects on the recent report which listed Nevada as 50th out of 50 states for high school graduates and what Nevada needs to do to improve graduation K12 outcomes.
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Two years ago, members of several faith based organizations from across the Las Vegas Valley gathered at UNLV and launched a group called Nevadans for the Common Good. That group lobbied to strengthen laws on child sex trafficking, and last year’s legislature passed those laws. On May 13th the group is gathering again to set more priorities. Host Gary Larson sits down with group organizers Robert Hoo and Pastor Dennis Hutson to talk about what’s next.
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Nevadans for the Common Good

Host Gary Larson along with regular contributor David Damore, Our Metropolis producer Jean Reid Norman, and Las Vegas Review Journal political commentator Steve Sebelius discuss the ongoing saga in Bunkerville surrounding rancher Cliven Bundy and the efforts the Bureau of Land Management have made to move his cattle off federal land.
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In the second segment of this week’s program we continue our round table discussion with special guest Steve Sebelius, political commentator from the Las Vegas Review Journal. The panel explores the issue of judicial elections in Nevada and if it really is the best system to ensure quality judges for our community.
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Links:
Steve Sebelius’ columns at the Las Vegas Review Journal

April 08, 2014: TEDxUNLV

Our Metropolis producer Dave Nourse along with regular contributors David Damore and Matt Hufman as well as fellow Our Metropolis producer Jean Reid Norman discuss the controversy over the Bureau of Land Management’s roundup of rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle in the area northeast of Las Vegas. The panel also discusses the recent editorial in the Las Vegas Sun about what it will take to improve Nevada’s lackluster education system.
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Maybe you’ve seen a TED talk on YouTube or heard one on Public Radio – it’s a series that spreads ideas worth talking about. UNLV will be hosting its first TEDx event on Friday April 11th. It will feature both academics and regular folks with something big to say. Our Metropolis Producer Jean Reid Norman sits down with TEDxUNLV organizers Karissa Dold and Kimberly San Agustin to talk about the inaugural event.
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TEDxUNLV

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman and David Damore discuss the courting of Sands Corporation Chairman and CEO, Sheldon Adelson, by possible 2016 republican presidential candidates. The panel also examines the latest state demographic data recently released by the Census office and what it may mean for the future of state politics.
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Former president Neal Smatresk surprised the UNLV community last fall when he announced he was leaving for the University of North Texas. The Board of Regents brought in Don Snyder, former dean of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration for a year as an interim. Host Gary Larson sits down with the new president to discuss his plans and goals for the upcoming year as the search for a permanent president takes place.
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UNLV

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman and David Damore debate the proposed margins tax and the likelihood that it will be ratified by Nevada voters. The panel also discuss the recent the Interstate 11 photo op with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and the impact, if any, on the eventual construction of the highway.
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Nevada residents who don’t have health insurance have less than one week to sign up for the Affordable Care Act through the Silver State Health Exchange, but the exchange has been having some problems getting that coverage to the people who need it. Host Gary Larson sits down with Silver State Health Exchange Public Information Officer, Christopher (CJ) Bawden, to talk about the health insurance law and how those in Nevada can sign up.
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Links:
Nevada Health Link
Silver State Health Insurance Exchange

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman, and David Damore discuss the woes plaguing the Silver State Health Exchange / Nevada Health Link and the possible repercussions that the State and its contractors may face as a result of the flawed rollout. The panel also debates the rollout of the insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act on the national level and what, if anything, could of been done differently.
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Ukrainians across the world are watching with fear as Russia makes its presence known in Crimea. Among them is Olesya Venger a media scholar who will be joining UNLV’s faculty in the fall. Host Gary Larson sits down with Olesya to talk about recent events in her native Ukraine as well as her research into online advertising and human trafficking.
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Links:
StopFake.org website

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson and David Damore discuss issues surrounding the governance, funding and administration of Nevada’s community colleges and why institutions like the College of Southern Nevada may be missing out on millions of dollars in federal grants due to the current governance structure.
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The Nevada Board of Regents is considering a plan to raise tuition costs for university students by 17 percent over four years. Meanwhile policymakers are debating whether Nevada’s funding for education is fair or if Southern Nevada gets a short end of the deal. Host Gary Larson speaks with Las Vegas Sun Education Reporter, Paul Takahashi, about these issues and continues the conversation about Community College governance that was initially addressed in the Round Table.
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Links:
Paul Takahashi’s Staff Page at The Las Vegas Sun

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman, and David Damore discuss the announcement by Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores that she will seek the democratic nomination for Lt. Governor, and the ramifications that this has for Gov. Brian Sandoval as he eyes a possible run against Harry Reid for the US Senate. The panel also discusses how Las Vegas will fare in its bid to host 2016 Republican National Convention.
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The Cultural Diversity Foundation provides scholarships to deserving young southern Nevadans. This week the group is holding one of the events that helps fund those scholarships. Host Gary Larson sits down with Cultural Diversity Foundation executive director Joni Flowers to talk about the recipients of the scholarship as well how the Educational Taste of Excellence has grown over the past 19 years.
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Links:
The Cultural Diversity Foundation

Our Metropolis producer Dave Nourse, along with regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman and David Damore, discuss the controversial decision by Las Vegas Metro Police to stop responding to non-fatal traffic accidents and how that decision may be part of Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s overall strategy to hire more police officers. The panel also discusses the framework recently established between Nevada and Delaware that will allow interstate online gambling and the possible implications of the pact.
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Southern Nevada provides more than 80% of the State’s revenue and makes up more than 3/4 of the State’s population, but the Las Vegas area also has a long history of getting the short end of State resources. UNLV political science professor, Brooking Institution scholar and regular Our Metropolis contributor, David Damore, has published a report examining how Southern Nevada did in the last legislative session. He sits down to discuss his findings with Our Metropolis producer Jean Reid Norman.
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Links:
Advancing Southern Nevada’s Regional Priorities: Overview of the 77th Session of the Nevada Legislature
Brookings Mountain West

Host Gary Larson and regular contributors Elizabeth Thompson, Matt Hufman, and David Damore discuss the calls for changes to the formula responsible for funding Nevada public schools as well as the fallout from recent efforts to pass bond packages aimed at providing capital improvements for local school buildings. The panel also discusses the lack of transparency and accountability for state campaign dollars.
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The Las Vegas Business Academy is a non-profit group of business owners and supporters who want to help promising graduate students become tomorrow’s leaders. Host Gary Larson sits down with Las Vegas Business Academy board member, Paola Armeni, and discusses how the Academy plans on making the area stronger by helping these promising UNLV students succeed.
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Las Vegas Business Academy