Nevada Political Roundup
October 20

Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions news roundup!
Here is where we’ll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

It’s been a while. We know. We’ve been busy!

We are very excited to make the following announcements:

Shelly Capurro Joins Tom Clark Solutions as Partner

Shelly (middle) and her daughters.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Shelly for more than a decade. She’s a fierce advocate for her clients, has tremendous personal and political relationships in Nevada and is credible, professional and a really cool, great person to have on the team.

New Office Location!

We’re movin on up! Tom Clark Solutions was born in and has existed in the “Bunker” since 2013. I call it the bunker simply because it was in the basement under a deli and a bar on California Avenue in Reno. Limited by just two small windows the cavernous space served Tom Clark Solutions very well for the last ten years. A lot has happened in the Bunker and I’ll miss it though I don’t think the Tom Clark Solutions team was as enamored by the space as I am. The Bunker is available for rent! Great location and great price. Call me for details.      

Our new location is much more spacious and has wonderful views of the Sierras and downtown Reno through lots and lots of windows. The team has great offices, we have a conference room space and plenty of natural light. If you find yourself near the fantastic restaurant, The Washoe Public House, we’re next door. Stop by and say hi! 

New Address:
Tom Clark Solutions
241 Ridge Street
Suite 350
Reno, NV 89501


Important Dates

2024 Nevada Presidential Preference PrimaryFebruary 6
2024 Nevada Republican Presidential CaucusFebruary 8
2024 Primary ElectionJune 11
2024 General ElectionNovember 5


The filing period for the Presidential Primary ended on Monday, October 16th. Of the 20 candidates who have filed, 13 Democrats and 7 Republicans. Here is the list of candidates on the Secretary of State’s website. The 7 Republicans who chose to be part of the primary cannot also participate in the Nevada Republican Party Presidential Caucus happening two days later, dubbed the “First In The West Caucus.” As it stands right now, there are five Republican Candidates choosing to participate in the caucus.  Here is the breakdown:

Confused? You’re not alone. The Nevada Independent has an in-depth explainer on the differences between the two processes, and why we’re even having two processes in the first place. 

Nevada Only Swing State Biden Polling Better Than Trump
In a new poll conducted by Morning Consult based on a survey of voters in swing-states, the contest between the two likely major-party nominees is very close 13 months from Election Day. Biden is trailing Trump in each of the key electoral states we tested except Nevada, while he is tied with his predecessor in Michigan.


Nevada unemployment rate stays flat in September
Nevada’s unemployment rate, which has been the highest in the nation, remained unchanged from August to September, according to new figures from the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR). September marked the ninth straight month that the labor force gained jobs and also the first time in the state’s history that the labor force exceeded 1.6 million jobs.

IRS will launch free online tax-filing pilot in 13 states next year, including Nevada
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to launch a pilot program that would allow taxpayers in 13 states, Nevad included, to electronically file their taxes directly with the agency for free during the 2024 tax season. The agency said it anticipates that the direct tax-filing program will be able to cover several key sources of income and tax credits, including W-2 wage income, Social Security income, the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, standard deductions and student loan interest deductions, among others. The pilot program will be limited to taxpayers in the 13 participating states who have “relatively simple returns,” the IRS noted.


North Las Vegas appoints city councilman, teacher to school board
AB175 from the 2023 Nevada Legislative Session empowered Clark County and its three largest municipalities to appoint a nonvoting member to the school board; North Las Vegas chose a CCSD employee. Typically, a Clark County School District employee cannot be a member of the school board.
However, usual guidelines fell by the wayside at Wednesday’s North Las Vegas City Council meeting when Mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown nominated Councilman Isaac Barron, a Rancho High School teacher, as its nonvoting member on the board.

Barron has been on the city council since June 2013. He has lived in the Las Vegas area his entire life and is an award-winning educator at the Clark County School District where he currently teaches high school social studies at Rancho. He previously taught English language learners at French Ford Middle School.


Casino giants slam NV Energy over $34 million in June rate request
Lawyers for MGM Resorts International, the Venetian, Wynn Resorts, Station Casinos and Boyd Gaming are arguing the state should reject NV Energy’s bid to have consumers pay an extra $34 million a year for capital projects. The companies say the utility is going back on its word about charging ratepayers for Greenlink, a $2.5 billion project to build new power lines to carry solar energy. The casinos are challenging NV Energy’s attempt to have ratepayers shoulder the development costs. Even the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is on record in its opposition.

NV Energy dismisses these arguments as “immaterial” and says Greenlink isn’t even the project they’re talking about. “Greenlink is a sizeable project but by far not the only project,” NV Energy said in its own brief, filed Monday afternoon.


Reno Named One of the ‘Happiest Places to Live’
Outside Magazine named Reno as one of the ’15 Happiest Places to Live in the U.S.” based on the city’s outdoor accessibility for all, affordability, safety, diversity, and freedom for residents to be who they are. 

Once known for gambling and easy divorces, Reno is now a modern boomtown, with a whitewater park, multiple climbing gyms, a monthlong summer arts festival, a number of craft breweries, and urban art installations handed down from Burning Man, the late-summer gathering in the Black Rock Desert 140 miles north. The Biggest Little City in the World’s ample public land and mountain vibe make it a fun town for a populace hankering for just those qualities.

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