Latino voters expected to increase in Nevada

Latino voter turnout expected to increase in Nevada
By gustavo sagrero

Latino voter turnout in Nevada is expected to increase 5.8% since the last midterm elections, according to NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, which used Census data for its projection.

Latinos make up nearly 20% of the state’s voting-age citizens and about 16% of actual voters. There has been a large increase in the number of Latinos living in Nevada during the last two midterm elections, but the percentage of voters has remained stable. The projection doesn’t take into account changes like Nevada’s permanent expansion last year of mail-in ballots for all registered voters.

Big Tech Attacks Become the Rallying Cry of Republican Candidates
By The Associated Press

Republicans are pushing an anti-Big Tech message in the midterm campaigns as they seek to tap into resentment toward big tech that increasingly runs through their party. For voters facing everything from inflation to gun violence, it’s unclear whether concerns about the role of big tech companies will resonate widely. But it fuels a sense of animosity among some of the GOP’s most loyal voters.

In Nevada, Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt calls “speech censorship” “one of the most onerous threats to our free democracy.” In Ohio, Republican Senate candidate JD Vance warned that big tech companies are going to “destroy our nation.”

New Study Reveals Colorado River Drought Story
By Alex Hager, KUNC for the Mountain West News Bureau

A new study traced nearly 2,000 years of climatic conditions on the Colorado River, and researchers found an intense drought in the second century. Scientists looked at tree rings, lakes, swamps, and caves to learn about the availability of water, pushing our understanding of weather patterns further back 800 years.

The investigation revealed the region’s worst drought on record: a two-decade stretch in which the Colorado River was at 68% of its average flow. For comparison, the historic drought we are now in has left the river at 84% of average flow.

The study authors from the federal government and the University of Arizona said the historical data can give today’s water managers a better idea of ​​how much water levels in the river basin may vary and inform their planning for dry times in the future.

Primaries send mixed signals in heavily Democratic California
By The Associated Press

California is a Democratic stronghold, but Tuesday’s primary election may have revealed some cracks. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other top-tier Democrats emerged safely from close state races in which they will be heavily favored this fall. The Legislature is likely to remain firmly under Democratic control. But the removal of San Francisco’s top prosecutor in retirement could spell trouble for the progressive Los Angeles district attorney. Republican-turned-Democrat billionaire Rick Caruso’s strong performance in the Los Angeles mayoral race points to consequences of crime and homelessness that could influence other races. And a series of closely-matched US House races anchored in Orange County and the Central Valley will figure into control of Congress.

PG&E pleads not guilty in deadly 2020 California wildfire
By The Associated Press

A California utility has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges it faces after its crew was blamed for starting a Northern California wildfire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes in 2020. The Shasta County District Attorney’s office says Pacific Gas & Electric was arraigned Thursday in Redding court on 31 criminal charges and enhancements, including four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for next year. The wind-blown Zogg Fire began on September 27, 2020, and swept through rugged terrain and small communities west of Redding. Last year, state fire investigators concluded the fire was caused by a tree that fell on a PG&E distribution line.

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