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Muslims Speak Out on the Election and Obamanew

For nearly 20 months, U.S. Muslims have watched Barack Obama fumble as he tries to debunk rumors that he's a closet Muslim. He'd best be careful. An estimated 2 million Muslims are expected to vote in November, making them a potential swing demographic.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  10-03-2008  |  Politics

Electile Dysfunction in Nevadanew

Surprisingly little has been made of Nevada's potential to become 2008's new national symbol for electoral chicanery.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  09-26-2008  |  Politics

What I Learned Tagging Along with Obama Canvassersnew

Sunday morning and the sun is on low boil. An inordinate number of flies annoyingly hover near the entrance of the Sunrise Library. Outside, a few Barack Obama supporters prepare clipboards and paperwork for the day's mission: persuading people to support their man.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  09-25-2008  |  Politics

McCain or Obama: Who's Better for Nevada's Biggest Industry?new

Since ours is a battleground state, and our economy relies on tourism and gaming, we thought it was time to see whose greased palm we might want picking up the phone when our gaming leaders call needing a favor (or three).
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  09-19-2008  |  Politics

What's Being Done, or Left Undone, When Soldiers Come Home with Problems?new

Hundreds of local soldiers are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them on extended tours and second or third deployments. The longer the wars continue, the higher the probability of more cases like Matthew Sepi's.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  07-07-2008  |  War

'Stop-Snitching' is More Complicated than You Might Thinknew

The mainstream media is generally the last to know, and by the time it catches on, the trend it's highlighting ceases to be a trend. So it is with the stop-snitching movement. But the culture of snitching and the incipient rise of its anti-snitching counterpart are deadly matters.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  06-27-2008  |  Crime & Justice

A Guide to Nevada's Superdelegatesnew

With the Democratic presidential nomination still (theoretically) undecided, we explore the role a select group of Nevadans, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, could play in the outcome.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  05-16-2008  |  Politics

UNLV Prof Questions Science Behind Finding African Ancestorsnew

Rainier Spencer, the founder and director of UNLV's Afro-American Studies Program, thinks programs offering to link American blacks to their African lineage through DNA (for a fee) are a black-on-black rip-off, since they commercialize a promise they can't truly keep.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  05-02-2008  |  Race & Class

Will a Lawyer's Own Words Derail His Judicial Candidacy?new

North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace candidate Jonathan MacArthur's stated interests on MySpace include "breaking my foot off in a prosecutor's ass, anything relating to the NFL, video games, sex and improving my ability to break my foot off in a prosecutor's ass."
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  04-25-2008  |  Politics

What Beauty Pageants Can Teach America About Race Relationsnew

Barack Obama's lightning-fast ascendancy notwithstanding, I wonder if we're placing too much emphasis on his historic run and creating a false barometer by which to measure how far America has come on race relations. Fact is, in contests that are every bit as protracted and ornery as presidential primaries, blacks have been winning for nearly a generation.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  04-25-2008  |  Race & Class

Is a Race War Underway in Las Vegas?new

Are local incidents between blacks and Hispanics isolated flare-ups or harbingers of a larger problem?
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  04-18-2008  |  Race & Class

Taser Use Leads to Wrongful-Death Lawsuits in Vegasnew

The controversy surrounding the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's use of Tasers is such that its public information office, which just six months ago supplied the media with information meant to contextualize its use of the weapons, has now clammed up.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  03-14-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Signs of the (Electoral) Timesnew

Can't we do something about all these political placards?
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  02-14-2008  |  Politics

Picking (Who Nevada Might Pick As) the Next Preznew

A completely unscientific, totally subjective, way ahead of the curve, not-approached-by-Karl Rove handicapping of the 2008 race.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  08-29-2007  |  Politics

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