Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson is editor of the Nevada Current, a sister publication of the Michigan Advance. He has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


Column: Your strong feelings didn’t stop the virus. If only there was some other way.

By: - August 6, 2021

Vaccine hesitancy can be sincere. There are people who have concerns, which in turn are being stoked by misinformation (have you heard the one about how the vaccine makes you magnetic?). Still, lately some of those people have determined that getting the shot is the right thing to do for themselves, their families, and their communities after all. Hopefully their […]


Column: Nevada got lucky, and other caucus takeaways

By: - February 24, 2020

Motivational speaker Pete Buttigieg is uttering some discouraging words about the results of Nevada’s caucuses. And who can blame him? Nothing would propel a blast of Butti-charged momentum to glorious South Carolina and Super Tuesday victories like finishing second in Nevada, 25 points behind Bernie Sanders, instead of finishing 30 points behind him in third. […]


Column: Just suck it up and caucus, Nevada

By: - February 13, 2020

It looks grim. As of Monday night, the state Democratic Party was moving closer to hobbling together some sort of a plan for how the Feb. 22 Nevada caucuses will work. Complicated, fussy, and featuring PDF(!) files, it looks like a menu of frustration and confusion with a side of mayhem. Like caucuses generally. And it’s incomplete. […]

New: Nessel joins AGs urging U.S. Senate to take up election interference bill

By: and - June 19, 2019

The U.S. Senate must act to protect the 2020 elections from interference, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and attorneys general from 21 states said in a letter to key U.S. Senate committee chairs this week. The U.S. House has passed election protections. Following Donald Trump’s statement to ABC News last week that he would accept […]