weather icon Clear

Presidential candidate Kamala Harris stumps in Northern Nevada

CARSON CITY – California Sen. Kamala Harris made three stops Tuesday on a presidential campaign swing through Northern Nevada, holding politics and policy discussions and touting her proposal to increase teacher pay at a roundtable with educators.

Harris met with Washoe County Democrats in Reno and later keynoted an evening political fundraiser for the progressive policy group Battle Born Progress at a Carson City restaurant. In between, she spoke with educators at the Eagle Valley Middle School in Carson City, taking questions about teachers unions, early childhood and special education, and teacher pay.

The senator’s first major policy proposal as a candidate would use federal estate taxes to immediately boost teacher salaries by an average $13,500 across the country, with the federal government matching state funding 3 to 1. The goal is to raise teacher pay to the levels of similar professionals. Citing an average teacher salary of $57,400 in Nevada, the Harris campaign says teachers here could see a $15,000 increase to achieve parity.

“If we are going to invest in the education of our children, we must invest in our teachers,” Harris told a group that included school administrators, teachers, Democratic party leaders and union officials in the middle school library.

The candidate arrived Tuesday in Nevada from stops in California the day before. Emphasizing the impact of teachers, she retold a favorite anecdote about her first-grade teacher, Frances Wilson, who later attended her law school graduation.

“There are two group of people who are raising our children,” Harris said. Besides parents and families, teachers “spend roughly more awake hours with our children than parents do.”

In response to other questions, Harris said pay increases for educators need to start with teachers and that requirements placed on teachers, such as testing, do not take into account “realities and nuances of what we are requiring teachers to do.”

She also said she would “fight vigorously to ensure that every teacher has right to collective bargaining and right to join a union.”

In a brief question-and-answer session with reporters before the roundtable, Harris said she believed women who said former vice president and potential 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden touched them inappropriately, but added that continuing his candidacy would be up to Biden and voters to decide.

She said she was aligned with Nevada lawmakers in opposing a nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain, and said the continuing crisis over immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, which this week prompted President Donald Trump to withdraw aid to other central American countries, was “a crisis of this president’s own making.”

Contact Bill Dentzer at bdentzer@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-0661. Follow @DentzerNews on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Politics Videos
Media's Double Standard On Incitement And Trump - Video
Over the weekend, an Elizabeth Warren-supporting socialist who opposed gun violence used a rifle to commit a mass murder in Dayton, Ohio. The media has downplayed that aspect of the tragedy.
Project Our Care Tour Kicks Off In Las Vegas
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus joined health care advocates and local residents as part of Protect Our Care’s nationwide bus tour kick off in Las Vegas on Monday, August 5, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Bernie Sanders talks about guns, response to El Paso shooting
Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke about his response and continued policy ideas about guns and gun control to the Review-Journal after a panel of other topics. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pete Buttigieg On Gun Control And Climate Change - Video
Pete Buttigieg talks about his campaign for the 2020 election and how Nevada is a vision of what the future can be.
Beto O'Rourke speaks in Las Vegas
Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke spoke to supporters at the East Las Vegas Community Center in Las Vegas, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2019. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Nevada Senate leader Kelvin Atkinson sentenced to prison
Former Nevada Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson, who pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds, was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Trumps Strength is also a Weakness - Video
One of Donald Trump’s greatest strengths — his ability to shape national narratives — is also a great weakness.
Tax the Rich Bus Tour makes a stop in Las Vegas - Video
The Tax the Rich Bus has stopped in Las Vegas as part of its summer tour. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno hosts BBQ - Video
Assembly Woman Daniele Monroe-Moreno hosts BBQ to bring the community together to hear about the candidates up for election and for people to gather and have fun.
Democrat Virtual Caucus - Video
Elizabeth Warren visits Las Vegas
Senator Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop at the East Las Vegas Community Center on Tuesday July 2, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Aaron Ford Speaks About Bill AB431
AB431 is a bill sponsored by Nevada Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson to restore the right to vote for formerly incarcerated individuals. Attorney General Aaron Ford spoke at the AM&E Church in North Las Vegas about the bill, on Monday, July 1, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Right Take: Biden's Racially Questionable Comments
Joe Biden has uttered racially charged statements for years. Now that he’s the frontrunner for the Democrat presidential nomination, he may finally face prolonged scrutiny for them.
Christopher Rufo Discusses Homelessness In The USA - VIDEO
Christopher Rufo discusses homelessness in the United States and how politicians can work to improve conditions for those with drug addictions.
Clark County 2019 Election Results - Video
The 2019 Elections wrap up in Clark County including an upset in the Boulder City Mayor race.
Olivia Diaz talks about her win in Ward 3 - VIDEO
Las Vegas City Councilwoman-elect Olivia Diaz talks about her election win in Ward 3 and what lies ahead for her.
Greene discusses Read by 3 and Opportunity Scholarships - VIDEO
The Nevada Legislative Session is over and the results are mixed for Nevada students, according to Tom Greene, Senior regional legislative director, Excel in Ed in Action.
Bernie Sanders visits Las Vegas
Sen. Bernie Sanders made a stop at Roy W. Martin middle school on Thursday, during his campaign trail.
Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal, says Trump

President’s Trump’s claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the Republican president was trading in anti-Semitic stereotypes.

Asian business owners share successes at GOP-sponsored town hall

Members of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce shared stories of business expansion, bonuses for their workers and stable revenue at a Tuesday afternoon round table discussion co-hosted by the Nevada Republican Party and President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.