The Round Table
David DamoreProfessor of Political Science, UNLV
Fellow, Brookings Institution
David Damore teaches courses on legislative politics, political parties, interest groups and public opinion and political behavior. He is developing course content for the Brookings Institution's Minor in Public Policy at UNLV.
Damore studies campaigns and elections and policymaking in the U.S. at both the national and state levels. His research has been published in the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, and American Politics Research. He has also written numerous book chapters on various aspects of Nevada politics and policy making.
He is studying how direct democracy processes are used to set the agenda for changes in policy and governance in U.S states and he is beginning work on a book length manuscript examining how geography has shaped Nevada's political economy since the state's founding. Damore regularly comments on Nevada governmental and political issues for local, national, and international media outlets. He is a blogger for Latino Decisions and an advisor to Project Vote Smart.
Damore holds a doctorate from UC Davis and a master's degree from the University of Georgia. He received his bachelor's degree from UC San Diego. All degrees received were in political science.
Matt HufmanEditor of Editorial and Opinion, Las Vegas Sun
Matt's childhood home got three daily papers, and the ink has yet to rub off. In the last two decades, he has worked at papers in cities big (L.A.) and small (Aberdeen, Wash.) He has covered pro sports, edited a small daily paper and was part of the Sun's Pulitzer Prize-winning team in 2009. He's the editor of the Sun's opinion pages.
Jane Ann MorrisonColumnist, Las Vegas Review Journal
Jane Ann Morrison came to Las Vegas with the intention of spending a few years here and moving on. That was 1976. Quite obviously, she found her true home in Las Vegas.
Born in Fort Smith, Ark., she moved all over the country as a Boeing brat before getting her bachelor's in history at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., in 1971, the year she started working for newspapers.
Her first job was as a clerk/copykid at the Christian Science Monitor in Boston, Mass. In 1973, she moved to Fort Smith to work for the Southwest Times Record, where she covered a university professor running for Congress named Bill Clinton.
He lost and she left town (totally unrelated). She moved to Las Vegas to work for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, starting as a cop reporter, then as a feature writer before becoming the federal court reporter, then the gaming reporter.
She left the RJ in 1986 to become the Las Vegas bureau for the Reno Gazette Journal and returned to the RJ in 1990 as the political reporter. In 2003, she became the first female general interest columnist for the RJ.
During her years covering federal court, she wrote extensively about the late mobster Anthony Spilotro and covered the political corruption probe Operation Yobo. As a political reporter, she did enterprise reporting questioning the ethics of former Clark County Commissioner Dario Herrera, before it was public he was under investigation by the FBI. She's investigated questionable land deals involving Southern Nevada politicians.
As a general interest columnist, she has tried to write about her cat, Mr. Darcy, as often as her editor will allow. But she also writes about ethics, rural Nevada, politics, gaming and whatever catches her fancy.
Her goal is to tell readers something they don't already know rather than tell them what to think.