Silly bill would create Public Lands Day

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Some people have a really strange concept of "democracy," and that says a lot about some of the people elected to the Nevada Legislature. Also, if you thought an earlier proposal to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day as a silly waste of … [Read more...]

State makes progress in challenging sage grouse rules

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Nevada won a temporary reprieve from the Interior Department’s plans to enforce sweeping restrictions on land use as a means of protecting greater sage grouse habitat, but failed to convince a federal judge to put those plans on hold entirely. In a … [Read more...]

Wild horse suit dismissal leaves inhumane conditions in place

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There is something positively perverse about the gloating coming from the self-styled wild horse advocates over the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejection of a lawsuit intended to force federal land agencies in Nevada to reduce the … [Read more...]

Forget PILT checks, transfer federal lands

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There is considerable consternation in rural counties across the West over the Trump administration planning to cut the size of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) checks this year. The current budget blueprint calls for cuts but doesn’t specify how … [Read more...]

Bill could dilute Nevada’s presidential voting power

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There is a bill pending in the Legislature that could have the effect of diluting the state’s voting power in presidential elections. Assembly Bill 274 would rope Nevada into a compact called the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by … [Read more...]

Forfeiture of property should be tied to a conviction

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A couple of weeks ago we editorially bemoaned the fact that no one had introduced a bill in the state Legislature to restrict the practice of law enforcement agencies seizing private property — homes, cars, cash and such — under the presumption it is … [Read more...]

Lowering age of compulsory education could be harmful

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Nevada lawmakers have for decades been throwing taxpayer money at various feel-good-but-futile programs and schemes in an attempt to drag the state’s public education system up from the lowest rungs. The latest proposal to surface in the … [Read more...]

Why Nevada joined a Wisconsin property rights case

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a rather obscure and complicated property case titled Murr v. Wisconsin, in which the Murr family claims the value of their waterfront property was drastically reduced by government … [Read more...]

Time to stop police from extorting cash and property

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The appalling Constitution-bending practice by which law enforcement agencies have for years seized private property under the presumption it is the product of criminal activity without ever having to go the bothersome effort of actually, you know, … [Read more...]

Prevailing wage law change will cost taxpayers

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A fool and his money are soon parted. In Nevada those fools are the taxpayers who keep electing Democrat majorities to send to Carson City to pick their pockets. Assembly Bill 154, sponsored by a raft of Democrats, would roll back the minor headway … [Read more...]