Democrats now find fault with visa program abused by Reid

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Democrats are highly selective about the things that send them into high dudgeon. Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said this past week that Congress should end the EB-5 visa program that grants visas to foreigners who invest at least … [Read more...]

Rip the veil of secrecy from the Bundy case

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Justice must not only be done, but it must be seen to be done. The wheels of justice continue to grind in the federal criminal case against Cliven Bundy, four of his sons and a dozen co-defendants over the April 2014 armed standoff with federal … [Read more...]

Give state revenue windfall back to those who created it

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Riddle: What is the difference between the Nevada Legislature and a drunken sailor? Answer: Eventually the drunken sailor sobers up. The Economic Forum, which is tasked with estimating state general fund revenues so lawmakers can dodge blame … [Read more...]

Democratic lawmakers trying to ration free speech

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Nevada’s Democratic lawmakers in Carson City are seeking to enforce their egalitarian philosophy on everyone: All people are equal and deserve equal rights — and only equal amounts of those rights. You have the right to free speech, but no more than … [Read more...]

It may be time to negotiate for Yucca Mountain benefits

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Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman once threatened to lie down on the tracks to block any rail shipment of nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain. “We’re going to do whatever it takes, even if we have to lie down in front of the tracks,” Goodman … [Read more...]

Nevadans would benefit from Trump’s tax deduction change

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So President Trump has finally decided to take our advice. More than a year ago this newspaper noted in an editorial that then presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Ben Carson all had proposed … [Read more...]

State workers should not be allowed to unionize

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Lawmakers in Carson City keep coming up with more ways to spend our money. Senate Bill 486, for example, would authorize state government workers to unionize and collectively bargain for salaries and benefits. Currently, state law allows local … [Read more...]

Lawmakers seek to dodge duty to set their own salaries

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Perhaps the lesson of 1989 lingers. In that legislative session, Nevada lawmakers were so bold as to pass a law that increased their pensions by 300 percent. Though the eventual retirement payouts amounted to only a few hundred dollars per month, … [Read more...]

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...]