Legal dithering allows continuing violations of state Constitution

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Frankly, it sounds like a self-contradictory argument. Or circuitous at best. Until the 1960s, it was largely agreed that public employees could not also serve in the Nevada Legislature. This was because the Separation of Powers Clause in the … [Read more...]

Western congressmen seek monument size reductions

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Recently the 17 members of the Congressional Western Caucus — which includes Nevada’s Rep. Mark Amodei — took Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke up on his request for feedback on what to do about all the national monuments created in the past two decades, … [Read more...]

The deal that never should have been

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In all the second-guessing and navel gazing over the Faraday Future flop, no one is bringing up the real reason that the deal should never have been made in the first place. Yes, it was an ill-conceived idea for gullible Nevada lawmakers in a … [Read more...]

Bundy case judge trying to prevent jury nullification

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The retrial of four defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff at the Bundy ranch got underway this past week in Las Vegas, and this time the prosecution and the judge seem determined to avoid another mistrial due to a hung jury by eviscerating … [Read more...]

Repeal ObamaCare and let states handle health insurance

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The bad news for those who live in Clark, Carson City and Nye counties is that companies offering ObamaCare-compliant health insurance policies have requested 38 percent premium increases in 2018. The good news for those in the rest of Nevada is that … [Read more...]

How to make use of those Yucca Mountain tunnels

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Sometimes things just naturally come full circle. For decades Nevada’s former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid constantly pounded on two themes: Blocking nuclear waste from being stored in Yucca Mountain in Nye County and pressing for more and more solar … [Read more...]

Return authority over intrastate water to the states

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced this past week that it is moving to rescind the Obama administration’s 2015 rules that defined the "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act of 1972 as every stream, ditch, wetland … [Read more...]

Ownership of land would be better than paltry PILT payouts

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It is that time of year again, when counties in Nevada and across the West squat on the street corner with their tin alms cups extended anxiously awaiting the tinkling sound of a few coins from the federal till — otherwise known as Payment in Lieu of … [Read more...]

Nevada right to join sanctuary city fight

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Earlier this month Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt joined with nine other attorneys general in filing a friend-of-the-court brief challenging a federal judge’s decision in April to block a President Trump executive order that would deny some … [Read more...]

Democrats doubly wrong in effort to gag free speech

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Democrats keep pounding on a solution in search of a problem. In January of 2010 the Supreme Court held that it is unconstitutional to prohibit political campaign spending by corporations and unions. In the case of Citizens United v. FEC the court … [Read more...]