Question 2: Voters should just say ‘no’ to meddling with the mining tax

Only days after the state of Nevada celebrates its 150th anniversary of statehood on Oct. 31, voters will be asked on the General Election ballot whether to repeal a section of the Nevada Constitution on which the very question of statehood hinged … [Read more...]

Latest study should further dampen Las Vegas’ appetite for rural groundwater

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey published this summer has added credence and hard numbers to the arguments from opponents to a plan by Las Vegas water utilities to tap 84,000 acre-feet of groundwater from valleys in White Pine and Lincoln … [Read more...]

Bureaucrats playing a befuddled, futile game of species preservation with our money

“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.” — Proverbs 26:12 Economist F.A. Hayek called the efforts of central planners to create a more efficient economy than the free market could: “The Fatal Conceit … [Read more...]

Arguments against voter approval of margin tax just keep piling up

Every time someone kicks over another margin tax rock, another monster comes crawling out. We’ve already learned from previous studies and analyses that The Education Initiative, or margin tax, on the November General Election ballot might not r … [Read more...]

Voters should approve appeals court to speed delivery of justice

Between now and the November election you likely will hear this phrase repeated frequently: “Justice delayed is justice denied.” This pithy little aphorism is usually attributed to 19th century British Prime Minister William Gladstone and argues th … [Read more...]

17th Amendment has left states powerless against popularly elected Congress — repeal it

We managed to repeal the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. It is time to repeal the 17th. What? You have no idea what the 17th Amendment is? Well, it is the one that effectively ended federalism by taking the power to appoint U.S. … [Read more...]

Tesla Motors tax deal fails on principle and economic viability

The deal the governor and the state Legislature cut with Tesla Motors to lure its proposed $5 billion lithium-ion battery plant to Nevada trammels the fundamental principles on which this nation was founded and is economically naïve. The deal … [Read more...]

Nevada lawmakers need to finally tackle public employee pension costs

When the Nevada Legislature meets in the spring it is going to have to sharpen a lot of pencils to figure out how to balance the coming biennial budget. Lawmakers must contend with growing public school enrollment, growing Medicaid enrollments, … [Read more...]

At Reid’s clean energy summit, no heretics or blasphemy allowed

At this past week’s Brother Harry’s seventh-annual Traveling Planet Salvation Show with all-day preaching and singing under the arbor — Can I get a witness, Brother? — presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton had the faithful standin … [Read more...]

Congress should resurrect federalism and let the states and local governments do their jobs

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State Governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, … [Read more...]