Pardon for Oregon ranchers just the first step

Etched in stone above the entrance of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington are the words: “Equal justice under law.” The treatment of father and son Oregon ranchers by the federal judicial system makes a travesty of those words, though Pre … [Read more...]

Rosen’s DISCLOSE Act really CHILL Act

Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is seeking Republican Sen. Dean Heller’s seat in the November election, has come out strongly in support of a bill that would require disclosure of donors to groups seeking to influence political issues and c … [Read more...]

Free speech issues ‘on the ballot’ in Nevada

The right to free speech includes the right to not be compelled to speak. That includes not being required to pay dues to a union whose political views might be different from yours, not being required to advertise abortion availability at your … [Read more...]

Judicial bias depends on the party involved

Bias, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Earlier this year a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a decision by Reno federal Judge Robert Clive Jones involving water rights in the … [Read more...]

Can a Nevada law pass constitutional muster?

Our federal and state constitutions are meant to lay the ground rules for what our governments can and cannot do, spelling out the rights of the individual to be free from the dictates for well-meaning but overweening lawmakers. A recent obscure … [Read more...]

High court should stand firmly for free speech

It has long been agreed that the First Amendment right to free speech includes the right to not be compelled to speak, but this past week the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to skirt this simple premise, though it ruled in favor of a Colorado cake baker … [Read more...]

Being ‘green’ is easy, ignore facts

If you thought the “green movement” was more about self-righteous politics than clear-headed science, here are two tales that prove the point. In Arizona a petition is being circulated in an effort to get on the ballot an initiative called the Cle … [Read more...]

How will energy choice affect rural Nevada?

Part 2 If the Energy Choice Initiative (ECI) amending the state Constitution to create a competitive market for electricity passes again in the fall its impact on power bills in rural Nevada will depend on how the Legislature writes the rules to … [Read more...]

How will energy choice affect rural Nevadans?

One of the big questions lingering about a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would end electric power monopolies and create an open and competitive market electricity is: Just how will it affect customers of rural Nevada’s power c … [Read more...]

Let the voters decide on sanctuary cities petition

Sometimes it seems the argument boils down to: Those darned voters just aren’t smart enough to figure it out. That notion was never stated but seemed to linger in the background this past week at the Nevada Supreme Court during arguments about w … [Read more...]