U.S. Supreme Court ruling is another push to appoint judges instead of electing them

No doubt about it, the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows Florida to bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign funding is not just a blow to free speech, but is another volley in the ongoing campaign to have judges … [Read more...]

Renewable energy — taxpayers and ratepayers pick up the bill coming and going

Have you ever watched pigs nudging each other out of the way attempting to see which one can get its snout deepest into the slop trough? We are seeing a sort of pork scrum at the Legislature in Carson City between the state’s biggest monopoly e … [Read more...]

Let states continue efforts to protect sage grouse without the burden of listing them as threatened

Perhaps there is still hope that aggressive conservation and mitigation efforts by Nevada and the 10 other states where greater sage grouse range can stave off a listing of the ground-dwelling birds under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a decision … [Read more...]

Proposed law takes the slap out Nevada’s anti-SLAPP law

Slinking quietly through the Nevada Legislature is a bill that would gut the state's strong anti-SLAPP law that was once called the gold standard of such laws. SLAPP stands for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation and is generally … [Read more...]

Democratic candidate sure would fill Harry Reid’s shoes

Former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is imminently qualified to step right into the shoes of Sen. Harry Reid. This past week she became the first Democrat to announce her candidacy for Reid’s seat and he immediately endorsed her. For e … [Read more...]

On the issue of public lands, first, we have to get their attention

When my ol’ pappy broke the two-by-four across the muzzle of our stubborn 2,000-pound black Angus bull, he explained: “First, son, you have to get his attention.” Perhaps that is one way to look at Assembly Bill 408, which would prohibit the feder … [Read more...]

Nevada lawmakers must put a stop to civil asset forfeitures prior to conviction

The whole concept of civil asset forfeiture turns the law on its head, essentially finding people guilty until they can prove their innocence. Police departments and federal agencies across the country have been using civil procedures to seize … [Read more...]

Former Gov. Miller touts his failed education spending to promote Sandoval’s plan

This past week Gov. Brian Sandoval presented his proposed business license tax based on gross receipts in the form of Senate Bill 252 to a joint meeting of the state Senate and Assembly taxation committees. He insisted his proposal is not like the … [Read more...]

Nevadans should not have to change our clocks twice a year

It is time to cast off our chains and free ourselves from slavery to the clock. Mankind once worked from can till cain’t, as my ol’ grandpappy used to say — from the time you can see till the time you can’t — and farmers and ranchers such as grandp … [Read more...]

And you thought your voted counted for something in Nevada?

“Elections have consequences …” President Obama likes to tell Republicans, especially after he just won one. But not in Nevada. Not any more. The voters of Nevada swept into office a majority of Republicans in both the Assembly and state Senat … [Read more...]