How can Nevada provide justice for indigents accused of crimes in rural counties?

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A commission set up by Nevada’s Supreme Court has found that in rural counties the system for providing attorneys for poor people accused of crimes is broken and is in desperate need of fixing. The Indigent Defense Commission is expected to … [Read more...]

Time to stop warrantless searches and seizures of private property in Nevada

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Civil asset forfeiture has turned into a fundraising scam for federal and local law enforcement agencies, who use the excuse that seized cash, cars and homes are the product of suspected criminal endeavors and thus forfeitable to the government, … [Read more...]

Doling our tax favors won’t do anything to improve state’s economy

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Largely overlooked at first during all the congratulatory back slapping — which came with the news that Tesla Motors had built an earthen pad in an industrial park east of Sparks for its new $5 billion lithium-ion battery "gigafactory" that would … [Read more...]

Bills to hand over federal public land to local governments advance … again

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Pardon us for not swooning in anticipation of the economic windfall about to be bestowed on rural Nevada by the seven public lands bills that were again passed out of a House committee just before the August recess. Both of Nevada's congressmen … [Read more...]

U.S. Supreme Court sends message to Nevada judges: Butt out of election campaigns

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A Supreme Court opinion from earlier this summer should send a message to Nevada judges to butt out of election campaigns. The court reversed and remanded a case out of Ohio that involved a law making it a crime for any person to “[p]ost, publish, … [Read more...]

How to stop a charging bureaucrat? Take away his credit card

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If you can’t get a bill passed in Congress telling a federal agency to stop doing something, just slip some language into the appropriate appropriations bill denying funding for doing it. That’s what happened with wild horses. Though the law … [Read more...]

Drunk with power, federal agencies are coming for our water

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There may not be sufficient documentation to prove that Mark Twain ever said, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is fighting over,” but Nevada ranchers and farmers are having to fight over water with two branches of their own federal government. It’s … [Read more...]

Group targets right-wingers for fun and profit, mostly profit

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently published a report loosely based on the standoff at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Bunkerville titled “War in the West: The Bundy Ranch Standoff and the American Radical Right.” It was duly reported by … [Read more...]

Group files suit to halt oil and gas exploration

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Send in the Luddites. Don’t bother they’re here. A group calling itself the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking has joined the cacophony of doomsayers crying in the wilderness for all oil and natural gas exploration to be stopped lest the … [Read more...]

Wild horse law doing more harm than good

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The Bureau of Land Management this past week filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it in Nevada federal court over its failure to properly manage wild horses, as required by law, and letting the mustang population explode far beyond … [Read more...]