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...]

Who is that Republican already running against Harry Reid?

Speculation has been bubbling in the press about who from the Republican Party might run against long-time Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid in 2016. Reid insists he will seek re-election despite his recent injury that may leave him with impaired … [Read more...]

State Constitution does not allow laws regulating political speech

The Nevada Supreme Court made the right decision but for the wrong reason. In the case of Citizen Outreach vs. State, the court ruled 5-2 a couple of weeks ago that the organization did not violate a 1997 law requiring those who engage in express … [Read more...]

Rep. Hardy expects to see some action on federal land issues

Freshman 4th Congressional District Rep. Cresent Hardy, whose district covers the southern half of rural Nevada, foresees considerable debate and action coming during this 114th session of Congress on various issues concerning use and control of … [Read more...]

New Nevada or Brave New Nevada? It’s just a matter of degree

In his State of the State speech Gov. Brian Sandoval called for the creation of a “New Nevada.” He used the term eight times in the speech so he must have meant it. “Because of our collective effort,” he said, “I believe we now stand at the thresho … [Read more...]

Rep. Amodei predicts Congress will greatly impact Nevada this session

As the 114th Congress gets under way, Rep. Mark Amodei, whose district covers the northern half of the state, is optimistic the House can pass legislation to allow Nevada and other Western states to take control of some portion of federal lands … [Read more...]

‘State of …’ speeches were entirely too much alike

Earlier this month Gov. Brian Sandoval delivered his “State of the State” address to the Legislature. A couple of days later President Obama gave his “State of the Union” speech in front of Congress. Obama is a liberal Democrat who faced both a Hou … [Read more...]

Governor’s budget plan is long on spending, short on accountability

It is called bait and switch. Just over two months after the voters of Nevada rejected by a 79 percent majority a margin tax on gross receipts of businesses that its backers claimed would raise $800 million in tax revenue, this past week in his … [Read more...]

Think tank outlines how to make Nevada taxation fairer and more stable

The word that will be buzzing through the halls of the Nevada Legislature like a swarm of bees from February until June will be “taxes” — whether to raise them, create new ones or fix the ones we have. Our lawmakers would do well to heed the advic … [Read more...]

Lawmakers should reform education, not just throw money at it

When Nevada lawmakers meet in Carson City in a couple of weeks the top priority will and must be education, but the focus should not be solely on funding, but on fundamental, meaningful reform focused like a laser beam on two key elements — choice a … [Read more...]