This little “Piggy” is getting fat at the public trough

Print Friendly

Back in the 1970s Wisconsin U.S. Sen. William Proxmire began handing out his monthly Golden Fleece Award, recognizing wasteful spending by government agencies, such as a $4 million advertising campaign by the Postal Service to encourage Americans to … [Read more...]

Education savings accounts would increase public school funds

Print Friendly

Nevada’s education savings account (ESA) law is in dire straits thanks to a convoluted state Supreme Court ruling that said ESAs are constitutional but the funding mechanism devised by lawmakers was not and the fact that this year’s roster of … [Read more...]

Congress or Trump could undo Gold Butte monument designation

Print Friendly

There is a word for what President Obama did this past week in declaring Gold Butte a national monument: dictatorial. In just more than a year Obama has unilaterally declared off-limits to productive economic uses 1 million acres of Nevada land — … [Read more...]

Nevada could be ground zero for resurgence of national defense

Print Friendly

Nevada knows nukes, or at least we used to. First, the election of Donald Trump reignited the debate over the possible resurrection of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository. Now, with a simple tweet Trump has reopened discussions about the … [Read more...]

Why we have a Federalist system, instead of a democracy

Print Friendly

Someone buy these folks a civics textbook and maybe a Cliff Notes version of the Federalist Papers. Yes, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by about 3 million more votes than Donald Trump, but she lost the Electoral College vote by 306 to 232. … [Read more...]

Nevada joins challenge of Endangered Species Act rule changes

Print Friendly

Nevada has joined an 18-state coalition that has filed suit against various federal land agencies for essentially rewriting the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) to in effect give themselves potential veto power over any use whatsoever on every … [Read more...]

Trump appointees may hold key to Nevada’s economic future

Print Friendly

What does a Donald Trump presidency forebode for Nevada? It is hard to say, because Trump has never kept a firm grip on any political position for more than a few hours, seemingly changing stances depending on with whom he has spoken most … [Read more...]

Whither the state’s effort to take control of public lands?

Print Friendly

In March 2015 Congressman Mark Amodei, who represents northern Nevada, introduced H.R. 1484, dubbed the Honor the Nevada Enabling Act of 1864 Act, which, if passed, would require the Departments of Agriculture and Interior to convey to Nevada a … [Read more...]

Nevada election results: The tail wags the dog

Print Friendly

Welcome to the state of Clark. The land mass that is Clark County was added to Nevada three years after statehood, carved from a corner of Arizona. It was a part of Lincoln County until 1909, when the Legislature split off Clark County. Clark … [Read more...]

Who should control the land inside sovereign states?

Print Friendly

Apparently the unexpected acquittal in Oregon — on charges of illegally occupying a wildlife refuge to protest the jailing of father and son ranchers over fires that got out of control and burned a few acres of federal public land — has emboldened … [Read more...]