Rural groundwater grab gets federal court hearing

If whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting, this fight has gone on for 28 years and the combatants are still flailing madly. In 1989 the agency that is now the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) filed paperwork with the state engineer … [Read more...]

Legal dithering allows continuing violations of state Constitution

Frankly, it sounds like a self-contradictory argument. Or circuitous at best. Until the 1960s, it was largely agreed that public employees could not also serve in the Nevada Legislature. This was because the Separation of Powers Clause in the … [Read more...]

Bundy case judge trying to prevent jury nullification

The retrial of four defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff at the Bundy ranch got underway this past week in Las Vegas, and this time the prosecution and the judge seem determined to avoid another mistrial due to a hung jury by eviscerating … [Read more...]

How to make use of those Yucca Mountain tunnels

Sometimes things just naturally come full circle. For decades Nevada’s former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid constantly pounded on two themes: Blocking nuclear waste from being stored in Yucca Mountain in Nye County and pressing for more and more solar p … [Read more...]

Ownership of land would be better than paltry PILT payouts

It is that time of year again, when counties in Nevada and across the West squat on the street corner with their tin alms cups extended anxiously awaiting the tinkling sound of a few coins from the federal till — otherwise known as Payment in Lieu of … [Read more...]

Democrats doubly wrong in effort to gag free speech

Democrats keep pounding on a solution in search of a problem. In January of 2010 the Supreme Court held that it is unconstitutional to prohibit political campaign spending by corporations and unions. In the case of Citizens United v. FEC the court … [Read more...]

Congress should dump plan to tax advertising

Congress is finally seriously talking about tax reform for the first time since President Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986, but there is a fly in the anointment. The current draft being proffered contains a proposal to alter the Internal … [Read more...]

Nevadans welcome review of sage grouse land use plans

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who had filed a lawsuit attempting to overturn the Interior Department’s 2015 land use plan to protect greater sage grouse, is praising the recent decision by the Trump administration to review those p … [Read more...]

Nevada Democrats wrongly predict disaster over Paris Climate Accord pullout

The caterwauling over President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord and renegotiate was quick, loud and anguished — including from Nevada’s usual Democratic suspects. Freshman Nevada U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto fired off thi … [Read more...]

Nevada politicians balk at Trump’s budget

The Obama administration managed to increase the national debt from $10.6 trillion in 2009 to nearly $20 trillion in 2016, meaning the cost of serving that debt has doubled and will rise as interest rates rise. But when President Trump proposes a … [Read more...]