Conversion therapy ban violates First Amendment

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Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law this past week a legislatively passed bill that makes it illegal for any psychotherapist in Nevada to provide conversion therapy to anyone under the age of 18. Senate Bill 201 defines conversion therapy as “any … [Read more...]

Legislature time squandered

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By Assemblyman Chris Edwards (R-AD19) The 2017 Legislative Session has roughly three weeks remaining to finish Nevada’s business. I think it’s going to be a mad frenzy to do so because the Democrats in charge have squandered much time on low … [Read more...]

The Mean Streak

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Everywhere you go, there is a dark story. Every city and town has one. Mesquite, however, has several. Over the past seven years that I have had a magnifying glass over this city, watching the moves of the chess pieces and seeing the constant … [Read more...]

Rip the veil of secrecy from the Bundy case

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Justice must not only be done, but it must be seen to be done. The wheels of justice continue to grind in the federal criminal case against Cliven Bundy, four of his sons and a dozen co-defendants over the April 2014 armed standoff with federal … [Read more...]

Give state revenue windfall back to those who created it

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Riddle: What is the difference between the Nevada Legislature and a drunken sailor? Answer: Eventually the drunken sailor sobers up. The Economic Forum, which is tasked with estimating state general fund revenues so lawmakers can dodge blame … [Read more...]

Nevadans would benefit from Trump’s tax deduction change

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So President Trump has finally decided to take our advice. More than a year ago this newspaper noted in an editorial that then presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Ben Carson all had proposed … [Read more...]

State workers should not be allowed to unionize

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Lawmakers in Carson City keep coming up with more ways to spend our money. Senate Bill 486, for example, would authorize state government workers to unionize and collectively bargain for salaries and benefits. Currently, state law allows local … [Read more...]

Silly bill would create Public Lands Day

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Some people have a really strange concept of "democracy," and that says a lot about some of the people elected to the Nevada Legislature. Also, if you thought an earlier proposal to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day as a silly waste of … [Read more...]

Forget PILT checks, transfer federal lands

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There is considerable consternation in rural counties across the West over the Trump administration planning to cut the size of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) checks this year. The current budget blueprint calls for cuts but doesn’t specify how … [Read more...]

Forfeiture of property should be tied to a conviction

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A couple of weeks ago we editorially bemoaned the fact that no one had introduced a bill in the state Legislature to restrict the practice of law enforcement agencies seizing private property — homes, cars, cash and such — under the presumption it is … [Read more...]