Whither renewable power after wind farm rejected?

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The Bureau of Land Management has rejected a bid by a Swedish firm to construct a mammoth wind turbine project on the Nevada side of the border with California near Searchlight. The Crescent Peak Wind Project was to have covered 32,000 acres of … [Read more...]

Supreme Court should limit civil asset forfeitures

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The U.S. Supreme Court finally has taken up a case that could result in the reining in of the larcenous practice by local and federal law enforcement agencies of seizing private property to pad their budgets. This past week the court heard … [Read more...]

Repeal of IRS deductions for state and local taxes unfair to Nevada

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Now that Democrats — who have made a career out of demanding soak-the-rich taxes in order to redistribute it to the poor — are in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, one of their first priorities will be to provide a tax break for the rich … [Read more...]

PERS reform needed to curb ever higher costs

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The PERS cost creep continues. Earlier this month the board of directors of the Nevada Public Employees’ Retirement System authorized an increase in the amount state and local public employees and their employers — read: taxpayers — must … [Read more...]

Open Enrollment Season Underway in Nevada

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By Senator Catherine Cortez Masto  As the holiday season approaches, Nevadans have the opportunity to ensure that they have the health insurance coverage they need to protect their families and their finances in the New Year. Those looking to … [Read more...]

Reflections on an election

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I just finished my seventh round of covering elections in Mesquite as a news reporter. After covering city hall and its occupants off and on since 2007, I have some advice for the winners and losers in this year’s election. First, to those who … [Read more...]

Coming Legislature likely to favor tax hikes

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“No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” is often attributed to Mark Twain. Though the quote is most likely apocryphal, its veracity is likely to be affirmed when Nevada’s newly elected lawmakers gather in … [Read more...]

FROM THE MAYOR

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This may not be something many residents are interested in, but I find it necessary to write about because my integrity has been questioned and the office of the mayor is one in the same, and you know how rumors spread in a small community.  I pride … [Read more...]

Marsy’s Law too vague and too costly

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Question 1 on the November ballot — dubbed Marsy’s Law — would amend the Nevada Constitution by removing existing provisions requiring lawmakers to provide statutory rights for crime victims and replacing that with a so-called “Victims’ Bill of … [Read more...]

Pink tax repeal would shift tax burden

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Question 2 on the November ballot — the so-called pink tax repeal — would eliminate the state and local sales taxes on feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary napkins. Nevada does not apply sales taxes to such necessities as food … [Read more...]