Survey Finds Widespread Campus Intolerance for Free Speech

Welcome to the coming mobocracy. It appears we are rearing a generation that already has all the answers, knows what needs to be said and done and will brook no deviation from the preordained norm. A debate is not an option. In the face of a … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Falsely Claims Fracking will be Devastating

The Luddites are tossing legal wrenches into the economic machinery. A pair of self-styled environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court in an attempt to block oil and gas leases on tracts on Bureau of Land Management public land, … [Read more...]

Trump tells it like it is at the U.N.

The New York Times editorial called the speech bellicose and said it had a dark tone and focus. It compared the speech unfavorably to one by a more humble President Obama in 2009 when many of the same problems existed — without a hint of recognition t … [Read more...]

Zinke’s National Monument Modifications Too Modest

Frankly, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s memo to President Trump recommending modifications to a few national monuments — including the 300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument in Clark County — is far too modest, but it has the Democratic conti … [Read more...]

Nevada Must Examine Yucca Mountain Opportunities as well as Risks

There are two things we can’t seem to bury: Nuclear waste and the debate over Yucca Mountain. At something dubbed the RadWaste Summit at a Las Vegas hotel earlier this month the debate over whether or not to bury nuclear waste in a labyrinth of t … [Read more...]

Democrats’ DACA Rhetoric just Muddies The Waters

The vitriol being spewed over President Trump’s suspension of Obama’s executive fiat to defer deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children are nothing more than pretentious and pointless political pat … [Read more...]

A Day Worthy of Celebrating in America: Constitution Day

This Sunday, Sept. 17, marks the anniversary of one of the most propitious days in the history of this country. On that day in 1787, the representatives at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the Constitution. It was ratified by the … [Read more...]

Learn from the Mistakes of the Past, Not Erase Them

This paroxysm of efforts to eradicate all monuments and place names that memorialize historic leaders of the Confederacy serves as merely a distraction from real problems, wasting time and money that could be devoted to worthy endeavors. The … [Read more...]

Federal Judge Dismisses Overtime Rule Change

A Texas federal court judge has struck down a rule change by Obama’s Labor Department that would have cost employers $1.2 billion a year by requiring overtime for an additional 4.2 million workers — or in reality, however many workers actually still h … [Read more...]

Don’t Emasculate The State Constitution by Adding Words

What a difference a single word makes. Though the Nevada Constitution clearly states that any person serving in one branch of government may not perform “any function” of another branch, the Legislature’s lawyers, the Legislative Counsel Bureau (LC … [Read more...]

Time to Release Bunkerville Defendants on Bail?

Whether you think the defendants in the Bunkerville standoff are a bunch of lunatic, dangerous gun-nuts who should be locked up and the key is thrown away or upstanding Patriots defending property and constitutional rights in the face of belligerent … [Read more...]

Heller-Sponsored Bill Gives Veterans Health Care Choice

With a deadline rapidly approaching, two weeks ago President Trump signed a bill sponsored by Nevada Sen. Dean Heller that appropriates $2.1 billion to extend a program that provides veterans with an opportunity to seek health care outside the … [Read more...]

Interior’s New Sage Grouse Protection Efforts Welcomed

Earlier this month Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered the implementation of recommendations from a team that reviewed the previous administration’s draconian land use restrictions under the guise of protecting greater sage grouse. The team — which … [Read more...]

Congress Needs to Delay or Repeal Health Insurance Tax

You might not have said anything when they announced that ObamaCare-compliant health insurance premiums are going up nearly 40 percent next year because you get your insurance elsewhere. You might not have said anything when they announced there … [Read more...]

Court Ruling Puts State Water Rights in Jeopardy

Nevada is taking the lead in challenging a recent 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion that has the potential to obliterate more than a century of state water rights law. The office of Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt this past week filed … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Here’s Another Chance to Repeal the Commerce Tax

In 2014 Nevada voters rejected by 79 percent to 21 percent a proposed margins tax, effectively an income tax on state businesses. Despite this unequivocal rejection at the ballot box, lawmakers a few short months later passed a similar, though … [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...]

Western congressmen seek monument size reductions

Recently the 17 members of the Congressional Western Caucus — which includes Nevada’s Rep. Mark Amodei — took Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke up on his request for feedback on what to do about all the national monuments created in the past two decades, … [Read more...]

Another public pension warning flag raised

Researchers at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University have published their annual “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition,” and Nevada ranked a respectable 14th among the states in overall fiscal health and accountability. The study ranked … [Read more...]