Digital assets and estate planning

Because we spend a lot of time online – banking, shopping, social networking, etc., a new category of personal property seems to have emerged known to estate planners as “digital assets.” Digital assets include any work or possessions stored on … [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 … [Read more...]

Governor’s veto pen will save taxpayers money

Thank goodness for the veto pen. Gov. Brian Sandoval used that veto pen this past week to block an attempt by Democratic lawmakers to rollback a modest cost-saving measure passed by the Republican-controlled 2015 Legislature. Assembly Bill 154 … [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...]

Is this You? Holding Back

Actions speaking louder than words are usually seen as actions that should not have been taken. While I am pretty sure there are actions I have taken in my life that I should not have taken I am more thankful of the actions that I really wanted to … [Read more...]

Conversion therapy ban violates First Amendment

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...]

The path to mandated diversity leads to an absurdity

When you boil it down to its fundamental essence, what she is proposing is an affront to democratic principles and an absurdity. Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who picks up the liberal agenda from where Harry Reid left off, stated in a recent … [Read more...]

Give state revenue windfall back to those who created it

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...]

Democratic lawmakers trying to ration free speech

Nevada’s Democratic lawmakers in Carson City are seeking to enforce their egalitarian philosophy on everyone: All people are equal and deserve equal rights — and only equal amounts of those rights. You have the right to free speech, but no more than … [Read more...]

Nevadans would benefit from Trump’s tax deduction change

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...]

What happens to my pets when I die?

What can be done if a client does not have a trusted friend or family member to name in their will or trust as caretaker of their pet? For over twenty years, I have worked with clients regarding their estate planning and end of life affairs. As … [Read more...]

It may be time to negotiate for Yucca Mountain benefits

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman once threatened to lie down on the tracks to block any rail shipment of nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain. “We’re going to do whatever it takes, even if we have to lie down in front of the tracks,” Goodman … [Read more...]

Lawmakers seek to dodge duty to set their own salaries

Perhaps the lesson of 1989 lingers. In that legislative session, Nevada lawmakers were so bold as to pass a law that increased their pensions by 300 percent. Though the eventual retirement payouts amounted to only a few hundred dollars per month, … [Read more...]

State workers should not be allowed to unionize

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...]

State makes progress in challenging sage grouse rules

Nevada won a temporary reprieve from the Interior Department’s plans to enforce sweeping restrictions on land use as a means of protecting greater sage grouse habitat, but failed to convince a federal judge to put those plans on hold entirely. In … [Read more...]

Silly bill would create Public Lands Day

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...]

Wild horse suit dismissal leaves inhumane conditions in place

There is something positively perverse about the gloating coming from the self-styled wild horse advocates over the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejection of a lawsuit intended to force federal land agencies in Nevada to reduce the … [Read more...]

Forget PILT checks, transfer federal lands

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

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...]

Bill could dilute Nevada’s presidential voting power

There is a bill pending in the Legislature that could have the effect of diluting the state’s voting power in presidential elections. Assembly Bill 274 would rope Nevada into a compact called the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President … [Read more...]