17th Amendment has left states powerless against popularly elected Congress — repeal it

We managed to repeal the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. It is time to repeal the 17th. What? You have no idea what the 17th Amendment is? Well, it is the one that effectively ended federalism by taking the power to appoint U.S. … [Read more...]

Tesla Motors tax deal fails on principle and economic viability

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The deal the governor and the state Legislature cut with Tesla Motors to lure its proposed $5 billion lithium-ion battery plant to Nevada trammels the fundamental principles on which this nation was founded and is economically naïve. The deal … [Read more...]

At Reid’s energy summit, no heretics or blasphemy allowed

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At this past week’s Brother Harry’s seventh-annual Traveling Planet Salvation Show with all-day preaching and frequent amens from the choir — Can I get a witness, Brother? — presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton had the faithful … [Read more...]

How can Nevada provide justice for indigents accused of crimes in rural counties

A commission set up by Nevada’s Supreme Court has found that in rural counties the system for providing attorneys for poor people accused of crimes is broken and is in desperate need of fixing. The Indigent Defense Commission is expected to … [Read more...]

Time to stop warrantless searches and seizures of private property in Nevada

Civil asset forfeiture has turned into a fundraising scam for federal and local law enforcement agencies, who use the excuse that seized cash, cars and homes are the product of suspected criminal endeavors and thus forfeitable to the government, … [Read more...]

Doling out tax favors to private companies does nothing to improve state’s economy

Largely overlooked at first during all the congratulatory back slapping — which came with the news that Tesla Motors had built an earthen pad in an industrial park east of Sparks for its new $5 billion lithium-ion battery “gigafactory” that would … [Read more...]

Bills to hand over federal public land to local governments advance … again

Pardon us for not swooning in anticipation of the economic windfall about to be bestowed on rural Nevada by the seven public lands bills that were again passed out of a House committee just before the August recess. Both of Nevada’s congressmen … [Read more...]

U.S. Supreme Court sends message to Nevada judges: Butt out of election campaigns

A Supreme Court opinion from earlier this summer should send a message to Nevada judges to butt out of election campaigns. The court reversed and remanded a case out of Ohio that involved a law making it a crime for any person to “[p]ost, publish, … [Read more...]

How to stop a charging bureaucrat? Take away his credit cards

If you can’t get a bill passed in Congress telling a federal agency to stop doing something, just slip some language into the appropriate appropriations bill denying funding for doing it. That’s what happened with wild horses. Though the law … [Read more...]

Bashing right-wingers for fun and profit, mostly profit

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently published a report loosely based on the standoff at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Bunkerville titled “War in the West: The Bundy Ranch Standoff and the American Radical Right.” It was duly reported by … [Read more...]

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