U.S. Supreme Court ruling is another push to appoint judges instead of electing them

No doubt about it, the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows Florida to bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign funding is not just a blow to free speech, but is another volley in the ongoing campaign to have judges … [Read more...]

Lawmakers should not opt for presidential primaries instead of caucuses

Here we go again. Teeth are being gnashed. Hands are being wrung. People are whining about how unseemly, uncouth and unAmerican the very thought of a presidential caucus is compared to a nice aseptic primary. The Legislature dithers. Assembly … [Read more...]

Renewable energy—taxpayers and ratepayers pick up the ball coming and going

Have you ever watched pigs nudging each other out of the way attempting to see which one can get its snout deepest into the slop trough? We are seeing a sort of pork scrum at the Legislature in Carson City between the state’s biggest monopoly … [Read more...]

Lawmakers should leave Nevada’s strong anti-SLAPP law alone

When your only tool is a hammer, every problem is a nail. With lawyers, the solution to every problem is a lawsuit. A bill to drastically alter Nevada’s strong anti-SLAPP law (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) breezed through the … [Read more...]

Let states continue efforts to protect sage grouse without the burden of listing them as threatened

Perhaps there is still hope that aggressive conservation and mitigation efforts by Nevada and the 10 other states where greater sage grouse range can stave off a listing of the ground-dwelling birds under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a decision … [Read more...]

Bill to speed up mining permitting process would be a boon to Nevada

Rep. Mark Amodei, who represents the northern half of rural Nevada, recently introduced a bill in Congress intended to force the federal land agencies to get into gear, setting the total review process for issuing mining permits at 30 months … [Read more...]

Proposed law takes the slap out Nevada’s anti-SLAPP law

Slinking quietly through the Nevada Legislature is a bill that would gut the state’s strong anti-SLAPP law that was once called the gold standard of such laws. SLAPP stands for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation and is generally … [Read more...]

If lawmakers can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen

Lawmakers in Carson City are attempting to play Pontius Pilate and wash their hands of one of their responsibilities. Assembly Joint Resolution No. 10 proposes to revise the Nevada Constitution and set up a Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for … [Read more...]

Democratic candidate sure would fill Harry Reid’s shoes

Former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is imminently qualified to step right into the shoes of Sen. Harry Reid. This past week she became the first Democrat to announce her candidacy for Reid’s seat and he immediately endorsed her. For … [Read more...]

On the issue of public lands, first, we have to get their attention

When my ol’ pappy broke the two-by-four across the muzzle of our stubborn 2,000-pound black Angus bull, he explained: “First, son, you have to get his attention.” Perhaps that is one way to look at Assembly Bill 408, which would prohibit the … [Read more...]