Sen. Heller pushing for faster approval of broadband easements

Once again Nevada’s Washington representatives are having to resort to legislation to force the slothful federal land agencies to more quickly allow the public access to rights of way across putatively public lands. Earlier this month Nevada … [Read more...]

Legislators should not be able to hide from public scrutiny

“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”  — Justice Louis Brandeis This is Sunshine Week, created by the … [Read more...]

Is Nevada being unconstitutionally awed into obedience to the feds?

Over the years the battle to grant states greater control over the vast swath of federal public land have ebbed and flowed. There have been court battles, mostly lost. There have been legislative resolutions and bills, mostly ignored, as well as … [Read more...]

You may not ruffle a single sage grouse feather

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. — Ronald Reagan Let’s see what tips the scales for your typical federal bureaucrat. Ah, here is an open window into the mind of one now. Let us look in. It is March, and … [Read more...]

The Electric Highwayman: Robbing the poor to give to the rich

Think of it as an electric oasis — a place to stop and recharge your electric vehicle as you caravan across the high desert to pay homage to the lords of government in Carson City or do whatever they do in Reno. Only, you can’t get there from … [Read more...]

Bets placed on Tesla, Faraday looking like long shots

There was an interesting quote in the Las Vegas newspaper recently from Steve Hill, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the office that gives your money to others in hopes that they will create jobs, improve … [Read more...]

Reid hypocritical in his arguments about Supreme Court nomination process

Some people are ambidextrous. Harry Reid is ambioratory. He speaks out of both sides of his mouth. This past week one of Sen. Reid’s staffers penned an op-ed column that ran under his name in The Washington Post on the topic of replacing the late, … [Read more...]

Tax Tips: If you received form 1099; don’t throw it away

By John R. Bullis Mr. Shankar received a form 1099-MISC that reported “other income” of $668 from Citibank but did not report it on his 2009 income tax return. He thought when he used the award of “Thank You” points to buy an airline ticket, it … [Read more...]

A few things to cogitate before going to the presidential caucuses

In a matter of days Nevada Democrats and Republicans will be asked to lend their support to one of their parties’ candidates in the state’s first-in-the-West caucuses. The decisions will be closely watched by the rest of the nation and could help … [Read more...]

Absurdly trivial conflicts escalate to tragedy

T he absurdity of it all would be comical if the consequences were not so extraordinarily dire. One man is dead, shot to death by officers at a roadblock. Father and son ranchers are in prison serving mandatory five-year terms under an … [Read more...]