As each week of the 2015 Nevada Legislature goes by, the urgency to pass Senate Bill 119 — or an amended version of it — increases substantially.
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If you think government can be trusted to regulate your right to make a living, consider the case of Steve Cooksey. He was told he needed a license to — wait for it — write a blog.
Sometimes, a person does something so magnanimous and so unexpected that it can make even the most hardened soul have renewed faith in humanity. Cynthia Portaro delivered such a moment last week at the Regional Justice Center. Her actions were so moving that veteran public defender Joseph Abood said he’d “never seen anything like it.”
You can’t fix a problem if you don’t see the cause. Case in point: rising juvenile obesity.
Does filing your federal tax return make you feel stupid? You’re not alone.
E-cigarettes are not cigarettes. They’re not tobacco products. But that hasn’t stopped the anti-smoking brigade from demanding that the growing industry and its customers be regulated and taxed the same as cigarette makers and smokers.
Sun City MacDonald Ranch residents certainly pay attention to what happens around their 2,500-home, age-restricted community. We wish more neighborhoods were as engaged, especially during municipal election season. In Henderson, particularly, there are plenty of government decisions worth fighting.
The members of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee have an opportunity this morning to solve public education’s most urgent problem. They also have an opportunity to significantly worsen a school and quality-of-life crisis.
Ed Vogel was a newsman’s newsman. He could hammer out hundreds of words on breaking news in a matter of minutes, then weave a thoughtful human interest story about one of the only-in-Nevada characters he found so fascinating. He could make everyone in a room comfortable with a pleasant greeting and a wide smile, then make everyone completely uncomfortable with sharp questioning. He could shout it out with editors, then laugh it off.
If Democratic Party leaders are serious about learning why they were annihilated in last year’s election, they’ll have to be brutally honest with themselves.
So far, the Nevada Legislature has done nothing with Senate Bill 33. That shouldn’t change.
For years, Department of Veterans Affairs employees across the country falsely reported patient wait times and covered up systemic malfeasance so they could collect bonuses at the expense of veterans’ health. The scandal made national news, cost VA Secretary Eric Shinseki his job and laid bare the complete absence of accountability within the agency.
Several citizens have stepped up to give city voters choices in this spring’s municipal elections. Now the disinterested electorate must raise its game and actually engage. The direction of this valley depends on it.
If the media weren’t around to report Henderson’s hostility to the media, city employees still might face termination for talking to the media — and residents would have less information about the government they pay for.
The Riviera is going public in a way the Strip has never seen before.
Americans have more time to sign up for Obamacare. And they might get more time beyond that, if some congressional Democrats have their way.
We’ve said it before: The federal bureaucracy is so bloated and inefficient that accountability is a pipe dream. Need a reminder? Just take a quick scan of some recent headlines.
The Nevada Public Employees Retirement System wouldn’t be in such bad fiscal shape — and wouldn’t desperately need such drastic reforms — if it provided benefits only to retired government workers.
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed tax increases have sucked a lot of the air out of the Legislative Building in Carson City. However, the Republican has championed an ambitious reform agenda alongside his proposed education spending increases to bolster Nevada’s schools.
Political speech enjoys special protection under the First Amendment because democracy cannot survive if government has the power to limit expression of high public interest and social concern.
College campuses are supposed to be marketplaces of ideas, where no one should be afraid to study and debate controversial ideas. If a university limits speech, it limits study — to say nothing of stomping our most important rights.
The list of true Las Vegas legends — the innovative, larger-than-life locals, good and bad, who personified the city and brought national attention to Southern Nevada — is shorter than you might think. Bugsy Siegel. Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Howard Hughes. Steve Wynn. A select few others.
If the heartbroken young men of Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League want some comfort in sorting out the dumb, unfair things grown-ups do to spoil youth sports, we suggest they call the boys from Las Vegas Mountain Ridge Little League, the team they beat for last year’s national championship.
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