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EDITORIAL: March Madness means money

March Madness isn’t contained to your TV set. As it does every year in Las Vegas, the NCAA Tournament has taken over the town, with thousands of tourists flooding sports books and plopping down basketfuls of their hard-earned cash on their favorite teams.

EDITORIAL: Reid’s run unmatched in Nevada history

To say Harry Reid belongs on Nevada’s hypothetical Mount Rushmore suggests that three other people have wielded influence comparable to the longtime U.S. senator. In reality, no other figure in Nevada’s 150-year history has built as much power for himself — and as much leverage for the state — as the Searchlight native, who announced Friday morning that he would not seek re-election to a sixth term.

EDITORIAL: Drones mean business

The assessor’s office provides an aerial image of your house — and your entire neighborhood, for that matter — and displays it on the agency’s website. Other websites provide similar views. But if you’re trying to sell your house and want much closer, better aerial footage to enhance your listing, you can’t get it.

EDITORIAL: Legislature must let Uber operate in Nevada

If Nevada lawmakers are serious about attracting more high-tech companies to the state, about lifting the state’s entrepreneurial profile and appealing to the 21st-century workforce they claim they want to create, they’ll pass legislation that allows one of the country’s most innovative industries to operate here.

EDITORIAL: North Strip makeover

Soon the Echelon eyesore will be no more. As reported Monday by the Review-Journal’s Howard Stutz, Malaysia-based Genting Berhad will break ground May 5 on the $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas hotel-casino, a project that promises to accellerate the redevelopment of the north Strip and wipe out a painful reminder of the Great Recession.

EDITORIAL: Mandatory voting

President Barack Obama loves using the heavy hand of government to make Americans do what he wants them to do. Obamacare’s array of mandates — especially tax penalties for those who fail to purchase health insurance — is the most obvious proof of his fondness for coercion. His latest big idea: compulsory voting.

EDITORIAL: In Henderson, of course

Henderson government is in the news for the wrong reasons — again. The Review-Journal’s Eric Hartley reported Monday that a city audit found police had been illegally voiding traffic citations after the tickets had been filed in court. Under state law, only a judge can dismiss citations once they’ve been filed in court.

EDITORIAL: IRS should back off bid to tax more casino winnings

The IRS is determined to make the casino business as burdensome as possible. It’s not enough that claiming gambling losses on individual tax returns invites an audit. And it’s not enough that IRS agents have put increasing pressure on casinos to report “suspicious activity” by customers. What qualifies as “suspicious activity”? Criticism of the IRS, of course.

EDITORIAL: Recording police

Police have the power to seal off crime scenes or areas that require investigation, but they can’t stop people from filming them in public places where no one — not even officers — has any expectation of privacy.

EDITORIAL: Freedom of Information Act requires vigorous defense

Before signing the Freedom of Information Act into law in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made it clear to those closest to him that he strongly disliked the legislation. According to Bill Moyers, Mr. Johnson’s press secretary at the time, the president “hated the thought of journalists rummaging in government closets.” By the time Mr. Johnson actually signed the legislation, however, even the president had to publicly concede FOIA’s importance “in an open society in which the people’s right to know is cherished and guarded.”

EDITORIAL: Secrecy shrouds all levels of government

Everybody pull out your Macaulay Culkin shocked-face masks. Hillary Clinton, another relic of the 1990s, engaged in secretive and possibly illegal communications at the highest levels of government. During her four-year stint as secretary of state in the Obama administration, Mrs. Clinton not only used her private account for all email communications, but she did so on a private server located in her New York home. Talk about covering your tracks.