Each year, the United States spends more than $51 billion on the war on drugs — a war we're clearly losing. The war has become so futile that the federal agency charged with leading the fight has undermined its own mission — and no one is being held accountable.
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Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championship is going to try to punch its way into New York, the only state where sanctioned mixed martial arts fights are illegal.
Another week, another attempt by the city of Henderson to deny its residents the ability to see how their government is serving them.
Taxes have great bearing on a country's global competitiveness. And the rankings in the Tax Foundation's annual International Tax Competitive Index show the United States is in trouble.
Throughout the Clark County School District's recent history of academic underperformance, middle schools have been anchors on achievement, unable to remedy deficiencies from elementary school or adequately prepare students for the rigors of high school.
For an institution that purportedly values and wants parental involvement above everything else, the Clark County School District has a lousy way of showing it.
During Thursday's meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee at UNLV, tourism leaders testified that a new stadium near the Strip could help Las Vegas attract at least 20 new annual special events and the tourists who'd attend them.
The selection of UNLV as host site for next fall's final presidential debate is a mighty big deal for reasons that go well beyond exposure.
Clark County voters will face one tax-related question on the November 2016 ballot: inflationary increases to the fuel tax. But might they see another question related to transit funding?
The collapsing Teachers Health Trust, the union-mismanaged health insurance for Clark County School District educators and their dependents, finally is about to die.
On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the city's 50 aldermen that if they didn't pass the largest property tax increase in Chicago's recent history, the city "would become unlivable." Mr. Emanuel wants to increase property taxes by a record $588 million over the next four years to bolster police and fire pensions. He's also seeking other new fees and tax increases to offset Chicago's annual budget deficit. Those increases include a new garbage-hauling fee, new taxes on electronic cigarettes and ride sharing, and increases on building permit and taxi fees.
Washington seldom passes up a chance to bring the heavy hand of federal power crashing down on state and local authority. That's precisely why Nevada leaders and those in other Western states have worked so hard for so long to preserve the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird that environmentalists want protected under the Endangered Species Act. If the bird is ever listed as threatened or endangered, it will severely limit land use throughout the region and greatly harm the ranching and energy industries.
Selecting a presidential candidate to support is a frustrating task. The average voter remembers that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was involved in a bridge scandal, that Hillary Clinton has email issues and that businessman Donald Trump has a loud mouth and louder hair, but do most voters really know where those three — or any of the other candidates — really stand on the issues?
By now, you'd think Hillary Clinton would have learned enough from past mistakes to leave health care alone. You'd think the Democratic presidential candidate would have the sense to tell voters, "You punished my party in last year's election because the Affordable Care Act did precisely the opposite of what we promised, and so I vow as president to unwind this law, reduce government control of health care and make things better for struggling families."
Nevada lawmakers and Gov. Brian Sandoval threw the Clark County School Board a lifeline this year when they approved a bond rollover intended to address the overcrowded system's capacity crisis. Now the School Board very well might cut that lifeline.
The 2016 presidential race is drawing huge interest from Americans — Republican debates on both Fox News and CNN attracted record-breaking ratings for both networks — so it makes perfect sense for Las Vegas to attach its brand to the campaign.
Uber is back in business in Nevada. Whether it remains in business is up to the transportation network company.
Who would win a race from Las Vegas to Southern California, a high-speed train or a tortoise? It's such an easy call that oddsmakers wouldn't set a line. The tortoise would win — in a walk.
Many scientists and environmentalists say human beings are destroying the planet. They cite global warming as definitive proof. They say things are getting worse and that unless we change our ways, we're all doomed.
Last week, in urging Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald to resign his position, we wrote: "No political figure in the state has dived eagerly, head-first, into so many ethical swamps." We were wrong.
Golf is a business. And no business is guaranteed survival in the face of economic pressure. Two groups of Las Vegas homeowners are learning this the hard way.
Many of our nation's colleges and universities have become institutions of intolerance and highly regulated expression. Not only are conservative ideas aggressively suppressed and rejected, but faculty and students often do their best to silence those ideas altogether.
Fantasy football has become so huge that TV broadcasts of the NFL's opening weekend featured a plethora of fantasy sports commercials from online fantasy businesses such as DraftKings and FanDuel.
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