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EDITORIAL: Rising premiums latest shoe to drop for Obamacare

For the Affordable Care Act, the other shoe has dropped so many times that the legislation now needs to grow feet at a prolific pace to keep up. And far from being over, there are many more shoes to drop in the coming months and years, with the latest being significant — and in some cases exorbitant — increases in monthly premiums.

EDITORIAL: UNLV baseball gains national attention

If there’s a way to be nationally ranked, yet fly under the radar, the UNLV baseball team has managed to do just that. Lost in March Madness nationally and in the university’s own version locally, as the school worked to keep men’s basketball coach Dave Rice from leaving, the Hustlin’ Rebels are having a tremendous season under fourth-year coach Tim Chambers.

EDITORIAL: NCAA sacks UNLV football

It took the much-maligned UNLV football team 13 years to get back to a bowl game, with the Rebels finally breaking through by posting a 7-5 regular-season record last season to reach the Heart of Dallas Bowl, where they lost to North Texas, 36-14. There won’t be an opportunity for Coach Bobby Hauck’s team to earn back-to-back bowl appearances.

EDITORIAL: BLM’s cattle battle ends — for now

The Bureau of Land Management finally made one prudent decision in its battle with rancher Cliven Bundy: withdrawing. The weeklong feud began with the BLM rounding up hundreds of Mr. Bundy’s cattle, and reached heightened tension levels by Saturday afternoon in a 20-minute standoff between armed ranchers and law enforcement officers.

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EDITORIAL: Downtown strike

Voting to strike and actually going on strike are two very different things. On Thursday, the Culinary Local 226 did the former. If the union follows through on the latter, it will be the group’s most significant work stoppage in Las Vegas in 30 years.

EDITORIAL: Miller, Democrats overreach to expose donors

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is no fan of anonymous political speech, never mind the country’s long history of such protected expression. But the collective push from Democrats to root out conservative donors reveals the backers of such speech have good reason to keep their names secret.

EDITORIAL: What Obamacare deadline?

This Obamacare mandate couldn’t change. On March 11, a mere 20 days ago, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokeswoman Julie Bataille said of the March 31 Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline: “We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period. In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.” On March 12, Rep. Kevin Brady of the House Ways and Means Committee asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “Are you going to delay the open enrollment period beyond March 31?” Ms. Sebelius replied, “No, sir.”

EDITORIAL: UNLV minor creates a drone home

Rarely does a new college minor have such potential for a major economic impact. But UNLV’s decision to introduce an undergraduate engineering minor in unmanned autonomous systems — drones to layfolk — already has helped attract the booming industry to Nevada. And in the near future, the payoffs could include business startups, thousands of high-paying jobs, and the research and private-sector support necessary to help lift the university to Tier 1 status.

EDITORIAL: If Nevada exchange can’t be fixed, get rid of it

Back in November, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval was confident the state had made the right decision in creating its own health insurance exchange, giving it more control over implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Given the well-documented nightmare that is the federal exchange at, Gov. Sandoval indeed may have been right, regardless of Obamacare’s larger failures and how much worse the law’s implementation is going to get.