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EDITORIAL: Washoe County School Board embraces secrecy, insults public

Clark County voters do not need to be reminded of the importance of elected offices at the bottom of the ballot. Such down-ticket races attract considerably less attention and interest, creating opportunities for unqualified candidates to win jobs they have no business holding and cause problems, not solve them. Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura provides the public with an ongoing lesson in how incompetence leads to embarrassment and expensive liabilities.

EDITORIAL: Supreme Court bolsters First Amendment

When did the First Amendment become so controversial? The centrist U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled unanimously on roughly two-thirds of the 67 cases it decided this term — the greatest share of 9-0 cases in at least 60 years — remains hopelessly divided on some of the country’s bedrock freedoms.

EDITORIAL: Land of the free?

How are we doing, safeguarding those “unalienable Rights” with which we are “endowed by our Creator” — in support of which 56 patriots solemnly pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, 238 years ago?

EDITORIAL: Judge takes air out of no-fly list

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown last week ruled the federal government’s “no-fly” list, originally created to prevent another 9/11, was unconstitutional. The list accused 20,000 people — including 500 Americans — of having links to terrorism and banned them from traveling on commercial airline flights.

EDITORIAL: Give VA chief authority

Bravo to President Barack Obama for reaching well outside his comfort zone and nominating Bob McDonald, the retired chairman, president and CEO of Procter &Gamble, to reverse the culture of corruption and indifference that plagues Veterans Affairs.

Race, politics and maps

Of all the Democratic attacks on state Sen. Mark Hutchison’s lieutenant governor candidacy, the one that has the potential to sting most says he tried to limit the influence of Hispanic voters in Nevada’s elections.

Early look at November’s tastiest races

It’s hot as blazes out, which means it’s time for campaigns to cool off. Although candidates will be out knocking on doors, making public appearances and raising money, they won’t spend much of their war chest on advertising when voters are on vacation and, in general, not thinking about politics.