At issue is a red flag law, which allows a court to order someone to turn over their firearms if they pose a threat to themselves or others. Narrowly tailored, these laws can be effective. But getting the details wrong can turn a good idea into a bad law. It’s a tough balancing act to design a law that allows the government to seize someone’s weapons while respecting an individual’s right to due process.
The Las Vegas City Council erred by preventing development at the Badlands Golf Course. HOV lanes should be open to all vehicles. Current city restrictions on short-term rentals should stay in place. That’s all according to Victoria Seaman, candidate for the Ward 2 seat on the Las Vegas City Council.
Democrats introduced Senate Bill 545 yesterday. It would move the proceeds from the sales tax
tax on the retail sale of marijuana into the Distributive School Account. Speaker Jason Frierson
said the move would send “about $120 million to the DSA over the biennium.” The Clark
County School District says it needs $120 million more to fund the raises promised by Sisolak.
Combine those two bits of information and it looks like a solution is in sight. In reality, this move doesn’t change education funding by one dime.
For months, the union has been laying the groundwork for a strike and on Tuesday, the union
emailed teachers seeking authorization a strike. Eventually.
“Starting next week, we’ll be holding an online strike vote. CCEA members will decide whether
to authorize a strike at the beginning of the next school year,” CCEA president Vikki Courtney
State legislators will be setting Nevada’s two-year budget over the next four weeks. Proclaiming
there could be a strike in four months won’t create any sense of urgency.
Over the last two years, President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed was previewing many of the
findings of the just-released Mueller report. That’s both a good and bad thing for the president.
Last month, Rep. Ilhan Omar referred to the 9/11 terror attacks as “some people who did
something.”Omar is asserting that political criticism is the moral, if not legal, equivalent of calling for
On Wednesday, the Assembly Taxation Committee approved Assembly Bill 458. It would
remove the automatic growth provision of Opportunity Scholarships, which is a school choice
program for low-income families.
Nevada’s new U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich refused to rule out the possibility of prosecuting marijuana crimes. He said federal agents were victimized during the Cliven Bundy standoff, which is why he’s appealing a judge’s decision throwing out the case. He also believes federal law enforcement can help reduce local crime rates.
On Tuesday, Assembly Education Chairman Tyrone Thompson, D-North Las Vegas, presented a
bill revamping school discipline. Thompson’s bill would decrease the punishment faced by students who physically assault their teachers. The bill would prohibit a school from suspending or expelling a student who injured a teacher or sold drugs for the first offense, which is currently required. Instead, the school must provide a plan of “nonpunitive intervention and support.”
It’d be “irresponsible” to give an opinion on development at Badlands golf course before being elected. Las Vegas officials should increase enforcement against those violating the city’s restrictions on short-term rentals. The Las Vegas-area needs light rail to meet the needs of its growing population. That’s all according to Brian Knudsen, who’s running for Las Vegas City Council in Ward 1. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kelvin Atkinson rocked the Nevada political world by resigning his state Senate seat and role as majority leader. Atkinson puts the blame on himself for misusing campaign funds. His resignation begs the questions, who else was involved?
David Parks and Joyce Woodhouse are each receiving six-figure pensions from the Public
Employees’ Retirement System. Now, they’re co-sponsoring a bill to prevent you from finding
out how much retirees like them will collect going forward.
It doesn’t makes sense for Las Vegas to spend millions in litigation fighting development at the Badlands golf course. One of the major root causes of homelessness is drug addiction. Las Vegas shouldn’t use rent control to rein in prices. That’s all according to Las Vegas City Council Ward 1 candidate Dave Marlon.
The implication of a revised funding formula is that school districts and
teachers will receive substantially more money. But revising the funding formula will only
rearrange who gets the existing money. In 2016, Nevada’s smallest five school districts received
less than $15 million in state funding. That’d barely be a rounding error in the Clark County
School District’s $2.4 billion budget.
The Federal Reserve found that Nevada’s Public Employees’ Retirement System has an
unfunded liability of $43.3 billion in 2016. For context, Gov. Steve Sisolak is proposing a two-
year general fund budget of $9 billion.
Some Nevada Democrats aren’t satisfied with having a Democrat governor and large legislative
majorities. They also want to ignore the constitution to make it easier to raise taxes.
Democrats have full control in Carson City, and they’re eager to reward their union allies with power and costly perks. Gov. Steve Sisolak has already promised to give collective bargaining to state workers. Democrats are also eager to roll back the modest collective bargaining reforms passed in 2015. They pushed through a bill repealing those reforms in 2017, but then-governor Brian Sandoval vetoed it.
Gov. Steve Sisolak shouldn’t count on Senate Republican support for his desired tax hike. Collective bargaining for state workers would drive up costs, and Nevada should expand Opportunity Scholarships. That’s according to Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno.
Governor Steve Sisolak signed an executive order on his first day. This executive order was made to combat sexual harassment and Aaron Ford will lead the new task force. However, Aaron Ford is not the best choice for the position
CCSD announced in May that it would hire attorney Robert Freeman to conduct an independent investigation into the hiring of Jason Wright. Wright is the husband of school board president Deanna Wright. He stands accused of physically assaulting children and the district has admitted that former superintendent personally intervened to help him get a job. Six months later, you’re paying Freeman’s bills but can’t see his findings.
Nevada Republicans suffered a heavy loss during the 2018 midterm elections to Democrats. Political opinion columnist Victor Joecks goes over what Republicans need to do to win their next election.
In North Carolina, witnesses say that Leslie McCray Dowless Jr., a political consultant, paid people to pick up absentee ballots from voters. But what’s illegal in North Carolina — third parties collecting ballots — is legal in California.
It’s called “ballot harvesting.”
Victor Joecks discusses the results of Quebec’s Universal Child Care act passed in 1997 and it’s effects today.
Donald Trump tweeted, “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?” The mainstream media respond with a collective smirk, lecturing the president on the difference between weather and climate. But the media only applies that standard to one side of the debate.
The FIRST STEP Act is currently before the Senate to help decrease recidivism rates. States that have passed similar measures have seen a decrease in crime. Conservatives also shouldn’t push Clarence Thomas to retire before President Donald Trump’s first term is over. That’s all according to John Malcom, a senior legal fellow with the Heritage Foundation.
The FIRST STEP Act is currently before the Senate to help decrease recidivism rates. States that have passed similar measures have seen a decrease in crime. Conservatives also shouldn’t push Clarence Thomas to retire before President Donald Trump’s first term is over. That’s all according to John Malcom, a senior legal fellow with the Heritage Foundation. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Listen to some politicians and you’d think that America’s wealth should be a source of anger, not
Yesterday, the Nevada’s Public Employees’ Retirement System increased next year’s
contribution rates for regular employees from 28 percent to 29.25 percent. The contribution rate
for police and fire employees is going from 40.5 percent to 42.5 percent. Employers and
employees split the contribution increases. This means government employees will see a drop in
take home pay while government agencies simultaneously experience cost increases.
Steve Sisolak is promising to use his new offices to implement Nevada’s stalled background
check initiative. He hasn’t said , however, how he’s going to do it. There’s a reason for that. He
can’t — unless he wants to weaken Nevada’s current background checks.
Democrats have taken unified control of state government for the first time in decades, and here’s what to expect next legislative session; Victor Joecks gives his take.