OPEC of Sugar Election: Socialist vs. Socialist »

OPEC of Sugar Election: Socialist vs. Socialist

(Chuck Muth) – Americans insisting on ending the U.S. sugar program in an effort to lead us into a utopian free-market nirvana keep ignoring exactly who our dance partners are. Take Brazil, for example. The world’s leading sugar producer is preparing to either re-elect an avowed socialist as president next month…or elect a new avowed socialist. According to her Wikipedia bio, President Dilma Rousseff “became a socialist during her youth” and later “joined various left-wing […]

Don’t Worry, America. Your Dum Dums are Safe! »

Don’t Worry, America. Your Dum Dums are Safe!

(Chuck Muth) – Luzi Ann Javier and Marvin G. Perez published an explosive column in Bloomberg.com on September 16 essentially declaring a national emergency because Spangler Candy Company allegedly couldn’t make its Dum Dum Pops and candy canes for a single day. “U.S. food companies can’t get enough sugar even as the world heads for a fifth straight year of surpluses,” the reporters reported. Sounded pretty dire. I, for one, sure don’t want to be […]

Four Ways the GOP Can Become the Party of the Sharing Economy »

Four Ways the GOP Can Become the Party of the Sharing Economy

(John Kartch) – The sharing economy has released an entrepreneurial zeal in legions of Americans who haven’t run a business since their childhood lemonade stand. As it disrupts more industries and expands from hipster enclaves to suburbs and small towns, more Americans are coming to rely on sharing economy income to maintain or improve their standard of living. This presents an enormous outreach opportunity for free-market elected officials and candidates. That means you, Republicans. Now […]

Yahoo Stands up to Big Brother, Gets Slapped Down »

Yahoo Stands up to Big Brother, Gets Slapped Down

(Chuck Muth) – If you’re looking for bipartisanship in Washington, DC, look no further than government measures that trample on what are supposed to be constitutionally-protected privacy rights. But before we get into this, let me just point out that if you’re one of those people who say, “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,” you’re (a) not going to like this column, and (b) are part of the problem. On […]

Fiore on Tesla: Business Flourishes when Taxes are Low and Predictable »

Fiore on Tesla: Business Flourishes when Taxes are Low and Predictable

(Assemblywoman Michele Fiore) – Friends, I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate your support during the Special Session. I have received many emails asking questions and giving suggestions as we prepared to vote on Tesla. I’m amazed at what has been accomplished and appreciate that Governor Sandoval has taken the lead and worked with our legislative leaders and Nevada’s economic development team to put Nevada in the #1 spot. I have received a […]

Marijuana Regulators Tempting the Law of Unintended Consequences »

Marijuana Regulators Tempting the Law of Unintended Consequences

(Chuck Muth) – I don’t envy the folks over at the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) who are charged with implementing Nevada’s new licensing process for Medical Marijuana Establishments (MMEs) and are presently evaluating over 500 applications. But first, for opponents, bear in mind that Nevadans overwhelmingly voted, not once but twice, to legalize medical marijuana in the state. And to implement the voters’ wishes, the Nevada Legislature in 2013 authorized the lawful […]

Outlook Not Sweet for #1 and #2 Sugar Producers »

Outlook Not Sweet for #1 and #2 Sugar Producers

As the U.S. prepares for its November mid-term elections, Brazil – the world’s #1 sugar producer, controlling an estimated 40 percent of the global market – is poised to elect a new president who could significantly alter that nation’s sugar policies, which might also result in even more government meddling in the market. Embattled President Dilma Rousseff is seeking another term in the October 5th election.  But challenger Marina Silva is leading in the polls […]

Las Vegas Fire Chief “Pulls a Corleone” »

Las Vegas Fire Chief “Pulls a Corleone”

If someone stuck a gun to my head and instructed me to say, on video, that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is the most conservative governor in the country and should be considered the best man for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, I’d really have no choice but to repeat such ridiculous words. Like in a hostage video…or one of those North Vietnamese POW propaganda films. Similarly, Las Vegas Fire Chief William “Fast Willie” McDonald has […]

Uber-support for Uber and Lyft in Vegas »

Uber-support for Uber and Lyft in Vegas

Many of you probably don’t know what “Uber” or “Lyft” are. In short, they are “ride sharing” programs operated with your smart-phone.  You sign up to be a customer – giving Uber and/or Lyft your credit card information – and then when you need/want a ride somewhere, instead of calling a taxi you request a ride from an independent Uber or Lyft driver via your smart-phone. In other words, free market competition. Not surprisingly, Nevada’s […]

What Congress should give Google for its Sweet 16 »

What Congress should give Google for its Sweet 16

(Chuck Muth) – Although Google’s official birthday has moved around a bit over the years, it is generally accepted that the universe will celebrate the search engine’s sixteenth birthday on September 27th.  And I know the perfect gift… Congressional passage of the USA Freedom Act. In fact, passage of the bill would be a fantastic birthday present for ALL Americans! The Senate version of the USA Freedom Act would dramatically reform how the National Security […]