Legislators call on AG Masto to investigate Bundy/BLM brouhaha »

Legislators call on AG Masto to investigate Bundy/BLM brouhaha

(NN&V Staff) – A group of Nevada legislators, led by Assemblyman Jim Wheeler (R-Assembly District 39), have sent a letter to the Legislative Interim Committee on Public Lands and Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto asking for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the situation at the Bundy Ranch. “There is clearly a dispute over land use between Mr. Bundy and the BLM,” said Assemblyman Wheeler. “We’re not taking sides on that question as that is for the […]

The truth about Bundy vs. BLM »

The truth about Bundy vs. BLM

(Assemblywoman Michele Fiore) – I had the privilege and opportunity to learn to make a calf suck a bottle to save her life. It’s going to take a lot to revive the calves that were nearly dead when they were returned to the Bundy Ranch because they had been separated from their mothers during the roundup, and a few most likely won’t make it. This isn’t my normal, nice, politically correct email, so hang on […]

The Candy Man who Cried Wolf »

The Candy Man who Cried Wolf

(Chuck Muth) – While sugar and candy go together like peas and carrots, Big Candy and Big Sugar, as industries, go together more like the Hatfields and McCoys.  Indeed, not a day seems to go by that Big Candy isn’t taking a pot shot at U.S. sugar producers. But doth the industry protest too much? To hear Big Candy tell it, U.S. sugar policy is driving up the cost of making sweets, retarding consumption, reducing […]

Opportunity missed to protect Medicare from its greatest threat »

Opportunity missed to protect Medicare from its greatest threat

By Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) The flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is currently the single greatest threat to the Medicare system.  In 1997, as the costs of Medicare grew, Congress created the SGR formula in an attempt to control Medicare spending on physician services. However, the formula did not properly account for the skyrocketing costs of providing medical care. So, since 2003, Congress has had to pass temporary patches to avoid dramatic pay cuts for […]

Comcast’s mega-merger cries out for congressional hearings »

Comcast’s mega-merger cries out for congressional hearings

It’s hard not to be awed and wowed by those table-side chefs in high-end Japanese steakhouses. Knives and spatulas flying through the air and clattering off the grill in an environment seemingly in total chaos. But when the whirlwind of frenzied activity is over, you end up with everything exactly as you wanted it. A similar demonstration seems to take place every time Comcast cable wants something from the government and sends David Cohen, its […]

Schizophrenic Sugar Critics »

Schizophrenic Sugar Critics

(Chuck Muth) – Like Marco Polo, critics of U.S. sugar policies are all over the map. First they claim and complain that the cost of domestic sugar is too high, even though the cost of domestic sugar is pretty much right where it was some 30 years ago.  Actually, less. In fact, the average wholesale price of a pound of sugar in the 80’s was 27.06 cents, while the current U.S. wholesale price is around […]

Commitment to career, technical education key to thriving workforce »

Commitment to career, technical education key to thriving workforce

(Rep. Joe Heck) – Last week, I joined with Rep. John Kline of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in hosting a congressional field hearing to examine career and technical education programs in Nevada and throughout the nation. As the United States continues to diversify its economy to keep pace in a rapidly changing global marketplace, we will need a well-educated, highly trained workforce to fill the jobs of the future. Promoting and […]

With today’s politicized administration, MSNBC parent’s merger should be scrutinized closely »

With today’s politicized administration, MSNBC parent’s merger should be scrutinized closely

(Jerry Rogers and Andrew Langer) – The emerging public discussion over the proposed Comcast-Time Warner $45.2 billion merger is shedding new light on Washington’s corporatist governing ideology. An ideology that, to paraphrase Ayn Rand, rewards those who deal, not in goods, but in favors, and creates laws that protect special interests at the expense of taxpayers and consumers. President Obama and his allies bash “big business” during the day while executives and lobbyists shower the president […]

The Proper Use of Plaintiff’s Attorneys »

The Proper Use of Plaintiff’s Attorneys

(Fred Weinberg) – You know how you’ve been reading that Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is presidential timbre because he’s wildly popular and competent? Well, he’s not. Any of those things, that is. If you need some bright line evidence, look at how he has handled the near criminal acts—approaching defalcation—of the Xerox Corporation in its contract with the state’s health insurance exchange. And, keep in mind, he used to be a Federal Judge. (You might […]

Nevada should Join Crackdown on “Patent Trolls” »

Nevada should Join Crackdown on “Patent Trolls”

(Chuck Muth) – “Patent trolls” who prey on businesses ranging from high-tech giants such as Google and Apple to main street businesses, have finally awakened the sleeping giants in state legislatures and, as such, now have big, red targets on their own backs. Patent trolls buy up questionable patents, often on software products and applications, then spring up out of nowhere to shake down unsuspecting businesses demanding “licensing” payments to avoid being sued. Benjamin Berman, […]