Yoho Plan Best Hope for Free Market Sugar Policy »

Yoho Plan Best Hope for Free Market Sugar Policy

(Chuck Muth) – In a new white paper titled “Getting rid of sugar subsidies: A look to the future after decades of failure,” Rick Manning, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government, maintains that a proposal introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) “is a chance for conservative free-market supporters to finally move the ball toward ending sugar subsidies.” The Yoho Plan (HCR-39), euphemistically known as “zero for zero,” would result […]

Future Sugar Policy in Limbo after Brazilian Election Shocker »

Future Sugar Policy in Limbo after Brazilian Election Shocker

(Chuck Muth) – Pollsters and prognosticators were stunned by the results of Brazil’s October 5 election results. Embattled Workers Party incumbent President Dilma Rousseff, who during her tenure elevated sugar industry subsidies to an art form, was expected to move to on a run-off election against fellow leftist Marina Silva of the Socialist Party later this month. But in what the Wall Street Journal refers to as a “late surge,” conservative economist Aecio Neves, Governor […]

Golden State Bags Plastic Bags; Silver State Next? »

Golden State Bags Plastic Bags; Silver State Next?

(Chuck Muth) – From the Department of Stupid Is As Stupid Does comes the latest from Nevada’s neighbor to the West. The California Legislature has passed, and Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown has signed, the nation’s first statewide ban on…plastic bags (SB 270). So how are canine owners supposed to pick up the dog poop on sidewalks and the neighbor’s lawn now? Unless repealed by voter referendum, the law will ban the use of plastic bags […]

There’s Something in the Air in the Mile High City »

There’s Something in the Air in the Mile High City

(Chuck Muth) – I’m writing this week’s column from Denver, Colorado, where there’s something in the air. And no, it’s not the unmistakably pungent aroma of a certain weed – though I definitely got a whiff or two while walking around the 16th Street Mall downtown.  I’m talking about freedom.  And what a breath of fresh air it is! It started at the Denver airport. Rather than getting hosed by taking a traditional taxi to […]

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 […]

Sessions: Reid destroying Senate with “brute political force” »

Sessions: Reid destroying Senate with “brute political force”

(U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions) – It brings me no pleasure to make the remarks I am compelled to make today. The Senate, the legislative body heralded by the late Robert Byrd as the second great Senate in history—the first being the Roman Senate—is being eroded beyond recognition by Majority Leader Reid and those who support him in that process. Once again here we are, at the 11th hour, being asked to vote for a spending […]

Tesla Deal is Great…for Tesla »

Tesla Deal is Great…for Tesla

(Chuck Muth) – The Sandoval administration is creating enough wind patting themselves on the back to qualify for typhoon status over the decision by electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors to build its battery gigafactory in Nevada.  But not everyone is a happy camper. Nor should they be. The decision was not exactly a surprise, even though Nevada was competing with three other states to land the facility.  Tesla was looking for relatively inexpensive land in […]

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 […]