• Highly Paid Teaching Couple Prefers High Salary Over Improving Qualifications

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Don’t shoot the messenger; teacher Vicki Steffenhagen is the one who wrote that. Vicki Steffenhagen is an English teacher who earned $88,432.90 in 2011. Her husband, a high school counselor, earned $104,895.88 in 2011. That’s total compensation of over $193,000 in 2011. If you just look at base pay,...

  • Segerblom Proud That EPA Regs Scrapped 3 Nevada Coal Power Plants

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – In case you needed any more evidence that President Obama’s “all of the above” talking point on energy policy is a joke, Nevada Assemblyman “Tick” Segerblom, D.-Clark County, just wrote an op-ed bragging about how a recent ruling from Obama’s EPA will kill coal power. Media analysts from left...

  • Judge Rejects Gaming Tax Petition, Supporters To File New Version

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – A Carson City District judge today rejected an initiative petition proposing to create a new and higher rate of taxation for Nevada’s largest casinos, finding that the 200 word description of effect of the measure was misleading. In rejecting the petition, Judge James Todd Russell said he...

  • Nevada Schools Lose Out On Federal Funding – Again

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Nevada is out of the running for next round of federal Race...

  • Nearly 1,000 Nevada Public Employees Earn $200K

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Nearly 1,000 state and local government workers, many of them firefighters and police, make over $200,000 a year when all pay and benefits are counted, according to a 2011 pay analysis published today by the Nevada Policy Research Institute. The number of public employees earning $200,000 or...

  • Legislative Commission OKs Laughlin Incorporation Vote

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – The Legislative Commission voted to let the residents of Laughlin decide in June on whether they will become Nevada’s next incorporated city. The 10-2 vote by the panel imposed several conditions, however, including a review by the 2013 Legislature that could delay any incorporation from the...

  • Reno Could Stand To Learn From Vallejo, CA’s Return From Bankruptcy

    (Jim Clark) – News item: “Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and Washoe County Commission Chairman Bob Larkin were scheduled to meet to discuss the County’s contract with the City of Reno for coordination of firefighting services, which is faltering because of Reno’s generous contract with the firefighters’ union.  Neither showed up.” There was...

  • Equal Footing?: Nevada and Other Western States Got the Rug Pulled Out From Under Them

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) On Friday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed House Bill 148, the latest volley in the long-running skirmish known as the Sagebrush Rebellion. The bill demands the United States extinguish title to federally occupied lands — about two-thirds of the state — and transfer title to the state of Utah...

  • Democrats Discriminate by Relegating People to Niches

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) Democrats discriminate. And I mean that in the most pejorative sense of the word. Not in the sense that one has discriminating tastes — prefers the symphony to heavy metal. I mean Democrats herd people into niches and classify and identify and make assumptions about people, not by their...

  • They All Laughed at

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) in·vest·ment (in-vest-muhnt) noun: the investing  of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.  In announcing the president’s travels this week, the White House said: “On Wednesday, the President will begin the tour in Boulder City, Nevada where he will visit...

  • Reno Windmills Barely Create a Stir in the Cash Drawer

      (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) After spending a million dollars from Obama’s green energy stash to erect six...

  • State Funding For Education Increased In Last Legislative Session, Remember?

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – One of the many, many terrible things to come out of yesterday’s news that Gov. Brian Sandoval and presumed Republican legislative leaders, Sen. Michael Roberson and Assemblyman Pat Hickey, are supporting tax increases is the way they inaccurately described state education funding. Here’s a sampling. Gov. Sandoval’s statement: In...

  • Nevada Should Join Utah and Arizona in Still Another Bid to Grab Federal Land

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) The Utah Legislature has approved legislation demanding that the federal government cede certain federally controlled lands to the state. A resolution accompanying the bill says such things as: “WHEREAS, the enabling acts of the new states west of the original colonies established the terms upon which all such states...

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