• Obama Puts Twice as Many Jobs in Jeopardy While Trying to Protect Jobs

      (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) This week Obama slapped a 31 percent tariff on solar panels imported from China, accusing the nation of “dumping” them on the American market with the help of illegal subsidies for its industry. (Pay no attention to Solyndra or the $50 million U.S. subsidy for that Canadian-owned solar...

  • Thanks To Unions, CCSD Lays Off 1,015 Teachers

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones warned that an unelected, unaccountable arbitrator from California rewarding the...

  • Feds Bailout Reno Firefighters, To Detriment Of Taxpayers

    (Jim Clark) – What drama.  Washoe County recently gave Reno official notice of termination, effective July 1, of the 10-year-old contract under which Reno managed all fire protection services in the Truckee Meadows. The reason given was unsustainable costs, specifically the Reno Firefighter Union’s demand that every fire engine have a four-man...

  • Obama Accused of Trying to Distract from Real Issues

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) To welcome the president to Nevada, this morning Congressman Mark Amodei, who currently represents most of the rural part of the state, and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki conducted a brief press conference phone call. During the call they basically accused Obama of trying to distract voters from the real...

  • Nevada To Spend $574 Million Under Obamacare

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – The head of Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services said today that as many as 150,000 more residents will be eligible for Medicaid coverage if the federal health care law is found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Bringing new residents onto the rolls is expected to...

  • Top Sandoval Official Outlines Public Education Reform Agenda For 2013

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Establishing school choice for parents and ending social promotion for students are two top priorities in Gov. Brian Sandoval’s education reform agenda for the 2013 legislative session, an administration official said today. Linking pay to performance and providing professional development to ensure students have the best possible...

  • Facts “Disturb” Teacher Union Member

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – On Sunday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal published my column, Children lose when unions fight to keep poor performers in the classroom, and a blog post by Nevada Superintendent Dr. James W. Guthrie, which listed twelve empirically verified things to know about teachers. In response, Richard Tellier, a math teacher...

  • CCSD Trustees Banking On Taxpayers Signing Blank Check

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Earlier today, CCSD trustees approved a proposal to raise taxes by $669 million over...

  • Remember to Thank Harry as You Shell Out More Greenbacks to His ‘Green’ Pals

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) Take a close look at your most recent power bill. Look down to the itemized portion and find “Net electric.” Scroll to the right and you’ll see a number and KWH  X .1185000 or some similar figure. That is the basic power price of 11.85 cents per kilowatt-hour. Mine...

  • Removing Poor Teachers Is An Attack On Human Rights?

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Lynn Warne is the president of the Nevada State Education Association, and she appeared on Anjeanette Damon’s “To the Point” show over the weekend, where she made the following comment about AB 225 and some other minor education reform bills passed by the 2011 Legislature. (7:30 mark) Warne: Provisions...

  • Penciling Out ‘Green’ Energy: Politicians Still Can’t Figure Out the Math

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) Out of the mouths of rubes. Nobody ever does the math when it comes to stories about “green” energy projects. I remember all the glowing stories about the huge array of solar panels at Nellis Air Force Base and how they would save the Air Force $1 million a...

  • The Misunderstanding Of Economic Development

    (Geoffrey Lawrence/NPRI) – After listening to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s speech today about his team’s strategy for economic development, I was struck by several components and extremely disappointed that he declined to take questions. Now, let me get this straight—I like and respect Brian Sandoval very much. During my many conversations with him,...

  • 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,...

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