• Nevada Rural Development Council Schedules Listening Sessions

    (Jim Clark) – This week I am departing from my usual conservative bias to pen a column that should be of interest to local Republicans and Democrats alike as well as non-partisans and even non-voters. Have you ever watched a politician or pundit on broadcast news saying something that offends you?  Did...

  • Nevada Ranks 6th In Teen Unemployment

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Think Nevada’s overall 12 percent unemployment rate is bad? The unemployment rate for Nevada’s teenagers is a staggering 28.8 percent, which is sixth highest among the states. Washington, D.C., is worse than every state with a 51.7 percent unemployment rate for teens. As the Employment Policies Institute notes, for...

  • Legislative Panel Begins To Repeal Subversive Activities Act And Others

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Two years ago it was the metric system. Now it’s communists. The Legislative Commission today took the first step towards repealing several antiquated statutes, including a provision of state law dating to the “Red Scare” days of the 1950s directed at the Communist Party. The statute, NRS...

  • Brookings Scholar: Principal Reductions The Wrong Approach

     (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Conservatives and libertarians have long understood that a government-mandated principal reduction for underwater homeowners is the wrong approach to solving the nation’s and Nevada’s housing problems. Now, even the liberal Brookings Institution has agreed. In Sunday’s Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ted Gayer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and...

  • Nevada Attorney General Blindered by Liberal Politics

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) With Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto it is not about the law or the constitution, it is all about liberal politics. How else can one explain why she took a pass when the governor ordered her to join two dozen other states in challenging ObamaCare in federal court,...

  • 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...

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