• ObamaCare Crushes All Pretense of Liberty, But Wait Till the Taxman Cometh

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) You can kiss your liberty good-bye. I was glad to see Mark Hutchison, the attorney who represented Nevada in the lawsuit against ObamaCare when Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto took an unconstitutional powder, use the word “liberty” in his analysis today of the Supreme Court ruling. That is the...

  • Unions Attack CCSD For Releasing Public Information

    There’s a public-records subplot to NPRI’s efforts to let CCSD teachers know they can leave the Clark County Education Association from July 1-15. Almost a month ago, NPRI requested the work e-mail addresses for all teachers in the Clark County School District under NRS 239, Nevada’s public-records law. In part, NRS 239.010...

  • Sandoval: Ruling On Arizona Immigration Law Shows Need For Federal Reform

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Gov. Brian Sandoval said today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Arizona...

  • Amodei Slap Down: Now That’s Got to Leave a Mark

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) Who’d’ve taken soft-spoken, polite-to-a-fault, in Congress-only-nine-months Rep. Mark Amodei for a triple-play threat. In one simple declarative statement released via email Wednesday, Amodei wove in just-beneath-the-surface nuances that stabbed fellow Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley in the back, stroked fellow Republican Sen. Dean Heller and tweaked the upturned, imperious nose...

  • Nevada Taxpayers Association Cites Concerns With Teachers’ Margin Tax Petition

    (Sean Whaley) – The Nevada Taxpayer’s Association has identified several concerns with an initiative petition to impose a margin tax on Nevada businesses filed by the state teachers union, including the title. The “Education Initiative” outlining how the 2 percent tax on companies making more than $1 million in gross revenues should more...

  • Nevada Teachers Unions Should Look To Wisconsin For Guidance

    (Jim Clark) – Gov. Scott Walker chalked up a big victory last week as Wisconsin voters rejected a union-sponsored effort to recall him from office.  The unions engineered the recall because Walker and his fellow Republicans enacted legislation ending collective bargaining by public employee unions (with the exception of police and firemen)....

  • NPRI’s Lawrence: Union-backed Margins Tax Is Disastrous

    (Las Vegas, NV) — Responding to news that the Nevada State Education Association and the AFL-CIO will file a 2 percent margins-tax initiative tomorrow, Geoffrey Lawrence, deputy policy director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute, issued the following comments: This margins tax would be a disaster for Nevadans. Despite misleading rhetoric from...

  • 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...

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