• 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...

  • Sandoval Back-pedals On Sunsetting Taxes

    (Geoffrey Lawrence/NPRI) – Taxpayers lose again with Governor Brian Sandoval’s decision to propose extending the so-called “sunset” taxes. This demonstrates, once again, the danger behind the concept of a “temporary” tax increase. Once bureaucracy becomes dependent on that additional revenue to sustain itself, the tax increase rarely goes away. In 2010, Governor...

  • Reid’s Way to Increase Clean Energy ‘Demand’ Is Force Feeding

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) As per usual, Harry Reid’s tome on renewable energy projects in Nevada — “Playing to win in Clean Energy,” produced at your expense — leaves out as much as it tells. Harry touts SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes project near Tonopah, which will use mirrors to reflect sunlight on a 528-foot...

  • Nevadans Back Yucca Mountain, Sandoval Wants It Gone

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Gov. Brian Sandoval sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today making it clear that he does not support any type of nuclear waste disposal or interim storage at Yucca Mountain. “There should be no uncertainty or misunderstanding of my position with regard to...

  • Sandoval Appoints James Guthrie To Top Public School Position

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Gov. Brian Sandoval today named James Guthrie, currently the senior fellow and...

  • The Feds Leadeth Me Beside the Still Waters

    (Thomas Mitchell/4THST8) Since 90 percent of the land in Nevada is controlled by one or the other agency of the federal government, those of us who nominally control the other 10 percent — so long as we follow the zoning laws, pay our taxes, abide by a myriad of regulations and are...

  • Nevada’s Rosy Jobless Numbers Courtesy of a Computer?

    (Thomas Mitchell/4THST8) The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation came out this morning with the January...

  • Most Las Vegas Private Schools Provide Education At Cost Cheaper Than CCSD

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Remember this the next time someone starts talking about “investing in education.” If we are really interested in “investing” in education, let’s put our dollars into the hands of parents who can select schools that are delivering better results for a fraction of the cost of public schools. Vegas...

  • GOP Senators Seek Vote On Laughlin Incorporation

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Three Republican state senators, all members of the Legislative Commission, have asked Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, to call a meeting of the panel as soon as possible to vote on the feasibility of the incorporation of Laughlin. In a letter dated Feb. 28, Sens....

  • More Taxes Doesn’t Explain Why California Is Broke

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – After the 2012 election, expect many liberals to start asserting that Nevada needs to...

  • Not Much Choice in Senate Race When It Comes to Green Energy Issue

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) Would someone please do a Leroy Jethro Gibbs-style slap to the back of Sen. Dean Heller’s head and alert him to the fact that the citizens of Nevada are not so gullible as to buy this whole green energy snake oil that Harry and Barry are selling? On his...

  • Washoe School Super On Board With Sandoval Education Plan

    (Jim Clark) – I had the opportunity to break bread with Washoe County School Superintendent Heath Morrison the other day.  I write a political commentary column and although school superintendents are, and should be, apolitical (he is a registered independent voter), they have to function in a society where everyone has opinions. ...

  • At Teachers’ Union Some Are More Equal Than Others

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) While rank and file teachers face the threat of layoffs, they learn — again — that their leadership is living high off of their hog and bringing home big hunks of bacon. Over the weekend the Review-Journal reported that the now retired executive director of the Clark County Education...

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