• 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...

  • 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...

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