Opinion

How to vote for judges

Orrin J. H. Johnson
May 20th, 2018 - 2:40am
In a few weeks we’ll all be casting our ballots. The top of the ballot is pretty easy – those races get all the press, and most of us have picked our sides. The super local races get harder, even as our individual vote is worth far more. And then we get to the judicial races, where almost no one will be casting an informed vote.
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Congress should SNAP to attention on farm bill

Guest Contributor
May 17th, 2018 - 2:45am
When a senior is downsized at work and finds re-employment in their field difficult, or when a mother struggles to secure employment that occurs only during school hours so that she can be there for her kids, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is there to help them put food on the table.
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From 1987 to 2018, not much changed in Yucca Mountain politics

Jon Ralston
May 13th, 2018 - 2:40am
Thirty-five years ago, an influential Democratic senator declared that nuclear waste would never be stored in his state. A law passed the previous year made that a possibility, but he said never in his backyard would the first high-level repository be built. Four years later, having ascended to a powerful new post, he made his move to protect his home.
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What gubernatorial candidates can learn from Jason Frierson

Orrin J. H. Johnson
May 13th, 2018 - 2:35am
It’s that time in the election cycle when political candidates start laying out “plans,” consisting of bullet points, rhetoric and vagueness meant to placate their base's hunger for red meat and still keep swing voters calm. If you don’t know how you’re going to pay for your proposals, or if you haven’t drafted some actual statutory language, you can’t actually call it a “plan.”
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Mr. Trump goes to… Carson City?

Guest Contributor
May 12th, 2018 - 2:30am
Although Nevada has largely been immune to the worst of the partisan fighting in Washington, D.C. and around the country, it seems those days are numbered. Saying that we’ve been safe from political squabbling is bold for a state participating in unprecedented attempts to recall lawmakers, but it’s a testament to how politically charged and largely negative the national conversation has become.
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We need bold vision from the Clark County School District’s new superintendent

Guest Contributor
May 11th, 2018 - 3:00am
This month, the Clark County School District school board named Jesus Jara our newest superintendent. I take this news personally because CCSD is my home. Not only do I teach here, but I am a product of this school district. I attended CCSD public schools, did my student teaching at Cheyenne High School and now teach at Del Sol Academy.
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Make Nevada a sanctuary state

David Colborne
May 10th, 2018 - 2:30am
In 2016, I ran for state Senate as a Libertarian Party candidate. I took the race as seriously as I could, given my limited time, budget and chances. One of the rules I followed, to the best of my ability, was to always show up when invited to an event.
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Nevada should abolish the death penalty

Guest Contributor
May 8th, 2018 - 2:30am
On Tuesday, May 8, the justices of the Nevada Supreme Court will hear an appeal in Scott Dozier’s death penalty case. They will consider whether the Department of Corrections can use a paralytic as part of a never-before-tried combination of drugs in an attempt to kill Mr. Dozier.
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A strong clean energy standard means more jobs for Nevadans

Guest Contributor
May 7th, 2018 - 2:30am
Sometimes it takes months or even years to see the full impact of a government policy decision. But in Nevada last year, the Legislature and Gov. Brian Sandoval enacted a single bill that immediately revived an industry and put thousands of Nevadans, including me, back to work.
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Who is the purest progressive?

Orrin J. H. Johnson
May 6th, 2018 - 2:35am
Many years ago in my more politically active days, I remember talking to a woman about a primary election in which Sharron Angle ran against Bill Raggio for state Senate in 2008. “I can’t believe he had to actually knock on doors,” she huffed, as if Raggio (or anyone else) were somehow entitled to be re-elected.
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Nevada crime victims deserve Marsy’s Law protections

Guest Contributor
May 4th, 2018 - 2:30am
Nevada is one of the last states in the nation without strong constitutional protections and guaranteed rights for victims of crime. It is time, once and for all, to change that. Marsy’s Law for Nevada — Question 1 on the November ballot — will provide protected guarantees to victims of crime.
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