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How the Supreme Court licenses cops to kill

June 2nd, 2020 - 2:00am
People should notice something about the dual picture LeBron James sent out Wednesday showing police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on soon-to-be deceased George Floyd’s neck and Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem. The look on Chauvin’s face says it all: He seems to think he can do this with impunity.


Now is the perfect time to hold police accountable

May 31st, 2020 - 2:10am
At least a thousand people are shot and killed by the police each year. George Floyd, who died after Derek Chauvin held his knee on George’s neck for nine minutes, wasn’t one of them. Philando Castile, on the other hand, was. He was killed — not murdered, technically, since the police officer responsible for killing him was acquitted — only seven miles away.

2020 Judicial Project

A close look at Clark County District Court and Supreme Court judicial race candidates


When we are all responsible, no one is

May 31st, 2020 - 2:05am
When you work in the criminal justice system, you unfortunately see a lot of injustice. This is sort of the point – without wrongs that need to be righted, there would be no need for such a system in the first place. Or any government at all, for that matter.


End of SNWA pipeline fight unifies us all

May 28th, 2020 - 2:00am
In the fight to stop the Las Vegas Pipeline there have been many strange alliances. There were farmers and ranchers working with big-city environmentalists, rural county governments mobilizing in lockstep with tribal officials, and faith groups working alongside scientists.


Forget business-friendly — Nevada needs to get self-employment friendly

May 24th, 2020 - 2:00am
There’s an old meme that floats around particularly anti-authoritarian circles from time to time about how 40 percent of police officers don’t beat their spouses — 40 percent of police officers are reported for beating their spouses. The implication (admittedly based on statistics from three decades ago, so please consume with a generous pinch of salt) is that the actual number is much higher.


Creating the future

May 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada needs to think urgently about what the future should look like, and not in the kind of reactive way that a crisis tends to cause, but in a way that looks hungrily at working our way through the current crisis to the innovations that will bring us a bright future. How do we do that? To bring the state out of the worst economic challenge in its history, action has to be taken on infrastructure; it is the only option.


A deficit of imagination

May 18th, 2020 - 2:00am
Our federal representatives are currently debating another COVID-19 relief package. One of the major points of disagreement with this bill is whether (and at what price) the federal government should bailout state and local governments. Many congressional Republicans oppose such aid, but their resistance is both misplaced and outdated.


Shutting down was easy. Reopening will be hard.

May 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
Turns out shutting everything down was the easy part. Events in East Asia are demonstrating that effective testing and tracing is better than doing nothing, both in terms of keeping economies open and keeping people out of the hospital, but it’s still no substitute for a cure or a vaccine.


The privilege of a college degree

May 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
I’ve had the privilege to feel guilty this quarantine season. Because of my college degree and two masters degrees, I can work from home, continue to have health insurance, and toilet paper and hand sanitizer aren’t that hard to come by. In fact, almost everyone I know still has a job, is up to date on bill payments and can safely order groceries from Amazon.


Calling undocumented farmworkers “essential” exacerbates their oppression

May 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Department of Homeland Security recently moved to declare migrant farmworkers—including those who are legally undocumented—essential critical infrastructure workers. Many employers have drafted letters for migrant farmworkers to carry in their wallets in case they are accused of violating shelter-in-place orders, hoping that this will give them some protection.


Nevada cities need direct federal aid

May 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
Municipalities across Nevada are facing crippling budget projections after the economic shutdown to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal aid that has flowed from Washington cannot be used to offset revenue loss.



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