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Treading death

April 19th, 2021 - 2:05am
In 1977, after the Supreme Court cleared the way for states to once again allow the death penalty after a brief existential time-out over abuses, the Legislature jumped on board.


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Cegavske censure, anti-mask madness: Spring is in the air for Nevada GOP

April 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
April has been a busy time for the Nevada Republican Party.

Criminal justice reform shouldn’t depend on a deputy district attorney

April 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
Assembly Republicans unanimously voted against abolishing the death penalty in Nevada. However, conservative opposition is not what progressives have to worry about if they hope to get the reform passed into law.


Imagine a future of wide-open spaces with 30x30

April 16th, 2021 - 2:00am
We have been inside for a year now without the norms of travel, eating out, visiting others, and often even being outside. The desire to be outside in nature is as great as any time in history.

Making it easier to vote protects our democracy

A ballot cast in a mailbox
April 16th, 2021 - 2:00am
As the late, great civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis once said, “The vote is precious.” The vote gives our communities a voice, as well as the power to enact change within our neighborhoods and across this country.

Nonpartisan power

April 15th, 2021 - 2:05am
As the founder and editor of The Nevada Independent regularly points out, Nevada is rapidly becoming a three-party state. We have Democrats, Republicans and everyone else.

Will the Nevada per se law for THC be repealed?

April 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
One of the most common drug offenses in Nevada involves possession or consumption of marijuana. After an arrest for driving under the influence, the arresting officer may request a blood test if marijuana consumption is suspected in the driver's impairment.

Sanctuary that’s anything but

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Las Vegas
April 14th, 2021 - 2:05am
Lots of talk about sanctuary cities at the Legislature last week. Lots of very incorrect, uninformed talk, I should say. Sanctuary is a funny word; one that people assign all kinds of concepts to, all kinds of ideologies.

Reaffirming land-grant status is good for Nevada’s students, faculty and economy

UNLV campus
April 14th, 2021 - 2:00am
In increasing Nevada’s share of federal funding, all options should be on the table. This includes reaffirming land grant status for UNLV, UNR and Desert Research Institute. Senate Bill 287 by Sen. Dallas Harris (D-Las Vegas) aims to do just that.

Policing and police reform in Las Vegas

Guards walk inside High Desert State Prison as seen on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.
April 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
The tentacles of incarceration are far reaching and debilitating. By now the story is well-known. The United States leads the world in mass incarceration, dwarfing countries throughout the world in both total numbers and percentages.

With creation of new inland ports comes new economic opportunities

April 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
People tend to think of ports as locations along an ocean, but to experts in the logistics industry, a port is any place that two types of transportation — say, railroads and highways — converge to allow the movement of freight from one mode of transportation to another.

Racial equality and the Second Amendment

April 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
The last several years of racial and cultural tension have had a predictable effect on firearm ownership that is certain to complicate progressives’ political calculus regarding gun control: More Americans are buying more firearms than ever, and minorities are increasingly joining the ranks of first-time gun buyers.

When it comes to our right to repair, Carson City can't return what D.C. took from us

Photo of the front of the Nevada Legislature building.
April 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
If we buy something, why don’t we have the right to fix or modify it?

Pandemic pandering: This week’s small insurrection in Nye County

April 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
The five-member panel launched into a marathon discussion on what some of its members consider the clear and present dangers of continuing to follow the state’s coronavirus pandemic mandates.

HIV is not a crime — It’s time to modernize Nevada’s HIV laws

April 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
It may surprise many that in 2021, Nevada – a state known for its progressive policies and politics and a state that has led the country in civil rights advocacy – still continues to criminalize certain behaviors on the basis of a person’s HIV status.

Nevada’s public libraries: Celebrating a forgotten friend during National Library Week

April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
“Welcome, you’ve got mail!” Even today, my brain can still hear this iconic greeting from America On-Line (AOL). For millennials like me, while the internet was available at home, it still wasn’t as ubiquitous as it is today.

Community colleges deserve our support

April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
Nevada’s community colleges have never been given the full support and recognition they deserve, largely a consequence of being subsumed in a system that is dominated by the state’s two universities.

Help put teeth in Nevada’s Public Records Law

The state seal of Nevada shown on a glass window or door
April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
One of the virtues of Assembly Bill 276 is its simplicity. In a mere 22 words, it triples the damages government agencies are required to pay citizens who prevail in public records lawsuits.

What Happened Here: A six-part series on COVID-19 in Nevada

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