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Now more than ever, parents need and want school choice

January 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
As the state director for the Nevada School Choice Coalition, I have grown extraordinarily frustrated with the public school system as it continues to fail the communities that need it the most.

Justice — beginning with Cliven Bundy

January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
Bundy has promised the Biden administration a reprise of the 2014 standoff if they try to take his trespassing cows again — or enforce the penalties that the courts have ordered him to pay. So what should the Biden administration do about this?

Walters not the big winner in Trump’s pardon party

January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
To hear him tell it, legendary sports bettor Bill Walters is mighty pleased by President Trump’s last-minute commutation of the remainder of the 60-month sentence he received for insider trading.

I was wrong — and I've rarely been happier to say so

January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
If you had asked me on the evening of Jan. 6 whether the Capitol riot was the last gasp of a dying regime or the start of a new, horrifying normal, I would’ve guessed wrong.

Why Nevada is losing to tax-friendly states (and not just Texas)

Sign in front of the Nevada State Capitol building
January 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
Over the past month, this news site has hosted a vigorous debate about why companies are increasingly opting to relocate to the similarly low-tax, business-friendly state of Texas instead of Nevada.

The military is an expansive and multifaceted organ of our democracy

January 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
When I had no personal knowledge or experiences with the military, I will admit I felt that conservatives had some ownership of it. Military pride and support oozes from the right, and in many ways, I felt that on the inside as well. I will never forget when I attended my first military ball with my husband for the Nevada National Guard in 2013.

Down with DHS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Las Vegas
January 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
I am a lover of language, of the power words have to transform one’s mood or even one’s entire outlook. The way I remember it, some 40 years later, I learned to read in one evening, with the little kindergarten reader I’d been sent home with and my immigrant, non-English-speaking mom helping me sound out every word. It felt like magic, a whole previously hidden world now all of a sudden opened up to me.

A new year, a new Nevada

January 19th, 2021 - 2:00am
When it comes to Nevada’s budget woes, 2020 was the straw that broke the camel’s back. After decades of unsustainable reliance on sales and gaming taxes the system has once again shown its fragility the moment it hits a bump in the road, and last year was much more than the average bump.

African Americans in Nevada enjoy political success, but still struggle economically

January 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
As we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his quest for racial equality, we observe that African Americans in Nevada have made tremendous political gains. However, they continue to struggle economically, revealing the damaging and stubborn effects of historical discriminatory policies, which limited access to capital and segregated neighborhoods and schools.

Adelson was a complex and polarizing figure in gaming, political worlds

January 17th, 2021 - 2:10am
Sheldon Adelson embodied this more than almost anyone, beloved by those who admired his acts of boundless generosity, unmatched entrepreneurship and visionary accomplishments and reviled by those who despised his Republican donations, anti-union crusades and occasional vindictiveness.

State of the State

January 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
This year isn’t starting well, but we’ve started much worse with much less.

A Blue Lives Matter protest after deadly D.C. insurrection? Not so much

A man holding signs says "Defend Police"
January 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
In the wake of the violent insurrection by Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol, which has resulted in six deaths, including two police officers, I figured Las Vegas Boulevard would be lined on both sides with Blue Lives Matter protesters who assembled in honor of the fallen and injured officers.

All hands on deck

The Nevada Legislature building
January 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Going into this new year, our nation is still recovering from the exhaustion of 2020 and we’re now faced with the emotions from the unimaginable events at our nation’s capital within the first week of 2021. However, even in the midst of all it, we must also bring our focus to the issues within our state that still need our urgent attention and support, including that of our public education, an institution that has been tragically undermined.

The Clark County School District needs equitable layoff policies

The front of the Clark County School District administrative building
January 14th, 2021 - 2:00am
In June of 2012, my district, Clark County School District (CCSD), the fifth largest district in the nation, eliminated more than 1,000 positions due to funding cuts required to balance state and district budgets. After accounting for retirements, resignations, and relocations, the district still had to issue 419 pink slips.

A moderate's opposition to impeachment

January 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
As I have written before, I am a moderate. That simply means that unlike the many other groups that are claiming responsibility for President-elect Biden’s victory, there will be no legislation enacted on my behalf. I’m not writing to defend the president or his enablers.

The Ghouls of 1860

United States Capitol building
January 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
Noxious revisionist history aside, the cause of the American Civil War is not in dispute: slavery, our nation’s original and most mortal sin, spawned our bloodiest conflict. The “war” part of the Civil War also has a fixed beginning: in April of 1861, Confederate forces fired on and captured Ft. Sumter — a federal base on the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.

Legislature must make AB4 permanent

A ballot cast in a mailbox
January 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Nevada lawmakers, election officials, and state offices did the right thing and adjusted election procedures to make sure that we could all vote safely. But it shouldn’t take a public health crisis to protect Nevadans’ right to vote.

A post-insurrection pep talk from a Las Vegas Proud Boy

January 11th, 2021 - 9:22am
His yellow Pittsburgh Pirates cap cocked sideways, self-described Las Vegas Proud Boys member Matt Anthony could be forgiven for appearing a little confused in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly insurrection at the nation’s Capitol.

Legislative Republicans should resolve to repent

January 10th, 2021 - 2:10am
ASSEMBLY CONCURRENT RESOLUTION — Directing all lawmakers to affirm the results of the Nevada election

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