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Opinion

What prison inmates can teach the rest of us about freedom

August 11th, 2019 - 2:00am
Deep in the bowels of the attorney general’s office in Carson City is a dungeon of sorts, filled with young attorneys tasked with responding to some of the most bizarre and tedious legal claims possible. They are the inmate litigation division, and their job is to push back against the creative lawsuits of prison inmates with nothing but years of time on their hands, and in many cases a desire just to mess with their captors.
Opinion

The freedom of factionalism

August 4th, 2019 - 2:00am
Political parties are strange animals. One cycle they seem like an unbreakable phalanx of united voters, rallying behind an inspiring leader (or rallying against the other teams boogeymen), and the next their internal factions are tearing each other apart. 
Opinion

Is marijuana legal or not?

July 21st, 2019 - 2:00am
Starting a new business venture is a scary thing. Even under the best of circumstances, it’s a huge gamble with a million unanswered questions that can really only be answered by trial and error. Do I have enough product to meet demand? Is there enough demand for my product? Am I charging too much, or maybe not enough?
Opinion

Phoning in the circus

July 14th, 2019 - 2:00am
The Democratic Party announced this week that it was changing the rules for the first-in-the-west caucus, the focus of which, of course, will be selecting Nevada’s preference for the Democratic presidential nominee next year. This time, you don’t have to even show up – you can literally phone in your participation!
Opinion

What Washoe County School District (and any government agency) can learn from yet another ousted superintendent

June 23rd, 2019 - 2:00am
Traci Davis, Washoe County’s embattled superintendent, went on indefinite leave earlier this week for “personal reasons.” Two other top administrators, Chief Student Services Officer Byron Green and Chief of Staff David Lasic, colleagues of Davis’ from her Clark County days, were gone the same day, scrubbed from the district’s website as if they never existed.
Opinion

The reaping begins

June 16th, 2019 - 2:00am
The Legislature is done. The final bills were passed, and the budget approved. The politicians and the lobbyists can go home and take a breather for a few months before all the fundraising parties begin in the fall.
Opinion

Post-session thoughts

June 9th, 2019 - 2:04am
Another legislative session is in the books, and Nevada taxpayers are safe again for another 20 months. Well, maybe. I hope lawmakers won’t take too much time off, because if they want to have a more effective, professional, and productive session in 2021, they need to start planning now. Here are a few reflections from this session – may they be lessons for next time.
Opinion

The importance of deadlines and single subjects

May 19th, 2019 - 2:00am
Anyone who has ever had to read through a complex bit of statute in an area of their own expertise has without a doubt said at some point, “What in the [redacted] were they thinking when they passed this [redacted] law?” And because this Legislature didn’t take its own deadlines – or the very good reasons they exist – seriously, it’s going to be worse than usual in the next two years.
Opinion

What education advocates can learn from prisons and criminals

May 12th, 2019 - 1:50am
I have spent a lot of time in this space in the last year criticizing various criminal justice system reform measures, from the merely philosophical to sloppy data presentations to counterproductive lawsuits aimed at spurring reforms to misplaced priorities to good ideas gone too far. But here’s the good news – I’ve had something to criticize.
Opinion

Indigent defense in rural Nevada: The need for AB 81

April 29th, 2019 - 2:00am
The state of Nevada has an opportunity right now to make real progress on a longstanding failure: its constitutional obligation to provide meaningful representation to indigent defendants who face criminal charges. AB 81, which won Assembly Judiciary Committee approval earlier this month, will create funding and oversight of the system for providing appointed lawyers to indigent defendants in rural Nevada. The bill is the product of more than 12 years of work by the Nevada Supreme Court Indigent Defense Commission and the Right to Counsel Commission, created by the 2017 legislature.
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