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Bait-switch scheme makes politicians untrustworthy

By now everyone knows that 80 percent of Nevada voters voted against the margins tax last November and that Gov. Brian Sandoval's "commerce tax" is just a mutated version of it. But here are some things many folks either aren't aware of or are...

Tax repeal fight continues

Paraphrasing the great Mark Twain, reports of the death of the We Decide Coalition's referendum to repeal the largest tax hike in Nevada history, including that new gross receipts tax, have been greatly exaggerated. While it's true that on Oct. 1...

Victoria’s secret: Assemblywoman went to dark side

I really hate it when self-professed staunch conservatives go wobbly on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, especially since it's not just a "piece of paper." It's a pretty reliable political weather vane. The latest casualty is Assemblywoman Victoria...

State made mess of legalizing pot

How can a state that has so successfully handled legal gambling, legal 24/7 consumption of alcohol and legal prostitution have so fouled up legalizing marijuana? Make no mistake. The handwriting is on the wall. Government drug warriors have lost the...

Primaries needed to get rid of bad blood

It's not just Nevada that has a gaggle of very bad Republicans in its legislature. Missouri just witnessed a sellout of philosophical principle that ranks right up there with the 2015 GOP-controlled Nevada Legislature. On the other hand, California...

Nevada conservatives lost great patriot, good man

A couple of years before I got into politics full time, I got into the passenger seat of a high-speed sports car that barreled down a 90-mile stretch of a lonely Nevada highway pushing 200 mph. It was 1991 and I had been hired by Phil Henry to...

First Amendment rights need to be restored

It has been drilled into us since we were kids. That this is a nation of laws. And the supreme law of the land is the United States Constitution. And that Constitution prohibits the federal government from passing laws to deny certain rights to the...

GOP has nothing but excuses for school-choice program

It is impossible to overstate just how badly the Republican-controlled Nevada Legislature and our Republican governor screwed up the most exciting and promising school-choice program in the galaxy. The fly-the-size-of-a-cow in the ointment continues...

Major snow job forecast to stop tax repeal efforts

It might still be hot in Nevada, but get ready for the mother of all blizzards. No, I'm not talking about that white stuff that falls from the sky on Christmas. I'm talking about the major-league snow job — with a blizzard of propaganda — that Gov...

ABCs of how GOP fouled education vouchers

Repeat after me: Republicans never blow an opportunity to blow an opportunity. And it seems that even when they do something right, they find a way to do it wrong. Such is the case with Nevada's new universal school voucher program called education...

Power disruption on Nevada's horizon

When it comes to disruptors — new players in a market that totally upend the conventional way of doing business — I would have to say today's top three are Uber for what it's done to the taxi industry, Airbnb for what it's done to the lodging...

Trump fever: Catch it

If you're a long-suffering conservative, you can't help but take at least a little perverse pleasure from the angst Donald Trump is causing the Republican Party establishment and the media, even if you're supporting another of the GOP presidential...

'Right' choice in Senate race is clear as Heck

Republican Congressman Joe Heck has now officially entered the race to replace Harry Reid in the United States Senate. His anointed Democrat opponent, Catherine Cortez Masto, is a partisan left-winger who would essentially be Sen. Reid’s sixth...

Politicians lie, but tax pledge numbers don’t

Liberals and Republicans in Name Only hate the Taxpayer Protection Pledge with, as Diane Chambers once put it on “Cheers,” “the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns.” And there’s a very good reason for that.

Vouchers will end government’s education monopoly

About the only thing Republicans did right in the 2015 legislative session was to place a stake squarely over the heart of Nevada’s failure factories and took the first big whack at the public school monopoly that has been killing the futures of so many of our children for so many years.

Tax hike fight not over until ‘We Decide’

Government-lovin’ tax hikers in Nevada shouldn’t be doing the Snoopy dance just yet. As fictional Sen. John “Bluto” Blutarsky of “Animal House” famously put it, “Nothing’s over until we decide it is.”

Fossil fuels provide dependable power

When it comes to energy, windmills are useless when there’s no wind, solar is useless when there’s no sun, and hydro is useless when there’s no water — a condition Nevadans were recently warned about again thanks to the ongoing drought.

Charlie Brown Republicans fooled again

Before there was SpongeBob SquarePants, we old geezers marveled at what a knucklehead Charlie Brown was for falling for the ol’ yank-the-football-away-at-the-last-minute trick perpetrated by that little tyrant, Lucy.