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Dear, President Donald J. Trump, Facebook has taken down Joey Gibson’s personal account and that of the loosely organized group he leads, Patriot Prayer. Gibson said at least five Patriot Prayer supporters also had their accounts taken down. He said the accounts were closed Friday morning. Patriot Prayer, One of its supporters, Aaron “Jay” Danielson, was fatally shot last weekend. His suspected killer,...

All-mail balloting rife with problems

What could possibly go wrong? Just put more than 1.6 million ballots — and that was the number of active registered Nevada voters back in January, before the push to register voters prior to the No…

Nevada churches denied the same capacity allowances given to casinos

Let’s get this straight, according to a 5-4 one-sentence U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday, if a Nevada church were to hold a bingo night in its 500-seat auditorium, under Gov. Steve Sisolak’s diktat, 250 people could attend, since the governor’s orders allow 50 percent capacity for casinos, but, if someone were to say a prayer, 200 would have to...

Ranchers and stockmen alarmed by implications of the Great American Outdoors Act

“Additionally, S. 3422 will make the LWCF program a mandatory spending program at approximately $900 million annually. Established in 1964, the LWCF is funded by royalty payments from offshore oil and gas development in federal waters. Last year, Congress permanently reauthorized LWCF but the program is still subject to the annual congressional appropriations cycle, where it is rarely fully...

Consistency sacrificed for the sake of kowtowing

That’s Discriminatory — with a capital D. A month ago The Associated Press edited its Stylebook to declare that the word black, “when referring to people in a racial, ethnic or cultural context,” should be capitalized in news stories. The Stylebook is almost universally followed in newsrooms. It is gospel.

Research Medicine in the Fight Against COVID-19

Research Medicine in the Fight Against COVID-19

Editorial: Keep a close eye on enforcement of virus regulations

Shortly after state health officials confirmed the first presumptive case of the coronavirus — dubbed COVID-19 — in Nevada this past week, Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an emergency regulation regarding insurance coverage for testing and treatment of the rapidly spreading virus. State law gives the governor the power in emergency situations to make, amend and rescind regulations in response to...

Diverse “transparency” coalition in Nevada holds government accountable

Sunshine Week is dedicated to celebrating the principles of a transparent and accountable government, which makes it the perfect time to announce the launch of the Nevada Open Government Coalition. The ideologically diverse Coalition was created to continue the success of our efforts to update the Nevada Public Records Act (NPRA) in 2019, and ensure that governments are transparent with...

Editorial: Courts should overturn ‘Red Flag’ law

But rather than threatening to flout the law, the better route is the one taken by Elko County commissioners recently and that is to challenge the law in the courts. The commissioners voted to join a lawsuit filed in December by attorneys for NevadansCAN (Citizens Action Network) that argues the “Red Flag” section of Assembly Bill 291, which was...

Week in Political Cartoons ~ 2 W/E November 30th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ 2 W/E November 30th, 2019

Nevada Supreme Court holds hearing on Pahrump water order appeal | Pahrump Valley Times

A decision on water law and the extent of the Nevada State Engineer’s authority over domestic wells is one step closer to reality, with the Nevada Supreme Court recently holding a hearing to take oral arguments from both parties in the appeal lawsuit filed by the engineer’s office over water Order #1293(A).

Editorial: Bill language should not allow water grab

A growing number of public and private entities are joining a concerted effort to make sure a bill pending before Congress does not inadvertently create a means for Clark County to tap rural groundwater, though Clark County officials protest that is not the intent of the proposal.

Stick a sock in it!

Thank goodness we don’t live in a democracy. A recent survey by the Campaign for Free Speech found that fully 51 percent of voting-aged Americans agree that the First Amendment goes too far in allowing hate speech and should be updated to reflect the current culture of supercilious sensitivity. Only 42 percent disagreed and only 24 percent strongly disagreed....

Week in Political Cartoons ~ 2W/E November 1st, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ 2W/E November 1st, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E October 18th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E October 18th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E October 11th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E October 11th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ 2W/E October 4th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ 2W/E October 4th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E September 20th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E September 20th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E September 13th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E September 13th, 2019

McDonald wins fifth term as Nevada GOP chairman

WINNEMUCCA – Nevada Republican Party officials, seeking to put 2018 state losses behind them and set a glide path for nominating President Donald Trump for a second term in 2020, re-elected their incumbent chairman and other party leaders Saturday and formally took the party out of holding a presidential caucus to choose its candidate in February. The Silver State’s GOP...

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E September 7th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E September 7th, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E August 30, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E August 30, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E August 23, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E August 23, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E August 16, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E August 16, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E August 09, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E August 09, 2019

Costly Nevada Legal Fight Over Taxes Was Unnecessary

It was a senseless and futile gesture, but our Democratic lawmakers and governor were just the ones to do it. Despite the fact Nevada voters in 1994 and 1996 amended the state Constitution to declare “an affirmative vote of not fewer than two-thirds of the members elected to each House is necessary to pass a bill or joint resolution which...

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E August 02, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E August 02, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E July 26 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E July 26, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E July 19 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E July 19, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E July 12 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E July 12, 2019

Editorial: BLM proposes firebreaks to reduce size of wildfires

The BLM says wildfires have increased dramatically in size and frequency in the past decade in six Western states — Nevada, Utah, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. During that time, 21 fires have exceeded 100,000 acres. A total of 13.5 million acres have burned. Efforts to suppress wildfires by the BLM alone have cost $373 million over the past...

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E July 5, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E July 5, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E June 28, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E June 28, 2019

Valley Electric’s board considers changes to net metering policy

Hundreds of Valley Electric Association Inc.'s members that take advantage of the co-op's net metering program could see a change in the current rates that are paid. Valley's board will consider a tiered system at the co-op's next board meeting.

Federal effort seeks to fight domestic violence

U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr recently announced the formation of a Domestic Violence Working Group aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers, using the tools of federal prosecution to stop and prevent domestic violence. The group will operate under the auspices of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC) and be comprised of nine U.S....

With towns in Northern Nevada growing, the BLM reports more unauthorized uses of federal public land

It’s common to hear about property disputes among neighbors. But what happens when your neighbor is the federal government? This is a question that occupies an increasing amount of time for Victoria Wilkins, an acting field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Sierra Front division. From a BLM district office tucked away in Carson City, Wilkins says the...

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E June 21, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E June 21, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E June 8, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E June 8, 2019


On June 4, 2019 By Steve Busch The 2019 Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act  (WCCA) is perhaps the most significant attack on private property rights in decades, perhaps ever.  A simple look at the list of sponsors of the proposed legislation provides plenty of warning about what this new law portends. The WCCA was introduced in Congress …

Group signals recall effort of Gov. Sisolak over gun legislation

A conservative group has formed a recall committee to attempt to kick Gov. Steve Sisolak out of office, a nascent effort largely motivated by fear of losing rights under recent gun control legislation. Fight for Nevada, based in Elko County, registered with the secretary of state’s office on May 6. The group’s president, Angela Blass, said Monday that the “state...

Center for Self Governance: Who are they?

Center for Self Governance, an awesome organization that we support 200%. Foundational Civics taught in a way that will empower you to get involved in your own future through an understanding of what was the founders reasoning and intent. Understand the difference between a Layer Cake and Marble Cake Republic. Why the meaning of words are so important...

Nevada AB291 – Rules Suspended, Bill Completely Changed and Passed by The Senate.

AB291 was sent to the Governor late Friday, May 31st, 2019.  The bills final Senate version looks very little like what was passed out of the assembly earlier this month. After suspending the rules, the Senate amended the bill and added the verbiage from two other bills that never made it out of committee, giving them a life they were...

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E May 31, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E May 31, 2019

Briefing in Pahrump water order appeal filings complete

The briefing in the appeal case regarding Nevada State Engineer Order #1293(A) has reached its conclusion. The documents for all parties involved are now undergoing the process of screening by the Nevada Supreme Court, which will decide whether or not to move the case forward and hold a hearing to allow for oral arguments.

VICTOR JOECKS: Controversial gun control measure could pass without a hearing

If the court issued such an order — potentially without the person’s knowledge — the information would have been sent to the Nevada Records of Criminal History. Subjects would thus be prevented from passing a background check if they tried to legally buy a firearm. That makes sense. No point in taking someone’s firearms away if they’re allowed to...

Interior secretary releases disputed Nevada public land funds

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary David Bernhardt reversed Trump administration efforts to slash a Nevada public lands program Wednesday and released nearly $106 million for recreation and wildfire programs in the state. Forty-seven new projects will be funded as a result through the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, established by former Sens. Richard Bryan and Harry Reid, both Nevada Democrats,...

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E May 24, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E May 24, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E May 10, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E May 10, 2019

WESTERN WATER: Judge on landowners’ plight: ‘I won’t say the word “screwed”‘

The latest clash between federal land managers and Sagebrush Rebellion-style critics played out in tense but buttoned-up proceedings yesterday in a quiet courtroom in Washington, D.C. There, government lawyers urged the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to toss a lawsuit from Nevada landowners who say a federal restoration project stole their water and flooded their land.

Household hazardous waste disposal event set for May 18 in Pahrump

Nye County and U.S. Ecology are teaming up for the county’s very first Household Hazardous Waste Collection event, and residents will want to mark May 18 on their calendars. Members of the Pahrump community and the surrounding area will be able to pack up all of the household waste that they cannot dispose of for curbside trash pickup and haul...

Nevada officials work to fight sovereign citizens movement

CARSON CITY — The loosely affiliated anti-government extremists known commonly as sovereign citizens are the “largest terroristic threat” facing Nevada, according to Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford.

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E May 3, 2019

Week in Political Cartoons ~ W/E May 3, 2019

The Real Reason for AB291 and removing State Gun Law Preemption Laws?

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Some Clark County commissioners have voiced general support for considering firearm restrictions on the Las Vegas Strip if Nevada lawmakers give them the power to create stricter gun laws. The county would be given such power under the omnibus AB291 gun bill moving through the Democrat-controlled Legislature despite widespread opposition from Republicans and gun rights...

You can buy tickets for big-name concerts for $20 in Las Vegas

Availible to be purchased 9am to Midnight on  May 7th 2019 - How far can $20 take you in Las Vegas? Concert-booking behemoth Live Nation is about to find out.How far can $20 take you in VegasVille? Concert-booking behemoth Live Nation is about to find out.

Editorial: Minimum wage hike will increase prices and crime

Assembly Bill 456 would raise the minimum wage 75 cents per hour each year as it climbs from the current $7.25 per hour for those receiving company health insurance and $8.25 for those not insured until it reaches $11 or $12 per hour. In his State of the State speech, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak called for raising the minimum wage...

Newspaper column: National Popular Vote would make Nevada voters “irrelevant”

The Nevada Assembly voted 23-17 this past week to cut the impact of your presidential vote by at least a third. Assembly Bill 186 would have Nevada join something called the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.” Instead of awarding Nevada’s six electoral votes — one for each representative and senator in Congress —...

Nevada DMV offers gender-neutral driver’s licenses, ID cards

Nevada residents who don’t identify with a specific gender now have the option to remain gender-neutral on state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles announced Monday that residents can choose gender “X” on their IDs, marking the final step in a year’s long effort to update policies toward transgender residents and those who don’t identify...

Editorial: An aspect of the Equality Act would erase social norms

The Equality Act admirably sets out to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” as protected from discrimination in public accommodations and employment. It is sponsored in the House by all but one Democrat — including Nevada Reps. Dina Titus, Steven Horsford, and Susie Lee. A companion bill in the Senate is sponsored...

Supreme Court Moves to Overturn Conviction of Joe Robertson, Fined and Jailed for Digging Ponds on his Rural Montana Property

SCOTUS overturned decision upholding Robertson’s conviction and remanded the case so that the indictment could be dismissed and the lien cancelled (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Supreme Court of the United States has overturned a lower court decision affirming the conviction of Joseph Robertson, a 78-year-old veteran now deceased who was sentenced to prison for digging...

Clark County pushes for off-highway vehicle recreation areas

The Clark County Commission recommended on Tuesday that federal lawmakers designate more than 100,000 acres for off-highway vehicle recreation south of the Las Vegas Valley in a future public lands bill. Elected officials are urging Congress to consider three specific areas: More than 42,000 acres near Nelson Hills, nearly 40,000 acres by Sandy Valley and more than 18,000 acres close...

Legal complaint: lobbyist submitted false testimony to aid in bill’s passage – Nevada Policy Research Institute

Nevada Policy has alerted Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Rick Combs and the attorney general’s office to what appears to be a clear violation of NRS 218E.085(2) — the state law that makes it a crime to knowingly misrepresent any fact when testifying before a legislative committee. The false statements were made by lobbyist Marlene Lockard during the March 1, 2019...

Five Years Later, The Protest that redefined the West.

5 Years after the final day of the what would come to be known as the "Bundy Ranch Standoff", the federal government still has not given up.  However, neither has the "Bundy Ranch" and all of those that support them.

VEA Board Calls Special Membership Meeting

Valley Electric Association’s board of directors has called a special member meeting to address concerns over the board’s fiduciary responsibilities and the process of recalling members of Valley’s board, according to a news release from Valley.

“One Nevada lawmaker’s journey from silence to action” does not mean it’s Good Law.

An April Fools day article by Colton Lochhead in the  Las Vegas Review-Journal perhaps, by many, could be considered an Aprill Fools Prank if it were not so serious to everyone attending the joint Assembly-Senate hearing in Carson city on AB291, introduced this session by Nevada Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui.

NRA WIN: Federal Court Strikes Down California’s Gun Magazine Ban

California – Today, a federal district court issued a decision permanently enjoining California from enforcing its restrictions on standard capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. This monumental victory comes in the NRA and CRPA supported lawsuit titled Duncan v. Becerra, which challenges all of California’s laws banning so-called “large-capacity” magazines.

Autopsy Results – Dennis Hof, Nevada brothel owner, died of heart attack

Brothel owner Dennis Hof, who won a Nevada Assembly seat after his October death, died of a heart attack, according to his autopsy. Hof, 72, suffered a heart attack due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, the Clark County coroner’s office report said. Other significant conditions in his death included diabetes and obesity.Hof also had marijuana chemical compound THC and...

Rick Perry agrees to provide timeline on removing plutonium from Nevada

Earlier this month, Cortez Masto pledged to hold up nominees for the U.S. Department of Energy until she received a commitment from Perry that no more plutonium would be shipped into the state and a time frame for when the half-metric ton that the Energy Department already shipped to a federal site roughly 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas...

Memorial Diamonds make Lasting Memories When they are Created With The Cremated Remains of a Loved One

But instead of storing a loved one's cremains in an urn or sprinkling them outside, a growing number of bereaved consumers are doing something more adventurous: forging the ashes into diamonds.

Editorial: Same-day voter registration invites fraud

Progressives are always clamoring to make it easier to vote. To that end Democratic state Sen. James Ohrenschall of Las Vegas has introduced Senate Bill 123 that, among other things, would allow people to register to vote on Election Day.

The Cavemen Capitalist: how wealth was created from nothing

The natural state of human existence is abject poverty. That’s the starting point–naked, hungry, and homeless.Any effort towards survival is the most basic form of wealth creation.

Everything You Know About the Civil War is Wrong

The Civil War is perhaps the most misunderstood event in the history of the United States while ironically, appears to be the single historical event most Americans believe they fully comprehend.

US Rural Sheriffs Defy New Gun Measures

The “Second Amendment sanctuary” movement has taken hold in more than 100 counties in several states, including New Mexico and Illinois, where local law-enforcement and county leaders are saying they won’t enforce new legislation that infringes on the constitutional right to bear arms. For instance, in New Mexico, 30 of 33 county sheriffs have signed a letter pledging to not...

Editorial: No need for murky water law changes

Nevada water law is based on the concept of prior authorization, in other words the first one to use a water resource has priority or senior water rights. Those who come later, if there is enough water available, have junior rights that must yield to the senior rights if supply becomes inadequate for any reason. The Great Basin Water Network,...

Nye County Sheriff says she won’t enforce background checks law on most private gun sales

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly sent a letter to Governor Sisolak saying in part:"As sheriff of Nye County, I agree with Sheriff Watts: I will not participate in the enforcement of this new law..."

Why Trump must veto the federal land grab bill

President Trump gave one of his most memorable and impactful speeches two weeks ago when he systematically dismantled the case for socialism. In that speech, he recalled the economic harm and destruction in nations that have adopted socialism, communism or Stalinism. “We will never be a socialist country,” Mr. Trump pledged in his speech in Florida. Well said. And the...

Defiant U.S. sheriffs push gun sanctuaries, imitating liberals on immigration

A rapidly growing number of counties in at least four states are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, refusing to enforce gun-control laws that they consider to be infringements on the U.S. constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Why a Republic and How do we Keep it?

It was not easy for them to agree on the best form of government for the newly liberated nation.  They did much research, analysis, and debate to come to the final definition of our Constitutional Republic. A large portion of the consideration was to the understanding of the failures of other efforts both currently and in history, and how those failures would be...

As California loses people, a Las Vegas suburb grows

HENDERSON, Nev.—For Karina Nasir, leaving California for this booming Las Vegas suburb was the chance to escape commutes up to three hours. For Bill Clune, it is saving nearly $5,000 a year on his water bill. For John Falkenthal, the opportunity to have some money left over every month after paying his mortgage.“I never even considered leaving Southern California,...

9th Circuit gets another Trump-picked judge after White House bypasses consultation with Dems

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Trump's nominee to be a judge on the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a party-line vote -- and, in a historic snub, the White House ignored the input of the judge's two Democratic home-state senators in the process.The aggressive and unprecedented move to bypass the traditional "blue slip" consultation process and plow ahead with...

Federal Lawsuit Aims to Ban Brothels in Nevada

A lawsuit filed in federal court aims to end the legal brothel industry in the Silver State. The lawsuit filed by Rebekah Charleston names Nevada and Governor Steve Sisolak as defendants. It alleges legal brothels violate her constitutional rights and it seeks a federal injunction against brothels in Elko, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Storey, and White Pine counties.

Pahrump Valley Electric Association loses Publics Confidence

Members of the Pahrump Valley Electric Association Co-op, have rallied to collect signature to replace the current board of directors. A page on Facebook has been created calling themselves VEA Members for change. Several events to collect signatures from verified members of the Co-op have been scheduled. More information is available on the Facebook page. The effort, triggered...

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