Conversion therapy ban violates First Amendment

Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law this past week a legislatively passed bill that makes it illegal for any psychotherapist in Nevada to provide conversion therapy to anyone under the age of 18. Senate Bill 201 defines conversion therapy as “any practice or treatment that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of… [More…]

The path to mandated diversity leads to an absurdity

When you boil it down to its fundamental essence, what she is proposing is an affront to democratic principles and an absurdity. Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who picks up the liberal agenda from where Harry Reid left off, stated in a recent interview with Politico, “We should be mandating diversity in our committees, mandating… [More…]

Is this You? Holding Back

Actions speaking louder than words are usually seen as actions that should not have been taken. While I am pretty sure there are actions I have taken in my life that I should not have taken I am more thankful of the actions that I really wanted to take but didn’t. Believe it or not… [More…]

Give state revenue windfall back to those who created it

Riddle: What is the difference between the Nevada Legislature and a drunken sailor? Answer: Eventually the drunken sailor sobers up. The Economic Forum, which is tasked with estimating state general fund revenues so lawmakers can dodge blame for overestimating, has found a few million more coins in between the couch cushions — $96 million more… [More…]

Democratic lawmakers trying to ration free speech

Nevada’s Democratic lawmakers in Carson City are seeking to enforce their egalitarian philosophy on everyone: All people are equal and deserve equal rights — and only equal amounts of those rights. You have the right to free speech, but no more than anyone else. This past week an Assembly committee heard testimony on Senate Joint… [More…]

Friendly Fact Finding

Friendly Fact Finding Is there a real line that needs to stay wide, bold and un-crossable when you meet a new friend? I’m not talking about just manners. Manners should be upheld no matter where you are in a relationship. Manners like not picking at anything that might be bothering you because it is protruding… [More…]

Lawmakers seek to dodge duty to set their own salaries

Perhaps the lesson of 1989 lingers. In that legislative session, Nevada lawmakers were so bold as to pass a law that increased their pensions by 300 percent. Though the eventual retirement payouts amounted to only a few hundred dollars per month, voters were outraged by the audaciousness of the self-serving money grab. Under that 1989… [More…]

State workers should not be allowed to unionize

Lawmakers in Carson City keep coming up with more ways to spend our money. Senate Bill 486, for example, would authorize state government workers to unionize and collectively bargain for salaries and benefits. Currently, state law allows local government workers to engage in collective bargaining but not employees of the state. This has resulted in… [More…]

Is This You? A Yawn Starter

A yawn, I have learned from a neurologist, starts in the brain. Something somewhere in there is triggered and through a pathway unknown to this plain regular human, it makes you urgently suck in air. You make that yawn aarrgh sound, sometimes closing your eyes and your head may sway like a palm tree in… [More…]

State makes progress in challenging sage grouse rules

Nevada won a temporary reprieve from the Interior Department’s plans to enforce sweeping restrictions on land use as a means of protecting greater sage grouse habitat, but failed to convince a federal judge to put those plans on hold entirely. In a recent opinion, Nevada federal Judge Miranda Du ruled Interior agencies erred in preparing… [More…]