Nevada Could Be Ground Zero For Resurgence Of National Defense

Nevada knows nukes, or at least we used to. First, the election of Donald Trump reignited the debate over the possible resurrection of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository. Now, with a simple tweet Trump has reopened discussions about the preparedness, or lack thereof, of America’s nuclear arsenal. “The United States must greatly strengthen… [More…]

Interior Secretary Nominee Should Work With States on Public Lands

It is a bit disappointing that Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Interior Department, which along with other federal agencies controls 85 percent of Nevada, does not embrace his own party’s call for more federal public land to be transferred to the control of the states and local governments, but at least freshman… [More…]

Why We Have a Federalist System, Instead of a Democracy

Someone buy these folks a civics textbook and maybe a Cliff Notes version of the Federalist Papers. Yes, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by about 3 million more votes than Donald Trump, but she lost the Electoral College vote by 306 to 232. That is because the Electoral College is made up of 538… [More…]

Here’s the rule: If you break it you own it

When the stock market goes up or down, credit and blame accrues to the president. Mostly unfair in a global economy, of course, but that’s how Americans judge it. Call it the “Pottery Barn Rule — If You Break It, You Own It”. No clearer example of this than the post-Trump election stock market rally.… [More…]

Trump appointees may hold key to Nevada’s economic future

What does a Donald Trump presidency forebode for Nevada? It is hard to say, because Trump has never kept a firm grip on any political position for more than a few hours, seemingly changing stances depending on with whom he has spoken most recently. On the topic of who should control the public lands in… [More…]

You can fool some of the people some of the time — and that may be enough

I have a sincere and earnest question for a large plurality of Nevada Republicans who say they will participate in the state’s among-the-first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses in February: What the hell are you thinking? According to the most recent CNN/ORC poll, Donald Trump is the presidential choice of 38 percent of those aforementioned Republicans. Trump is… [More…]

Born in the USA — Congress may decide whether that warrants citizenship

When Donald Trump released a position paper on immigration earlier this month, he could not resist taking a potshot at Nevada’s Sen. Harry Reid. “End birthright citizenship. This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. By a 2:1 margin, voters say it’s the wrong policy, including Harry Reid who said ‘no sane country’ would give… [More…]