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Nearly every time the Nevada Legislature has convened, for decades, some unrepentant fan of the hare-brained economic ideas of Marx and Engels has exhumed the festering and discredited corpse of “mobile home rent control.”

To date, it’s al

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The Constitution requires that when government seizes private property “for public use,” the property owner must be justly compensated. But who is to say what the land is worth?

Obviously, the government entity is reluctant to pay the land-o

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It looks like some Carson City version of Sadie Hawkins Day, at first glance -- everything turned upside down.

Two of Nevada's legislative leaders say they have examined a proposal to return $300 million of this biennium’s estimated $600 mil

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Since 1995, Mark Koscielski has been co-owner of the one remaining gun shop in Minneapolis.

On May 19, the city government would like to make that “zero” gun shops.

“They say it’s a matter of the public’s health, safety, and welfare” Mark

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What happens to the citizen’s property rights when the legislative and executive branches huddle to discuss a “reform” of property seizures under eminent domain?

NBC News correspondent Lloyd Dobyns once filed a videotaped report that secre

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It took them awhile, but one or two die-hard left-wingers (Ronald Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times, most notably) finally figured out they could use the crime of hulking 16-year-old Jeff Weise -- who killed 10 at the Red Lake High School on

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Even as the national GOP was suffering defeat after defeat, clinging valiantly to the banner of “smaller government, more freedom” from 1933 through 1979, passing its standard in turn to Robert A. Taft, then to Barry Goldwater, the little state

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Last year, President Bush invited leaders of several hunting and fishing groups to his Texas ranch to reassure them of his concern for wetlands.

Before the election, the president vowed: “Instead of just limiting our losses, we will expand

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In Carson City this year, Assembly Democrats have come up with all manner of new schemes to require Nevada’s hospitals to hire more clerks to handle state-mandated paperwork.

Oh, that’ll help lower medical costs.

Of course, none

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Last week, letter-writer Herman Gordon was asking us how the tyrant Roosevelt’s theft of America’s gold in 1933 caused results similar to what Mussolini had done in Italy after 1925 -- a connection which Mr. Gordon seemed to find absurd, based

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THIS IS THE FULL, 4,000-WORD VERSION OF VIN’S APRIL 24 COLUMN ON ROOSEVELT’S 1933 GOLD SEIZURE.

In answer to my column of April 10, discussing how the giant and inflationary federal Ponzi schemes drain the value of our savings, one Herman Go

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A three-judge panel of the famously odd 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has thrown out a 37-year-old ordinance that Los Angeles police have been using to clear homeless people off the streets.

The circuit’s rulings generally a

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The general principle is that each bill in Congress -- particularly spending bills -- should deal with one subject, and one subject only. If you want to argue that taxpayers from the other 49 states should be forced to fund your pet trolley mus

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If those who serve as Nevadans’ legislative delegates in Carson City really represented the needs and desires of taxpayers, passage of the current “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” (TABOR) -- introduced by Sen. Bob Beers, R-Las Vegas -- would be a no-b

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Last time, visiting Congressman Jack Spratt, D-S.C., ranking minority member of the House Budget Committee, was assuring us that allowing government managers to invest the Social Security “Trust Fund” in the private stock market to gain a “bett

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Why are the Democrats -- the party of my youth -- so widely dismissed as pathetic poseurs, these days?

Let’s see. George W. Bush makes a big speech about how America promotes democracy throughout the world. How do the Democrats respond? By p

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Ponzi schemes ‘cut the purchasing power of the dollar in two’

Last time, visiting Congressman John Spratt, D-S.C., ranking minority member of the House Budget Committee, was explaining the Democratic objections to president Bush’s proposal

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As the price dropped for buying movie CDs outright or paying to see them on cable, the consternation of customers who had to pay tacked-on late charges if they forgot to rush their rentals back to the store evidently became sufficient to actual

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Congresswoman Shelley Berkley brought U.S. Rep. John Spratt, Democrat of the 5th District of South Carolina, to town last week to explain her party’s objections to the Bush plan to “allow” wage-earners to place 4 percentage points -- about one

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Accustomed to seeing themselves placed near the bottom in some bureaucrat’s ranking of government spending in one category or another (it never seems to occur to these people to conclude Nevadans thus rank near the top when it comes to t

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There have long been rumors that police canine officers carry around small quantities of contraband drugs which they can use to contaminate a motorist’s car, causing their dogs to “alert” on the vehicle and thus justifying an otherwise illegal

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The idea behind the government-mandated French 35-hour workweek was simple: Since existing workers would be able to accomplish only 90 percent as much work as under the old 39-hour week, employers would be forced to hire about 10 percent more w

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Before cheap cartoons took over the time slot, kids growing up in the 1950s and ’60s would rise early on a Saturday morning and plant themselves in front of the TV to catch “Roy Rogers” and “The Lone Ranger.”

Some became over-eager, howeve

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There seems to be some fuss about the inadequate security which allowed the personal information of 8,738 people (one wants to say “Nevadans,” but who knows how many really hail from Sinaloa?) who received licenses or ID cards from the Departme

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In the early days of aviation, pilots whose planes carried the U.S. mail were required to carry sidearms to defend themselves and their aircraft. Needless to say, the screening process for pilots was far less rigorous in those days -- yet pilot

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It’s not clear how Nevada can justify having a state real property transfer tax, in the first place.

Taxes on tires and gasoline can be justified as a way to hit up motorists for the cost of building and maintaining the roads -- a near subst

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Why are the Democrats -- the party of my youth -- so widely dismissed as pathetic poseurs, these days?

Let’s see. George W. Bush makes a big speech about how America promotes democracy throughout the world. How do the Democrats respond? By point

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Vin Suprynowicz

Nevada’s state dental school was the brainchild of state Sen. Ray Rawson, a double-dipping tax-and-spend Republican dentist of legendary proportions (he was even paid by other states for courtroom “expert forensic bite-mark” testimony in which he cla

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