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A fan of ever-expanding government wrote in this month, complaining about an aside in a recent Review-Journal editorial on the 70th anniversary of the Federal Register -- an editorial lamenting the fact that it took “only” 2,620 pages to itemize all

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Moving a full year before the next biennial legislative session in order to demonstrate the state’s minority party has “concrete ideas,” Nevada’s Assembly Democrats last week unveiled a notion for “making medical care more affordable” that’s not real

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As documented in Vernon Bostic’s “Ecology of the Desert Tortoise in Relation to Cattle Grazing,” the greatest death loss among Southern Nevada desert tortoises during the severe drought of 1981 occurred in the Crescent Valley Allotment, where cattle

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Last week, about 20 students walked out, skipping at least one class period at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, after government teacher Rochelle Behling made remarks which some Hispanic students said they found offensive.

Before a first-period

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Here in Southern Nevada, there was considerable interest in last week’s coroner’s inquest into the death of aspiring “Gangsta Rap” recording artist Amir Crump, 21, (stage name "Trajik,") killed by Las Vegas Metro police in the southwest valley Feb. 1

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Last week, southwest of Las Vegas on the road to Pahrump, speed limits on the five-mile section of Blue Diamond Road from Interstate 15 to Durango Drive were reduced from a high of 65 mph to a consistent 45.

Since July 1, at least 18 people have

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Even before an arbitrator’s ruling on March 4 granted Las Vegas Metropolitan police officers a 21.85 percent pay hike over the next four years, police wages in Southern Nevada were already among the highest in the country, according to the consulting

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In a 6-1 decision, Nevada’s Supreme Court ruled last week that the private, non-profit outfit building the new Carson-Tahoe Hospital is not required to pay higher “prevailing wages” to construction workers, despite the fact most of the project is bac

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At the request of the State Bar of Nevada, the Nevada Supreme Court last year empaneled a committee to examine lawyer advertising.

At a public meeting March 1, committee members floated proposals to change the state rules regarding acceptable sol

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Steve Brown, a Las Vegas masonry contractor and member of a nondenominational church, has filed an initiative petition proposing a constitutional amendment that would require Nevada teachers to tell their students that questions remain about the theo

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Steve Kubby, 59, the 1998 Libertarian candidate for governor of California, was a leading force behind the passage of the 1996 referendum which legalized medical marijuana there. But it was AFTER voters approved Proposition 215 that California police

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On Jan. 24, Whatcom County sheriff’s Deputy Stuart Smith spotted the vehicle of two murder suspects at a rest stop about five miles south of Blaine, Wash. When he tried to arrest the pair, they sped north towards the Canadian border on Interstate 5.

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It’s tough being a politician. The tape recorders always seem to be “on,” catching the kind of gaffes, flubs, and misstatements that the rest of us less-than-perfect orators -- blessedly free of these relentless electronic Boswells -- can far more ea

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An actual letter-writer wrote to the Review-Journal shortly after the Feb. 1 deaths of Metro Police Sgt. Henry Prendes and the chanting gangsta rap “artist” who had reportedly waited in ambush to kill the officer:

“According to a TV news report t

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In California, a group of high school seniors and their parents filed suit last week against the state Department of Education and California school Superintendent Jack O’Connell.

Why?

The state won’t give the kids high school diplomas, becau

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Last time, we were examining George W. Bush’s attempt to rewrite history in his Jan. 31 State of the Union speech -- the president strongly implying it was Iraq that harbored and dispatched the terrorists who attacked this country on Sept. 11, 2001 (

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Liberal redistributionists can’t really dislike George W. Bush because he’s “conservative” -- can they? Mr. Bush hasn’t tried to get the federals out of our local schools or to shut down our massive socialist wealth redistribution schemes, from Socia

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Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission last week postponed plans to print and distribute 70,000 copies of a map intended to show Mexicans -- and others, possibly including Islamic terrorists -- the best and safest ways to enter America illegally.

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One Craig Vincent writes in Hi from New Zealand,

"I just read your 'If a black man is armed, is he a criminal?' (Review-Journal, Dec. 4.) I found it interesting and timely. On the news tonight Shell oil had a forecourt service guy describe

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Three rescue efforts have been launched already this month in the federally controlled land adjoining the Heavenly Mountain Resort -- straddling the California-Nevada line south of Lake Tahoe -- after skiers exited the resort through gates in ord

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Zoning is a restriction on property rights which is generally popular.

When planning and zoning maps and codes are simple and firm, promulgated well in advance, and enforced equitably, the popular consensus is that they do a lot of good. Homeowne

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Justice Department officials gathering data as part of an effort to resurrect the 1998 Child Online Protection Act -- already rejected by the Supreme Court in 2004 -- admitted last week that they issued blanket subpoenas in August to four major Inter

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Limited-government Republicans lost the watershed election of 1964 to that veteran New Dealer and master of big-spending politics, Lyndon Johnson.

Invoking the memory of the recently martyred John F. Kennedy, LBJ twisted enough arms to push thro

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It’s tempting for Nevadans to chortle and encourage New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine to “Go ahead, make our day.”

In Trenton, Mr. Corzine said Thursday he needs more time to decide whether to support legislation that would extend New Jersey’s smo

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High fuel prices? Who cares?

Nevada casinos are doing so well that their 2005 take has already surpassed the state’s all-time “win” record -- with only 11 months tallied to date.

The $10.7 billion win (what the casinos retained after paying

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Over the opposition of two moderate Republicans (both consistently vote to increase school spending), an interim Nevada legislative committee last week hired a Denver education consulting firm to carry out a $225,000 study “to determine whether publi

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Last week, we were discussing the December sentencing of Geoffrey Wells of Las Vegas, on charges of child abuse and endangerment, after his 12-year-old son Syber -- possibly distraught over his parents’ divorce -- committed suicide with his father’s

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A little more than two years ago, in a case arising out of North Las Vegas, Nev., a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was OK for police to wait as little as 20 seconds between the time they knocked on a door to announce themselves -- and the time

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An “old police tradition of requiring off-duty officers to carry their weapons -- ‘always armed, always on duty’ -- is being scaled back in police departments nationwide following the shootings of off-duty officers by colleagues who thought they were

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