On the surface, voting to protect religious freedom seems harmless, and maybe even noble. In reality, SB 192 (Preservation of Religious Freedom Act) attempts to increase the protection of religious freedom beyond what even conservative judges like Justice Scalia have interpreted the 1st Amendment free exercise clause to mean (See Employment Division vs. Smith). TheREAD MORE
NRA lobbyists plan to host a private “seminar” with Nevada legislators this Saturday, January 19th from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Las Vegas. A few local groups aren’t thrilled about this and plan to host a rally to encourage legislators to skip this meeting (see info below). The National Rifle Association (NRA) represents the interestsREAD MORE
A lot of good people think Nevada’s natural places are worth protecting. And a lot of those people – including quite a few sitting and future elected officials – showed up recently for a twinned pair of Nevada Conservation League events, one in Las Vegas and one in Reno. Of course, thousands of people haveREAD MORE
Reading in the Las Vegas Sun yesterday, I found a story about fees going up for water, electric, student fees, small businesses, even bus fares and how these fees tend to negatively affect those who are hurting the most here in Nevada. What the article does not mention is how disproportionate the burden of salesREAD MORE
Born in the small farming community of Hanford, California, Nevada Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante-Adams (AD 42) is the second of five children born to poor, migrant farm working parents. She and her siblings began working with their parents at about the age of six and continued doing so all the way through high school. “We worked every day during the summer and on the weekends when school was in session,” she says. “It was hard work but it wasn’t burdensome. It’s just the life we knew.”
Sixteen years later at the age of 23 she arrived in Las Vegas, never dreaming it would be a permanent move nor having aspirations of political life. How then, did this woman go from working the farm fields in California to becoming one of Nevada’s most respected freshmen legislators?
Here in Nevada, at least in terms of the state senate, we have an axis of evil right here in southern Nevada. Barbara Cegavske leads the trio. Then we have Michael Roberson and Elizabeth Halseth as lap puppies. They’ve valiantly led the state from being at the bottom of funding for education and having oneREAD MORE