Cliven Bundy has a plan

peace out cliven
Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0]


peace out cliven
Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 (]
Celebrity scofflaw Cliven Bundy has a plan, a grand plan, to open up federal lands in northeast Clark County to all manner of commercial development, and Bundy was scheduled to present the plan to the Moapa Valley Town Advisory Board Wednesday night, the Moapa Valley Progress reports.


The plan could only be implemented if Bundy’s boutique legal theories were to be upheld in courts, a startling turn of events that would necessarily negate not only current federal statutes and regulations, but also portions of the U.S. and Nevada constitutions. So the plan probably isn’t going to happen.

Or as Patrick Donnelly, Nevada state director of the Center for Biological Diversity, put it in a letter to the Moapa Valley Town Advisory Board, the “basis” of Bundy’s big plan…

“specifically, its assertion that the federal public lands at issue belong to
the state of Nevada—has been rejected numerous times by the U.S. Courts. Consequently, Mr.
Bundy’s Plan is illegal and your adoption of it would make you complicit in its illegality.”

After reciting several court decisions that have rejected Bundy’s “fringe legal theories,” Donnelly’s letter reminds Moapa officials that adopting or embracing Bundy’s plan “would entangle you in what are clearly illegal actions and positions.”

The Center for Biological Diversity letter ends by encouraging everyone to work together to remove Bundy’s cows because they are illegally trespassing on public land.

So why bother to bring attention to Bundy at all?

“The way his ideas are normalized is to be put out in the world unchallenged,” Donnelly told the Current.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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