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And poof … Blockchainsville is gone

BY: - October 7, 2021

A man who made a killing once in cybercurrency and who wanted to create his own government in rural Nevada because, hey, who doesn’t, has pulled the plug on his fantastic if never fully or clearly explained techy techy plan. “This concept has not gained enough traction from the State to warrant further debate,” Blockchains […]

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Senator assures industry Nevada will remain a mining colony

BY: - October 7, 2021

Harry Reid must be so proud. “Revision of our mining laws has been a regular topic for more than 100 years,” Reid wrote in 2009 when he was Senate Majority Leader. “During my time in Congress, I have fought against and defeated many ill-conceived reform efforts that would have hurt rural Nevada.” Reid was being […]

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The debate on Latino vs. Latinx vs. Hispanic is the song that never ends

BY: - October 5, 2021

Growing up in El Paso, Texas, in the ’80s and ’90s, the diversity at my school could’ve been broken down into two categories — children who were born in the United States and students who weren’t. But almost all of the students’ families came from Mexico at some point, and we called ourselves Mexican-Americans or […]

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The hypocrisy in how refugees are treated by the US government

BY: - September 28, 2021

After horrific photos emerged of men falling from airplanes and babies in great peril at the Kabul Airport weeks ago, I noticed a dramatic uptick in my various news feeds of the phrase “moral obligation.” Across all mediums, I heard the righteous call for the United States and nations around the globe to remember promises […]

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To protect the right to vote, kill or change the filibuster

BY: - September 23, 2021

Democrats in the U.S. Senate recently introduced a new piece of legislation, the Freedom to Vote Act.  This proposal represents the latest efforts by members of the Senate to pass comprehensive voting rights and pro-democracy legislation. Earlier legislation on these issues failed to advance in the Senate, in part because there was no clear path for […]

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The big question for 2022: Just how badly will Democrats blow it?

BY: - September 22, 2021

Are you eagerly awaiting Joe Lombardo’s plan to mitigate impacts of the climate crisis in the nation’s fastest-warming state? Or Joey Gilbert’s five-point proposal to improve Nevada’s infamously inadequate mental health services?  Or how about — that old salt– Dean Heller’s stance on health care reforms? Sorry. A Republican primary for Nevada governor in 2022 […]

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Political orientation predicts science denial

BY: - September 16, 2021

  Vaccine refusal is a major reason COVID-19 infections continue to surge in the U.S. Safe and effective vaccines have been available for months, but as of mid-September 2021, only 65% of eligible American adults are fully vaccinated. In many areas, a majority of eligible adults haven’t taken advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated. […]

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There he goes, into the wild red yonder

BY: - September 10, 2021

A couple weeks ago conspiracy-monger and putative Republican U.S. Senate nominee Adam Laxalt all but promised he’ll file lawsuits to discredit the 2022 election before it happens, and then sue some more after he loses.  Just as his idol and endorser Donald Trump did for months prior to the 2020 election and continues to do […]

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Why didn’t COVID make us question what the ‘pro-life’ movement is about?

BY: - September 9, 2021

Last week, my almost 19-year-old daughter stepped foot on her college campus to take classes for the first time (a year late thanks to the loud, selfish minority’s continual refusal to take COVID seriously). As I hugged her goodbye, it occurred to me that she now has fewer rights as a woman than I did […]

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Slavery was the ultimate labor distortion – empowering workers would be a form of reparations

BY: - September 6, 2021

The conversation about reparations for slavery entered a new stage earlier in 2021, with the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voting for the creation of a commission to address the matter. The bill, H.R. 40, has been introduced every Congress since 1989 by Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and John Conyers, until his death in 2019. But […]

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Where Cortez Masto could end up to the right of Manchin: Mining

BY: - September 5, 2021

Unlike producers of coal, oil and natural gas on public lands, corporations that mine gold and other so-called hardrock minerals in Nevada and elsewhere in the U.S. have never had to pay federal royalties. Now there’s a bill for that. Actually there have been several bills for that, over several decades, but none have succeeded, […]

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Vaccines for kids are coming but they can’t be rushed

BY: - September 3, 2021

For weeks, questions from concerned parents have poured in:  Why isn’t the COVID-19 vaccine approved for children under age 12 yet? When will a vaccine for children be available? Can the vaccine be given off-label? These are all good questions, and the answers aren’t easy.  After the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified in late 2019, clinical […]