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It’s the Little Things

By Editor | April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Senator Ben Kieckhefer — With our superheated national political scene, it’s all too easy to forget that much of the work of the Nevada Senate represents small, step-by-step measures to help make this a better state. Much of the legislation that we review is anything but exciting, but it improves daily life and fine-tunes…

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Blockchain Technology for Government Efficiencies

By The Publisher | March 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Senator Ben Kieckhefer — Efficient government operations are supported by all Nevadans, and they should expect that the state will be a leader in the adoption of technology that makes government even more efficient. We can — and we must — take the major steps toward efficiency provided by the use of blockchain technology.…

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Commentary — Electoral College

By The Publisher | March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Joe Dahl — Electoral College On March 14th a bill that will effectively do away with the Electoral College, passed out of committee at the Nevada Legislature. The way it started was that the original states were reluctant to give power to a central government.  They would each send representatives to congress and senators…

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National Anthem Day

By The Publisher | March 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution designating “The Star Spangled Banner” as the nation anthem of the United States. We celebrate March 3rd as National Anthem Day and in honor of this national treasure, the following column is presented for your consideration, along with links to a couple of our…

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Behind the Scenes of the Nevada Legislature’s 120-Day Sprint

By The Publisher | February 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Ben Kieckhefer —  Nevada knows how to get things done. Of course, in the legislature we really don’t have a choice. We are currently in session and have only 120 days to get a couple years’ worth of legislative work done. As we do every other year, we are bringing our best ideas, focus…

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Why My Vote Matters

By The Publisher | January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ashby Trotter was the winner of the VFW Post 1002 “Voice of Democracy” essay contest this year — this is her essay submission for the theme “Why My Vote Matters.” By Ashby B. Trotter —   Every action has a reaction. A theory coined as “the butterfly effect” posits that a miniscule action can result…

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Federal Furloughs — Commentary

By The Publisher | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Cogitare — How important is it to remember history?  It can be a guide or a nudge for our behavior.  For seven years during the Revolutionary War, soldiers and officers served and fought and died.  In most cases they had hopes of getting paid, in some they were paid late, and in many cases…

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