Homelessness in Our Cities

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By Ron Knecht and James Smack

Recently, James went to Portland, Oregon for a concert and to celebrate his 17th wedding anniversary with his lovely wife, Vicki.

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Who is Minding the Store?

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By Ron Knecht and James Smack

Lately, when we tune in or read national political news, it’s virtually the same stuff every day. If you’re watching a left-leaning outlet like CNN or MSNBC, or reading the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today or HuffPost, it’s almost all about either Russia or some leak from the White House.

If you’re watching Fox, it’s almost always about how the deep state is undermining the Trump Administration or the corruption of the Obama Administration.

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Why the State of Emergency on Marijuana?

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By Ron Knecht and James Smack

Sometimes Nevada can be, well, uniquely Nevada.

Perhaps this’s why, in this major fire season and after great amounts of snow and flooding from the melt, a state of emergency was declared. A state of emergency because recreational cannabis dispensaries are running out of weed!

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Warrick Dunn: An Athlete We Can All Look Up To

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By Ron Knecht and James Smack

Many of our readers have probably not heard of Warrick Dunn, former running back for Florida State University and the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons.

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Happy New Year: The State’s Last-Minute Spending Frenzy

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By Ron Knecht and James Smack

On June 30 Nevada ended its 2017 fiscal year, and we observed yet again one of the more annoying problems in state government: the annual last-minute spending frenzy.

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Geoff Lawrence Moves On and Up

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This post was originally submitted on June 27. We apologize for the delay.

For now, this is the last regular column that will carry the Ron and Geoff byline. Geoff is leaving the Assistant Controller’s job July 1 for a new one.

James Smack, the Deputy Controller, will join Ron in the weekly column beginning next week. Geoff will make guest appearances now and then, we anticipate.

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Federal Taxes: Lower Corporate Rates, Use AMT as a Lifeboat

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As economists and public interest advocates, we’re very interested in the federal tax code and the various ways in which it creates, destroys or distorts economic incentives.

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Charlottesville and Liberty

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Roughly a week ago, several white supremacists and members of the Alt-Right organized and attended the “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville. Three people were killed and several were injured by these protesters, who felt that a participation trophy erected by the grand-descendants of the losers of a war to defend the institution of slavery was worth assaulting and murdering for. During this event, the protestors started a “Blood and Soil” chant, which certain so-called “Libertarians” swear is not, in fact, a Nazi slogan and it’s “emotional hypochondria” to think it is.

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The Truly Renewable Energy

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There is a great deal of recent controversy about the direction of the American energy industry. The sides of the debate are fossil fuels and renewable fuels. In the fossil fuels’ corner of the ring, you have round-the-clock reliability, high rates of production, and the support of thousands of American jobs. In the renewable fuels’ side of the ring, you have energy that doesn’t harm our atmosphere, is inexhaustible, and is readily available without having to use our military power to secure access to or from countries who dislike or despise us.

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Las Vegas local favorite Ron Johnson wins comeback fight against Ramirez

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Ron 'The American Dream' Johnson made a spectacular comeback in Las Vegas last Friday. Johnson won a well-earned victory after an 8-round match at the Westgate International Theater, sharing the ticket with another fight featuring Hector Camacho Jr. The light-heavyweight world champion boxer Ron 'American Dream' Johnson is a Las Vegas local favorite and also a proud Libertarian!

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