Nevada’s Election System is Broken
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by Michael Schaus
3M ago
Over the past several years there have been substantial changes to Nevada’s election laws, and trust in the process has been on the decline. Walter Olson is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the author of a new report by Nevada Policy on election law here in the Silver State. He joined the program to discuss how Nevada can re-establish trust in voting and what states are actually getting it “right” when it comes to implementing election reform. Download your copy of the report here: https://www.npri.org/election-integrity ..read more
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Are We Making Voting Harder?
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by Marcos Lopez
6M ago
Is ranked-choice voting best for Nevada? Jason Snead, Executive Director of the Honest Elections Project, joins Nevada Policy Outreach and Coalitions Director Marcos Lopez for a special interview, recorded live recently at The Dangers of Ranked Choice Voting: a Grassroots Seminar.  ..read more
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Turning Working Nevadans into Activists
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by Michael Schaus
6M ago
How can a public policy think tank change the way Nevadans think about the greatest challenges facing the state? President  John Tsarpalas joined the program to talk about Nevada Policy’s work over the past year and its ambitious plans for turning even more Nevadans into activists for a freer and more prosperous Silver State.   ..read more
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Economic ‘Inequality’ isn’t the Problem
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by Michael Schaus
7M ago
We hear a lot about “economic inequality” as a growing problem in the nation. However, we don’t hear nearly as much about what really matters to most people: economic mobility.  Economic mobility is the simple idea that we’re capable of bettering our lot in life – that we have the ability to build a business, learn a new skill or find a better job and start climbing into higher socioeconomic classes.  Justin T. Callais, PhD, is a research fellow at the Archbridge Institute and the lead researcher for the institute’s Social Mobility Index project. He joined the podcast to discuss ..read more
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Episode 90: Fighting for Transparency in Government
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by Michael Schaus
7M ago
Keeping government open, accessible and accountable is one of those few policy areas where groups on all sides of the political divide can agree – and yet, it remains one of the most challenging public-policy fights we face on a daily basis. From police departments to local school districts, public officials and institutions routinely deny activists and journalists access to otherwise “public” information.     Michelle Rindels is a journalist and the president of The Nevada Open Government Coalition, and she joined the program to talk about the importanc ..read more
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We Need Regulations that Actually Allow for Innovation
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by Michael Schaus
8M ago
Innovators and entrepreneurs often find themselves stuck in a Catch-22 when it comes to bringing new ideas to the market: Regulators are skeptical to change laws and standards until there’s evidence it’s safe to do so, but innovators can’t generate that evidence until those laws and standards are actually changed. Economist Cameron Belt joined the program to discuss his forthcoming paper on “regulatory sandboxes” for Nevada Policy — a policy concept that allows innovators and regulators to overcome that Catch-22 and build a more dynamic, and flexible, regulatory framework ..read more
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The Existential Threats Facing Our Republic
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by Michael Schaus
8M ago
Guest: Victor Davis Hanson   From “woke” ideology to modern monetary policy and “critical legal theory,” there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the future of our republic.   Victor Davis Hanson will be the keynote speaker at Nevada Policy’s Spirit of Las Vegas Benefit Dinner on Oct. 24, and he joined the program ahead of his visit to share his thoughts on the cultural trends threatening the future of freedom and prosperity in America.  ..read more
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Giving Public Sector Workers Their Individual Voices Back
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by Michael Schaus
8M ago
Many of the biggest public sector unions actually spend more money on political activity than they do on their core mission of representing workers. No wonder so many public sector workers don’t feel like they actually have a voice. After all, the union certainly isn’t always fighting on their behalf.   Isabel Blank, the senior communications director at Americans for Fair Treatment, joined the program to discuss how public sector workers can reclaim their voice when their union starts putting its own concerns over that of its members.   ..read more
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We’re the ‘Shining City on a Hill’ for the Rest of America
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by Michael Schaus
9M ago
The American Southwest is a place like no other – culturally, economically, and even politically.   Dowd Muska, with the Southwest Public Policy Institute joined the program to talk about what makes the American Southwest – and Nevada specifically – such a unique place to call home, and why it’s so well positioned to be a shining example for the rest of the nation ..read more
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Minimum Wage Increases Threaten Nevada’s Economy
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by Michael Schaus
10M ago
Soon, Nevada will have a mandated $12 per hour minimum wage – but that’s nothing compared to the minimum wage increases being pushed by activists nationally.  Rebekah Paxton, from the Employment Policies Institute, joined the program to discuss the consequences of this never-ending political drive to increase mandated minimum wage laws – specifically the way such mandates impact workers in Nevada’s massive (and indispensable) hospitality industry.  ..read more
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