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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America break down the news of Maine and Nevada refusing to join the popular vote pact to change presidential elections. Michael Avenatti is on his way to losing his license to practice law. And Baltimore’s Mayor wants criminals to swap bullets for boxing gloves. More

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Spend more than five minutes with a teenager and you’ll likely notice a fairly obvious observation: teenagers don’t always make the best decisions. There’s a reason God gave kids parents. We know, without a doubt, from study after study and personal experience that an adolescent’s brain is actively developing on the daily. According to a 2013 study, referring specifically to adolescence, the researcher notes, “Particularly significant changes occur in the limbic system, which may impact self-control, decision making, emotions, and risk-taking behaviors.” Yep. That sounds like a teenager to me.

Nevada Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel seems to agree with these findings considering she recently introduced AB 187 into the current legislative session. The bill requires bicycle helmets for any child under the age of 18. When questioned why she chose 18 (many states that have similar helmet laws limit the age to 16 or 15 and under), her response essentially was that 18 is when a child becomes an adult. The implication is that minors are not capable of making good decisions about their safety.

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A 19 year old illegal alien scumbag killed 4 people in Northern Nevada. Wilbur Ernesti Martinez-Guzman started his killing spree on Jan. 9th or 10th, when he killed his first victim in Gardnerville Ranchos, an upscale residential neighborhood in Gardnerville, Nevada and victim 2 on Dresslerville Road near by — only a few miles from where I work. […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a laugh out of Nevada Sen. Dean Heller’s attack ad, in which he exposes Democratic Senate challenger Jacky Rosen for lying about owning a business that never existed. They also call for Senate Republicans to act on hundreds of bills that the House […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America offer all crazy martinis, starting with the fire that caused a power outage and snarled all air traffic at America’s busiest airport but officials say their emergency plans worked swimmingly. They also react to Sen. Joe Manchin blasting his fellow Democrats and urging Sen. […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Carpe Diem: Fix the Nevada ESA Funding Issue

 

In 2015, Nevada lawmakers passed the most ambitious educational choice law in the nation: a nearly universal education savings account (ESA) program. The program was scheduled to launch this year, but it immediately drew two separate lawsuits from opponents of educational choice. As I reported last week, the Supreme Court of Nevada upheld the constitutionality of the ESAs, but ruled that the program was improperly funded. Choice opponents were quick to declare that the ESA program is dead, but as Tim Keller of the Institute for Justice noted, the program is only mostly dead, which means it is slightly alive.

Whether the program is fully revived depends entirely on the lawmakers who won plaudits for enacting it in the first place. On Monday, the legislature will meet in a special session to consider whether to subsidize the construction of a football stadium for the Raiders. Fixing the ESA funding would be a much more productive and beneficial use of their time. Sadly, Governor Brian Sandoval announced this week that ESAs would not be on the agenda:

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I’m running for the Illinois General Assembly and one of my main issues is changing the way Illinois pays for education. I’ve been looking around for programs that give a bigger role to parents and am drawn to Nevada’s Educational Savings Account. I’d like to hear from any Ricochetti who are Nevada residents to get […]

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gunweedWednesday, in Wilson v. Lynch, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down a decision holding that the federal government was within its rights when it decreed, via an open letter to all gun dealers, that any person who held a state license to use marijuana for medical purposes was banned from purchasing a weapon. The ruling applied even though it was in a collision course with the Second Amendment guarantee of the right “to keep and bear arms.”

To people not versed in the law, the decision reads like a bundle of technicalities. Come to think of it, for those who are versed in the law, the same conclusion holds.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. A Victory for Religious Liberty and Educational Choice in Nevada

 

School ChoiceDismissing a challenge from the ACLU, yesterday Las Vegas District Court Judge Eric Johnson ruled that Nevada’s education savings account (ESA) program is constitutional. Nevada parents who opt out of the public school system can receive ESAs into which the state deposits a portion of the funding that the state would have provided had their child attended a public school. Parents can then use the ESA funds on a wide variety of approved educational expenses, including private school tuition, tutoring, text books, homeschool curricula, online learning, educational therapy, or even college courses.

The ESA program was set to go into effect this year, however, it is still on hold due to a second lawsuit in which a judge issued an injunction halting administration of the program. That case is currently pending before the Nevada Supreme Court, and it is possible that the two legal challenges will be merged.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. On Religious Liberty, the Bathroom Wars, and Educational Choice

 

shutterstock_112057673Every now and then, Thomas Sowell writes a column titled “Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene” where he offers up gems like “Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe.”

I’m no Thomas Sowell, but here are a few of my own (much less pithy or clever) random thoughts the passing education policy scene:

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On November 4, 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47. You can read all about it here, but the main points are that it downgrades some (drug-related) felonies to misdemeanors and lets thousands out of California’s prisons and jails. Liberals who decry mass incarceration and those who fight the “Prison-Industrial Complex” were, of course, thrilled.

To be fair, some of support behind efforts like Prop 47 is bi-partisan:

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Tesla (Panasonic) Gigafactory construction has been underway and is producing battery products, but now there’s a snag in Nevada’s crony capitalism deal with Tesla. Monday, construction workers (union and non-union) went on strike because Tesla is using out of state labor. More

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Nevada is over and we’re heading into Super Tuesday or the SEC Primary depending on which term you prefer this cycle. Donald Trump is busy warming up the fat lady and dragging a bow-tied pig in white gloves towards center stage with another smashing victory. Despite the fact that the GOP Nevada caucus was apparently chaotic, […]

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After taking a weekend to collect my thoughts and give myself a pat on the back about the effects of Nikki Haley’s endorsement of Rubio getting him second place in South Carolina let’s get down to brass tacks: What does it all mean?

Obviously it means a reprieve for Rubio, who successfully battled back from 5th place in New Hampshire, and another win for Donald and a big one; in a split field, he’s got the nomination on lock. Was it a terrible body blow for Cruz to come in third (politics goes by Toretto’s law, so don’t talk to me about ties)? Let’s go candidate-by-candidate again to take a look at how this can play out in the coming weeks before Nevada.

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After the Iowa Caucus, stories emerged of Sanders votes being miscounted for Hillary, or delegates meant for Sanders given to Hillary. It appears the Nevada caucus yesterday also had it’s share of issues. The above image was the official Democratic Nevada Caucus sign-in sheet at Precinct 5616. It was posted on Reddit by Bernie Sanders supporters, also detailing other antics that took place […]

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My wife and I are taking this year to visit and blog about a bar and a church in every state. We recognize the impossibility of really getting to konw a state in less than a week. But we can learn a little. So each week here at Ricochet, we plan to go to a […]

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This is how Lake Tahoe looks right now, but if you don’t come to our Lake Tahoe Ricochet Meetup this coming weekend, We will kill it. More

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shutterstock_139513784The beauty of Ricochet is how one thought spawns another, a true ricochet of thoughts bouncing from one member to the next. David Sussman‘s post on Las Vegas got me thinking about the spiraling effects of lawmakers preying on their constituents’ weaknesses in order to wring every last available dollar out of them for, you know, the children.

Nevada has always been the industry leader. When divorce was a complicated procedure in America, Nevada filled the gap. In 1931, the state simplified its divorce laws and reduced its residency requirement to six weeks. They essentially created divorce tourism. By 1940, almost 5% of the total number of divorces filed in the US were in Nevada.

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ReidHis decision not to seek another Senate term sent Washington into a tizzy last week, begging questions as to what prompted the surprise career choice and what it portends for control of the chamber beyond 2016. But enough about Indiana Senator Dan Coats . . .

Instead, it’s Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who made the big splash in announcing that he won’t seek a sixth term next year. And this being the nation’s capital, where no one voluntarily relinquishes power unless (a) they’re shoved out the door or (b) happen to be awaiting indictment, one wonders what all contributed to Reid’s retirement.

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