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Dec 09, 2012 Same-Sex Issue Pushes Justices Into Overdrive

QUOTE: The speed with which the court is moving has some gay rights advocates bracing for a split decision. The court could strike down the federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that the meaning of marriage is a matter for the states to decide. At the same time, it could reject the idea that the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex marriage, saying that the meaning of marriage is a matter for the states to decide....However the court rules in the California case, its very decision to consider it is a change from the caution of an earlier era.

New York Times
Apr 28, 2012 How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Taxes

QUOTE: The growing digital economy presents a conundrum for lawmakers overseeing corporate taxation: although technology is now one of the nation’s largest and most valued industries, many tech companies are among the least taxed, according to government and corporate data. Over the last two years, the 71 technology companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index — including Apple, Google, Yahoo and Dell — reported paying worldwide cash taxes at a rate that, on average, was a third less than other S.& P. companies’.

New York Times
Apr 24, 2011 Supreme Court confronts whether Nev. conflict-of-interest law violates free speech

QUOTE: And the justices themselves are under increasing scrutiny from the left and right about whether their activities outside the courtroom cast doubt on their neutrality inside it… The Nevada Supreme Court elevated the matter when it agreed with Carrigan that restricting his ability to vote on council business violated his First Amendment right of free political speech.

Washington Post
Apr 17, 2011 You Get the Judges You Pay For

QUOTE: An ugly, expensive campaign for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is but the latest example of what is now common in judicial elections: millions of dollars in misleading television ads, subsidized by lobbies that have cases before the bench.

New York Times
Sep 19, 2008 Nevada Deadline on E-Mail Encryption Looming

QUOTE: On Oct. 1, the state of Nevada will be requiring the encryption of all transmissions, such as e-mail, for all businesses that send personal, identifiable information over the Internet....its intentions were good in trying to stem the tide of identity theft and criminal behavior online. But once again, the legal system and the IT industry are faced with potentially bigger compliance and liability issues than they probably intended.

Jan 13, 2008 Lawsuit Over Precincts in Nevada

QUOTE: In the lawsuit, the 20,000-member Nevada State Education Association and six residents of the Las Vegas area argue that the Nevada Democratic Party’s decision to create at-large precincts inside nine Las Vegas resorts on the day of the caucus...violates state election law and creates a system in which voters at the at-large precincts can elect more delegates than voters at other precincts.

New York Times
Nov 07, 2007 Inquiry Set Into Purchases From Bush Brother’s Firm

QUOTE: The inspector general of the Department of Education has said he will examine whether federal money was inappropriately used by three states to buy educational products from a company owned by Neil Bush, the president’s brother.

New York Times
Oct 22, 2007 From Casinos to Counterterrorism: Las Vegas Surveillance, U.S. Security Efforts Involve Similar Tactics

QUOTE: This city, famous for being America's playground, has also become its security lab. Like nowhere else in the United States, Las Vegas has embraced the twin trends of data mining and high-tech surveillance, with arguably more cameras per square foot than any airport or sports arena in the country. Even the city's cabs and monorail have cameras. As the U.S. government ramps up its efforts to forestall terrorist attacks, some privacy advocates view the city as a harbinger of things to come.

Washington Post
Feb 07, 2007 Legacy of Radiation Illness Stirs Objection to Nevada Bomb Test: Blast Won't Be Nuclear, but Many Fear Contaminated Dust

QUOTE: At a series of emotional meetings last month in Las Vegas, St. George, Salt Lake City and the Idaho capital of Boise, people who live downwind of the Nevada Test Site expressed fear that if the government goes ahead with its code-named Divine Strake test, radioactive dust from previous tests will blow their way.

Washington Post
Dec 10, 2006 Dairy Industry Crushed Innovator Who Bested Price-Control System (Harvesting Cash The Milk Lobby Strikes Back)

QUOTE: A maverick dairyman named Hein Hettinga started bottling his own milk and selling it for as much as 20 cents a gallon less than the competition, exercising his right to work outside the rigid system that has controlled U.S. milk production for almost 70 years....Last March, Congress passed a law reshaping the Western milk market and essentially ending Hettinga's experiment -- all without a single congressional hearing.

Washington Post
Jul 28, 2006 Las Vegas Makes It Illegal to Feed Homeless in Parks

QUOTE: Las Vegas, whose homeless population has doubled in the past decade to about 12,000 people in and around the city, joins several other cities across the country that have adopted or considered ordinances limiting the distribution of charitable meals in parks.

New York Times
Jun 15, 2004 Regulators Will Decide Fate of Bid for Mandalay

QUOTE: How much influence is too much? If regulators answer that question by requiring the combined company to sell any of its prized properties to receive approval, a frenzied bidding war will most likely erupt among rivals, turning the Strip into a real-life Monopoly game.

New York Times
Mar 23, 2004 Supreme Court Hears Case of Man Who Withheld ID

QUOTE: A Nevada rancher's refusal four years ago to tell a deputy sheriff his name led to a Supreme Court argument... whether people can be required to identify themselves when the police have some basis for suspicion but lack the probable cause necessary for an arrest.

New York Times
Dec 03, 2002 Nevada States Case Against Waste Dump in Mountain

QUOTE: The suit argues that reliance on a system that combines the man-made containers with the natural characteristics is "essentially abandoning" the Nuclear Waste Policy Act's mandate "that the site's geology form the primary isolation barrier."

New York Times
Aug 02, 2002 Nevadans Weigh Proposal to Make Marijuana Legal

QUOTE: After voting two years ago to ease state drug laws, Nevada voters could go even further this year, making their state the first to legalize marijuana and derive taxes from a regulated sales system.

New York Times