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John Tsarpalas

Media bias

It was still raining in Texas when certain folks in the media began using Hurricane Harvey as a weapon with which to score cheap political points. Perhaps one of the strangest narratives in the last couple weeks is the claim that Houston’s “libertarian-style” zoning and minimal regulation led to the large amount of destruction. However, there’s a far simpler explanation that is far more likely: Hurricanes are damaging. (Read more)


Labor unions     

Compulsory union membership is a “menace to [the] rights, welfare and liberty” of workers. But it wasn’t some staunch anti-union politician or policy expert who said that. It was Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor — which later became the AFL-CIO. Of course, things since have changed. And with a potential Supreme Court ruling — in the Janus v. AFSCME case — pending in the near future, all America could effectively soon become “right-to-work.” Labor leaders who’ve long had captive memberships are, naturally, beginning to panic. (Read more)


Modern politics

The ideological divide appears to be growing at an alarming pace — but navigating the political landscape itself is also getting confusing. J.T. Young summarized it nicely in The Federalist last week: “If contemporary politics seems confusing, it is not because of its vagaries. It is because of the basic certainties arising from the conflict between the Right and Left. Not only are the Right and Left unable to reconcile their differences, they cannot even reconcile their own limitations.” (Read more)


NPRI in the news

The Nevada Policy Research Institute isn’t just a resource for Nevadans trying to understand local policy issues — we’re also increasingly a go-to source for media from across the country. With the Oakland Raiders soon to become the Las Vegas Raiders, reporters want to understand the potential risk to taxpayers, the challenges for central planners and the cronyism that drives such giant giveaways. Thus, The American Spectator recently came to NPRI for the policy implications of pouring $750 million of taxpayer dollars into a pro football stadium. (Read the TAS series here: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five)


Nevada Policy Research Institute’s 26th Anniversary

On behalf of the entire NPRI staff, I want to thank everyone who helped us celebrate our 26th Anniversary last night.

The sold-out event, with Dinesh D’Souza as our keynote speaker, was simply inspiring. At one point, Dinesh explained that defenders of free markets and individual rights are far more powerful than we realize. And, looking around the room last night, I believe he is right.

Together, we have done some amazing things over the years. Your support, your enthusiasm and your engagement have helped us yield real results.

But there’s plenty more to do in the year ahead, and we have big plans for meeting those challenges. We are going to need your support more than ever. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, forward our emails to your friends, and visit to make a donation. After all, it’s your support that makes everything we do possible.

Together, with your help, I am confident we can defend our shared ideals, and keep Nevada free and prosperous.

Again, thank you everyone who helped share the evening with us. It was a truly exciting experience. And don’t forget to look for Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, The Big Lie! Better yet, show your support for NPRI by shopping on Amazon Smile, and choosing the Nevada Policy Research Institute as your preferred charity!


John Tsarpalas

John Tsarpalas


John Tsarpalas is the President of the Nevada Policy, and is deeply committed to spreading limited government ideas and policy to create a better, more prosperous Nevada for all.

For over three decades, John has educated others in the ideals and benefits of limited government. In the 1980s, John joined the Illinois Libertarian Party and served on its State Central Committee. Later in the 90s, he transitioned to the Republican Party, and became active in the Steve Forbes for President Campaign and flat taxes.

In 2005, he was recruited to become the Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party where he graduated from the Republican National Committee’s Campaign College, the RNC’s Field Management School, and the Leadership Institute’s activist training.

Additionally, John has served as President of the Sam Adams Alliance and Team Sam where he did issue education and advocacy work in over 10 states, with a focus on the web.

John also founded or helped start the following educational not-for-profits: Think Freely Media, the Haym Salomon Center – where he served as Chairman, the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity and Midwest Speaking Professionals.

A native of Chicago, John now lives in Las Vegas with his wife of more than 40 years.