HECK’S HEDGE BET
Republican Rep. Joe Heck broke ranks with his GOP bretheren from Nevada in voting to end the government shutdown last week. It doesn’t take someone with an advanced poli-sci degree to point out that Heck will be seeking re-election in a congressional district that has an edge in registered Democrat voter edge, so not appearing to be a hard-line Republican is a smart move. One less thing Democrat challenger Erin Bilbray will be able to use against him.
WAIT, WHAT DO I DO WITH THIS?
At a Monday press conference, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman handed Life Is Beautiful organizer Rehan Choudhry a proclamation stating the city’s support for the music/speaker/art/food festival, and added, “I hope you sleep with it.”
THE MILE HIGH CHOKE
An Oregon winemaker and his girlfriend (we will assume) pleaded guilty last week in federal court to disorderly conduct after engaging in oral sex on an Allegiant Air flight from Medford to Las Vegas. Each were fined $250. According to the Aug. 6 criminal complaint, which reads like soft porn, the pair first engaged in this activity while the plane was still ascending. However, after snack and beverage service, they repeated the give and take. We blame this kind of activity on Hollywood.
LVMPD CONTINUES TO FAIL TO GET OUT OF ITS OWN WAY
A review issued by Clark County’s own legal counsel found that (surprise, surprise) the Metropolitan Police Department’s arbitration with the police union did NOT follow state law. Yeah, we were shocked too. On the other had, the department did finally fire one of their own for killing an unarmed civilian. Then they did it (shooting an unarmed man) again Monday.
THE HIGH COST OF PIMPING
Pimp-daddy Johnny Ray Taylor was ordered by a federal court judge to pay the Internal Revenue Service $117,559 in restitution for the amount of taxes he owes on nearly $393,000 income he earned as a pimp. The IRS had already seized another $306,000 from one of his safety deposit boxes. Coupled with his 25-month prison sentence, Taylor won’t be making it rain any time soon.
DIDN’T REALLY NEED A STUDY
State transportation officials from Nevada and Arizona studying the proposed Interstate 11 corridor from Mexico to Canada through Nevada suggested it runs from Las Vegas to Reno, then on to Oregon. We really hope taxpayer dollars weren’t used for that study. “I guess we’ll never see that main federal highway between Vegas and Elko that we’ve always dreamed of,” said no one.
CAESARS’ BAD WEEK
We don’t talk about gaming in these pages too much, but, my goodness, Caesars Entertainment Corp. is having a week impacting Las Vegas that needs to be mentioned. First, the gaming giant severed ties with the Gansevoort Hotel Group after regulators in another state started questioning the business relationship between the New York-based Gansevoort and a German with possible ties to the Russian mob. The old Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall on the Strip was to be rebranded under the Gansevoort name. Not now. While that problem was being revealed, news came that the feds were investigating money-laundering allegations at the company’s flagship property, Caesars Palace, here in Vegas. Someone probably wishes the federal government was still on shutdown.
THAT SINKING FEELING
Wayne Newton’s yacht, minus Mr. Las Vegas (is he still called that?), sank at Lake Mead on Friday. This, coupled with his 36-acre ranch being put up for sale after a failed attempt to establish a Wayne Newton Museum, is just sad. No snark, just sad.
NOT ABOVE IT ALL
The FBI has been interviewing people around the Clark County Family Court for possible cover-ups of excessive force used by marshals. Have court administrators ignored potential problems? Have personal relationships between administrators and marshals allowed misdeeds to go unpunished? Wow, people in authority possibly thinking they’re above it all? Shocking!
FROM THE NO-DUH DEPARTMENT
An article in the Review-Journal on Sunday laid out the statistics that “schools ratings are higher districtwide when the surrounding neighborhood has a higher median household income and more college-educated residents…” You probably find the same disparity between those who read the newspaper and those who need to, but don’t.