Sports arena scheme would socialize costs and privatize profits
By Doug French
No taxpayer is safe if a Task Force is meeting somewhere. Such is the case in Southern Nevada today, now that a Special Events Center Task Force has handed over its final report to Clark County Commissioners and the Las Vegas City Council.
The task force is comprised of Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events, Clark County Manager Virginia Valentine, Las Vegas City Manager Doug Selby, Karlos Lasane II, regional vice president of government relations for Harrah’s, Boyd Gaming President and Chief Operating Officer Keith Smith, UNLV Vice President of Finance & Business Gerry Bomotti and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Rossi Ralenkotter. They found the Thomas and Mack Center to be woefully inadequate.
The T & M is just too old, too small and lacking in parking to compete for major events, argue the task force members. On the other hand, they say, a new $405 million state-of-the-art arena would make money.
So, since a new arena would be such a money-maker, some developer is likely on the verge of putting one up, post haste, to reap the benefits, right?
A grease spot and a scar
As Kenny Guinn prepares to depart Nevada’s gubernatorial stage, his “legacy,” predictably, is the topic of much media discussion.
What’s notable in the discourse so far, however, is how little attention is being paid to the actual record. Yet that record is one that, for good or ill, will have important long-range consequences for the people of Nevada.
A significant but almost universally ignored part of that record took place right at the beginning. Seeking Republican voters’ backing in the 1998 party primary, Guinn and his strategists sent all eligible GOP voters statewide a large, expensive and slick campaign mailer.
Titled “An Interview with Kenny Guinn: Nevada’s Next Governor,” the mailer had a front-page photo of the candidate speaking into someone’s hand-held microphone. Then six large pages of “interview” quotes followed.
Guinn’s mail piece — aimed directly at the party faithful’s deepest desires — presented him as a solid, low-tax, limited-government Reaganite conservative.
“When You Elect Kenny Guinn Governor,” announced an exceptionally prominent headline, “You'll Be Protecting Nevada's Low Tax Heritage.”
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December 20, 2006
Vol. 2, No. 17
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By Fareed Zakaria
It's relatively easy these days to point out all the ways in which George W. Bush has been ill-informed, misguided and wrong about Iraq.
And in case you run out of examples, the president provides fresh ones continually. But on one central issue, Bush has been right. He has argued from the start that a modern, liberal democratic Iraq would be an example, an inspiration and a spur for progress in the Middle East.
The trouble is, the Iraq of today is having precisely the opposite effect. If Bush wants to save his freedom agenda, he needs to decouple it from Iraq..