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It’s hot. Let’s make Elon pay to drive people to their vaccinations and back.

Plus, how Lombardo is blowing his brand

July 11, 2021 8:04 am

After all there’s nothing he can’t do. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

You know where there’s air conditioning? Vaccination locations.

Unfortunately, going to get vaxxed can be a big hurdle for a lot of folks, especially in a part of the world characterized not only by extreme heat, but skimpy public transit.

Instead of offering people an infinitesimal chance of striking it rich for getting the vaccine, maybe the state should offer people free door-to-door rides to places where they can get vaccinated.

The resort industry should be happy to pay for that, since one thing the resort industry wants you to know is that the resort industry cares deeply about the good of the community.

Alas, if there’s one thing the resort industry wants you to know even more, that thing is that now clearly is no time to be placing any additional responsibilities and burdens on your beloved resort industry.

How about Google, Apple, Amazon, Tesla, and the Raiders — they should be happy to pay for free vaccination transit. Like the resort industry, they are all “good corporate neighbors” dedicated to the well-being of the state and its people. Or so they say. And besides, Nevada gives each of them perpetual subsidies and/or tax breaks that they don’t need and never deserved. 

The least they could do is … oh never mind. They’re doing that already.

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Kulturkampf update, featuring Joe Lombardo. The GOP is simply giddy about their culture war battle du jour, critical race theory, and that means that some states are trying to sanitize college campuses. For example, in Iowa, professors are reportedly reworking their courses to steer clear of “divisive” concepts listed in a new state law. “Some people simply don’t want to find out what the consequences are,” said one professor.

Fortunately Nevada higher ed campuses have thus far been spared this hot censorship trend in right-wing fashionista lifestyles.

But Nevada politics hasn’t. Friday afternoon, Nevada Republican gubernatorial candidate, Clark County sheriff, and willing receptacle for whatever his handlers choose to load up in his noggin Joe Lombardo, or his campaign anyway, tweeted “Let me be clear, critical race theory SHOULD NOT be taught in our schools.”

The prospect of Joe Lombardo being capable of expressing anything approaching an accurate and “clear” statement with respect to critical race theory is about as likely as him being able to do so with, oh, critical literary theory, or critical economic theory. (As for the latter, sorry sheriff; mindlessly chanting the word “socialism” doesn’t count, whatever your handlers have told you).

Maybe Lombardo’s handlers, long-time GOP operators Mike Slanker and Ryan Erwin, are a-scared their guy will get outflanked on the all-important fruitloop right by some bat guano Trumpy candidate named (consults Google) Joey Gilbert. And maybe Lombardo’s handlers have assured their guy that once the primary is over they can, as a Romney campaign aide infamously predicted in 2012, shake the etch-a-sketch. That of course worked out great for President Romney.

In the meantime Lombardo & Co. are severely damaging what is probably his greatest strength in a general election: his image as a somewhat normal person who is not a fruitloop.

To paraphrase another line from the 2012 campaign cycle, one that Barack Obama used on Romney in a debate when he saw Romney was screwing up, please proceed gentlemen.

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But you gotta admit, GOP messaging is on fire! Mitch McConnell, aka America’s sweetheart, met with some of his Kentucky constituents and effectively apologized for the American Rescue Plan providing his state with billions, cities and counties with hundreds of millions, and individual Kentucky humans and their families with billions more. “I didn’t vote for it, but you’re going to get a lot more money,” McConnell said, sadly, because people getting more money makes him sad unless those people are Republican senators and/or the corporate executives for whom they stand.

Simple. Easy to understand. And gets directly to an issue people care about a lot. “I didn’t vote for it, but you’re going to get a lot more money” might be the best Republican campaign slogan ever.

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Secessionists update. Remember New Nevada? No, not “New Nevada” in the context of politicians trying to gloss up the aforementioned public giveaways to companies that don’t need giveaways (#NewNevada). But “New Nevada” in the context of right-wingers who want to start their own state because the Las Vegas metro area has a bunch of people who aren’t white. Anyway, that movement’s still a thing, reports the Pahrump Valley Times.

Here is my advice for the poor put-upon and aggrieved would-be secessionists: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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And now back to the weather. Whenever people from elsewhere ask me about the Las Vegas heat, I’ve often said something along the lines of “yeah, it can get into the teens, which is pretty nasty, but really that only happens for a day or two, maybe a couple-three times over the summer.” Which is/was true? Anyway I guess I won’t say that anymore. On the bright side (where I’m always looking), I heard on the radio that climate change is a hoax.

(Most of the above are excerpts, some lightly massaged, others more heavily, of material published in the Daily Current newsletter, the editor’s opinionated morning news roundup, which you can subscribe to here.)

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Hugh Jackson
Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

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