But will the 2020 GOP convention mar the Las Vegas image?


Putting the Vegas brand at risk? Las Vegas and Charlotte are reportedly in the running to host the 2020 Blessed Thanksgiving for The New Nation of Gilead, or as the media will call it, the Republican National Convention. Some people in Charlotte are a-scared of hosting the convention, because Trump. Meantime, it seems like only yesterday that major parties shunned Las Vegas because they were worried it might make them look icky. Now Las Vegas should probably worry about Trump making the city look icky – though it’s probably too late, given that there’s a building with his name on it across the street from the Fashion Show Mall. Besides, a crucial part of the Las Vegas brand is the idea that anything goes. And the entire Nevada economy is based on the premise that no matter who you are, we’ll take your money.

(The above was excerpted from the July 9 Daily Current newsletter round-up of Nevada news. You can sign up to get the complete newsletter in the box at the bottom right of this page.)


Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He 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 wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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