Now, That’s a Party!

If your political leanings include axing taxes, legalizing drugs, dismantling federal agencies, returning to the gold standard, letting gay people marry and bringing the troops home, you may want to pay attention to this little soiree: The Libertarian Party National Convention is coming to Red Rock Resort from May 3-6.

The nation’s third-largest political party (which turns 40 this year) will select its presidential nominee—likely to be former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who switched parties in December.

In addition to passionately picking a candidate they know won’t beat the D’s and R’s, the 700 delegates representing 250,000 diverse registered voters will also talk smack about the Fed, espouse dreamy theories of individualism and freedom, and, like any good group of conventioneers in Las Vegas, eat, drink and be merry … but not on the taxpayers’ dime, GSA!

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In Reno, the Recession Leaves a Legacy

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In Reno, the Recession Leaves a Legacy

By Pat McDonnell

In January, the financial website 24/7 Wall Street listed nine American cities nearly destroyed by the recession. Carson City and Reno were Nos. 1 and 2. And the situation hasn’t gotten much better since. In the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area, unemployment still hovers around 12 percent. Washoe County gaming revenues have plummeted since 2006. Gas prices at $4 a gallon have been keeping potential customers close to home at Northern California Indian casinos and off the vital Interstate 80 corridor to Reno.

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