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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It seems almost unfathomable now, but above-ground atomic testing was a major Las Vegas tourist attraction in the 1950s, with mushroom clouds from the Nevada Test Site visible downtown. This article tells of the parties that surrounded the nuclear explosions, which were even promoted by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce before testing went underground in 1963. As a bonus, this site includes video footage of downtown and the Strip from 1956. So grab an Atomic Cocktail, and raise your glass to an explosive era in Southern Nevada history.