Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 | 12:05 p.m.
CARSON CITY -- I just left an embargoed press briefing on the governor's budget. "Embargo" in the media world means we can't reveal what was said until an appointed time, in this case, 6 p.m., when the governor makes his State of the State speech.
Suffice to say, for some, it won't be as bad as they feared; for others, it will be much, much worse.
I ran into Chuck Muth, the conservative activist, last night at a new pub across the street. His break with Gov. Jim Gibbons is complete.
Also saw Howard Skolnik, prisons director. He had threatened to quit if his department was cut more than 14 percent. He has not quit, and was drinking a glass of red wine with Gibbons' political consultant, Jim Denton, and Gibbons' confidante Monte Miller. The circle of Gibbons loyalists has shrunk considerably.
Fun rumor of the night: Longtime GOP operative Sig Rogich's name floated for governor. (This, I'm told by a Nevada veteran, is a semi-regular event since 1998, and not to be taken seriously.)
Finally, what does it say about your motel when you see an exterminator going into a room while you're going into your own?