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July 22, 2017

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Dean Heller is keeping his options open on health care

Sen. Dean Heller answers a question during a town hall at the Reno Sparks Convention Center in Reno, April 17, 2107. Heller co-hosted the two-hour event with Rep. Mark Amodei, another Nevada Republican.

(via Axios)

Comment Sen. Dean Heller has been tight-lipped on the Senate health care plan ever since his fiery joint press conference with Gov. Brian Sandoval last month, following the release of the first version of the bill. But I finally caught up with him last night after the late-night GOP meeting in the Capitol, and he gave me several minutes of his time to discuss where he now stands. To see the ...

Trump to GOP Sen. Heller: ‘He wants to remain senator, doesn’t he?’

Sen. Dean Heller arrives as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies in front of the Senate Banking Committee in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

(via Daily Beast)

Comment During a lunch at the White House with GOP senators, President Trump tossed a not-so-veiled threat at Sen. Dean Heller, who was famously a holdout on voting for the president’s repeal-and-replace efforts. To see the full story, click here.

GOP faces growing demographic nightmare in West

(via The Hill)

Comment When the Mirage Hotel and Casino opened in 1989, it kicked off one of the most significant construction booms in recent history. Four new mega-casinos opened in quick succession on the Las Vegas Strip, bringing in tens of thousands of new residents to work as card dealers, cocktail servers, security guards and maids. To see the full story, click here.

O.J. Simpson's prison life: Cruise ship with barbed wire

(via USA Today)

Comment A “cruise ship with barbed wire” is how a retired correctional officer describes the prison where O.J. Simpson has been for almost nine years. Simpson is set to appear before the Nevada Board of Parole Thursday and could be released from prison as soon as Oct. 1. But Jeffrey Felix, a retired correctional officer, said Simpson’s life is more than ...

Sandoval is the most important person in the Senate health care debate

Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval responds to reporter's questions about health care and the opioid epidemic after a session called "Curbing The Opioid Epidemic" at the first day of the National Governor's Association meeting Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Providence, R.I.

(via Vox)

Comment The fate of the Senate Republican health care bill may rest in the hands of one man who isn’t even a member of Congress: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. On health care, he’s the most important person in the country. America’s 101st senator. To see the full story, click here.

Cubs fans keep betting slips as mementos instead of cashing

(via ESPN)

Comment This spring, Las Vegas sportsbooks were treated to unexpected windfalls so unusually large, managers felt the need to recheck the numbers to figure out the reason behind the surplus. The cause? Uncashed Chicago Cubs World Series bets from last season. Thousands of them. To see the full story, click here.

Hyperloop One had its first full-system test of ultrafast transportation system

(via The Verge)

Comment Hyperloop One completed the first full-scale test of its hyperloop technology in a vacuum environment on May 12th, the company announced today. In the test, the company’s hyperloop vehicle — which uses magnetic levitation, or mag-lev, technology — pulled 2 Gs while reaching 70 miles per hour down the length of the company’s test track in North Las Vegas. To ...

Value of Raiders jumps to $2.1 billion with Las Vegas move

Many Oakland Raiders fans gather to hear their third-day draft picks from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign complete with Gov. Brian Sandoval and others on Saturday, April 29, 2017.


Comment The soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders are worth significantly more than the Oakland Raiders, according to Forbes Magazine. The franchise experienced a 47 percent spike over the last year, up to $2.1 billion. The rise is largely due to a new, $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas. The Rams received a similar boost in value when they moved from St. Louis ...

Hard Rock, Loews hotels warn of data breach

(via ZDNet)

Comment Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos alongside Loews Hotels have warned customers that a security failure may have resulted in the theft of their information. To see the full story, click here.

Floyd Mayweather leans on Conor McGregor bout in tax petition, asks IRS for temporary reprieve

In this Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during a weigh in for a fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.

(via ESPN)

Comment Floyd Mayweather says he can't pay off his 2015 tax liability until after he gets money from his Aug. 26 fight against Conor McGregor. The boxer filed a Tax Court petition on July 5 that asks the IRS to allow him a reprieve until the fight. To see the full story, click here.

Raiders' move to Las Vegas will save Derek Carr $8.7M in taxes

(via By Darren Rovell, ESPN)

Comment On Friday, the Raiders owe Derek Carr the first money from his new $125 million deal — a check for the first 10 percent ($12.5 million). Combined with an already earned roster bonus of $7.5 million, due in September, and a $5 million salary, Carr will make $25 million total this season. While NFL players always desire upfront, guaranteed money, ...

MGM National Harbor's monthly revenue tops $50 million to lead state casinos

(via The Baltimore Sun)

Comment Seven-month-old MGM National Harbor topped $50 million in monthly revenue for the third time in June to remain Maryland's highest-generating casino as Live Casino & Hotel and Horseshoe Casino Baltimore saw declines. To see the full story, click here.

Orlando Magic waive former UNLV, Bishop Gorman player Stephen Zimmerman

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. (33) dunks the ball with authority early in play versus Air Force during their Mountain West Championship first game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

(via Orlando Sentinel)

Comment The Orlando Magic waived center Stephen Zimmerman on Tuesday, ending his tenure with the team after one year. Zimmerman, who played at Bishop Gorman High and for a year at UNLV, was selected by the Magic 41st overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, and he always was considered a long-term project. To see the full story, click here.

Manny Pacquiao won't watch Mayweather-McGregor, says 'it could be very boring'

(via Yahoo Sports)

Comment The all-time pay-per-view record was set in 2015, when 4.6 million customers purchased a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. If the upcoming Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight is going to break that, it will have to do it without at least one customer. Manny Pacquiao himself. To see the full story, click here.

Look inside this million-dollar Las Vegas hotel room

The Cosmopolitan.

(via Bloomberg)

Comment The top four floors of the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas have been vacant since the day the casino opened in 2010. But as part of a five-year capital investment plan by the Blackstone Group that shifts the hotel’s focus from culinary destination to stylish casino hotspot, they’ve finally been furnished and opened to the public. Well, sort of. To ...