By now everyone on the planet may have heard about artisanal cheese at $19 a head, the sushi at $7 a roll, and the "luxurious" M Resort. It's the General Services Administration scandal where the manager in charge of the Western United States pleaded the Fifth Amendment. But what is the long-term damage to Las Vegas? Will this lead all government agencies to cancel any meeting in Las Vegas? Will it damage our brand? And slow business?
Journalist Juan Williams left NPR in a very public firing last year, after he made comments about "people who are in Muslim garb" on TV. NPR said he overstepped his bounds as an analyst, and Juan retorted that his free speech was being muzzled.
The Justice Department has already told Senator John Ensign he is no longer a target in its investigation of the lobbying scandal that was exposed when he had to confess to an extramarital affair. His former Chief of Staff and one-time best friend, Doug Hampton, was not so lucky.
The Clark County Firefighters are facing even more problems now that their emails have been released. They seem to show a clear pattern of manipulating leave entitlements so that firefighters could take a month or more off of work. The scandal has embarrassed the Clark County Commission, which signed off on the original contracts and did not notice the manipulation until the recession struck. But it has also split the commission. Commissioner Steve Sisolak wants Metro and the FBI to investigate the firefighters for fraud, but Commissioner Tom Collins says that the firefighters were only taking what they were entitled to and that they should not be scapegoated now.