The G3Wire -January 26, 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Donald Trump will be visiting Las Vegas tomorrow, January 27th, for separate campaign events in Clark County.  Governor Lombardo announced exciting news from the Office of Economic Development with incredible investments in Nevada, OSHA’s 2024 workplace safety violation penalties increase in accordance with federal adjustment for inflation, a judge approves signature gathering stage for a petition to put abortion rights on the ballot for the 2024 election, and we are just days away from the Presidential primary and GOP caucus.

Updates from the Governor’s Office

Governor Joe Lombardo Announces Over 140 New Jobs and Over $120 Million in New Capital Investments

Governor Joe Lombardo and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) approved three companies that will receive $14,520,823 in tax abatements. In return, these companies are projected to create 148 jobs in the next two years at an average weighted hourly wage of $37.49. That figure is expected to grow to 219 jobs in five years. Additionally, these companies will make a capital equipment investment of $120,717,140 and generate $37,536,026 in new tax revenues over the 10-year abatement period. (GOED)

Governor Lombardo said, “Nevada is open for business, and I meant it.”


Announced Tesla’s new $3.6B factory in northern Nevada. This is an incredible investment in our state. (X)

State and Local Government Updates

The Nevada Republican Senate Caucus announced Dr. Robin Titus as its new Leader.

In her final term and after two decades of dedicated public service, Senator Seevers Gansert has announced her decision to step down as Republican Leader, citing a desire to prioritize time with her family. She will continue to serve out the remainder of her term. (Nevada Senate Republicans)

WCSD starts search, again, for new superintendent

The Washoe County School District will decide on Tuesday whether to hire a national firm for a superintendent search, with the goal of having a new leader in place by next school year. (Reno Gazette Journal)

Judge OKs revised ballot petition to protect abortion access in constitution

The proposed constitutional amendment seeks to protect the right to an abortion until fetal viability, about 23 or 24 weeks, or as needed to protect the life or health of a pregnant patient. If the amendment qualifies and passes in subsequent elections, abortion protections would be more difficult to overturn than they are under existing state law, which protects abortion up to 24 weeks. The law was approved by voters in 1990 and could only be overturned by a majority vote of state resident. (The Nevada Independent)

Nevada judge approves signature-gathering stage for petition to put abortion rights on 2024 ballot

The petition that was cleared for signatures is one of two efforts from the Nevadans for Reproductive Freedom committee to get the right to abortion on the 2024 ballot. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

Cyberattack takes down Nevada Gaming Control Board website; other state sites unaffected

The Nevada Gaming Control Board’s website was hit with a cyberattack and has been offline for several days, but it’s not believed that any personal information or financial records were stolen. (The Nevada Independent)

Federal Updates

Nevada OSHA’s 2024 workplace safety violation penalties increase in accordance with federal adjustment for inflation

The administrative penalties for workplace safety violations levied by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against employers who are not in compliance have increased effective January 15.  (

Rep. Titus asks BLM to pause wild horse roundup in Nevada

According to the gather and fertility control schedule for fiscal year 2024, the BLM plans to gather as many as 20,942 animals — mostly horses — from ranges in the West. Some may be returned to the range, but the agency may permanently remove 19,870 of them. The fiscal year started in October. (Las Vegas Sun)

Articles of Interest

Las Vegas-to-California high-speed electric rail project gets OK for $2.5B more in bonds

A proposed high-speed passenger train between Las Vegas and Southern California got another boost on Tuesday with Biden administration approval to issue $2.5 billion in tax-exempt bonds for the $12 billion project. (Las Vegas Sun)

Lombardo joins fellow GOP governors to oppose proposed auto emission standards

Gov. Joe Lombardo and 15 other Republican governors called on Pres. Joe Biden Monday to “change course on your current mandate that two out of every three vehicles be battery electrics by 2032.”

Lee takes heat for voting with House Republicans on ‘open borders’ resolution

Immigration advocates are slamming Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee’s recent vote for a resolution which denounces the Biden administration for creating “the illegal alien crisis at the southwest border” by “halting border wall construction” and “mass-releasing millions of illegal aliens into the country.” (Reno Gazette Journal)

RSCVA: Finalist drops out of CEO race for Reno-Tahoe tourism authority

One of the three finalists for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority’s top post has dropped out of the race. (Reno Gazette Journal)

Power House Data Centers to build campus at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center

Northern Nevada’s data center sector continues to grow as a Virginia-based developer announced new plans for the area. (Reno Gazette Journal)

First responders urge lawmakers to consider policy reforms on psychedelics

Nevada lawmakers passed legislation during their 2023 session to create a working group to study the therapeutic use of psychoactive substances such as psilocybin(Reno Gazette Journal)

5 Clark County commissioners accepted F1 tickets worth nearly $11K

Las Vegas Grand Prix offered all seven commissioners a ticket to the Skybox area, according to a letter sent to commissioners. Commissioners William McCurdy, Tick Segerblom, Jim Gibson, Justin Jones and Ross Miller accepted the tickets. Commissioners Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Michael Naft declined the offer. (Las Vegas Revie Journal)

A’s owner open to selling minority shares of team to Las Vegas investors

In an interview following his first public speaking appearance in Vegas, John Fisher says selling small stakes creates a connection with the community. (The Nevada Independent)

‘Iconic plan’: A’s owner explains renderings delay, ballpark funding

Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher said Wednesday that new renderings of the team’s planned Las Vegas stadium haven’t been released because a new resort on the Tropicana site is being added to the images. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

There’s more trouble for the Oakland Athletics’ proposed move to Las Vegas

So, they’re likely not going to be able to build the stadium they want on the land that’s been proposed (where the Tropicana resort hotel, the “Trop” referred to above, now stands). That means back to the drawing board for a location. (MSN)

In 2023, Las Vegas saw its highest visitation totals since before the pandemic

Las Vegas visitation hit 40.8 million in 2023 according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the highest total since 2019. (The Nevada Independent)

700 Culinary union workers at Strat reach deal

The union set a strike deadline of 5 a.m. Feb. 2. About 5,200 workers remain threatening to strike. All downtown operators and six independent operators on or near the Strip remain in negotiations. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

Former casino executive pleads guilty to federal charges

Scott Sibella, the former president and chief operating officer of Resorts World, pleaded guilty Wednesday to failing to report to federal officers about illegal gamblers playing at MGM Grand when he worked there in 2018. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

A thinned-out primary and friendly voting structure clear an easy path for Trump in Nevada

Nevada will have two contests in February. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley will run in the Feb. 6 primary that the Nevada secretary of state is required to operate. Trump will run instead in the Feb. 8 caucuses operated by the state Republican Party, which has decided that only its caucuses will count for the purposes of awarding delegates. (Reno Gazette Journal/Associated Press)

Election News

Days until:

  • Nevada presidential primary: 11
  • GOP presidential caucus: 13
  • Primary Election Day: 137
  • General Election Day: 184

Donald Trump is set to make a visit to Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 27

Less than two weeks before the Nevada GOP caucus that now features just Trump and Ryan Binkley. (X)

Vice President Harris, Trump To Visit Las Vegas On Saturday

Vice President Kamala Harris former President Donald Trump will be visiting Las Vegas this Saturday, January 27, for separate campaign events in Clark County. (The Nevada Globe)

Election 2024: Tracking Nevada local government and education candidate announcements

The Indy launches a spreadsheet to show politicians who have thrown their hats in the ring for the city, county and statewide school board seats. (The Nevada Independent)

DeSantis drops out of presidential race, leaving Trump and Haley to face off in New Hampshire

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended his Republican presidential campaign on Sunday, ending his 2024 White House bid just before the New Hampshire primary while endorsing his bitter rival Donald Trump. (AP News)

Nevada’s Lombardo backs Trump despite pledge to stay out of primary

Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) will endorse former President Trump for the state’s upcoming caucus, he said Thursday, going back on a promise to stay out of the GOP presidential primary. (The Hill)

2024 Presidential Primary Delegate Tracker

Pledged delegates are selected to represent the interests of each state’s voters at the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention this summer. Delegates are pledged to candidates based on the results of the state’s caucus or primary. (Reno Gazette Journal)

New Hampshire primary results: Donald Trump claims win over Nikki Haley; get the latest updates

Former President Donald Trump defeated former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in the New Hampshire Republican primary, winning over crucial Granite State voters. (Reno Gazette Journal)

Unions, casinos and utilities power Southern Nevada local government campaigns

Casino companies and groups affiliated with labor unions are among the heavy-hitter donors for candidates in Southern Nevada’s local government races, including those for the mayor of Nevada’s largest city, seats on the powerful Clark County Commission and a competitive race to fill an open Las Vegas City Council seat. (The Nevada Independent)

Scoop: Nye County School Board Trustee To Run for State Senate

The Globe has learned that Chelsy Fischer, Nye County School Board Trustee, District V, will announce her Republican candidacy for State Senate District 19 soon. The District was formerly represented by Republican Pete Goicoechea, who has termed out. Former Assemblyman John Ellison announced his candidacy for the rural, Republican stronghold back in October. (The Nevada Globe)

In a Predictable Election Season, There Are Still Surprises Out West

Nothing much is happening in the presidential primaries. But local races in California, Nevada, and Arizona may shift the political landscape. (The Nation)

Upcoming Fundraisers And Caucus Rally

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