Volume 1, Issue 1

July 12, 2009

Nye-Gateway to Nevada’s Rurals Newsletter
P o l i t i c a l N e w s a n d C o m m e n t a r y

Blog Posts of Interest
 Free Speech in Pahrump? Nevada Ranks Last in Allocating Federal Stimulus Money Ensign’s “Dear John" Letter to Cynthia Hampton

R e v i v i n g
I have been asked by a number of people “What’s going on?” They are referring to what is going on with respect to Democrats in Nye County. So, resumption of publication of this newsletter will attempt to answer that question. My plan is to issue the newsletter weekly publishing it as a pdf attachment through emails to Nye County Democrats for whom I have e-mail addresses. But I don’t want to impose the newsletter on anyone.

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to keep you up to date with what I know is going on or think is going on. We’re re-entering the 2010 election cycle so a lot of activity is stirring in which you may have interest. Keep in mind as well that I am not an “official" member of the Nye County Democratic Party, nor is the Nye-Gateway to Nevada’s Rurals blog affiliated with the Democratic Party of Nye County or its Central Committee. I’m just a Democrat who happens to live in Nye County.

So if you get the newsletter and would rather not, please email me and tell me to drop you from the list. I have no other way of

Pogo says “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

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knowing you don’t want the newsletter. So, if you continue to receive this newsletter, welcome back. I’ll do my best

Don’t Vote for Heller Obama’s Campaign Returning to Nye Obama Pahrump Listening Tour




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Kohbarger. Some in attendance applauded her three -minute presentation. As she was leaving she was accosted by those wanting Kohbarger fired. She was told to “move back to Las

Don’t give up your right to free speech! Stephanie Lopez, a Pahrump resident attended her first Town Board meeting and addressed the Board. She told the Board

of her support of Town Manger, Bill Kohbarger. He is under fire by a group of Pahrumpians seeking to have the Board fire him. Lopez presented a petition signed by 150 people asking the Board to retain

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Since I live in Nye County, U.S. Congressional District #2, and because our current Congressman, Republican Dean Heller, represents my district I also want you to judge for yourself whether Heller is looking out for your best interests rather than the corporate health industry interests.

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Jen Huntley wrote a piece in the Reno News and Gazette. His article is so crystal clear in its discussion of the arguments taking place in Congress and across the nation I just have to bring it here in full and verbatim. It is perhaps the most important issue facing Americans.

I don’t think he is. He is up for election in 2010. I will not vote for him. Read Huntley’s article in full. (Read more)

Republican Congressman Dean Heller

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“Organizing for America is now on the ground in Nevada. Over the coming weeks, we will be focused on building our organization to provide support for the President’s legislative agenda, and to create a powerful, grassroots organization statewide. We will be traveling across the state to speak with volunteers and hear your ideas for how we can best organize in Nevada, but we need to start working right away.”

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Neighborhood Captains will work with the team leader and manage a particular facet of the team’s activity (canvass coordinator, data coordinator, phone bank coordinator, event coordinator, e.g.). If you are interested in participating as a volun-

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Obama’s campaign is returning to Nye County. We need your help. Community Organizers and Neighborhood Team Leaders will oversee 10-20 precincts, committing 10 hours per week to build a network of volunteers and plan events.

teer leader, please reply with the position that interests you. I will then provide you with more information on the next steps. Evan Sutton Nevada Field Director Organizing for America suttone@dnc.org

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At these meetings, supporters are able to meet state staff members, hear about some of the lessons learned during the election, and offer thoughts on how best to organize in their communities.

Your ideas will then be used to write statespecific plans for Organizing for America in 2009 and beyond. (Read More)
President Barack Obama

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Vegas” with epithets “Screw you.” She has received some hateful phone calls and e-mails as well. Such attempts to intimidate Mrs. Lopez infringes upon her constitutional right of free speech whether for or opposed to Mr. Kohbarger. Everyone is urged to attend the July 14, 2009 Pahrump Town Board meeting at 7:00 pm to give

support to Mrs. Lopez to express her opinion at the public meeting. I’m going and urge you to go as well. When someone stands up to express her views, such as Mrs. Lopez has and will do on the 14th of June, they deserve our support. If we don’t stand up in support of free speech who will? (Read more)

Mrs. Stephanie Lopez addressing the Pahrump Town Board on June 23, 2009. Photo from the Pahrump Valley Times.

N e v a d a R a n k s L a s t i n F e d e r a l S t i m u l u s
“Nevada ranks last in the nation for having allocated federal stimulus funds for transportation projects, according to a study by the investigative journalism site ProPublica.org.” What is Nevada is doing with the $201,352,460 it got? Nevada has only allocated stimulus money for 13 projects. That stimulus money was supposed to get hiring and employment of people going by building infrastructure. Remember all that talk we heard on TV about “shovel ready” projects ready to go?

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With Nevada’s high employment rate, one would think all that stimulus money allocated to Nevada would be busy building stuff and that Nevada’s unemployment rate would be dropping. (Read more)
“What is Nevada is doing with the $201,352,460 it got? “

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Senator John Ensign is in deep hot water. Ensign’s former co-Chief of Staff, Doug Hampton, alleges said Ensign paid this wife, Cynthia Hampton more than $25,000 in severance when she stopped working for the senator.”

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It has further been disclosed that Ensign’s parents paid the Hampton family $96,000 they term as gifts. Ensign handwrote a letter to Mrs. Hampton purportedly breaking off their relationship.

You can read his letter for yourself. (Read more and see also)


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You are invited to join the Pahrump Chapter of Democracy for America. The Pahrump Chapter of DFA is hosting a campaign event at which Cindy Trigg and Paul Reeves, Democratic candidates for nomination of the Democratic Party to run in the 2010 election for congressional district #2, in the United States Congress. They will appear on Monday, August 3, 2009 from 7:00—9:00 p.m., at Honeysuckle Park, 1600 S. Honeysuckle Park in Pahrump.

The moderator-panelist is Erin Neff, former columnist with the Las Vegas Review Journal and author of Progress Now Nevada. Master of Ceremonies: Dennis Keating Live entertainment by Dean West and the Smokin’ Guns. Pizza available from K-7 Pizza. Everyone is welcome to attend and hear Mrs. Trigg and Mr. Reeves present their platforms. Admission is free.
Cindy Trigg and Paul Reeves