SILVER STATE CONFIDENTIAL
If you’re not a Silver State Confidential subscriber yet, not only did you miss our exclusive newsmaker tele-interview with Newt Gingrich on Wednesday, as well as an early peak at Citizen Outreach “2011 Ratings of the Nevada Legislature,” but here are some of the “insider” tidbits, news and commentary you missed just in today’s issue alone:
· How puppies were used by a DC columnist to explain just how unpopular Barack Obama is these days
· How a sports board in Nevada is attempting to turn our youth athletes into a bunch of little wusses
· Nevada GOP caucus news – including why I don’t think Republicans here will end up losing ANY delegates to the national convention despite technically breaking the rules
· Rumor mill whodonit: Who killed the straw poll at the Western Republican Leadership Conference?
· Two brand-spanking new examples of “journalist” Jon Ralston’s blatant, over-the-top, anti-conservative liberal bias
· Evidence that left-wing fear of The Hermanator is real…and growing
· Example from a southern state that shows why it’s time to stop extending long-term unemployment benefits
· Rep. Mark Amodei’s new gigs in the nation’s capital
· Who’s Sharron Angle opposing now…and is that person really as bad as Sharron says?
· Perry’s new peeps in Nevada – one most SoNV grassroots activists know and love
· Is SpongeBob ChairPants back? Could be, could be.
· Where can you catch our Conservative of the Year next? She’ll be a guest this Saturday on…
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BRINGING SPEED-OF-LIGHT BROADBAND TO RURAL NEVADA
I can’t tell you how many trips I’ve made between Carson City and Las Vegas over recent years. Suffice it to say “lots.” And those long trips – especially between Indian Springs and Stagecoach – are like driving on the dark side of the moon. Because there is virtually no wireless coverage.
This situation is all too common, not only in rural Nevada, but across the country.
America’s current wireless broadband infrastructure is simply insufficient to meet the fast-growing demand generated by the popularity of smart-phones, tablets and other devices which enable Nevadans in Winnemucca, Ely, Hawthorne, Battle Mountain and even Round Mountain to connect to the rest of the world.
And as their usage grows, such devices will increasingly experience “dead zones,” dropped signals, and slower speeds because current wireless providers lack the capacity to meet the rising demand.
When it comes to increasing wireless capacity, the best solution is to develop something akin to property rights and let the market figure out the most efficient way to deal with the skyrocketing demand for wireless broadband. That’s the promise a company called LightSquared holds out.
With FCC authorization, LightSquared was mandated to build out a high-speed wireless network that covers at least 260 million Americans by 2015 – with a focus on the 50% of Americans currently underserved and with zero-to-limited wireless broadband. You know, like Nevadans in Beatty, Tonopah, Lund, Caliente, Amargosa Valley and Eureka.
LightSquared’s wholesale service would provide 100% coverage of the United States and 200 miles off each coast. Through a billion dollar satellite, LightSquared’s retail partners would be able to offer their customers the ability to dial someone from literally anywhere in the U.S.
The problem is, LightSquared’s spectrum is adjacent to the GPS spectrum - and the FCC has said it won’t allow the company to move forward until interference concerns are tested and mitigated. But LightSquared has already altered its deployment plans to prevent interference with more than 99% of GPS devices in use today, and has partnered with a GPS device maker to create a filter that solves interference issues for the remaining 1%.
Yet instead of coming to the table, the largest GPS manufacturers have decided instead to wage a political lobbying campaign against LightSquared.
In the end, it’s consumers in rural communities such as Austin, Hiko, Goldfield and Pioche who are losing big because of a GPS industry that wishes to prevent the deployment of a service that will generate significant competition in the wireless telecommunications sector.
If Congress and the FCC block this promising new network because of political pressure, they will have to answer to the millions of Americans who will continue to suffer through dropped calls, slow downloads, and rural “dead zones.” Including all 269 residents of Mina!
FIRST FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR
Don’t miss this month’s First Friday Happy Hour featuring VIP guest-of-honor Rich Galen, fresh off a mission behind enemy lines on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Rich is also a former communications czar for Newt Gingrich, former head of GOPAC, neighbor of James Carville, and the author/publisher of the extremely popular Mullings.com blog.
Also, we’ll be officially releasing Citizen Outreach’s “Ratings of the 2011 Nevada Legislature” at this month’s event, and will be honoring the top-scoring conservatives.
First Friday is held at Mundo restaurant in the World Market Center in downtown Las Vegas from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. For additional information, visit www.FirstFridayNevada.com
October 11: Mario Sepulveda, the leader of the 33 Chilean miners trapped in last year’s mine cave in, will speak at UNR at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
October 12: Fundraiser for Assemblyman Pat Hickey at the Atlantis in room Treasure C in Reno from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. $100 per person/$250 corporate or PAC. RSVP: Danielle Cherry (775) 410-0358 or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 13: The Republican Women of Reno luncheon will feature Honorable Barbara Vucanovich and author/politician Patty Cafferata at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Grand Ballrooms 5 & 6 starting at 11:00 am. Cost $20.00 per guest. Reservations: 1-866-806-5501
October 17: George Harris is hosting a fundraising reception and dinner for Newt Gingrich at his Mundo restaurant in the World Market Center in downtown Las Vegas. Reception begins at 6:00 pm. $50 per person. If you’d like to stay for a private 7:30 pm dinner with the former Speaker, tickets are $500 per person. To RSVP or get more information, contact Amy Pass at (404) 451-3150 or email@example.com
October 19-21: Western Republican Leadership Conference at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Save $50 off ticket price by entering the discount code “Citizen Outreach” when registering online. To register or get additional info about the 2011 WRLC, please visithttp://www.westernrepublican.com.
November 15: The Nevada Policy Research Institute will feature Andrew G. Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute to discuss the problems facing public sector pensions at 11:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas Country Club. $30 per person. For more information or to make your reservation, please contact NPRI at (702) 222-0642, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 2: First Friday Happy Hour & Christmas Party
February 4: Citizen Outreach’s annual Reagan Legacy Dinner at the Bootlegger Bistro in Las Vegas. Details to be announced.
June 9: 2012 Conservative Leadership Conference at the M Resort in Las Vegas.
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MUTH’S TWUTHS ON TWITTER
As always, best to read tweets from bottom up…
· GOP considered "nuclear option" in '05 to break filibuster of Bush judicial nominees. Chickened out. Reid just stabbed 'em in the heart.
· Harry Reid triggers nuclear option. "...surprise move stunned Republicans."http://bit.ly/oOaNNy
· TheHill: "GOP threatens to strip favored status from New Hampshire." Trying to keep Iowa from having to go in Dec. http://bit.ly/qqposg
· Sign the Petition to Request Governor Sandoval Call a Special Session for Redistricting http://fb.me/12u8oNsjh
· Las Vegas home-school moms announce new community support center; open to virtual charter school students/others, too. http://bit.ly/rakIEG
· Boston Globe: "RomneyCare repeal effort percolating in MA. Group opposed to insurance mandate trying to get 2012 ballot referendum." Uh-oh.
· Shapiro: "The stars are aligned for Mitt Romney. There's only one problem: He'll lose the general election." http://bit.ly/o4haq6
· WashTimes: "DoJ official using taxpayer funds to 'facilitate a physical relationship with a woman in Florida.'” http://bit.ly/mY3M29
· GOP boss List in RJ: “Romney’s people were pushing for us to move (caucus) into January." But main reason for move was for "good of Nevada."
· Miller: "Liberals are trying to twist Ronald Reagan’s words to muster support for raising taxes." http://bit.ly/qgdqt7
· Hank Williams Jr. tells ESPN to shove it, pulls "All My Rowdy Friends" song from MNF over Obama/Hitler kerfuffle. http://es.pn/rhYUPl
· WashTimes: "Obama backs off debit card fee complaint. It’ll be left to BofA customers to fight $5-per-month cost." http://bit.ly/ppPIZP
· WSJ: "Harry Reid's Household Remedy: Economy got you down? Pass a millionaire surtax." http://on.wsj.com/pFizn8
· WSJ: "Punish bank earnings, so banks raise fees. Then denounce banks for raising fees." http://on.wsj.com/qOMKtQ
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FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“The fundamental problem for Obama is simply a base election requires the willing participation of said 'base.’ Unfortunately for him, all the evidence today shows he can take none of that for granted. The Obama campaign will do its best to vilify Republican candidates in an attempt to fire up the Democratic base that isn't overwhelmingly excited about Obama himself. But happiness and motivation are two different things. A lack of motivation is contagious, can permeate all parts of a campaign and is much harder to correct." – RNC political director Rick Wiley