and all the money being spent on third-party and independent voter
registration programs, there’s only been one truly successful voter
registration program in Nevada over the last 20 years… thank you
In October 1994 — the year John Ensign defeated Rep. Jim Bilbray and
was elected to Congress — Democrats outnumbered Republicans in Nevada
by 11,520 voters.
In January 1995, I was elected chairman of the Clark County Republican
Party. And using funds raised by Ensign and under the direction of GOP
uber-consultant Benay Stout, we launched an innovative,
never-been-done-before voter registration program that then-Clark
County Registrar of Voters Katherine Ferguson threatened to sue us
over to stop.
In October 1995 — just before the Nevada GOP hosted the Western States
Republican Leadership Conference at the new MGM Grand, and after I
moved up to executive director of the Nevada GOP under then-Chairman
John Mason — Nevada became a Republican-majority state for the first
time since Reconstruction.
In March of 1996, Dan Burdish took my job as executive director of the
Nevada Republican Party and continued the program with money raised by
then-Nevada GOP Finance Chairman George Harris. By October of that
year, Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 4,211 voters for the ’96
election… a lead it maintained for the duration of the 90s before
Burdish, Harris and I all moved on from party politics.
How’d we do it?
As the Joker said in The Dark Knight, “When you’re good at something,
never do it for free.”
We take Visa and MasterCard.
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OUR LAST TRIP TO NLV GOLF COURSE
Talk about stuck on stupid.
According to news reports, the city of North Las Vegas isn’t exactly
swimming in dough. So you’d think the government employees at the
city’s public Par 3 golf course off Cheyenne would be happy for
business… especially on a day and time where there’s absolutely no
one waiting to tee off, right?
My three children — 7, 11 and 13 — wanted to play a round on Super
Family Sunday Fun Day last weekend. We showed up at around 2:00 pm.
The parking lot was all but empty. No one was in the clubhouse. No one
on the first tee. Ghost town.
So I asked the cheerless curmudgeon behind the counter — Tony DiPietro
— for greens fees for three kids. To which he responded, “OK, a
foursome.” “No,” I said, “just the three kids. I’m not playing.”
“Sorry, you have to pay a ‘walking’ fee anyway.”
Now, I’ve been down this road before. This rule that even people who
aren’t playing have to pay a “walking” fee to discourage people from
cheating and playing out of someone else’s bag isn’t new. And maybe,
on some level, even makes sense.
But every other time I’ve been there, the guy behind the counter
exercised a little common sense and realized it’s not exactly the same
to charge a parent escorting his minor children around the golf
course. Safety, and all that. But this old codger was having none of
“Rules are rules,” he declared.
So I not-so-respectfully told him where to stick his rules, and even
might have called him a name that rhymes with “midiot.” Thus the city
of financially-strapped North Las Vegas lost three greens fees on a
day when the course was empty and won’t be seeing us back again in the
Heckuva job, Tony!
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public
policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached at