Saturday, August 1, 2015

Welcome Back to the Future 2016


We were persuaded by experience and Abe Lincoln, who ran for election six times and failed, never held national office until he won as President, there's no success like failure, failure is no success at all, and persistence pays.

Our country needs independent principled true representatives of We the people, now more than ever.

We the people are more than ready to vote to save our freedoms in a heartbeat.

This is our third time standing for elected Nevada Public Service. 

It may well be the charm, or the last call, depending on what you do now in the next few minutes.

We not only welcome your votes. 

We invite a sincere donation now from each of you, to get the word around, to get elected to serve you and the Bill of Rights Constitutional Declaration of Independence principles that made our beloved America great.

Nevada has a population approaching Three Million in 2016.

Less than half of us are Registered to vote: 1,425,260 in June 2015.

About a third of the Registered, one sixth of our Nevada population, actually voted for the winning Senator in 2012: 457,656.

So in other words, tyranny of the minority, because we were too busy to make a difference.  

No wonder we dislike politicians.

We met the enemy and the enemy within was US (Pogo comic strip).

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Let's do it now or forever hold our peace:


If no one gives a darn now, in 2016 we will all again suffer from more of the same old tired BS special interest candidates who collapsed our American dream and standard of living, from Millennials to Middle Class to Seniors, for the last three generations.

(Not everyone remembers when one wage earner made and saved enough to support an extended family, with good food, healthcare, housing and retirement. I do and will work for that again.) 
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

We're Moving forward


with a special announcement.

See you there...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Nevada Primary Results

Thanks to those that funded or voted for the Silver Senator 2012.

We did not win the Nevada US Senate Primary, 
with just 2295 votes vs 88,926 for the incumbent Dean Heller
with low voter turnout:

Our campaign donations were $291 vs $5,778,667:

The Primary winner received 19,858 times as much money from lobbyist special interests,
one of whom was arraigned/indicted, facing a $1 M fine with 20 years in prison 
shortly before the election:

We cost less than 13 cents per vote vs $65 per vote for the winner.

The money came from somewhere and determines much larger Federal Spending,
with returns of 22,000% for special interests at taxpayer expense: 

Perhaps one day more voters will appreciate this.

Thanks again...


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nevada Election Day Primary 2012

Silver Senator Note:

The canned official repeated news said yesterday voter turnout today would be light for Shelley Berkley and Dean Heller, who faced only token opposition.

Maybe that's why.

For the sake of our own justice, life, liberty, peace, prosperity, sound money and the tokens of the world, let's show them wrong or suffer the consequences.

Thanks to all who have participated in our campaign to restore Republican Constitutional government.

We have a few unpaid bills and appreciate donations at this time:


Monday, June 11, 2012

Dean Heller Lobbyist Arraigned in Reno

Facing $1Million Fine and 20 Years


Silver Senator Note:

We run a shoestring campaign budget and return all funds from identified lobbyists.

We worked on a successful campaign - Movement for a New Congress - 42 years ago, served on the Reagan Task Force, contributed to the House Ways and Means Report on Replacing the Income Tax, worked on a successful Governor recall, ran for Congress, and now is the time again to make a difference. 

There are two days left to vote for better government...

Lobbyist tied to Sen. Harry Reid [and Dean Heller] pleads not guilty

Thursday, June 7, 2012 | 4:19 p.m.

A former developer and lobbyist with long ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada's political elite says he's not guilty of violating federal campaign contribution laws.

Harvey Whittemore stood Thursday wearing a white shirt, blue suit and leg chains for a brief arraignment in U.S. District Court in Reno.

Whittemore pleaded not guilty to all four counts in an indictment stemming from campaign contributions of more than $100,000 on a single day in 2007 to an unnamed elected federal official.

U.S. Magistrate Judge William Cobb said the 59-year-old Whittemore can remain free pending trial Aug. 7.

Whittemore contributed to numerous politicians including Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley.

But records show only Reid received donations of more than $100,000 on a single day in 2007.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A former developer and lobbyist with long ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada's political elite turned himself in to federal authorities Thursday after being indicted on criminal charges involving federal campaign contributions.

Harvey Whittemore planned to plead not guilty later in the day before a federal magistrate in Reno, his lawyer, John Arrascada, told The Associated Press.

Whittemore, 59, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on four counts related to campaign contributions made in 2007 to an unnamed elected federal official.

Once a kingpin in state political circles, Whittemore made campaign contributions to numerous politicians including Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley. 

But records show only Reid received donations of more than $100,000 on a single day in 2007.

Prosecutors say he solicited campaign contributions from family members and employees and skirted federal election law limits by reimbursing them. He's also charged with lying to federal agencies.

Justice Department officials said Whittemore allegedly concealed the scheme from the elected official, his campaign committee and the Federal Election Commission.

If convicted, Whittemore faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

"Mr. Whittemore allegedly used his family members and employees as conduits to make illegal contributions to the campaign committee of an elected member of Congress," Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said in a written statement.

Whittemore also "attempted to conceal his crimes by lying to the FBI," he said.

In 2007, federal election law limited campaign contributions to $4,600 from an individual and $9,200 from a couple. The law also prohibits making contributions in another person's name to hide the identity of the true donor.

Prosecutors allege Whittemore met with the politician in February 2007 and agreed to try to raise $150,000 for the official's campaign committee.

Reid had become the Senate majority leader several weeks before, after Democrats won the upper chamber majority in 2006.

The following month, Whittemore solicited employees, family members and their spouses to make maximum campaign donations and reimbursed them with personal checks and wire transfers, according to the indictment.

On March 28, 2007, authorities allege that a Whittemore employee transmitted $138,000 in contributions to the elected official's campaign committee. 

Two weeks later, the campaign committee "unknowingly filed false reports with the FEC stating that the conduits had made contributions, when in fact, Whittemore had made them," prosecutors said.

Dean Heller Lobby List

Silver Senator Note:

We run a shoestring campaign budget and return all funds received from identified lobbyists, because, despite what SCOTUS ruled and Mitt Romney declared, corporations are not people:

Click on or copy and paste names to see which special interests they represent.

Nevada citizens now have two days to vote...

Dean Heller (R-Nev)
Contributions from Lobbyists, 2012 Cycle

LobbyistFrom LobbyistsFrom Lobbyists' Family Members
Raffaniello, Patrick J 'Pat'$3,500$3,500
Brooks, Bob$3,500$3,500
Hall, G Stewart$3,406$3,406
Tassey, Jeffrey A$3,000$3,000
Hoppe, Rodney C$2,864$2,864
O'Neill, John J$2,500$2,500
Walter, Jeffrey M$2,500$2,500
Victory, Jack$2,500$2,500
Geduldig, Sam K$2,500$2,500
Freemyer, Allen D$2,500$2,500
Hart, Vicki E$2,500$4,500
Faust, Marcus G$2,400$2,400
Hart, Jack Steven$2,000$4,500
Haas, Rosemary T$2,000$2,000
Verdery, C Stewart Jr$2,000$2,000
Murphy, Rick$2,000$2,000
Edwards, Missy M$2,000$2,000
Mccrery, Jim$2,000$2,000
Pieper, Michael$1,750$1,750
Valente, Mark III$1,642$1,642
Hauck, Megan $1,500$1,500
Hatcher, Christopher$1,500$1,500
Piper, Billy $1,500$1,500
Coffee, Roy C$1,500$1,500
Mattoon, Daniel J$1,500$2,000
Boesch, Doyce$1,250$1,250
Shaw, Rhod M$1,000$1,000
Hoy, Ashley $1,000$1,000
Hull, Kate$1,000$1,000
Lynch, Karina$1,000$1,000
Andres, Susan Auther$1,000$1,000
Chamberlin, Robert$1,000$1,000
Bernstein, Jordan$1,000$1,000
Smeallie, Shawn$1,000$1,000
Loper, Ginger$1,000$1,000
Berman, Wayne L$1,000$1,000
Ramonas, George A$1,000$1,000
Hooper, Lindsay D$1,000$1,000
Ueland, Eric$1,000$1,000
Black, Charles$1,000$1,000
Chadwick, Kirsten$1,000$1,000
Dean, Michael$1,000$1,000
Thorpe, Todd$1,000$1,000
Dotchin, Robert J$1,000$1,000
Hecht, William H$1,000$1,000
Anderson, Rebecca L$1,000$1,000
McMickle, John D$1,000$1,000
Green, John$1,000$1,000
Savercool, John$1,000$1,000
Spees, Richard L Jr$1,000$1,000
Hartley, Gregg L$1,000$1,000
Bates, G Hunter$1,000$1,000
Dickinson, Lindsey$1,000$1,000
Furman, Harold W$1,000$1,000
Hunt, Richard$1,000$1,000
MacKinnon, Jeffrey M$1,000$1,000
Meyer, Daniel$1,000$1,000
Kimbell, Jeffrey J$1,000$1,000
Massie, James D$1,000$1,000
Hobbs, David$1,000$1,000
Marsh, Robert H$1,000$1,000
Clark, Steve$1,000$1,000
Jones, Chris$750$750
Kavinoky, Paul$600$600
Duberstein, Kenneth M$500$500
Gallant, Karl M$500$500
Foster, Behrends$500$500
Nickerson, Gregory$500$500
Chappell, Mike$500$500
Hanford, Tim$500$500
Taylor, David F$500$500
Burr, Danielle$500$500
Giblin, Chris$500$500
Means, James Gregory$500$500
Morra, Elizabeth$500$500
Cunniffe, Amy Jensen$500$500
Hughes, Stacey$500$500
Brenner, Scott$500$500
Amirhooshmand, Ali$500$500
Northrup, Stephen J$500$500
Laxalt, Paul$500$500
Harlow, Bryce L$500$500
Lapinski, Mathew$500$500
Emling, John$500$500
Zimmer, Robert$500$500
White, Richard Charles$500$500
Henneberry, Brian$500$500
Marin, David$500$500
Hirschmann, Susan$500$500
Evans, Christy$500$500
Downs, Raissa H $500$500
Chaney, Carolyn Cushman$500$500
Burnett, Wally$500$500
Rossetti, Michael G$500$500
Litterst, Nelson$500$500
Monroe, Loren$500$500
Derderian, James$500$500
Nickles, Don$500$1,000
Quaranta, Michael$500$500
Gaston, Brian$500$500
Tarplin, Linda E$500$500
Holly, Josh$500$500
Kutler, Ed$500$500
McGinness, Ryan$500$500
Fritts, Kimberley$500$500
Spies, Charles$500$500
Mesack, Greg P$500$500
Glennon, Robert E$500$500
Brown, Joseph$500$500
Hawkins, James III$500$500
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Dow, Thomas $500$500
Cohen, Sharon$500$500
Cox, Chris C$500$500
Burgeson, Christine$500$500
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Tessier, Michelle$500$500
Mistri, Alex$500$500
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Cranford, Jay N III$500$500
Haddow, John M$500$500
Schendle, Jason$500$500
Bockorny, David$500$500
Fritts, Edward O$500$500
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Dunkel, Robert H$250$250
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Cunningham, Bryan$250$250
Cavaliere, Frank$250$250
Carroll, Charles T Jr$250$250
Maurer, Greg$0$1,000
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Black, Judy A$0$1,000
Bode, John W$0$2,500
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Geduldig, Courtney$0$2,500
Hawkins, Amy C$0$500
Tarplin, Richard J$0$500
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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Did Dean Heller Vote to Cut Medicare?

Silver Senator Note:

Yes, twice, according to AP, Wall Street Journal and Reno Gazette-Journal, who gave it 7/10 on the Truth Meter.

This is important for all voters who suffered healthcare costs rising in double digits with diminishing healthcare results.

America spends the most for healthcare in the world, yet sits near the bottom of developed nations in infant health and life expectancy, a very real election issue: 

When will we voters hold our elected public servants accountable?

The two National Committee Party Candidates want to either raise debts, regulations, spending and taxes, or promise to cut them, as they did for two generations, with increasingly disastrous results.

There is another Constitutional approach to health, justice, life, liberty, peace and prosperity represented by the Silver Senator serving people, not corporation, foundation or union special interests.

We can send this to friends and family and vote for freedom right now, or suffer the same tired old candidates and consequences:

Hat Tip to SHG: 4:33

Fact Checker: Did Heller vote for or against Medicare cuts?

10:03 AM, May 29, 2012   |  
Dean Heller
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., was the only member of Congress to vote for the Paul Ryan budget [with Medicare cuts] twice. / AP file

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The claim

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., celebrates that he voted to restore $500 billion in Medicare cuts when he also voted for the same cuts twice.


The background

Heller is running against Democrat Shelley Berkley for one of Nevada’s two U.S. Senate seats (Democrat Harry Reid holds the other one).

Heller sent out a mailer last month touting his accomplishments, including that he “voted to restore $500 billion back to Medicare that was cut by the president’s healthcare law.”

Zac Petkanas, senior communications adviser to the Nevada State Democratic Party, contacted Fact Checker to look into the statement. He said Heller “voted twice for those very same ‘cuts.’”

Petkanas put the word “cuts” in quote marks because the so-called Obamacare legislation didn’t call for cuts in the Medicare budget but for changes that are expected to lead to about $500 billion in less growth in Medicare spending.

The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan organization charged with analyzing the financial effects of legislation, says that spending on Medicare will slow by about seven percent over the next decade under Obamacare. 

It says this will result in Medicare costing about $7.1 trillion instead of $7.6 trillion over the next 10 years.

Republicans said this half-trillion-dollar difference is a cut in the program whereas 
Democrats called it savings from new policies and efficiencies. 

You can decide whether you think they are cuts or savings. 

It doesn’t matter for this Fact Checker, but let’s use “cuts” for consistency.

The claim under consideration is whether Heller is claiming to have fought against these cuts while simultaneously voting for them, twice.

The first part is undisputedly true. 

As Heller’s Washington-based spokesman Stewart Bybee told Fact Checker, “Senator Heller has voted to repeal the president’s healthcare law in its entirety, which would restore the $500 billion cut from Medicare.”

Now for the second part, which involves the budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.

The Associated Press reported on it: 

“In a postelection reversal, House Republicans are supporting nearly $450 billion in Medicare cuts that they criticized vigorously last fall when Democrats and President Barack Obama passed them as part of their controversial health care law.”

The Wall Street Journal wrote: 

“Last fall, Republicans spent millions on TV ads attacking Democrats for cutting Medicare.

Those cuts — which reduced reimbursements to drug companies, hospitals and insurance companies and totaled about $500 billion over 10 years —
were made to pay for the new subsidies to younger, uninsured Americans. …

“But Republicans may not be all that hostile to those reductions after all. … (Ryan’s)
plan keeps in place the Medicare reductions.”

Heller — who switched from the House to the Senate when he replaced John Ensign
— told the Associated Press about the Ryan budget, 

“I’m proud to be the only member of Congress who will get to vote for it twice.”
OK, so Obamacare included $500 billion in cuts to Medicare and Heller proudly
opposed them. 

Basically those same cuts were included in the Ryan plan and he
proudly supported that. 

How to reconcile this?

Bybee said that Obamacare is the law of the land and the Republican budget doesn’t
address the Medicare cuts. He gave the analogy of the FDA. A vote for or against the budget — which doesn’t address the FDA — is not a vote for or against the FDA
because it’s not mentioned in the budget.

This argument is problematic because it’s not simply that the Medicare savings were
not addressed in the budget — they were intentionally spared.
Consider this passage from the Associated Press story mentioned above: 

“Ryan’s spokesman, Conor Sweeney, said the cuts are virtually the only part of ‘Obamacare’that the Wisconsin Republican preserved when he drafted his budget.”
Bybee repeated that the mailer’s reference to protecting Medicare relates only to
Heller’s vote to repeal Obamacare.
As for the budget vote, he said, “The budget is a broad document. It’s guidelines, not prescriptive policy. The generalization that is being made is that if it’s not specifically addressed then it’s a sign of support. That is simply not the case because that is not the function of a budget.”
And Bybee offers another analogy: “There are a lot of members of Congress that do
not like the Endangered Species Act. Under your premise, if funding is reduced for
enforcement, but the budget does not specifically repeal the program then it’s a
sign of support. (That’s) just not the case. The context that you are applying under
this scenario could apply to anything within the federal government.”
The verdict
Is Heller promoting his vote to restore cuts to Medicare even though he later voted on
a plan that went out of its way to keep those cuts?
Yes. A weak argument could be made that the Ryan plan doesn’t contain those cuts
and so Heller didn’t technically vote for them.

But to say a vote for a budget plan that intentionally and specifically and
prominently saves those Medicare cuts is in no way a vote in support of those cuts
doesn’t square with reality.

This wasn’t a budget compromise hammered out over weeks with both parties where each side had to agree to some things they didn’t like. This was crafted by Republicans to show their priorities for the nation, including on Medicare, where they went out
of their way to save the cuts Obama came up with.

Truth Meter: 7 out of 10

That rating, though, doesn’t get into whether there’s a problem with doing what
Heller did. 

Is it problematic for him to have his cake (“see how I fought Obama’s 
Medicare changes”) and eat it too (“the budget I supported that singled out
keeping those changes is just a budget and shouldn’t be construed as support for
those changes”)?

Let’s leave it this way: If Berkley or Reid voted for a plan that would get rid of X and
later twice voted for a plan that specifically supported X — and then appealed to
voters based on opposition to X — would you say that makes sense? 
Or would you say something’s fishy?

If you’d say Berkley and Reid were making sense, then what Heller did is good, too. If
you’d say Berkley and Reid were being misleading, then what Heller did is problematic, too.



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  • Jim Roby · Top Commenter · Reno, Nevada
    Dean Heller votes the way he's told, and not by or for the citizens of Nevada. Heller is voting the way the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist and the rest of the tea baggers tell him....or else.

    Nevada needs a US Senator that represents us, the citizens of Nevada. Shelly Berkley 2012

  • Cory Farley · Top Commenter
    Apparently you still can't spell "Republican" without "perfidious." Reading this explanation is like walking a tightrope. Let your attention wander for a second, and it's over.

  • Rob E. Kirchner · University Of Nevada
    It's interesting how the press bends over backward to try and prove Republicans wrong. The medicare cuts were criticized because it's always an issue that Dems say they support; thus, criticizing them showed the Dems hypocracy. The cuts were a small part of the terrible (and soon unconstitutional) Obama care plan and the well thought out Ryan budget. To say that Heller was wrong to vote in against one and in favor of the other exposes the ever present Media Bias.

    • Karen Benson · Top Commenter
      Facts are facts and the Media has just reported them. Republicans believe in their ideology and truth and reasoning that contradicts must be wrong; they are unwilling to find a compromise or middle ground. They worship at the alter of Fox Noise lies and bigotry because it's easier to believe the lies that support their ideology than consider the merits of a contradictory positions.

  • Karen Benson · Top Commenter
    What is interesting is the “spin.” Republicans say they want entitlements to be cut, but when cuts for future Medicare spending are made, not even cuts to current spending by Democrats, Republicans flip flop and take the other side of the argument. The Ryan plan on the other hand which includes the very same cuts looks good to Republicans. It’s just an example of the games; the Republicans are playing to make Obama a one term president. Republicans have been exposed in their diabolical fiendish strategy that puts party ahead of country.

    Heller has signed on to this strategy and is just another Republican puppet. It used to be that candidates would disagree with their party on occasion but now they are afraid of being called a RINO by the Tea Party bullies who are being riled up by billionaires, like the Koch brothers, who have their own agendas and who are buying our elections for their own best interests.

    • Kelley Shewmaker · Top Commenter · Reno High School
      Okay Karen, you have added to my list of adjectives for Republican strategies (or "strateegery"?) with "diabolical fiendish"... Great post!

      It is hard for folks to recognize that the whole Grover Norquist affiliation and ongoing allegiance practically guarantees six figure money from Koch Brothers and big oil. Remember, Amodei received bucks from Koch, Exxon and big mining...

      Has anyone else noticed how the oil industry has started their campaign via TV ads painting themselves as warm and cuddly? Has anyone also noticed that as Washoe County has "battleground" fame now, OUR oil prices are a lot HIGHER than other areas? You see, high oil prices get blamed on a president (the president has the price stamper right there at his desk in the oval office) and the oil companies would add more PROFITS in a big big way with a Romney win. The oil companies humongous profits under Obama are just not enough... ah, greed - it's alive and well across the fruited plain.