Pre-election activities intensify for the Mesquite City Council Election Contests

Preelection activities continue to intensify in the Mesquite City Council election contests.
On October 18, 2022, Mayor Al Litman hosted a rally for 3 city council candidates seeking a seat on the city council. The political rally was held at the 1880 Grille at the Canestoga Country Club.
Mayor Litman led off the rally with strong endorsements for the incumbents Sandra Ramaker and Karen Dutkowski and also spoke highly of newcomer Pattie Gallo. The candidates then spoke at length about their qualifications and past service on the council or in various capacities to the community. The rally was attended by 150 plus (biggest meet and greet crowd ever – Al Litman) Mesquite voters, who reacted enthusiastically to their speeches and also engaged with the candidates in a Q and A session. The candidates and the mayor then continued to engage the crowd in an extended city subject matters engagement with the rally participants. The exchanges were pleasant and even a few well-placed jokes were bandied about.

For those that were not able to be there, here is the formal video recording of the event with a recap of the candidates, their qualifications and accomplishments.

 

 

 

The Mesquite Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Mesquite City Council candidate debate on October 12, 2022. The candidate debate is presented here for your viewing pleasure.

 

 

 

Litman also introduced Pattsie Brown who is seeking election to the state office of Public Adminstrator: Mayor

Mesquite City Council Candidates Rally at Wolf Creek CC

On September 29, 2022, Mayor Al Litman introduced 3 candidates seeking a seat on the city council. The political rally was held at the Wolf Creek Country Club and Mayor Litman led off the rally with strong endorsements for the incumbents Sandra Ramaker and Karen Dutkowski and also spoke highly of newcomer Pattie Gallo. The candidates then spoke at length about their qualifications and past service on the council or in various capacities to the community. The rally was attended by 100 plus Mesquite voters and who reacted enthusiastically to their speeches and also engaged with the candidates in a Q and A session. The candidates and the mayor then mingled with the crowd in an extended social engagement with the rally participants. The exchanges were pleasant and even a few well-placed jokes were bandied about.
For those that were not able to be there, here is the formal recap of the candidates, their qualifications and accomplishments:

Your vote matters. Your involvement matters. Make sure you are represented in the things that matter to you. What happens in our city is up to you.

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Competitive Primary Races Lead to Slight GOP Voter Share Gain

June was primary election month with the competitive and most visible races concentrated in the Republican primary. Because of this, voter registration numbers for June saw the Republican Party increasing voter share across the board with minor parties losing. Non-Partisan fluctuation was mixed. Voter share of those not registered as either Democratic or Republican remains the largest voting block statewide and in Clark and Washoe counties. Non-Partisan remains the largest group among voters 18 to 34 years of age and when combined with minor party registration is hovering around 50 percent.

Douglas Goodman provides additional details of voter registration and party affiliation trends on the “Nevadans for Election Reform Website”:

Competitive Primary Races Lead to Slight GOP Voter Share Gain

On July 3, 2022, Nevada Voters First turned in over 266,000 signatures to bring top-five open primaries and ranked choice voting to Nevada. We only needed 140,000. Once verified, the referendum initiative will be on the ballot in November.

This is a significant step forward for representative government in Nevada and the voters will decide in November. An informed vote will assure progress towards representative government for voters and not for the big money interests and legislative influence. Watch this site for more about that.

We first reported on the lack of representative government in Nevada when we covered the 2018 primary elections. Here is that blast from the past whose reality still haunts our election system today.

Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra Closes the 2022 Season with “A Symphonic Tribute to Peace”

The Mesquite Weekly proudly features the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra and presents a musical tribute and our hats off to the folks who bring big city symphony performances to our small corner of southeastern Nevada and the Virgin River Valley. The 2022 season closed with “A Symphonic Tribute to Peace” on April 23, 2022, at the Mesquite Community Theatre.

 

Dr. Selmer Spitzer conducted the orchestra and five pieces from the “Les Misérables” by Claude Michel Schoenberg were highlighted in the performance.

If you were not able to see and hear the symphony on April 23, 2022, here is a video of the entire performance for your viewing and listening pleasure. This is the final concert for the 2022 season.

The 2023 SNSO season will open in November 2022, and we hope to see all of you again this fall.

The SNSO finale featured an encore performance of “Do You Hear the People Sing” from the popular musical “Les Misérables”. The concert snippet is presented here for your viewing pleasure:

Beginning Spring with the VVTG presentation of the “Wedding Bell Blues”

The month of March is a time when life begins anew, and the Virgin Valley is awash with the colors of flowery blooms and the sounds of love are in the air. This is the story of such an event, and it is presented here as an original Musical Melodrama by the Virgin Valley Theatre Group. “Wedding Bell Blues’ or “How the Virgin Valley go its groove on”. It is presented here in its entirety for those of you who were not able to see it live during its two-week run-in March at the Mesquite Community Theatre.

The musical is also a look back to an era that many of us can barely remember. The producer/writers have recreated that time and jolted our memories with the music and the dress and the mannerism of the sixties in a most effective way. The play acting is unique and genuine. The costumes although somewhat over the top, are colorful and quite amusing. The music is true to form. The songsters are very talented and bring back a few of the oldies that will make this ride through memory lane … memorable. The half time entertainment is a joy to watch.

Here a few out-takes and they feature the performances of the Choir “Do You Believe in Magic” performed by Jerrie Clark, Mitzi Bender and Susan Kjellson, “You’ve Got the Magic Touch” performed by Maria Palmer and “I Got You Babe” performed by John Sadler and Kathleen Bartley and a special presentation of the Lifelong Dancers doing the Loco-Motion.

The Producer/Writers Nancy Arnold and Susan Kjellson told us their story and how they helped the Virgin Valley “get it groove on”. Nancy was also the Director for the play. You can hear them speak of the passion and the joy of putting this wonderful experience together just for our listing and viewing pleasure. More importantly, they had fun doing it.

Please join me in giving our thanks to the actors, singers musicians and the many behind-the-scenes volunteers who put on this show for our enjoyment and entertainment.

Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra Opens 2022 Season with “A Symphonic Holiday”

The Mesquite Weekly proudly features the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra and presents a musical tribute and our hats off to the folks who bring big city symphony performances to our small corner of southeastern Nevada and the Virgin River Valley. The 2022 season opened with “A Symphonic Holiday” symphony on February 19, 2022, at the Mesquite Community Theatre.

 

 

Concert Master Walter White was featured and provided a violin solo playing “Czardas” by Vittorio Monti.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Selmer Spitzer conducted the orchestra and six pieces from the “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin were highlighted in the performance.

 

If you were not able to see and hear the symphony on February 19, 2022, here is a video of the entire performance for your viewing and listening pleasure.

 

 

 

 

Watch this space for information on the Symphony’s next performance on April 23, 2022.

Flat Top Mesa Long Distance Endurance Races – Spring 2022 Event.


They came to Mesquite from all around the country to participate in long distance running races on top of the Flat Top Mesa. Thirty-six runners gathered at the Virgin Valley water tank around sunrise and began their 50-km, 50-mile, 100-km and 100-mile (actually 104 miles) races by ascending the one-mile steep winding trail to the top of Flat Top Mesa.

Fast forward to late afternoon and the 50-km and 50-mile contestants who were nearing the finish line. Here are some thoughts from the finishers of those amazing accomplishments:

               

Following the sunset, the temperature plummeted, and the chill was further intensified by the winds kicking up from the northwest. Despite the cold, the dark and treacherous terrain, the runners continued their quest to throughout the night and the next day.

We returned the next day around sunset to cheer on the final runners along with their fans and supporters during this 35 hour+ push to the finish. The runners shared their experience with their comments:

 

 

 

 

 
The complete results of the 4 races and the 36 ultra-runners may be viewed on the ultrarunning website: Ultra Running Website

And so, the spring 2022 Flat Top Mesa Ultra Marathon comes to an end, and we celebrate this remarkable event and this beautiful end of the day with this:

                                   

The Symphony Is Back

The Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra is back.  It is the title of the Symphony’s first performance since March 2020 and a dazzling performance was turned in by the conductor Dr. Selmer Spitzer and the many talented orchestra performers.

Dr. Selmer Spitzer and his team of the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra (SNSO) have been providing a world class symphony for more than eight years. Much of the talent that is recruited by Dr. Spitzer is from the Mesquite, Moapa and Virgin River Valley. The November 13, 2021 “The Symphony is Back” provided a fantastic musical performance to a sold-out crowd at the Mesquite Community Theatre.

The performance was dedicated to Dr. Ann Rice. Dr. Rice has championed the cause of bringing world class entertainment to our local community and supported the symphony since its founding some eight years ago by serving on the SNSO board of directors and with generous financial contributions.

 

 

If you were not able to see and hear our symphony on November 13, 2021, here is a video of the entire performance for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Book Review – The Monarchy of Fear

The early rumblings of the 2022 political campaigns call for some serious soul searching including an in depth look at WTF (What the F..)  or HTF (How the F..) did this happen.  Martha C. Nussbaum presents a philosopher look at our current political crisis and the retributive response to fear that has polarized American for the last twenty years.   In the book titled “The Monarchy of Fear”, Nussbaum untangles the web of emotions and fear and articulates the politics of constructive work and hope.

Nussbaum first look at fear begins at the everyone’s beginnings, when we first enter the world and are confronted with unknowns that we can’t understand but only respond with emotional outbursts that apparently always gets someone’s attention.  The author draws from historical and contemporary examples of fear-based motivations and traces likes and dislikes and value assignations to emotional responses to fear.  It is a fascinating read and may upend the world as you know it and understand it and it will take you out of your engrained comfort zone.

Dr. Nussbaum discusses the book at length at a Politics and Prose event at the Bookstore Coffeehouse. Please watch this short video:

 

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department and Law School of the University of Chicago.

Nevada Combined Non-Partisan and Minor Party Registration Approaching Leading Voter Share

Combined Non-Partisan and Minor Party Registration Approaching Leading Voter Share
By Doug Goodman -Founder & Executive Director Nevadans for Election Reform

Less than three percent now remains until those not registered to vote as either Democratic or Republican become the largest voting bloc in Nevada. That group is already the largest bloc among voters 18 to 34 years of age by over seven percent. The voter registration numbers for April 2021 continue to show no change to this trend.

Just how strong is this change in voter party preference? This table shows the voter share as of April 2011, 2016, and 2021. Note the change from 2016 to 2021 is more than double the change from 2011 to 2016.

Party 2011 2016 Diff 2021 Diff
D 42.09% 40.08% -2.01% 35.78% -4.30%
R 36.38% 35.02% -1.36% 31.27% -3.75%
NP 15.82% 18.93% +3.11% 25.13% +6.20%
Other 5.71% 5.98% +0.27% 7.82% +1.84%
Total Not D or R 21.53% 24.91% +3.38% 32.95% +8.04%

Here are the March to April 2021 changes

State-Wide

Party Change in # Voters % Change % Voter Share Difference in Voter Share %
D -1,183 -0.18% 35.78% -0.23%
R -2,311 -0.41% 31.27% -0.27%
NP 8,006 1.79% 25.13% 0.33%
IAP 158 0.19% 4.55% -0.01%
LIB 44 0.25% 0.97% 0.00%
Other 3,574 9.42% 2.29% 0.19%
Total not D or R 32.95% 0.51%

Other includes Green Party, Natural Law Party, other or not specified.

Clark County

Party Change in # Voters % Change % Voter Share Difference in Voter Share %
D 20 0.00% 38.83% -0.32%
R -154 -0.04% 27.44% -0.24%
NP 7,367 2.26% 25.97% 0.36%
IAP 328 0.59% 4.40% -0.01%
LIB 114 1.03% 0.87% 0.00%
Other 2,948 10.18% 2.49% 0.21%
Total not D or R 33.73% 0.56%

18 – 34 Year Old

Party Change in # Voters % Change % Voter Share Difference in Voter Share %
D -530 -0.29% 36.17% -0.35%
R -1,066 -1.02% 20.33% -0.35%
NP 3,653 2.14% 34.19% 0.49%
IAP -28 -0.12% 4.65% -0.04%
LIB -2 -0.02% 1.59% -0.01%
Other 1,396 9.76% 3.08% 0.25%
Total not D or R 43.50% 0.69%

Other includes Green Party, Natural Law Party, other or not specified.

55+

Party Change in # Voters % Change % Voter Share Difference in Voter Share %
D -379 -0.14% 36.70% -0.15%
R -581 -0.20% 39.84% -0.18%
NP 1,887 1.52% 17.26% 0.21%
IAP 86 0.27% 4.31% 0.00%
LIB 12 0.38% 0.44% 0.00%
Other 894 9.20% 1.45% 0.12%
Total not D or R 23.46% 0.33%

Other includes Green Party, Natural Law Party, other or not specified.

A Republican-sponsored bill (SB121) to address this growing shift in the political landscape was denied a hearing by Democratic leadership.