Posts Tagged ‘bus’

Dems Up with Second Busgate Song

By Elizabeth Crum | 3:11 pm May 21st, 2010

Are we having fun yet?

From @RalstonFlash on Twitter just now:

First Edgar Winter (“Free Ride”) and now Dion and the inevitable “Runaround Sue” as the Ds push the Lowden/bus story.

Here was the first ad if you missed it.

Lowden Yanks Name from Bus Title

By Elizabeth Crum | 11:30 am May 21st, 2010

AD had the busgate update yesterday.

I had asked Team Lowden on Tuesday whether having Lowden’s name on the bus title – even though they claimed that was done only for insurance purposes – wasn’t going to be the crux of the problem with FEC rules even with a lease agreement in hand.

Holding title indicates ownership, I reasoned, so the value of at least half the bus could feasibly be considered a donation if not otherwise specified in some private agreement.

I never received an answer, but I guess their choice to remove Lowden’s name from the title shows they thought there was a valid concern there.

The FEC won’t rule on this until well after June 8, so it only matters in terms of the possible political fallout for Team Lowden.

Under Fire, Team Lowden Points Out Harry Reid’s Past FEC Violations

By Elizabeth Crum | 9:29 am May 20th, 2010

Three days after #busgate broke, this fiery missive from Team Lowden:

Harry’s History with the FEC

Harry Reid has had Several FEC Complaints Filed Against Him Throughout His Career – and on At Least Two of Them He was Found in Violation by the FEC.

GOP Frontrunner Sue Lowden: Harry Reid deploys dirty tricks for a media stunt against me, but he is the candidate who has a history of abusing campaign finance laws.

(Las Vegas, NV) — Today, Nevada businesswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden responded to Harry Reid’s history of FEC investigations and violations. According to the LVRJ, in late 2009 an architecture firm went under investigation by the FEC for irregular campaign contributions to Harry Reid. Throughout Harry Reid’s three decades in Washington, he has racked up numerous FEC complaints, two of which he was found in violation and penalized accordingly.

“Harry Reid’s campaign reeks of desperation,” stated Sue Lowden. “Poll after poll shows me beating him by double digits in November, and for that reason he is searching high and low for ways to discredit my candidacy by having his campaign cronies try to influence a Republican primary. Republican voters are not going to allow Harry Reid, the SEIU and the Nevada Democrat Party select our nominee.

“This FEC allegation is just the latest scheme in Harry Reid’s bag of smears. The best part is that throughout his decades long career, Harry has been accused of numerous campaign finance violations. A new investigation was initiated just a few months ago for irregular contributions to Harry Reid’s campaign.

“Anyone can file an FEC complaint against a candidate. That is why Harry Reid’s liberal allies were able to file this absurd and unfounded complaint against me. However, being found in violation is a completely different story. Harry Reid has been penalized for at least two FEC violations in his career. Harry Reid deploys dirty tricks for a media stunt against me, but he is the candidate who has a history of abusing campaign finance laws,” Lowden concluded.


In November 2009, a local architecture firm went under investigation by the FEC for irregular contributions to Senator Harry Reid. Read the full article [here].

In 2000, the FEC found reason to believe violation occurred, and entered into a conciliation agreement for $12,500 fine against Friends for Harry Reid. Read the full report [here].

In 1999, the FEC found reason to believe a violation occurred, and entered into a conciliation agreement for $3,000 fine against Friends for Harry Reid. Read the report [here].

State Dems Put Out Ad on Lowden Bus Situation

By Elizabeth Crum | 8:48 pm May 19th, 2010

The state Dems today put together an ad about the controversy with Sue Lowden’s bus. I have a supporting role, along with other Nevada journalists talking about the story (I feel so used).

If you haven’t heard about this, here’s the original Sun story based on an accusation from Team Tarkanian and the follow up stories from the LVRJ and the AP.

The most current version of the story is that the bus is being leased, and that Lowden’s name was only put on the title for insurance purposes.

Unfortunately for Lowden, she had previously said the bus was donated, and to complicate things it seems Team Lowden made some oversights in the reporting of the bus to the FEC.

Smooth Stylings from Harry Reid’s Magic Bus Tour

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:00 pm April 7th, 2010

Every day I get in the queue (Too much, the Magic Bus)

To get on the bus that takes me to you (Too much, the Magic Bus)

. . .

I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it …

. . .

Geoff Dornan at the Nevada Appeal has a good write-up on Harry Reid’s Carson City stop on yesterday’s leg of a 3-day campaign bus tour.  Here are a few snippets:

Sen. Harry Reid made it clear Tuesday he believes he can and will win in November despite polls showing him trailing his major Republican competitors.

“If the election were held today, I’d win,” he said during an interview on his rural tour bus between stops in Minden and Carson City.

That quote set off a flurry of Tweets by Nevada media types. Here are a few:

Ralston — Reid: “If the election were held today, I’d win.” Sometimes he says goofy or intemperate stuff. Rarely flat-out false.

Ralston — Even most ardent Reid backer does not believe he would win 2day. Are other ballot choices threat to GOP? Of course. But not today. #reidisms

Sebelius — @RalstonFlash You know, Einstein theorized there were other dimensions. Perhaps Reid was talking about winning in one of them, not our own?

Me — @RalstonFlash @SteveSebelius You guys are so mean. Poor Harry can’t even enjoy a little (ok, a lot of) wishful thinking on his own bus tour.

Ralston — @stevesebelius @elizcrum Bus tour euphoria/alternate dimension theories possible. My guess: Reid believes it because he has to. #notdeadyet

Reid also had a quip about his chances due to the general election ballot being so laden with candidates (eight:  Reid, the GOP primary winner, four independents, an IAP candidate and the Tea Party candidate):

“Do the math.”

Does one bus tour plus a determined (deluded?) Senator plus the cross-chatter of seven other candidates (and their followers) equal a Reid victory?

Who can say?

Searchlight: The (mini) Sequel? (Updated!)

By Elizabeth Crum | 11:38 am March 29th, 2010

I’m told the Nugget casino in Searchlight is hosting a rally next Monday for Harry Reid’s “coming out” re: running for another Senate term.

A Searchlight source tells me many locals opposed to Reid’s re-election are organizing and plan to picket the event.

Got a kick out of this comment from my source when I asked if there is really a sizable anti-Reid community in Searchlight:

“Well, Searchlight has two factions, much like the Hatfields and the McCoys…”

Will post updates here as I get ‘em.

Update (6:45 AM on 3/30/10): I’ve obtained a few post-rally comments from Diane Kendall, a Searchlight resident and one of the main local organizer-volunteers of Saturday’s big Tea Party event:

With the Tea Party of March 27th coming closer, people from all over the country were contacting me wanting information so they could attend. I knew there would be a large crowd, but I am still amazed at the number of patriotic Americans who chose to attend this event. I have never met such a large group of people who were so well-mannered and proud to be an American. It gave me hope that we CAN make a difference.

I have heard on the mainstream media how the Tea Party Americans cause ruckus and incite violence, but that is not the case at all. I never heard any bad language, nor were there any signs of violence anytime during the event. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department did not have to respond to any calls during our event. I am also extremely proud that everyone left the property extremely clean.


When I returned home after the Tea Party, I learned of a Harry Reid rally held next door to the Searchlight Nugget Casino. I was extremely upset to learn that at least one of the people who attended this rally threw eggs  at the passersby, the Tea Party Express Buses. They stopped traffic, and Metro was called to disperse the crowd. They also defaced a billboard in the center of town. This is what I call RUDE and an insult to my community.

I found two videos re: the egg throwing:  here (eggs being thrown and Andrew Breitbart “interacting” with Reid supporters) and here (two buses and bus drivers talking about what happened after the fact).

And here, per Diane, is the info for Monday’s Reid protest:

I would like to invite you to join me and my friends to a protest against Harry Reid on Monday, April 5th at 8:30 AM. The Searchlight Nugget Casino is having a rally to jump start his bus tour. I would like to see everyone stand tall, walk on the sidewalk, cause no disturbance and carry their signs. I believe it is important that we show the Harry Reid supporters that we are patriotic Americans who are respectful and will stand tall in our beliefs. The Tea Party Americans do not incite violence as the media portrays.

Sounds like both Reid supporters and opposers alike will be at the Nugget that morning, so if you have not had your fill of rallies and protests you can pick your side and show up.

For the record, Harry Reid was extremely gracious in his comments about the Searchlight rally on Saturday, including saying the Tea Party peeps were “welcome” and, “That is what is great about America.”  Of course, his campaign did use the event for fundraising fodder yesterday — but that is to be expected:

This weekend Sarah Palin and the Tea Party came to Searchlight and held a rally. You might have seen it on the news. I wasn’t there, but I’m told there were speeches, some signage featuring questionable assertions, and a lot of calling Democrats “socialists.” I guess it’s better not to let the facts get in the way of a good rally sign.


I double checked the definition of ‘socialism,’ and it’s defined as a political philosophy that advocates for government ownership of private industry. Absolutely needless to say, not a view I agree with in the least. My first thought was that we could hold a fundraising drive to buy dictionaries for all these folks and mail them out lickity split. But my campaign manager rightly pointed out that with the first quarter coming to an end, we should raise money for the campaign in dictionary-sized increments instead.

Calling me a ‘socialist’ has as much basis in fact as calling health reform a ‘government takeover’ — none at all. I’m making light of this nonsense today, but these attacks reveal a troubling reality. These folks are standing in strong opposition to progress for our economy at a time when Nevadans are struggling to make ends meet. If you agree that passing health insurance reform was a great thing for our country, and that passing two bipartisan jobs bills in the last two months was a good start, then I’m asking you to invest in my campaign today.

I’m dedicated to fighting for the values we share in the U.S. Senate. With your help, I’ll continue doing just that in years to come. President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and I have a lot to do — and we can’t produce the change we know we need without your help. Thanks so much for your support,


Does That Bus Ticket Come With Anything Else?

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:21 pm March 18th, 2010

Governor Gibbons is going to Searchlight for the Tea Party, and you can be on his “beautiful campaign bus” IF you’re one of the first 10 folks to donate $250 in today’s fundraiser effort.

So says the email:  Gibbons’ bus leaves from Reno on Friday, March 26 and catches up with Governor Gibbons in Laughlin on Saturday, March 27.  $250-ers will get to spend “some” time with Gibbons on the way up to Searchlight and then hang around at the gov’s “special event” during the rally.

Searchlight Tea Party Update & Schedule

By Elizabeth Crum | 11:17 am March 14th, 2010

Quite a few of you — including media types who are trying to figure out where to be, and when, to cover the event — have said you appreciated the info in my earlier post about Searchlight Tea Party logistics, so here are some quick updates and a schedule:

9:30-10:00 AM – Apparently, the Tea Party Express (TPE) will actually be starting their day down in Laughlin.  Everyone who wishes to join the TPE tour delegation is instructed to meet up in the parking lot of Harrah’s at 9:30 AM where there will be a brief news conference/mini-rally.  The TPE buses will then pull out and lead the caravan of vehicles up to the location in Searchlight.

10:30 AM-12 PM – A candidate’s forum hosted by “Anger is Brewing” will be going on at the Searchlight rally location.  Grassroots activist Debbie Landis organized this part of the event and has asked that some folks skip going down to Laughlin first and instead show up in Searchlight early (especially if you want a good seat for the day).

12:00 Noon – Tea Party Express’s “Showdown in Searchlight” rally.  Speakers (and US Senate candidates) will speak.  TPE buses will leave for Henderson after the rally is over.  Estimates are that the rally may last from 2 to 3-ish hours.  Hard to say with all those speakers…  (My advice:  Show up early.  Take folding chairs.  And plenty of water.  But don’t drink too much of it because there will only be so many porta-potties to go around and you may have to wait in line.)

4:00 PM – Grassroots Nevada event with Ann Coulter at Henderson Pavillion.  Gates will open at 3:30.  Tickets are needed (general admission is free and VIPs are not).

5:00 PM – Tea Party Express rally at Henderson Pavillion

TPE is still working to organize charter buses from a variety of places throughout Nevada and the Southwest U.S. to get people to Searchlight on March 27th. Anyone interested in trying to get a seat on a bus heading to Searchlight can email the TPE folks at:  CharterBus.tpx@gmail.comand

And:  I’m hearing there will be TV ads running soon in NV, Cali and AZ.

And:  TPE and NV grassroots leaders tell me that whoever is spreading the rumor that there will be 300,000 people at the rally in Searchlight should really stop being so silly.  Sounds like they will all be pretty happy if the head count is 5,000 to 10,000, although they think it is possible there may be (and they will be pleased with) more.

(Hey Searchlight:  Ya ready?!)

Update: Here’s a pic of what the Tea Party Express buses will look like:

Very fancy!