weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Rallies spotlight impeachment process

Pahrump resident Gary Marchinke said he kneels for the cross and stands for the flag. But on Wednesday afternoon Feb. 5, Marchinke was pounding the pavement for roughly two hours at the corner of Highways 160 and 372, with a banner in hand in support of President Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal, courtesy of Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

Displayed on his banner were the words “Trump Wins Again,” along with the image of a yellow smiley face, as he applauded the Republican Senate’s action.

Utah Senator Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict Trump on the first article of impeachment, that being abuse of power, as he sided with Senate Democrats in a 52-48 guilty vote.

Romney did however, side with Republicans against the obstruction of Congress charge, which fell along party lines with a 53-47 vote for acquittal.

“It’s fabulous, absolutely fabulous,” he said. “Of course, I’ve gotten a few hand gestures while displaying my sign today. I watched very little of the impeachment trial and it reminded me a lot of the Bill Clinton impeachment. I personally didn’t like Bill Clinton, but I also didn’t like the impeachment of him, and it kind of paralleled this one. The guy screwed up, but what president doesn’t?”

Balanced tone

Although Marchinke, who leans Republican, voted for the current president, he did not disparage Trump’s Democratic predecessors, unlike some Trump supporters and Republican lawmakers.

“I thought President Obama was an honorable person,” he said. “I didn’t always agree with him, but I think he is an honorable person, and I never had a problem with him. I don’t think Clinton was a bad president, but I don’t know how history is ultimately going to judge him. I also liked Jimmy Carter, and I actually met him when he was working for Habitat for Humanity in San Diego. He was a real neat guy. I loved President Kennedy too.”

A slightly different message

As Marchinke was preparing to roll up his banner and leave the intersection, another group, also carrying signs and banners, assembled just across Highway 160 at Crawford Way.

While holding the American flag aloft, Pahrump resident DeDe Jones and roughly two dozen other individuals, had a much different take on the impeachment acquittal.

“We are members of ‘Indivisible of Nye County’ and we are called the Prickly P.E.A.R.S. of Nye County which stands for People Energetically Activating in Resistance,” Jones said. “We believe in country over party, and we are appalled by the cover-up the Republican senators allowed. If Trump wins in November, I hope that we take back the Senate, and keep the house majority. We need to rid our country of the corruption of this criminal. I watched all of the impeachment trial, and I think that people need to use their brains more.”

Seeking the truth

Additionally, though Jones said she also watched the State of the Union address, she was not pleased with what she heard from the president.

“I could not keep up with the lies that he told about the economy and about the jobs created,” she said. “Not once did he talk about the families still being ripped apart at the border. He said he wants to save pre-existing conditions in health care, but how come he is trying to take them away? We are a retirement community and we are going to be greatly affected with our medical care. I would say the Kool-Aid cult is definitely voting against their own interests.”

Regarding Wednesday’s rally, Jones said participants would previously drive into Las Vegas to express their respective feelings about the president and the Republican Party.

“This was an impromptu throw-together,” she said. “We founded and chartered our own branch of Indivisible of Nye County last year and we are going to take an active role. Right now, the next step we can take is toward the ballot box. We also have a Facebook page.”

Come together

Interestingly, it appeared that Marchinke came to the same conclusion as Jones, regarding President Trump’s tenure.

“So he made a few mistakes, but that doesn’t mean you throw him out,” he said. “The people voted for him and I think people should just wait for the next election where they will get a chance to express their thoughts and feelings. You will never see me out here putting somebody down because I always try to do something that is positive and uplifting. We have a large majority of Trump people here in Pahrump. If I came out here with an anti-Trump sign, I could get stoned, but this is safe and it’s not really putting anybody down.”

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Tonopah schools temporarily go online

Tonopah Schools have gone online until Sept. 24 out of caution after multiple students and staff call-in for “illness-related symptoms,” according to an email sent to parents on Wednesday.

Conservationists say thousands of rare wildflowers found intentionally destroyed

Conservationists discovered over the weekend that someone had dug up and destroyed more than 17,000 Tiehm’s buckwheat plants, a rare Nevada wildflower the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said this summer might warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Pair sought in theft of rare coins

Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives are searching for two robbery suspects who allegedly targeted an elderly victim. An alleged monthslong scheme resulted in more than an estimated $200,000 in losses for the Pahrump senior citizen.

Bar tops open, drink-only service resumes in Pahrump

The state of Nevada’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force has finally given the OK for all liquor establishments in Pahrump, including bars, taverns and wineries, to reopen and resume bar-top and drink-only service, as well as bar-top gaming.

New group launches recall effort

Following Fight For Nevada’s failed attempt at a recall effort aimed at removing Gov. Steve Sisolak from office, a new political action committee has formed with the same intentions in mind.

DMV extends deadline for renewals to Nov. 12

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday announced an additional extension for expired or soon-to-be expired driver’s licenses and ID cards and new, limited Saturday hours for new Nevada residents as it continues to find new ways to serve the public while operating under COVID-19 safety protocols.

Survey: Small business owners maintain optimism for future

Small business owners have faced unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are in the midst of great uncertainty with the upcoming presidential election. The Q3 Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index indicates, however, there is a continued spirit of forward-facing optimism among small business owners despite the persistent trials.

Event aims at boosting rural entrepreneurship in state

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development is partnering with StartUpNV, Entrepreneur’s Assembly, Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority, business leaders and other government entities, in a new statewide initiative to foster entrepreneurship in Nevada’s smaller cities and towns.

Unemployment claims fall to lowest level since March

Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation shows initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 7,951 for the week ending Sept. 5, down 81 claims, or 1.0%, compared to last week’s total of 8,032 claims.