Sunday, August 26, 2012
On the eve of their national party conventions, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in a close race to amass the requisite 270 Electoral College votes for victory. And the contest is exactly where it was at the start of the long, volatile summer: focused on seven states that are up for grabs.
Neither candidate has a significant advantage in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire and Virginia, which offer a combined 85 electoral votes, according to an Associated Press analysis of public and private polls, spending on television advertising and numerous interviews with Republican and Democratic strategists in battleground states.
The analysis, which also took into account the strength of a candidate's on-the-ground organization and travel schedules, found that if the election were held today, Obama would have 19 states and the District of Columbia, offering 247 votes, solidly in his column or leaning his way, while Republican Romney would have 24 states with 206 votes.
Both sides are working to persuade the 23 percent of registered voters who said in an Associated Press-GfK poll that they are either undecided about the presidential race or iffy in their support for a candidate.
By Caitlin McGarry
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Adley has a major project in development on the second floor of the former Sears department store, and that project has pushed back the opening dates of his venues.
The second floor will be home to an FM radio station showcasing acts that perform at the two joints. Artists will perform acoustic sets and do live interviews before and after their performances, which will be broadcast outside the building for passers-by on Fremont Street.
"It will be like Times Square and MTV," Adley said. "You'll be able to look up and wave to whatever celebrities are doing their interviews."
The station, which is currently going through the approval process with the Federal Communications Commission, will have the vibe of the famous KROQ in Los Angeles, Adley said.
The station is a partnership between Adley; DJ Lethal, formerly of House of Pain and Limp Bizkit; and DJ Scotty Boy, a Las Vegas-based producer who spins at the Marquee nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
"The homework's been done. We're not throwing together a lemonade stand here," Adley said.
DJ Lethal is a partner in Backstage Billiards and plans to be in Vegas every weekend, if possible, to promote the club and host a show on air. He said he likes the vibe of downtown, and prefers Fremont to the more "mainstream" Strip.
"I came down a few months ago and checked it out, saw where the revival of Fremont Street is going," he said. "After I got more into it and did the research on the history of Fremont Street and the whole downtown - that's where it all started."
Adley had long planned to use the second floor as a radio station after opening Backstage Billiards and Fremont Country Club, but he realized the renovations would force him to close his ground-floor venues for a few weeks. He decided to speed up the radio station's schedule, delaying the venues' launch by about a month.
"Look for in the next several weeks the second- and third-floor windows on Sixth Street to be knocked out," Adley said.
Backstage Billiards is now expected to open at the end of September or early October; the Fremont Country Club at the end of October.
With Commonwealth soon opening on the opposite corner and restaurateur Michael Morton's Mexican restaurant in development on Sixth Street, Adley is expecting Fremont and Sixth streets to galvanize more downtown development.
"That corner is going to be on fire," he said.
Contact reporter Caitlin McGarry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-387-5273.
The Republican Party mascot of the Elephant came almost a half century later, from an 1874 political cartoon in which a Democratic donkey dressed in a lion's skin scared off all of the farm and zoo animals, except for the strong, brave Elephant.
So stubbornness and strength are behind both political icons.