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Dear LVTP members and event participants;

LVTP has noted that a recent fad amongst patriots is to display the flag of the United States of America upside down, or as US flag etiquette code describes, "union down". This display of the flag upside down is said to depict "nation in distress".

It is the position of LVTP that this display of our nation's flag is inappropriate for our events. The US flag etiquette is clear in section 8(a), "The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."

As our nation is not in immediate peril, there is nobody to whom this display would beseech for assistance, and our events do not result in any participants being in immediate danger, we feel displaying the flag union down is not necessary, and highly inappropriate for the people involved, time and place. Additionally, we feel it is disrespectful to those veterans who fought for our freedoms, who never had occasion to display the flag upside down. We must also take into consideration that it is currently a common practice for enemies of the United States of America to display our flag upside down as a show of contempt. To the average person outside the political community witnessing this display, it is perceived as a disrespectful and hostile act towards the USA.

It is understood the many patriots feel our nation is in such dire straits that displaying the flag upside is warranted. LVTP must respectfully disagree.. Participants in our events are asked to refrain from displaying the flag in anything less than a proud, strong, and free manner that represents the American Spirit, or in any way that might be perceived as dishonorable. It is regrettable if this request is seen as suppression of freedom of speech, but out of respect for our beloved veterans, and our country, this will remain the position of LVTP.

Below are excerpts from the US flag etiquette code for reference.

Thank you, patriots, for all you do for our country.

Karen Steelmon
LVTP President

§ 5. Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition

The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United States of America is established for the use of such civilians or civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments of the Government of the United States. The flag of the United States for the purpose of this chapter shall be defined according to sections 1 and 2 of this title and Executive Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.

§ 8. Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

(j) ...The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.

LVTP has received reports that some local law enforcement officials have been inquiring as to whether LVTP has obtained "Temporary Occupancy" permits to demonstrate in certain State Rights of Way.  The I-15 overpass at Tropicana is the location most frequented by LVTP demonstrators, and is a State owned highway.  It being an overpass of I-15 makes it a federal issue as well.

For our law enforcement officials who might not be aware, local and federal laws relating to demonstrating, picketing, gathering, sign waving, or any other label that might be attached to the activities of LVTP are listed here for your convenience.

Members of LVTP are most respectful of all laws, and law enforcement officers.  That is, indeed, what drove the Tea Party into existence...adherance to the US Constitution, and laws.  All of our members strive to uphold all pertinent laws while expressing our opinions, and we deeply appreciate the protection our law enforcement officers bring to us during our activities.

While striving to act withing the bounds of the laws, we also insist on exercising our rights, the same rights that are afforded to other groups who also use public spaces to voice their views.  On May 5, 2013, over 2000 people marched north up Las Vegas Boulevard from I 215 to the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, walking across the Boulevard to meet at the sign in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard. There were water stations and speaking areas set up at the sign location, and the #3 lane of Las Vegas Boulevard south bound was closed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - all without ANY permits of any kind. On several occasions, but most specifically on May 1, 2013, Las Vegas Boulevard was again closed down, in the north bound lanes, by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, to accommodate an estimated 500 pro amnesty marchers. Again, without a permit of any kind. Lastly, it has become common to see "labor protests" on sidewalks all over Las Vegas, on State highways as well as City streets, often with large banners on poles, and people seated with umbrellas, for days or weeks, even months, all without a permit.

LVTP conducts relatively small demonstrations, and is always mindful of the laws and public convenience. That our group might be unfairly discriminated against and targeted for scrutiny only fuels our drive for justice. We ask only for our rights, and we are well versed on what those rights are.

Karen Steelmon

Rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America -
US Constitution

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
First Amendment Annotation

Thus, by the nature of the use to which the property is put or by tradition, some sites are simply not as open for expression as streets and parks are. 90 But if government does open non-traditional forums for expressive activities, it may not discriminate on the basis of content or viewpoint in according access. - See more at:

State requirements for occupancy of Right of Way -

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) grants permits for temporary use of State roadway. These temporary occupancy permits must be secured before using State roadway or adjoining State right-of-way for all organized activities and events, including:

  • Hazardous Clean-up
  • Parades
  • Vehicle rallies/races
  • Special Events
  • Photography/filming
  • Temporary construction access/traffic control
  • All other special, temporary uses

Nevada Revised Statues defining and regulating "temporary" and "events" -
NRS 484A.800  Sponsor of special event to provide for control of vehicular traffic.
      1.  Any person or governmental agency sponsoring a special event shall ensure that adequate provision is made for the control of vehicular traffic related to or affected by the event.
      2.  As used in this section, “special event” means any scheduled activity or event:
      (a) That is attended or observed by more than 500 persons; or
      (b) That substantially increases or disrupts the normal flow of traffic on any street or highway.
      (Added to NRS by 1989, 667)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.900)

Local, State, and Federal laws regulating the use of signs on Federal, State, and local streets and highways -
NRS 410.220 Declaration of legislative intent.

NRS 410.230
NRS 410.250
“Information centers”
NRS 410.270
“Outdoor advertising,”
NRS 410.320
Outdoor advertising adjacent to highway prohibited;
NRS 405.030 Unlawful placement of certain outdoor advertisements

NAC 410.220
  Off-premise advertising signs
NAC 410.200
  On-premise advertising signs. (NRS 410.400)

City of Las Vegas Municipal Code
17.12.010 Permit required

Clark County Code of Ordinances

Non-commercial speech is permitted in conjunction with any type of sign allowed under Title 30
30.72.010 Purpose
30.72.040 Requirements of General Applicability

The above information is abbreviated.  For a more comprehensive look at these codes, click here.

Las Vegas Tea Party is now combing banner/sign waving events with the local chapter. is an organization dedicated to encouraging public involvement in the removal of Barrack Hussein Obama from the office of the Presidency of the United States of America. They do this by using our Constitutional right to peaceably assemble, and take to the streets and overpasses to display signs bearing this message.

All events will be announced on this website,
the Las Vegas Tea Party Face book page (!/pages/Las-Vegas-Tea-Party/151093974970457) ,
the Overpasses Las Vegas Facebook page
and the Las Vegas Tea Party mailing list (to join the mailing list .

To find out more about, find a chapter, or volunteer, please visit their website at:

The blog below has been discontinued as use for tracking events, but has been left in place to record LVTP past events. 

Browsing Archive: September, 2011

Oct. 12

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, September 26, 2011, In : Public Hearing 
Guns In Parks Public Hearing

The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Carson City at the Richard Bryan Building, 901 S. Stewart Street on the 2nd Floor (Tahoe Hearing Room). The hearing will also be video-conferenced from the State Parks Southern Region office located at 4747 Vegas Drive in Las Vegas.

The Nevada Division of State Parks will next month hold a public hearing on the Nevada Administrative Code’s (NAC) change of regulation to allow fo...

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Oct. 8

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, September 26, 2011, In : Conference 
CCRP Open House

Clark County Republican Party

Would like the Honor of your presence at

Our Open House, Meet and Mingle.

Meet and visit with our newly

elected County officers.

Meet our State Officials, and local City Officials, and Judges.

Meet local Artist Miguel Rodriguez, who has installed the inspiring sculpture give’emhellaphant.

Plus, meet new and up and coming Candidates

Who will be elected in 2012.


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Sept. 29

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Sunday, September 25, 2011, In : Web Meeting 

SPECIAL EVENT: Join us for a Tea Party Cyber Tour with Presidential Candidate, Newt Gingrich, on Join us for a Tea Party Cyber Tour with Presidential Candidate, Newt Gingrich, on September 29th from 9:30 PM ET/ 8:30 Central/6:30 PM PTSeptember 29 from 9:30 PM ET/ 8:30 Central/6:30 PM PT. Last week at the FOX-Google Presidential Debate an interesting announcement was made by one of the presidential candidates: "Next Thursday in Des Moines I'm going to outline a 21st century Contract with America; it's going to be far bolder, far deeper, far more profound than what we did in 1994 or with Reagan in 1980," said Fmr. House Speaker,...

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Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, September 23, 2011,

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Sept. 22

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Sunday, September 18, 2011, In : Web Meeting 

Tea Party Cyber Tour

SPECIAL EVENT: Join us for a Tea Party Cyber Tour on Thursday, September 22, from 2:10-3:00 PM ET with Congressman Rand Paul (R-KT). Son of Congressman Ron Paul, Senator Rand Paul is a hard-working, dedicated physician, not a career politician.This tele-forum townhall style event will give you the opportunity to ask Senator Rand Paul questions. To participate in this event, please register in advance, and we will call you when the event starts on Thursday, 2:10 PM ET, Sept...

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Sept. 30

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Sunday, September 18, 2011, In : Networking Event: Business/Pleasure 
The Duel News Kick-Off Gala Launch Party

You Are Cordially Invited To

The Duel News Kick-Off Gala Launch Party

Friday September 30, 2011 7pm
Alexis Park Hotel
375 E Harmon Las Vegas, NV

Food, Drinks, Entertainment

“Special Guests”

The Duel News to be published right here in Las Vegas will make it’s September debut. A non-partisan publication giving unbiased viewpoints on issues Nationwide and in Nevada. It will be your 2012 Election “Straight Talk” Headquarters.


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Sept. 20

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Sunday, September 18, 2011, In : Conference 
Jason Mattera Reception

Join us in welcoming conservative activist and New York Times best-selling author of “Obama Zombies,” JASON MATTERA, to UNLV!

WHEN: Tuesday, 9/20, 4pm

WHERE: UNLV Student Union, Room 218 (4505 S. Maryland Parkway)

Students are FREE. Non-students will be asked for a suggested donation of $10 to help cover Jason’s speaking fee.


Join us for a special VIP Reception with Jason at MUNDO – a Latin Chic restaurant at World Market Center!


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Sept. 15

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, In : Web Meeting 
Constitution Day Celebration Webcast

This program will begin on September 15 at 9 a.m. EST with Hillsdale's Second Annual Constitution Day Celebration. Featuring Congressman Paul Ryan as our opening speaker and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer as our evening speaker, our Celebration will also include other speeches and panels on important contemporary topics related to the Constitution.

Constitution Day Celebration Webcast
September 15, 2011

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Sept. 15

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, In : Town Hall Meeting 

John Bolton Tele-Town Hall

Join a great conservative leader, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, on a Tele-Town Hall on Thursday, September 15, at 7:40 p.m. Eastern time. The topic will be attempts by the Obama Administration to institute defense cuts so severe that military experts in both political parties now warn will hollow out America’s military.

Ambassador Bolton is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and a Fox News Channel commentator. During the...

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Oct. 18-21

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, In : Conference 

Western Republican Leadership Conference


When is the debate?
The Republican Presidential Debate is Tuesday, October 18th. The WRLC Convention will immediately follow the CNN Hosted debate. The event is scheduled October 18th – 21st, 2011

Where is the conference?
The WRLC will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Venetian® | The Palazzo® Resort Hotel:

3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

How can I get tickets?
Tickets are available for pur...

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Sept. 16

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, September 9, 2011, In : Networking Event: Business/Pleasure 
Guetzloe Report Interview with Las Vegas Tea Party/USTPU

Monday, September 12 at 11:30AM Eastern

The Guetzloe Report is now celebrating 14 years on the air as a news/talk program and we would like to invite you to listen to the show Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m. on the PhoenixNetwork.US.

The Guetzloe Report now reaches listeners throughout Central Florida, the State of Florida and throughout the world. Doug Guetzloe brings you the truth about...

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Sept. 12

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, September 9, 2011, In : Networking Event: Business/Pleasure 
UNLVCR Monday Night Football / Freshman Welcome Party


WHO: Everyone is invited to attend!

WHAT: UNLVCR Monday Night Football / Freshman Welcome Party

WHEN: Monday, September 12 – 4:00pm – 11:00pm

WHERE: Republic Kitchen and Bar

9470 S. Eastern Ave. (@ Richmar)

(Just South of the 215/Eastern exit)

WHY: Enjoy food, prizes, fun, and football with the UNLV College Republicans! Help us welcome freshmen to campus,

and enjoy the debut of Monday Night Football with two gam...

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Sept. 9

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, September 8, 2011, In : Seminar 
Hillsdale College Free Webcast - America's War On Terror

Join Us on Friday, September 9, for Another Free Webcast!
Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship will offer a FREE, live webcast of its next “First Principles on First Fridays” lecture.
“America’s War on Terror”
Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, Jr.
Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
Friday, September 9, 2011 · 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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Sept. 6

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, September 5, 2011,

Mitt Romney Appearance


Believe in America


Governor Mitt Romney

Tuesday, September 6th

at 12:30 PM

for his Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth Roll-out

McCandless International Truck

3780 Losee Road

North Las Vegas, NV 89030



For Important Campaign Updates:

Text NV to GOMITT (466488)

Like us:

Follow us on Twitter: @mittromney...

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Sept. 11

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, September 5, 2011, In : March 
Veterans In Politics March

Veterans In Politics will be marching in the Heroes Parade, to coincide with a march being conducted in New York City to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 murders, and their families.

Anyone is welcome to join the march, with a special invitation to veterans.

The march start VERY early in the morning, 5:30am. We will meet on 4th Street, south of the intersection with Charleston Boulevard at 5:30 am, and will march north on 4th Street to Stewart Street. Parkin...
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Sept. 11

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, September 5, 2011,
Some Events happening around the valley to commemorate the 9/11 Murders


■ An outdoor display of 120 U.S. flags and 13 international flags will be on display all day at the north end of the academic mall at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Each U.S. flag will represent 25 people who died in the attacks, and the international flags will represent countries where many of the victims were from.

■ A wreath laying ceremony will honor the lives lost duri...

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Sept. 2

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Networking Event: Business/Pleasure 
First Friday
at Mundo Restaurant in the World Marketplace Center

A Latin Chic Restaurant
World Market Center Downtown
495 South Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
(702) 435.2855

Citizen Outreach Foundation cordially invites you to join us for this month’s First Friday Happy Hour!

This month’s Special Guest… Christine O’Donnell!

Christine O’Donnell will be signing copies of her new book Troublemaker: Let’s Do What it Takes to Make America Great Again.


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LV - Sept. 3, Gun Show

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Networking Event: Business/Pleasure 

Gun Show, SEP 3-4

Sports Center
121 E. Sunset Rd.

The Las Vegas Gun Show attracts gun dealers from many states offering an incredible selection of new guns such as Colt, Beretta, Glock, Sig Sauer and many more popular brands of both handguns and rifles, even match grade .50 caliber rifles.

The Las Vegas Gun Show is also a venue for buying, selling and trading quality used guns. If you are looking for a gun magazine or clip, rifle scope, laser sight, S...

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Sept. 15

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Seminar 
On Line Constitution Day Celebration
Constitution Day, Hillsdale College will hold our second annual Constitution Day Celebration, this year featuring Congressman Paul Ryan, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, members of the Hillsdale College faculty, and other distinguished guests.  Once you register for this event – it’s free – you’ll be able to watch all of these speeches and panels live from your home or office. Even if you are unable to watch on the day of the event, we will...
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