Volunteers Needed for Northern Nevada Pride July 26

WashoeDEMS will support the local LGBT community by participating in this colorful and fun event at Wingfield Park onSaturday, July 26.  If you're interested in helping with voter registration and sharing information about our wonderful slate of Democratic candidates, please contact Fred Cooper atfred.i.cooper@sbcglobal.net.  Thanks.  

Democrats Making News

Tickets Available for 2014 Jefferson-Jackson Brunch


Join WashoeDEMS and Senator Harry Reid for Brunch Aug. 17!

Tickets available at 2014 Jefferson-Jackson Brunch

2014 Progressive Leadership Awards to be presented to Alison Gaulden and Patty Elzy.

WashoeDEMS is pleased to annouce the 2014 Jefferson Jackson celebration will be a brunch event on Sunday, August 17, at the Atlantis Casino Resort. 

Our featured guest speaker will be
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  WashoeDEMS will present the 2014 Virginia Cain Progressive Leadership Award to retired Planned Parenthood Mar Monte public affairs specialists, Alison Gaulden and Patty Elzy.  Both have spent their careers fighting for equal access to health care and reproductive rights for women.

Senator Reid will address current affairs such as the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the Koch brothers' attempts to buy elections, and corporate citizenship scams.

A reception with Senator Reid will start at 11 AM and the program will begin at 11:45.  Tickets are $60 for the brunch and reception and $45 for the brunch only.  Tickets are available online here.

2014 Jefferson Jackson Brunch
Sunday, August 17
Atlantis Casino Resort
3800 S. Virginia St., Reno

11 AM - Champagne Reception with Senator Reid
11:45 AM - Brunch and Program
Tickets available at 2014 Jefferson-Jackson Brunch


Please Join Senator Debbie Smith, Senator Pat Spearman, and Senator Joyce Woodhouse for a Women’s Empowerment Fundraising Reception

Join and help support our goal of electing more great women who will fight for issues important to women in Nevada.

Let’s toast the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Nevada!

Monday, July 28th
at the Reno offices of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP
100 W Liberty St. (Museum Tower), 10th Floor

Suggested contribution:
Friend: $100 for 100 years of women having the right to vote in Nevada
Supporter: $500 ~ Host: $1,000 ~ Sponsor: $2,500

Please make donations payable to: the Women’s Empowerment PAC
1285 Baring Blvd., #402, Sparks, NV 89434
EIN: 46-4765440

RSVP: Riley Sutton 775-393-9587riley@changingdynamics.net
Paid for and authorized by the Women’s Empowerment PAC

Please Join Senator Debbie Smith for a Luncheon Reception Honoring State Senate Candidates

Senator Smith will be honoring state senate candidates

Justin Jones
Marilyn Dondero Loop
Teresa Lowry

Tuesday, July 29th 2014
11:30pm – 1:00pm
SoDo Restaurant and Bar
275 Hill Street
Reno, NV 89501
(Separate event space entrance on Ridge Street)

Suggested Contribution:
$250 Individual | $500 Host
RSVP to Riley Sutton at (775) 393-9587 or Riley@changingdynamics.net

Volunteers Needed for Northern Nevada Pride July 26

WashoeDEMS will support the local LGBT community by participating in this colorful and fun event at Wingfield Park on Saturday, July 26.  If you're interested in helping with voter registration and sharing information about our wonderful slate of Democratic candidates, please contact Fred Cooper atfred.i.cooper@sbcglobal.net.  Thanks.  

Democratic Picnic Photo Gallery

It was a great day at Idlewild Park for the annual Democratic Picnic hosted by the Truckee Meadows Democratic Alliance (TMDA) and the Democratic Women of Washoe County (DWWC).

At the picnic were Former Governor Bob Miller, Reno City Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus, State Treasurer and candidate for Secretary of State Kate Marshall, Reno City Council candidate Paul McKenzie, Secretary of State and candidate for Attorney General Ross Miller, District Court Judge candidate Cynthia Lu, and Washoe County Commission candidate Terri Thomas

WashoeDEMS Voter Registration Team Leader Fred Cooper, Communications Chair and DWWC Board Member Alice Good, volunteer Sarah Mahler, LTE Committee Co-Chair and DWWC Board Member Lou Alanko, political consultant Riley Sutton, Reno City Council candidate Naomi Duerr, political consultant Scott Baez, and WashoeDEMS 1st Vice Chair Rudy Viola.

Stacey Taylor of DWWC and Thelma Matlin of TMDA

Thank You!

WashoeDEMS thanks the Truckee Meadows Democratic Alliance and Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson for renewing their Silver Level Affinity Partnerships.  Thanks to our generous Affinity Partners and our 300/300 Campaign participants, we are able to maintain our permanent headquarters, and provide support to our candidates in a variety of ways.  Please take a moment to review all of our Affinity Partners listed in the left margin of this newsletter and when you see them, say THANKS for supporting the Democratic Party!

DEQ Plans Legislative Action

Democrats for Equality, concerned about equality for all under state law, gathered at WashoeDEMS headquarters this week to work on their 2014-2015 legislative strategy.  Participants heard from Senator Debbie Smith, and Assemblymen David Bobzien, Skip Daly, and Mike Sprinkle about progress that has been made to ensure equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as the work that remains to be done.

Our elected representatives emphasized that no matter how much progress has been made, we all must stay vigilant to avoid losing ground to conservative ideology.  We must re-elect Democrats to the legislature and gain seats wherever possible, as well as elect Democrats to important statewide offices. Several individuals presented specific proposals to expand and beef up enforcement of anti-discrimination statutes, policies, and procedures.   

State Treasurer and Secretary of State candidate Kate Marshall updated the group on recent court decisions in Nevada and other states dealing with equality issues, primarily marriage equality. The group will meet again in the fall to finalize a legislative action plan.                           



Democrats for Equality meet with elected leaders at WashoeDEMS headquarters.

Ross Miller - Here's Why He We Must Elect Him Attorney General

Ross Miller

Recently, the Nevada Secretary of State’s office announced a landmark settlement with the Alliance for America’s Future (AAF), a Virginia-based 501(c)(4) organization (supported by the Cheney family) that spent over $200,000 on political ads (promoting Brian Sandoval for governor) in 2010 but failed to comply with state disclosure laws.

This agreement is the latest success in Ross Miller’s ongoing efforts to clean up Nevada elections and stop the flood of illegal, anonymous campaign spending.  

Under the agreement, AAF will pay a $40,000 fine – the largest penalty ever imposed for a Nevada campaign finance violation. But just as importantly, AAF will be forced to register as a Committee for Political Action and report their contributions and expenditures.

The agreement sends a strong message to the State Government Leadership Foundation, and the donors who fund these dark money groups: it’s time to come out of the shadows, and start complying with the law. You can say what you want, but you can't hide in our state.  
Nevadans have a right to know who is trying to influence their elections and what they stand to gain.

If dark money groups – and the people who bankroll them – can’t stand the sunlight, they should stay out of Nevada.

Ross has championed transparency as Secretary of State and will continue to do so as Nevada Attorney General.  Read more about and contribute to his campaign here. 


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