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


Click here to pre-register for the caucus!
Find your caucus location here.


The Time is NOW, WashoeDEMS!

Did you know the caucus process has been used in the US to nominate candidates to political office for about 200 years?  The only thing new about political caucuses these days is that they are MUCH more inclusive than they used to be.  The process used to consist of a few white males gathered behind closed doors, but now, ANY registered voter in a major party can participate.  


Precinct caucuses in Nevada in 2016 are grassroots politics at its best.  If you believe in bottom-up democracy, then WE NEED YOU to step up and volunteer to play a role in your caucus to make sure our process runs smoothly.  It's a short-term commitment, but one you will be proud of for a long time!  

Contact Kerry at kdurmick@nvdems.com or 775-210-0801 if you can help out!

Please make a commitment to get in at the grassroots.  Thanks!

Help Turn Washoe Blue!

Voter Registration Training Next Week


Because the Democratic Party is the inclusive Party, we have same day voter registration on February 20, Caucus Day.  Our voter registration team is holding two training sessions next week and we encourage interested folks to attend.  This is an excellent way to ease your way in becoming more involved in our democratic process.  Will you help us Turn Washoe Blue?


What:    Voter Registration Training 

Where:   Washoe Dems HQ
              1465 Terminal Way
               Reno, NV 89502

When:   Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4:30 pm
              Thursday, Feb, 18  4:30 pm

Training Schedule 


Week of 2/8 - 2/14

Wednesday - Friday:

Boot Camp Training includes Caucus Logisitics, Math Training, Mock Caucus and Site Leader Training.  

9am - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
12pm - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
3pm -  Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
5pm-  Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
9pm - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training

Saturday & Sunday:

9am - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
12pm - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
3pm - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
6pm - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
9pm - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training

Packet pickup temporary precinct chairs 2/13 - 2/14

Week of 2/15-  2/19:

Boot Camp Training includes Caucus Logisitics, Math Training, Mock Caucus and Site Leader Training.  


9am - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
12pm -Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
3pm - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
6pm - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training
9pm - Boot Camp Caucus Volunteer Training

Packet pickup temporary precinct chairs 2/15 - 2/19

Packet pickup site coordinators 2/18 - 2/19

We CAN Take Back the NV Senate!

Devon Reese of Reno has announced his candidacy for the Nevada State Senate in Senate District 15, a seat currently held by Republican Greg Brower who has announced he's not running again.  


Devon is an excellent candidate who can take this seat back from the GOP!  Read more about him here.  And for those of you lucky enough to have Crab Feed tickets, you'll get a chance to meet him in person. 

Let's Take Back the NV Senate!


Check out Devon Reese's Facebook page here.

Next DWWC Lunch: How the Gun Background Check Initiative Works

Who:    Mario Delarosa,

             Field Organizer

             John Saludes, Citizen Lobbyist


When:   Wednesday, Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Where:  SoDo Restaurant & Bar
              275 Hill St., Reno, NV 89501


Cost:     $25 members, $30 guests

RSVP:  Before 5 pm, Monday, Feb. 8 @dwwc@washoedems.org


Volunteer of the Month

                   LOU ALANKO                    



Lou has always been a busy person.  She worked for an alternative weekly newspaper in the Bay Area and was an active mom raising active kids.  She made the big decision to move to Northwest Nevada in 2003 to care for ailing family and settled permanently in Reno in 2005.  She joined a progressive book club and that's how she found her way to WashoeDEMS. 


Club members were looking for a way to become more involved politically, so, in 2012, Lou and her fellow readers planted the seeds for the WashoeDEMS Letters to the Editor Committee.  Under Lou's leadership as co-chair, the group has grown and penned an impressive number of letters that express the thoughtful views of the left-leaning community in Washoe County.   She is active in other ways, as well, as an advocate for local community issues. 


Lou is also 1st Vice-Chair of the Democratic Women of Washoe County where she is responsible for lining up speakers for the group's lunch programs.   She still leads a book club, whose members don't shy away from topics like religion and politics...in fact, they embrace them!


Thanks, Lou, for everything you do.

Catherine Cortez Masto Contrasts Her Record With Joe Heck and His Party’s Bosses in Washington


 US Senate Candidate Catherine Cortez Masto speaks in Minden last Saturday


Minden, NV – [Last Saturday], former Nevada Attorney General and Democratic candidate for United States Senate Catherine Cortez Masto campaigned in Minden at the “First in the West Rural Blue Dinner.”  In her remarks, Cortez Masto highlighted the clear choice in the race for U.S. Senate.  While her opponent, Congressman Heck, votes with his Party 90% of the time, Catherine Cortez Masto is a problem solver who works with both Parties to get things done and help Nevadans.


 “Whether it was the sex traffickers or the big banks, I made it my business as Attorney General to see that people who violated our trust paid the price,” said Cortez Masto.  “I’m running for Senate to continue my record of working with both Parties to solve problems and help Nevadans.  In contrast, my opponent, Congressman Heck, is part of the problem in Washington. From wanting to abolish the Department of Education, to opposing Governor Sandoval’s bipartisan increase in education funding, to his opposition to raising the minimum wage, Congressman Heck’s narrow conservative agenda is out of touch with Nevada families.”

WashoeDEMS Support Rural Dems at the 1st in the West Dinner in Minden

Dave Kladney, Fred Cooper and Dennis Colling


Sharon Stander, Dean Schermerhorn, Jody Wicker (standing) and Deb Drum


Chris Wicker and Rudy Viola

Mark Your Calendars

Help Support Our Rural Friends!


Douglas County Democrats are hosting a 1st in the West Rural Blue Dinner on Saturday, January 30th, 2016, to benefit efforts in rural Nevada to get out the Democratic vote.  


Join us in making the drive to scenic Douglas County for the event featuring guest speaker, retired 4-star general and former Presidential candidate Wesley Clark.  Tickets are just $55 and include a Nevada Grill Buffet dinner at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. 

Checks should be mailed to:

First in the West

4160 Bottom Road

Fallon, NV  89406


RSVP Now! Battle Born/Battleground Caucus Countdown Dinner in Las Vegas


The Nevada State Democratic Party and U.S. Senator Harry Reid will host the "Battle Born/Battleground" Caucus Countdown Dinner in Las Vegas on Wednesday, January 6. 2016

The event will feature special guests Hillary ClintonMartin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders as we gear up for Nevada's First in the West Democratic caucus.


RSVP here so you can be the first to buy tickets when they become available.

Senator Reid: To Deny Our Moral Obligation To Struggling Refugees Would Be To Abandon Our Principles

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the recent attacks in Paris and the need for the United States to accept refugees fleeing Syria. Below are his remarks:

The federal government has many obligations, but chief among them is to protect the American people from harm. That responsibility is now at the forefront of talk here in our nation’s capital. And rightfully so. ISIS continues to spread its campaign of terror across the globe. The United States is committed to combating terrorism. Our government will do all possible to protect the people of this nation.

In this fight against the evil ISIS, it is absolutely critical that we, as Americans, do not lose sight of our nation’s core principles. And those principles are eloquently etched into the base of the Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me”

All across Europe and the Middle East, there are huddled masses of Syrian families desperate to find refuge from the Syrian conflict and the ISIS reign of terror. Millions of Syrians have fled their country for neighboring nations like Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. But the crisis in Syria continues to worsen and people are forced to seek refuge. What else can they do? On a daily basis, Europe’s borders are being flooded by people in search of safety and a better life – mothers cradling infants, and fathers carrying children in their arms.

Read the rest of Senator Reid's statement here.


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