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

Time to Speak UP!

GOP wasting no time passing bad bills in Carson City


Reduce workers’ wages?  Check.

Guns everywhere?  Check.

Religion in the classroom?  Check.

Photo ID to vote?  Check.


This is just a short list of the bills Republicans are attempting to ram through the state legislature.   But we can stop the madness if enough of us speak up loudly and clearly. 


Please consider joining one of our active Citizen Lobbying Teams.  These are made up of concerned voters who are speaking up on behalf of themselves, their families, and their communities.   The schedule of Team meetings is below. 


At the very least, we ask you to contact your Assembly member and your Senator to voice your opposition or support for certain bills.  These are some of the most troublesome bills, as well as some we must support.  We've also provided convenient links to sites where you can see who your legislators are and make direct email contact with them.


The time to act is NOW!  Share your opinion on bills with your legislators here! It's easy; just click this link and choose the bill you want to comment on!  Let our lawmakers know how you feel.

Oppose These Bills:


AB2: This bill would allow firearm owners to carry their weapons in their cars on K-12 school grounds, NSHE campuses, and child-care facilities, which is currently illegal.  Guns on school grounds will increase, not decrease, the likelihood of violence. Further, UNR Police Chief Adam Garcia notes that this bill would create the added danger of these weapons falling into the wrong hands in case of a burglary. 


AB109: Another bill to overburden employee unions.  This bill requires employee organizations to prepare an annual report, which can be audited by the Legislature, even though these organizations are private and receive voluntary contributions.  This bill does not make the same requirements of any other private businesses or organizations.


AB120: Religion in schools.  According the ACLU of Nevada, this bill is an "unnecsary and unconstitutional attempt to subject students to prayer and proselytizing at school events.  It muddues long-established First Amendement law."  The bill could subject students to unwanted prayer and attempts at conversion, and potentially lead to a slew of lawsuits.


AB121: The "Pop Tart Bill."  This bill would forbid schools from disciplining students who simulate a firearm or other dangerous weapon on school grounds.


AB148: Campus carry.  This bill would allow concealed weapons on Nevada's college campuses.  Just like AB2, this bill would only increase the likelihood of violence occuring at our state's schools.  NSHE students and employees across the state have expressed their dismay in editorials and student rallies.  


AB165: Private school voucher program.  This bill would give tax credits to businesses that contribute to a private school voucher program.  Vouchers for private schools take public money away from our public schools.  


AB190: This bill would drastically alter Nevada's retirement system, raising the contribution rates for current police and fire employess from 40.5% to 56.5%, seriously hurting our valued public employees.


SB119:  Prevailing wage.  This bi-partisan school construction bill was sent off the rails by the Republican addition of a provision that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school construction.   This bill is an assault on Nevada's working families.  It will lower the wages of all Nevadans and make it easier for construction companies to hire out-of-state wokers for taxpayer-funded school construction projects. 


SB153:  This bill will strip benefits from our police officers and firefighters as soon as they retire.  These benefits were promised by statute over 40 years ago. Our public safety employees deserve better!  


SB169: Voter ID.  This bill would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot in the state of Nevada.  According to Tod Story of the ACLU of Nevada, "voter ID laws are a discriminatory solution in search of a nonexistent problem.  Nevada's election performance is rated fifth in the county, so this bill is unnecessary, costly and discriminatory."  Voting is the right of every American, and we need to be expanding access to more Nevadans, not limiting it!  


SB175: This bill would allow domestic abusers, stalkers, and people accused of violent crimes to carry concealed weapons in our communities.  This bill could lead to more deadly shootings and further restrict the ability of local governments to keep communities safe.


SJR1: This resolution would ask Congress to transfer the vast majority of Nevada's public lands into state and private control. These lands are currently managed by the Bureau of Land Managment and the US Forest Service, and contain many high quality recreation areas and crucial wildlife habitat.  The US government loses up to $100 million a year managing Nevada's public lands, which is a cost our state simply could not bear. This resolution would take public lands out of the public's hands, likely resulting in the massive sale of our lands to private hands, cutting off access and allowing development in protected areas.

Support These BIlls:


SB164: This bill will prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.


SB190: Equal Pay for Equal Work.  

SJR9: This joint resolution expresses the support of the Nevada Legislature for Attorney General Eric Holder's commitment to ensure continued protection of voting rights in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder.


Find your legislators here!  


Share your opinion on bills with your legislators here!  

Find your Senator's contact information here! 


Find your Assembly member's contact information here! 


View the legislative events calendar here!  


Upcoming Citizen Lobbying Team Meetings!

Citizen Lobbying Teams are up and running, and welcome new activists!  You can make a difference!


Election Law

Wednesday, March 4

6:00 PM


Workers' Rights

Thursday, March 5

5:30 PM

Bring your laptop

RSVP Wendy



Gun Violence

Friday, March 6

4:00 PM



Tuesday, March 10

5:30 PM

Bring your laptop


All meetings are at WashoeDEMS HQ, 1465 Terminal Way, Reno.



Join Us in Carson City for Sen. Harry Reid's Address to the Legislature


Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 1, when our own Senator Harry Reid will deliver his bi-annual remarks to the Nevada Legislature.  WashoeDEMS wanting to carpool can meet at HQ at 11 AM to arrive in Carson City in time for his speech at noon.  


Senator Reid is one of WashoeDEMS greatest supporters and we hope you'll help us show our appreciation by joining us on April 1.  

Washoe County Democratic Central Committee Executive Board Elections

The Washoe County Democratic Central Committee will elect a new Executive Board at its next meeting on April 7.  


The positions of Chair and 2nd Vice Chair will be open.  Thanks to Janice Flanagan and Mary Conelly for their dedicated service on the Board.


1st Vice Chair Rudy Viola, Secretary Dean Schermerhorn, and Treasurer Laurie Haley have all announced they will seek re-election.  


Long time WashoeDEMS activists and Central Committee members Cecilia Colling and Alice Good and announced they will seek the Chair and 2nd Vice Chair positions, respectively.  


Individuals interested in running for any of the five Board positions may fill out the attached nomination form and submit it according to the directions on the form.  Nominations will close March 31.  Former Chair Dorie Guy, and volunteers Laynette Evans, and Wendell Newman will serve as the Elections Commission.  


For more information, call 323-8683. 

Some Recent Photos



Folks from Laborers Local 169, including former Assemblyman Skip Daly, center, take a selfie at the 2015 Crab Feed

Guests at Senator Debbie Smith's Crab Feed table sent their greetings for her speedy recovery -

Dennis Roy, Reno City Councilwoman Naomi Duerr, Tina Nappe, Laureen Garcia, Jessica Satre & Andrew Diss

Thanks to Brock Mayloth, Kristen Aaquist, and Kimi Cole from the Transgender Allies Group for a very informative presentation.


Congratulations to the recently re-elected Board of the Democratic Women of Washoe County:

CJ Miller, Alice Good, Lou Alanko, Patricia Gallimore, and Chair, Stacey Taylor


Top 10 Reasons to Vote Republican

1. You are a bigot.

It's true that not all Republicans are bigots. But if you ARE a bigot, the Republican party will be much more your group than the Democratic party. Remember that there are lots of ways to be a bigot: You could be a racist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, or lots of other things.

2. You like eating, drinking and breathing poison.

Many Republicans are calling for or voting for shrinking or eliminating agencies that protect us against poison. They seem to think that the corporations will do the right thing, without any pressure from the government. Uh huh. Read The Jungle.  Look at the way Monsanto is hiding facts about Round Up. Look at food safety and outbreaks of E. Coli.  

Corporations exist to make money. They will do so any way they can. The government needs to stop them from doing so in ways that hurt people.

3. You think the rich don't have enough money.

The idea that giving more money to rich people (via tax breaks) will help poor people is nonsensical and has been shown wrong time and again in history. Huge tax breaks for the rich (a la George Bush) don't work.

4. You don't support our veterans.

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran's Association (IAVA) rates every member of congress on how well they support our veterans.  In the Senate, 9 people got A or A+: All were Democrats. 30 got D or F: 29 Republicans and one Democrat.  

5. You like big deficits.

Since the end of WW II the ratio of debt to GDP for the nation has gone down in 9 administrations (3 Republican and 6 Democratic) and up in 7 administrations (6 Republican and 1 Democratic).  The largest increases by this measure were GW Bush's 2nd term; GHW Bush, and Reagan's first term. The largest decreases were the three terms right after the end of WWII (Truman and Eisenhower). The last decrease under a Republican was in Eisenhower's 2nd term. source

6. You don't believe in free speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union is the premier defender of our civil liberties, including the right to free speech.  That's free speech for EVERYONE; from Nazis to Marxists to Fred Phelps to anyone else. They rate politicians, including governors, senators and representatives.  12 people got a 100 rating: All were Democrats. 65 people got a score of less than 10: All were Republicans. Only 6 Democrats got a score under 50 (Joe Donnelly,  Michael Ross, Collin Peterson, Joseph Shuler, Mark Critz and David Boren). Only 2 Republicans got scores over 50 (Olympia Snowe and Mark Kirk).  Full list

7. You like big government.

The Republicans like to claim they are against big government. It's a lie. They only object when government helps people. But they are supporters of the Patriot Act; they want the government to say who you can marry; they want the government to forbid abortion; they want the government to be able to spy on you without restraint. Unfortunately, many Democrats agree with them on some of these, but to find opposition to these big government ideas, you have to look to the Democrats.

8. You want government to hurt people, but not help them.

This is really just a summation of some other points.

9. You are greedy, short sighted and rich.

You really have to be all three for this to work.

If you're rich but not short-sighted, you know that, in the long run, when there is huge income inequality, it leads to things like stock market crashes and revolution, and everyone loses.  In a revolution, it is often the rich who lose most.

If you're rich but not greedy, you recognize that helping others is a good thing, and that the government assuring that people have a safety net is a good thing as well.

10. You like torture.

The Democrats don't exactly shine here, but the Republicans are much worse.  It was, after all, Dick Cheney who bragged in his memoir about being a war criminal. It was Don Rumsfeld who opined that a problem in Abu Ghraib was that they weren't torturing prisoners enough.  And it is mostly Democrats who have objected to torture.

Torture is wrong.  It's also stupid. It doesn't work. People who are tortured will say ANYTHING (true or not) that they thing their torturers want to hear.

Via Daily Kos

#MeetTheSweep: On Day 1 as SOS, Ethically Challenged Barbara Cegavske Initiates Attempted GOP Power Grab That Will Hurt Seniors & Military Families


Las Vegas, NV – Yesterday, within hours of being sworn-in as Secretary of State -- and possibly before she even unpacked the U-Haul she undoubtedly will bill the taxpayers for -- career politician, “morgue of ethics reform,” and “menace to education” Barbara Cegavske issued a press release confirming she will pursue a reckless Republican power grab that would make it harder to vote for Nevada seniors and military families. No – really – it was the second sentence in her first press release as Secretary of State. 


Even more laughable – in the same sentence announcing her attempted Republican power grab, Cegavske talked about her commitment to maintaining the integrity of Nevada’s elections. Integrity?  Please -- this is from the same politician who has spent two decades trying to kill nearly every attempt at reforming Nevada’s ethics laws, charged the taxpayers thousands of dollars for travel expenses and even billed the state to redecorate her office.  That’s a lot of things, but it isn’t “integrity.”


“Barbara Cegavske’s ‘voter ID’ scheme will make it harder for seniors and military families to vote and is nothing more than a blatant partisan attempt to help Republicans hold onto power,” said Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Zach Hudson.  “Moreover, an ethically challenged career politician who charges taxpayers to redecorate her office is the last person to talk about ‘integrity.’  If Brian Sandoval actually means what he said yesterday about bipartisanship and rejecting “ideologues” he will call on Barbara Cegavske to abandon this partisan Republican power grab."


Read more about Barbara Cegavske's record on integrity and elections here and here.

Senator Reid's Opening Remarks Condemning Senate Republican Resolution Of Disapproval On NLRB


Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today condemning Senate Republicans’ effort to undermine labor by voting on a Resolution of Disapproval challenging the National Labor Relations Board’s recent rule changes that protects workers and commenting on congressional Republican efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Most of the issues that come before the Senate are complex, nuanced matters. Rarely are we faced with simple issues. But today we have a very simple, clear-cut issue before us. It’s as straightforward a question as any could be. The question is this: Do you support American workers? Or don’t you?


Under American law, workers have the right to unionize and have their voices heard in the workplace. Through elections, workers choose for themselves whether or not to form a union. Last year, the National Labor Relations Board took important steps to modernize and streamline union election procedures. The NLRB’s rule changes are good for workers and good for businesses. This fight isn’t about businesses versus workers. You would have to search long and hard to find a business that opposes what the NLRB did. This is all rhetoric from Republicans in the Senate.


The reforms pushed forward by the NLRB allow employers and unions to file forms electronically. They also allow communication with workers via email and cellphone. Don’t those reforms sound pretty reasonable? Yet today, Senate Republicans are trying to roll back rule changes instituted by the NLRB. Later this afternoon we will vote on a Resolution of Disapproval to undo these commonsense reforms. 


Republicans think they are striking a blow against labor unions with votes like today’s. But what Republicans fail to comprehend is that by undermining labor, they are undermining American families. American workers and their families have come to rely on many of the benefits provided by collective bargaining: higher wages, decent health care, and workplace safety. It is no surprise that some of the most prosperous times in American history – namely the middle-20th century – came about in an era of record union membership. Even today, in my home state of Nevada, unions protect wages for casino employees on the Vegas Strip, ensure safe working conditions for miners in Elko, and provide quality health coverage to educators state-wide. So let’s be clear about whom Republicans are really attacking: the middle class. Each time Republicans throw up a roadblock for workers to organize, they are weakening the American middle class.


I support American workers and their families. I support the middle class. Senate Democrats support the middle class. We do not support this Republican attack on unions. We will vigorously fight any attempt to weaken worker protections, including today’s resolution vote.


I would just comment briefly on my friend, the Republican Leader, coming to the floor once again to attack Obamacare. The House of Representatives has voted 57 times to repeal Obamacare – 57 times! Each time the result is the same. As Albert Einstein said, the definition of insanity is someone doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. It’s insane what Republicans are trying to do here in the Senate.


There’s no question about the case before the United States Supreme Court. The language is clear. Almost 10 million people will lose their health insurance if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration. And we’ve seen recent in the press the very terrible things that happen to families who lose their health care. But my friend, the Republican leader, is talking about turning our nation’s health care back over to the insurance industry. How was that working out for us? If you had a preexisting disability you couldn’t get insurance. They set arbitrary limits as to how much they would pay.


So I would hope the Supreme Court would listen to the will of the American people and the will of the United States Senate and House of Representatives which passed this law. The law is very clear and the Supreme Court should follow the law.


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