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

Countdown to the Debate!


Join us at WashoeDEMS HQ Tuesday, October 13, to watch the first Democratic Presidential Primary debate of the season!


This will be an exciting evening as we watch Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Jim Webb (and Joe Biden?) participate in the debate hosted by CNN and broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas.


Adding to the fun, we'll have home-made chili and cornbread and beverages that go well with them, as we celebrate being Democrats and having a field of candidates who actually talk sense. 


Sidenote - WashoeDEMS has no access to tickets to attend the debate in person.  So why not just come and hang out with the rest of us.  We'll have a much better view on our big screen TV!


Click here for more information on the full debate schedule.


What:   Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
             Watch Party


Where:  WashoeDEMS HQ,
             1465 Terminal Way, Reno


When:  5-5:45 pm - Chili feed

             6:00 - Debate begins

Save the Date in Support of Veterans!



Once again, the Democratic Party of Washoe County will participate in the Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Reno.  We invite each and every WashoeDEM to join us on Wednesday, November 11.  


We will need help organizing participants, making parade signs, perhaps decorating a float.  Please call 323-8683 or email ed@washoedems.org if you're interested in helping organize our parade participation.  Thanks!


Meet Thelma Matlin, WashoeDEMS Volunteer of the Month!




Very few people who've been around for awhile don't know Thelma.  She has been one of our most active volunteers since the John Kerry campaign in 2004.


After growing up in Connecticut, believe it or not, Thelma became an active Republican in New Jersey, where she raised her family.  But thank you, Ronald Reagan.  His politics helped Thelma find her way to the Democratic Party, which she joined after moving to California in the early 1980's.  There, she became active in the Sierra Club and remains so to this day.


Since coming to Reno in the late 1990's, Thelma has been involved in many ways - working on campaigns, helping with fundraising events, serving as WashoeDEMS Secretary, and doing what she loves most, registering new voters.  And every Tuesday for the last 10 years, you will have found Thelma staffing the front desk, answering phones, greeting visitors, and just generally keeping some sense of order around here!


Thank you, Thelma.  You're one-of-a-kind and we appreciate all you do. 

Hispanic Heritage Month


WashoeDEMS participated in the first annual Fiesta on Wells last Sunday to help kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.  Our volunteers registered a lot of new Democrats and helped highlight the indescribeably huge difference between us and the Republicans on immigration reform, as well as other issues that concern Latino families. 

WashoeDEMS is looking for new activists to help build our Latino Democratic Caucus, so if you're interested in volunteering, please respond email ed@washoedems.org or call 323-VOTE (8683).  Thanks!   



Thanks to volunteers Sarah Mahler, Rosalinda Castaneda, John Saludes, Jim Alanko, and Linda Herrick for staffing our booth at Fiesta on Wells.  Thanks also to volunteers Jorge Ramos and Thelma Matlin.

Get to Know WashoeDEMS Volunteer of the Month Jim Alanko




Jim grew up on a dairy farm in Owen, Wisconsin.  He sailed with the US Merchant Marines, was a full lieutenant in the Naval Reserve, and graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering. After that, Jim graduated from MIT with a master's degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  Jim enjoyed a long career as a naval architect with United States Lines shipping company, and as a construction engineer with Mervyn's. 

Upon retiring, Jim decided to move to Reno and immediately got involved with the Washoe Dems.  He has always been interested in politics and believes electing the right officials is very important.  Jim has done a wide variety of activities with the Dems, from canvassing and making phone calls to driving in Vice President Joe Biden's motorcade.  Currently Jim mans the front desk on Wednesdays, serves as a member of the Washoe County Democratic Advisory Council and is the co-chair of the Voter Registration Team.

WOW! What a Wonderful Wine Tasting Event!


Thanks to everyone who attended our 2015 Sensational Summer Tasting of Wine and Food at the beautiful Duerr home & garden last Friday.

We relaxed with friends, sipped some great wine, noshed on fabulous food, and just had a good time.  Watch for the photo gallery on Facebook soon!

We have a lot of people to thank, so here goes.  So many people helped out, we hope we don't miss any of you!



Reno City Councilwoman Naomi and Herb Duerr


Wine Sponsors:

Senator Debbie Smith

Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson

Assemblywoman Amber Joiner

Reno City Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus

Reno Firefighters Local 731

Democratic Women of Washoe County

Truckee Meadows Democratic Alliance

John Springgate

George Davis

Alice Good

Cecilia Colling

Mike & Laurie Haley

John Saludes

Deb Drum
Thelma Matlin

Dan and Elaine Carrick - winemakers



Marilyn Allen

Cecilia Colling

Fred Cooper

Pam duPre

Laurie Haley

Debbie Kladney

Bonnie Saludes

Raffle Prizes:

Bonnie Saludes

Pam duPre
Elaine and Dan Carrick

The String Beings:

Joan Kruse

Alice Good

Take the NV Dems' Pop Quiz on Congressman Heck’s Record! 

 Question 1:  What did Congressman Heck call Social Security?


a)   A program seniors rely on to retire with dignity

b)   A pyramid scheme

c)   Something that needs to be privatized

d)   b and c


Answer: d


Question 2: What did Congressman Heck say to a group of country club golfers about “anchor babies?”


a)   It’s an offensive term that should never be used

b)   It should be part of the debate on immigration reform

c)   Mr. Trump, I didn’t know you were here tonight!


Answer: b


Question 3: Congressman Heck voted multiple times to do what to Medicare?


a)   Protect it

b)   Strengthen it

c)   End the program as we know it by turning it over to private insurance companies


Answer: c


Question 4: Who is the most prominent Arizonan who Congressman Heck has campaigned with?


a)   Senator John McCain

b)   Singer Stevie Nicks

c)   Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Answer: c


Question 5: What did Congressman Heck call Nevada’s housing crisis?


a)   A serious problem that has caused too many Nevadans to be forced out of their homes by the big banks

b)   A blip on the radar

c)   A pyramid scheme


Answer: b, though we’d forgive you if you guessed c


Question 6: Congressman Heck has done what on the Affordable Care Act?


a)   Voted to keep it intact

b)   Voted multiple times to repeal the law without offering a legitimate alternative

c)   Voted to shut down the federal government so Washington Republicans could defund the Affordable Care Act

d)   b and c


Answer: d


Question 7: Which of the following has Congressman Heck supported?


a)   Tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas

b)   Banning abortion for rape victims

c)   Deporting thousands of Nevada DREAMers

d)   Cutting Pell Grants

e)   All of the above


Answer: e


Question 8: Which of the following has Congressman Heck opposed?


a)   Increasing the minimum wage

b)   Ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work

c)   Comprehensive immigration reform that secures the borders and provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

d)   All of the above


Answer: d


NV State Party: Congressman Heck's Rhetoric vs. His Record

Las Vegas, NV – [Monday], before announcing his candidacy for Senate on a right wing radio show, Congressman Heck’s campaign released a web video that attempted to rewrite the history of Heck’s multiple terms in Washington.  While the video released by Congressman Heck’s campaign may have been appealing to the Washington Republicans pushing Heck’s candidacy, it failed to pass the smell test when Heck’s voting record is actually put under the microscope. 



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