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

Democrats Win With a Ground Game... Will you play or sit it out?

There are all kinds of Democrats:

*  those who do nothing in an midterm election year - not even

*  those who vote, but do nothing else

*  those who vote, AND donate a few hours of their time to help Democrats win!

Sadly, there are far more in the first group of Democrats than there are in the last. 

Can we change that?  Is it up to somebody else to do it? Of course we can change that, it's up to us, and it's not complicated!

Just the number of people in this e-newsletter universe could flip those numbers.  All it takes is for a lot of people to give up just a little of their time.  

It's highly rewarding, and, yes, fun to get together with some fellow Democrats to spend a few hours helping make voter contact on behalf of our candidates.  Please don't sit this one out.  Get in on the ground game and let's elect some Democrats!

Call 323-8683 or respond to this email and say, "yes, I'll play!"

Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung is up for re-election in District 3 and she needs your help!

The plan is to walk District 3 to ensure the only Democrat on the commission will be retained.

We need man/woman power to make this happen!  We will be walking every Saturdayand Sunday following Labor Day, if you can volunteer a few hours knocking on doors, phone banking or dropping literature  please call, Hawah at 775-742-4927 for walk meet up times and locations.

A Special Message from Senator Debbie Smith

For the many Americans, Labor Day simply signifies the end of summer and the beginning of the school year, but Labor Day is most importantly a reminder of the difficulties working men and women had to endure. The observance of Labor Day stems from the height of the Industrial Revolution where Americans worked on average 12-hour days at 7 days a week. This was necessary for maintaining a basic life for working families but the long hours and small pay was too much. In addition, unsafe working conditions and use of child labor eventually sparked the creation of labor unions. These labor unions inspired strikes and rallies with the purpose of addressing the poor conditions and working hours. It was from these rallies that the Labor Day movement began.

It was on September 5, 1882 that 10,000 workers marched New York City and inspired the “workingmen’s holiday” that is celebrated today. These workers celebrated their holiday by forfeiting their wages for the day and continued to do so for the importance of the cause. As the movement spread across the nation, many states followed suit in recognizing Labor Day as the first Monday in September. It wasn’t until 1894 that Congress passed the act officially making it a legal holiday that has been celebrated for more than a century.

When you enjoy your paper delivery, have morning coffee at the local coffee shop, hear a siren, see a construction worker holding a sign, please thank these men and women and many others for what they do every day. 




Northern Nevada Labor Unions and WashoeDEMS Affinity Partners participate in the Labor Day Parade in Virginia City.



Iron Workers Local #118 and N. NV Building and Construction Trades Council

Painters & Allied Trades Local #567

Operating Engineers Local #3

Women of Washoe remember Rosie the Riveter





Paid Canvassers Wanted!

The Nevada State Democratic Party is seeking full-time and part-time Paid Canvassers for the 2014 election cycle. Paid Canvassers will contact voters through door-to-door conversations and deliver the margin of victory on a top-tier congressional race, Lt. Governor’s race, and other races up and down the
ticket. This is an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable experience working on top tier campaigns in one of the nation’s most important battleground states. Position runs through the 2014 election cycle.

•    Ability to communicate effectively
•    Outgoing and friendly personality
•    Positive attitude
•    Democratic supporter
•    Spanish-speaking is a plus!

The Nevada State Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer. If you're interested in politics, reliable, and eager to make a difference this election cycle, we want you! Anyone interested in the position should email ajenkins@nvdems.com or call 702-737-8683.  Please do NOT call the WashoeDEMS

WashoeDEMS Support Gay Pride

Thanks to everyone who helped out at our booth for Reno Gay Pride on Saturday!  We registered a lot of new Democratic voters ands talked up our candidates for office.  

We Want Them Outta Here!

We have a variety of yard signs here at HQ, and we want them out of here and in YOUR yards and windows!  So, please, when you're in the neighborhood, drop by and pick up one or more.  Every little bit of visibility helps our candidates.  Come and get them!

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.

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


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