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.  

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Traffic Notice: Road Construction Requires Detour to WashoeDEMS Office


The Villanova/Plumb Lane off ramp from southbound I-580 will be closed for approximately three months.


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We are truly saddened to tell you of the unexpected death of our dear friend and amazing volunteer, Irene Brouhard.  

Irene was always so full of energy and passion for the values we all share.  She was incredibly well-informed and would get so indignant at the Republicans!  She was a tireless volunteer - always willing to make phone calls and always willing to launch canvasses from her home.  She held house parties, worked regular shifts at Party Headquarters, and frequently contributed letters to the editor.  She did whatever needed to be done.

In short, she was an amazing person, a model volunteer, and a true blue Democrat.  We can't even begin to express how much we will miss her.

Messages of condolence may be sent to her husband, Bill Henderson, and the rest of her family at 4355 Whitney Circle, Sparks, NV  89436.




Legislative Wrap-Up



Well, THAT was interesting!


The 2015 Legislative Session is over and what a ride it was!


The good news is that, thanks to the dysfunctional Assembly Republican Caucus, the damage wasn't as bad as it could have been.  And, of course, a majority of Republicans finally agreed with what Democrats have been saying for years - FUND EDUCATION!


The bad news is that the Republican majority did push through some bad bills.  Isn't it ironic that they channel millions in new money to public schools, then pull the rug out from under them with a crazy voucher program!  Read more below...and remember...the battle continues!


The Bad


SB302 is the "school choice" bill, which could have a significant impact on our public education system. This voucher program will give parents about $5,000 in state funds to send their children to private school or home school them.


SJR1 is a resolution that asks 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 Management and the US Forest Service, and contain many high quality recreation areas and crucial wildlife habitat.  This resolution takes public lands out of the public's hands, and would result in the massive sale of our lands to private hands, cutting off access and allowing development in protected areas.


AB120, which allows religious expression by students during school instruction, was significantly watered down and passed. It still requires teachers to draw a line between protected expression and disruption or bullying that may be different than First Amendment case law and may create significant challenges.


The Good


AB148 is the controversial campus carry bill that failed in the Assembly twice as a bill.  It was brought back up as an amendment, and then again as a bill. It never made it to a vote in the Senate.


AB405, the forced parental notification bill which would have endangered young women's access to safe abortion services, died after failing to be brought up on the Senate floor. 


AB253 and other voter ID bills all failed to meet the deadline.


AB182 and some of the other bills attacking worker’s rights died before the midnight deadline.  However, some other bad bills made it through, which gives us a lot of work to do in future sessions.


SB338 creates an anonymous Safe-to-Tell hotline for students to report potential violence or suicidal behavior.


What Should Have Happened, But Didn't


SB353, which would have banned the practice of conversion therapy on LGBT minors by state-licensed mental health providers, was long delayed in committee, finally passed the Senate with a bipartisan 14-5 vote, then died in the Assembly with no hearing.  Attempts to amend the bill to be inclusive of transgender minors failed.


SB164 was the anti-discrimination statute “clean-up” bill by Senator Parks, which would have included sexual orientation and gender identity and expression uniformly for all anti-discrimination statutes, including making murders because of gender identity a hate crime.  It passed the Senate unanimously, then died without with a hearing but no committee vote in the Assembly.


SJR13*from the 2013 session, would have sent a constitutional amendment to allow same-gender marriage to the voters in 2016.  This resoultion never got a hearing for second passage in this session.


SJR16, which would have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, got a hearing in committee but was never brought to a vote.


Two strong equal pay bills - SB190 and AB304 - died without a hearing and with a hearing but no vote, respectively. 


SB343 and SB358, which would have made it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates and names, never got hearings in committee.

Thank you to all the citizen lobbying team leaders, members, and everyone who contacted their legislators, voiced their opinions, wrote letters to the editor, and got involved in the 2015 session.  Your hard work made a huge difference!


WashoeDEMS to Meet
July 7 in Incline Village


North Shore Democrats (Truckee Meadows Democrats too) are invited to join Washoe County Democratic Party Executive Board members and staff when we visit the Incline Village Library on July 7 for our monthly membership meeting. 

Special guest will be former legislator and current progressive columnist for the Reno News & Review, Sheila Leslie.  Sheila closely tracked the 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature and will share her unique perspective on what did and didn't happen, the good and the bad.  We will also look ahead to the 2016 precinct caucuses and elections.  Please plan to join us!


5:30 pm - Snacks and social time


6:00 pm - Program begins


Incline Village Library

845 Alder Avenue





Assemblywoman and Citizen Lobbyist analyze results of the 2015 Legislature!



Who:     Amber Joiner, Assemblywoman, District 24;
Fred Cooper, Citizen Lobbyist, 

              WashoeDEMS Educ. Team


When:   Wednesday, July 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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


Cost:     $20 members, $25 guests

RSVP:     Before 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 7 @

Thank You to Our Affinity Partners and JJ Brunch Table Sponsors


2015 JJ Brunch Table Sponsors:


Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter


UAW Local 2162

Washoe Education Association

Shaaron Netherton

Sam and Mary Ellen McMullen

John and Bonnie Saludes

Fred Cooper and Alice Good

Matt Tuma and Alexis Hill

Chuck Zeh

Lyn Bremer


U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto greets guests at the 2015 Jefferson Jackson Brunch.


Thanks to Everyone for Making our 2015 JJ Brunch a Huge Success!


WashoeDEMS gives enormous thanks to Joyce Bettridge for the beautiful photos.


Featured speaker and candidate for U.S. Senate Catherine Cortez Masto and Marge Sill, recipient of the Progressive Leadership Award.



Marge delivering her very moving remarks about the value of wilderness.



Attendees included Jody Wicker, Marilyn Melton, Doug Smith, and Chris Wicker.



Virginia Cain's daughter, Mary Ellen McMullen, attend the brunch with other family members


 Chuck Zeh, one of our generous table sponsors, and Dave Kladney

 Deb Drum was a tremendous help with the raffle and silent auction

 Bonnie Barber checking out the fabulous prizes

 Lucille Adin and Bob Perry

 WashoeDEMS 2nd Vice Chair Alice Good and Sheila Leslie

 Three Democratic Party Chairs:  Kimi Cole of Douglas County, Marty McGarry of Carson City, and Chris Miller of Clark County.  

 Nevada State Democratic Party Communications Director Zach Hudson, State Party Chair Roberta Lange, and State Party Executive Director Zach Zaragoza

Corporations. Aren't. People.

A Message From Catherine Cortez Masto

Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate

I’ve got three words for you: Corporations. Aren’t. People.

As attorney general, I made sure everyday Nevadans knew that my door was open for them, that they could count on me to be working for them when they had a problem.

And that’s precisely why Citizens United gets me so riled up: It shuts the door on average Americans and throws it wide open for corporations and billionaires to influence elections. That’s not how our democracy is supposed to work.

We need to stand up now – all of us – and demand an end to Citizens United. It’s the only way to put our elections back where they belong: in the hands of voters. Please, join me now in calling on Congress to end Citizens United.

Click here to add your name: Tell Congress to overturn Citizens United!

The Citizens United decision has been a disaster for our democracy, tearing apart our campaign finance laws and bringing on a flood of anonymous “dark money.” Outside groups spent $500 million in 2014 alone – and 2016 spending is expected to easily pass $1 billion.

We can’t continue to let the voices of everyday Americans be lost in a sea of special interest spending. I’m running for Senate because I’m committed to fighting back against runaway spending that erodes our democracy, but I need you on my side.

Sign the petition today: Tell Congress to overturn Citizens United!

Click here to stand with me and tell Congress it’s time to end Citizens United.

Thank you for standing with me,



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