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

Join WashoeDEMS, Journalist Jon Ralston, and Sen. Debbie Smith for Politics & Pundits!


 Tickets available online here.



As the "Clown Caucus" lurches toward the opening of the 78th session of the Nevada Legislature, please plan to join us for a true insider's look at the three-ring circus coming soon to Carson City.  


According to Politico, Jon Ralston "has the first and last word in Nevada's political world."  He's covered Nevada politics for more than 30 years.  Jon writes columns and blogs, tweets incessantly, and will soon be back on statewide TV.  On the national scene, when MSNBC or Politico needs some insight on what's going on in Nevada, they call Jon. 


Jon gave the new Assembly Republican caucus their nickname.  It fits, as they blunder their way to Carson City (will they all try to cram into a VW Bug for the trip?), destined to remain in the center ring spotlight while the State Senate and Governor watch from the side rings.  They will have had two days of clowning under their belts by the evening of our event.  Jon is sure to have some choice observations.  


He will be introduced by Senator Debbie Smith, Washoe County's senior Democratic delegation member, and a highly respected member of the Senate Leadership. She will share her own insight into what to expect, or not, over the next six months. 

We'll enjoy cocktails, wonderful hors d'oeuvres, and great company in an elegant, yet casual environment.  We look forward to seeing you there...


Politics & Pundits

Wednesday, February 4

5:30 - 7:30 pm

The Grove at South Creek

95 Foothill Road, Reno


Tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight.

Tickets available online here or mail your check to:



1465 Terminal Way, Suite #1

Reno, NV  89502  



No Better Way to Spend Valentine's Day! Tickets Available Here at WashoeDEMS.org!

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Make a date with your sweetheart or good friends to join the Truckee Meadows Democratic Alliance and the WashoeDEMS for the Annual Crab Feed on Valentine's Day!  

You do NOT want to miss this perennial favorite when we strap on some bibs and feast on succulent cracked crab with all of the fixings.  Tickets are just $60 each or $450 for a table of 8.  


You can send your checks payable to TMDA now to:



1465 Terminal Way, #1

Reno, NV 89502


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Saturday, February 14, 2015
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Dinner served from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

City of Sparks Parks & Recreation Center

98 Richards Way, Sparks, NV



Fresh Cracked Dungeness Crab

Veggie Pasta

Salad & Italian Bread 

Surprise Dessert


Dinner Catered by

Men Wielding Fire Inc.

$60 per person

$450 Reserves a Table for 8 


We are expecting a sellout crowd so please purchase your tickets soon!


#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.

A Message From Senator Reid's Office

Adam Jentleson, Communications Director for Senator Harry Reid, released the following statement today:

“Senator Reid is in Washington but on orders from his doctors he will not come into the office so that his injuries can continue to heal. He has been diagnosed with broken bones in his face and three broken ribs, as well as a concussion.

“Despite his injuries, he has been working every day, holding meetings with fellow Senators and staff. Senator Reid has spoken with President Obama multiple times since his injury and will continue to keep a busy schedule in the coming days.

“According to precedent, Senator Durbin, the Assistant Democratic Leader, will assume Senator Reid’s duties on the floor until Senator Reid’s doctors allow him to return.”

Senator Reid's Statement On House Republicans’ Latest Attempt To Deport DREAMers



Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement following the latest House vote to deport DREAMers:


“Instead of voting on the Senate’s bipartisan bill to secure our border and fix our broken immigration system, House Republicans voted once again to deport DREAMers and their families. I will not bring this bill up for a vote in the Senate since it tears families apart while doing nothing to fix the real problems we face.


“Unfortunately for anyone who wants to see Congress fix our broken immigration system, the Republican approach is being dictated by the most extreme voices in their party. Republicans’ knee-jerk resistance to working with Democrats to fix this problem left the President with no option but to take action to protect families from being separated.


“While the President’s immigration announcement is good news for families across the country, it will be up to Congress to finish the job and enact a law that permanently fixes our immigration system. I urge my Republican colleagues to put aside their partisan political games and focus their efforts on passing a permanent, common-sense solution to fix our broken immigration system.” 


Senator Reid's Statement On Recent Grand Jury Decisions


Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on the grand jury decisions in the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown:


"The events in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York are very troubling. I believe there is one fact we can all agree on: neither of these men deserved to die. I hope that as Americans mourn the tragic loss of these lives, protests will remain peaceful and that local authorities throughout the country will continue to respect the right of protestors to peacefully demonstrate.


“I support President Obama’s recent call to commit funds for body cameras on local law enforcement so that we can ensure accountability. The President’s plan will promote effective crime reduction while rebuilding trust in our communities. It is my hope that through the President’s Executive Action to review and assess local law enforcement requests for military style equipment, we can create an open dialogue between community leaders and law enforcement and ensure that our first responders have the equipment they need to do their job. We should also look at our options for advancing legislation to help this effort in the Senate.


"The bottom line is that every community in America deserves equal protection and fair treatment under the law. I fully support efforts by the Department of Justice to investigate these tragedies. Even if Mike Brown and Eric Garner allegedly committed minor crimes they should not have had to pay with their lives."


Some Belated Thanks...

We are a little behind in publicly expressing great thanks to our Affinity Partners who recently renewed their generous commitments.  WashoeDEMS raises money in three primary ways; our 300/300 Campaign, fundraising events, and our Affinity Partnership Program.  We are able to maintain a permanent Party presence and provide ongoing candidate support in Washoe County because of the generous support of these Partners who renewed in recent weeks:


Senator Debbie Smith

Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez Thompson

Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle

Building and Constructions Trades Council of Northern Nevada

Operating Engineers Local #3



Much to Cheer About at the WashoeDEMS Holiday Mixer!


WashoeDEMS gathered on Tuesday, December 2 to share some holiday cheer and mingle with many elected officials, including several members of our new Blue Reno City Council.  


Thanks to everyone for the Democratic camaraderie and congratulations to our newly elected Democrats!


Brock Mayloth and Kent Ervin, active members of Democrats for Equality

Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle, former Reno City Councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza,

Black Caucus member Lonnie Feemster, and newly-elected District Court Judge Cynthia Lu


WashoeDEMS supporters Dave Kladney and Chuck Zah

Tracy Holland of Local Ironworkers #118, Brian Hutchinson Birch, Rob Benner of the Sheet Metal Workers, and Andrew Woods

WashoeDEMS 1st Vice Chair Rudy Viola, volunteers Deb Drum and Debbie Kladney


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