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

Please Join Senator Debbie Smith, Senator Pat Spearman, and Senator Joyce Woodhouse for a Women’s Empowerment Fundraising Reception

Join and help support our goal of electing more great women who will fight for issues important to women in Nevada.

Let’s toast the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Nevada!

Monday, July 28th
at the Reno offices of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP
100 W Liberty St. (Museum Tower), 10th Floor

Suggested contribution:
Friend: $100 for 100 years of women having the right to vote in Nevada
Supporter: $500 ~ Host: $1,000 ~ Sponsor: $2,500

Please make donations payable to: the Women’s Empowerment PAC
1285 Baring Blvd., #402, Sparks, NV 89434
EIN: 46-4765440

RSVP: Riley Sutton 775-393-9587riley@changingdynamics.net
Paid for and authorized by the Women’s Empowerment PAC

Please Join Senator Debbie Smith for a Luncheon Reception Honoring State Senate Candidates

Senator Smith will be honoring state senate candidates

Justin Jones
Marilyn Dondero Loop
Teresa Lowry

Tuesday, July 29th 2014
11:30pm – 1:00pm
SoDo Restaurant and Bar
275 Hill Street
Reno, NV 89501
(Separate event space entrance on Ridge Street)

Suggested Contribution:
$250 Individual | $500 Host
RSVP to Riley Sutton at (775) 393-9587 or Riley@changingdynamics.net

Join the LTE Brigade!

If you’re a political junkee who loves to write, consider penning a Letter to the Editor!


Say you’re ticked off about the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case or you don't like what the City Council is up to lately.  With a dysfunctional Congress and plenty of local issues and great candidates, there’s no dearth of subjects for LTEs, especially if we look at how national issues affect Nevadans.


We would love to have you join us with your ideas, and maybe even a draft of a 200-word letter. Our next meeting is Monday, July 21, at 5:30 p.m., at the Washoe DEMS Headquarters.


Bring three ideas you’d like to write about, some facts to support at least one idea and a rough draft if you can on a flash drive. We use our big wall screen to help edit each other’s letters. It’s not about criticism, but support to help each other polish letters ‘til they shine. 

We also have snacks and a good time!!


Make your voice heard! You can make a difference – you might even help get a progressive candidate elected! Now wouldn’t that be cool!


The LTE brigade is sponsored by the Washoe DEMS and South Washoe DEMS.


Lou Alanko, ilovetoread@sbcglobal.net

Alice Good, gooda@unce.unr.edu

Suzy Williams, suzannemorganwilliams@charter.net

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.

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 on Saturday, 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.  

State Convention Photo Gallery

Visitors hosted by the Northern Nevada International Center met with WashoeDEMS Chair Janice Flanagan to learn more about voter registration and elections in Nevada.  The visitors were from Denmark, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Portugal.  The visitors also attended the Nevada State Democratic Convention on June 21.  

More than 200 State Convention delegates were impressed with remarks by the keynote speaker, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. 


WashoeDEMS volunteers and officers extraordinaire Alice Good, Wendy Boszak, and Rudy Viola were honored by the Nevada State Democratic Party with "Going the Extra Mile" awards. 

Following the convention, WashoeDEMS co-hosted a grassroots fundraising event for Secretary of State and Attorney General candidate Ross Miller, pictured here with his wife Lesley, and Renate and Peter Neumann. 

Voters, Candidates Meet Up at Convention!

Nearly 200 delegates and guests met face-to-face with more than 20 Democratic candidates at the 2014 Washoe County Democratic Convention. One by one, the candidates addressed the packed room, impressing the delegates with their qualifications and passion to serve.  We encourage ALL concerned voters to visit washoedems.org/candidates to contact one or more candidates of your choice to volunteer a few hours on their campaign.  They need you now! 


Lieutenant Governor candidate Lucy Flores got the crowd going first thing in the morning with her dynamic story.

Kate Marshall, candidate for Secretary of State, talked about preserving our access to the polls, a fundamental right the Republicans want to erode.

It was a full house at Wooster High!

More than 20 candidate decorated tables and greeted voters.

Deb Kladney and Brian Hutchinson Birch were two of nearly 150 voting delegates. 

Convention Chair Verita Black Prothro is interviewed by local media.

Ross Miller - Here's Why He We Must Elect Him Attorney General

Ross Miller

Recently, the Nevada Secretary of State’s office announced a landmark settlement with the Alliance for America’s Future (AAF), a Virginia-based 501(c)(4) organization (supported by the Cheney family) that spent over $200,000 on political ads (promoting Brian Sandoval for governor) in 2010 but failed to comply with state disclosure laws.

This agreement is the latest success in Ross Miller’s ongoing efforts to clean up Nevada elections and stop the flood of illegal, anonymous campaign spending.  

Under the agreement, AAF will pay a $40,000 fine – the largest penalty ever imposed for a Nevada campaign finance violation. But just as importantly, AAF will be forced to register as a Committee for Political Action and report their contributions and expenditures.

The agreement sends a strong message to the State Government Leadership Foundation, and the donors who fund these dark money groups: it’s time to come out of the shadows, and start complying with the law. You can say what you want, but you can't hide in our state.  
Nevadans have a right to know who is trying to influence their elections and what they stand to gain.

If dark money groups – and the people who bankroll them – can’t stand the sunlight, they should stay out of Nevada.

Ross has championed transparency as Secretary of State and will continue to do so as Nevada Attorney General.  Read more about and contribute to his campaign here. 


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