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 Democrats Who Speak Out!


Letters to the editor give Democrats the opportunity to speak up and out in our community! 

Come join us with an idea or a draft letter!



When:     Monday, August 24, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.


Where:    Democratic Party Headquarters


Bring:     Idea or rough draft on data stick 


Snacks:  There’ll be plenty of snacks to keep you



Facilitators:   Lou Alanko, ilovetoread@sbcglobal.net

                       Alice Good, gooda@unce.unr.edu


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. 


Public Funds for Private Schools

Let's demand transparency and accountability

The 2015 legislative session may be over, but the work isn't done.  

Republicans approved what is being called the most far-reaching private/parochial school voucher bill in the country.  It redirects public tax dollars to private schools and home schooling.  

Nevada's very conservative state treasurer is in charge of writing the regulations for implementing the new system and, based on his public comments, wants to make a bad idea even worse.  

Our Citizen Lobbying Education Team is continuing to monitor this development. 

If you're interested in getting involved, please contact Fred at fred.i.cooper@sbcglobal.net.  


A copy of the Treasurer's workshop notice can be viewed by clicking on the attachment below.

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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