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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Get Crabby on Valentine's Day!

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

 

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


Enjoy:

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 


Purchase Tickets by February 4, 2015 at: 

Washoe County Democratic Headquarters

1465 Terminal Way, Suite 1, Reno, NV
(775-323-8683)


Tickets Available at the Door


We are expecting a sellout crowd so please purchase your tickets by February 8.

Let’s celebrate our hard fought political victories.


Checks payable to:

Truckee Meadows Democratic Alliance/TMDA

Get Crabby on Valentine's Day!

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

 

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


Enjoy:

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 


Purchase Tickets by February 4, 2015 at: 

Washoe County Democratic Headquarters

1465 Terminal Way, Suite 1, Reno, NV
(775-323-8683)


Tickets Available at the Door


We are expecting a sellout crowd so please purchase your tickets by February 8.

Let’s celebrate our hard fought political victories.


Checks payable to:

Truckee Meadows Democratic Alliance/TMDA

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

Senator Reid's Statement On President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

Washington, DC –  Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement on President Obama’s executive action announcement, November 20:

 

“[Thursday's] immigration announcement is great news for families in Nevada and across the country. Millions of families in our nation and thousands in Nevada will no longer have to live in fear of losing a loved one to deportation. The President’s executive action will not only keep families together, it will enforce our immigration laws in a way that protects our national security and public safety. It will strengthen our economy by creating new jobs and allowing these families to fully contribute to the only country they call home.

 

“The American people have waited for us to fix our country’s broken immigration system. The Senate passed a strong bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill over a year ago that would have permanently fixed our broken immigration system. Sadly, House Republicans have demonstrated that they are more interested in playing partisan politics than doing what is right for our country. They ask for more time but we have given them plenty of time, 511 days to be exact. The House let millions of families languish while passing measures to revoke Deferred Action and deport DREAMers, leaving the President no option but to take matters into his own hands.

 

“The President’s executive action is a good first step; however it is only a temporary solution. President Obama is doing what he can within his well-established constitutional authority but nothing replaces Congress acting on comprehensive immigration reform. So today, while I thank President Obama for his decisive action, I ask my Republican colleagues to put their partisan politics aside and focus their efforts on passing legislation that will permanently fix our broken immigration system. I will continue to fight until we make immigration reform a reality.”

 

A Message From the Nevada State Democratic Party

 

 

UPDATE: Ira Hansen has withdrawn from the Speaker of the Assembly position. 

What the Wave Dragged In: Mark Hutchison and the New, Aggressively Anti-Hispanic Nevada GOP  

By now you have probably heard that Nevada Republicans had a good election day two weeks ago.

 

But when you get beyond the headlines, there are some key facts about the election results that will haunt the Nevada GOP, starting with this: Governor Sandoval couldn’t win a majority of the Hispanic vote even in a wave year for Republicans in which he ran virtually unopposed.

 

There is a reason Nevada Hispanics cannot stand Nevada Republicans and it’s called Nevada Republicans.

 

By now you have probably heard about Ira Hansen’s record, the new Speaker of the Assembly who seems to enjoy using the term “negro,” called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a “hypocrite,” “liar,” “phony” and a “fraud,” said women have no place in the armed forces and compared undocumented immigrants to bank robbers.

 

Speaker Hansen is the type of Republican who will define the tenure not just of Governor Sandoval, but of his newly-elected Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison. This is why smart observers are already speculating that Nevada Republicans will soon rue the election that brought Hansen and Hutchison together.

 

So let’s meet our new Nevada Republican Party – the party of racist statements, extreme antipathy towards Hispanics, aggressive defenses of Cliven Bundy – and much, much more!

 

Meet Lieutenant Governor-Elect Mark Hutchison, an out-of-touch millionaire who opposed DACA and called Mexico a “third-world country.”

 

·      Mark Hutchison is an out-of-touch millionaire who owns at least 6 different homes in four different states. [Clark County Tax Assessor, Parcel No. 138-20-115-018; Clark County Tax Assessor, Parcel No. 138-18-411-001; Clark County Tax Assessor, Parcel No. 138-31-216-001; Nevada Secretary of State, Entity Number LLC20275-2003; Nevada Secretary of State, Entity Number LLC6898-2003; Hutchison & Steffen; Iron County Recorder, Parcel No. A-1115-0003-0000; Utah County Assessor, Serial No. 41:284:0036; Nevada Secretary of State, Mark Hutchison Financial Disclosure Statement, March 30, 2012; CNN Money, February 4, 2012]

·      Hutchison led the charge in Nevada to take away access to affordable healthcare. (Supremecourt.gov, accessed April 24, 2014)

·      Hutchison opposed the deferred action program which has prevented thousands of Nevada DREAMers from being deported. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 9/3/14]

·      Hutchison tried to dilute Latino representation in politics by packing Latino voters into as few districts as possible. [Sebelius Column, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6/29/14]

·      Hutchison called Mexico a “third world country” at a TEA Party rally.  [Tea Party Rally, 4/15/11]

 

Meet Assembly Speaker Ira Hansen, proud owner of extreme views on race, gender and immigration, among other things.

 

·      Hansen tended to use the term “Negro” and said African-Americans and the Democratic Party have a “master-slave” relationship. [Reno News & Review, 11/20/14]

·      Hansen said women have no place in the armed forces.  [Reno News & Review, 11/20/14]

·      Ira Hansen Compared Undocumented Immigrants To Home Intruders.  [Sparks Tribune, 10/10/09]

·      Ira Hansen compared undocumented immigrants to bank robbers. [Las Vegas Sun, 5/26/2012]

·      Ira Hansen Said He Was Insulted That An Undocumented Immigrant’s Child Who Was Born In The U.S Is Granted Citizenship.  [Sparks Tribune,10/10/09]

·      Hansen: “we’ve been brainwashed into the phobia of ‘racism.’” [Sparks Tribune, 10/10/09]

·      Hansen Sponsored A Bill That Would Impose Penalties And Restrictions Similar To Arizona’s S.B. 1070.  [Nevada News Bureau, 4/6/11]

·      Hansen’s Bill Would Impose Voter ID, Restrict Eligibility To The Millennium Scholarship And Prohibit Undocumented Students from Getting Driver’s Licenses.  [Nevada News Bureau, 4/6/11]

            ·      Hansen Called Martin Luther King “A Hypocrite, A Liar, A Phony, And A Fraud.”  [Nevada               News & Reviews, 11/20/14]

 

            ·      Hansen Opposed Naming A Local Park After Martin Luther King Because He Claimed  African-Americans Had Started Rejecting Martin Luther King.  [Nevada News &  Reviews, 11/20/14]

 

Meet Crescent Hardy, Cliven Bundy’s biggest fan and defender.

·      Crescent Hardy has said he stands by Cliven Bundy even after Bundy’s “let me tell you about the negro” remarks. [MyNews3.com, 10/07/2014].

·      Hardy compared the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to “segregation.”

·      Hardy said Nevada needs temporary immigrants who aren’t “drains on society.” [Headquarters Opening, 8/28/14]

·      Hardy opposed the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform compromise passed by the Senate. [Headquarters Opening, 8/28/14]

·      Hardy would have voted with Rep. Joe Heck in killing the deferred action program.  [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/10/14]

 

Meet Michael Roberson, the Nevada Senate’s top Republican, who called giving DREAMers scholarships a “loony idea.”

·      Roberson opposed giving legal status to undocumented immigrants. [NV Concerned Citizen Survey, 2010]

·      Roberson said giving Millennium Scholarships to undocumented immigrants was a “loony idea.”   [Nevada News Bureau, 10/18/10]

Meet Nevada Senate Assistant Majority Leader Ben Kieckhefer, who said an undocumented immigrant’s possible death did not constitute a “true emergency.”

·      Kieckhefer defended denying emergency dialysis for an undocumented immigrant because, even though the patient would die without it, it wasn’t a “true emergency.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/16/09]


Meet Secretary of State-Elect Barbara Cegavske, who wants to make English Nevada’s official language and sponsored an Arizona-style “show me your papers” bill.

·      Cegavske sponsored a bill to make English the official language of the state of Nevada. [S.B. 188, 2/25/13]

·      Cegavske sponsored an Arizona style bill to check immigration status after arrest.  [S.B. 380, 3/21/11]

·      Cegavske sponsored and voted for denying in-state tuition rates and the millennium scholarship to undocumented students.  [S.B. 415,3/19/07; Final Passage, 17-4, 4/24/07]

·      RGJ Columnist called Cegavske “inhuman and hypocritical” for punishing undocumented students for their immigration status.  [Sepulveda Editorial, Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/22/07]

 

Members of the Nevada Assembly who opposed legislation to grant undocumented immigrants legal status include:

 

· Assembly Majority Leader Paul Anderson Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants. [NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

 

· Assemblyman John Hambrick Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants. [NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

 

· Assemblyman Erv Nelson Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants. [NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

 

· Assemblyman Lynn Stewart Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants. [NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

 

· Assemblyman Randy Kirner Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants.[NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

 

· Assemblyman Jill Dickman Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants. [NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

 

· Assemblyman Victoria Seaman Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants.[NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

 

· Assemblyman Brent Jones Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants. [NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

 

· Assemblyman Jim Wheeler Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants. [NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

 

· Assemblyman PK O’Neill Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants. [NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

 

· Assemblyman Vicki Dooling Opposed “Legislation To Grant Legal Status” To Undocumented Immigrants. [NV Concerned Citizen Voter Guide, 2014]

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