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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A Message from the Washoe County Young Democrats!

We’d like to invite you to an organizational meeting of the Washoe County Young Democrats this Wednesday at Blind Onion Pizza and Pub on Kings Row. We’ll be talking about officer elections and bylaws, sharing volunteer opportunities with local candidates, and brainstorming over beers on local progressive causes and candidates and how we can advocate for them!

Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 7 pm
at the Blind Onion Pizza and Pub
3605 Kings Row at N. McCarran in Reno


Chip Evans Calls Out Congressman Amodei’s Absenteeism

In a recent speech to the press, Democratic Congressional Candidate Chip Evans noted that incumbent Rep. Amodei missed votes at three times the rate of his peers. The RGJ Fact Checker looked into it and determined this was true and his rate of missed votes had risen to 10.2% in 2016. The average for serving House members is 2.4%.

Mr. Amodei’s staff attempted to spin this appalling statistic from a number of angles and then, sensing none of that really made sense, declared, “Mark does not believe the sole reason for waking up in the morning is to only cast votes as a Member of Congress”. Really? We’re sure the hard-working families of northern Nevada would be surprised to hear that their only voice in Congress would rather be doing something else. #NoVoteNoVoice.

Given how few days Congress is in session and how few votes are actually cast, it’s no wonder that Congress can’t #GetStuffDone. It’s time to put #PeopleFirst and #BringAmodeiHome where it seems he would rather be.


You are invited to a fundraiser in support of the campaign to re-elect 

Jenny Brekhus
to the Reno City Council
at the new Roundabout Grill in the Whitney Peak Hotel

          Tuesday, August 23
           6:00-8:00 PM

Roundabout Grill in Whitney Peak
225 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV

For more information, contact: Adam Czajkowski at Adam@TallacStrategies.com or (775) 453-6297. If you cannot make it on August 23, you can still contribute!

Information about how to contribute can be found atjennybrekhus.com.

Super PAC inaccurate in linking Nevada Senate candidate to Uber shutdown

By Riley Snyder on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at 2:43 p.m.

 Catherine Cortez Masto is once again taking fire from a Koch Brothers-backed group attacking her record as the state’s attorney general.

Freedom Partners Action Fund is spending $1.2 million on a new television ad campaign accusing the Nevada Democratic Senate candidate of "driving away jobs" by forcibly shutting down popular ride-hailing company Uber in Nevada.

"Many Nevadans relied on Uber for work, but after accepting $70,000 from taxi companies, Catherine Cortez Masto went after Uber — once, twice, three times — until she drove them out of town, along with all their jobs," the ad says.

Let’s be clear — Uber has been operating in Nevada for about a year. But is it true that Cortez Masto pushed out Uber and drove away jobs in 2014?

Our ruling

A Freedom Partners Action Fund ad claims that Cortez Masto "went after Uber ... until she drove them out of town" after receiving tens of thousands of dollars in donations from taxi companies.

Freedom Partners got a couple of the details right in the amount of taxi industry donations and Cortez Masto’s aggressive legal actions against Uber.

But there’s a convincing argument that Uber at the very least bent the rules, and it’s clear that Cortez Masto didn’t have some sort of individual vendetta against the ride-hailing company — her office was working with state regulators who specifically requested the attorney general take action.

The ad also neglects to mention how Uber only temporarily left town. The ridesharing service is very much up and running through Nevada a year after its initial skirmish with the state.

Because this ad takes things out of context, we rate it Mostly False.

Read the full article at: 


Senator Harry Reid's Statement on 100th Anniversary of America's National Parks

Dear Fellow Nevadan,

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation creating the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect both our breathtaking natural lands and the places that exemplify our American experience. These are places that have inspired women, men and children for generations.

For a century, the Park Service has given millions of people across the country and around the world the opportunity to revel in America's historic beauty and heritage. Today, the National Park Service manages over 400 national parks, monuments, historic sites, battlefields and memorials. Their vital work and extraordinary commitment to our parks has supported thousands of jobs and pumped billions into local economies. In fact, for every $1 we invest in our national parks, our economy sees $10 in return.

The centennial of the NPS gives us all the chance to celebrate Nevada’s public treasures. Nevada’s National Park lands and historic trails provide wide open spaces, deep forests, dramatic vistas and opportunities for solitude that not only fulfill us individually, but form a fundamental part of the American character. Our public lands are part of who we are and the diversity of their uses, like the diversity of their landscapes, reflects our identity. These beautiful landscapes have enriched the lives of all Nevadans and have created new economic opportunities.

Read the rest of Senator Reid's statement here.


Bonnie Barber
Our Volunteer of the Month!

Bonnie has been a political activist since the late 1970's when she moved to Alaska and joined the Fairbanks Education Association.  She quickly learned how political decisions and who we elect affect education and many other aspects of our daily lives.  

After many years of lobbying for school funding, Bonnie and her family moved to Reno where she joined the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and then, soon after, became a volunteer leader for the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign.  She used her organizing skills to lead her neighborhood team and help carry Washoe County for President Obama and other Democrats on the ballot.

She has been actively engaged in every election since.  Bonnie also staffs our front desk every Friday morning, helps register new voters, and is a member of our 300/300 Campaign.  Thanks, Bonnie, for everything you do!  


In Reno, Cortez Masto & Women’s Health Advocates: Politicians Who Support Trump Should be “Punished,” Not Nevada Women

Reno, NV – This morning, at a woman-owned small business in Reno, former Nevada Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto and women’s health advocates slammed Donald Trump and Congressman Heck’s dangerous agenda on women’s health. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court struck down Texas laws that severely limited women’s access to safe, affordable health care. While the ruling is a victory for women’s health, Nevada women’s access to preventative healthcare is still in jeopardy due to Republicans like Donald Trump and Congressman Heck.

“While the Supreme Court’s ruling was a major victory for women’s health across the country, Congressman Heck and Republicans in Washington continue to play politics with the health and safety of women,” said Cortez Masto. “Congressman Heck has spent his time in Washington putting his Party ahead of solving problems for the people of this state. Congressman Heck not only opposes a woman’s right to choose – he has voted time and again to defund Planned Parenthood. Congressman Heck also supports Donald Trump for President, someone who says he wants to 'punish' women who have abortions. A woman’s health care decisions should be between herself and her doctor, not politicians like Donald Trump and Congressman Heck.”

Read the rest of Catherine Cortez Masto's 
statement here.


Catherine Cortez Masto Meets With Northern NV Seniors to Discuss Importance of Preserving Benefits for Nevada Seniors

Cortez Masto would fight to protect Social Security as Nevada’s Senator, unlike her opponent Congressman Heck

Reno, NV – Today, former Nevada Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto visited the Washoe County Senior Services Center to speak with Northern Nevada seniors about the need to protect and preserve crucial programs like Social Security. Cortez Masto’s visit came on the 4th anniversary of her opponent, Congressman Heck, calling Social Security a “pyramid scheme” that "isn’t working."

Congressman Heck has even called for Social Security to be privatized, putting the very people who crashed our economy in control of the retirement security of Nevada seniors. While Congressman Heck compares Social Security to a criminal enterprise, Catherine Cortez Masto has a proven record of protecting Nevada seniors. As Nevada’s Attorney General, Cortez Masto created a special unit to go after scam artists who target seniors. As Nevada’s next Senator, Cortez Masto will work with both parties to strengthen Social Security and will fight any attempts by Washington Republicans to privatize it.

“Social Security is not a ‘pyramid scheme’ -- it’s a program Nevada seniors rely on for their retirement security,” said Cortez Masto. “We must protect and strengthen Social Security for future generations, not allow Washington Republicans like Congressman Heck to recklessly subject seniors’ retirement security to the whims of Wall Street. However, this requires putting partisan differences aside and working together to solve problems -- something that Congressman Heck, who believes Social Security is a “pyramid scheme,” has not accomplished during his half a decade in Washington. I know how to solve problems for Nevadans and will fight for the programs that our seniors rely on for their economic security."


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