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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Traffic Notice: Road Construction Requires Detour to WashoeDEMS Office


The Villanova/Plumb Lane off ramp from southbound I-580 will be closed for approximately three months.


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Tickets Available Now for the 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Brunch


Purchase your tickets for the 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Brunch here.


The Democratic Party of Washoe County

Invites You
 to the

2015 Jefferson-Jackson Brunch

Featuring Special Guest

  U.S. Senate Candidate
 Catherine Cortez


And Presenting

Marge Sill
“Mother of Wilderness”

With the 2014 Virginia Cain Progressive Leadership Award


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Champagne reception with
Ms. Cortez Masto– 11 am

Brunch and Program – 12 pm


Atlantis Casino Resort

3800 S. Virginia St., Reno


Brunch and champagne reception - $65

Brunch only - $45

Table of 8, Brunch only - $360
Table of 8, 
Brunch and champagne reception - $520


Tickets available at this link.


Or send check to
DPWC, 1465 Terminal Way,  #1, Reno, 89502


Learn more about Catherine's Senate Campaign here...


And read here about how Marge Sill earned her title...

Time to Speak UP!


GOP wasting no time passing bad bills in Carson City


Reduce workers’ wages?  Check.

Guns everywhere?  Check.

Religion in the classroom?  Check.

Photo ID to vote?  Check.


This is just a short list of the bills Republicans are attempting to ram through the state legislature.   But we can stop the madness if enough of us speak up loudly and clearly. 


Please consider joining one of our active Citizen Lobbying Teams.  These are made up of concerned voters who are speaking up on behalf of themselves, their families, and their communities.   The schedule of Team meetings is below. 


At the very least, we ask you to contact your Assembly member and your Senator to voice your opposition or support for certain bills.  These are some of the most troublesome bills, as well as some we must support.  We've also provided convenient links to sites where you can see who your legislators are and make direct email contact with them.


The time to act is NOW!  Share your opinion on bills with your legislators here! It's easy; just click this link and choose the bill you want to comment on!  Let our lawmakers know how you feel.



Oppose These Bills:  





AB142 would eliminate the Nevada Department of Wildlife's authority to revoke hunting and trapping licenses based on the point-based demerit system used now.  Instead, courts and justices would be required to revoke licenses.  






AB121: The "Pop Tart Bill."  This bill would forbid schools from disciplining students who simulate a firearm or other dangerous weapon on school grounds.


AB148 has died but the campus carry provisions have been amended into SB175, which would bar persons with a domestic violence convictions from buying a gun in Nevada





AB109Another bill to overburden employee unions.  This bill requires employee organizations to prepare an annual report, which can be audited by the Legislature, even though these organizations are private and receive voluntary contributions. This bill does not make the same requirements of any other private businesses or organizations.


AB190: This bill would drastically alter Nevada's retirement system, raising the contribution rates for current police and fire employess from 40.5% to 56.5%, seriously hurting our valued public employees.


AB182 would eliminate union business leave, remove seniority from consideration in layoffs, remove supervisors from collective bargaining, and eliminate binding arbitration.  This bill would also eliminate evergreen clauses in contracts, which preserve an expired contract if another is not in place.   

AB249: Requires local governments to keep an unreasonably high percentage of funds in reserve, making it easier for them to declare financial emergency and cut workers' pay and benefits.  


AB280 would allow local government employers to choose between negotiating with an employee organization or simply prescribing their own terms.


AB356 would prohibit labor organizations from "threatening or attempting to coerce a business into complying with a demand."  This bill would also allow businesses to sue unions for the actions of their members.

AB436 is yet another attack on workers.  This bill would eliminate longevity pay for state employees, amounting to a pay cut for classified employees.  


SB241 would prevent school administrators from engaging in collective bargaining with their employers.  






AB253 and AB266 are both bills that would require voters to present photo ID at the polls.


SB169: Voter ID.  This bill would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot in the state of Nevada.  According to Tod Story of the ACLU of Nevada, "voter ID laws are a discriminatory solution in search of a nonexistent problem.  Nevada's election performance is rated fifth in the county, so this bill is unnecessary, costly and discriminatory."  Voting is the right of every American, and we need to be expanding access to more Nevadans, not limiting it!  


SB436 would require an inactive voter to provide proof of residence or a written affirmation before voting and would anyone planning on registering more than 50 people to vote in a year to register with the Secretary of State.






AB405: Forced Parental Notification.  This bill would endanger young women's access to safe abortion services by requiring Nevada physicians to provide written notice to a parent or guardian of a woman under 18 before performing an abortion.  This bill would also mandate a 48 hour delay before performing an abortion procedure.  AB405 puts young women in danger and restricts their access to timely services.  




Support These BIlls:


SB353:  Prohibits the barbaric and ineffective practice of 'conversion therapy' for minors by unethical licensed mental health practitioners.



Find your legislators here!  


Share your opinion on bills with your legislators here!  

Find your Senator's contact information here! 


Find your Assembly member's contact information here! 


View the legislative events calendar here!  


A Message From Our Equality Lobbying Team Member

Dear Nevada Supporters of Equality:


SB353 is the ban on 'sexual orientation conversion therapy' for minors introduced by Senator Parks. It would protect gay teens from torture at the hands of unethical licensed mental health practitioners who dupe parents on the medically false idea that sexual orientation can be changed, often with religious motivations. This is happening in Nevada. Conversion therapy causes permanent harm to children.


The original bill is being amended to protect transgender as well as gay/lesbian minors from conversion therapy.  We all need to stand together for an inclusive bill.


Talking Points:

Protect our LGBT kids from the torture of conversion "therapy."


Conversion therapy perpetrated on adolescents can cause a lifetime of harm.

California, New Jersey, and D.C. have have banned conversion therapy. Oregon Legislature just passed a ban. 17 other states are considering.

Former leaders of the 'ex-gay' movement now admit conversion therapy doesn't work and is harmful.

Protect both gay/lesbian and transgender teens.


Please comment "FOR" SB353 online at https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/


Please help get SB353 back on track by contacting your own legislators and these key legislators:

Senator Settelmeyer (James.Settelmeyer@sen.state.nv.us), 775-684-1470

Majority Leader Senator Roberson (Michael.Roberson@sen.state.nv.us775-684-1481 

Minority Leader Senator Ford (Aaron.Ford@sen.state.nv.us775-684-6502.  

Senator Kieckhefer, (Ben.Kieckhefer@sen.state.nv.us), 775-684-1450 

Senator Farley, Patricia.Farley@sen.state.nv.us775-684-1445


Contact Other CLE Committee members (ask to vote for amended SB353):

Senator Harris, Becky.Harris@sen.state.nv.us775-684-1421

Senator Manendo, Mark.Manendo@sen.state.nv.us775-684-6503


Contact co-sponsors (Thank them for moving SB353 forward and ask protect both gay/lesbian and transgender kids):

Senator Parks, David.Parks@sen.state.nv.us775-684-6504

Senator Atkinson, Kelvin.Atkinson@sen.state.nv.us775-684-1429

Senator Spearman, Pat.Spearman@sen.state.nv.us775-684-1424

Assemblywoman Swank, Heidi.Swank@asm.state.nv.us775-684-8595


Thank you for your support on this important issue!



Kent Ervin

(team leader for WashoeDems Equality Citizens Lobby)

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,


Senator Reid Says: Under Republican Control, Senate Has Done Nothing For Middle Class Americans



“At the end of this month, Republicans will have been in charge of the Senate for nearly half of the year. After all of this time, what have they done to address issues facing the middle class?”


“When the Republicans took over the Senate, the Majority Leader promised to make the needs of Americans a priority... Why then have we not moved toward legislation that makes it easier for Americans to find jobs or reforms that help to restore Americans’ confidence in their government?”


“The Republican Leader should revisit his vision for the new Republican Majority because the direction this Congress has taken so far has focused on the desires of a few at the expense of so many.”


You can read the rest of Senator Reid's statement here.

Check Out Kate Marshall and Elliott Parker's New Series of Articles



Kate Marshall and her husband, Dr. Elliott Parker, have written a series of fascinating articles about issues that Democrats care about. Read an excerpt from their latest article below, and click here for the entire archive.

'Most political candidates must raise money to be viable. They need to pay for travel, campaign staff, a get-out-the-vote effort, and enough advertising to have voters recognize their names and reputations. Advertising is expensive, TV stations take advantage of the increased demand, and the campaign season gets longer and longer.


In addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars candidates raise, so-called independent expenditures have soared. Over $550 million was spent on last year’s midterm election by groups not directly controlled by the candidates or the parties, twice the amount spent on the prior five midterm elections combined. Super PACs have become commonplace. Over $1 billion in outside money was spent on the presidential election of 2012, seven times as much as was spent in 2008, and 90 times as much as was spent in 1992.


This doesn’t count over $3 billion that is spent each year funding professional lobbyists to influence legislation.


Candidates who say one thing before their voters often give a different message to their financial backers. For example, a U.S. senator who takes a public stance against gay marriage recently revised himself in front of wealthy donors who thought otherwise, and we don’t even think this is news.'

Read the full article, and the rest of the archive, here.

Catherine Cortez Masto Announces Campaign for United States Senate

Masto pledges to continue her lifetime commitment of protecting Nevada seniors, consumers, homeowners, women, and children in the U.S. Senate 

Las Vegas, NV – Today, in an email to supporters, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced her candidacy to represent Nevada in the United States Senate. Masto said her priorities as Nevada’s next Senator would be to continue her lifetime commitment of protecting Nevada seniors, consumers, homeowners, women, and children.

“I’m running for the Senate to continue my work standing up for Nevada seniors, consumers, homeowners, women and children,” said Masto.  “As Attorney General I held accountable the special interests that crashed our economy and fraudulently forced countless Nevada families into foreclosure.   I worked with local law enforcement to crack down on meth labs to help combat our state’s growing drug problem, protected domestic abuse victims and children preyed upon by sex traffickers, and looked out for seniors who have been cheated by scam artists.  As a native Nevadan, former prosecutor and Attorney General I care about the people of our state and that’s who I’ll be standing up for in the Senate.”

A native Nevadan, Catherine Cortez Masto is a proud graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno.  First elected Attorney General in 2006, Masto received more votes than any other statewide candidate in Nevada that election cycle.  As Nevada’s top law enforcement officer, Masto focused on keeping our communities safe by working with law enforcement to crack down on meth labs and put violent drug dealers behind bars.  She worked to protect Nevada seniors by creating a special unit to go after scam artists who target senior citizens.  During her time as Attorney General, Masto prioritized combating sex trafficking and protecting victims of domestic abuse.  She also held accountable the special interests that caused the collapse of Nevada’s housing market, including  forcing Bank of America into a historic $750 million settlement with the state of Nevada over their use of fraudulent foreclosure practices that kicked countless Nevada families out of their homes.

 Visit here to learn more about Masto’s campaign.

WashoeDEMS Elect New E-Board

Congratulations to the newly and re-elected members of the WashoeDEMS Executive Board!  The Central Committee last night elected long-time Party activist Cecilia Colling as the new Chair.  In her remarks, Cecilia said she is ready to work hard to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2016.  

Rudy Viola was re-elected as the 1st Vice Chair and volunteer extraordinaire Alice Good was newly elected as 2nd Vice Chair.  Our hard-working Secretary, Dean Schermerhorn, and Treasurer, Laurie Haley, were also re-elected.   

Thanks to Janice Flanagan for all the time and energy she put into her two years as Chair and to Mary Conelly for her very valuable contributions to our efforts. 


New WashoeDEMS Executive Board:

Secretary Dean Schermerhorn

2nd Vice Chair Alice Good

1st Vice Chair Rudy Viola

Treasurer Laurie Haley

Chair Cecilia Colling


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