Early voting is currently underway in Nevada. The numbers are underwhelming. Seems like everyone has a reason why they haven't voted yet. That sound you hear is my brain trying to compute the most ridiculous of excuses I've heard.
I know that we're not all the same. I know everyone has different ambitions, priorities, and life situations. But one of the things that binds American citizens is our democracy. In this country, our vote is our voice. So what is happening?
Sandy L. Eddy 1949 - 2014
Our community mourns the passing of Sandy Eddy; mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, activist and humanitarian.
Sandy Eddy grew up in Kansas City, Kansas; the younger of two children and sister to an older brother. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, married and had her first child, Phil, at age 19. Shortly after Teresa (her second child) was born, Sandy owned and operated a beauty salon in the basement of their house. A divorce, relocation, and meeting the man who became her second husband took her to Washington DC where she began a career in telecommunications. That career would serve her well for nearly 35 years and ultimately took her to Los Angeles before moving to Nevada in 1991.
The following was written by guest author Estella Morales. (L-R) Democratic party activists Estella Morales and Janice Brown.
With a very heavy and sad heart, I give tribute to a very special person that some of you may not know.
Janice Brown was the Executive Director of the Nevada State Democratic Party. She served in 2000 with then Chair, Rory Reid. I had the immense honor of serving with both of them as an unpaid staffer.
Janice put in place our first website. It was beautiful, our flag unfurling, with the voices of Presidents FDR, JFK, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Erin Bilbray worked with us, also. We talked about a Democratic Institute for candidates. See, someone told me that we need more Latina/o elected officials. Well, Erin took the idea and ran with it, thus Emerge Nevada.
Janice was Native American, Osage Nation, to be exact. She was bent on making sure the Nevada State and County Democratic Parties were a great big tent. She did this work with Chairman Reid's urging and blessings.
Janice spoke frequently about starting a Democratic Hispanic group, but it would have to include all of the Hispanic Nations. We called the Latina/o members of the state central committee to a meeting at party headquarters. Thus, the Nevada Hispanic Democratic Caucus was born.
Our first NHDC Chair was Margarita Rebollal. A few weeks after we elected her, she stood on the McCarran tarmac greeting President Clinton. That made the front page of the Review Journal, with a notable caption regarding our new NHDC Chair.
We also started the Nevada Native American Democratic Caucus. Janice, joked that I was indeed Native American, also. Since I was the temporary Nevada Hispanic Democratic Caucus Secretary, Janice asked me to serve as secretary for the Nevada Native American Democratic Caucus as well.
With our hands full, we also kick started the LGBT Democratic Caucus. The name has since changed. As you can see, we had an LGBT gala dinner that included Congressman Barney Frank.
Between the 2000 Presidential campaign and all of the regular monthly or quarterly club and caucus meetings, we still managed to hold weekly voter registration drives at the federal building.
These are just some of the efforts our dear friend Janice Brown organized. They energized us to get voters to register and vote. And for the first time, we implemented a Ride to the Polls service.
Truly we stand on the shoulders of tough, talented and dedicated people like our friend Janice Brown.
We that knew her, will miss her terribly. If you didn't know her, you at least enjoy all of the amazing things Janice and Chair Rory Reid put in place for us.
Our solace is that she is pain free, and now we have an Angel helping us in everything we do for others.
July 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2014
Contact: Caitlin Teare
Phone: (202) 225-5965
MEDIA ADVISORY: Titus to Meet with Southern Nevadans, Discuss Need for Immigration Reform
Las Vegas, NV – Today, June 27 at 11:00 a.m. PST, Congresswoman Dina Titus will meet with Southern Nevadans, including Orland Mata and Juan Brijido, who with assistance from the Congresswoman’s office recently had their cases with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) successfully resolved. The event will highlight the immigration services available through the Congresswoman’s office and discuss the need for immediate action to fix our broken immigration system. Orland and Juan will also have the opportunity to share their stories with attending media.
WHO: Congresswoman Dina Titus
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Orland Mata: The Office of Congresswoman Titus helped reunite Mr. Mata, an American citizen living in Las Vegas, with his wife and one year old daughter who were living in Michoacán, a highly volatile area of Mexico. After learning that the case would take 18 months to complete, Mr. Mata sought the assistance of Congresswoman Titus in January 2014. Fearing for the family’s safety, Titus’ office worked to expedite the visa application, which USCIS agreed to at the end of February. The visas were finally approved at the beginning of this month and the family has since been reunited in Southern Nevada.
Juan Brijido: Mr. Brijildo was granted deferred action in October 2013. His Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case shows how successful the program has been to help young people be able to attend school without the fear of deportation. The Office of Congresswoman Titus helped Juan compile all the necessary documents and guided him through the necessary applications.
WHERE: Office of Congresswoman Dina Titus
550 East Charleston Blvd. Suite B
Las Vegas, NV 89104
WHEN: Today, June 27 11:00 a.m. PST
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressmen Filemon Vela, Congressman Steven Horsford, and Congressman Rubén Hinojosa to Visit South Texas Detention Center Saturday
Will receive briefing from Customs and Border Protection regarding the surge of unaccompanied minors in the South Texas Detention Facility
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, member, House Homeland Security Committee
U.S. Representative Rubén E. Hinojosa, Chairman, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
U.S. Representative Steven Horsford, member, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee WHAT:
Will receive briefing from Customs and Border Protection regarding the surge of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border and will walk through the Brownsville Border Patrol Station, where unaccompanied children are being temporarily detained.
Following the briefing, the Members will hold a press conference. WHEN:
10:00 a.m. CT, Saturday, June 28, 2014 NOTE: Press and camera crews must RSVP to Jose Borjon at email@example.com or (956) 459-2415 to receive media credentials and information regarding location.
Erin Bilbray Calls on Congressman Heck to Pass Comprehensive
“It’s been a year of excuses from Joe Heck and the Republican leaders since the Senate passed
the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, it’s past time he stand up for Nevada families.”(Las Vegas)
A year ago today, the Senate passed its version of comprehensive immigration reform
with broad bipartisan support. Since then Joe Heck has heard from constituents across our district
asking him to bring the legislation to a vote in the House of Representatives. Yet while Heck has talked
about being on the side of Southern Nevadans he has joined Speaker Boehner and the Republican
leadership in blocking the House from voting on the reform.
“Joe Heck is more intent on protecting his out-of-state, billionaire super-pac friends than families in
Southern Nevada that are being torn apart every day by our immigration policies. After a year of
excuses, inaction and talking out of both sides of their mouth on immigration reform it is time for
Congressman Heck and the Republican leadership to act on immigration reform,
” said Erin Bilbray,
candidate for Nevada’s third Congressional district. “Immigration reform is not a Latino issue or an
Asian Pacific Islander issue, it’s a community issue and Southern Nevada families deserve a
representative who will stand up and fight for them in Congress
Immigration reform is not only about families but also about our economy and jobs. Comprehensive
immigration reform will lead to job creation that empowers small business, fuels innovation, raises
wages, and reduces the deficit by nearly $1 trillion while it energizes our economy.1
Furthermore, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have
estimated that changes in direct spending and revenues under the Senate passed version of the bill
would decrease federal budget deficits by $158 billion over the decade following enactment.2
In the year since the Senate passed bipartisan immigration reform, House Republicans have refused
to allow a vote on this critical legislation – even though it has the votes to pass.
“In response to Erin Bilbray calling on Congressman Heck to move the bill to the floor of the House,
Joe Heck’s political spokesperson said it was a “political gimmick
”3 – yet Joe Heck has joined House
Republican leadership in catering to the most radical, anti-immigrant wing of their caucus,” said Erica
Prosser, Bilbray campaign manager. “They continue to obstruct and shift blame even as they block the
immigration reforms that Americans overwhelmingly support.
“More than a year of pandering and posturing is the real political gimmick, enough is enough -- It’s time
to pass comprehensive immigration reform
,” said Bilbray.
2 Congressional Budget Office, The Economic Impact of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (June 2013), www.cbo.gov/publication/44346
3 The Hill, Dem Challenger Attacks on Immigration Reform (June 17, 2014) http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-‐box/house-‐races/209559-‐dem-‐challenger-‐attacks-‐on-‐immigration-‐reform
Early voting for the 2014 election cycle begins this coming Saturday in Nevada. Many people have already made their candidate decisions and know who they'll be voting for. There are several races where there are a LOT of candidates. So how do you make your choices? The following are 10 basic things to look for in a candidate. Before you cast your ballot, take a look and make sure your chosen candidate(s) meet the criteria. If they don't, find one who meets it most closely. And if no one meets the criteria, find one who does.
This list may not be complete. Please check with your county chair if you have questions.
Silver State Charter School
788 Fairview Drive
Carson City, NV 89701
Time: 10AM - 1:00 PM, doors open at 9AM
Contact Marty at (775) 690-3913 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more infoChurchill County
Old Post Office
90 N. Maine Street
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM, doors open at 8:30 AM
Contact Nyla at (775) 867-4229 or email@example.com
for infoClark County
Tropicana Las Vegas Convention Center
3801 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Time: 9AM -4 PM, doors open at 8AM
Donation: $30Register hereDouglas County
Douglas High School
Time: 10AM - 11:30 AM, doors open at 9:30 AM
Contact Kimi at (775) 721-1212 for infoHumboldt County
French Ford Middle School Library
5495 Palisade Drive
Time: 10-11:30 AM, Doors open at 9:30Click here
for infoLincoln County
3133 Barbara St.
Highland Knolls/Caliente, NV 89008
Time: 10AM - Noon, doors open at 9AM
Call (775) 962-3110 for more infoLyon County
Silver Stage High School Cafeteria
3755 Spruce Avenue
Silver Springs, NV 89429
Time: 10AM - 11:30 AM, doors open at 9AM
Call (775) 577-4083 for more infoMineral County
Mineral County Public Library
110 1st Street
Hawthorne, NV 89415
Time: 10AM - Noon, doors open at 10AM
Contact Virginia at (775) 945-9022 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more infoNye County
Nye County Democratic Party Office
1251 E. Basin #12
Pahrump, NV 89060
TIme: 10AM - Noon, doors open at 9AM
Contact Jannis at (775) 727-9685 or email@example.com
for info.Washoe County
Wooster High School Cafeteria
1331 E Plumb Lane
Reno, NV 89502
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM, doors open at 8:30 AM Click here for info
The majority of the country is outraged over the blatant disregard for the law that Cliven Bundy
has shown by allowing his cattle to graze on public land and refusing to pay taxes for more than 20 years. By now, most everyone has heard about the Bundy saga; the rancher just outside of Mesquite who cried foul earlier this month when the Bureau of Land Management attempted to seize hundreds of Bundy's cattle who continued to graze on public land. The BLM claims Bundy owes more than $1 million in back taxes, Bundy claims he owes nothing because his family has been on that land for more than a century. Bundy also refuses to recognizes the authority of the U.S. federal government.
The situation escalated to the point of armed militia coming to Bundy's aid from various outlying areas and neighboring states. Wanting to avoid a violent confrontation, the BLM called off their cattle roundup. WaPo has an excellent timeline of events
As the standoff continued, many, including Congressman Steven Horsford, have worked hard to defuse the situation. Yesterday, the tension increased substantially because of outrageous comments Mr. Bundy made. While the situation started as an issue of federal oversight and taxation, it's now become a hotbed of racial divisiveness with supporters on either side. Here's what Bundy said in that New York Times
article: "The question is are they slaves the way they are, or where they live, to charity or government subsidized homes. And are they slaves when their daughters are having abortions and when their sons are in the prisons? This thought goes back a long time."“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Ahem. See what U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
and Congressman Steven Horsford
had to say about that.
One entity that had no problem standing by Bundy's side is the Nye County Commission. Items 31 and 35 on the April 22, 2014 Nye County Commission agenda
recommended approval of two resolutions. One resolved to support the limited powers of the U.S. Constitution, etc., and the other resolved to support "ranching in Nye County." Don't be fooled. They're both about Bundy. And yes, they both passed unanimously.
Read on to see the actual resolutions.