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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? 


 
 
PictureSandy 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. 

Picture(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.

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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. 

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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.

Estella Morales 
July 8, 2014

 
 
Your next steps after today's Hobby Lobby decision
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Dear DWA Partners -

Today's decision by the Supreme Court in favor of Hobby Lobby legally allows for-profit corporations to deny their employees access to contraception. I cannot express my disappointment this morning or my determination to ensuring we elect a Democratic Congress - taking back the House and keeping the Senate - as well as more Democratic women up and down the ticket this November.  

Below please find social media graphics, talking points, and other tools you can use to remind your friends, family, and community what is at stake in this election. We must make our voices heard today and at the ballot box because if we don't the Republican Party and their supporters like Hobby Lobby will continue to restrict access to our health care and move women's rights further back decades. 
Kate
 
Kate Yglesias Houghton
Director, Democratic Women's Alliance
P: 202-863-8000 | E: houghtonk@dnc.org | 
T: @DNCWomen

PS.  Don't forget to FORWARD to your networks to get the message out even further!  Community leaders can get tools and resources sent directly to their inbox by clicking HERE
Graphics for Facebook and Twitter





And here are some suggested tweets to use with these graphics:

RT if you disagree with the #SCOTUS #HobbyLobby decision.
 
My medical decisions are #notmybossbusiness.
 
[Organization name] is proud to #standwithwomen.
 
We support our female employees’ right to make their own medical decisions. 
Hobby Lobby Talking Points
 prepared by DNC Communications Team
  • Today’s Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby will make it more difficult for women to access basic, preventive health care benefits.
  • Now, the religious beliefs of a corporation officially can trump the health care options of their individual employees, and access to the health care benefits you receive could be determined by your boss, not by you or your doctor.
  • This is disappointing and deeply concerning.
  • Today’s decision takes money out of the pocket of women and their families and allows for-profit employers to deny access to certain health care benefits based on their personal beliefs.
  • No employer or politician should be able to interfere with a woman’s health care decisions, including access to contraception. The vast majority of American women use contraception at some point in their life, and it should be treated like what it really is – a basic part of women’s preventive care.
  • Nearly 60% of women who use birth control pills do so for reasons other than just family planning including treatment for ovarian cysts, endometriosis, migraines, and hormone replacement after chemotherapy.
  • The issue in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby is not just a health care issue and it isn’t just a women’s issue – it’s an economic issue and a family issue.
    • Nearly 50 million women are now guaranteed access to contraception without a copay while access to birth control at no-cost could save the average woman up to $600 each year -- that’s up to $600 that a family could use to put gas in a car, food on the table, or put toward a child’s education.
    • Birth control has helped women move closer to economic equity. Research finds that availability of the pill is responsible for a third of women’s wage increases relative to men since the 1960s.
    • Birth control expands opportunities for women. A 2012 report by the Guttmacher Institute confirmed that women use contraception to better achieve their life goals, with the majority of participants reporting that contraception has had a significant impact on their lives
  • The leaders of today’s Republican Party, including some who want to run for President, support companies like Hobby Lobby’s efforts to restrict access to health care and some filed supportive legal briefs in this case.
  • This isn’t surprising coming from today’s Republican Party. They have repeatedly stood on the wrong side of many issues important to women - from opposing equal pay legislation, to delaying the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, to insisting politicians make medical decisions that belong between a woman and her doctor.
  • This is also just the latest example of a Republican Party that is not listening to the American people.
    • A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll asked whether employers should be able to choose what forms of contraceptives their health plans provide based on their religious beliefs. Of those responding, 53 percent disagreed and 35 percent agreed.
    • The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, released in April, found “the public supports the requirement by a nearly 2-to-1 margin (61% support, 32% oppose).”
    • According to a PRRI Religion and Politics Tracking Survey, the majority of Americans believe that publicly held and privately owned corporations should be required to provide contraception coverage at no cost to their employees.
    • A Hart Research Poll found that 68% of women voters between the ages of 18 and 55 say that corporations should not be able to exempt themselves from the requirement of covering contraception in their health plans because they object to contraception on religious grounds. More than half of women characterize their opposition to this exemption as strong.
  • Democrats will continue to oppose any attempts by Republicans to place a GOP legislator or a woman’s boss between her and her doctor and we will continue fighting to make quality affordable healthcare available to more Americans.
Take a look at this video laying out exactly what was at stake in today’s decision. 
Statement from our Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

For Immediate Release
June 30, 2014
 
Contact: DNC Press Office – 202-863-8148
 
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby
 
Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today on the Supreme Court’s Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:
   
“I am disappointed and deeply concerned by the Supreme Court’s decision today in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have gained access to preventive services without out-of-pocket costs, including birth control. However, this decision takes money out of the pockets of women and their families and allows for-profit employers to deny access to certain health care benefits based on their personal beliefs. Nearly sixty percent of women who use birth control do so for more than just family planning.
 
“It is no surprise that Republicans have sided against women on this issue as they have consistently opposed a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Republicans have also blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would bring us closer to the promise of equal pay for women. In the wake of this dangerous precedent set by the Supreme Court, Democrats in Congress will continue to fight on the issues of importance to women and their families.”
 
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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

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
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2014
   PRESS CONTACT:
 Jose Borjon 956.459.2415  Jose.borjon@mail.house.gov

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

WHO: 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 jose.borjon@mail.house.gov or (956) 459-2415 to receive media credentials and information regarding location. 

 
 
For Immediate Release, June 27, 2014
Contact: Erica Prosser, 702-381-4054
eprosser@erinbilbray.com

Erin Bilbray Calls on Congressman Heck to Pass Comprehensive
Immigration Reform

“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.

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http://www.democraticleader.gov/sites/democraticleader.house.gov/files/hr15.pdf
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
 
 
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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. 

Carson City 

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 marty@vramonline.com for more info

Churchill County
Old Post Office
90 N. Maine Street
Fallon, NV 
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM, doors open at 8:30 AM
Contact Nyla at (775) 867-4229 or roctech@cccomm.net for info

Clark County
Tropicana Las Vegas Convention Center 
3801 S Las Vegas Blvd 
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Time: 9AM -4 PM, doors open at 8AM 
Donation: $30
Register here

Douglas County 
Douglas High School
Highway 88
Minden, NV
Time: 10AM - 11:30 AM, doors open at 9:30 AM
Contact Kimi at (775) 721-1212 for info

Humboldt County
French Ford Middle School Library
5495 Palisade Drive
Winnemucca, NV
Time: 10-11:30 AM, Doors open at 9:30
Click here for info

Lincoln County 
Hartman Residence 
3133 Barbara St.
Highland Knolls/Caliente, NV 89008
Time: 10AM - Noon, doors open at 9AM 
Call (775) 962-3110 for more info

Lyon 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 info

Mineral 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 dumas.v@sbcglobal.net for more info

Nye 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 clessaunders2@att.net 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.