NV GOP Apparently Believes — When You Can’t Win, Stoop to Gutter Politics!

— An “ask” from Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

What Nevada Republicans are doing right now is disgusting. Truly an all-time low.

The people of Nevada made their voices heard loud and clear last November. In fact, Nevada was one of the few bright spots on Election Day. Because of your hard work, you sent me to the U.S. Senate – which I am eternally grateful for – and you also flipped both chambers in the state legislature back to a Democratic majority, including winning key battleground districts.

But right now, Republicans in Nevada are so desperate to gain control back, they have stooped to an all-time low by completely disregarding the will of Nevada’s hardworking families. Republicans have filed recall petitions against three women in the Senate Democratic caucus: Joyce Woodhouse, Nicole Cannizzaro, and Patricia Farley – all in extremely competitive districts. And now, I need your help to fight back.

At this very moment, right-wing special interests are funneling incredible amounts of money into Nevada to pay folks to collect the petition signatures they need to get these recalls on the ballot.

Let me be clear: This recall effort is a scam. It is pathetic and it is wrong. The election was nearly 10 months ago, and the people of Nevada have spoken. They want a Democratic majority in the state legislature.

If Nevada Republicans get the number of signatures they need, Democrats will have a tiny window to challenge it in court. This is not good. And we’re running out of time. Please consider stepping up and giving $25 or more to the Nevada State Democratic Party right now so we can fight back against this Republican scam to roll back our Democratic majority?  If you can’t afford giving funds, consider calling NSDP headquarters (702-737-8683) and giving of your time to participate in phone-banking southern Nevada residents in the affected districts and asking them NOT to sign the GOP’s recall petitions.

Thank you for your support and for standing up for our hard-fought Democratic majorities. We will not let Nevada’s Republicans fool us.

¡La lucha sigue!
The fight continues!

Note: The citizens of Nevada are granted the authority to perform a recall election by Section 9 of Article II of the Nevada Constitution, which says:

“Every public officer in the State of Nevada is subject, as herein provided, to recall from office by the registered voters of the state, or of the county, district, or municipality which he represents.”

This broad right of recall in Nevada applies to all elective “State” officers (not Members of Congress, as they’re Federal officers) after the first six months of the term to which the incumbent was elected and does not require a “reason” in order to start a recall petition. For the GOP to get to a recall election, they need gather signatures from 25% of those people who actually voted in the election for that member of the legislature.

  • For Farley — Need to gather more than 7,100 signatures from people who voted in Nevada’s 8th Senate district in 2014 (a low turnout mid-term election) by Nov. 9.
  • For Woodhouse — Need to gather more than 13,000 signatures from people who voted last year in the Senate District 5 race by Oct. 31.
  • For Cannizzaro — Need to gather more than 14,975 of the people who voted in District 6 in 2016 by Nov. 14.

You should also note that GOP “conservatives” are attempting force the State to pay for a repeat election at taxpayer expense for “no stated good reason.” It is NOT “conservative” to force an election just because they don’t like the fact that the voters chose Democrats to represent them in the State Legislature.  Such actions consume vital tax dollars that should be spent on vital infrastructure, education, healthcare, etc.

Also worthy of noting is that should the GOP be successful in a recall, it would shake up the powerful Nevada Legislative Commission. That commission handles the Legislature’s business when it is not in session and when constituents have little input into decisions being made.

Message from NV Dems Chair William McCurdy II

We’re hiring summer organizing fellows!

Website link here.

Download PDF here.

The “Resistance Summer” program is a partnership with the Democratic National Committee designed to bolster state parties and invest in local organizing projects. This will increase our capacity to elect Democrats up-and-down the ballot in 2018 and beyond. More information here: resistsummer.com

Full description below for this paid summer organizing fellowship – please share this with your networks and encourage talented people to apply!

Summer Fellowship (Paid)

The Nevada State Democratic Party is seeking to hire top-quality summer organizing fellows to join our “Resistance Summer” program.  This paid fellowship program requires 20-25 hours of work each week and involves executing a plan to recruit volunteers and engage Nevada Democrats.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Building and managing volunteer canvasses and phone banks
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Planning and managing training events
  • Voter registration
  • Identifying volunteers to take on precinct leadership roles
  • Training volunteers one-on-one and in groups
  • Outreach to key constituency groups, Democratic clubs and organizations

Required skills:

  • Experience working for or volunteering on political campaigns
  • Enthusiasm for Democratic politics
  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Great time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to train and instruct volunteers
  • Excellent listening skills and ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
  • Strong organizational, management, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in setting and achieving measurable targets, managing teams, and coordinating between multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to handle multiple priority projects and meet established timelines
  • Enjoys working with varied members of the general public
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Interested individuals should send a resume to jobs@nvdems.com and fill out the fellowship application at https://goo.gl/forms/ZslsimyrnpzVt2Xh1

DEADLINE: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Final submissions are due Sunday, June 18.

Equal Opportunity/Diversity Policy

The Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the NSDP, including opportunity for employment and treatment as a NSDP employee. The NSDP is an equal opportunity employer and will comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment.

NSDP’s equal opportunity policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the NSDP, including opportunity for employment and treatment as a NSDP employee, as well as opportunities for Consultants to contract with the NSDP.

The NSDP is committed to building a staff that reflects the diverse communities that makeup our state and the Democratic Party. Working towards the goal of a diverse NSDP, our policy extends to both Staff and Consultants.

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House Democrats Call for Outside, Independent Commission to Investigate Trump-Russia Ties

Dear Democratic Colleague,

It has been reported that days before President Trump fired Comey, the FBI Director had asked for more resources for the Russian investigation.  Given Director Comey’s confirmation of the Trump-Russia inquiry, the President’s actions raise questions about whether this dismissal was an attempt to undermine that investigation. The fireworks at the Department of Justice demand that we remove the investigation from the Trump-appointed Justice Department leadership.

It is clear that in the 2016 campaign, the Russians interfered with the election by hacking and leaking information.  It is also clear that during the campaign there were repeated contacts between the Russians and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.  It is further clear that the public deserves to know the extent to which there was collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign to influence the result of the election.

I am calling upon Speaker Ryan and Republicans in Congress to join Democrats to support H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act to create an outside, independent commission to investigate the Trump-Russia connection.  One hundred percent of House Democrats support this bipartisan bill.

Speaker Ryan must call up this legislation immediately upon our return next week.  If Republicans continue to work to hide the truth from the American people, it will be necessary for Democrats to file a discharge petition to force a vote on the Swalwell-Cummings measure.

If the President has nothing to hide, then he should welcome the creation of a commission providing an independent investigation to remove all doubt of a coverup.

I hope we can move forward in a bipartisan way to protect the integrity of our electoral system and the rule of law, both of which are fundamental to our democracy.

I welcome your thoughts on this critical issue.

Best Regards,

/s/Nancy Pelosi

Coming to Vegas: “Come Together and Fight Back Tour”

— by William McCurdy II, Chair—Nevada State Democratic Party

I wanted to let you all know that we’ve locked in a date and location for the DNC’s Nevada stop for the “Come Together and Fight Back Tour.” I’m thrilled that Senator Bernie Sanders, Tom Perez and Cecile Richards are all coming to Las Vegas next weekend to share their vision for coming together and fighting back. I hope you can make it, and please encourage your friends in the Democratic Party to attend this event if they can.

RSVP now to attend this event.

I firmly believe that a united and more progressive Democratic Party fueled by grassroots activism will lead us to victory again here in 2018. From knocking Dean Heller out of the U.S. Senate to reclaiming our Governor’s mansion, Nevada will play a critical role in sending a message to Washington that the GOP’s priorities are wrong for working families.

Here are the details:

What: Come Together and Fight Back Tour — Las Vegas

Who: Senator Bernie Sanders, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards

When: Saturday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m.

Doors open: 10 a.m.

Where: Cox Pavilion, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154

“BBBA” — A Message from House Democrats

Rep. Cheri Bustos delivering the message from House Democrats regarding the GOP’s American Health Care Act, the AHCA, which should more aptly be titled the “BBBA,” the Big Breaks for Billionaires Act. They hear us and they’re ready to stand up for the values that unite us and fight to get real results for hardworking families.

NV Dems File New Public Records Requests for Correspondence Between Attorney General’s Office and Sheldon Adelson

Attorney General Adam Laxalt reportedly pressured the chairman of the Gaming Control Board to intercede in a lawsuit on behalf of Sheldon Adelson

The Nevada State Democratic Party has filed four new public records requests today for correspondence between the Attorney General’s office and the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, including CEO and founder Sheldon Adelson and lobbyist Andy Abboud. Laxalt recently sought to pressure the chairman of the Gaming Control Board to intercede in a lawsuit on behalf of Adelson, Nevada’s wealthiest casino magnate and Laxalt’s largest campaign donor, prompting the regulator to secretly record his conversation with Laxalt and turn over the tape to the FBI. The state party filed an official complaint last week with the Commission on Ethics requesting a full investigation.

The four separate public records requests under the Nevada Open Records Act include the following:

  • Copies of all correspondence between Attorney General Adam Laxalt or Chief of Staff Nicholas Trutanich to any Las Vegas Sands Corporation employees, including but not limited to Sheldon Adelson, sent or received from March 1, 2016 to June 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017 to March 1, 2017.
  • Copies of all correspondence within the Attorney General’s Office related to Sheldon Adelson or the Las Vegas Sands Corporation from January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 and January 1, 2017 to present.
  • Copies of all correspondence between any employee of the Attorney General’s Office and Andy Abboud from February 1, 2015 to the present.
  • Copies of the full individual schedules of Attorney General Adam Laxalt and Chief of Staff Nicholas Trutanich’s meetings with Sheldon Adelson and/or Andy Abboud from January 5, 2015 to the present.

“Nevadans clearly deserve more information about the intimate connections between the Attorney General’s office and Adam Laxalt’s biggest donor,” said Stewart Boss, spokesperson for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Since Attorney General Laxalt refuses to clear up this ethics scandal and release the FBI tape, these public records requests will help shine a light on whether Nevada’s chief law enforcement officer is indeed acting as a personal attorney for his favorite billionaire and his company. Laxalt may believe this sort of unethical pay-to-play conduct is just business as usual, but the public is entitled to know whether their Attorney General is misusing the powers of his office. We will keep digging until we find answers.”

New Officers Elected for both NVRDC and NSDP

Elections were held Saturday, 3/4/2017 for NVRDC officers. Elected were:

  • Chair – Alex Goff (Lyon County)
  • 1st Vice Chair – Sharon Hedges-Hiller (Churchill County)
  • 2nd Vice Chair – Cedric Williams (Carson City)
  • Secretary – Katherine Winans (Douglas County)
  • Treasurer – Catherine Byrne, (Carson City)

Elections were also held Saturday, 3/4/2017 for NSDP officers. Elected were:

  • Chair: William McCurdy II
  • First Vice Chair: Marty McGarry (Carson City)
  • Second Vice Chair: Jose Solorio
  • Secretary: Marla Turner (re-elected)
  • Treasurer: Jan Churchill (re-elected)

Chair William McCurdy II said: “This is a new chapter for our party and for all Nevadans. I’m grateful to everyone who stepped up to run in these officer elections, and I want every member of this party to know they will have a seat at the table and their voice will be heard. Our mission now is to come together around our common goals as progressives and start organizing and registering voters in our communities in every corner of Nevada. We have so much to accomplish together as a united Democratic Party in 2018 – kicking Dean Heller out of the Senate, sending Ruben Kihuen, Jacky Rosen and Dina Titus back to fight for us in Congress, electing a Democratic governor and reclaiming our statewide constitutional offices, and expanding our majorities in the State Senate and Assembly. I look forward to working with Democrats across Nevada to deliver on these priorities.”

William McCurdy is a Las Vegas native who represents District 6 in the Nevada Assembly. After dropping out of high school as a teenage father, McCurdy became a construction foreman and went back to school to get his high school diploma at 24 years old. He is the former student body president of the College of Southern Nevada and now a union organizer with SEIU Local 1107. McCurdy is the Nevada State Democratic Party’s first African American Chair in history and the youngest Chair in modern party history at 28 years old. The first bill he presented as an Assemblyman was to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Outgoing Chair Roberta Lange said: “While it will be bittersweet for me to leave this role leading our incredible state party after six years, I’m honored that William McCurdy II is taking the reins. As CSN student body president, as an SEIU organizer and already as a new Assemblyman, he has proven himself to be a progressive fighter for students and working families. I can’t wait to see him bring that fiery passion to this role in holding Republicans accountable up and down the ticket. I am as optimistic as ever about the future of our state and our Democratic Party as we begin gearing up for the 2018 election cycle.”

In addition to electing a new Chair, Nevada Democrats elected Marty McGarry as First Vice Chair and Jose Solorio as Second Vice Chair. The SCC also re-elected Marla Turner as Secretary and Jan Churchill as Treasurer.

Call for Candidates for 2018

  • President Trump’s discriminatory executive order on immigration and refugees goes against our deepest values as Americans.
  • Disturbing new reports continue to raise questions about President Trump’s ties to Russia, both during the campaign and since his election.
  • Republicans are rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood, leaving tens of millions of Americans without the coverage they need.
  • For too many women in the workforce, equality remains out of reach.
  • The Republican Congress is set to pass legislation that would turn all 50 states in to “Right to Work for Less” states, negating workers rights fought for and won over the last century.
  • Republicans have affirmed the most anti-government leaders to pretty much gut and demolish entire agencies and departments of the people’s government: Education, Energy, Environmental Protection, State
  • The most anti-voting rights Attorney General in decades has been confirmed at a time when Republican-led legislatures across this nation are getting ready to enact even more restrictive voting rights restrictions on top of the voting rights restrictions they put in place for the 2016 election.
  • But even worse, it’s becoming ever more evident that the selected President of this nation is goading citizens with lie after lie to revolt so he’d be able to justify declaring marshal law, and ending constitutional government altogether.

We have so much work ahead of us.

Who among us will run for office and succeed to truly represent ALL constituents within Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District, replacing Rep. Mark “sell our public lands to the highest bidder” Amodei? Who among us will run for office and succeed to truly represent ALL constituents across Nevada as its next Senator, replacing Sen. Dean “I vote the way the GOP tells me to vote” Heller? Who among us will run for office and succeed to truly represent ALL constituents across Nevada as its Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Controller.  And even better, who among us will step up and run for our local city and county openings so we finally be able to vote for Democrats to lead our communities?

Republicans have had their chance. It’s time to end their partisan reign in 2018.

Nevada Blueprint: Protecting & Expanding the Middle Class

Fellow Nevadans:

As Nevada Democrats, we share a core belief: Every Nevadan deserves a fair shot at the American Dream. That starts with a quality education, and it includes access to good jobs that can support a family, a safe community in which to live, and a secure retirement. Achieving the dream is not a guarantee – it requires personal accountability and hard work – but it also should not be impossible.

Nevadans have a natural instinct for hard work and ingenuity. In the 2015 Legislative Session, Democrats focused on creating opportunities that lay the necessary foundation for Nevadans to improve their personal economic security.

We must ensure that those who work hard and play by the rules are rewarded for it – whether that means having access to affordable higher education, or the ability to buy a home, raise a family, and retire with peace of mind. We must also ensure that the middle-class families who suffered most during the Great Recession will not be punished again as we transition into a 21st-Century Nevada.

During the 2015 Legislative Session, we offered our Nevada Blueprint – an agenda outlining our principles and legislative goals that will help every Nevadan reach his or her American Dream – from childhood to retirement. Below, you’ll find that agenda, including many items that we were able to achieve and some that we will bring back in 2017. We hope you’ll join us continuing to work to achieve these goals on behalf of all Nevadans.


/s/Aaron D. Ford
Senate Democratic Leader
Irene Bustamante-Adams
Assembly Democratic Leader


Pre-K through 12th Grade — We believe all Nevada children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed so they can compete for the good-paying jobs of the future. To give our kids a fair shot, we must invest in our schools and come together as a community to ensure accountability. Once in our schools, students must be challenged by highly qualified teachers and a rigorous curriculum that helps them achieve their very best.

Our Nevada Blueprint Will:

  • Build new schools and hire more qualified teachers to relieve overcrowding and reduce class sizes.
  • Ensure successful implementation of universal full-day kindergarten and funding for pre-Kindergarten.
  • Prepare our students for high-tech jobs by providing well-funded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs.
  • Ensure our teachers have the resources and tools necessary to provide a good education by funding professional development programs.
  • Expand English Language Learner (ELL) programs to give all children a fair shot at the American Dream.


College graduates on average will earn $1 million more in their lifetimes than adults with only a high school diploma. That’s why we believe higher education should be affordable and accessible to every Nevadan. After all, we cannot expect to attract new businesses if we do not have an educated workforce from which they can hire. Unfortunately, it has become harder for middle-class families to send their kids to college, while graduates are saddled with increasing debt. Legislative Democrats will work to help graduates pay off their college loans and make college more affordable for middle-class families.

Our Nevada Blueprint Will:

  • Make college more affordable for middle-class families by reducing student debt, providing tax breaks for education expenses, expanding scholarship programs, and making it easier to save for college.
  • Provide Community College Workforce Grants.
  • Provide adequate funding for the entire statewide university and community college system.
  • Enhance our current higher education system by properly funding the development of a medical school at UNLV and establishing a Tier 1 research university in Nevada.
  • Provide apprenticeships for vocational training.


Protecting Your Pocketbook —Nevada’s economy has begun to recover from the Great Recession. While this is good news, we also know that not everybody’s personal economy has recovered. In Nevada, the cost of living is increasing, but wages are flat. That does not add up. We believe it’s past time that we reward hard work with fair wages. We must ensure that our jobs pay enough for workers to support their families, and that we keep talented Nevadans right here at home.

Our Nevada Blueprint Will:

  • Ensure that Nevada’s veterans and military families get a fair shot at economic success.
  • Help local business startups get off the ground, including businesses owned by women and minorities.
  • Support an earned sick leave program that will allow workers to take time off when they or a close family member gets sick without being docked a day’s wages or fearing for their job.
  • ENACT A SALES TAX HOLIDAY: On a designated holiday, Nevadans should be exempt from paying a sales tax on back-to-school clothes and school supplies, including computers and new technology for our students.
  • LOWER CAR REGISTRATION FEES: Nevadans are forced to pay extremely high fees to register and re-register their cars. We should lower these high registration fees and help middle-class Nevadans keep their hard-earned money.
  • REWARD HARD WORK WITH FAIR PAY by requiring that women earn equal pay for doing the same work as men.
  • Raise the minimum wage in Nevada. Make child care more affordable.


Nevada’s seniors have worked hard their entire lives and deserve to retire with dignity and respect. Our seniors should not have to go broke to receive the help and care they need. Legislative Democrats are ready to fight for our seniors.

Our Nevada Blueprint Will:

  • Protect retirement savings and pensions, for which our seniors have worked hard.
  • Build public and private partnerships to help ensure seniors can receive the care they need while remaining independent and able to stay in their homes as long as they want to.
  • Provide education and training to health care professionals in screening, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral and cognitive diseases prevalent in older adults.
  • Support higher education programs for our seniors. Ensure implementation of the Nevada CARE Act.


In addition to fighting to improve our education system and create more economic opportunities, Legislative Democrats believe we must also work to protect the constitutional rights of all Nevadans. The right to vote is one of the pillars of a free democracy, and that’s why we will stand against attempts to make it harder for seniors, women, and military families to cast a ballot. In addition to opposing any efforts that will make voting harder for Nevadans, we will also introduce legislation aimed at encouraging voter participation. Moreover, the right to one’s day in court is fundamental. That is why we oppose legislation that limits Nevadans’ full recovery for wrongs committed against them.

Our Nevada Blueprint Will:

  • Fight to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all eligible voters in Nevada.
  • Protect every Nevadan’s right to his or her day in court.
  • Encourage voter participation by providing for same-day voter registration, implementing Election Day vote centers, and automating the DMV’s voter registration system.


Going into the 2015 Session, Nevada badly needed a new revenue structure, which is why Democrats support Gov. Sandoval’s compromise tax reform bill. If we want our state to be competitive in the 21st-Century, we must invest in the critical needs, like our educational system, that will help our economy grow. Legislative Democrats believe in a state with a strong and secure middle class that is not asked to carry the tax burden while large corporations avoid paying their fair share.

Candidate Filing Period Open for NSDP Leadership Positions

Are you interested in running for a leadership position in the Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP)?  Well then, here’s your chance.

The next NSDP Central Committee Meeting will vote on new leadership.  That meeting will take place in Las Vegas (or Henderson, the physical location has not yet been finalized) on March 4th. Positions up for election include Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each term is two years and commences immediately upon election.

The filing period for candidates opened today, Monday, January 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. PST and closes on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. PST.