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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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.

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.

Quick Note: Kimi is Running

kimicoleAt Saturday’s NV Rural Democratic Caucus and NSDP Central Committee meetings, Kimi Cole, Douglas County Chair and NV Rural Democratic 1st Vice Chair, announced that she will be actively running to chair the Nevada State Democratic Party, a vote which will take place at the March 4th NSDP Central Cmtee Mtg.

Here’s a quote from Kimi Cole that perfectly sums her up:

“I’ve been accused of being unrealistically optimistic at times, which I wear as a badge of honor. Not only might we be going after Moby Dick in a rowboat, I plan to take the tarter sauce.”

With Roberta Lange stepping down and leaving the election as an ‘Open Election’ for chair, we need to support one of our own and mobilize behind Kimi to assure Party support going forward for ALL of Nevada, not just its urban centers.

Want to be a Delegate/Alternate to National Convention?

If you plan on running to be a Delegate or Alternate to the Democratic National Convention, you will need to be elected as a Delegate or Alternate at your county convention to the NV Dems State Convention on Saturday, May 14th.


NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE TRAINING

To aid those who wish to run to be a part of the Nevada Delegation, the NV Dems have put together a series of informational webinars. The webinars will discuss how to run to be a Delegate, the costs associated with being a Delegate and much more.

We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in being a part of the Nevada Delegation to participate in a webinar. You can RSVP here for any of the following training dates by clicking on the preferred date below:

NATIONAL DELEGATE INTENT FORMS

In order to run to be a Delegate or Alternate to the National Convention, you must have completed the Preliminary Delegate Intent Form and submitted it to your respective county party by 10:00 am on Saturday, April 2nd.

You will also need to complete the Delegate Intent Form/Statement of Candidacy and submit it at the State Convention by 10:00 am, Saturday, May 14th 2016.

If you plan on running to be a Delegate or Alternate to the Democratic National Convention, you will need to be elected as a Delegate or Alternate at your county convention to the NV Dems State Convention on Saturday, May 14th.


NV DEMS 2016 STATE CONVENTION

The 2016 Nevada State Democratic Party Convention will take place on Saturday, May 14th at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

If you are interested in volunteering at the  NV Dems 2016 State Convention, you can sign up here.

To confirm that you were elected as a Clark County delegate to the State Convention, you will need to verify that your name is on one of the lists below.

If you were elected to be a State Convention Delegate , check these lists:

If you were elected to be a State Convention Alternate , check these lists:

Read the 2016 Convention Call here.

Read the approved 2016 Convention Rules here.

Read the approved 2016 Election Rules here.

Read the Final Nominations for NV Dems Executive Board

HOW TO BE A DELEGATE TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

The Democratic National Convention will take place from July 25th to July 28th, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where elected delegates from around the country will convene to decide who will be the 2016 Democratic Nominee for President!

The Nevada Delegation will consist of 43 Delegates and 3 Alternates elected in the following categories:

  • 23 District Level Delegates (2 Alternates)

  • 7 At-Large Delegates (1 Alternate)

  • 8 Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates (State Chair, Vice Chair, etc…)

  • 5 Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates (PLEOs)

(The majority of people running to be a National Delegate should run for the District-Level or At-large positions.  District-Level Delegates are elected by State Convention Delegates from only the Congressional District in which a Delegate candidate is running.  At-large Delegates are elected by the State Convention as a whole.)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RUN TO BE A PART OF THE NEVADA DELEGATION YOU MUST:
  1. Have attended and been elected as a Delegate or Alternate to your respective county convention at your precinct caucus on February 20th, 2016.
  2. Have completed a Preliminary Delegate Intent to Run form and submitted the form to your respective county party by 10:00 am on April 2, 2016.
  3. Have attended your respective county convention and been elected as a Delegate or Alternate to the Nevada State Democratic Party Convention.
  4. Attend the Nevada State Democratic Party Convention on May 14th, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada and be elected as a Delegate or Alternate to the Democratic National Convention.
  5. Complete a Delegate Intent Form at the state convention by 10:00 am on May 14th, 2016.
  6. Delegates are solely responsible for the entire cost of travel and accommodation related to the National Convention.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Democratic National Convention?

  • The Democratic National Convention is where delegates from across the country will officially nominate the Democratic Nominee for President.  We will also craft our Party’s national platform and conduct other party business.

Where will the Democratic National Convention be held?

  • The Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Monday, July 25th, 2016 through Thursday, July 28th, 2016. Delegates are expected to arrive on Sunday, July 25th, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Where will the Nevada delegation be staying?

  • The Nevada delegation will be staying at the Embassy Suites City Center,  just blocks away from Logan Square, The Philadelphia Zoo, The Liberty Bell, Independence Halls and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Does the Nevada State Democratic Party assist delegates financially to attend the convention?

  • No, delegates are responsible for the entire cost of their travel and accommodations related to the National Convention. The room rate for the Embassy Suites in Philadelphia is $500 a night. Flights from Las Vegas to Philadelphia  average between $400 to $600 roundtrip.

How many District Level Delegates will be elected in my congressional district?

  • CD 1 – 5 total delegates (2 male and 3 female) and 1 alternate (male)
  • CD 2 – 6 total delegates (3 male and 3 female)
  • CD 3 – 6 total delegates (3 male and 3 female) and 1 alternate (female)
  • CD 4 – 6 total delegates (3 male and 3 female)

These district level delegates were allocated based on the precinct caucus vote won in each congressional district by each presidential preference on February 20, 2016.  Each Presidential Preference will elect the following number of district level delegates at the May 14th State Convention:

  • CD 1 – 3 Clinton, 2 Sanders
  • CD 2 – 3 Clinton, 3 Sanders
  • CD 3 – 3 Clinton, 3 Sanders
  • CD 4 – 4 Clinton, 2 Sanders

Do I need to indicate on my Delegate Intent Form which category of delegates I am running for?

  • Yes, you must indicate your intention to run as a District Level, PLEO, and/or At-large delegate/alternate.

Can I run for a delegate/alternate in multiple categories?

  • Yes, you may run for delegate/alternate in as many categories as you qualify.

Where can I find more information on the diversity goals?

Are there other ways I can participate in the National Convention?

  • Yes, the Democratic National Convention and Philadelphia Host Committee are looking for hundreds of volunteers for the week of the convention.
  • Transportation and housing are typically not provided, but you are able to be a part of the convention’s success and part of the convention festivities in Philadelphia.

Please visit PHLDNC.com for more information about the National Convention!

Download this information here.

NSDP Central Cmtee Mtg Notice

Nevada State Democratic Party
State Central Committee Meeting
Saturday, September 26

Western Nevada College
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Cedar Building | Marlette Hall

VIDEO CONFERENCE LOCATION:
Nevada State Democratic Party Office
6233 S. Dean Martin Drive | Las Vegas, NV 89118

Rural NV Democratic Caucus: 10:00 a.m.
NSDP Committee Meetings: 10:30 a.m.
NSDP Executive Board Mtg: 11:30 a.m.
NSDP Central Committee: 1:00 p.m.

A Couple of Quick Notes from the E-Brd Call

On Saturday, I participated as an elected executive board member in the monthly e-board conference call.  Here are a few quick notes I wrote down as the call proceeded:

  • The coordinated campaign for all Democratic candidates is proceeding and a large voter canvass is getting ready to begin.
  • Figure we need >334,000 votes for Reid to win and believe we’ll get them, but that it will be tight
  • OFA is beginning campaigns to energize the African-American and Young Voter groups.
  • We preserved our role as an early caucus state for the 2012 election.  Iowa will still go first (2/6/2012), followed by New Hampshire (2/14/2012), then Nevada (2/18/2012) and finally South Carolina (2/28/2012).  No other state can go earlier than 3/1/2012 and those going in March will see votes proportionally awarded to the candidates (as opposed to all/nothing rules used in some states)
  • Also in the 2012 election season, we’ll see reduced influence in superdelegate participation, and an increase in actual candidate delegates (up from 3,000 to 3,300).
  • Next actual meeting of the State e-board will be September 24, 2010 in Reno.