Meeting Minutes: 2009-02-11

The February 2009 meeting of the HCDCC was called to order by Chairman Don Rogers on February 11, 2009.  Nicki Schumacher stood in as acting Secretary/Treasurer in the excused absence of Vickie Rock.
 
Previous Mtg. Minutes:
The previous meeting’s minutes were presented and approved as written.  Moved by Roger Rock and Seconded by Lorainne Giurlani.
 
Treasurer’s Reports:
The Treasurer’s Report was presented and approved as presented.  Moved by Gordon Schumacher and Seconded by Roger Rock.
 
New Business — Dee Holzel asked if HCDCC would be interested in volunteering to provide one Tuesday a month the the Ministerial Assoc. Soup Lunch that is served through the month of June.  Discussion provided no clear volunteer that would take on the activity.  Dee will be serving next Tuesday, Feb. 17 from noon to 1 pm, and volunteers were requested to help.  Lorainne Giurlani and Patrick Henigan indicated that they would be there.
 
Gordon Schumacher brought up that the HCDCC should get the grass roots organization to send updates on how the Congresspersons and Senators are voting and what their records are, so that voters will have more information to make their votes on issues that will effect their lives. 
 
Old Business — Nicki Schumacher thanked the Democrats that have been providing food and serving at the Soup Kitchen.  They include Debbie Nelms, Brad Heese, Dee Holzel, John Feraday, Roger Rock, Holly James in the Dec. and Jan. efforts.  The next date for the Soup Kitchen will be Feb. 22, 2009.
 
Don Rogers presented the Democrats with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Nevada Outdoors School’s AmeriCorps Program for participaption in the 2009 cultural fair.  Don Rogers and Nicki Schumacher registered new voters at that event.
 
K.C. Harrison suggested that next meeting agenda should include discussion on getting canidates to run for Congressional and Senatorial office in the 2010 election.
 
Next meeting to be held on May 13th, 2009 at location to be announced.
 
Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm. Moved by Don Rogers. Seconded by Nicki Schumacher.
 
Attending were:  Roger Rock, Gordon Schumacher, Nicki Schumacher, Patrick Henigen, Don Rogers, Dee Holzel, Micheal Micheals, Lorainne Giurlani, K.C. Harrison.

Prefiled Bills of the 75th (2009) Session

Do you ever wonder exactly ‘what’ is in all those Bills being considered and debated by the Nevada Legislature?  Well now you can find out.  Here’s a link to the Nevada Legislature’s Pre-Filed Bills page with PDF links to all Assembly Bills (AB###) and Senate Bills (SB###) that have been pre-filed for consideration in the 75th session.

The 75th Session of the Nevada Legislature will begin on February 2, 2009.

Meeting Minutes: 2008-12-10

The December 2008 meeting of the HCDCC was called to order by Chairman Don Rogers on December 10, 2008.

Previous Mtg Minutes:
The previous meeting’s minutes were presented and approved as written.

Treasurer’s Reports:
The Treasurer’s Report was presented and approved as presented.

Old Business — Soup Kitchen Volunteer Effort:
Nicki reported that that Dee Holzel, Brad Heese, Lorraine Giuriani, and Debbie Helms provided the latest Soup Kitchen meal.  Thanks folks.

Old Business — Election Issues:
County election office had a bit of a challenge with the absentee ballots.  Post office appeared to be reading the backs of the envelopes instead of the front of envelopes which caused the completed absentee ballots to be returned to the voters instead of being delivered to the elections officials.  Concerns were raised wondering how many absentee voters didn’t vote because they kept getting their vote back in the mail.  It appears that the design of the envelope was at fault.

Old Business — Autopsy of HC’s GOTV campaign:
Discussion of what went right/wrong with Humboldt County’s Get Out The Vote Campaign. 

  • General concensus was that it was primarily conducted by outsiders who then walked away with a tremendous amount of data that would have been useful to our local organization, but that it may be lost forever to us.
  • Workers knocked on the same doors far too many times, annoying residents and potentially causing the opposite result of what they were hoping for (a vote for McCain instead of a vote for Obama)
  • One canvasser was actually stopped by police after they received a harassment complaint from a voter

Old Business — Autopsy of  Jill Derby Campaign:
Discussion of what went right/wrong with Jill Derby’s campaign in Humboldt County

  • Strategic error by campaign in myopically focussing as an “independent voice” for NV voters such that it gave the appearance of shunning Obama supporters who then turned away from her

New Business — Vickie Rock returning to Ohio temporarily
While Vickie is out of town, Nickie Schumacher will serve as temporary Secy/Treasurer.  While out of town, Vickie will have computer access and can be reached via email:  gmail@humboldtdems.com

New Business — Where do we go from here?
With the political campaign season winding down, attendees suggested that it seemed appropriate that we wind back our meeting calendar and look at holding quarterly meetings instead of monthly meetings during 2009.  Meetings would be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the 2nd Month of each quarter. (2/11/2009, 5/13/2009,  8/12/2009, and 11/11/2009). 

Potential meeting topics:

  • 2/11/2009 Invite Lance Whitney and the Rural Representative to come talk to our members (campaign/GOTV autopsy, where party going now, etc)
  • 5/13/2009 Community Yard Sale Fund-Raising event (?)
  • 8/12/2009 Informational Meeting: What it takes to run for office (similar to meetings being run in Dec/Jan in LV and Reno)

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm

Attending were:  Don Rogers, Carolyn Rogers, Nicki Schumacher, Gordon Schumacher, Roger Rock, Vickie Rock, KC Harrison, John Fereday, Lorraine Giuriani

Interested in Running for NV Assembly?

If you are interested in running for the Assembly,
You are cordially invited to attend
“Running and Serving in the Nevada Assembly: An Overview”
Sponsored by the Assembly Democratic Caucus

Las Vegas:   Wednesday, January 14 at Noon
Nevada State Democratic Party Conference Room
1210 S. Valley View Blvd., Ste. 114
Las Vegas, NV 89102

Reno:  Friday, January 16 at Noon
Nevada State Democratic Party Conference Room
1465 Terminal Way, Ste. 1
Reno, NV 8950

This seminar will provide interested candidates an overview of what prospective candidates can be doing now, what is involved in an Assembly campaign, and what is involved in serving in the Nevada Assembly.

RSVP to the Assembly Democratic Caucus—Attention: Cianti
(702) 737-8683 or cstewartreid@gmail.com

Thinking of Running for an Assembly Seat?

Here’s an email I received from Cianti Stewart-Reid:

While we have hardly had time to rest up from Campaign ’08, the Assembly Democratic Caucus is already looking forward to Campaign ’10. As we are all aware, because of term limits, there will be nine open Democratic Assembly seats.

We are beginning early in our effort to recruit the very best possible candidates for open and Republican-held seats. We want to begin by letting interested candidates know just what is involved in running and serving in the Assembly. We are having our first overview presentations for potential candidates this month–on December 17 in Las Vegas and December 18 in Reno. Because we know how busy this time of year can be, we will repeat the presentations in January.

We hope you will get this invitation to your membership and/or let us know of any individuals you know who might be interested so that we can mail or email them an invitation.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:

Assemblyman Mo Denis  (702) 743-3571 or moises_denis@hotmail.com
Assemblywoman Debbie Smith (775) 233-2905 or debbiesmith30@aol.com
Lindsey Jydstrup (702) 737-8683 or ljydstrup@aol.com

It also included the following invitation:

If you are interested in running for the Assembly, you are cordially invited to attend
“Running and Serving in the Nevada Assembly: An Overview”

Sponsored by the Assembly Democratic Caucus

Las Vegas:
When:     Wednesday, December 17
Time:      5:30 p.m.
Where:    NV State Democratic Party Conference Room
1210 S. Valley View Blvd., Ste. 114, Las Vegas, NV 89102    

Reno:
When:     Thursday, December 18
Time:       5:30 p.m.
Where:    NV State Democratic Party Conference Room
1465 Terminal Way, Ste. 1, Reno, NV 89502

This seminar will provide interested candidates an overview of what prospective candidates can be doing now, what is involved in an Assembly campaign, and what is involved in serving in the Nevada Assembly.  If you are interested, but cannot attend on these dates, we will be holding a second series of seminars in January.

RSVP to the Assembly Democratic Caucus—Attention: Cianti
(702) 737-8683 or
cstewartreid@gmail.com

If you’re interested in running for the Assembly, please make arrangements to go … and most of all, let us know so we can arrange activities to support your candidacy.

FREE Discount Prescription Drug Card Program

Having trouble affording the cost of your prescription drugs?  As a resident of Nevada, you and your family have access to a FREE Prescription Drug Card program. Simply download your Prescription Drug Card at NevadaDrugCard.com and receive savings of up to 75% (savings average around 30%) at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies. You may create as many cards as you need.

Participating pharmacies include the following: Albertsons/Sav-on Pharmacy, Kmart Pharmacy, CVS/pharmacy, Raley’s Pharmacy, Longs Drug Store and Safeway as well as thousands of independent pharmacies. This program has “LOWEST PRICE” logic to guarantee that you pay the lowest price on your prescriptions (you pay the lower of a discount off the Average Wholesale Price-AWP, a discount calculated off MAC Pricing, or the Pharmacy Promotional/Retail price).

To get your card, enter your name and e-mail address on the NevadaDrugCard.com website to generate a printable membership card. This card is pre-activated and can be used immediately.

Our local Raley’s Market participates in this program, but Wal-Mart doesn’t.  However, the local Wal-Mart Pharmacy does provide a large number of prescription and OTC drugs for $4/30-day supply and $10/90-day supply rates.

Removing Old Bumper Stickers

Tired of that bumper sticker on the rear bumper of your car or truck? Automotive expert Trisha Hessinger tells you the best way to remove a sticker without damaging your paint or chrome.

  • Begin by softening the sticker’s adhesive using a hair-dryer.
  • After the adhesive has begun to soften, spray a light spray-lubricant over the surface of the sticker. After the lubricant has soaked in for a few minutes, you should be able to begin peeling back the sticker. Peel slowly and carefully.
  • If you have to do any scraping to remove adhesive or sticker residue, use a plastic spatula or similar tool. Avoid using any sort of metal scraper or blade as this could scratch damage the paint or the bumper.
  • If any adhesive remains after the sticker has been removed, follow up by wiping the area well with ordinary rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth to help dissolve and remove the adhesive.

Compliments of the DIY Network.

Coming Soon to a PC Near You!

As President-Elect Barack Obama shifts into transition mode, a new website is in the process of being created that will allow folks to keep up with all the goings-on.  That new site will be http://www.change.gov/.  Right now, it’s shows an ‘under construction’ screen … but check back from time to time to review what’s happening. 

According to this morning’s Washington Post, “Obama hopes to quickly name a Treasury secretary, a decision that will set the tone for his relationship with the battered financial world, and is expected to name his chief of staff, most likely [Rahm] Emanuel, this week.”  Rumors of “who’s” on the short list for treasury include:

The Washington Post is also launching a new section on their website to keep people informed as the transition unfolds.  “The Fed Page: Inside the Government Workforce,  will provide vital information to workers in the government, contractors who work with the government, and readers who want to understand the federal government’s inner workings. In coming weeks, amid the transition, the site will offer insights into officials up for key posts in the new administration.” [WP]

UPDATE 11/6/2008: Rahm Emanuel accepted the position of ‘Chief of Staff’.