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.

NSDP Election Information

Officer elections for the Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) will be held at our next Central Committee meeting which will be held on March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas. The term for each office is two years.  Humboldt County has two ‘voting’ seats on the NSDP Central Committee, Vickie Rock and Denis Baldwin, but any Nevada Democrat can attend NSDP Central Committee meetings as a Guest.

The Rural NV Democratic Caucus (representing the rural counties) meets in the morning ahead of the NSDP meeting.  Any Rural NV Democrat can attend those meetings and as a Rural NV Democrat you have full voting rights in those meetings.  The Rural NV Caucus will also be holding election of officers and ‘self-nomination’ period to fill those offices is now open.  If you’d like to serve as an officer of the NV Rural Democratic Caucus, you can access the self-nomination form here:

Completed RNDC Self-Nomination forms need to be sent to the RNDC Chair, Nyla Howell, via email roctech@cccomm.net, or fax 775-867-5354 or US Mail 4160 Bottom Road  Fallon, NV 89406.  Nominations must be received by end of the workday, Feb. 24, 2017.  If you nominate someone else, make sure you have their permission to nominate them.  Copies of all nomination forms received will be sent out to RNDC officers, county chairs and all nominees prior to the meeting to enable sharing with county caucus members.  Unlike the the NSDP, the RNDC will take nominations from the floor, however, we would encourage to make your willingness to lead known by the deadline so information about who you are and what you might hope to achieve or espouse can be shared with others, earning support for your candidacy.

Filing to run for offices in the NSDP will open on January 30, 2017.  All applications must be received by the NSDP by end of the workday on February 10, 2017.  Copies of the completed nomination forms will be emailed/sent to NSDP C/C members on February 14, 2017 for them to peruse and discuss with their county caucus members for their input regarding who they believe their voting representing to the NSDP C/C should vote for.  Election of new NSDP officers will take place at the NSDP C/C meeting on  March 4, 2017 in accordance with the following rules:

This post will be updated with a link to the NSDP self-nomination form as soon as a link to the form is made available.  Check back on January 30th to access that link and complete a form as a candidate for state office.

 

 

Time to Re-Examine Nevada’s Caucus System

RobertaLange01— by Roberta Lange, Chair–NV State Democratic Party

Earlier this year, Nevada voters made their voices heard in the Democratic presidential race. The contest here between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was energetic and hard-fought, a clear reminder of why the country needs an early state with our demographic, regional and cultural diversity.

But despite the substantial innovations the Nevada State Democratic Party incorporated this year, the caucus process remains difficult for too many people. The neighborhood meeting format may have made sense in an earlier time, but it simply doesn’t make as much sense today.

Now is the right time for Nevadans to re-examine our existing caucus system and foster a thoughtful discussion about how we move forward to make this process more convenient and accessible.

Whether it’s shifting to a state-funded primary or substantially revamping the mechanics of the party-run caucuses, we will need to work to protect our priorities as Democrats: to increase voter access and retain our important position in this process as one of the four early states.

Read my op-ed column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal on the history of our presidential caucus and why it’s time to re-examine this system.

We look forward to continuing this conversation and hearing your ideas in the months ahead.

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.

2016 Nevada State Democratic Party Precinct Caucuses

WHEN:  Saturday February 20, 2016

TIME:  11 a.m. PST (Doors open at 10 am for same-day registration)

What are the Nevada Caucuses?
The Nevada Caucuses are gatherings of neighbors, organized by the Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP), where Democrats join others in their precincts to begin the process of  registering preferences for Democratic candidates running for President. With our First-in-the-West status, Nevadans will be the third state to share our recommendations on the Democratic Presidential nominee to the rest of the country. The Precinct Caucuses are also the organizational foundation of the NSDP.

Who can participate in the caucus?
Any person who is eligible to vote in the state of Nevada and will be at least 18 years old on Election Day, November 8, 2016, may participate. You must reside in the precinct in which they wish to participate, and must be registered as a Democrat — you may register or change party affiliation on caucus day.

Where are the caucuses held?
Generally your caucus site will be close to home, neighborhood meeting points such as schools, community centers, churches are used as caucus locations. The exact location for each precinct will be announced in the winter.

How do the Democratic Caucuses work?
Eligible caucus goers divide to form Presidential preference groups. If a preference group for a candidate does not have enough people to be considered “viable,” a threshold set at the beginning of the day, eligible attendees will have an opportunity to join another preference group or acquire people into their group to become viable. Delegates are then awarded to the preference groups based on their size. Caucus day will also feature the opportunity for anyone interested in being on the county central committee to sign up as well as the submission of resolutions for the county platform.

At the end of the day, who is determined as the “Winner” of the Nevada Caucuses?

On caucus day, Nevadans in each precinct elect delegates to their respective county conventions, but the winner of the caucuses will be the candidate who accrues the most delegates.

Any caucus participant may stand for election as a delegate to the county convention.   Anyone who wants to be elected a national delegate must participate in the precinct caucuses, and each subsequent event –county convention on April 2, 2016, and the state convention on May 14 and 15, 2016.

How are results reported?
Results from each of the precincts will be reported to the Nevada State Democratic Party by precinct chairs.

Can press attend?
Yes—all caucus locations are open to the public and press.

Link to the Delegate Selection Plan

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.

#ItsNotUpToThem Week

— Roberta Lange, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair

A few weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court issued a backwards ruling that allows for-profit corporate CEOs to make medical decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor.  That’s right – in the year 2014, the Supreme Court thinks female employees’ healthcare decisions should be made in a corporate boardroom, not a doctor’s office.

This week, the United States Senate will vote on legislation to address the Supreme Court’s ruling and ensure women who work at for-profit corporations have access to reproductive healthcare.  While Democrats like Senator Reid, Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford, and Erin Bilbray support ensuring women have access to reproductive healthcare, Republicans like Dean Heller and Joe Heck have consistently voted to restrict women’s access to contraception.

In support of the Senate bill, Nevada Democrats are launching #ItsNotUpToThem week.  All week we will be highlighting how dangerous the Republican agenda is for the health of Nevada women.  Because whether it’s Mark Hutchison leading the charge to go back to a time where private insurance companies could treat being a woman as a pre-existing condition, or Joe Heck voting to weaken the Violence Against Women Act, it’s time we send a message to Nevada Republicans that women’s healthcare decisions aren’t up to them or corporate bosses.

Sign your name here to tell Republicans it’s 2014, not 1914.    


Please note that Roberta mentioned Candidate Erin Bilbray who is running agains Rep. Joe Heck, but failed to mention Kristen Spees who is running against Rep. Mark Amodei to represent those of us who are unfortunate enough to live in NV-Congressional District 2!