Video from the Convention

Bernie Sanders full speech:

First Lady Michelle Obama’s full speech:

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s full speech:

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s full speech:

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s speech:

Michael Bloomberg’s full speech:

VP Joe Biden’s full speech:

President Barack Obama’s full speech:

VP Nominee, Senator Tim Kaine’s Speech:

Meryl Steep’s “It Takes Grit and It Takes Grace” speech:

Chelsea Clinton introduction video:

Clinton introduction video narrated by Morgan Freeman (11:59):

Clinton’s acceptance speech: (1:07:47)

Elizabeth Banks intros Clinton Social Justice video:

DNC Convention Tribute to Harry Reid

Yesterday, at the Democratic National Convention, Harry Reid addressed the delegates, but speech was introduced with a video tribute:

 

Transcript:

You know, I’ve spent a lot of time in a Republican Senate, so it’s nice to be a room that respects reason and facts.

I appreciate the the tribute. I really do I appreciate the tribute. But anything I’ve accomplished I owe to the great Senate teammates I’ve had, my democratic senate caucus, Nancy Peloci in in the House, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden. And I give a never ending tribute for ur next president Hillary Clinton.

As a team, we fought for the believe that affordable health care is a right not a privilege. As a team, we fought the idea we shouldn’t get the bill for Wall Street’s bad bets. As a team, we fought for the promise that your hard earned Social Security is a sacred trust.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to put insurance companies back in charge of your health. Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to let big banks run wild again. And, Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to gamble with your retirement benefit in the stock market. Republicans want to tear down the pillars of middle class security. We won’t let that happen.

And I have never seen anything more craven than Mitch McConnell and what he’s done to our democracy. His Republican Party decided that the answer to our hard-working American dreams is to slander our African American President, stoke fear of Muslims, sold hatred of Latinos, sold hatred of Asians and of course, waged war against women. In other words, the only things Republicans like Mitch McConnell have accomplished is setting the stage for a hateful con man, Donald Trump.

When Trump decided to run for President, he probably said to himself. I’m an ego maniac. I don’t believe in science. I think women are inferior. Where would I feel at home. We know where that is.

Parents, you’re right to worry about your children hearing what comes out of the Donald Trump’s mouth. Republicans. You should have been careful also, because Donald Trump learned it from watching you.

You know they say that they believe in country first. What a joke!

Republicans who won’t stand up to Trump. believe in one thing. and one thing only — Party first. And this year, 2016, they’ve gone even further, nominating the poster child of “ME first.”

Trump knew that hateful rhetoric and dangerous policies are the way to win and today’s GOP. But that’s not how you win in America. And that’s not how America wins in the world. Democrats know. We win with an economy that works for everybody. With a strong, smart, national security that values our allies and doesn’t advise a cyber attack on our country.

And we know winning is the work of the team. With Hillary in the White House and a majority in the Senate, Democrats will keep fighting. For immigration reform, that keeps America true. For clean energy that keeps America strong. And for a Supreme Court keeps America just. And — background checks for gun buyers and an assault weapons ban that keeps America safe.

Since my boxing days, I find my share fights. In my fifty years of fighting for Nevadans, I’ve also realized that a leader is actually a corner man. A corner man, someone who stands on your side who has your back in a fight. Middle class families fighting to give your kids a better life — Democrats’ stand in your corner. Americans fighting for the equality and respect our nation promises you — we’re in your corner. For Americans risking everything to get here and then finally making here — we’re in your corner.

You’re the ones fighting the hardest fights.  You’re the ones who need leaders in your corner. Leaders like mine forever friend, Bernie Sanders. Leaders like. Catherine Cortez Masto — who’s going to help Democrats take back the senate. Leaders who never back down.  And oh do we love Tim Kaine. We really do. Leaders who’ve had your back their whole live,s like Hillary Clinton, the most qualified and prepared candidate in the history of America. In a few months, I’ll be stepping out of the ring one last time, but Democrats will always, always be in your corner. So, together let’s keep fighting together, fighting the good fight.

Thank you very much.

NV Secretary of State’s Office Certifies Sufficiency of 3 Petitions

(Carson City, NV; July 12, 2016) – Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, in her capacity as Nevada’s chief elections officer, today certified that the petitions returned for The Energy Choice Initiative, Medical Patient Tax Relief Act, and Referendum on Certain Provisions Related to Net Metering Set Forth in 2015 Statutes of Nevada, Chapter 379 are sufficient and will appear on the 2016 general election ballot. In addition, pursuant to NAC 293.090, Secretary of State Cegavske has designated the three petitions as Question Number 3, Question Number 4, and Question Number 5, respectively. A legal challenge against Question Number 5 (the net metering referendum) is still pending before the Nevada Supreme Court.

PetitionPetitioners were required to collect and submit 55,234 valid signatures from registered Nevada voters, including at least 13,809 signatures in each of the four petition districts, for each petition. Only registered voters of the county and petition district where the petition Initiats were circulated were qualified to sign the petitions. The breakdown of the signature examinations conducted by the local election officials can be found by clicking on the following links:

The text and status of various initiatives and referendum being proposed for the 2016 general election can be found in the “Election Center” of the Nevada Secretary of State’s website, www.nvsos.gov, or by clicking here.

The Nevada Secretary of State’s Office will now be appointing people to serve on ballot question committees and develop the arguments for and against all three ballot questions. These arguments, as well as other relevant information, will be printed in the sample ballots delivered to all registered voters before the general election on November 8, 2016.

Do You Need A Reason to Vote for Catherine Cortez Masto?

Do you need a reason to get off your couch and head to the polls this fall to cast your vote for Catherine Cortez Masto for U.S. Senate?  Well here’s a good one:

Mitch McConnell told Fox News that he believes the NRA must approve of our next US Supreme Court justice nominee to receive any consideration by a Republican Senate.  The NRA disapproves of Judge Garland’s nomination, therefore, the current Republican majority will not allow his nomination to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote on confirmation.

This utter nonsense has to end.  We need to take the Senate back!  To do that, we need to make sure that Catherine Cortez Masto is elected to replace retiring Senator Harry Reid.  We cannot allow Republican Joe Heck to become Nevada’s next Senator and allow him to rubber stamp replacement of potentially FOUR retiring Supreme Court justices with “Scalia clones.”

Save the Date for Gun Violence Prevention

by Holly Scala, Northern Nevada Gun Violence Prevention Organizer, Battle Born Progress 

HollyScalaHi!  My name is Holly Scala, and I am so pleased to introduce myself as the new Northern Nevada Gun Violence Prevention Organizer! I am so honored and excited to be joining Battle Born Progress and be a part of such a forward-thinking organization.

I recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, where I majored in International Affairs and Philosophy, and completed a minor in Holocaust, Genocide and Peace Studies. During college I worked for the Tutoring Center on campus as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for a philosophy course, and subsequently as a Senior Supplemental Instruction Leader, in which I got to manage a group of seven other Supplemental Instruction Leaders as well as contribute to the expansion of the Supplemental Instruction Program itself. My time in college heavily fueled my passion for studying political violence and non-violent resistance movements and solutions. Hence, coming into this position is literally a dream come true.

I am a Reno, Nevada native and, aside from the year that I spent living as an exchange student in Bonn, Germany, I have lived here all of my life. I am head over heels with Nevada, especially the Reno-Tahoe area, due to its immense natural beauty and the special kind of people that live in our pretty state. All other waking hours of my life are spent playing guitar or running silly amounts of miles throughout Nevada’s beautiful trails.

Join me in Reno on July 13th at 6:00 p.m. for a get-together to learn more about me and the work we are going to be doing in Northern Nevada. RSVP with me for the location: hscala@battlebornprogress.org

I am so thankful and pumped up to be joining this amazing team, and I look forward to working with you all and seeing how much of a better place we can make our state within the upcoming months!

Another Exercise in Wasting One’s Time

Quite some time ago now, I sat down at my computer and composed a letter to my Representative in Congress. Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV2).  I have no clue why I continue to waste my time, as (1) I don’t believe Mr. Amodei ever bothers to read what I write, (2) some staffer who clearly hasn’t read nor understand what I’ve written selects some canned statement that in no way speaks to the concern I’ve taken MY precious time to communicate, and (3) whoever sends the response must believe females are incapable of writing a letter (even though I check  the “MS.” box on his email my office webform) because they almost always get my gender wrong (today’s email just used M. as though I must have no gender whatsoever) ….. but then, I digress …..

As I started to say, I took the time to write to Mr. Amodei asking him to support the new FCC rules designed to protect the net neutrality of ordinary consumers of the internet.  Those rules are designed to ensure that the relatively few big telecom corporations are not allowed to create fast lanes for their favored few, slow lanes for most others and relatively no lanes whatsoever for even others.

NetNeutrality

Video Explanation:
https://static01.nyt.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000003569336

Since I wrote my letter, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit,  in a 2-to-1 decision from a three-judge panel on June 14,  upheld the F.C.C. rules declaring broadband as a utility.  Clearly, Rep. Mark Amodei’s staff must not have read that New York Times article announcing the ruling, because today, I got this email from his office which clearly indicates HE thinks the FCC rules of regulatory overreach.

NetNeutrality

I’d love to be able to “connect” with my Congressman on Facebook or Twitter, but that’s NOT possible as he’s blocked me from being able to follow him on Twitter and block me from commenting on his Facebook content.  I guess we’ll have to just disagree yet again, just as we disagree regarding the collection of sales taxes on internet sales. Sales taxes support our local community infrastructure. Failure to have a mechanism in place, to ensure they’re collected on all internet sales, means local merchants are left at competitive disadvantage and our community infrastructure suffers when those taxes aren’t collected and remitted. But that was another letter, on a previous day, where we achieved no meeting of the minds, and Rep. Amodei sided with his corporate benefactors, and not his  constituents.

There is, however, hope on the horizon. We have a strong Democratic candidate on the ticket this fall — Chip Evans. He could use our help. I’ve “chipped in” to help Chip become the first Democrat to ever hold the CD2 seat. I certainly hope you’ll do the same so we can bring a progressive candidate to the US House from Nevada’s Congressional District 2.


On April 16, Rep. Amodei voted “AYE” for passage of H.Res 672 dealing with this issue:

Resolved, That at any time after adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2666) to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the rates charged for broadband Internet access service. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill. The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. All points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. No amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.


On 4/15/2016. Rep. Amodei voted “AYE” for passage of HR 2666.  While this bill has been passed by the U.S. House, it has not yet been set for a vote in the U.S. Senate.

Summary of HR 2666:

No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act

(Sec. 2) This bill prohibits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from regulating the rates charged for broadband Internet access service.

(Sec. 3) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect the FCC’s authority to: (1) condition receipt of universal service support by a provider of broadband Internet access service on the regulation of the rates charged by such provider for the supported service, or (2) enforce regulations relating to truth-in-billing requirements or paid prioritization.

(Sec. 4) Broadband Internet access service shall not be construed to include data roaming or interconnection for purposes of this Act.

VOTER ALERT: Nevada Secretary of State Cegavske Advises Voters to Beware of Information Received from Non-Official Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kaitlin Barker
(702) 486-6982
sospio@sos.nv.gov  

(Carson City, NV; June 23, 2016) – As we enter the 2016 general election cycle, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske would like to inform registered voters and individuals not registered to vote that they may be contacted by non-governmental organizations about their voter registration status. Nevadans are advised that the information provided by these organizations may not accurately reflect their official and current voter registration status.

Any person who receives voter registration status information from these organizations that does not appear to be accurate is encouraged to verify their voter information using the Secretary of State’s MyVoterFile verification tool at https://nvsos.gov/votersearch. MyVoterFile allows people to check their voter registration status and political party affiliation, as well as find important information about upcoming elections, including polling locations and electronic sample ballots. Anybody who is concerned that the information they received from these voter outreach organizations may be inaccurate is encouraged to check their voter registration status online before contacting their local election official or the Secretary of State’s office.

Secretary Cegavske also reminds people that all official election mail from the Secretary of State’s office and local election officials will contain the following logo:

Official Election Mail Logo from Secretary of State's Office

Although mail from non-governmental voter participation organizations may appear to be official correspondence from state or local election officials, Nevadans are encouraged to read the entire mail piece, including the fine print, to determine the name of the sender.

For more information about official election mail versus mail from non-governmental organizations, please visit http://www.nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=1578. Questions relating to voter registration may be directed to the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at 775-684-5705, nvelect@sos.nv.gov, or by contacting your County Clerk or Registrar of Voters.

NRA Demands, Once Again, Trump Constituent Demands

The duplicitous  wants guns in OUR workplaces, in our groceries, in our churches, in our night clubs, yet they ban carrying loaded rifles into THEIR offices. To assure their demands are heeded, they send out their chief lobbyist to threaten our politicians such that if they were to support ANY form of gun control legislation, the NRA would make them pay a price—their seat in Congress.  Thus, more terrified of the NRA than their nescient constituents, Senate GOP members would rather sell guns to terrorists than protect the lives of your loved ones.

To end the Democratic filibuster of Senate business last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised “a vote” on gun legislation this week. But, he made sure that any votes taken would require a 60 vote super-majority for passage. Accordingly, all FOUR gun management amendments failed cloture, leaving the terror loophole and the gun show loophole firmly in place and the ability of terrorists on the watch list and the No-Fly list with the affirmed right to buy as many assault rifles and ammunition as they can carry.  Do you feel safer now?

4720

Heller voted NAY

4749

Heller voted YEA

4750

Heller voted NAY

4751

Heller voted YEA

It’s time to make the NRA’s money worthless.  If we really want to make a difference in how our country is governed, it’s time we started taking out the NRA-supported GOP obstructionist trash, starting with taking out Amodei in the US House this year and replacing him with Chip Evans. We also need to assure that Rep. Joe Heck is NOT elected to the Senate and that we replace retiring Sen. Harry Reid with Catherine Cortez Masto. Senator Heller isn’t up for re-election this year, but he’ll be up for re-election in 2018.  We need to remember that he’s indebted to the NRA to the tune of $122,000 and that they’ve bought his votes.

Oh, and as you read through the above vote summaries, if Senator Grassley’s name sounds familiar to you, he chairs the Judiciary Committee. He’s the one blocking any and all consideration of the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Merrick Garland.  So nice to see that he now has a two-fer in an election year where he’s running for re-election to a 7th 6-yr term.

Chip Evans and Northern Nevada Democrats Ready to Lead

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PRESS RELEASE: Remarks from today’s Press Conference in Reno with Democratic Candidates

RENO, NV — “As perhaps never before, our communities in northern Nevada face both enormous challenges and opportunities.

Too many among us are still hurting from the devastation of the Great Recession. Small businesses still struggle. Jobs that pay living wages that can support our families remain scarce. Overcrowded schools and our inability to attract qualified teachers dim our children’s futures. We are awash in hate speech from demagogues that seek to divide us.

The Democrats assembled here are ready to take on these challenges and turn the tide.

  • We remain committed to the needs of all our people, not just those of the wealthiest few and big business.
  • We reject the tactics of obstruction and the language of hate and division.
  • We embrace the diversity of our community and its many needs.
  • We will seek every vote, in every region, especially from those disgusted with government dysfunction.
  • Through words and actions, we will represent all the people of northern Nevada.

I am a pragmatic progressive, ready to work in Congress to support northern Nevada’s seniors, women, minorities, working families and small businesses. I go to Congress to bring good jobs with fair wages to northern Nevadans, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, get big money out of politics and preserve our public lands.

I seek to replace Mark Amodei, a lawyer, lobbyist and career politician already looking for his next job. Based on his own comments and lack of action, it seems he’s already got one foot out the door!

Hard to believe that in a historic Do-Nothing Congress, Mr. Amodei has failed to show up to vote on bills at three times the rate of his peers.

To make things worse, even when Mr. Amodei does show up, he votes against the welfare of Nevadans. But don’t take my word for it; non-partisan groups say the same thing. Based on recent scorecards assembled to keep the actions of Congress accountable, Mr. Amodei received:

  • a ZERO rating on votes important to seniors from the Alliance for Retired Americans
  • a ZERO rating on women’s legislation from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • a rating of 20 out of 100 on bills important to Latinos from the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
  • a ZERO rating on votes affecting the LGBT community from the Human Rights Campaign
  • a 3 out of 100 rating on environmental bills from the League of Conservation Voters

And let’s not forget that Mr. Amodei voted lockstep with his Republican colleagues for the disastrous government shut down that left 11,000 northern Nevada families without a paycheck.
His votes explain why a recent poll showed barely a third of northern Nevadan’s believe Mr. Amodei is worthy of re-election and nearly half believe it’s time for him to get his wish and come home.

As he recently told us, Mr. Amodei is not happy working in Washington and would rather come back to Nevada and run for governor or attorney general. The voters of northern Nevada should be offended that he’s chosen to run for Congress again.

Mr. Amodei has been the poster child of the dysfunction in Washington; a Republican-led Congress that has been terrible for seniors, women, minorities, and our environment. His stated support of Mr. Trump and his failure to denounce his divisive and disastrous agenda indicates his votes will only get worse.

I’m sure the voters of northern Nevada will want to hear Mr. Amodei explain his lack of interest, lack of action, and less than stellar voting record when we debate in October.

I have a decades-long history as a businessman who walks the talk — helping local small businesses prosper and bringing high tech opportunities to northern Nevada.

I’ve got a history of reaching out to my Republican colleagues to find common ground while strongly advocating my progressive ideals and working with community organizations for social justice.

I’m ready to get to work in Congress for the benefit of northern Nevadans and our nation.

I’m proud to stand with these other Democratic candidates seeking to represent us in city, county and state government. They represent the values of hard-working Nevadans and the common-sense approaches needed to move our communities forward.”

Evans is a businessman and entrepreneur advising early-stage companies. He previously worked as a senior executive in large and small high technology companies.

Evans is a former Chair of the Washoe County Democratic Party and served on Reno’s Ward 3 Neighborhood Advisory Board. He was Board Treasurer of Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada (ACTIONN) and was the Founding Nevada Director for the Cleantech Open. He is currently a member of the NAACP, the Democratic Women of Washoe County and the Alliance for Retired Americans.

To learn more about Chip Evans and his campaign for Congress, visit chipevans4congress.com, follow Chip on Facebook or Twitter @chip4congress, stop by Campaign Headquarters at 4635 Longley Lane, #109, Reno, or call 775-240-1222
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Local County Election Results—Humboldt County

COUNTY COMMISSION SEAT A (REPUBLICAN)

BRISSENDEN,
MARLENE
CHATFIELD,
KEVIN
Percent 63.92% 36.08%
Humboldt Votes 845 477

COUNTY COMMISSION SEAT B (REPUBLICAN)

BELL, MIKE DOLPHIN, DENISE K.
Percent 65.21% 34.79%
Humboldt Votes 864 461

HUMBOLDT HOSPITAL DIST TRUSTEE, SEAT D (NP)

HAMMARGREN,
WILLIAM “BILL”
JACOBSEN,
BARBARA A.
LECUMBERRY-UHLMANN,
SABRINA
Percent 42.76% 32.66% 24.59%
Humboldt Votes 779 595 448

SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE SEAT C (NP)

BETTERIDGE, BOYD
Percent 100.00
Humboldt Votes 1575

SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE SEAT D (NP)

BRAGINTON, BRUCE L.
Percent 100.00
Humboldt Votes 1593

UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS, DISTRICT 8  (NP)

MCADOO, CATHY
Percent 100.00
Humboldt Votes 1571