Harbinger of Events Yet to Come?

LogoMonday, May 16, 2016

Mr. Jim Roosevelt and Ms. Lorraine Miller
Co-Chairs, Rules and Bylaws Committee
Democratic National Committee
430 South Capitol Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

To the Co-Chairs and Members of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee:

By this letter, the Nevada State Democratic Party (“NSDP”) hereby lodges a formal complaint regarding the conduct of supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders at the recent State Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, May 14, 2016, as well as the conduct of representatives of Senator Sanders’ presidential campaign (the “Sanders Campaign”).

We believe, unfortunately, that the tactics and behavior on display here in Nevada are harbingers of things to come as Democrats gather in Philadelphia in July for our National Convention. We write to alert you to what we perceive as the Sander Campaign’s penchant for extra-parliamentary behavior—indeed, actual violence—in place of democratic conduct in a convention setting, and furthermore what we can only describe as their encouragement of, and complicity in, a very dangerous atmosphere that ended in chaos and physical threats to fellow Democrats. Indeed, the threats to the Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party are ongoing at time of this writing, as Sanders activists have posted her cell phone and home address online, and have bombarded her with threats to her life and the safety of her family. We have attached some examples of this conduct, which is not merely offensive but obviously criminal in nature. We can provide audio of threatening phone calls made directly to the Chair, which now number in the hundreds.

The explosive situation arose in large part because a portion of the community of Sanders delegates arrived at the Nevada Democratic State Convention believing itself to be a vanguard intent upon sparking a street-fight rather than attending an orderly political party process. Surprised and outraged at the idea of being out-organized and thus outnumbered in the convention hall by Clinton delegates, a portion of the Sanders delegation rushed the dais immediately upon the opening of the convention and halted the progress of any convention business for much of the day. Indeed, every point during which Sanders delegates did not agree with any aspect of the proceedings saw them press up against the dais and scream obscenities and threats at the Chair, First Vice Chair, and any other speaker. In fact, event security provided by the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino took it upon themselves to increase the security perimeter around the dais so the convention could simply move forward with its routine business in relative safety. In other words, the hour-to-hour business of Nevada Democrats was necessarily conducted in an atmosphere of impending eruption of physical threats and intimidation for more than 12 hours. Scuffles, screams from bullhorns, and profane insults marked nearly the entirety of the event. Numerous medical emergencies among delegates pressed up against the dais had to be attended to throughout the day.

To the great embarrassment and revulsion of the vast majority of attendees, Sanders delegates crowded the dais and shouted down universally-respected U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California, who had arrived as a guest of the party to deliver a keynote address in support of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Sanders Campaign spent its time either ignoring or profiting from the chaos it did much to create and nothing to diminish or mitigate. It was clear to the NSDP that part of the approach by the Sanders Campaign was to employ these easily-incensed delegates as shock troops to sway the convention proceedings. At the very least, these delegates became a way for the Sanders Campaign to seek the advantage of disruption at any particular moment while trying to disavow any responsibility for their actions even as it was ongoing. At no time did any Sanders representative make anything more than token gestures towards peace in the hall, and at the times of most intense crisis offered little more than shrugs and smirks.

The most egregious instance of the Sanders Campaign inciting disruption—and yes, violence—came as the State Convention’s Credentials Committee completed its work.  Adam Gillette, part of National Delegate Operations Team for the official Sanders Campaign, drafted and arranged for a member of that committee to attempt to deliver an incendiary, inaccurate, and wholly unauthorized “minority report” charging that the Credentials Committee had fraudulently denied 64 Sanders delegates their eligibility. The final delegate count had provided the Clinton Campaign with a 33 delegate advantage in the hall; one can imagine the rage occasioned by this inflammatory charge, tossed into the tinderbox of a tense convention hall. Not only did this discredit the work of the Credentials Committee—which featured five Sanders delegates and five Clinton delegates and a Sanders co-chair, and who worked all day under extremely trying conditions to be fair and diligent in their duties—it called into question the entirety of the proceedings because it indicated to an irrational minority that the proceedings had been rigged against them. Forcing their way onto the dais to deliver this paranoid fantasy of fraud and delegate theft was clearly intended to throw the proceedings into disarray. It succeeded. From that moment on, there was little hope for any peace or mutual understanding and respect between Sanders delegates and the NSDP; the mantra became simply that the convention had been stolen from the Sanders Campaign.

Never mind that six of the 64 potential Sanders delegates referenced had been seated after investigation, or that most of the remaining 58 potential delegates had been disqualified—appropriately, and by a panel evenly split between the campaigns—for not being registered Democratic voters in Nevada. Never mind that the same Credentials Committee had disqualified Clinton delegates for various reasons as well. Never mind, further, that just eight of those 64 potential Sanders delegates even attempted to register for the State Convention. All that mattered was the creation of a narrative of fraud and dispossession, which the Sanders Campaign fomented intentionally for its own political gain. This was an unconscionable act by an official Sanders Campaign representative, with full knowledge of its likely impact on the convention.

Alerted by event security at approximately 10 p.m. that the situation had reached a point where public safety could no longer be assured and that the proceedings had to be concluded in very short order, the NSDP worked diligently to conclude the business of the day and adjourn the State Convention as quickly as possible.

On Sunday, May 15, 2016, a group of Sanders activists attended “protests” at the NSDP’s headquarters office in Las Vegas to criminally deface the building with graffiti. Las Vegas police were notified and called to the scene.

The people who fostered, encouraged, and gained from the unsettling scenes at the Nevada State Democratic Convention bring dishonor and discredit to our state and national parties. Having seen up close the lack of conscience or concern for the ramifications of their actions—indeed, the glee with which they engaged in such destructive behavior—we expect similar tactics at the National Convention in July. We therefore formally complain to the DNC regarding these unfortunate events, and warn the body that the goal of many of these individuals, sanctioned or encouraged by the Sanders Campaign, is not party-building but something more sinister and unproductive. Their tactics speak for themselves, and have no place in our political process as Democrats.

Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,

/s/ Bradley S. Schrager

Bradley S. Schrager, Esq.
General Counsel Nevada State Democratic Party

Attachments

Examples of some of the thousands of crude, threatening text messages and voicemails from Sanders Campaign supporters against the Nevada State Democratic Party Chair can be found here: https://goo.gl/QpHNc5

Example text messages:

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So You Say You Want A Revolution?

— by Mike Burns

NotResponsibleI have seen a glimpse of the Bernie Sanders Political Revolution and it is pretty ugly. Evidently, Bernie’s revolution will consist of misogynistic insults, vandalism, conspiracy theories, the dissing of party officials and death threats against those same party officials as well as their relatives. The Miracle of the Bird has been replaced by the politics of personal destruction, an anti-establishment crusade against anyone not 100% behind Bernie and a nihilistic, counterproductive blueprint for electing Donald Trump as the next President of the United States.

I went to the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday to participate in the Nevada State Democratic convention and fulfill my role as a delegate to that convention. I did not go there to get caught up in a Bernie Sandersprotest yet that is exactly what I was subjected to. His supporters attempted to highjack our event and turn it into one of their own. We were there as Democrats, they were not. We were there to conduct party business, no matter who had the majority of the delegates, they were not. We followed the rules of decorum agreed upon by an equal number of Bernie and Hillary supporters on the rules committee, they did not.

Here is a list of the decorum rules as passed by the convention. TheBernie Sanders delegates broke each and every one of them with the specific intention of slowing down the wheels of progress, shouting down anyone who disagreed with their point of view and shutting down the event.

V. Decorum

  1. All delegates, alternates, and guests are entitled to attend and participate in the convention free of harassment or intimidation. Anyone harassing or attempting to intimidate any delegate, alternate, or guest to the convention shall be ejected from the convention immediately and shall forfeit any fees paid for the convention or other convention activities.
  2. Any intentional disruption of any convention activities may result in immediate ejection from the convention, including the forfeiture of any fees paid for the convention or other convention activities.
  3. Guests invited to speak to the convention shall not have their remarks or presentations interrupted or interfered with in any manner, including auditory or visual distractions from the floor. Violation of this rule may result in immediate ejection from the convention, including the forfeiture of any fees paid for the convention or other convention activities.
  4. Noisemakers of any kind are prohibited at the convention.
  5. Conversation on the floor should be kept to a minimum out of respect for guests, delegates and speakers. Those delegates, alternates, and guests wishing to converse should exit the floor.

In the past, I have been patient with Bernie and his supporters. They have abused the front running Democratic candidate. The have accused her and the Democratic Party of corruption. They have essentially spent 1 full year beating the Democratic Party like a rented mule, one they do not have ownership of, affection for or a responsibility to. As I said, I have been patient. Most of the Hillary supporters have been patient. The Democratic Party has been patient. The hope has been that Bernie would be able to bring his newly energized supporters into the Democratic fold and help to push this party forward with new ideas and new vitality. Every party needs this new blood and new energy from time to time, otherwise we atrophy and die. So we were patient. We waited and we hoped. Unfortunately, our patience has not paid off. I now realize that what Bernie has built is not a vehicle to re-invigorate the Democratic Party. Instead he has created a cult of personality populated with Bernie-bots ready to destroy any organization or individual that is not part of the so called ‘political revolution’.

I no longer have patience. I no longer have hope. I saw too many Bernie supporters this weekend attempting to drown out loyal and faithful servants of the Democratic Party with shouts of ‘Bernie or Bust’. I saw too many Bernie supporters take the microphone and call the Democratic Party corrupt and liken them to the Mafia. I saw them disavow publically any pretext of party unity in favor of Bernie Sanders unilateralism. I didn’t see Democrats on the Bernie side of the room on Saturday. I saw a mob that could no longer be controlled by Bernie or his national campaign. I saw a gang of sore losers who now have no more use for a party that won’t overturn the will of the people and appoint their ‘Saint Bernie’ as the uncontested nominee.

I know that there are long term Democrats that are Bernie supporters. I know that there are reasonable new Bernie voters who are interested in building a Democratic Party that will serve their interests in the future. As Senator Nina Turner said on Saturday – “Be civil, but stay committed”. I will always be willing to embrace these Bernie supporters as fellow Democrats. I still firmly believe that there are more things that we agree on than disagree and I know that there are many of the Bernie people that believe the same thing. But there are obviously many who don’t believe that and never did. They’re wrong, but like all zealots, they are committed to being wrong. Well, go be wrong someplace else. You want your way or the highway? Let me point the way to the on-ramp. You say ‘Bernie or Bust’? Good luck with ‘bust’ as you flee to the Libertarian Party, organize a write in campaign or even sell your soul to Donald Trump. Don’t tear down my Party. It doesn’t belong to you and is not yours to destroy. If you think that Hillary is evil, or the Democratic Party is evil or the process is beyond redemption and needs to be blown up, we don’t need you and we don’t want you. We don’t need your passion if it is only focused on destruction. We don’t need your energy if it is only going to be used to back one specific candidate at the expense of all other Party business and we don’t want your numbers if it is going to be accompanied by your chaos.

The Democratic Party is bigger than you and bigger than Bernie Sanders. It has been pushing a progressive agenda for decades and can survive just fine without you or your ‘all or nothing’ path to political insignificance. In the immortal words of John Lennon: “You say you want a revolution? … You can count me out.” Goodbye, good riddance and don’t let the mule kick you on the ass on your way out.


About Mike Burns —

For years I was a self described independent. I liked the idea that America was built on the powerful idea of compromise. Politics at its best was an exercise in give and take that at least tried to be respectful of both sides of an issue. However, since the rise of right wing talk radio and Fox News, this no longer seems possible. For me, it is time to fight back in my small way. The conservatives have had their way with the truth for too long without enough of us standing up and saying no more lies. Maybe this blog will make a small difference, maybe not. The main thing is that it will satisfy my need to speak out against conservative hate and hypocrisy. Mike Burns

Announcement of Delegates to DNC Convention

The Nevada State Democratic Party released information on the Nevada Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Committee Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Convention is scheduled for July 25-28. At the Convention, Delegates will formally elect the Democratic Party’s 2016 nominee for President.

Nevada’s 23 District-Level Delegates are allocated based on the percentage of the precinct caucus vote on February 20. Hillary Clinton won 13 of these, compared to 10 for Bernie Sanders. The seven At-Large and five Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates are determined based on the State Convention results. Because Clinton had a majority of Delegates at the State Convention, she carried the At-Large Delegates 4–3 and the Pledged PLEO Delegates 3–2.  Clinton earned 20 Pledged Delegates and Sanders earned 15 Pledged Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in July. Overall, Nevada will send 43 Delegates to the Convention, including eight Unpledged PLEO Delegates.

View the breakdown of the Nevada delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention below:

Uncommitted Unpledged PLEO Delegates:

Roberta Lange, Chris Wicker

Sanders District-Level Delegates:

Congressional District 1:  Angie Morelli, Joe Sacco

Congressional District 2:  Carol Cizauskas, Sarah Mahler, Paul Catha

Congressional District 3:  Tacy Geesaman, Leroy Pelton, John Geremia

Congressional District 4:  Alexis Salt, Adam Stuart Littman

Sanders At-Large Delegates:

Lucy Flores, Yvette Williams, Alan Doucette

Sanders Pledged PLEO Delegates:

Hawah Ahmad, Richard “Tick” Segerblom

Sanders Unpledged PLEO Delegates:

Erin Bilbray

Clinton District-Level Delegates:

Congressional District 1:  Donna West, Adriana Martinez, Anthony Flanagan

Congressional District 2:  Carissa Snedeker, Arlan Melendez, Cedric Williams

Congressional District 3:  Alicia Tucker, Jennifer Webb-Cook, Larry Mosley

Congressional District 4:  Mary Chapman, Sakina Turner, Thomas Morley, Larry Coffey

Clinton At-Large Delegates:

Kim Cole, Angel Robinson, Councilman Bob Coffin, Richard Miller

Clinton Pledged PLEO Delegates:

Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams, State Senator Aaron Ford, Assemblyman Nelson Araujo

Clinton Unpledged PLEO Delegates:

U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Artie Blanco, Andres Ramirez, State Senator Ruben Kihuen

Alternates:

Matthew Kimball (Clinton) – Congressional District 1

Lynnette Hull (Clinton) – Congressional District 3

Alexander Goff (Sanders) and Connie Munk (Clinton) – At-Large

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!

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