The Progress Report: The Art of the Do-Over

Last week, Trump

This week, he’ll talk about economics. Trump is slated to lay out his economic vision in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club this afternoon. He is expected to call for a moratorium on all new regulations and reviving the Keystone XL pipeline, give more details on his incredibly costly tax plan, and announce a plan to make child care fully deductible. Here are a few things to keep in mind before today’s speech:


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Steves. Trump’s team of 13 economic advisers doesn’t include any women or people of color–but it does include five Steves. His team includes lots of billionaires (and Trump donors) and only one real economist. We found seven other ‘Steves’ who are more qualified than his existing team.

Climate change: Every party has a pooper and at Friday’s opening ceremonies in Rio that pooper was climate change. In a short film narrated by Dame Judi Dench, viewers saw how melting ice sheets will inundate coastal cities, including the coast of Rio de Janeiro, which could see up to 1.5 meters of sea level rise by the end of the century, putting 80,000 people at risk of coastal flooding. And speaking of climate change, it has helped the spread of Zika in the U.S.

Honoring Khan: Charles Cowherd, whose identical twin brother 2nd Lt. Leonard M. Cowherd III is buried three headstones from Capt. Humayan Khan in Arlington National Cemetery, honors Cap. Khan.

ISIS: All signs suggest that ISIS’s days are numbered in Iraq. The group has been pushed out of more than half of the territory it used to control. But are we ready for the day after they’re defeated?

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Supreme Court on DACA Tied 4/4 (Updated)


The Republican Congress has done everything possible to NOT to address effective and efficient Immigration Reform legislation.  And to assure that NOTHING happens, 113 Republicans chose to use our limited tax dollars to sue the President for attempting to take whatever action he can constitutionally take to resolve the situation that our current Immigration system finds itself in today.  21 red-state Republicans have also jumped into the fray to challenge the legality of President Obama’s DACA/DAPA actions.  Nevada’s own Rep. Joe Heck may talk a good story and may not have voted to “deport Dreamers,” but he’s done relatively nothing to resolve
immigrations issues and has in fact, voted to defund implementation of a presidential executive order called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA].

DACA and DAPA [Deferred Action for Parents of Americans] are  two programs outlined in Presidential Executive Orders issued in 2014 that are designed to shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and make them eligible to work in the United States.  They were challenged in Court by Texas, 25 other states, Congressional Republicans and a number of Governors individually.  By strategically filing their suit in right-leaning Federal Court Districts, they were able to get favorable decisions for blocking implementation of those Executive Orders.

That ruling was challenged and the case ended up before the supreme court for resolution. Resolution, however, was not forthcoming as no final ‘decision’ was reached.  This morning’s announcement from the Supreme Court declared that they couldn’t agree on the basis of the case.  Four justices sided with the lower court, and four justices sided with the President’s actions. That tie vote sets no national precedent, but it does leave the ruling by the lower court prohibiting implementation in place.

Since many believe that a single, right-leaning jurisdiction should not be able to dictate what our national laws should be, we can now anticipate that supporters of President Obama’s executive actions may try to coalesce a different group of states to file suit in a different jurisdiction sympathetic to their position to get a ruling forcing implementation.  If successful, that would create a potential ‘split’ allowing an executive order to be considered constitutional in some parts of the U.S., while viewed as unconstitutional in other parts of the U.S.

In the meantime, we’re in the midst of a Presidential Election year.  The presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has declared that he would scrap both DACA and DAPA and deport en masse, some estimated somewhere between 5 and 11 million people. The presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, has declared that she would keep both DACA and DAPA and find potential other ways to protect those who registered under those programs.

Elections are important folks.  There are some serious opportunity and economic costs associated with today’s ruling with puts not just those who trusted President Obama and registered for the program, but for a much larger population of people weary of what might happen if the government had information about them and are still sitting in the shadows.

We need to elect a Congress that is willing to dig in and work on issues.  We’ve now had a Congress unwilling to work for the money we pay them to manage our nation’s resources and laws.  It’s time for a change and I’m not talking about a change in the White House, but a change in Congress.

Statement from former NV Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, the Democratic candidate for Senate representing Nevadans re: Supreme Court Ruling on DACA/DAPA

“A knock on the door should not cause someone to fear that their family will suddenly be torn apart. This ruling is a setback for thousands of Nevada families, and Republicans like Donald Trump and Congressman Heck share the blame. This issue is personal for me – my grandfather came to this country from Chihuahua, Mexico. Contrary to what we hear from Republican politicians who call Mexicans ‘rapists,’ or promote debunked conspiracy theories about ‘Sharia Law’ coming to the United States, our country is stronger, not weaker, because of the contributions of immigrants. If Washington Republicans like Congressman Heck had actually done their job and passed comprehensive immigration reform, DACA and DAPA wouldn’t have even been necessary. Congressman Heck voted to join this anti-immigrant lawsuit that will result in families being torn apart – Nevada’s Latino community will hold him accountable for it in November.”

At the time of this writing, Rep. Joe Heck, the Republican candidate for Senate representing Nevadans has issued no statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this morning.

Hillary Clinton Statement on Texas v. United States

Today, following the Supreme Court’s deadlocked decision in Texas v. United States, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

“Today’s deadlocked decision from the Supreme Court is unacceptable, and show us all just how high the stakes are in this election. As I have consistently said, I believe that President Obama acted well within his constitutional and legal authority in issuing the DAPA and DACA executive actions. These are our friends and family members; neighbors and classmates; DREAMers and parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents. They enrich our communities and contribute to our economy every day. We should be doing everything possible under the law to provide them relief from the specter of deportation.

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is purely procedural and casts no doubt on the fact that DAPA and DACA are entirely within the President’s legal authority. But in addition to throwing millions of families across our country into a state of uncertainty, this decision reminds us how much damage Senate Republicans are doing by refusing to consider President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Our families and our country need and deserve a full bench, and Senate Republicans need to stop playing political games with our democracy and give Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and vote.

“This decision is also a stark reminder of the harm Donald Trump would do to our families, our communities, and our country. Trump has pledged to repeal President Obama’s executive actions on his first day in office. He has called Mexican immigrants ‘rapists’ and ‘murderers.’ He has called for creating a deportation force” to tear 11 million people away from their families and their homes.

“I believe we are stronger together. When we embrace immigrants, not denigrate them. When we build bridges, not walls. That is why, as president, I will continue to defend DAPA and DACA, and do everything possible under the law to go further to protect families. It is also why I will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship within my first 100 days. Because when families are strong—America is strong.”

Las declaraciones de Hillary Clinton sobre Texas versus Estados Unidos

Hillary Clinton publicó las siguientes declaraciones luego de la decisión dividida en el caso Texas vs. Estados Unidos:

“La inhabilidad de la Corte Suprema de llegar a una decisión en el caso Texas vs. Estados Unidos hoy es inaceptable y nos confirma la importancia de esta elección. Como he dicho consistentemente, creo que el presidente Obama actuó adecuadamente dentro de su autoridad legal y constitucional al emitir las acciones ejecutivas DAPA y DACA. Estos son nuestros amigos y familiares, vecinos y compañeros de clase; DREAMers y padres de residentes permanentes legales. Ellos enriquecen nuestras comunidades y contribuyen a la economía todos los días. Debemos hacer todo lo posible bajo la Ley para proveerles alivio de la sombras de la deportación.

“La decisión de hoy de la Corte Suprema es puramente procesal y no deja ninguna duda del hecho que DAPA y DACA están totalmente bajo la autoridad legal del presidente. Pero en lugar de echar a millones de familias a través de todo el país en un estado de incertidumbre, esta decisión nos recuerda cuánto daño los senadores republicanos están haciendo al rehusar considerar nombrar la vacante del presidente Obama a la Corte Suprema. Nuestras familias y nuestro país necesitan y merecen que se nombre esa vacante y los senadores republicanos tienen que parar de seguir estos juegos políticos con nuestra democracia y darle al juez Merrick Garland una audiencia justa y un voto.

“Esta decisión representa más evidencia de cuánto daño Donald Trump le haría a nuestras familias, nuestras comunidades y nuestro país. Trump se ha comprometido en revocar las acciones ejecutivas del presidente Obama en su primer día de administración. Ha llamado a los inmigrantes mexicanos “violadores” y “asesinos”. Ha enfatizado que creará una “fuerza de deportación” para separar a 11 millones de personas de sus familias y hogares. No podemos permitir un presidente que promueve la intolerancia de esta forma.

“Creo que somos más fuertes cuando nos unimos, cuando damos la bienvenida a los inmigrantes, no cuando los degradamos; cuando construimos puentes no murallas. Es por esto que, como presidenta, implementaré fielmente DAPA y DACA y haré todo lo posible bajo la Ley para ir más allá y proteger las familias inmigrantes. Es por esto, también, que introduciré una reforma migratoria integral con un camino a la ciudadanía durante los primeros 100 días de mi administración. Porque cuando las familias están fuertes, el país está fuerte”.





Primary Polls Are Open for Early Voting

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Vote at your polling place on Election Day.
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Vote Early
At the County Courthouse
50 W. Fifth Street, Second Floor
Winnemucca, Nevada
May 28-June 10, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed for Memorial Day, May 30
Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, June 3
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, June 6, through Wednesday, June 8
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 1 0
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.





Make America Gray Again

— by  CAP Action War Room

Donald Trump Unveils His Energy PlatformTrump02

This afternoon after he really, officially clinched the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump went to the heart of America’s current oil boom to unveil his energy platform. He gave his speech at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. While he was sure to fit in his usual anti-immigrant rhetoric and pro-Second Amendment rhetoric, Trump did give us a few insights into what his energy policy could look like.

Unsurprisingly, Trump more or less stuck to the trusty GOP energy handbook: denying climate change, calling to abolish crucial public health standards, and promising to undo progress made in the fight against climate change. Here are just a few of his most noteworthy ideas and their consequences:

Cancel the Paris agreement: Unsurprisingly, Trump reiterated his call to withdraw from the Paris Agreement saying, “We’re going to cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.” The Paris agreement is a landmark step in the global fight against climate change that was made possible by U.S. leadership. Global coordination, like the kind orchestrated in the Paris agreement, is necessary for the world’s collective goal of addressing climate change and is good for markets and U.S. companies seeking a clear and consistent path forward. Walking away from the agreement would weaken our position in the global community and threaten American lives and livelihoods.

Abolish the Clean Power Plan: When he referred to the Clean Power Plan in his speech today Trump said, “How stupid is that?” And as part of his big promise to “free up the coal,” he vowed to get rid of all regulations on the coal industry. Not only is the Clean Power Plan key to ensuring the U.S. meets its goal under the Paris agreement, it is also crucial for the public health and economic security of our country. For every $1 invested in the Clean Power Plan, Americans will see $7 in health benefits. And the plan is expected to prevent thousands of premature deaths.

Protect Welfare for Oil Companies: Like the Republican establishment, Trump said “under my plan we’re lowering taxes very substantially, as you know, for businesses…” Oil and gas companies already get nearly $4 billion in tax breaks annually. Meanwhile, a GOP led Congress phased out tax incentives for clean energy. At the same time, Mr. Trump declared that government should not pick winners or losers when it comes to energy. But billions in tax breaks does exactly that.

In addition to these proposals, Trump vowed to stop environmental executive action, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and lift moratoriums on energy production on public lands, all of which would have serious economic and environmental consequences.

BOTTOM LINE: Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree on the science behind human-caused climate change. The Pentagon called it an “urgent and growing threat to our national security.” Donald Trump called it a Chinese hoax. In today’s speech, Trump repeated the same old, tired GOP energy policies that would endanger public health and undo meaningful progress in the global fight against climate change.

This material [the article above] was created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. It was created for the Progress Report, the daily e-mail publication of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Click here to subscribe. ‘Like’ CAP Action on Facebook and ‘follow’ us on Twitter

Notice of Primary Early Voting Schedule

The Humboldt County Clerk’s Office located on the second floor of the Humboldt County Courthouse, 50 w 5th St. Winnemucca, NV will be open for the purpose of allowing registered voters in Humboldt County to vote early on the following dates:



The Clerk’s Office will be the permanent poling place for Early Voting for ALL precincts (other than designated mailing precincts) in Humboldt County.  Please note that the Clerk’s Office will not be open for Early Voting on the Memorial Day Holiday.  If you have any questions regarding early voting, please contact the Humboldt County Clerk’s Office at (775) 623-6343.

Tami Rae Spero, Humboldt County Clerk and Ex-Ofcicio Registrar of Voters

[This notice was/will be published in the Humboldt Sun on May 20th, May 24th, June 3rd and June 7th, 2016]

Note:  Registration for the primary election will close tomorrow May 24th.  In addition to normal working hours, the Office of the County Clerk will be open for the purpose of registering people to vote today Monday, May 23rd and Tuesday, May 24th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

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.

Notice of Close of Voter Registration for the Primary Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that registration for the PRIMARY ELECTION to be held on the 14th day of June 2016, will close on Tuesday, the 24th day of May 2016.

If you are NOT currently registered in Humboldt County, you must register by May 15, 2016, (30 days prior to the election) to vote in the Primary election.  Registering after that date will make you ineligible to vote in the Primary Election on June 14, 2016, UNLESS you can show proof of your residence in Humboldt Country for a period of thirty (30) days prior to the Primary Election or as of May 15, 2016.  In which case, you may register by May 24, 2016, and be able to vote in the June 14, 2016 Primary Election.

Electors may register for the ensuing election by appearing before the County Clerk at her office, by appearing before a Deputy Registrar, or at a voter registration agency office (e.g., DMV), by sending in a “mail-in registration” in the manner provided by law, or by registering online at the NV Secretary of State’s Election Center.

Beginning the 15th day of May 2016 through the 24th day of May 2016, a person may register ONLY by appearing in person at the office of the County Clerk/Registrar or online at the NV Secretary of States Election Center website.

If you have had a name change, you need to re-register.  Also if you have moved since registering, you will need to complete a change of address form or re-register.

In addition to normal working hours, the Office of the County Clerk will be open for the purpose of registering people to vote on Monday, May 23, 2016 an Tuesday, May, 24, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Should you have any questions regarding this Notice, you may contact the Humboldt County Clerk’s Office at (775) 623-6343 or by email at

(County Seal)

Tami Rae Spero, Humboldt County Clerk & Ex-Officio Registrar of Voters
Published in the Humboldt Sun 4/26/2016
Will also be published in the Humboldt Sun on 5/10/2016 and 5/20/2016

It’s Well Passed the Time to Build a Political Pipeline

I picked up the list of candidates who filed to run for political office and was disappointed to see that only five Democrats chose to stand up and put their name on the ballot for elective office.  If we truly want to turn Nevada Blue, the we need to begin building a “political pipeline” of folks who’ve run a campaign, who’ve served in elective office and who’ve begun to build a bit of local name recognition.  The filling period for City offices hasn’t opened yet, the the filing period for county offices opened and has now closed.

Here are the names of those who filed to run for the various county offices:

County Commissioner

  • Kevin Chatfield — Seat A
  • Marlene Brissenden — Seat A
  • Mike Bell — Seat B
  • Denise K Dolphin —Seat B
  • Ken Tipton — Seat D

Hospital District Board Trustee

  • Earnest Fortmann — Seat A
  • Jennifer Hood — Seat A
  • Jodie M Bains — Seat C
  • JoAnn Casalez — Seat C
  • Joel Murphy — Seat C
  • Lewis W Trout — Seat C
  • William ‘Bill’ Hammergren — Seat D
  • Barbara Jacobsen — Seat D
  • Sabrina Lecumberry-Uhlmann — Seat D

School District Board Trustee

  • Boyd Betteridge — Seat C
  • Bruce L. Braginton — Seat D
  • Brenda Olson — Seat E
  • Carrie D Stringham — Seat E

Golconda Fire Department

  • Chris R Carter — Seat C
  • Kate Hardy — Seat C
  • Crystal Yarnell — Seat E

Winnemucca Rural Fire District

  • Stan Cowley — Seat A
  • Virginia ‘Ginx’ Viegut — Seat C

Paradise Valley Fire District

  • Daniel Ferraro — Seat C

These candidates have two weeks from close of filing to withdraw should they change their minds.

Three Democrats Filed to Represent Those of Us in NV-CD2

Chip Evans

ChipEvans01Northern Nevada Congressional hopeful Chip Evans says, “Make Washington work for families, protect our seniors, and honor our veterans. We are all tired of the dysfunction, obstruction, and partisanship in Washington. Congress needs to get back to working for families like yours and mine, not the special interests who enjoy unfettered influence on our electoral system.”

The Reno businessman and radio personality recently gained the endorsement of U.S Sen. Harry Reid. “Chip Evans is a champion for the middle class and a powerful advocate for fairness and equality,” the U.S. Senate Minority Leader said.

He went on to describe Evans as a man who knows how to get things done. “It’s time to send Congressman Amodei home,” Reid said of the Republican incumbent.

Evans’ political experience includes serving on Reno’s Ward Three Neighborhood Advisory Board. He is a member of the NAACP and was board treasurer of Acting Together in Organizing Northern Nevada, “Out of college I embarked on a successful career in Silicon Valley,” he said. “In 2004, I decided to pursue my entrepreneurial aspirations here in the land of opportunity — northern Nevada.” Evans and is wife of 40 years, Laynette, have three adult children: Daniel, Amy and Annie.

Rick Shepherd

629“I’m very interested in making the world a better place,” said Rick Shepherd, who has been an activist for more than a decade. “Now rather than shout at the incumbent, I want to become him.”

Rick is a native of Crescent City, CA, moved to Nevada at age l8. Shepherd grew up in a Republican household, but says as he matured he began to realize that’s not the party of his liking, citing environmental concerns in particular. “When it comes to climate change, unless we do something about it, nothing is going to change,” he said. “We have only one planet, and these guys (conservatives) are doing absolutely nothing about it.”

He said issues such as climate change can’t be addressed at the local level. “We need federal change.” Shepherd credits Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders with sparking his interest to seek office. “I am invested in this community as a small business owner,” he said. “Aside from my years teaching at UNR, this has been my primary source of income. I have no ties to special interests.”

Shepherd also touts that “My first piece of legislation will be a Poison Pill called “Get to Work!” that simply makes all sitting members of congress ineligible for reelection if the government shuts down on their watch.”

Vance Alm

Vance-AlmHealth care, education and jobs are listed as key issues by Vance Alm, who is seeking the CD2 seat. “We must provide actual health care for every American, not a piece of paper promising health care, or the U.S. paying inflated costs generated by a for-profit industry,” said Alm, who is family practice physician. As a physician, he believes we should transition to a Medicare for All means of providing heath care to all, however, he has no answer as to how to deal with the Hyde Amendment that, if left in place, would deny access to abortion to women and effectively nullify Roe v. Wade with a resounding thud.

Alm believes education is not getting the priority it needs. “We must invest money to recruit and retain the best teachers and build better and safer schools where students can learn,” he said.

Alm called for employment to mean having a meaningful job that provides a real standard of living. He expressed concern that the party is becoming polarized. And, citing “a difficult and confusing process,” he called for the state to return to the primary election process and end caucuses.

Alm served in the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired in 1994. In addition to his private practice, he teaches medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where he attained his medical degree.