Pre-Register NOW for the Humboldt Democratic County Convention

Pre-Register for the Humboldt County Democratic Convention Now!

Humboldt County Democratic Convention will convene on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:30 am at French Ford Middle School, 5495 Palisade Dr, Winnemucca, NV

All Delegates, Alternates and Guests (those who attended the caucus but weren’t elected as either Delegates/Alternates at the time) can Pre-Register using EventBrite. Onsite check-In begins at 9:00AM at French Ford Middle School on Saturday, April 2nd. Attendees will need to state their candidate preference when registering to facilitate any necessary upgrades of Alternates to Delegates.

If you’re interested in working on or submitting  Platform planks for the the County/State platforms, you might want to arrive early and share your thoughts with others and seek comments/improvements.  You can find a blank Resolution form here that can be used to compile your plank and then print it out so you can read/share it at the County Convention.  As a courtesy, please consider sharing a copy of your resolution with the County Chair in advance of the Convention by emailing it to humboldtdems@gmail.com.

The County Convention will be called to order at 10;30AM. Registration will end promptly at 11:00 AM. Election of Delegates to the NSDP Convention will begin after any and all necessary Alternate to Delegate upgrades have taken place and the number of certified Delegates has been determined.

At the convention, we will accomplish the following:

  1. Elect Delegates to the NV State Democratic Convention (Las Vegas May 13-14)
  2. Elect a slate of County organization leaders who will serve for the upcoming two-year term
  3. Discuss and ratify a Humboldt County Platform Draft
  4. Discuss and recommend platform planks to be considered for inclusion in State/National Platforms

If you were elected as a Precinct Alternate for your candidate of choice, your registration time/date just might get you a Delegate seat at the Humboldt County Democratic Convention should an elected Delegate not show up.  Pre-register NOW to attend the Humboldt County Democratic Convention to lock in the earliest possible registration time/date.

Please order the appropriate free ticket on Eventbrite based on whether you were elected as a Delegate, as an Alternate, or whether you were not elected as either a Delegate or an Alternate.  You will also need to order your ticket based on the candidate choice you expressed at the County Caucus.

— Elected Delegate–Bernie Sanders (53 tickets available)
— Elected Delegate–Hillary Clinton (27 tickets available)
— Elected Alternate–Bernie Sanders (53 tickets available)
— Elected Alternate–Hillary Clinton (27 tickets available)
— Non-Elected Bernie Sanders Supporter/Guest
— Non-Elected Hillary Clinton Supporter/Guest


Convention Rules for Seating Alternates in place of Absent Delegates:
It is the responsibility of the Candidate campaigns to turn out their delegates.  As can be noted above, the voting body according to Delegate elections at the County Caucus consists of 80 Delegates, 53 for Bernie Sanders and 27 for Hillary Clinton.  Limited efforts will be made by the Party to maintain the preference distribution as determined at the County Caucus when elected Precinct Delegates fail to attend the County Convention by replacing the absent Delegate with an Alternate who holds the same candidate preference. Should insufficient Alternates holding the same preference as the absent Delegate be present at the County Convention, the following procedures apply.

If a Precinct Delegate, who was elected at the County Caucus, does not attend the County Convention, an upgrade of an elected Precinct Alternate will be handled as follows:

  1. If there are one or more Alternates present from an absent Delegate’s Precinct expressing the “same” candidate preference as the absent Delegate, the Precinct Alternate from the absent Delegate’s Precinct expressing the same preference who registered first for the County Convention will be elevated to Delegate.
  2. If there are no Alternates present from an absent Delegate’s Precinct who express the “same” candidate preference as the absent Delegate, an Alternate from the same precinct who does NOT express the “same” candidate preference as the absent Delegate will be elevated to Delegate.
  3. If there are insufficient Precinct Alternates to fill Delegate absences, “Guests” from the same precinct who attended the County Caucus, but who were neither elected as a Delegate nor as an Alternate, may be upgraded, in the order of registration (first registered, first considered), regardless of candidate preference.
  4. If there are insufficient Precinct Alternates/Guests to fill the Precinct Delegate absences, that Delegate’s seat will be declared ‘open’ county-wide and will be eligible to be filled first, by any other Precinct Alternate who was not able to be upgraded to Delegate in their own precinct.  Candidate preference will not apply and upgrade to Delegate will be based solely on their date/time of registration.
  5. If ‘all” elected Alternates from “all” County Precincts have been upgraded and there are still open Delegate seats, “Guests” who attended the County Caucus but who were not elected as Delegate or Alternates on the day of the caucus will be considered to fill ANY open seat in ANY precinct on a first come, first considered basis.

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A Visualization Of The Democrats’ Positions On 5 Important Issues

— by Andrew Breiner | Oct 14, 2015, 12:59 pm

In Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, candidates not only avoided boring their audience, but managed to discuss policy and solutions to real-world problems so that voters will be able to make an informed choice between them. That is to say, they had a political debate. It was a far cry from the Republican debates that have been held so far, where focal points included conspiracy theories about vaccines and Donald Trump’s assertion that he doesn’t call all women pigs, just Rosie O’Donnell.

Candidates challenged each other on key issues like gun control and marijuana legalization, and clarified their own positions on reforming Wall Street and college affordability. We’ve collected the stances of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley on some of the most prominent topics of debate:

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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

Catherine Cortez Masto Announces Run for Senate

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CatherineCortezMastoMy name is Catherine Cortez Masto. I’ve spent my life and career fighting to protect the families of Nevada. And today, I’m proud to announce that I am running to become the next U.S. Senator from Nevada.

As Attorney General, I stood up to special interests and fought for consumers in Nevada. I worked with local law enforcement to crack down on meth labs to help combat our state’s growing drug problem, protected domestic abuse victims and children preyed upon by sex traffickers and looked out for seniors who have been cheated by scam artists.

As a native Nevadan, former prosecutor and Attorney General I care about the people of our state and that’s who I’ll be standing up for in the Senate. I was proud to be the first Latina elected to serve as Attorney General. To be the first Latina elected to the United States Senate would be an honor, and an incredible opportunity for me to fight for all Nevadans.

I’m running for the Senate to continue my work standing up for Nevada seniors, consumers, homeowners, women and children. But these days, campaigns aren’t as simple as which side has better ideas. Outside groups and special interests will try to tear me down. Outside money and attacks will flow into the state. It’s not a battle I can fight on my own.

We need to show the special interests that we mean business not just with words, but with action. Sign here to stand with me today.

Please Note: Democratic Candidates May Have Lost, But Progressive Issues Won

— by David Morris (reposted from CommonDreams)

Ballot initiatives more accurately take the ideological pulse of the people because debates over issues are not disrupted by the personality politics and subterfuge that dominate candidate races. (Photo: Susy Morris/flickr/cc)

On November 4th Democrats lost big when they ran a candidate but won big when they ran an issue.

In 42 states about 150 initiatives were on the ballot. The vast majority did not address issues dividing the two parties (e.g. raising the mandatory retirement age for judges, salary increases for state legislators, bond issues supporting a range of projects).  But scores of initiatives did involve hot button issues.  And on these American voters proved astonishingly liberal.

Quote01.fw_.pngVoters approved every initiative to legalize or significantly reduce the penalties for marijuana possession (Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Washington, D.C.)  It is true that a Florida measure to legalize medical marijuana lost but 57 percent voted in favor (60 percent was required).

Voters approved every initiative to raise the minimum wage (Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota). Voters in San Francisco and Oakland approved initiatives to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018.  The good citizens of Oakland and Massachusetts overwhelmingly approved more generous paid sick leave.

Both Colorado and North Dakota voters rejected measures that would have given the fertilized egg personhood under their criminal codes.

Washington state voters approved background checks for all gun sales and transfers, including private transactions.

By a wide margin Missourians rejected a constitutional amendment to require teachers to be evaluated based on test results and fired or demoted virtually at will.

By a 59-41 margin North Dakotans voted to keep their unique statute outlawing absentee owned pharmacies despite Walmart outspending independent pharmacist supporters at least ten to one.

The vote in Colorado offers a good example of the disparity between how Americans vote on candidates and how we vote on issues.  A few years ago the Colorado legislature stripped cities and counties of the right to build their own telecommunications networks but it allowed them to reclaim that authority if they put it to a vote of their citizens.  On Tuesday 8 cities and counties did just that. Residents in every community voted by a very wide margin to permit government owned networks even while they were voting by an equally wide margin for Republican candidates who vigorously oppose government ownership of anything.

Republicans did gain a number of important victories. Most of these dealt with taxes. For example, Georgia voters by a wide margin supported a constitutional amendment prohibiting the state legislature from raising the maximum state income tax rate. Massachusetts’ voters narrowly voted to overturn a law indexing the state gasoline tax to the consumer price increase.

What did Tuesday tell us?  When given the choice between a Republican and a Democrat candidate the majority of voters chose the Republican.  When given a choice between a Republican and a Democrat position on an issue they chose the Democrat.  I’ll leave it up to others to debate the reasons behind this apparent contradiction.  My own opinion is that ballot initiatives more accurately take the ideological pulse of the people because debates over issues must focus on issues, not personality, temperament or looks.  Those on both sides of the issue can exaggerate, distort and just plain lie but they must do so in reference to the question on the ballot.  No ballot initiative ever lost because one of its main backers attended a strip club 16 years earlier.

I am buoyed by the empirical evidence: Americans even in deeply red regions are liberal on many key issues. And I am saddened that these same voters have voted to enhance the power of a party at odds with the values these voters have expressed.  The challenge, and in an age where billions of dollars in negative sound-bites define a candidate it is a daunting one, is how to make the next election on issues, not personalities.

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David Morris is Vice President and director of the New Rules Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which is based in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. focusing on local economic and social development.

It’s Decision-Making Time

— Brian Dempsey, Candidate for U.S. Representative (NV-CD2)

Dempsey03As you all know it is about 6 weeks until early voting for the Primary Election begins (May 24th thru June 6th).  That means its decision time for the Democrats to decide which of the candidates will give us the best chance to win this seat.  We all know this seat is going to be a challenge and a very long shot to win, but it is winnable!  I know that if we choose the right person, and we all come together we can do it.

I started my campaign just over a year ago.  I started early because I knew it would be hard.  People have told me that I can’t win, that I shouldn’t even try.  One year later I am still here!  I will not quit!  I will not let the negative thoughts of others persuade me to give up.  I have overcome enough bad times in my life to know that quitting is not an option.

I understand why the leaders of our party give up on this District.  I understand why they have so much negativity.  I understand I may lose this election.  I also understand leadership.  Real leaders find a way to make things happen. Real leaders don’t give up.  I may lose, but nobody will ever be able to look at me and say that I didn’t try.

I encourage you to research all of the candidates.  And you need to decide who will give us the best chance to win.  I hope that when you vote, it will be for me.  I want the chance to beat Mark Amodei.  I do not want a repeat of 2012 and have a person on the ballot that does not belong there.  If I lose the primary, whoever wins will have all of my support.  I am not running against the others, I am running against our “Do nothing Congressman.”  I feel that I give us the best chance to win.

This election is about the future.  I want to be a leader of the Party, the State, and the People.  I want to be your Representative in D.C.  Why?  Because you deserve better, Nevada deserves better, and the people of the United States deserve better!

We can do this!

Thank you everyone!

Dempsey enters the ring

clip_image001Gardnerville resident Brian Dempsey filed with the Nevada Secretary of State today as a Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District.

“Today I made it official,” said Dempsey, “but I’ve been on this road, literally, for almost a year now. I’ve traveled hundreds of miles at a stretch, sometimes to meet with groups as small as three or four, so I could reach out to the citizens of this district – young and old, men and women; employed and unemployed, in retirement and in training – to listen to their concerns and hear them talk about their hopes and dreams. This has given me a first-hand, first-person understanding of what the citizens of this district are going through, and what they expect from their Representative in Washington.”

clip_image002A graduate of South Tahoe High School, Dempsey moved to Carson Valley in 1996. After leaving the Marine Corps, he studied at Western Nevada College and built a career as a grocery store manager. Now the pride and joy of his life is his 6 year old son, Ender.

“After all the dark times Nevada families have gone through in recent years,” said Dempsey, “I am ready to move mountains, if necessary, to build a brighter future for my son’s generation. Sadly, all we’ve seen in Washington of late has been obstructionism and partisan politics. I’m determined to change that.”

Dempsey believes the electorate knows exactly what it wants. “Regardless of party affiliation,” said Dempsey, “the voters I’ve talked to want all the same things I do: more jobs, better education, respect and fairness for all – including immigrants – and a health care system that will be affordable for the taxpayers in decades to come.”

For more information, find “Dempsey for Congress” on Facebook or go to his website at dempsey4congress.com.

Kate Marshall’s New Years Resolutions

imageWhile you’re contemplating your relative opportunity for success in achieving your New Year’s resolutions, Kate Marshall’s campaign team  thought you might like to see the resolutions she committed herself to achieving:

  1. Greater voter access for all Nevadans including those with disabilities, serving in the military, or overseas;
  2. Increase transparency in campaign finance so that voters can “follow the money;” and
  3. Work with city, county, state agencies to facilitate ease of registration and licensing for businesses.

Kate will be on the ballot as a democratic candidate for Secretary of State for the State of Nevada.  To learn more about her campaign and what she intends to bring to the office of Secretary of state, take some time to peruse Kate’s campaign website.  And, if you’re so inclined, she has an ActBlue account through which you can donate to Kate’s campaign.

Of all of our state offices, the Secretary of State campaign is most likely the critical campaign of 2014 and folks on the right know that.  The Secretary of State position is the gateway extremists on the right are using to suppress our right to vote through reductions in early voting opportunities and stricter voter registration restrictions that prevent people who are legally eligible to vote from being able to exercise that right to cast a ballot in any given race.

Ensure your registration is up-to-date and take the time to learn more about each candidate who will be on the ballot for election.