Pelosi Statement on Failed House Republican Veto Override Vote

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after House Republicans failed to override the President’s veto of their budget reconciliation bill to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“It is deeply fitting that Republicans chose Groundhog Day for their failed veto-override vote. Today, instead of working to create good-paying jobs or raising the paychecks of hard-working Americans, Republicans once again recycled their dead-end special interest assault on women and working families.

“Today’s failed vote represents Republicans’ 63rd vote to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act and their 12th vote to attack women’s health in the 114th Congress alone. With this vote, Republicans have once again tried to take family planning and lifesaving preventive care away from millions of women across America. With this vote, Republicans tried to shatter the affordable health care of 22 million Americans.

“Again and again and again, the Republican Congress returns to these toxic, hollow bills. House Republicans’ self-declared ‘factory of new ideas’ is stuck in a miserable remake of Groundhog Day – and the women and working families of America aren’t laughing. The American people need the Republican Congress to set aside their radical obsessions and join Democrats to grow their wages and strengthen their security for the future.”


Note: All three of Nevada’s Republican members of the US House voted FOR passage of the bill to override President Obama’s veto of HR 3762.  Their efforts failed.

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February 20th Democratic Caucus Guidelines

Observers

The following rules MUST be followed by guest observers at the precinct caucus:

  • Only eligible, registered caucus participants may participate on caucus matters or elections.
  • The Site Coordinator/Temporary Chair will ask that all guest observers be seated in an area other than what is reserved for eligible caucus participants, if there is room. Caucus participants are given first priority for space in the precinct location.
  • Guest observers must remain quiet and not become involved in caucus discussions once the caucus is called to order.
  • Eligible caucus participants are to be considered actively participating in the caucus from the time it is convened until it is adjourned. It is not appropriate for a reporter to interview a caucus participant while the caucus is in session.
  • Campaign staff and campaign volunteers who are observers will not be allowed to communicate, signal, or instruct the eligible caucus participants once the caucus is called to order by the Temporary Chair.
  • All facilities at the caucus have been reserved for caucus attendees and the Nevada State Democratic Party. The Site Coordinator/Temporary Chairs, as officers of the Democratic Party, have first right to these facilities.
  • In the event that there is broadcast equipment at a caucus site, it must be set up and used in a way that will not hinder or obstruct the participation of any caucus attendee.
  • In the event of violations of these rules, the Site Coordinator/Temporary Chairs may ask the disruptive person(s) to leave.

Campaigning and Other Activities at the Caucus

Persons appearing on behalf of candidates or issues not specifically mentioned in the agenda will not be offered an opportunity to speak during the caucus. However, they may speak individually with attendees prior to the 11:30 a.m. start time and pass out literature or collect signatures prior to the caucus being called to order.

  • No food is permitted at caucus locations. Individuals may bring water
  • Campaigns signs are NOT allowed to be posted inside any precinct caucus location or inside any caucus site. Also, campaigns signs are NOT allowed to be attached to any portion of the inside or outside of the location. This includes taping, gluing, nailing, posting, sticking, tacking, writing, etc. onto any bulletin board, wall, door, fence, lawn or other surface on the interior or exterior of caucus sites. Campaigns may not dig holes or drive stakes on the grounds of caucus sites.
  • Campaigns may NOT post signs or hand out stickers, due to possible assessment of damage charges by facilities.
  • Buttons or pins and literature are acceptable.
  • No campaigning activity by presidential campaigns is permitted inside the registration area of the caucus site.
  • Paraphernalia that obstructs views, causes a distraction (noise makers), or interrupts the caucus are prohibited on caucus sites.
  • Eligible caucus participants WILL BE allowed to wear campaign gear in support of their candidate.

Each campaign is responsible for the removal of any campaign materials they bring to the caucus or provide to supporters at the conclusion of the caucus.

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2016 NV Democratic Military and Overseas Tele-Caucus

The Military and Overseas Tele-Caucus is available to Nevadans who are registered to vote and covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Voting Act (UOCAVA) and any active-duty member of the military who is outside the borders of Nevada on the day and time of the Nevada Democratic Caucus, which will take place on Saturday, February 20 at 11 a.m. PT. This would include:

  • Member of the military stationed outside Nevada
  • Military family members living abroad
  • Member of the Peace Corps
  • Member of the Diplomatic Corps
  • Students or other Nevadans living abroad

Pre-Registration

On our state party website (NVDems.com), we have a link to pre-register for the TeleCaucus. All fields on the form are mandatory. We will ask for the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Nevada Voting Address (Street, City, Zip)
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Which of the following most accurately describes your reason for participating in the Tele-Caucus? (drop-down menu)
    • Member of the military stationed outside Nevada
    • Military family members living abroad
    • Member of the Peace Corps
    • Member of the Diplomatic Corps
    • Students or other Nevadans living abroad

NV Dems will check each registrant’s information using the Nevada Secretary of State Voter File. NV Dems will confirm on a rolling basis that all participants are registered Democrats and eligible to participate. If they are not eligible, they will be notified by NV Dems and asked to complete a voter registration form online at nvsos.gov.

Pre-Registration Timeline

  • Monday, February 1st – Sunday, February 14 (Midnight PT)

Email Confirmation

A reminder email will be distributed one week before the caucus with Tele-Caucus dial-in information (phone number and a unique pin) on a rolling basis to everyone who pre-registered the last week. NV Dems will also send out reminder emails the day before the caucus.

Pre-Caucus Logistics

Each presidential campaign will be asked to submit a two-minute recording from their candidate, due by Friday, February 12. A member of the NV Dems staff or a designated volunteer will chair the Tele-Caucus. Two additional staffers or designated volunteers will assist the Tele-Caucus Chair during the call. Tele-Caucus Rules

  • Participants must pre-register with NV Dems by Sunday, February 14, 2016 and must meet the qualifications outlined in this memo.
  • Participants must be registered Democrats.
  • Participants have until February 14, 2016 to register to vote.
  • Participants will receive a confirmation email after registering.
  • NV Dems will confirm all participants are registered Democrats, and will alert anyone who needs to update voter registration by February 14, 2016.
  • NV Dems will notify anyone who does not qualify.
  • Participants will remain anonymous.
    Participants will receive a reminder email one week out, which will include a dial-in number and a unique pin. Reminder emails will also be sent the day before and morning of the Tele-Caucus.
  • Participants must be dialed in to the Tele-Caucus by 12:00 p.m. PT.
  • Participants will be asked to stay on the line for the duration of the call.
  • Participants will be able to press “0” at any time to communicate with an operator and ask questions.
  • There are two delegates allocated to the state convention from the Tele-Caucus.
  • If more than two viable preference groups still exist after the first realignment process, the smallest preference group(s) must realign.
  • The Tele-Caucus Chair will announce the number of eligible attendees and calculate viability using the 25% threshold. The viability threshold will be announced to the group.
  • Presidential candidate recordings will play in alphabetical order by last name before the first alignment period.
    There will be one alignment period and three realignment periods, each lasting two minutes. Participants will be instructed to press “1” for Hillary Clinton, “2” for Martin O’Malley, “3” for Bernie Sanders, “4” for Uncommitted and “5” for Other.
  • Once a participant has joined a preference group, he/she will not be able to change a preference group until the next realignment process.
  • At the 60-second and 30-second marks, participants will be given an update on preference group sizes and how many more members each group needs to become viable. They will also be given a time warning. The clock will be paused during these updates to ensure participants have a full two minutes to make their selections.
  • A 10-second time warning will be given.
  • After each alignment and realignment period, the Tele-Caucus Chair will announce the preference group sizes, which groups are viable, which groups are not viable, and how many more people each group would need to become viable.
  • Anyone is able to realign during the first realignment process; however, only non-viable groups may realign during the second or third realignment.
  • During the first realignment process, all participants must re-enter their preference group, even if they were members of an already viable preference group.
  • After the first realignment period, any viable preference group members will be locked into their preference group and will no longer have to key in a response to join a preference group.
    During second and third realignments (if a third realignment is needed), participants will have an option to no longer participate in the caucus.
  • If a third realignment process is needed, then it is the final process, and people must be in a viable preference group after that realignment, or will not be included in counts when awarding delegates. This will be made clear to participants.
  • If any participants remain in non-viable preference groups after the third realignment process, they will not be included in counts when awarding delegates.
  • After the final realignment process, delegates will be awarded to the preference groups using the following formula: (number of members in the group X number of delegates to elect) ÷ total eligible attendees.
  • The number of delegates each preference group receives will be announced.
  • Note: the viability threshold and the total eligible attendees will not change throughout the duration of the Tele-Caucus.
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26 Days to the NV Caucuses

With less than a month to go until the Nevada Democratic caucuses, it’s more important than ever to make sure that Nevada is ready to select our Democratic nominee. That’s why we’ve released a new video to show you what Caucus Day will look like!

Nevadans will play a huge part in the selection of a Democratic nominee – we’re the First in the West and just the third state to have our voice heard this cycle. That’s why it’s SO important that YOU make your voice heard.

If you’re not currently registered as a Democrat:  Register HERE

To check your registration on line: Check Your Registration HERE
(HINT: You can also find out your Precinct number at this link)

To PRE-REGISTER for your caucus & find out the location for your Precinct’s Caucus go HERE.  Pre-registering will save you considerable time during the check-in process that morning.

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‘Great Day for Clean Energy’ as Supreme Court Gives Renewables a Boost

SCOTUS upholds rule meant to incentivize electricity conservation and idle dirty fossil fuel power plants normally used during periods of high demand

— by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

“Demand response provides tremendous benefits to our environment, helps consumers save money and makes our electricity grid more reliable,” says Earthjustice. (Photo: Image Catalog/flickr/cc)

In a decision heralded as “great news for consumers and the environment,” the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a rule meant to incentivize electricity conservation and idle dirty fossil fuel power plants normally used during periods of high demand.

As Timothy Cama explains for The Hill, the court ruled (pdf) that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) “did not exceed the authority Congress gave it when it wrote its ‘demand response’ rule, mandating that electric utilities pay customers to reduce use during peak demand periods.”

At the Natural Resources Defense Council blog, senior attorney Allison Clements offered further background:

In 2011, FERC (the agency that regulates our country’s high voltage electric transmission grid) issued a landmark rule called Order 745, which set compensation for demand response in wholesale energy markets. Under the rule, grid operators are required to pay demand response participants the same rates for reducing energy use as those paid to power suppliers for producing energy from resources like coal, natural gas, and wind and solar power. FERC said the rule reflected the common sense view that “markets function most effectively when both supply and demand resources have appropriate opportunities to participate.”

With its ruling on Monday, the Supreme Court essentially affirmed FERC’s position—and in turn, gave clean energy “a huge boost,” Clements said in a press statement. That’s because, she explained, “[i]f grid operators can count on fast-acting customer responses rather than plants that need more advanced notice to come online, they will have greater flexibility to meet electricity demand in situations when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.”

What’s more, said Sierra Club staff attorney Casey Roberts, “demand response programs make energy cheaper, ensure the reliability of the grid, and protect our air and water from fossil fuel pollution.”

As Politico points out:

The agency’s win is seen as a big loss for large “baseload” power sources like coal, natural gas and nuclear in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest, which have seen their profits decline over the last several years as electricity consumption has eased and renewables grew. Now they have to compete with industrial customers and others who will at times be paid at market rates to reduce their electricity use without having the costs of operating and maintaining a power plant themselves.

“This is a great day for clean energy and the health of a more affordable, stronger power grid,” added Earthjustice managing attorney of clean energy Jill Tauber on Monday. “Demand response provides tremendous benefits to our environment, helps consumers save money and makes our electricity grid more reliable.”


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