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.

An End to Human Trafficking

— by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democratic Party Nominee for U.S. President

human-traffickingElementary students across America are taught that slavery ended in the 19th Century. But, sadly, nearly 150 years later, the fight to end this global scourge is far from over. Today it takes a different form and we call it by a different name — “human trafficking” — but it is still an affront to basic human dignity in the United States and around the world.

The estimates vary widely, but it is likely that somewhere between 12 million and 27 million human beings are suffering in bondage around the world. Men, women and children are trapped in prostitution or labor in fields and factories under brutal bosses who threaten them with violence or jail if they try to escape. Earlier this year, six ”recruiters” were indicted in Hawaii in the largest human trafficking case ever charged in U.S. history. They coerced 400 Thai workers into farm labor by confiscating their passports and threatening to have them deported.

I have seen firsthand the suffering that human trafficking causes. Not only does it result in injury and abuse—it also takes away its victims’ power to control their own destinies. In Thailand I have met teenage girls who had been prostituted as young children and were dying of AIDS. In Eastern Europe I have met mothers who lost sons and daughters to trafficking and had nowhere to turn for help. This is a violation of our fundamental belief that all people everywhere deserve to live free, work with dignity, and pursue their dreams.

For decades, the problem went largely unnoticed. But 10 years ago this week, President Clinton signed the Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act, which gave us more tools to bring traffickers to justice and to provide victims with legal services and other support. Today, police officers, activists, and governments are coordinating their efforts more effectively. Thousands of victims have been liberated around the world and many remain in America with legal status and work permits. Some have even become U.S. citizens and taken up the cause of preventing traffickers from destroying more lives.This modern anti-trafficking movement is not limited to the United States. Almost 150 countries have joined the United Nations’ Trafficking Protocol to protect victims and promote cooperation among countries. More than 116 countries have outlawed human trafficking, and the number of victims identified and traffickers imprisoned is increasing each year.

But we still have a long way to go. Every year, the State Department produces a report on human trafficking in 177 countries, now including our own. The most recent report found that 19 countries have curtailed their anti-trafficking efforts, and 13 countries fail to meet the minimum standards for eliminating trafficking and are not trying to improve.

It is especially important for governments to protect the most vulnerable – women and children – who are more likely to be victims of trafficking. They are not just the targets of sex traffickers, but also labor traffickers, and they make up a majority of those trapped in forced labor: picking cotton, mining rare earth minerals, dancing in nightclubs. The numbers may keep growing, as the global economic crisis has exposed even more women to unscrupulous recruiters.

We need to redouble our efforts to fight modern slavery. I hope that the countries that have not yet acceded to the U.N. Trafficking Protocol will do so. Many other countries can still do more to strengthen their anti-trafficking laws. And all governments can devote more resources to finding victims and punishing human traffickers.

Citizens can help too, by advocating for laws that ban all forms of exploitation and give victims the support they need to recover. They can also volunteer at a local shelter and encourage companies to root out forced labor throughout their supply chains by visiting www.chainstorereaction.com.

The problem of modern trafficking may be entrenched, but it is solvable. By using every tool at our disposal to put pressure on traffickers, we can set ourselves on a course to eradicate modern slavery.

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

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— by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary

If you’ve read the headlines over the past few months, you’ve probably heard about the Zika virus. You might wonder how serious the virus is and what steps you can take to help protect yourself and your family.

HHS is committed to giving the American people the tools they need to live healthy and productive lives. And information can often be one of the best tools. So I want to share with you some of the things we have learned about this virus, and what you should know.

mosquito-580pxWhat is Zika?


Zika is a virus
that is primarily spread by mosquitoes, though it can also be sexually transmitted. As of July 20, there have been 5,200 cases of Zika in the United States and its territories.

The biggest risk of Zika is to pregnant women or women of childbearing age. Zika virus can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.

Zika can cause symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes. An illness from Zika is usually mild, and the symptoms typically will only last several days to a week. Based on previous outbreaks, approximately 80 percent of people who have Zika will not have any symptoms.

How Do I Prevent Getting Zika?

Our colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have laid out helpful prevention guidance, which you can find right here. This is particularly important if you travel to an area with active Zika transmission. It is important to remember to follow the guidance not only when you are in an area with active Zika transmission, but also for three weeks after you return.

Pregnant women should not travel to areas with active Zika transmission. If you’re pregnant and you have traveled to an area with Zika, you should visit your doctor or other health care provider as soon as possible, even if you don’t feel sick. This checklist offers some topics and questions you should bring up.

Another way you can prevent Zika is by preventing the most common way Zika spreads – mosquito bites. You can reduce your risk of being bitten by:

  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts, and long pants when outside.
  • Using EPA-registered insect repellents.
  • Installing screens on your windows and doors.
  • Emptying containers that collect water, or notifying the proper authorities if you see places where water has collected. The most common type of mosquito that spreads Zika can reproduce in as little water as a bottle cap.

CDC’s Response to Zika. Prevent Zika. (1) Cover up and use insect repellent. (2) Remove standing water. (3) Keep mosquitoes out of your home. (4) Use condoms. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/zika.

What Is All This Talk About Funding?

Back in February, the Obama Administration asked Congress for $1.9 billion to fight Zika and protect pregnant women. It was a request based on the advice of our most experienced public health experts.

These funds would be used to protect pregnant women in the United States by better controlling the mosquitoes that spread Zika, by developing new tools like vaccines and better diagnostics, and by conducting crucial research so we can better understand the effects of Zika, especially on infants and children.

Congress recently left Washington without providing these additional funds. At HHS, we’re going to do everything we can to prevent, detect and respond to this virus here in the United States, and especially in hard-hit places like Puerto Rico, but hope there is action on this necessary funding as soon as the Congress returns.

How Can I Help?

We are always stronger against public health threats when we work together. So the best thing you can do right now is to make sure more people get more information on the Zika virus.

Help us reach others by sharing this blog post on Facebook and Twitter. Click the “Share” button in the top right corner of this post, or click the “Tweet This” button at the bottom.

And share this information with your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Make sure that everyone knows the risks, and how to stay safe.

Ruben Kihuen re: Rep. Hardy’s Sham Publicity Stunt on Public Lands

Ruben J. KihuenToday, Congressman Cresent Hardy and Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah are holding a House Committee on Natural Resources “field hearing” in North Las Vegas to discuss their plans to radically change federal land management policy in Southern Nevada.

State Senator Ruben Kihuen, Democratic candidate for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, issued the following statement:

“Once again, Congressman Hardy – this time with the help of his fellow extremist Congressman Bishop – is organizing a publicity stunt to make the case for implementing his racist friend Cliven Bundy’s reckless agenda on public lands. Overwhelmingly, Nevadans across party lines understand that keeping public lands in public hands grows our state’s economy, improves our quality of life and supports outdoor recreation opportunities. The Hardy-Bundy agenda on display today at this sham hearing would open up our public lands to being privatized, restrict access for Nevadans and blow a hole in the state budget.”


Ruben Kihuen is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, sometime around 5pm eastern time (2pm Nevada time). If you have cable/satellite, tune in on C-SPAN to watch without all the talking head spin and interruptions.

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.