Seeking Shelley Berkley BFFs

— Cindy Trigg, Douglas County Central Committee Chair

I am looking for a small group of rapid response workers.  Volunteers who are willing to recruit helpers and volunteers to aid the Berkley campaign whenever they’ll need help in phone banking, putting boots on the ground going door-to-door, etc.  Hey ladies … this is a great opportunity to lose that last couple of pounds walking door-to-door for Shelley.

The key is that these volunteers MUST BE WILLING TO DO THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE UNTIL IT’S FINISHED.  If you cannot find the volunteers to help with the “assignment” you’d need to finish it yourself.

This is different from signing up with the Berkley campaign. These initial volunteers for this group should be campaign tested.  This group will take direction from the Berkley campaign, however, we’ll need to be strong enough to say or relay facts about our communities, things that we know does and doesn’t work.

We know our communities. and we will work our butts off for Shelley. but we need to let them know what works well for candidates in our counties and precincts. For example, folks in Winnemucca know that spending time walking (or more appropriately, driving) from door-to-door in the outlying precincts doesn’t do a whole lot for us.  Something else we’ve learned is that highway signs and billboards lift the spirits of volunteers, brings volunteers in, and give us a sense that the candidate we are working for has a presence.

I’m hoping to recruit FIVE core volunteers from each of the CD2 rural counties, Douglas, Carson City, Churchill, part of Lyon, Winnemucca and Elko. This is not an exercise in resume building. It is, however, a 90-day sprint from Aug. 1st thru the election.  It won’t mean you’ll have to miss your child’s wedding, but we will have to be prepared to work hard at consistently supporting our candidate.

We will elect Shelley Berkley as the Senator from NV but we have to make sure the rural counties are not ignored.  Time, money and distance make it very difficult for the federal candidates.  When we can’t physically get our candidate here, we’ll work to set up Skype meetings and teleconference calls to give voters more access.

But, to do that, we need your help!  Step up and volunteer to help.  Reach out to those who you know will do the work.  If you’re willing to volunteer as one of Shelley’s BFFs, send a text with your information or call Cindy Trigg at (775) 338-1561, or send Cindy an email: f4trigg@aol.com.

News from the Trail —

BERKLEY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR BUFFET RULE

Calls on House Leadership To Bring Up Legislation For a Vote

LAS VEGAS – Today, Shelley Berkley, candidate for the United States Senate, issued the following statement in support of the Buffet Rule:

“It doesn’t make any sense for housekeepers, teachers, card dealers and police officers in Nevada to pay a higher tax rate than Wall Street millionaire bankers and hedge fund managers.  We need leaders in Washington who are going to side with middle-class families over those profiting from corporate special interests representing Big Oil companies making record profits, corporations shipping American jobs overseas and private insurance companies working to dismantle Medicare.  I call on the leadership in the House of Representatives to bring up the Buffet rule for a vote as soon as possible.”

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Buffet rule on April 19, 2012.


Heller Supports Millionaires Paying Lower Tax Rates Than NV Teachers, Nurses

Heller comes out against Buffett Rule that ends special billionaire tax breaks

See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJwga92XFs8

Las Vegas, NV – Last night, KLAS Las Vegas reported that Senator Dean Heller came out against the Buffett Rule, legislation that would end special tax breaks that allow millionaires and billionaires to pay lower tax rates than middle class families.

“In Dean Heller’s Nevada, Wall Street billionaires would continue to pay a lower tax rate than struggling teachers and nurses,” said Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Zach Hudson.  “Once again Heller is demonstrating that he is siding with Wall Street billionaires, private insurance companies, and Big Oil companies making record profits  instead of Nevada’s middle-class families.”


Heller Steps in it AGAIN While Berkley Continues
“Prioritize Veterans” Tour in Reno

Windsock Heller touts new improvements at Reno VA Hospital that he voted to kill

Las Vegas, NV – As Shelley Berkley continues her “Prioritize Veterans” tour in Reno today, Senator Dean Heller again highlighted how out of touch he is with Nevada’s veterans.  KTVN in Reno reported last week that Heller toured the Reno VA Hospital and touted recent improvements to the facility.  Improvements that Heller – wait for it – voted to kill.

In 2009, Heller voted against legislation that provided over $5 million in funding to upgrade the quality of care at Reno’s VA Hospital – upgrades Heller praised last week.

KTVN went on to report that Heller said he has heard “nothing but positive comments” about the facility from veterans treated there.  We wonder how many positive comments he’s heard from Reno veterans about his vote to gut the hospital’s funding?

“While Shelley Berkley is traveling Nevada highlighting the need to prioritize veterans, Dean Heller is playing to the cameras and praising improvements to veterans healthcare he voted to gut,” said Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Zach Hudson.  “In contrast to Heller’s misplaced priorities of putting Wall Street corporations shipping American jobs overseas ahead of Nevada’s veterans, Shelley Berkley is fighting to improve veterans healthcare and create jobs for our returning heroes.”

BERKLEY KICKS OFF “PRIORITIZE VETERANS TOUR” IN LAS VEGAS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2012
Contact: Berkley Campaign, Eric Koch
(702) 483-7315

Discusses Need To Ensure Jobs, Health Care and Housing
For Nevada’s More Than 240,000 Veterans

Las Vegas – Today, U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley kicked off a state-wide “Prioritize Veterans Tour” today at the UNLV Veterans Memorial in Las Vegas to highlight the need for Washington to make veterans one of their top priorities.  The tour will continue later today with a visit to Pahrump’s Veterans Memorial at Chief Tecopa Cemetery and over the next week and a half in Laughlin, Reno and Elko.

The focus of the tour is to call on Washington to make Nevada veterans the priority – and to stop focusing on pro-Wall Street policies.

“The Prioritize Veterans statewide tour is about one thing: telling Washington that Nevada veterans must be one of the top priorities,” said Berkley.  “However, instead of addressing veterans’ unemployment, homelessness and lingering health problems, too many in Washington are focused on ending Medicare by turning it over to private insurance company bureaucrats, protecting tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas and defending taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil companies.”

“Shelley Berkley understands the needs of Nevada’s veterans,” said Las Vegas veteran Sharon Potter. “Whether it is fighting for better health care, creating jobs, or helping get homeless vets off the streets, Nevada’s veterans have a friend in Shelley Berkley.”

SHELLEY BERKLEY: PRIORITIZING NEVADA VETERANS

As the daughter of a World War II veteran, Shelley Berkley knows firsthand the sacrifice that service men and women make for their country. That is why she has worked tirelessly to ensure our brave men and women in uniform have access to quality health care, stable housing and adequate employment opportunities when they return to civilian life in this tough economy.

BERKLEY IS A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR IMPROVING HEALTHCARE FOR VETERANS & DELIVERED A NEW VETERANS’ AFFAIRS HOSPITAL FOR NEVADA

  • Shelley Berkley secured crucial support and funding for the new Southern Nevada Veterans Affairs’ Medical Center, which will thousands of veterans with the finest, most up-to-date health services. [AP, 8/05/03; LV Sun, 12/12/10; Berkley Release, 11/19/04]

Las Vegas Sun – for veterans, new medical center “cannot open soon enough.” [Las Vegas Sun, 2/22/06]

  • Berkley co-authored legislation to increase use of telemedicine in treating America’s military service members to provide veterans with the best possible care. [HR 1832, 2011]
  • Berkley wrote the Justin Bailey Act to expand and improve mental health treatment for veterans, including treatment for substance abuse disorders. [HR 4053, 2007; HR 5554, 2008; S2162, 2007; GPO, 2008]
  • Berkley has cosponsored legislation to expand clinical teams, family therapists and other full-time staff at veterans’ health facilities and voted to increase support for families and caregivers and eliminate barriers to care for female veterans. [S 1963, Vote #214; Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/5/05]

BERKLEY HAS FOUGHT TO MAKE SURE VETERANS HAVE STABLE EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Shelley Berkley was a strong supporter of the 2008 G.I. Bill that expanded educational benefits for veterans for the first time in 25 years. [H.R. 2642, Vote #432, 6/19/08; H.R. 2642, Vote #330, 5/15/08]
  • Berkley cosponsored legislation in 2011 to reauthorize job-training programs for homeless veterans. Berkley also has fought for funding for job training for veterans, announcing $230,000 in funding for job training, search, and placement assistance for homeless vets in 2011. [FOX 5 News, 8/05/11; HR 2559, 7/15/11]
  • Berkley voted to provide $1,400 for each month a veteran was enrolled in an employment-training program. [HR 1168, Vote #832, 11/2/09]
  • Berkley cosponsored and voted for a bill to provide tax credits to firms that hire veterans. [HR 674, Thomas.gov, introduced 2/11/11; HR 674, Vote #854, 11/16/11]

BERKLEY HAS LED EFFORTS TO STOP HOMELESSNESS IN VETERANS

  • Berkley was an outspoken opponent of the Republican budget plan that would have killed $75 million in funding for housing vouchers that provide homeless veterans with a place to live for a year. [HR 1, Vote #147, 2/19/11; CNN, 3/01/11]
  • Berkley voted for the Homes for Heroes Act in 2008, which provided at least 20,000 rental home vouchers for homeless veterans. [HR 3329, Vote #478, 7/9/08]
  • In 2011, Berkley cosponsored the Helping Homeless Heroes Act of 2011, which reauthorized critical programs for homeless veterans. [HR 2559, 7/15/11]

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Berkley Launches Petition to Give Rush the Bum Rush He Deserves

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2012
Contact: Berkley Campaign, Eric Koch
(702) 483-7315


BERKLEY LAUNCHES PETITION TO CANCEL RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW, INVITES DEAN HELLER TO SIGN

Berkley Spokesman: “Rush Limbaugh’s Water Boy Needs To Put His Money Where His Mouth Is”

It Took Seven Days For Heller to Distance Himself From Rush Limbaugh;
How Long Will It Take Him To Sign The Petition? 

Las Vegas– After taking seven days to issue a (meekly worded) statement about Rush Limbaugh’s vile attacks on women, Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is giving unelected Senator Dean Heller the chance to put his money where his mouth is.  Today,  Berkley is launching a new online  petition calling on Clear Channel to pull Rush Limbaugh off the air following his disgusting and insulting remarks attacking Sandra Fluke, the

Georgetown student who stood up to fight for access to birth control.

The question is: will it take Dean Heller fewer than seven days this time to do the right thing and call for Rush Limbaugh to be pulled off the air?

Given Heller’s history: don’t hold your breath. Remember, instead of  joining the chorus on both sides of the aisle who condemned Rush Limbaugh, it took Heller a full week  to react to the GOP’s main spokesman.

It was only after Shelley Berkley finished a press conference call calling out his silence that his office reluctantly released a carefully worded statement.

But that shouldn’t come as a surprise given that Dean Heller was fulfilling Rush Limbaugh’s every wish in the United States Senate, voting to defund organizations that provide mammogram screenings like Planned Parenthood and voting for the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed employers to deny preventative coverage that their female employees already receive — for any reason they want.

“Instead of using his appointed Senate seat to be Rush Limbaugh’s waterboy, Dean Heller should put his money where his mouth is and join me in demanding his show be kicked off the air for his outrageous comments against women,” said Eric Koch, spokesman for Berkley for Senate.  “Unfortunately, given that Heller has been acting like Rush Limbaugh’s proxy vote in the United States Senate on issues like restricting access to birth control, we’re not expecting much.”

The text of the petition is attached to this release

DEAR BOB PITTMAN – CEO, CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS:

We the undersigned demand your company stop giving Rush Limbaugh a national megaphone with which to launch hateful attacks against women — like calling them “sluts” and “prostitutes.”

Dozens of well-respected companies have realized that associating themselves with Rush Limbaugh is bad for business. Yours should be the next.

Don’t throw your reputation away by continuing to profit from the traffic and attention Rush Limbaugh’s attacks generate — cancel his show, and his contract, today.

Signed,

Shelley Berkley


On a side note, and not noted in the Berkley campaign news release, women have been putting up with this toad for more than 20 years.  We’ve had enough!  And if you don’t believe my claim of 20 years … well … watch this clip of a 1992 Phil Donahue show where Rush is a guest and they’re presenting his views on “Feminazis” … watch the expressions of disgust on the faces on the women in the audience:

Berkley Promotes Clean Energy Mfgrg Jobs Bill in Reno

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2012
Contact: Eric Koch 702.675.6711 or Julie McClain 702.483.0768

“Clean Energy Jobs Act” Will Help Put Nevadans Back to Work
By Taking Advantage of Sun, Wind, Geothermal Energy

Reno– Congresswoman Shelley Berkley visited the Desert Research Institute today to promote the “Clean Energy Jobs Act” in Reno. The bill will increase the number of clean energy jobs in Nevada, cementing its place at the forefront of the clean energy economy by creating good paying middle-class jobs. Berkley was joined by Richard Hamilton of the Clean Energy Center and Walt Borland of the Nevada Institute for renewable Energy Commercialization, experts in the clean energy field.

“Creating good paying jobs that can’t be shipped overseas needs to be our number one priority, not protecting Wall Street and Big Oil while they rake in record profits,” said Berkley. “The clear choice in this election is between my commitment to putting people back to work with programs like the Clean Energy Jobs Act and Dean Heller’s Wall Street agenda of prioritizing Wall Street and Big Oil over Nevada’s middle class.”

“Shelley Berkley’s Clean Energy Jobs Act will incentivize the creation of thousands of new manufacturing jobs right here in Nevada and put skilled workers back on the job,” said Richard Hamilton of the Clean Energy Center

“This legislation is an important step in the right direction. Congresswoman Berkley’s initiative will create jobs by expanding the clean energy manufacturing sector in Nevada. This bill will incentivize companies to innovate and grow by taking advantage of our abundant natural resources like wind, solar and geothermal energy,” said Walt Borland of the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy.

Fully paid for by rolling back the taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil executives that unelected Senator Dean Heller voted to protect eight times in the House and Senate, Berkley’s bill will extend a 30 percent tax credit for domestic companies that build capacity for new clean energy sources, such as wind turbines and solar panels.  The tax credit, which Berkley is seeking to extend, is estimated to have generated more than 17,000 jobs nationwide and hundreds of jobs in Nevada. This bill will incentivize companies to expand and create good-paying clean energy jobs in Reno.

Berkley has long been a leader in promoting and expanding the clean energy industry in Nevada. She championed a 235-mile long clean energy transmission line linking White Pine and Clark counties that will attract clean energy jobs to the state.

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality across Nevada, including many projects in the clean energy field.