2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Secretary of State’s Office Accepting Nominations for Participatory Democracy Awards

(Carson City, NV; March 12, 2013) — Secretary of State Ross Miller today announced that the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy (ACPD) is now accepting nominations for two awards promoting participatory democracy in Nevada – the Jean Ford Democracy Award and the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award.

“It is with great pleasure that I ask Nevadans for their assistance in identifying and honoring deserving citizens who have a made a positive impact on the democratic process in the Silver State,” said Secretary Miller. “Many citizens have dedicated service to their communities that assisted in the outstanding level of voter participation we reached in the 2012 election.”

The Jean Ford Democracy Award, named in honor of former state assemblywoman and state senator Jean Ford, honors deserving citizens who have benefited their communities, state and nation through their participation and leadership in furthering the democratic process. The nominations recognize leaders in the following categories:

  • Educator (teacher or administrator any level K-16) 
  • Community Individual 
  • Elected and/or Government Employee (local or state)

The NASS Medallion Award allows individual Secretaries of State to recognize outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of the organization. The Medallion Award was created to honor individuals, groups or organizations with an established record of promoting the goals of NASS and consistent with the ACPD in the following areas:

  • Elections 
  • Civic engagement 
  • Service to the state government – specifically, as it relates to the duties of the office of the secretary of state 
  • Philanthropic contribution which has significantly enhanced the quality of life in a community or the entire state

Any citizen or organization in Nevada may nominate a Nevada resident for the Jean Ford Democracy Award and the NASS Medallion Award. Applications and criteria for the awards are available by calling the Secretary of State’s office at (702) 684-5705, or by clicking the hyperlinks for the Jean Ford Democracy Award nomination packet and the NASS Medallion Award nomination packet. Deadline for submission is 12 p.m. on Friday, April 5. Members of the ACPD are responsible for reviewing nominations and selecting awardees. The recipient(s) of the 2013 Jean Ford Democracy Award will be honored during the 2013 legislative session. An event to honor NASS Medallion Award winners will also occur.

About Jean Ford
Jean Ford served in the State Assembly (1972-76) and the State Senate (1978-82). She was a fervent community activist who was instrumental in the establishment of the Nevada Women’s History Project, which gathered and disseminated information about the roles, accomplishments and activities of Nevada women from every race, class and ethnic background who contributed in determining the State’s future.

About NASS
Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services and digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs. For more on NASS, please visit www.nass.org.

About the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy
The Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy (ACPD) was first established in 1997 by the Legislature under the office of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The ACPD consists of 10 members including the Secretary of State or his designee and nine other members appointed by the Secretary of State. The Committee’s purpose is to assist the Secretary of State in identifying and proposing programs that promote citizen participation in governance, establishing a Jean Ford Democracy Award and working with partner organizations at the local, state and national level to increase voter participation. For more information on the ACPD, visit www.nvsos.gov.


Catherine Lu, Public Information Officer 
(702) 486-6982 / 334-7953 

Democratic Community Calendar for Week of March 11, 2013

— by Marla Turner, NSDP Secretary

This week, Organizing for Action (OFA 4.0)  will begin holding planning sessions to discuss steps we can take to help President Obama pass the agenda we all fought so hard for. OFA will advocate for those policies and mobilize citizens to speak out for speedy passage and effective implementation of programs like gun violence prevention, sensible climate change environmental policies, and immigration reform.

OFA will encourage the formation of grassroots chapters that are dedicated to this effort and committed to identifying and working for progressive change on a range of issues at the state and local levels.

So, check out the calendar and find an event near you. Don’t see an event taking place in your area? Email organizingforactionnevada@gmail.com or call Nevada State lead organizers Tyson at (702) 306-6461 or Bridget at (702) 378-2242 to talk about hosting your own event.

In other news…..

Legislative Hearings
So many important hearings take place every week. You do not have to be in Carson City to attend. You can attend at a satellite location or watch hearings stream live over the internet. Here are the committee meetings taking place tomorrow and Tuesday. Check back on our website under the “blog” tab for summaries of the rest of the week.

Early Voting Starts This Week!

Check out these cities and find a location near you.
·         Henderson: March 16-29
·         Las Vegas: March 16-29
·         Mesquite: March 18 – 20 and March 25 – 27
·         North Las Vegas: March 13 – 29, In-Office and Early Voting Schedule

Solo Democrats in Municipal Races 
Several municipal races have only one Democrat running against their opponent. City statute stipulates that any candidate who wins more than the majority vote in the primary is considered to have won the election and no general election need be held. With early voting rapidly approaching, all Democratic candidates can use our help. How great would it be to get these Southern Nevada solo Democrats elected at the primary level?

  • Isaac Barron: candidate for North Las Vegas City Council, Ward 1 against incumbent Robert Eliason. Mr. Barron is a teacher in North Las Vegas and would be the first Latino to serve on the council if elected. Find out how you can help by contacting Esmeralda Villeda at (702) 716-9596.
  • Fayyaz Raja: candidate for Las Vegas City Council Ward 2 against incumbent Bob Beers. Mr. Raja is a successful businessman and 30+ year resident of Ward 2. Canvasses are taking place daily with multiple shifts to choose from.  Contact Raja at (702) 321-4512 or his wife at (702) 321-4513 for more information.
  • Frank Geary: candidate for Las Vegas City Council, Ward 4 against incumbent Stavros Anthony. Mr. Geary is an investigative reporter who is not afraid to dig under the rocks to get at what’s buried underneath. Email info@frankgeary.com or call (702) 439-4850 to help out.

New Democratic Party Leadership
The following individuals were recently elected to serve their respective Democratic party or organization. Please help congratulate them and thank them for stepping up to serve:

  • Churchill County Democratic Party: Chair: Nyla Howell, Vice-Chair: Larry Jackson, Secretary: Jeanette Strong, and Treasurer: Carol Roeder
  • Douglas County Democratic PartyChair: Kim Cole, Vice Chair: Bo Statham, Secretary: Kathleen Winans, Treasurer: Eric Griffin, Member at-Large: Melanie Meehan-Crossley, Member at-Large: Gim Hollister, and Campaign Liaison: Cindy Trigg
  • Stonewall Democrats of Southern NevadaChair: Christopher Preciado, Vice-Chair: Helen Caddes, Secretary: Laura Martin and Treasurer: Chris Miller
  • UNR Young DemocratsPresident: Maddie Poore, Vice-President: Hawah Ahmad, Secretary: Lisa Wayne, Public Relations Chair: Shelby Wilburn, Treasurer: Terika Lambert. Advising board: Ian Fluellen, Danika Peterson, Ben Clark, and Antonio Gonzalez
  • Clark County Young DemocratsPresident: Justin Howard, Vice-President: Rachel Rekowski, Secretary: Christine Herril, and Treasurer: Sebring Frehner.

Additionally, the Democratic Party of Washoe County will hold officer/Executive Board elections on April 2, 2013 at 6PM. Members of the Washoe County Democratic Central Committee are encouraged to attend and vote for the candidate(s) of their choice. For detailed information, visit the WashoeDEMS website.

Nevada Legislative Reports

  • Legislative Committee on Public Lands has a new report available. View the report titled Bulletin No. 13-12

Speaking of Education…..
On Thursday, the Clark County School District will hold a special meeting at 9:00 a.m. to appoint an interim superintendent and discuss recruiting procedures for Dwight Jones’ permanent replacement.

Have a great week, and as always, be well and do good.

Mon, Mar. 11

Thurs., Mar. 14

Check TBN website for Legislative Hearings

Tues, Mar. 12

In person voter registration or updating of an existing registration at your City Clerk’s office ends today.
Fri, Mar. 15
Check TBN website for Legislative Hearings

Wed, Mar. 12

Check TBN website for Legislative Hearings
In-Office Early Voting for North Las Vegas Voters Today and Tomorrow between 8AM – 5PM
Sat, Mar. 16
First Day of Early Voting in Henderson and Las Vegas

Sun, Mar. 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Mon, Mar. 18

First Day of Early Voting in Mesquite
Upcoming Events

Democratic Community Calendar: Week of Feb 28, 2013

— by Marla Turner, NSDP Secretary

Tomorrow is President’s Day, also known as Washington’s Day. This holiday, originally established in 1885, honors the life and work of President George Washington. It also commemorates past U.S. presidents and is often referred to as President’s Day. Many businesses are open as usual but there is no mail delivery.

In other news……

State of the Union Address
Last Tuesday, President Obama outlined a visionary plan for America during his State of the Union address. Based on citizen and media response, his most powerful statements had to do with comprehensive immigration reform and getting to a vote on gun violence. In case you missed it, you can watch the President’s address here and read the transcript.

Senator Reid to Address Nevada Legislature This Week
Senator Harry Reid is to address the Nevada Legislature this Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. The Senator will make his remarks in the Assembly Chambers.

Building a Better Nevada
Two weeks ago, the NV Democratic Assembly and Senate launched “Building a Better Nevada” website. Here, Nevadans can be a part of the discussion on how to build a better Nevada and keep up to date on important issues during session.

Legislative Reports

  • The Interim Study Report of the Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System is now available via Legislative Counsel Bulletin No. 13-13.

Upcoming Grassroots Lobby Days

  • March 3-4: Nevada Women’s Lobby Annual Grassroots Lobby Days.
  • April 25: The Nevada Conservation League will host an environmental community grassroots lobby day on April 25, 2013. More information will be forthcoming soon.

Stay Up to Date on Environmental Legislation
The Nevada Conservation League has created The Conservation Voter, a weekly legislative newsletter to help keep us updated on legislative actions we should know about. Sign up for the newsletter and view their environmental priorities this legislative session.

Legislative Profile FAQ Sheet
Here’s a great legislative membership profile report on the current session.

Congratulations to New Democratic Club Officers!
Elections were recently held in various clubs/caucuses. Congratulations to the new officers and thank you for stepping up!

  • North Las Vegas Democratic Club: Deb Lewis – President, Derek Washington- Vice President, Elaine Cology – Secretary and Danielle Monroe Moreno – Treasurer.
  • Paradise Democratic Club: John Ponticello – President, no change in officers

Carson City Seeks Professional for Historic Resources Commission
The Carson City Board of Supervisors is seeking applications from persons interested in serving on the Historic Resources Commission, specifically filling the position of Architect, Residential Designer or Design Professional. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please call 775-887-2100 for specific information on this commission or visit www.carson-city.nv.us.

Applications for Grant Applications for Non-Profits Now Being Accepted
The Dr. Scholl Foundation welcomes grant applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations committed to improving our world. Applications for grants of $5,000 to $25,000 are considered in the following areas: Education, Social Service, Healthcare, Environmental, and Civic and Cultural. The application deadline is March 1. For an application and more information, click here.

Monday, Feb. 18

Legislative Meetings

Washington’s Birthday (Presidents Day)


Thurs., Feb. 21

Legislative Meetings

Friday, Feb. 22

Legislative Meetings

Saturday, Feb. 23

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Legislative Meetings

Sunday, Feb. 24

Monday, Feb. 25

Today is Nevada Education Awareness Day at the Legislature in Carson City


Wed., Feb. 20

Legislative Meetings

Today is Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature in Carson City


 Upcoming Events