Elections were also held Saturday, 3/4/2017 for NSDP officers. Elected were:
Chair: William McCurdy II
First Vice Chair: Marty McGarry (Carson City)
Second Vice Chair: Jose Solorio
Secretary: Marla Turner (re-elected)
Treasurer: Jan Churchill (re-elected)
Chair William McCurdy II said: “This is a new chapter for our party and for all Nevadans. I’m grateful to everyone who stepped up to run in these officer elections, and I want every member of this party to know they will have a seat at the table and their voice will be heard. Our mission now is to come together around our common goals as progressives and start organizing and registering voters in our communities in every corner of Nevada. We have so much to accomplish together as a united Democratic Party in 2018 – kicking Dean Heller out of the Senate, sending Ruben Kihuen, Jacky Rosen and Dina Titus back to fight for us in Congress, electing a Democratic governor and reclaiming our statewide constitutional offices, and expanding our majorities in the State Senate and Assembly. I look forward to working with Democrats across Nevada to deliver on these priorities.”
William McCurdy is a Las Vegas native who represents District 6 in the Nevada Assembly. After dropping out of high school as a teenage father, McCurdy became a construction foreman and went back to school to get his high school diploma at 24 years old. He is the former student body president of the College of Southern Nevada and now a union organizer with SEIU Local 1107. McCurdy is the Nevada State Democratic Party’s first African American Chair in history and the youngest Chair in modern party history at 28 years old. The first bill he presented as an Assemblyman was to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Outgoing Chair Roberta Lange said: “While it will be bittersweet for me to leave this role leading our incredible state party after six years, I’m honored that William McCurdy II is taking the reins. As CSN student body president, as an SEIU organizer and already as a new Assemblyman, he has proven himself to be a progressive fighter for students and working families. I can’t wait to see him bring that fiery passion to this role in holding Republicans accountable up and down the ticket. I am as optimistic as ever about the future of our state and our Democratic Party as we begin gearing up for the 2018 election cycle.”
In addition to electing a new Chair, Nevada Democrats elected Marty McGarry as First Vice Chair and Jose Solorio as Second Vice Chair. The SCC also re-elected Marla Turner as Secretary and Jan Churchill as Treasurer.
Laxalt reportedly pressured the chairman of the Gaming Control Board to intercede in a lawsuit on behalf of Nevada’s wealthiest casino magnate
The Nevada State Democratic Party filed a complaint today with the Nevada Commission on Ethics requesting an investigation into reports that Attorney General Adam Laxalt used the powers of his office to try to help his largest campaign donor and failed to avoid his own conflicts of interest on the matter.
Laxalt recently sought to pressure the chairman of the Gaming Control Board to intercede in a lawsuit on behalf of Nevada’s wealthiest casino magnate, prompting the regulator to secretly record his conversation with Laxalt and turn over the tape to the FBI. The Gaming Control Board recently confirmed the existence of that recording last week, and the Nevada State Democratic Party’s complaint includes a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for its release in conjunction with the ethics complaint.
“Nevadans have a right to know if Adam Laxalt engaged in unethical behavior at the request of his largest campaign donor,” said Roberta Lange, Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Adam Laxalt clearly tried to use the powers of his office as Nevada’s chief law enforcement officer to act as a personal attorney for his favorite billionaire. One can only imagine the abuse of power Amoral Adam would engage in as Nevada’s Governor. We’re submitting public records requests for the recording of Attorney General Laxalt’s inappropriate conversation with Nevada’s chief gaming regulator, and we’re asking the Nevada Commission on Ethics to immediately investigate this matter for ethical violations. Voters deserve to know the full extent of Laxalt’s unscrupulous behavior.”
Agents are reportedly detaining and threatening to deport travelers on little basis, a worrying trend as Trump readies ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’
—by Nadia Prupis, staff writer at Common Dreams
Civil rights groups are criticizing border agents’ “sledgehammer approach” to vetting international travelers at airports around the country, a troubling trend as President Donald Trump prepares to sign his new ban on immigrants and refugees.
Agents are reportedly detaining and threatening to deport travelers, questioning them about their religions, and demanding access to their phones and social media platforms, often targeting those with non-Western names or in certain professions—including Muhammad Ali’s American-born son and a French Holocaust historian.
“Customs and Border Patrol [CBP] agents are feeling more emboldened by the signal being sent from the White House,” Jay Holland, a civil rights attorney, toldThe Hill. “We are seeing a real difference here in terms of the aggressiveness and in terms of the implementation of enforcement efforts, no doubt about it.”
“It’s basically a sledgehammer approach,” he said.
The issue is particularly worrying as the White House is expected to unveil a new executive order on immigration that the administration has promised will be “tailored” to survive a court battle, unlike Trump’s previous memorandum, which was suspended just days after its implementation in January.
Insiders say the new order lifts the freeze on allowing travelers from Iraq, one of the countries included on the list of seven majority-Muslim nations from the first memo. It is also only likely to target new visa applicants, while the original affected existing visa-holders as well.
The new order was expected to come as early as Wednesday, but White House officials reportedly scrapped the signage amid positive reviews of Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. Still, that speech included the announcement of a new federal office to support “American victims” of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, giving little reassurance that the president’s stance on immigration had softened.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in an email to supporters that it was ready to take on what they called the “Muslim Ban 2.0.”
“No matter how he seeks to disguise the true intent of the new order,” wrote the group’s executive director Anthony D. Romero, “we are prepared to come to the immediate defense of any people whose rights it puts in jeopardy. ”
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“You are now responsible for the actions that Ryan Zinke will take as Secretary of the Interior,” reads a letter aimed at 16 Democrats and Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine. “I plan to hold you accountable.”
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. He was confirmed on Wednesday to be Interior Secretary in the Trump administration. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to head the Department of the Interior.
The 68-31 vote included yeas from 16 Democrats and one Independent, Sen. Angus King of Maine.
With a political career backed by the oil and gas industry, Zinke’s views on climate science, an extraction-friendly voting record, and his stance regarding fossil fuel drilling on federal lands have all riled climate and environment groups who say he’s not fit to oversee the nation’s lands and natural resources and enforce the Endangered Species Act.
“During his confirmation hearing, the Republican congressman promised to review Obama-era actions limiting oil and gas drilling in Alaska,” CNNreports, and he “emphasized his support for drilling, mining, and logging on federal lands,” as the New York Timeswrote. Reutersadds:
As a one-term Congressman, Zinke worked to boost mining, including supporting an effort to end a coal leasing moratorium on federal lands, where 40 percent of U.S. coal is mined, mostly in Wyoming and Montana, his home state.
While Zinke described himself as “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) shot back, saying, “You can’t be a Roosevelt conservationist if you sell off public lands.”
Ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) added: “I’m not convinced that Congressman Zinke will be able to moderate the Trump administration’s extreme views on exploiting our public lands. I’m not sure he will be able to stand up to the president and protect the public interest … required to manage our public lands for the benefit of all Americans—not just the oil, gas, and mining companies and their commercial interests.”
With Zinke as Interior Secretary, said 350.org executive director May Boeve, “Once again, the Trump administration is stacking their cards in favor of the fossil fuel industry.”
“Zinke is another climate science-denier with ties to Big Oil who won’t lift a finger for real climate action. His agenda will put communities in danger and, if the coal moratorium is lifted, would spell disaster for the climate,” she continued.
Conservation group Center for Biological Diversity also noted in a statement Wednesday:
During his two years in Congress, Zinke earned just a 3 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters and voted against protections for endangered species 100 percent of the time, including opposing safeguards for the African elephant, gray wolf, sage grouse, and American burying beetle.
“If Democrats want to know why their base is frustrated, this shameful vote is a good illustration of how out of touch some senators are,” said Kierán Suckling, the center’s executive director.
Friends of the Earth is calling on constituents to hold Zinke-confirming senators’ feet to the fire and say to them: “You are now responsible for the actions that Ryan Zinke will take as Secretary of the Interior. I plan to hold you accountable.”
The Democratic senators who voted in favor of Zinke are:
Michael Bennet (Colo.)
Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
Chris Coons (Del.) Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.)
Joe Donnelly (Ind.)
Martin Heinrich (N.M.)
Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)
Tim Kaine (Va.)
Joe Manchin (W.V.)
Claire McCaskill (Mo.)
Chris Murphy (Conn.)
Bill Nelson (Fla.)
Jon Tester (Mont.)
Tom Udall (N.M.)
Mark Warner (Va.)
Ron Wyden (Ore.)
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Nationally, this report finds that there are seven job seekers for every job opening that pays the national single adult living wage of $17.28 per hour. This leaves six out of seven job seekers unable to secure employment that allows a single adult to make ends meet, much less support a family.
This lack of good paying jobs reinforces income inequality that continues to play a major role in perpetuating existing wealth gaps for women, people of color, and the LGBTQI community. While occupations that traditionally employ high rates of women and people of color include occupations with the most openings, those jobs are more likely to be low-wage. This contributes to existing wealth gaps by diminishing the ability of women and people of color to save and build up wealth.
A strong public infrastructure plan can address racial, gender, and LGBTQI wealth gaps while providing a large number of good paying jobs through a number of mechanisms, such as targeted hiring from struggling communities – including women, people of color, and the LGBTQI community – and strong wage floor requirements. Equally as important are the types of infrastructure projects that are prioritized. Ensuring access to clean water for marginalized communities, for example, must come first while any plan that would privatize public assets must be rejected.