Chip Evans and Northern Nevada Democrats Ready to Lead

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PRESS RELEASE: Remarks from today’s Press Conference in Reno with Democratic Candidates

RENO, NV — “As perhaps never before, our communities in northern Nevada face both enormous challenges and opportunities.

Too many among us are still hurting from the devastation of the Great Recession. Small businesses still struggle. Jobs that pay living wages that can support our families remain scarce. Overcrowded schools and our inability to attract qualified teachers dim our children’s futures. We are awash in hate speech from demagogues that seek to divide us.

The Democrats assembled here are ready to take on these challenges and turn the tide.

  • We remain committed to the needs of all our people, not just those of the wealthiest few and big business.
  • We reject the tactics of obstruction and the language of hate and division.
  • We embrace the diversity of our community and its many needs.
  • We will seek every vote, in every region, especially from those disgusted with government dysfunction.
  • Through words and actions, we will represent all the people of northern Nevada.

I am a pragmatic progressive, ready to work in Congress to support northern Nevada’s seniors, women, minorities, working families and small businesses. I go to Congress to bring good jobs with fair wages to northern Nevadans, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, get big money out of politics and preserve our public lands.

I seek to replace Mark Amodei, a lawyer, lobbyist and career politician already looking for his next job. Based on his own comments and lack of action, it seems he’s already got one foot out the door!

Hard to believe that in a historic Do-Nothing Congress, Mr. Amodei has failed to show up to vote on bills at three times the rate of his peers.

To make things worse, even when Mr. Amodei does show up, he votes against the welfare of Nevadans. But don’t take my word for it; non-partisan groups say the same thing. Based on recent scorecards assembled to keep the actions of Congress accountable, Mr. Amodei received:

  • a ZERO rating on votes important to seniors from the Alliance for Retired Americans
  • a ZERO rating on women’s legislation from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • a rating of 20 out of 100 on bills important to Latinos from the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
  • a ZERO rating on votes affecting the LGBT community from the Human Rights Campaign
  • a 3 out of 100 rating on environmental bills from the League of Conservation Voters

And let’s not forget that Mr. Amodei voted lockstep with his Republican colleagues for the disastrous government shut down that left 11,000 northern Nevada families without a paycheck.
His votes explain why a recent poll showed barely a third of northern Nevadan’s believe Mr. Amodei is worthy of re-election and nearly half believe it’s time for him to get his wish and come home.

As he recently told us, Mr. Amodei is not happy working in Washington and would rather come back to Nevada and run for governor or attorney general. The voters of northern Nevada should be offended that he’s chosen to run for Congress again.

Mr. Amodei has been the poster child of the dysfunction in Washington; a Republican-led Congress that has been terrible for seniors, women, minorities, and our environment. His stated support of Mr. Trump and his failure to denounce his divisive and disastrous agenda indicates his votes will only get worse.

I’m sure the voters of northern Nevada will want to hear Mr. Amodei explain his lack of interest, lack of action, and less than stellar voting record when we debate in October.

I have a decades-long history as a businessman who walks the talk — helping local small businesses prosper and bringing high tech opportunities to northern Nevada.

I’ve got a history of reaching out to my Republican colleagues to find common ground while strongly advocating my progressive ideals and working with community organizations for social justice.

I’m ready to get to work in Congress for the benefit of northern Nevadans and our nation.

I’m proud to stand with these other Democratic candidates seeking to represent us in city, county and state government. They represent the values of hard-working Nevadans and the common-sense approaches needed to move our communities forward.”

Evans is a businessman and entrepreneur advising early-stage companies. He previously worked as a senior executive in large and small high technology companies.

Evans is a former Chair of the Washoe County Democratic Party and served on Reno’s Ward 3 Neighborhood Advisory Board. He was Board Treasurer of Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada (ACTIONN) and was the Founding Nevada Director for the Cleantech Open. He is currently a member of the NAACP, the Democratic Women of Washoe County and the Alliance for Retired Americans.

To learn more about Chip Evans and his campaign for Congress, visit chipevans4congress.com, follow Chip on Facebook or Twitter @chip4congress, stop by Campaign Headquarters at 4635 Longley Lane, #109, Reno, or call 775-240-1222
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Kihuen Statement on Rep. Hardy’s Vote Against Budget Deal

For Immediate Release
December 18th, 2015
Contact: Dave Chase, (702) 350-2744

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Las Vegas, NV — State Senator Ruben Kihuen and candidate for Congress in the 4th Congressional Distirct released the following statement on Congressman Cresent Hardy’s ‘no’ vote on the bipartisan budget deal:

“I am deeply disappointed but not surprised that Congressman Hardy chose to stand with his radical Tea Party colleagues and voted no on the bipartisan budget deal. He stood with those who sought to add posion pills like blocking Syrian refugees and defunding Planned Parenthood to the deal. Nevadans deserve better.”

Background:

This is the second time Congressman Hardy has voted against a bipartsian budget deal this fall.

Hardy Voted Against Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Budget Deal. In December 2015, Hardy voted against the omnibus spending package. “The House on Fridayoverwhelmingly approved a $1.1 trillion spending package that includes the first major change approved by Congress to ObamaCare, and keeps the government open through September 2016 … In the end, there was no drama in the 316-113 vote … Only 18 Democrats voted against the spending bill, while 166 supported it.” [HR 2029, Vote #70512/18/15; The Hill, 12/18/15]

Hardy Voted Against Bipartisan Budget Agreement. In October 2015, Hardy voted against a bipartisan budget deal that would raise federal spending levels and expand the government’s borrowing authority, avoiding a default. “House lawmakers in both parties joined forces Wednesday to pass a sweeping budget deal … The final vote was 266 to 167, with 79 Republicans joining every Democrat in sealing passage.” [HR 1314, Vote #579, 10/28/15; The Hill, 10/28/15]
State Senator Ruben Kihuen is running as a Democrat in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District. Ruben has a proven record of real results for working families. Born in Mexico, Ruben and his family immigrated to the United States in search of a better life. He worked his way through college and after graduation was inspired to “pay it forward” by working with other students at College of Southern Nevada. In the legislature, Ruben helped craft landmark bi-partisan bills increasing funding for our schools and making college more affordable, and he beat back a reckless Republican agenda attempting to dismantle worker’s rights, restrict women’s health care and repeal LGBTQ protections. Ruben is running for Congress to ensure everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream.


To Learn more about Ruben Kihuen and his campaign for Congress, visit www.rubenforcongress.com or follow Ruben on Facebook or Twitter.


Editor’s note — please note that Mark Amodei, CD-NV2 is apparently a bosom buddy of Rep. Hardy, as they both teamed up to vote against each “bipartisan” budget bill, and in favor of shutting down the U.S. government.

A is for August and Advocacy … in support of the #IranDeal

August is when members of Congress are supposed to be meeting with their constituents to discuss issues before them.  If you get a chance to attend such a meeting, please express your support for the Iran Deal and ask for your Senator’s and Congressman’s support.

As of the date of this post, there are 32 days remaining before Congress must take action on the Iran Deal before them.  Even if you don’t get a chance to attend a meeting, you can always pick up your phone and call their offices:

Senator Harry ReidTwitter
202-224-3542 (DC) / 702-388-5020 (LV) /
775-686-5750 (Reno) / 775-882-7343 (Carson)

Senator Dean HellerTwitter
202-224-6244 (DC) / 702-388-6605 (LV) /
775-686-5770 (Reno) / 775-738-2001 (Elko)

Representative Dina Titus (CD1) … Twitter
202-225-5965 (DC) / 702-220-9823 (LV)

Representative Mark Amodei (CD2) … Twitter
202-225-6155 (DC) / 775-686-5760 (Reno)

Representative Joe Heck (CD3) … Twitter
202-225-3252 (DC) / 702-387-4941 (LV)

Representative Cresent Hardy (CD4) … Twitter
(202) 225-9894 (DC)

The U.S. + Five world powers have reached a deal with Iran to stop its potential path to a nuclear weapon. The deal is supported by over 60 nuclear security experts, more than 100 American ambassadors, 75% of Democrats, and 54% of all Americans.But the architects of the Iraq War are fighting to kill the deal. John Bolton says, 'Preemptive military action is now inescapable' and Bill Kristol says, 'Airstrikes to set back the Iranian nuclear weapons program are preferable to this deal.'Opponents are pressuring Congress by spending over $40 million to put the U.S. on a path to war with Iran. But millions of dollars can't drown out millions of voices.Americans have added more than 700,000 petition signatures and more than 100,000 calls to Congress to defend the deal. Members of Congress have less than 60 days to decide whether or not to veto the deal. Now is the time to flood their offices and town hall meetings.

Visit 60daystostopawar.com to find events near you or to call your member of Congress. Tell them: A vote against the Iran deal is a vote for war.

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Meet John Oceguera—Candidate for US House, NV-CD4

John OcegueraWhen I was out on calls as a firefighter, I saw our community’s needs were not being met – that’s why I ran for the state legislature and took on the tough fights. It’s why I was selected by my peers to serve as Speaker of the Assembly. Every single day I served, I was answering the call – working to make life better for families, seniors, and students.

Now as a husband and father to Jackson, Jillian and Jameson, I’m thinking about the future more than ever. Cresent Hardy isn’t getting the job done protecting that future. I’m a proud Democrat running for Congress, because I’m answering the call for Nevada families – just like I’ve always done.

I want to be clear with you about my priorities, and what my campaign will be talking about between now and November 2016.

  • Priority number one must be creating good-paying jobs that can support a family. I’ll work to create good-paying jobs by rebuilding the American manufacturing base, supporting the entrepreneurs and small businesses that power the engine of our economy, and fighting for investments in infrastructure that create jobs, strengthen our national security, and increase our competitiveness in the global economy for generations to come.
  • I’ll fight to give working families a fair chance. The playing field has been tilted against working families for too long – that’s why we need to put an end to unfair trade deals, raise the minimum wage, and provide tax relief for working families instead of tax breaks for the big guys.
  • We must invest in education and expand opportunity for all of Nevada’s children. I know what a difference education made in my life, and how important it is to the economic future of this state. We’ve got to make sure every school in every neighborhood has the resources needed to make sure every single child gets a good education from the start. We have to find a way to make college more affordable so young people can get the education they need, and aren’t crushed by a mountain of debt.
  • I fully support the Affordable Care Act. I’m glad the Supreme Court kept it intact, and I will defend it against those who continue to try to undo the law and jeopardize the health care coverage of thousands of Nevadans.
  • Our immigration system is badly broken and it’s holding us back. I’m going to defend President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and fight for comprehensive immigration reform until we get it done – it’s time to stop breaking apart families.
  • Being a champion for women and protecting their reproductive freedoms isn’t political for me – It’s personal. I’m Eileen’s son, Janie’s husband and most importantly, Jillian’s dad. I will demand women receive equal pay for equal work. I trust women to make their own healthcare decisions, and I’ll fight tooth and nail against attacks on women’s reproductive rights.
  • We must honor the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made fighting for our country. In Congress, I will fight to make sure all veterans and their families have access to the best health care, including mental health services, and the job opportunities they deserve. No American veteran should ever sleep on the street.
  • I’ll fight to keep the promises we make to America’s seniors. I’ll stand up to the right-wing attacks on Social Security and Medicare and protect those benefits so Nevadans who have worked hard and sacrificed can have the retirement security they deserve.
  • Nevada isn’t a nuclear waste dump. As a first responder, I’m adamantly opposed to Yucca Mountain. I won’t jeopardize the public health and safety of our community.
  • Our democracy shouldn’t be for sale to the highest bidder. The Supreme Court went too far when it struck down our campaign finance laws and unleashed a flood of unregulated dark money into our elections. We need to rein in the corporations and billionaires who are trying to buy our elections by restoring reasonable limits on political spending. That’s why I’m supporting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United and protect our democracy.

Congressman Cresent Hardy has the wrong priorities. I know I can do a better job for those of you in NV-CD4. I hope you’ll join me in this effort, and I look forward to talking more with you as the campaign unfolds.

Ruben J. Kihuen: I’m Running for Congress in CD4

— by Ruben J. Kihuen

Ruben J. KihuenAfter careful consideration and consultation with my family, my friends, and the constituents I so proudly represent, I have decided to announce my candidacy for Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District. This is a district that is diverse and vibrant, and I am entering this race because I believe I am uniquely qualified to represent it. As the son of a housekeeper and a former farm worker, I understand the needs of the residents in the Fourth Congressional District, and I will fight every day so they, too, can have a fair shot at the American Dream. I’m running for Congress to keep the American Dream alive and to protect and expand our middle class.

I have had many mentors along the way who have taught me never to shy away from a fight, including our great Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid. I’m proud to have worked for him in Las Vegas, and his legacy of service inspires my decision today. I also want to thank Congressman Steven Horsford for his service to our state and setting a good example for the type of leadership that our state needs.

Our state and our nation are facing critical issues that will determine what kindof future we want to build for the next generations. In Carson City and in Washington DC, elected officials are discussing how to: 1) fund public education; 2) ensure that our seniors retire with dignity; 3) pay workers a living wage; 4) provide quality access to health care; 5) protect worker’s rights, women’s rights, voter’s rights, immigrants’ rights; and 6) how to protect our environment, including continuing the fight to keep dangerous nuclear waste from entering our state. I’m deeply engaged in these discussions in Carson City and I remain committed to continue advocating on behalf of the constituents of District 10.

I want to reassure the constituents of District 10 who elected me to represent them that my utmost priority will be to serve and protect their interests during the remainder of this legislative session. There will be plenty of time for campaigning after the session, and right now my focus is on legislating. I’m also pledging not to solicit any campaign funds during the session from lobbyists who are conducting business in Carson City. There is no official rule that compels me to take these steps, but there should be no confusion as to what my priorities are for the next few months. I was elected to represent the residents of Senate District 10 and I plan to fulfill my duties.

After the legislative session, I will embark on an aggressive campaign to win this congressional race. I am completely committed to seeing this race until the end. The only people who can deter me from this quest are the voters and I will campaign every day to earn their support. The voters will have a chance to hear my story, know my record, learn my vision, and make a choice on who is best to lead our state forward.

I sincerely want to thank all of the people who have believed in me and have trusted me over the years and who have motivated me and inspired me to pursue this next endeavor. I will not let you down.