Coming to Vegas: “Come Together and Fight Back Tour”

— by William McCurdy II, Chair—Nevada State Democratic Party

I wanted to let all of you know that we’ve locked in a date and location for the DNC’s Nevada stop for the “Come Together and Fight Back Tour.” I’m thrilled that Senator Bernie Sanders, Tom Perez and Cecile Richards are all coming to Las Vegas next weekend to share their vision for coming together and fighting back. I hope you can make it, and please encourage your friends in the Democratic Party to attend this event if they can.

RSVP now to attend this event.

I firmly believe that a united and more progressive Democratic Party fueled by grassroots activism will lead us to victory again here in 2018. From knocking Dean Heller out of the U.S. Senate to reclaiming our Governor’s mansion, Nevada will play a critical role in sending a message to Washington that the GOP’s priorities are wrong for working families.

Here are the details:

What: Come Together and Fight Back Tour — Las Vegas

Who: Senator Bernie Sanders, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards

When: Saturday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m.

Doors open: 10 a.m.

Where: Cox Pavilion, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154

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How the Democratic Party Lost Its Way 

During my 20 years in Democratic campaigns, I’ve seen the party operation decline into an insular and myopic letdown. But I also know how it can recover.

I made my first visit to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 1998, when I was campaign manager for a longshot candidate running against an entrenched incumbent. By the time we left the building, we felt empowered and connected. We had a campaign roadmap that offered organizational and financial benchmarks, a point of contact with the committee, weekly talking points and an organization behind us that made introductions and offered advice when we needed it.

Fast forward 18 years. This time, I’m the congressional candidate running in a longshot North Carolina district in a year that many people thought might be a Democratic sweep, and ……..

Read the full article here: How the Democratic Party Lost Its Way – POLITICO Magazine

Just 7 Weeks ’til the County Caucus

2016 has finally rolled in, which means we’re now seven weeks away from holding caucuses across the state, the first in the west caucuses to select the Democratic candidate for President. Thus, it’s time to identify folks who will serve as Precinct Chairs, Check-in Desk workers, and Same-Day Registration workers.

There are three tiers to the process for selecting our state’s nominee for President. Tier one involves holding Precinct Caucuses throughout our County.  Tier two involves holding a County Convention. And, tier three involves participating in the State Convention:

County Democratic Caucuses:  Saturday, February 20, 2016
County Democratic Convention: Saturday, April, 2, 2016
State Democratic Convention: Fri-Sun, June 3-5, 2016

To participate at the State Democratic Convention, you would need to participate in both the County Caucus AND the County Convention.  To participate and be elected as a delegate to the National Convention, you would need to participate in all three events. (The NV Dems “Delegate Selection Plan” details the full process from Caucus to State Convention.)

What is a caucus?
A caucus is a gathering of neighbors who meet to discuss grassroots politics. Democrats will join with others in their precinct to pledge their support for their favorite presidential candidate and thereby award delegates to the candidates.

What happens at a caucus?

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Who Can Attend a Precinct Caucus?

  • Precinct caucuses are open meetings. Anyone can attend and observe, but only registered Democrats (including 17 year olds who will be 18 by November 8, 2016 and register as Democrats) can participate.
  • Young people who will NOT be 18 by November 8, 2016 are encouraged to attend as Youth Attenders. They can not participate in the caucus. They are there strictly to observe.

Who Can Participate?

  • All participants must be Democrats registered to vote in their precinct. A list of registered Democrats will be available at the caucuses. If you are not on the list and are not registered to vote, you will be able to register as a Democrat at the caucus.
  • Seventeen-year-olds, who will be 18 by the general election on November 8, 2016, will be allowed to fully participate. They will be required to fill out a voter registration card and register as a Democrat if they have not done so already.
  • Participants may register to vote at the caucus. Republicans, nonpartisans and others can change registration to become a Democrat that day.
  • NOTE: Should a Republican change his/her registration to Democrat, s/he will NOT be able to participate in the Republican Caucus on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.  The GOP Delegate selection plan subsection states: No person shall be allowed to participate in the Presidential Preference Poll at the Precinct Meeting who does not already appear as a registered Republican on the voter rolls for that precinct not less than ten (10) days prior to the day of the meeting. Same day registration is prohibited

Does it cost anything to participate?
No.

Is there a way to vote early or cast an absentee vote?
No.

Democratic Debate Schedule Released

The first Democratic debates since 2008, when then-senator Barack Obama battled Clinton and others for the nomination.


2015


Oct13Tuesday, October 13, 2015
CNN Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Nevada
Sponsors: CNN, Nevada Democratic Party
Candidates: TBD


Nov14Saturday, November 14, 2015
CBS News Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Sponsors: CBS News, KCCI, The Des Moines Register
Candidates: TBD


Dec19Saturday, December 19, 2015
ABC News Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Sponsors: ABC News, WMUR
Candidates: TBD


2016


Jan17Sunday, January 17, 2016
NBC News Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Sponsors: NBC, Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Candidates: TBD


FebOrMarFebruary or March, 2016
Univision Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Miami, Florida
Sponsors: Univision, The Washington Post
Candidates: TBD


FebOrMarFebruary or March, 2016
PBS Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Wisconsin
Sponsors: PBS
Candidates: TBD