Help HRC Elect Pro-Equality Candidates in Nevada

— Human Rights Campaign

With Election Day just over 50 days away, the Human Rights Campaign would like to take the opportunity to announce the endorsements of Nevada candidates who have stood for equality. Now is your chance to stand with them. Sign up to help elect these pro-equality candidates.

HRC-Endorsed Candidates:

As Congresswoman, Shelley Berkley has consistently scored 100% on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard while her opponent has scored 0%. In the Senate, she will continue to stand with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, with her cosponsorship of the Respect for Marriage Act, repealing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

In 2008, HRC endorsed then State Senator Dina Titus and worked with her in Congress, as she sponsored the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. In 2012, Nevadans have the chance to send a strong supporter back to Congress.

State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford and State Assembly Speaker John Oceguera were instrumental in passing the law to create Nevada’s domestic partner registry. In Congress, both Steven and John will continue to be a major force working towards full equality.

Thank you,
/s/ Marty Rouse, HRC National Field Director

P.S. HRC volunteers and supporters will be out in full force this election season in Las Vegas and all across Nevada.

On Memorial Day

This weekend we join together to honor our brave men and women in uniform. 

Since our nation’s founding, many have given their lives in service to our flag and our country.  On Memorial Day we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  I join with all Nevadans and Americans in thanking the troops, veterans and military families for their service and commitment to our great country.

As we commemorate this special day, I hope to see you at one of the many events being held throughout Southern Nevada.  Let us also take a moment to pray for the safe return of those still in the field.

A very Happy Memorial Day to you and to your family.  Remember that we wouldn’t be the land of the free if we weren’t the home of the brave.

Dina Titus

Ruben Kihuen Withdraws from NV-CD1 Race

State Senator Ruben Kihuen released the following statement announcing his withdrawal from the race for Congressional District 1:

“I want to thank all the volunteers, voters, donors and other supporters who have supported me throughout this process, and this decision that I am announcing today.  Unfortunately, the reality is that continuing my efforts to win in what would promise to be a resource draining primary at this time is not in the best interest for me, my family, my community and my party.

“Nevada has lived through the worst economic times in a generation. This year, our state will play a pivotal role in determining whether the United States stays on the path toward recovery by reelecting President Obama, or takes a sharp turn in a radical and dangerous direction.

“I will do everything I can to reelect President Obama and strengthen his hand by sending Democrats to the House and Senate, including Shelley Berkley, Steven Horsford, John Oceguera and Dina Titus. I will do all I can to encourage Latinos to make our voices heard through the electoral process—especially in November.

“For me, serving Nevada has always come first. I will continue to do that in the State Senate. We face a republican party that doesn’t understand the challenges people who live here confront every day. Nevadans need good-paying jobs – now. They need help staying in their homes – today. They need an economic plan that builds the diversified economy of Nevada’s future, starting yesterday.  These challenges can’t wait. I’m going back to work on them tomorrow.”


WASHINGTON – Today, Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after State Senator Ruben Kihuen announced he will end his bid for the United States House of Representative.

“Senator Kihuen remains a rising star in Nevada and the Democratic Party.  Each day, he breaks new barriers and inspires tens of thousands of young people with his hard work on behalf of this state and his commitment to helping all Nevadans achieve a better life for themselves and their families.  I am fortunate to call him my friend and expect great things from him in the very near future.

“With TEA Party Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, Nevada’s middle-class families need Dina Titus in their corner fighting to protect Medicare and Social Security, create good paying jobs that can’t be shipped overseas and holding Wall Street bankers and Big Oil executives accountable.  I am proud to endorse her bid for Congress and look forward to working with her to put Nevadans back to work.”

NV Dems Chair Roberta Lange Statement on CD 1

 Las Vegas, NV – In response to recent developments in the race for Nevada’s first congressional district, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange released the following statement:

“Senator Ruben Kihuen is an outstanding public servant with a very bright future in Nevada politics.  He will continue to be a strong fighter in the Nevada State Senate to create jobs and improve Nevada’s education system.  I congratulate Senator Kihuen on the race he ran and look forward to working with him in the future.

“Nevada Democrats are united behind Dina Titus and we look forward to sending her back to Congress to fight for Nevada families.  Dina has been a longtime advocate for Nevada’s middle-class families — committed to fighting the Wall Street Republican agenda of killing Medicare by turning it over to private insurance companies and protecting taxpayer giveaways to corporations that ship American jobs overseas.  Nevada Democrats could not have a stronger ticket this election cycle in which we will re-elect President Obama, send Shelley Berkley to the Senate, and take back a majority of our congressional delegation.”

Amodei/Heck Vote for HR358, the “Let Women Die Act”

Have you heard about yesterday’s House approval of HR358, deceptively called the “protect life act,” which is really a “let women die” act?

Republicans are waging a War on Women. Since taking over the House, the radical right has been actively working to roll back the freedoms and protections of American women.  They are not just attacking our right to choose, but threatening our actual health.  236 of 238 Republicans voted for passage.  It’s like group-think.  Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL13) and Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY24) were the only Republicans to cast a NO vote.

Fifteen Democratic representatives also voted for passage of this bill:  Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR4); Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA2); Rep. Daniel Lipiniski (D-IL3); Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL12); Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN2); Rep. Dale Kildee, (D-MI5); Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN7); Rep Mike McIntyre (D-NC7); Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC11); Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK2); Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA4); Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA-12); Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA-17); Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT2); and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV3).

In case you haven’t been following this one, here’s a brief summary of this bill:

  • Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) 
  • Requires any qualified health benefit plan offered through an Exchange, that includes coverage for abortions, to also offer a qualified health benefit plan through the Exchange that is identical in every respect except that it does not cover abortions.  (This is currently a requirement under PPACA.)
  • Prohibits a federal agency or program and any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance under PPACA from requiring any health plan created or regulated under PPACA to discriminate against any institutional or individual health care entity based on the entity’s refusal to undergo training in the performance of induced abortions, require or provide such training, or refer for such training. (Isn’t that just lovely.  If you’re a woman who’s experiencing a miscarriage, and that miscarriage is incomplete, you’re bleeding profusely and you need a procedure to complete that miscarriage which incidentally is also known as an abortion procedure … and no one is trained or qualified to provide that service/procedure at your local hospital … you’re probably going to bleed to death.) 
  • Creates a cause of action for any violations of the abortion provisions of PPACA. Gives federal courts jurisdiction to prevent and redress actual or threatened violations of such provisions by issuing any form of legal or equitable relief, including injunctions and orders preventing the disbursement of all or a portion of federal financial assistance until the prohibited conduct has ceased.  (Oh Great!  To ensure the GOP version of death panels for women has some teeth to ensure the mother’s life is not saved, they’ve given the courts considerable authority for both actual and ‘threatened’ incidences, as well as any necessary jurisdiction to halt any procedure in progress, impose penalties and deny federal disbursements.)
  • Gives standing to institute an action to affected health care entities and the Attorney General. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive and investigate complaints alleging a violation of PPACA abortion provisions. (Oh … and if it’s not enough to impose the death penalty on women via the courts for having the misfortune to be suffering from life-threatening complications during a pregnancy, they’re going to create a whole bunch more government bureaucracy to ensure women die instead of getting the care they desperately need.
  • Requires the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to ensure that no multistate qualified health plan offered in an Exchange provides coverage of abortion services.  (I’m so tired of hearing the GOP rant about the free enterprise system and letting the markets solve all the problems … this essentially prevents all of the major health insurance programs who offer health coverage to national employers participating in the health exchanges, with employees in multiple states, from offering insurance policies that include an abortion provision.  If you’re thinking of having a baby … I sure hope you have an uneventful pregnancy … otherwise … you’re gonna have to pony up to the bar for all of the medical expenses once things go awry … and none of those expenses will be tax-deductible medical-related expenses.)

The bill is not expected to pass the Senate, and President Obama has promised to veto it even if it does, but this vote was more than symbolic — these provisions are likely to surface again, either as standalone legislation or as amendments to other bills.  It’s obvious that Americans want Congress to work on creating jobs and helping our ailing economy, yet Speaker Boehner and his GOP supporters STILL focus their energies on attacking women’s health. The GOP majority in the house is doing absolutely every thing they possibly cant to:

  • Prevent purchase of health insurance in the new Exchanges that includes abortion care, meaning that millions of women would either be prevented from purchasing insurance plans that cover abortion or would lose the coverage they currently have.
  • Allow hospitals to refuse to perform emergency abortions, letting them deny emergency abortions to women whose life or health could be saved by the procedure.
  • Take away existing health insurance coverage, opening an enormous loophole in the new health care law that would allow states to broaden refusal laws so that insurance companies in their state could deny women the access to contraception without co-pays that we secured, with your help, over the summer!

The stakes have never been higher for women in our country.  It’s time to organize the fight against Nevada’s GOP representatives currently in Congress.  Dina Titus is the only woman currently running for the House in Nevada and she is proudly supported by EMILY’s List, Women’s Campaign Forum, Planned Parenthood, and others.

During her term in the 111th Congress and throughout her years as Minority Leader in the Nevada Legislature she has been a constant fighter for our shared values.  That is why she is working hard each day to return to Congress and continue to stand up for women in Nevada and throughout our country.

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