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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SEIU Local 1107 Endorse Ruben Kihuen for Congress

Call Kihuen, “an energetic and consistent advocate for Nevada’s working families”

Ruben J. KihuenLas Vegas, NV – The 17,000 represented workers and their families of SEIU Local 1107 are proud to endorse Senator Ruben Kihuen for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.

“Since he was first elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 2006, Senator Kihuen has been an energetic and consistent advocate for Nevada’s working families,” said Cherie Mancini, President of SEIU Local 1107. “Senator Kihuen, being raised in a labor family, understands firsthand the struggles that face the working people of Nevada. I am confident he will be as strong of a voice for the middle class in Washington, D.C. as he was in Carson City.”

Senator Kihuen’s work during the 2015 legislative session to raise wages and equal pay for equal work for Nevadans only further highlight his commitment to Nevada’s working class families.

“We’re going to be with him every step of the way,” said Deb Springer, Clark County employee and Trustee for SEIU Local 1107. “Through his experience and performance, Ruben Kihuen has proven to the membership that he has the integrity, vision and knowledge to be a great congressman for Nevada’s 4th District,” said Springer.

“I proudly stood with SEIU and their members as we’ve fought for a $15 minimum wage, safer staffing standards and a renewed commitment to worker’s rights in Nevada and I am honored to earn their support as we take these fights to Congress,” said State Senator Ruben Kihuen. “The 4th deserves a voice for working families, not Congressman Hardy who has been a voice for the wealthy and elite.”

Kihuen’s campaign has previously been endorsed by U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, 7 labor unions representing nearly 30,000 Nevadans and many other local and national leaders. You can see all of Kihuen’s endorsements at www.rubenforcongress.com/endorsements.

State Senator Ruben Kihuen is running as a Democrat in Nevada’s 4th Con
gressional 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

Planned Parenthood Facilities Raided by TX Governor’s Goons

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Officials from Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s administration have raided Planned Parenthood health centers across the state, demanding the confidential records of women who visited the health centers, including ultrasound records.  The news is especially alarming for a state with an extensive history of criminalizing abortion.

And the raids came just three days after Gov. Abbott announced that the state will end the one remaining source of government funding for Planned Parenthood—funding to provide health care for families earning less than 19 percent of the federal poverty level, or $3,760 for a family of three.

In total, seven states have eliminated funding for Planned Parenthood since the summer despite having done nothing wrong. And the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a special budget bill to defund Planned Parenthood that cannot be blocked in the Senate using the filibuster, which is how other bills have been stopped from attacking the organization.

MoveOn.org has put together a plan to fight back:

  • Turn up the heat on vulnerable Republican senators running for re-election next year by holding events outside their in-state offices and running powerful social media campaigns targeting them for waging a war on women.
  • Run a hard-hitting media campaign to expose the attacks on Planned Parenthood for what they are: propaganda designed to close down health clinics and ban abortion.
  • Ramp up campaigns in the next set of states where Republicans are going after Planned Parenthood funding.

We simply cannot allow anti-abortion extremists to destroy an organization that helps so many people—or to roll back women’s rights and access to health care. 

Click here to chip in and stand with Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is under an all-out assault. But our fighting back has made a huge difference, including helping stop bills to defund Planned Parenthood in the U.S. Senate. Specifically:

  • I recently traveled to Washington, D.C., where I met in person with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Harry Reid to bring them 1.2 million signatures from MoveOn members and key partners supporting Planned Parenthood.
  • We flooded Senate offices with 10,000 phone calls.
  • We ran ads highlighting how Planned Parenthood has helped individual MoveOn members.
  • We partnered with Planned Parenthood to organize 138 rallies and other visibility events across the country on #PinkOut Day last month.
  • And, on the state level, we supported numerous MoveOn members in leading petition campaigns and other organizing to stop their states from defunding Planned Parenthood.

Now, we need to show that attacking Planned Parenthood is a political loser and will cause vulnerable Republicans running for re-election next year to lose support among women. We know this strategy can work because Planned Parenthood is enormously popular. And we’ve used this strategy before and won: The Republican War on Women is a big reason why Todd Akin and Mitt Romney lost their elections in 2012.

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Democrats Release New Video and Fact Sheet: “Couldn’t Be More Plain”

Oct 6, 2015 | Press Release from Rep. Elija Cummings, Ranking Member on Select Committee on Benghazi

WASHINGTON— Today, Democrats on the Select Committee on Benghazi released a new video and fact sheet rebutting claims made by Chairman Trey Gowdy that the Committee is not focused on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The new video and fact sheet come after Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted on national television that the purpose of the Select Committee has always been to damage Hillary Clinton’s bid for President.

View the supporting dates and shows when Chairman Gowdy mentioned Clinton here.

FACT SHEET:

How the Benghazi Committee Targeted Hillary Clinton

Gowdy Cancelled All Planned Hearings Other Than Hillary Clinton’s After NYT Email Story

  • Before the New York Times broke its story on March 2 about Hillary’s Clinton’s emails, Gowdy had sent to Committee Members an investigative plan that set out monthly hearings  with all the different agencies involved in preparing for and responding to the attacks in Benghazi, including the State Department, the Defense Department, and the Intelligence Community.
  • After the New York Times’ email story broke on March 2, however, Gowdy completely abandoned this plan and began focusing almost exclusively on Hillary Clinton.
  • Since then, Gowdy has not held any of the hearings on his schedule, and his upcoming hearing with Hillary Clinton is the only hearing now scheduled.
  • For example, Gowdy abandoned the hearing he had planned for April with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary Leon Panetta.
  • The Committee has never held even one public hearing with anyone from the Department of Defense.  The Committee has held only one hearing with an intelligence official, but it was with the CIA’s head of Legislative Affairs regarding the status of document production.

Gowdy Dropped Key Interviews with Top Defense and Intelligence Leaders

  • Gowdy also abandoned plans he had made in February to start conducting interviews of the following top defense and intelligence leaders in April:  former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former CIA Director David Petraeus, General Martin Dempsey, and former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matt Olsen.
  • He never invited any of these defense or intelligence leaders for interviews.
  • Gowdy then announced that he planned to start conducting the following interviews in June:  former Defense Secretary Panetta, General Martin Dempsey, and General Carter Ham.
  • Those interviews were also abandoned.

Gowdy Scheduled New Interviews and Depositions of Hillary Clinton’s Associates 

Gowdy Stepped Up Aggressive Press Campaign Against Hillary Clinton

  • Since March, Gowdy’s press releases have focused almost entirely on Secretary Clinton.
  • Over the past nine months, he has issued 22 press releases related to Secretary Clinton (including one on Sidney Blumenthal’s emails with Clinton), but only 5 press releases on any other topic during that period.
  • Of the 5 non-Clinton press releases, three (1, 2, 3) are about the State Department’s compliance with document production, one marks the anniversary of 9/11, and one is Gowdy’s interim progress report.
  • The only documents Gowdy has publicly released over the past 17 months were Clinton’s emails with Sidney Blumenthal, and Gowdy did this unilaterally with no debate or vote by the Select Committee.
  • At the same time, he has blocked the public release of Blumenthal’s deposition transcript, which would reveal all the questions Republicans asked about Hillary Clinton and other issues that have nothing to do with Benghazi.
  • Almost immediately after the interview with Cheryl Mills, Republicans began leaking inaccurate information to damage Clinton with unsubstantiated or previously debunked allegations, while refusing to release the complete transcript.
  • Gowdy refused to investigate or condemn a leak that made more unsubstantiated allegations against Clinton despite the fact that Politico was forced to correct a front-page story that relied on apparently doctored information about an email produced to the Select Committee.

Gowdy’s Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaign Against Clinton

Hillary Clinton Email “Scandal” Fact Check

You may hear a lot of information surrounding the Hillary Clinton email “scandal”, but Hillary For America’s campaign Press Secretary, Brian Fallon, is here to fact check tweets about the controversy.

The emails are NOT a “scandal” … it’s just another GOP “swift-boat” style scheme attempting to sully the character of the currently leading 2016 Democratic presidential contender.  George W. Bush and his buddy Karl Rove used an RNC email-server — operated in the White House — and they somehow deleted 22 MILLION emails from that server.  Did the GOP cry foul?  Nope!  George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, Colin Powell, used his own private email while Secretary of State. Has the GOP cried foul?  Nope!

They couldn’t destroy her using #Benghazi — there was no conspiracy there. Two investigations proved that.  But no, the GOP had to go and create yet another committee to do a more “thorough” investigation of everything “Benghazi.” But it now seems their investigation has failed and scope creep has entered the picture.  It’s become a political sham to sully Hillary Clinton, and the GOP is wasting our taxpayer dollars on their trip down their rabid rabbit hole!

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