26 Days to the NV Caucuses

With less than a month to go until the Nevada Democratic caucuses, it’s more important than ever to make sure that Nevada is ready to select our Democratic nominee. That’s why we’ve released a new video to show you what Caucus Day will look like!

Nevadans will play a huge part in the selection of a Democratic nominee – we’re the First in the West and just the third state to have our voice heard this cycle. That’s why it’s SO important that YOU make your voice heard.

If you’re not currently registered as a Democrat:  Register HERE

To check your registration on line: Check Your Registration HERE
(HINT: You can also find out your Precinct number at this link)

To PRE-REGISTER for your caucus & find out the location for your Precinct’s Caucus go HERE.  Pre-registering will save you considerable time during the check-in process that morning.

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How the Rising Share of Latino Voters Will Impact the 2016 Elections

— by Anna Chu and Charles Posner

A volunteer for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, left, registers someone to vote as volunteers register new voters at a table set up in front of campaign headquarters at a local shopping plaza in Phoenix, June 2012.

The United States is undergoing a historic demographic shift, with people of color expected to make up a majority of the population by 2044. Despite the seemingly long trajectory of these changes, the political implications are already being felt. The most significant of these shifts is the sharp increase in the number of Latino voters and their share of the electorate. In the 2012 presidential election, Latino voters—71 percent of whom supported President Barack Obama—helped create a firewall for President Obama in key states. In Colorado, for example, the rising share of Latino voters was enough to win the state for Democrats despite white voters’ support for President Obama dropping by 6 percentage points from 2008.

The rising share of Latino voters in key states may have an even more significant impact on the 2016 presidential election, especially if voter turnout rates are high. To gain a better understanding of the growing Latino influence, the Center for American Progress Action Fund conducted an electoral simulation of the six states with the largest projected share of Latino eligible voters in 2016 and for which 2012 exit polling data are available.

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Read more and explore our findings.

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In Nevada, Latino voters could make up more than a fifth of all voters, spelling trouble for Republicans. If Democrats are able to hold onto 2012 levels of support from voters of color and turnout rates remain the same in 2016 (Simulation 1), the Democratic margin of victory in Nevada could increase nearly 3 percentage points. Even if Republicans are able to regain their higher support levels from voters of color from 2004 as well as their high support levels from white voters from 2012 (Simulation 3), Democrats would still have a three-point margin of victory.

See Also: Key Facts About Nevada Voting Demographics: How Changing Demographics and DAPA-Affected Voters Could Impact the 2016 Elections


This material [the article above] was created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. It was created for the Progress Report, the daily e-mail publication of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Click here to subscribe. ‘Like’ CAP Action on Facebook and ‘follow’ us on Twitter

Democratic Community Calendar for Week of February 11, 2013

 by Marla Turner,  NSDP Secretary

CalendarPresident Obama delivers his State of the Union address this Tuesday evening. Watch parties are taking place all across the state. If you are not already hosting a party, why not join one near you? Click here to see a list of events taking place that night.

In other news……

Senator Reid on Reauthorization Of The Violence Against Women Act 
Last Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Republicans’ refusal to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Read his remarks here.

Democratic Voter Registration Maintains Strong Lead in Nevada
Secretary of State Ross Miller issued a statement last week saying that 2,000 new voters were registered during January. Statewide, there are 42% Democrats, 34% Republicans, 17.5 % Nonpartisans, 4.68% Independent American Party, and 1.33% (17,269) are members of the Libertarian or other minor parties.

Building a Better Nevada
The NV Democratic Assembly and Senate launched “Building a Better Nevada” website last Monday. Nevadans can now share their vision on how to build a better Nevada, keep up to date on important issues during session, and learn about various members and issues in the spotlight section.  The website will display plans that are common sense ideas to make sure our state is on the right path for generations to come.

2013-2014 Nevada Legislative Guide
The new guide is out. Lots of historical information for political junkies as well as current info on this session’s legislature.

Legislative Reports

  • The Bulletin for the Allocation of Money Distributed from the Local Government Tax Distribution Account can be viewed at the following link: Bulletin No. 13-04

Nevada Stonewall Chairman Steps Down
Derek Washington, Chair of the Nevada Stonewall Democratic Caucus and the Stonewall Democrats of Southern Nevada, resigned last week to pursue other interests. We thank him for his service to our state and wish him all the best going forward. New officer elections will be held later this month.

We Are Nevada Radio Show Launched
We Are Nevada is a coalition of public employee unions and community partners standing up for middle class values. This coalition, representing 250,000 Nevadans, includes SEIU, AFL-CIO, NSEA, AFSCME, firefighters, police, PLAN, ProgressNow Nevada and Si Se Puede. They launched a weekly radio show that airs every Friday at 6:00 p.m. for one hour. Tune in on KLAV AM1230 or online.  The show features legislative updates, labor history, progressive guests and the defense of middle class values.

Environmental Grassroots Lobby Days
Mark your calendars – the Nevada Conservation League will host an environmental community grassroots lobby day on April 25th. More information will be forthcoming.

Nevada Drug Card
Nevadans can save up to 75% on medications, lower the cost of hearing and vision checkups, LASIK procedures and even some pet medicines through the Prescription Assistance Program. The card is free to all Nevada residents regardless of age, income, or current health coverage. Many of Nevada’s cities and counties are distributing the card. You can also request one online.

Tax Preparation Help From VITA Program 
Volunteers from AARP and the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) will once again offer residents free assistance with personal income tax form preparation and electronic filing now through April 11.  Income restrictions will apply to qualify for assistance. Advance appointments are required at all locations.Find a location near you.

UNLV Journalism Scholarship Applications
The Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV is now accepting scholarship applications. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2013. Click here for more.

International Youth Soccer Tournament in Las Vegas
The largest international youth soccer tournament in the country will take place in Las Vegas Presidents’ Day weekend, Feb. 16-18. The Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Soccer Showcase is expected to bring more than 7,000 youths to the city and pump >$10 million into the local economy.

Applications Now Accepted for NLV Youth Scholarships
The City of North Las Vegas invites high school seniors who live in North Las Vegas to apply for the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities Youth Award Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship recognizes students who have performed public or community services and have encouraged others to become involved in their communities. Applications can be obtained online, from counselors at high schools in North Las Vegas or at City Hall, 2250 Las Vegas Boulevard North. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on April 3, 2013.

Summer Youth Jobs

  • Clark County Parks and Recreation is currently recruiting to fill positions for the 2013 pool season. Positions are available for those 15 ½ and older from $9 to $15 per hour based on experience and certifications. The County’s Aquatics Department is seeking applicants to fill cashier, lifeguard, water safety instructor and management positions. Click here for more info.
  • Youth ages 17 to 21 may qualify for assistance with job training, job placement and continued education through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program offered through HELP of Southern Nevada. In Nevada, the WIA is funded by Workforce Connections. For more information, contact Madelyn Oropeza at (702) 369-4357 ext. 1861 or email her at moropeza@helpsonv.org.

Best of luck to all the candidates running for office with the UNR Young Democrats this week!

Have a great week, and as always, be well and do good.

I’m So Flipping Angry, Yet I’m So Flipping Proud

by Xio Rodriguez, a proud Democrat

On my way out of a local supermarket, there was a voter registration table by the exit.  To tell you the truth, I had not noticed the table on my way in.  As I approached, there was this young woman who might not be older than maybe 20 talking to a man who I gather was doing the registration.  There was no political affiliation attached to the voter registration group.  So I approached to hear what the man was telling the young woman.

But what about “preexisting conditions” the young woman asked.

“Look, the market and the insurance companies would take care of that, that whole idea that insurance companies would deny service or coverage is just something that is not really true,” he said.

At this point, the blood in my veins started to boil, but I kept my cool.

“But what about contraception,” the young woman asked.

“Look darling, the best method of contraception for a young and beautiful girl like you is to avoid sex; abstinence is the best way to avoid getting pregnant. Just remember that we are just trying to protect you,” he said

Once again, I had to control my temper; I wanted so much to ask him if abstinence is the best way to control a pregnancy, does that also go for men.  Does it not make more sense to teach our young people the importance of making sure they are protected to avoid an unwanted pregnancy?

Also, “protect” me against what?  Women are very capable of making decisions about their bodies.  We don’t need some man or the government to tell us what is and what is not best for us.  Many of us, in our daily lives, make life or death decisions in an instant; we are in war zones, we pilot planes (both commercial and military), we are astronauts, doctors, firefighters, police officers, and so on and so on.  We can make the hard everyday decisions, but we CANNOT MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT OUR BODIES.  REALLY!

Yes, I was just one step away from going off on this man when the young woman looked at me as if to say “please keep calm” and then she continued:  “But what about abortion in cases of rape and incest,” she asked.

“Look darling, you know as well as I do that many cases of so called rape are women trying to cover up an indiscretion and that way being able to have an abortion.  Remember that legitimate or as some want to say forcible rapes are really not all that common, and looking at you, I know you are a good girl and that will never happen to you,” he said.

After those words my young friend was calm.  I, on the other hand, was about to jump the table and tell him a few things, because as a two time rape survivor (yes I said it two times), I know a little bit about what being raped is all about.  Rape is something that has no social, racial, or economic barriers.  It can and it could happen to anyone.  It is something that is with you for the rest of your life.  What is this “retrograde” saying?  What does he really know about being raped?  There was so much I wanted to tell him, but my young friend once again gave me one of those looks.

Then she said, “Can I have one of the forms?”  I watched her fill in each box very carefully and I watched the expression of triumph on his face I was sure he was thinking “one more for my side.”  After she finished and signed the form, she handed it to him.  He looked it over and then said, “I can’t take your form, you are going to have to mail it in or take it personally.  All forms for THEM have to be mailed in or taken in.”

My young friend took her form back and without a word walked away.  I followed her and asked if I could see her form. She showed me and, yes, it was the wrong party for him, but the right party for me.

She looked at me and said, “I just needed to find out what they were saying and doing, so we can give our young people the proper information to face people like him.  Thanks for keeping your cool.”  Then she walked away.

So, my question to all women reading this today is simple:  Come November, which way are you going to go, the way of those who want government DICTATING control over your BODY or the way of those who are going to let you make your own decisions REGARDING YOUR BODYThink about it!

Do You Need to Register to Vote?

Registering to vote in Nevada just got easier. Now you can do it from any touch screen device, like an iPad or smart phone.

You can stop hunting for voter registration forms, pens, or stamps — or looking for that mailing address for the County Board of Elections.

Instead, just swing by this handy new site that will help you register. You’ll be able to enter your email address and send yourself a link to an online voter registration form that you can sign using your touch screen. And a couple of weeks later, you’ll get your voter registration card in the mail. It’s that easy, and that fast.

Try it out now — then ask five of your friends who live in Nevada to do the same.

November is going to come fast. If you aren’t registered — or if you have moved and need to update your registration — do it now so you’re ready to go on Election Day.

And don’t let your friends who live in Nevada forget to register or think that they can just wait until tomorrow — make sure they register with you.

We made it easy for you to send the form along to people you know after you register. And you can share the site on Facebook and Twitter, too. It only takes a couple of seconds, but registering voters is one of the most important things we can do right now.

So don’t wait — get registered today:

http://nv.barackobama.com/Nevada-Register-to-Vote-Mobile