Monthly Archives: February 2011

Legislative Links Communique

NASB, the Nevada Association of School Boards is making a concerted effort at ‘educating the public’ using the “Legislative Links” Communique.  They anticipate compiling this publication on alternating weeks.  Here’s a link to the current issue;  the next issue should arrive in mid-March.  Just go to the NASB website and click on Legislative Links in the left-hand sidebar.

Please take a few minutes time during your busy day to peruse this issue and share the information with your friends.

Next NSDP/NV-RDC Meeting in Reno NV, 3-26-2011


  • Election of Nevada State Democratic Party Officers
  • Approval of the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan
  • Bylaws Change: All NSDP meetings to be held in Tonopah with exception of meeting immediately following NSDP convention in even years.

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011

Meeting Times:

  • NSDP Executive Board – 11:00 AM
  • NSDP General Meeting – 1:00 PM
  • NV-RDC Meeting (at conclusion of NSDP Gnrl Mtg)

Location: UNR Campus, 1664 N. Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89557-0208 (map)

The Executive Board Meeting to be held in Room 129 in the Frandsen Humanities Building.  The General Meeting (and subsequent NV-RDC meeting) will be held in Room 100 in the Jot Travis Building.


  • Read the meeting notice (proposed bylaws change
  • Review the proposed NV Delegate Selection Plan; provide comments and suggestions by by 3/25/11
  • Review NSDP Nomination document; if you desire nomination for office, complete forms within prescribed deadlines.
  • Please RSVP your attendance to Naomi Millisor ( ) or call 866-737-3367. If you cannot attend please be sure to send in your proxy.

PLEASE NOTE: On issues of elections and bylaws changes, proxy voting is NOT allowed.


Social Security Under Siege by GOP

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:

GOP Leaders Threaten Social Security / Retiree Leader Rejects “Cold-Hearted” Proposal

“The Alliance for Retired Americans, a grassroots advocacy organization with over 4 million members, is outraged by the cold-hearted ways in which House Republicans are trying to lower the budget deficit on the backs of seniors, persons with disabilities, and young survivors.

“Their plan would create massive furloughs – shutting down the entire agency for 20 working days.  This would be devastating for the people in our country who are most in need.  For example:

  • Phones and offices would be shut down, leaving current recipients who have questions or concerns unable to get the help they need.  3.6 million people visit Social Security offices each month.   Social Security receives 119,000 calls a day to its field offices and 280,000 calls a day to its 800 number. A twenty-day furlough would block 8 million callers who need immediate help;
  • Over a half a million people who are applying for benefits would be forced into a long backlog of delays that could extend well into next year; and
  • Those grieving from a recent death of a spouse would be unable to change their benefits status, banking information, and other details to help them through this difficult time.

“Millions of Americans would not get the help they need, all because of political gamesmanship and pettiness by the Republican Party.

“In my opinion, this is a back-door effort to cut Social Security.  The Republicans have caught some much-deserved criticism when they have suggested cutting Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age, or turning privatized system over to Wall Street.

“But with this move today, they are hoping nobody notices.

“But we notice and we are here today to defend Social Security, one of America’s greatest success stories.

“Social Security is a promise that our government makes to the American people.

“To keep that promise, the Social Security Administration must have the resources and staffing its needs to make sure that seniors, persons with disabilities, and survivors are able to receive the benefits they have earned and need each month to make ends meet.

“The Alliance for Retired Americans strongly opposes this bill and urges the Senate to reject these cold-hearted cuts.”

Submitted for publication by JoEtta Brown

DCDW Luncheon Scheduled

The Membership Drive luncheon for Douglas County Democratic Women will be held at the Carson Valley Inn (1627 US Hwy 395 N, Mindon) on March 7, 2011.

11:oo AM ….. Registration
12:00 PM ….. Lunch and Speaker:  Jill Derby — How Far We Have Come / How Far We Have to Go
01:30 PM ….. Adjourn

$18.00 by reservation deadline / $20.00 at the Door

Jill will trace the progress of the women’s movement over the past four decades and will talk specifically about two areas of progress:  “Microfinance—Pulling Women Out of Poverty” and “Sex Trafficking—Losing Ground.”

Please RSVP via email with Katherine Winans by Noon on Thursday, March 3, 2010, or give her a call at 775-267-0539.  When making your RSVP, please note any dietary restrictions you may have which will need accommodation.

Raffle Tickets for the Scholarship fund will be available for sale at this event.  We will also be collecting for the DC Backpack Buddies.  Bring any food and your accumulated soap, etc from your travels.  We will hold our famous Raffle.  And lastly … don’t forget to bring your your wine corks for recycling.

Please remember that a reservation made is a reservation that must be paid.  We have to pay for your entree whether you attend and eat that lunch or not.