Monthly Archives: May 2011

With Heavy Heart —

We are deeply saddened by the loss yesterday of our dear friend Dinah Jordan. We will cherish the memories of all the times we spent together and the never-ceasing, whole-hearted support she provided for Democratic candidates.  God saw that Dinah was getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around her and whispered “come to me.”  With tearful eyes, those closest to her watched as she passed on and into God’s loving care. Although so many of us loved her dearly, we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband bill and her family.  May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared, comfort them now and in the days ahead.

GOP Protects BIG Oil Subsidies, Redux

As Americans continue to struggle with outrageous, unstable gas prices, big oil continues to benefit from them. Last week, the five biggest oil companies reported a massive profits:  $30 billion in first-quarter profits, a 38% increase from last year.

Despite these astronomical profits, yesterday House Republicans voted unanimously (Roll Call 293) to block consideration of a Democratic proposal to end some of the tax breaks and subsidies we give to big oil every year.

It’s outrageous that our government continues to reward these oil giants with an additional $4 billion a year of our money in tax credits and subsidies.  Watch Rachel Maddow’s take (yesterday) on the volatile price of oil since 2000 and the GOP’s take from oil companies in terms of campaign contributions.

In a March 2011 WSJ/NBC Poll, 74% of American’s oppose these oil subsidies, and nearly 170,000 people have signed our petition asking congress to end them. Credo has a petition up on line to keep the pressure building.  [Click here to automatically sign Credo’s petition.]

It is a testament to the influence of polluters, and the power of the money they shower upon congress, that so many of our leaders have continued to defend these senseless subsidies.  As recently as this March, House Republicans — while simultaneously pleading poverty and fighting for crippling budget cuts elsewhere — voted unanimously against repealing these oil subsidies, at a total cost to taxpayers of $45 billion over 10 years.

One would think that in the face of huge budget cuts, painful gas prices and shocking oil company profits, that it might be getting harder and harder for Republicans to defend subsidies for BIG oil. Surprisingly, last week SpeakerJohn Boehner said that repealing oil subsidies “is certainly something we ought to be looking at” and that oil companies “ought to be paying their fair share.”  While his statement was quickly walked back the next day by an aide, it’s clear that cracks are beginning to show in the Republicans’ brazen defense of senseless oil handouts. Indeed, five House Republicans have now said they would support eliminating these subsidies.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi yesterday announced a Democratic proposal to repeal oil subsidies, and in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid will be unveiling a proposal next week.

Momentum is building. This is a key moment to keep the pressure on, and force every member of congress to choose: Americans, or the oil companies?  Tell Congress to end oil subsidies.

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State Dems Introduce Their Budget Proposal

From Steven Horsford, NV Senate Majority Leader:

Since the start of the legislative session in February, we’ve heard weeks and weeks of testimony about how to fix the state’s budget. Today, the Democratic leadership introduced a budget approach that makes the fundamental changes we need to fund and reform education, promote job creation, and position Nevada for success in the years to come.

In a continuing effort to find a responsible middle ground, the Democratic budget proposal offers a balanced approach. It reforms our 1950s tax code to promote job creation and build an educational system and workforce for our 21st century economy. It requires a significant reduction in total spending from 2009 levels, and tough cuts are recommended. But it redesigns our revenue streams to be stable, and it positions Nevada for long-term success.

We must face our future with courage and competence. It will be hard, but now is our chance to make lasting, systemic changes for current and future generations.

I hope you will take a moment to call your legislators right now. Ask them to be a part of the compromise solution. You can reach us and find your legislator by calling the main number at 800-995-9080. You can also find your legislator and his or her contact information on the legislative website.

Thank you for making your voice heard!

Sincerely,
Steven Horsford

P.S. You can find a complete Power Point presentation laying out the state’s finances and explaing the plan at www.ReconstructingNevada.com


NOTE: It is critically important for school board members and K-12 advocates to continue delivering the message in opposition to the proposal to sweep the debt service reserve funds. Although on Tuesday afternoon the Joint K-12 Subcommittee voted in opposition to the Governor’s recommendation on that budget piece, more votes are needed to support that position. Please continue talking with legislators when they are home for the weekend and/or making calls to their offices in Carson City.

Sept 13 Special Election to Fill Heller Vacancy in US House

Comment’s from Roberta Lange, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair:

As many of you know, Secretary of State Ross Miller announced earlier today that the special election for Congressional District Two, scheduled to take place on September 13, will be conducted using open ballot access. This supports the legal opinion by our legal counsel and what we believe is the intent behind the law for special elections.

The Nevada Republican Party and NRCC immediately sent out a statement criticizing the Secretary of State and threatening to initialize litigation. We expect them to take this action and try to portray the decision by the Secretary of State as a partisan one. It is important that we do not engage with them as they attempt this strategy.

We have always been and remain committed to winning this race and I look forward to working with all of you to make this happen. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Roberta Lange
Chair, Nevada State Democratic Party


Osama is No More

Late Sunday, troops entered a compound in Pakistan and after a firefight, ended the life of the infamous Osama Bin Laden.   He along with three adult males, two couriers and bin Laden’s adult son, were killed when they resisted capture.  One woman, who was used by one of the combatants as a shield was also killed during the raid.  In keeping with Islamic tradition, Bin Laden’s body was buried within 24 hours of his death … by the U.S. Navy, at an undisclosed location at sea,  since many nations wanted nothing to do with allowing Bin Laden’s body to be buried within their nation’s boundaries.

Comments from Nevada’s leaders:


Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid:  “This is the most significant victory in our fight against al-Qaida and terrorism, but that fight is not over.  As we remember those who were killed on that dark day in September and their families, we also reaffirm our resolve to defeat the terrorist forces that killed them and thousands of others across the globe. Because of courageous Americans in our military and intelligence community, their leader is now gone.”


U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley:  “Tonight, Americans join the world in marking the end of this symbol of hatred who died with the blood of thousands on his hand.  The U.S. pledged it would hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden for the crimes he committed and nearly a decade after the tragedy of September 11, justice has been served. This is a tremendous victory for America and a promise kept to the families of the 9-11 victims.”


Governor Brian Sandoval:  “As the face of global terrorism, bin Laden will forever be a reminder of how deeply we must cherish our freedom, and so it is fitting we come together as Nevadans and Americans to remember the victims of the 9-11 attacks.  We are also grateful for the relentless courage and dedication of our Armed Forces who continue to keep us safe from harm.”


U.S. Rep. Dean Heller:  “First, I want to thank our men and women in uniform.  Justice has been done and this is a great day for America. While the War on Terror is not over, I want to compliment President Obama and President Bush for their continued commitment to bringing this chapter to a successful conclusion.”


U.S. Rep. Joe Heck:  “The fact that Osama Bin Laden was killed by US Forces marks the successful conclusion of a painful chapter in American history. While there is still a great deal of work to do in the Middle East to stabilize the region, and this will never bring back the loss our country suffered, today we take another step forward. The men and women fighting, both in our armed forces and intelligence community, to maintain our freedom deserve all of the credit for their dedication to this effort.”