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Holiday Cards for Military/Veterans

Hope this note finds you doing well! With the holidays upon us I know you are getting ready to send out your holiday cards. It would be great if you could include our military so far away from home and those injured and under care in our hospitals.

Here are two addresses for you. The first address goes to the Red Cross who will ship your card overseas. The deadline to send that card is December 3rd — so please don’t wait on that one. The second address goes to an injured member of our military.

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20889

[UPDATE:  Letters addressed to “A Recovering American Soldier” are rejected for security reasons. Walter Reed suggests using the first address (Holiday Mail for Heroes). ]

It will make someone’s day for sure! Feel free to pass this info along.

Have a great day … Marla Turner, NSDP Secretary

A Message from Douglas County Democrats Chair

I’m excited about the future for the first time in a long time.  There is a lot of work to do but people are waking up.  Let’s help shake them out of the fog.

We did it.  We all had a part of defeating SB5 in Ohio.  They could not have done it alone without organized labor from around America.  If you know a union member tell them thank you!  You also helped to defeat the Personhood referendum in Mississippi.  Do not think for one minute they could have done it by themselves.  Things change when it’s necessary.  People come together when the balance is so out of whack and the folks in charge turn there back on the people, lots of people.

These are just two examples of why the Caucuses are so important.  This is the year to strengthen and focus the Democratic Platform for Nevada and the nation.  What ever your political hot button (collective bargaining, voter fraud, voter registration, defining personhood-corporations and embryos, corporate welfare, wars, water rights, jobs, healthcare, education…) the caucus is where you can have a strong voice.

If you want to carry your voice all the way to the Democratic National Convention by serving as a delegate at the County, State and National Conventions…the process starts at the Precinct Caucuses.

Douglas County Democrats are planning five Caucus Trainings before the January 21, 2012 caucuses.  When dates are firm we’ll spread the word.  Watch your email or check the website

Please mark your calendar for December 8, 2011-the date of the 4th Annual Douglas Democrats Holiday Celebration at Carson Valley Inn.  Bring a first time friend and have an exclusive chance to win a special door prize.  From 6p to 8:30p there will great company, good food, conversation, prizes and a raffle.  Please RSVP to Katherine Winans at 775.267.0539 or

Hope you can bring your ideas and concerns to the November 17 Central Committee Meeting – Social at 6:30 meeting starts at 7:00.  Nancy Stiles, DCDCC Program Chair, will report on last month’s Project New West-the 2011 Western Summit Conference held in Las Vegas.

In solidarity — Cindy Trigg, Chair DCDCC 

Friday: Berkley Continues “Jobs Here, Not China” Tour in Reno

October 20, 2011
Contact: Jessica Mackler

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley will continue her “Jobs Here, Not China” tour in Reno tomorrow. Berkley will highlight her commitment to creating jobs in Nevada, in contrast to unelected Senator Dean Heller’s votes to protect the Chinese government’s unfair trade policies that are cheating Nevada workers out of their jobs.

The event will highlight the clear choice Nevadans have in next year’s election between Berkley’s commitment to creating jobs in Nevada and Dean Heller’s standing with the Chinese government over unemployed Nevadans.

The press conference will be at 1:30 pm tomorrow afternoon at the Washoe Democratic Party headquarters.

 Who: Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley
 What: Reno stop on her “Jobs Here, Not China” Tour to highlight Berkley’s commitment to creating jobs in Nevada, not China.
 When: FRIDAY, October 21st, at 1:30 pm PT
 Where: Washoe Democratic Party HQ
1465 Terminal Way , Suite 1
Reno, NV. 89502

Conf Call re: GOP Attempt to Raise Taxes on Middle Class TOMORROW

August 24, 2011 
Contact: Zach Hudson, Comm. Dir., NSDP
(702) 737-8683

 *** Media Advisory ***


NSDP Chair Roberta Lange & Speaker Pro Tempore Debbie Smith to Hold Press Conference Call on GOP Attempt to Raise Taxes on Middle Class TOMORROW

Republicans want to increase payroll tax, affecting nearly 160 million American families

Las Vegas, NV – Tomorrow, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange and Speaker Pro Tempore Debbie Smith will hold a press conference call to discuss Republican efforts to raise taxes on the middle class.

Last year, President Obama lowered the payroll tax, providing much needed tax relief for middle class families.  But now, Republicans want to raise the payroll tax, which would result in a tax increase on nearly 160 million American families, including 1.2 million Nevadans.  While Republicans are trying to cut taxes for billionaires and keep tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas, they have no problem raising taxes on the Americans who can least afford it.

Tomorrow’s call will be at 1pm.  Please RSVP to Zach Hudson at for dial-in info.

Who:               NSDP Chair Roberta Lange & Speaker Pro Tempore Debbie Smith

What:             Press conference call on GOP attempt to raise taxes on the middle class

When:             TOMORROW: August 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Note: Please RSVP for dial-in to Zach Hudson at


Overview: Maximizing Your Impact™ Workshop for Leaders of Leaders

Are you a Democratic WOMAN considering a run for ANY political office? If so, you might want to take the time to participate in this online webinar:

Join us for a Webinar on August 25, 2011 at 1:00pm ET

Space is limited — Reserve your Webinar seat now

The biggest difference from managing others (individual contributors) to managing first-line leaders is that in the latter, managers must broaden their approach to the people and the organization.

Before, individual contributions were still a small part of their role expectations. Now, they need to divest themselves of the focus on individual tasks and instead focus on building the organization’s future leadership.

The key skills that must be mastered include selecting people for first-line leadership, delegating the appropriate managerial and leadership work to them, measuring their progress as managers, and coaching them through their day-to-day work. This is the point where managers must begin to think beyond their function and concern themselves with strategic issues that support the overall business.

In this 60-minute session, we will discuss some of the obstacles that managers experience in maximizing their contribution and present a leading-edge process for helping Managers of Managers to maximize their impact to their organizations.

Title: Overview: Maximizing Your Impact™ Workshop for Leaders of Leaders
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Letter Writing Campaign

Please join DCDCC and DCDW for a joint letter writing event aimed at supplying letters of support for our Democratic candidates and ideals which will be sent to local newspapers.  All materials and refreshments will be provided so come as you are and join the fun!  We’ll need ideas, people who are willing to sign their names to their own letters or letters written by another member. (There are some who cannot sign due to their job or position in local or state government.)

The event will be held on Monday, August 29 from 10 AM to 12 PM at 1143 Country Club Drive, Minden.  Take Rt. 395 to Stephanie Way.  Head east to the third street on your left (South Santa Barbara).  Turn left into the Saratoga Springs Development.  At the first stop sign, turn left onto Country Club.  My house is the 7th house on the left.

Please RSVP at 775-267-3982 by Friday, August 26th.

Game Change: Holding GOP Accountable for Their Vote

If last night’s vote in NY-26, a seriously red district in western New York, said anything, it’s that Rep. Ryan’s Path to Poverty (for the middle class and seniors) is an absolute non-starter with the American public.  Yet a number of  Republicans refuse to understand that message.  Instead, they claim the Kathy Hochul campaign was just more successful at “spinning” a web of lies that Republican Jane Corwin was unable to hack through, and that she fought the good fight against ” against two well-funded Democrats, including one masquerading under the Tea Party name (according to Rep. Pete Sessions R-TX).

They may not want to admit it, but the truth is that the Paul Ryan “kill Medicare” budget lost this seat for the Republican Party.  Conservatives and outside groups spent on the order of $8-9M in an attempt to sway voters, into voting for a candidate who supported privatizing Medicare all for naught.  This race was about Medicare, and voters clearly told Republicans they aren’t voting for candidates who want to strip them of benefits for which they’ve worked for and paid into throughout their entire working life.

The potency of this issue is not simply because Republicans want to end Medicare. It is because the GOP wants to end Medicare in order to pay for an almost 30 percent tax rate reduction for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations, and to maintain the current billions in tax subsidies to oil companies. That’s nearly a 1/3 cut in taxes for the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations, and billions of tax dollars to oil companies, paid for by America’s senior citizens and their families.

Jef Pollock, Hochul’s pollster said it best: “”This race was won, in a significant way, because of the disastrous decision by the GOP to dismantle Medicare as we know it,” he said. “Kathy Hochul was a great candidate. And credit is due to her for running a great race as well as credit to the campaign for making Medicare a central issue — that’s why Hochul was winning 74 percent of the voters who said that Medicare was the most important issue to them in the most recent Siena poll conducted just a few days ago,” he said

It’s now up to us to build on her success in the upcoming election in Nevada’s CD-2 race.  We need to elect our Democratic candidate (whomever that will be) to fill that seat. Then, next year, we need to unseat Sen. Dean Heller, who not only voted for Ryan’s Path to Poverty for the middle class and seniors, but has bragged about how he’s looking forward to being the only person in Congress who will have the privilege of being able to vote twice to pass it.

From the RGJ on 5/3/2011:  “I’m not worried about it. I voted for it once. I’m not going to come over here and vote against it,“ Heller said. “I’m proud to be the only member of Congress who will get to vote for it twice.“

We also need to unseat Joe Heck who voted with glee for the Ryan Budget, for continuing to subsidize big oil, and for sicking the tax collector on women and families who just happen to have an abortion provision in their health care plan.

But for now, we need to make sure each and every Democrat in CD-2 is wide awake, paying attention, and ready to vote for our Democratic nominee on September 13th.

Congratulations of note to newly elected Rep. Kathy Hochul:

President Obama: “I want to extend my congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul for her victory in New York’s 26th Congressional District,” Obama said.  “Kathy and I both believe that we need to create jobs, grow our economy, and reduce the deficit in order to out-compete other nations and win the future. Kathy has shown, through her victory and throughout her career, that she will fight for the families and businesses in western New York, and I look forward to working with her when she gets to Washington.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi:  I want to extend my congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul for her victory in New York’s 26th Congressional District. Kathy and I both believe that we need to create jobs, grow our economy, and reduce the deficit in order to outcompete other nations and win the future. Kathy has shown, through her victory and throughout her career, that she will fight for the families and businesses in western New York, and I look forward to working with her when she gets to Washington.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement after Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul’s victory in the New York Special Election:

“I wholeheartedly congratulate Congresswoman-elect Hochul and her grassroots supporters for their hard work and dedication despite being outspent by a 2-to-1 margin. Tonight’s election result is not just a victory for Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul, it’s a victory for the residents of Western New York and for Americans who believe that our elected leaders should fight to protect Medicare and ensure that our government works for our seniors, working families and young people. Kathy’s Republican opponent, and those who spent a small fortune on her behalf in a solidly Republican district, found out the hard way that their extreme plans to abolish Medicare and slash Medicaid and investments in health care, education, innovation and job creation are wrongheaded and unpopular even in a district that should have been a cakewalk for the Republican candidate.

“Just a few months ago, former Republican Congressman Lee won the 26th district with 74 percent of the vote – but since that time Republicans have voted to end Medicare and place a whole host of additional burdens on seniors, young people and working families while preserving tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires and big oil and they have been on the wrong side of public sentiment ever since.

“Tonight’s result has far-reaching consequences beyond New York. It demonstrates that Republicans and Independent voters, along with Democrats, will reject extreme policies like ending Medicare that even Newt Gingrich called radical. With this election in the rear-view mirror, it is my hope that Republicans will accept the message being sent by voters in this race, in the polls and at town hall meetings across the country and work with Democrats to get our fiscal house in order while protecting Medicare and other initiatives vital to our economic recovery.”

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