Category Archives: Elections

Who holds the Most Powerful Political Office?

If you answered, “the President,” according to the Tea Party’s “Concord Project” … you’d be absolutely wrong.  Control the primaries or caucuses and you control who gets nominated and via Precinct Committee Chairs, the tea party is attempting to control that process.  Therefore, according to the Tea Party, Precinct Committee Chairs are the ‘most powerful’ political office.  Going into the 2012 election season, we need to learn that lesson from the Tea Party and take our country back before they can completely dismantle everything we’ve worked so hard to achieve.

You might want to step up and volunteer to be a Precinct Committee Chair for 2012!


Kate Marshall is Democratic Nominee

In a near-unanimous vote at Saturday’s Nevada Democratic Party meeting, Central Committee members decided that Nevada state Treasurer Kate Marshall (D) will be the Democratic nominee in the Sept. 13 special election for Nevada’s 2nd district.

Nancy Price withdrew from the race prior to the election.  That left Kate vying for the nomination against two lesser known candidates, retired Washoe County principal Jacques Maye and Rex Ricks of Reno.  In her introductory speech, State Treasurer Kate Marshall told Nevada Democrats Saturday she wants to be their “gal in Congress” and members of the state central committee have agreed to give her a chance.  Of the possible 122 votes, she received 117.  She accepted the nomination proclaiming, “One down … one to go!”

The NV Supreme Court has yet to rule in the challenge to the  special election law ruling.  So, it’s still up in the air as to exactly who she’ll ultimately face in the September election.  But, at this point, it appears that the major contenders she’ll be facing off against in the special election will be former state GOP chairman Mark Amodei and potentially Kirk Lippold who may not yet be willing to give up a run for the seat.

Nevada’s Congressional District #2 Seat has never been held by a Democrat since it was created 30 years ago. It’s not like we haven’t tried, but NV-CD2 has a significantly higher number of Republican and conservative Indepent American Party voters.  However, this year may prove to be a pivotal year for Democrats given the GOP’s penchant to wipe out and privatize social safety net programs.  GOP/Tea Party candidates are backing Ryan’s ‘kill medicare’ plan and already heralding they would vote against raising the debt ceiling.  Kate, on the other hand, has a clear understanding of economics, understands what it takes to balance a budget, and understands that we need to create an economic strategy that would support job creation, in this nation, not some other nation at our expense.

Roberta Lange, NV Democratic Party Chair, in differentiating our Democratic candidate from Republican candidates said that, “While Kirk Lippold and Mark Amodei are fighting to end Medicare, privatize Social Security and ship American jobs to China, Kate is committed to creating jobs that stay in Nevada and protecting Social Security and Medicare.  No matter what twists and turns this election process takes, Nevada Democrats are united behind Kate Marshall’s campaign and ready to get to work to elect her as Nevada’s next Congresswoman.”

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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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NV Supreme Court Grants Motion; Sets Expedited Briefing Schedule

Posted Date: 5/24/2011
Contact: Pam duPré

(Carson City, NV; May 24, 2011) – The Nevada Supreme Court today granted Secretary of State Ross Miller’s motion to expedite the Court’s resolution of his appeal of the May 19 1st Judicial District Court’s ruling regarding the special election to fill the vacancy in the U.S. House.

The court has ordered that the appellants’ opening brief shall be filed no later than 4 PM on Tuesday, May 31. The respondents’ answering brief shall be filed by 4 PM on Wednesday, June 8, and reply briefs, if any, must be filed by 4 PM on Monday, June 13.

The Supreme Court also directed Secretary Miller to provide it with an affidavit or declaration under oath specifying the actual time lines required for the preparation, printing, and circulation of ballots relating to the special election under both cases: whether the Supreme Court affirms the district court decision, or alternately, vacates the injunction and reinstates the Secretary of State’s prior interpretation.


It May Not Be A Free-for-All … UPDATED


May 20, 2011

“I have asked the Attorney General’s office to appeal the First Judicial District Court’s May 19th ruling in the case Nevada Republican Party vs. State of Nevada to the Nevada Supreme Court. We are still awaiting the written order of the court and may have further statements once it is issued. The start of candidate filing will be postponed pending the entry of the court’s written order.”

Ross Miller

Yesterday, after hearing 2 hours of oral arguments, District Judge James Todd Russell declared that two different provisions governing elections make state law confusing.  His decision overturned Secretary of State Ross Miller’s ruling that would have allowed any qualified candidate to run on the September 13th ballot to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Dean Heller.  Incidentally, that’s the exact ruling the Republican Party sought to receive to enhance their ability to hold onto the House seat.

It remains to be seen whether Judge Russell’s decision will be appealed to Nevada’s Supreme Court.  A three-day candidate filing period was to have begun Monday. In his ruling, Russell granted an injunction delaying that process until June 30 to give parties a chance to choose their candidate.

A special election law, passed after Sept. 11, 2001, which is intended to handle unexpected House vacancies, says there should be no primary election. That same law also directed the Secretary of State  to adopt regulations on how the process would be conducted. Ironically, Dean Heller as Secretary of State when that law was enacted, however, Mr. Heller failed to promulgate or adopt such a process.

According to Judge Russell, candidates must be “nominated” before filing a declaration of candidacy, stating, “A separate statute says the major parties’ central committees and the minor parties’ executive committees should nominate candidates when there’s a vacancy.”  Judge Russell also said that  it also didn’t seem fair for Miller to set different rules for major and minor parties.

Judge Russell’s ruling today will allow the parties to select a nominee and will prevent a splintering of the GOP slate.  It’s also going to make it more challenging for Tea Party favorite, Sharron Angle, to find a spot on the September 12 ballot.  It remains to be seen if she will run as a third-party candidate and split the Republican vote.

The next Democratic Central Committee Meeting is currently scheduled for June 25th in Tonopah, NV.  Stay tuned to see if that date changes.  This is one  State Democratic Central Committee you definitely don’t want to miss.

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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