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Douglas Dems News Draft

September’s Douglas Democrats Meeting

Prepares for Elaine Hurd of Let’s Talk Nevada

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Elaine and Her Entourage Join Kimi Cole to Record the Moment

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 Rural voices DO matter!

Elaine Hurd, publisher of progressive online forum, Let’s Talk Nevada, and some of her dedicated writing team, visited from Mesquite, sharing their story of becoming a powerful voice for rural Nevadans. The forum is open and folks are encouraged to submit articles for consideration. If you have something to say, let yourself be heard! For more information, contact Elaine Hurd: or Douglas Chair Kimi Cole:

 Lyon County Democrats Meet

Lyon_Dems_1Kimi Cole lines up a shot of the Lyon County Dems and gets a selfie in the process.

Lyon_Dems_2Back in the discussion, Kimi listens to John Harris as he orchestrates the Lyon County meeting.

Rural Nevada Democratic Caucus Chair, Nyla Howell, 1st Vice Chair, Larry Ratcliffe, and Douglas Democrats Chair, Kimi Cole recently joined Lyon County Democrats at their monthly meeting. Lyon Democrats Chair, John Harris, led the meeting as they discussed plans for the magnificent, upcoming, First In The West Rural Blue Dinner, to be held January 9, 2016, at the Carson Valley Inn, as well as preparations for the Nevada presidential caucuses that will be happening February 20, 2016.

Douglas Dems News Draft

First In The West Rural Blue Dinner Coming to Carson Valley Inn


Douglas County Chair, Kimi Cole, recently visited Carson City Democrats to discuss plans for the multi-county First In The West Rural Blue Dinner.

We will have sit-down seating for 450 people at the Carson Valley Inn, as well as additional rooms for socializing. On that evening, Democrats will take over every bit of available meeting space at CVI! Our keynote address will be given by a former presidential candidate who is a nationally known Democratic speaker. This will be a multi-county cooperative effort, with attendees expected from all over Nevada and the US. Watch for tickets coming soon!”

September’s Special Guest Speaker, Elaine Hurd



Elaine Hurd, Publisher of Let’s Talk Nevada, will be visiting from Mesquite, NV and will be our special guest speaker at the next Douglas Democrats’ monthly meeting on Thursday, September 24.
Elaine is entertaining and passionate when she speaks on Nevadan, and National issues. This is a meeting  you will most certainly not want to miss!

December 8th Holiday Celebration

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

Click here to view and print the Invitation flyer: 2011 Holiday Invitation

Nevada Clips 10.19.11


  • RJ- SEBELIUS: Mitt Romney still has to sell himself-LINK
  • RJ- Nevada Democrats announce presidential caucuses for Jan. 14-LINK
  • RJ- GOP debate gets personal-LINK
  • RJ- Reid hits Romney on foreclosures-LINK
  • LV Sun- Occupy Las Vegas group seeks county locale for protest site-LINK
  • LV Sun- GOP presidential hopefuls played for the national spotlight not necessarily the Nevada vote-LINK
  • LV Sun- Romney, Cain attacked in ‘Wild West’ GOP presidential debate-LINK
  • LV Sun- Truth Squad: fact-checking the GOP presidential debate-LINK
  • LV Sun- The best zingers from the GOP debate-LINK
  • LV Sun- RALSTON: GOP loved special masters – until they acted-LINK
  • LV Sun- Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan targeted in GOP debate-LINK
  • LV Sun- National media focuses on Las Vegas debate acrimony-LINK
  • AP- Herman Cain assailed for tax plan in Republican debate in Las Vegas-LINK
  • AP- Social Security recipients to get 3.6 percent more-LINK
  • AP- Taxes emerge as key issue in Republican debate in Las Vegas-LINK
  • RGJ- Washoe agrees it owes the Reno Redevelopment Agency some money-LINK
  • RGJ- Northern Nevada GOP leaders see presidential field narrowing in Silver State-LINK
  • AP- FACT CHECK: Misfires on taxes and more in GOP presidential debate in Vegas-LINK
  • AP- Vegas debate: Romney says foreclosures should “hit the bottom”-LINK
  • AP- GOP candidates spar over border fence during debate in Las Vegas-LINK
  • AP- Vegas GOP debate: Perry, Romney spar over hiring of illegal workers-LINK
  • AP- Las Vegas GOP debate: Michele Bachmann says “Everyone should pay something” in taxes-LINK
  • AP- GOP candidates oppose Yucca Mountain project-LINK
  • AP- Taxes emerge as key issue in Republican debate in Las Vegas-LINK
  • AP- Romney faces criticism — again — on health care-LINK
  • RGJ- Hey, I feel like a rube from Reno covering this presidential debate-LINK
  • AP- Study: Cain tax plan raises taxes on 84 percent of households-LINK
  • RGJ- Latino Chamber official: ‘Almost every Latino is conservative at heart’-LINK
  • RGJ- Washoe County may keep its state senate seat; but will Brower run?-LINK
  • AP- Iowa GOP schedules Jan. 3 presidential caucuses; Nevada still under fire-LINK
  • AP- Democratic group airs pro-health care law ad in NV-LINK


  • LV Sun- Corporate jet owners applaud scrapping $100-a-flight fee-LINK
  • Nevada News Bureau- Nevada AG Masto, 36 Others, Support Nominee To Consumer Finance Protection Bureau-LINK
  • Pahrump Valley Times- Reid secures payment in lieu of taxes-LINK


  • RJ- LETTERS: Land fund vital to conservation, Nevada-LINK
  • RJ- EDITORIAL: Federal pay freeze-LINK
  • RJ- EDITORIAL: School savings-LINK
  • LV Sun- LETTER: Don’t disregard Cain’s candidacy-LINK
  • RGJ- EDITORIAL: Give Cain credit for bringing a plan to the campaign trail-LINK
  • RGJ- LETTER: Bill is boon for unions but a bust for retirees-LINK
  • RGJ- LETTER: Our investment in solar is paying big dividends-LINK
  • RGJ- LETTER: Government spending got us out of depression-LINK
  • RGJ- LETTER: Deregulation of banks led nation into crisis-LINK
  • RGJ- LETTER: The federal plan will be able to meet obligation-LINK
  • RGJ- LETTER: When president fails, so does our country-LINK
  • Lahontan Valley News- EDITORIAL: Redistricting is like a jigsaw puzzle-LINK


  • RJ- An offer not refused-LINK
  • RJ- Plea for rate hike picked apart-LINK
  • RJ- Bank of Nevada holding company sees third-quarter income surge-LINK
  • LV Sun- Nevada bucks trend in unemployment tax rate-LINK
  • LV Sun- Hawaiian manufacturer heading to Las Vegas-LINK
  • Nevada Appeal- Landlord: Tenant set for Safeway site-LINK


  • RJ- Arberry pleads guilty in campaign contributions case-LINK
  • RJ- Clark County OKs benefits for employees’ same-sex domestic partners-LINK
  • RJ- Clark County approves contracts with two unions-LINK
  • RJ- County approves partnership to screen psychiatric treatment for children-LINK
  • RJ- Planned Parenthood challenges proposals designed to end abortion.-LINK
  • RJ- Mulroy named president of national water group-LINK
  • LV Sun- Developer, Henderson city officials move forward on stadium project-LINK
  • LV Sun- Henderson council approves buying new police cars, other vehicles-LINK
  • LV Sun- Nevada woman fighting federal ban on medicinal pot users owning guns-LINK
  • LV Sun- AG asked whether $10 million state fund can be used to entice firms into Nevada-LINK
  • LV Sun- Former Assemblyman Morse Arberry takes plea deal some see as ‘incredibly soft’-LINK
  • AP- Former state lawmaker pleads guilty to misdemeanor fraud charge-LINK
  • LV Sun- Judge threatens to dismiss another Righthaven copyright lawsuit-LINK
  • Nevada Appeal- Nevada briefly-LINK
  • Nevada Appeal- Local briefly Oct. 19-LINK
  • Pahrump Valley Times- County lost 222 people in third quarter of 2011-LINK


  • RGJ- GRAHAM KENT: University plays vital role in earthquake preparedness-LINK


  • Nevada Appeal- ANNE MACQUARIE: Denying climate change: Irresponsible-LINK
  • Pahrump Valley Times- Colorado group spreads fear over Tonopah solar project-LINK
  • Pahrump Valley Times- VEA projects could avert rate hikes, Part 3-LINK
  • Pahrump Valley Times- VEA regulators a mish mash of groups-LINK


Nevada Headlines 7.16.11


  • RJ – Heck collects $311,120 in campaign donations – LINK
  • LV Sun – Marshall tops Amodei in fundraising for special election – LINK
  • RGJ – Marshall reports $246K in contributions for CD2 special election – LINK
  • Nevada Appeal – Marshall’s 1st-quarter donations in Congress run reach $246,000 – LINK


  • Nevada News Bureau – Nevada Last In Federal Dollars Per Capita – LINK


  • RJ – Change in deficiency-judgment law lauded – LINK


  • Nevada News Bureau – Nevada Redistricting Efforts Remain In Flux After Court Hearing This Week – LINK


  • RJ – Edison’s device wins a one-year reprieve – LINK
  • LV Sun – Granted, some have evolved more than others … – LINK
  • LV Sun – Betty Ford’s graciousness, openness about struggles helped the nation – LINK
  • Nevada Appeal – Commentary by Eugene Paslov: More Republican nonsense – LINK


  • RJ – Many property owners can expect lower tax bills this year – LINK
  • RJ – Nevada Federal Credit Union converting to state-chartered institution – LINK
  • RJ – Perini says it’s ‘willing and able’ to complete Harmon tower – LINK
  • RJ – Wynn Resorts leads others in second-quarter earnings – LINK
  • LV Sun – Numbers show Electric Daisy Carnival, despite bad rap, didn’t bring much crime – LINK


  • RJ – Bill would undo term limits for planning panel – LINK
  • LV Sun – So sad. Why therapists say Las Vegans are feeling blue – LINK


  • AP – Federal judge temporarily halts wild-horse roundup in Nevada – LINK


  • RJ – Moapa Valley parents worry about how school bus route revisions will affect kids – LINK
  • RJ – School district to reorganize – LINK
  • LV Sun – Plan aims to put school resources where most needed – LINK


Next Week — The Defense Authorization Bill

The House is scheduled to take up HR 1540, the 2012 defense authorization bill, next week with plans to pass a $689B policy bill by Memorial Day.  That may prove challenging as this bill has some serious problems that any blue-blooded Democrat should have serious problems accepting.

The Potential and Precedence of Giving Too Much Authority to a President:

HR1540, the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in Section 1034, declares that the United States is in an armed conflict with not only al Qaeda and the Taliban, but “associated forces” and individuals, organizations and nations that support such forces. The President could then have the full legal authority to send American troops to engage in acts of war anywhere–Yemen, Somalia, Iran, even the United States–without  constitutionally required Congressional authorization and, consequently, without any restrictions or oversight from the American people or Congress.


Congress affirms that—

  1. the United States is engaged in an armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces and that those entities continue to pose a threat to the United States and its citizens, both domestically and abroad;
  1. the President has the authority to use all necessary and appropriate force during the current armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note);
  1. the current armed conflict includes nations, organization, and persons who—
  1. are part of, or are substantially supporting, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners; or
  1. have engaged in hostilities or have directly supported hostilities in aid of a nation, organization, or person described in subparagraph (A); and
  1. the President’s authority pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority to detain belligerents, including persons described in paragraph (3), until the termination of hostilities.

Congress must protect the American people from the over-reach of any Chief Executive who is enamored with unilateralism, pre-emption, first strike and the power to prosecute war without Constitutional or statutory proscriptions.  Permanent, global war is not the answer. It will not increase our national security.  Far from ridding the world of terrorism, it will become a terrorist recruitment program.

It Continues to Fund Guantanamo and Disparage Human Rights of “Accused” Individuals

They’re not only NOT closing Guantanamo, they’re prohibiting the construction of facilities on U.S. soil. And, given the discussion of opening up travel to Cuba, they’ve added a provision that prohibits family visitations (to go along with all the other restrictions on access).

  • Section 1036 provides for the continued detention of individuals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Section 1037 prohibits the use of government funding to build and house detainees transferred from Guantanamo.
  • Section 1038 prohibits family visitations for anyone detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • Section 1039 prohibits any transfers/releases of detainees within the United States
  • Section 1040 establishes prohibitions relating to the transfer/release of detainees
  • Section 1042 defines the term ‘‘terrorist offense’’ means any offense for which the defendant could be tried by a military commission under chapter 47A of title 10, United States Code (essentially denying any constitutional rights to anyone accused of a “terrorist offense … please notice that I said “accused” … and according to Section 1039, that person, a citizen, might be prohibited from being released back to the United States, even if found to be NOT guilty).

These sections have some pretty onerous requirements that will potentially impose bans on the transfer of any detainee held at Guantanamo, including those who have been cleared of any charges. This means that the United States would be forced to keep imprisoning men who are known to be innocent or are not a threat. This bill not only allows the imprisonment of innocent people, but could mandate it.

And then there’s all the anti-gay amendments that have been included in the bill:

The anti-gay coalition in the House has been actively amending the bill in committee.  Section 533 throws one last obstacle in the way of implementing Public law 111-321, the repeal of Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell Policy.  Section 534 defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman.  And, Secti0n 535 prohibits the use of military installation property for marriage ceremonies that do not comply with DOMA.


Effective as of December 22, 2010, and as if included therein as enacted, section 2(b) of Public Law 111–321 (124 Stat. 3516) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

‘‘(3) The Chief of Staff of the Army, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force each submit to the congressional defense committees the officer’s written certification that repeal of section 654 of title 10, United States Code, will not degrade the readiness, effectiveness, cohesion, and morale of combat arms units and personnel of the Armed Force under the officer’s jurisdiction engaged in combat, deployed to a combat theater, or preparing for deployment to a combat theater.’’. 


Congress reaffirms the policy of section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, codified as section 7 of title 1, United States Code. In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the Department of Defense applicable to members of the Armed Forces or civilian employees of the Department of Defense, the word ‘‘marriage’’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘‘spouse’’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.


(a) LIMITATION ON USE.—A military installation or other property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense may be used as the site for a marriage ceremony only if the marriage complies with the definition of marriage in section 7 of title 1, United States Code.

(b) LIMITATION ON PARTICIPATION.—A member of the Armed Forces, including a chaplain, or civilian employee of the Department of Defense acting in an official capacity may assist in or perform a marriage ceremony only if the marriage complies with the definition of marriage in section 7 of title 1, United States Code.

And, there’s more yet to come once the bill hits the House Floor:

Something not yet in the bill is an amendment from Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).  She intends to present an amendment that would repeal the military’s policy that prevents women from serving in front-line combat units in both the Army and the Marine Corps.  According to an article in the Marine Times, “As of April 1, a total of 137 women have died in the combat zones, with more than 60 killed in combat, showing women are involved in direct ground combat despite the exclusion policy, according to findings included in the bill.”

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