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Leading the Charge for Change

Last month I ended my newsletter note with these words: I want to remember this election for a very different reason than the last one. I want to wake up on November 7th with some hope in my heart. Don’t you? Let’s make it happen! 

Well, my friends. We did it! We made it happen! Democrats won a record number of seats in the House of Representatives, giving us the majority, which will restore some desperately-needed balance and accountability at the federal level. We increased the number of Democratic governors from a mere 16 to 23, which is the biggest gain by a single party in one year since 1994. The majority of Americans will now have Democratic governors working on their behalf, in terms of population, if not states. And with state-by-state redistricting after the 2020 census, the gubernatorial gains provide a way to resolve some of the unfair Republican gerrymandering practices that have hampered Democratic candidates in recent elections. 

But wait – there’s more!  (as they say on TV). We, in Nevada, have a great deal more to be proud of. Forget the Blue Wave, Nevada created a Blue Tsunami! Nevada Democrats won all but one of the upper state government races: we won governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer and controller. We also now have two Democratic senators and three of the four congressional representatives, meaning that all but one of the Nevada politicians in DC will be Democrats! On top of that, Democrats now hold a majority in the state senate and a super majority in the state assembly. In fact, Nevada is one of just five states where Democrats control the governorship and both houses of the legislature. Now, if that's not a tsunami, I don't know what is!

Seriously. Democrats from all over the nation should take lessons from us. Nevada Democrats, hands down, have the best Get-Out-The-Vote ground game anywhere. And the South Washoe DEMS played a vital part in this great movement (see related article, We Made Nevada Blue!).

So, what do we do now? Well, the state legislative session is about to start, so we’ll be revving up for that. And we need to capitalize on our momentum and continue building our ground game for the all-important 2020 election. Yes, we’ll be starting that soon! 

But for now, let’s take a moment to count our blessings and celebrate our hard-fought victories. Please come and share the companionship and camaraderie of your fellow South Washoe DEMS at our Annual Holiday Party on December 10th (details above). 

Lastly –  May your holidays be filled with love and laughter, family and friends. And, thanks to the combined efforts of so many, I am grateful that I can also add this final wish: May we all greet the new year with HOPE in our hearts for the days to come! 

- Barbara Twitchell, South Washoe DEMS Chair
December 2, 2018

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Recent News from the State Democratic Party...

JANUARY 15, 2019
Today, the Nevada State Democratic Party announced the expansion of its communications and rapid response team in hiring Molly Forgey as Communications Director and Ethan House as Research Director ahead of the 2019 Legislative Session and the 2020 First in the West Presidential Caucuses. Read more...

NOVEMBER 7, 2018
To: Interested Parties
From: Alana Mounce, ED; NSDP
Date: November 7, 2018
Re: NV Dems' Organizing Program Propels Democrats to Victory
Here in Nevada, elections are won on the ground. Thanks to the dogged, methodical organizing work by the Nevada State Democratic Party and our labor and advocacy partners, Nevada once again proved to be a bright spot for Democrats in 2018. Despite facing an uphill battle in a midterm year, with historical factors stacked against us, Democrats overcame the odds and propelled our candidates to victory by organizing across the state to register more voters and getting Nevadans to the polls through a variety of voter contact methods. Read more...

NOVEMBER 7, 2018
Nevada State Democratic Party Chairman William McCurdy II released the following statement on the results of the 2018 midterm elections:
Congratulations to all our Democratic nominees on their hard-fought campaigns. I am thrilled to congratulate Jacky Rosen, Steve Sisolak, Dina Titus, Susie Lee, Steven Horsford, Kate Marshall, Aaron Ford, Zach Conine, Catherine Byrne, and our Senate and Assembly candidates on their incredible victories last night. Read more...

NOVEMBER 7, 2018
Nevada State Democratic Party Chairman William McCurdy II released the following statement on Jacky Rosen winning the U.S. Senate race against Republican incumbent Dean Heller:
Congratulations to Jacky Rosen on being elected to the United States Senate. Nevadans had a clear choice to make in this race and they decided to elect a new voice who will fight to protect our health care, stand up for hardworking families, and put our state first. Voters made the right choice. Read more...

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