Monday, March 4, 2019

Insight into the 2019 Legislative Session from Our Assembly Majority Leader

Want a top insider's view of the 2019 Legislature? Join us on Monday, March 4, when Assembly Majority Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson will give us the scoop on the goings-on in Carson City.

As the first woman to hold the position of Assembly Leader in a Legislature with
female majority, she continues her work as a tireless advocate for women and Nevada's working families. Among the many bills that Teresa has sponsored, she proposed to expand Medicaid participation, which would require certain health care providers to accept payment in full for emergency services rendered, and one to tighten prevailing wage provisions.

Teresa will give us a preview of what to expect in this 80th Nevada Legislative Session and inform us of the wide variety of bills that she and her colleagues will bring to the floor. 

She will be happy to answer our questions. Don't miss this one!
Our meeting location is at the:

South Valleys Library.
15650 Wedge Pkwy
Reno, NV 89511
[see map at Our Next Events page of the South Washoe DEMS website] 

There is no admission charge.  Our meetings start at 5:30 p.m. with a social time where we serve light appetizers. Donations are welcome to cover the cost of appetizers. Please invite your friends as we welcome both new and long time members to our meetings. We look forward to seeing you!
Our monthly meeting date is the first MONDAY of the month. 
SAVE the DATE: Monday, April 1st for our next meeting at the South Valleys Library on Wedge Parkway.

To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke. 
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South Washoe DEMS Annual Leadership Election at our March Meeting

On March 4th, we will elect our leadership for the next year, April 2019 – March 2020. Our election officer, Dave Kladney, will present a Slate of Officers and manage the vote.

As of now, the Slate of Officers for 2019-2020 are:
  • Chair - Barbara Twitchell
  • Vice-Chair - Fred May
  • Secretary-Treasurer - Reed Willaims / Tracey Lane
  • Program Coordinator - Carol Cooke / Kathy Peltier
  • Communications Coordinator - Mary Katz
We are always looking for new leadership. For more information about the duties of the positions, see our South Washoe DEMS website/By Laws section, Section III or contact anyone on the Steering Committee. All South Washoe DEMS members attending the March meeting will vote on the completed slate to choose our new 2019-2020 officers.  

If you would like to run for any of the elected positions please contact our election officer, Dave Kladney, via cell phone: (775) 772-8888 to be added to the slate. These positions may be co-positions, so if job-sharing appeals to you, then let Dave know.  

Any additional nominations relayed to Dave and also any nominations from the floor on March 4th, will be included in the slate at that time.

In Progress: the 2019 Legislative Session! 


The 80th (2019) Nevada Legislative Session is well underway! Our Assembly and Senate legislators have been in a flurry of activity and intense work as they hold floor hearings and participate in their committees to process bill drafts that will become bills. If you are new to how the the Nevada Legislature works or need a refresher, refer to the Nevada Legislature website to understand how a bill becomes law. By now you have probably heard about some of the more popular bills drafts that are being highlighted in publications such as the Reno Gazette Journal and the Nevada Independent as well as on local TV and radio stations.   

If you are interested in tracking bills' progress, refer to NELIS, the Nevada Electronic Legislative Information System. Starting after March 18th, the South Washoe DEMS will issue weekly Legislative Alerts which will report the progress of specific bills that are of interest to us. If you receive our Action Alerts, then you are automatically enrolled in our Legislative Alerts. To enroll in our Alerts, check out the Alerts!!! section below and click on the "I'm In! Sign me Up!" button.  

We have a great opportunity THIS week to understand more about the legislative process.  Amber Joiner, former assemblywoman representing District 24, will present Demystifying the Nevada Legislative Process on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Washoe DEMS Headquarters (1465 Terminal Way Suite #1,Reno, NV 89502). She will explain:
  • the different ways to contact your representatives to influence the legislative process
  • the journey a bill travels on to become a law
  • the ways you can help support or kill a bill
Bring your questions! 

News from the WashoeDEMS 

Learn More About Twitter
You can increase your expertise in Twitter by attending Twitter School 200. We will provide an overview what we've learned and some new tactics for a changing platform. We will have the capacity for the Twitter beginner to the hardened warrior.

 Date:  Thursday, March 7, 2019
 Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
 Location:  Washoe DEMS Headquarters
 1465 Terminal Way, Ste. 1
 Reno, NV 89502
 Prerequisites:  Twitter downloaded on your phone and an account or  your laptop. Ability to laugh, learn, and organize.
Ongoing Events at WashoeDEMS Headquarters
            1465 Terminal Way, Suite 100
            Reno, NV
  • Toastmasters Democratic Club of Washoe County - 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Letters to the Editor Workshop - 3rd Wednesday of each month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Contact Tracey Lane at


Our optional e-mail Alerts program has been in operation since March 2017.

Action Alerts!!!   
Our Action Alerts announce upcoming upcoming rallies, marches, meetings or other important issues that need quick action.
Legislative Alerts!  
Legislative Alerts will be sent weekly during the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session. We will report the status of bills we consider particularly important as they progress through the Legislative process. The alerts will also report activity for the upcoming week. 
To receive our Alerts via email, please click on this 'Sign Me Up' button: 

South Washoe DEMS Book Club
March 28, 2019

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm hosted by Joyce Destefanis and Dave Penning. Their home is located in the Saddlehorn community at 14210 Powder River Court (from Thomas Creek Road, turn west onto Saddlehorn Drive and then south onto Powder River Court.) See map inside our Book Club webpage.

Our next book is The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis.

What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?

"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.

Michael Lewis's brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders. In Agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. The Commerce Department may not have enough staff to conduct the 2020 Census properly. Over at Energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, it's not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do.

Willful ignorance plays a role in these looming disasters. If your ambition is to maximize short-term gains without regard to the long-term cost, you are better off not knowing those costs. If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems, it's better never to really understand those problems. There is upside to ignorance, and downside to knowledge. Knowledge makes life messier. It makes it a bit more difficult for a person who wishes to shrink the world to a worldview.

If there are dangerous fools in this book, there are also heroes, unsung, of course. They are the linchpins of the system―those public servants whose knowledge, dedication, and pro-activity keep the machinery running. Michael Lewis finds them, and he asks them what keeps them up at night.
The book is available in hardback and audio from your local or online bookstores..
Please email Joyce for updates or details. For more information about our current book, a list of articles, and past books we have reviewed, visit our Book Club webpage.

Save The Date...

  • March 4th - Monthly SWD Meeting
  • March 24th - Record Street
  • March 28th – Book Club
  • April 1st - Monthly SWD Meeting