Monday, August 6, 2018


Washoe County Offices - Democratic Candidates

How much do you really know about the day-to-day workings of our local government?  

Why is it important that DEMS fill the five Washoe County administrative offices?

Come to the August 6, 2018 meeting and learn how these offices affect our daily lives and businesses. We'll hear from our strong slate of DEM candidates:
  • Chip Evans for County Assessor
  • Emil Tudorache for County Clerk
  • Verita Black Prothro for Public Administrator 
  • Kalie Work for County Recorder
  • Mathew Buehler for County Treasurer.  
These offices are important in their own right, and they are the training grounds for other elected offices.   
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. 
However, since the first Monday in September is Labor Day, we will meet in the second week. 
SAVE the DATE: Monday, September 10th for our next meeting at the South Valleys Library on Wedge Parkway.
To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke. 
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Notes from the Chair

Less than a hundred days. That's all that remains before the election that may well be the most important one in our history. At the risk of sounding like an alarmist, the future of our country, the survival of democracy, even the peace and security of the world may be at stake. 

The scary part is that, historically, Democrats tend to have a low, even dismal, voter turnout in mid-term elections. If we allow that to happen this time, we may see our great American experiment of freedom and democracy dismantled before our eyes. If you think I am being overly dramatic, consider this:

Our forefathers wisely instituted three branches of government in order to ensure a balance of power. Currently Republicans control the Executive branch and both the Senate and the House of the Legislative branch. Republicans in Congress have already shown an unwillingness to exercise their legislative duty of oversight over this president. Now, with the currently pending appointment of a new Supreme Court judge, they will have the edge in the Judicial branch as well. Add to that the many other uber-conservative judicial appointments that are being made to the lower courts. That's an awful lot of power concentrated in one party that seems hell-bent to rubber stamp anything this president does. Where is the balance? 

It would take pages to enumerate the many actions the president has taken, in barely over a year, that have severely weakened our democracy, embattled our institutions, harmed our world status, delegitimized the free press, damaged our allegiances, emboldened our adversaries and diminished the quality of the environment. If you think things have been bad so far, just imagine what it would be like after November if the Democrats don't, at least, retake the House of Representatives. 

This president is a runaway train and he's taking our country on this dangerous and destructive wild ride.  At this point, Congress is unwilling to put the brakes on this man. You can hope that Congress wakes up, or that Mueller has the answers. You can hope and wish for a lot of things. But the truth is, you have no control of any of those. 

The only thing you have control over is your own vote. You need to use it. You need to actively, passionately urge your Democrat acquaintances to use theirs. Take it a step further and volunteer to phone bank, or walk your neighborhood, or do voter registration for the WashoeDEMS in the next few months. You'll be surprised how good it feels to know you're doing something to make a difference. (See News from the WashoeDEMS below for details.)

We can do this but, the question is, will we? Less than a hundred days and we'll have the answer. Let's make sure it's the one our county needs. 
                                                                                      ~ Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chair

Neighborhood Gatherings  
~ On Break ~

We are enjoying summer now, but in the fall, our next phase of Neighborhood Gatherings will focus on pairing interested candidates with home hosts. If you are interested in hosting a candidate, please contact Suzy Williams

We are hoping our team of amazing volunteers will be making calls, knocking on doors, registering voters, training new folks, hosting events – doing all the things that bring home our WIN in the fall. Enjoy your summer, and think BLUE.

South Washoe DEMS Cares: 
Lunch at Record Street  

Thanks to the dedicated volunteers, we have served about 200 lunches at the Reno Assistance Center on Record Street once a month for about 6 years. We serve lunch at noon on the fourth Sunday of each month in the back parking lot of the Reno Assistance Center. If you would be interested in getting involved with this program, by donating supplies or making sandwiches, please contact me via email, or 775-849-0545 or 775-846-1724. Please note that I will be out of town from August 20th thru' November 8th and I'm planning to have all the lunches organized before I leave. So now is the time to get involved! I look forward to hearing from you, and I thank you in advance for your participation and generosity.
                                                                                                               ~ Debbie Kladney

News from the WashoeDEMS
Join WashoeDEMS Every Week!

Canvassing and GOTV
WashoeDEMS leads canvassing and voter registration every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday:
Shift Times: 
Thursday:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday:  10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm  
Sunday:    10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm 

Phone Banks 
Phone Banking happens every Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

All of these events occur at the WashoeDEMS headquarters:
1465 Terminal Way 
Reno, NV 89502
To join the team or for more information, contact WashoeDEMS Executive Director, Denise Lopez: or 775-323-8683.

Candidates' Contact Information
WashoeDEMS maintains a listing our federal, state and county Democratic candidates and their contact info: The site also helps you locate your ward and district information.

Fundraising and Community Opportunities

"Happy Anniversary" Fundraiser for
Chip Evans, Candidate for Washoe County Assessor

Come celebrate Chip & Laynette Evan's 43rd wedding anniversary and help raise funds for the Chip Evans for Washoe County Assessor campaign! Great company, music, snacks, silent auction and fun!  
 Date  Thursday, August 2, 2018
 Time  6:00 - 8:00 pm
 Location  4635 Longley Ln
 Reno, Nevada  89502
 More Information  Facebook Event
 Campaign Website

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Fundraiser
A fundraiser to support our local Planned Parenthood office is being held this Sunday.    
 Date  Sunday, August 5, 2018
 Time  4 p.m.
 Location  Kladney Home in Galena Forest,
 address provided upon RSVP
 RSVP by 8/1, or More     Info  Tracy Jacobs
 Email or 775-321-8719,
 or Debbie Kladney 
 Email or 775-849-0545 or 775-846-1724
 Suggested Donations  $50 - 2 Pregnancy tests and visits
 $100 - 1 Cervical cancer screening
 $250 - 5 Packs of birth control pills


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
September 13, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm hosted by Joyce Destefanis and Dave Penning. (Note: the Book Club is not meeting in August.) 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 In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, by Mitch Landrieu

The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past. A passionate, personal, urgent book from the man who sparked a national debate.
"There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it." When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history. His father, as state legislator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 19070s. Landrieu grew up with a progressive education in one of the nation's most racially divided cities, but even he had to relearn Southern history as it really happened.

Equal parts unblinking memoir, history, and prescription for finally confronting America's most painful legacy, In the Shadow of Statues will contribute strongly to the national conversation about race in the age of Donald Trump, at a time when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government and when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time and place that never existed.


"An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal...An important book for everyone in America to read." ― Walter Isaacson,#1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs

"[Mitch Landrieu] has done something, in his speech and his book, that other politicians should emulate. He's tried to reckon with America's sins while offering an optimistic, big-hearted and deeply patriotic defense of cosmopolitanism as the source of American greatness." —The New York Times  

"[A] thought-provoking piece of political writing…Uncomfortable as it might be to think of our country's history…we have to do so, if we want to live within the truth. Landrieu has shown the way." —The Washington Post

"[A] compelling reconsideration of what it means to be a Southerner in contemporary America." —

"Part memoir and part manifesto, the book follows Landrieu's political path as well as the evolution of his thoughts on race and history." —

The book is available in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats 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 Dates...

  • August 6th - Monthly meeting
  • August 26th – Lunch for Record Street
  • September 10th - Monthly meeting ** Note: 2nd week of the month due to Labor Day holiday
  • September 13th – Book Club