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Vote Nevada Update 1/29/2023

Vote Nevada Supporters,

If you would like to meet Alaska Congresswoman Mary Peltola tomorrow morning, January 30th, at 8:30 am via Zoom webinar, please RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Meet-Congresswoman-Peltola

If you cannot attend in person, but you would like to receive a link to the webinar’s recording, please RSVP and I will send the meeting recording link out through the RSVP list as soon as the meeting concludes. 

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The Carson City Democratic Men’s Committee luncheon speaker tomorrow, 1/30, at 1:30 via Zoom, is Jodi Hocking, the Executive Director of Return Strong. Return Strong started as a group of women with incarcerated loved ones who advocated for transparency and accountability in Nevada’s prisons during the pandemic.  The group is continuing to advocate for prison and justice reforms.  If you would like the link for the meeting, please email Rich Dunn at richdunn as one word and then @aol.com.

The Legislative Commission Budget Subcommittee continues to meet through February 2nd to hear state agency budgets and the priorities of state agency heads.  You can see the calendar of meetings, along with links for live-streaming and each hearing’s agenda, on the Scheduled Meetings page here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

If you missed any of the meetings last week or would like to review the recordings of this week’s meetings, you can view meeting recordings here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Video/

On Wednesday, February 1st, Hispanics in Politics is focusing on the homeless count and the policy implications of persistent homelessness.  The HIP breakfast is at Dona Maria at 910 S. Las Vegas Blvd.  More information here https://fb.me/e/5U7WhgiVa

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The legislative session starts on February 6th, so, if you haven’t yet attended an advocacy training workshop, the Vote Nevada recorded meetings on how to use the legislative website, how to use Slack, and how to use social media platforms, are all here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/recorded-advocacy-resources/

There are 907 bill draft requests for this legislative session, so, there are still quite a few bills to be written between now and the February 6th start date.  Not all bills will be in full form at the beginning of the session, so, we will need to watch the legislation page on NELIS closely for the next few weeks. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023/Bills/List

You can watch the Governor’s State of the State Address recording here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Video/

And you can view the Executive Budget on the Session Info page, about halfway down: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/82nd2023/

Clark County School Board Meeting Information: https://ccsd.net/trustees/

Washoe County School Board Meeting Information: https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/4680

Carson City School Board Meeting Information: https://www.carsoncityschools.com/school_board/school_board_meetings

Elko County School Board Meetings: https://www.ecsdnv.net/Board-of-Trustees

Lastly, the Lady Rebels won yesterday! 80 to 57 https://twitter.com/UNLVLadyRebels/status/1619481882286227456?s=20&t=3fxh3a-mqvoccD14LAoJ8g

And the house was full! https://twitter.com/UNLVLadyRebels/status/1619480780291592192?s=20&t=3fxh3a-mqvoccD14LAoJ8g

Thanks to everyone who attended.  The Lady Rebels have 8 games left in the regular season, so, there are more opportunities to see this awesome team!  Tickets are just $6 dollars and kids are free.  You can find tickets and options for live-streaming games on the team’s schedule page:  https://unlvrebels.com/sports/womens-basketball/schedule/2022-23

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 1/27/2023

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Some reminders and a big announcement!

Tomorrow, January 28th, join Vote Nevada and Nevada NOW for a Zoom Lunch and Learn session at noon for using the communication program Slack during the legislative session.  You can see the technical features of Slack here: https://slack.com/resources/using-slack/top-5-tips-for-getting-started-in-slack

And you can RSVP for the 30-minute noon Lunch and Learn session via Zoom here: https://vote-nevada.news/Lunch-Learn-Slack-Overview

Lunch & learn using slack during #nvleg

Also, tomorrow, join us for the UNLV Lady Rebels basketball game with UNR Wolfpack Women, January 28th, at 2 pm at Cox Pavilion, which is number 70 on this map: https://www.unlv.edu/sites/default/files/assets/maps/pdf/unlv-map-main.pdf

Tickets are only $1! You can purchase tickets here: t.ly/bGnBE 

After the game, join us on the court to meet the coach and team.

If you’d like to watch the game online, scroll down to the game date on this page to see the viewing options: https://unlvrebels.com/sports/womens-basketball/schedule/2022-23

On January 29th, Nevada NOW is hosting a Legislative Prep Session.  You can RSVP here: t.ly/dm44

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If you would like to view the recorded agency budget hearings from this past week, you can find them here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Video/

And now for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!  In November, Alaska elected its first indigenous member of Congress, Representative Mary Peltola.  Congresswoman Peltola has graciously agreed to join Vote Nevada on Monday 1/30/2023 at 8:30 am via Zoom webinar to chat about her historic election. 

Representative Peltola has spoken about how her indigenous culture fits perfectly with Alaska’s new rank-choice voting election process, so we will hear about how indigenous consensus politics can be a path toward a more positive political system.

You can read about Congresswoman Peltola’s Yupic cultural heritage here: https://www.knba.org/news/2023-01-05/cross-cultural-politics-rep-mary-peltola-and-the-art-of-yuuyaraqing

You can RSVP for the webinar here: https://vote-nevada.news/Meet-Congresswoman-Peltola

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If you cannot attend, I will be recording the webinar and sending out the recording afterward.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 1/22/2024

Vote Nevada Supporters,

First, I added an Events Calendar to the Vote Nevada Blog. 

If you are having an event related to the legislative session, legislation, or any other civics-related event, please email me at info@vote-nevada.org so I can add your event to our calendar.  I will need:

Event Name

Event Date & Time

Event Location or Modality (is it in-person, hybrid, or via Zoom?)

Here are event updates:

On 1/21 Vote Nevada hosted our Legislative Strategies Zoom meeting to share strategies for a successful legislative session.  You can see the meeting recording and the list of strategies here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/recorded-advocacy-resources/

You can view other advocacy resources on the same webpage, including a review of the legislature’s website tools, the polling tool, and legislative terminology. https://vote-nevada-blog.org/recorded-advocacy-resources/

Also, on 1/21, the NAACP Las Vegas Branch 1111 welcomed a new President, First and Second Vice President, and Executive Board.  President Quentin Savwoir, First Vice President A’Esha Goins, and Second Vice President Zarinah Washington are now at the helm of our Las Vegas NAACP Branch.  We look forward to working with them.

Tomorrow, 1/23, the Carson City Democratic Men’s Committee is hosting Carson City Superintendent of Schools Andrew Feuling at 1:30 pm via Zoom. Mr. Feuling will be discussing Carson City school’s implementation of a “learner-centered” model of instruction.  If you are interested in joining via zoom, email Rich Dunn at rich and dunn as one word and then @aol.com.

Also on 1/23, at 6 pm, Governor Lombardo will provide his State of the State Address.  You can watch on any of the major news channels, or you can watch through the link provided on the Scheduled Meetings page of the legislature’s website: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

The State of the State Address provides the Governor an opportunity to discuss his priorities and the state budget before the legislative session starts on February 6th.  Once the state budget posts to NELIS, you can access it here under the Budgets tab here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023

Starting Wednesday, January 25th, through February 2nd, you can watch the state agency heads present their agency budgets to the Legislative Commission’s Budget Subcommittee.  The agency budgets are part of the state budget, but these hearings provide an opportunity to hear the priorities and needs of agencies such as Health and Human Services and Corrections.  You can watch these hearings from the Scheduled Meetings page: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

If you miss any of these hearings, you can watch the archived recordings here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Video/

If you are interested in School Board meetings:

Washoe County School Board meets on January 24th at 2 pm, 425 E. Ninth Street, Central Administration Building, Board Room.

Carson City School Board meets on January 24th at 7 pm, Robert Crowell Board Room Community Center 851 E. William Street.

Elko County School Board meets on January 24th at 5:30 pm, Board Room 850 Elm Street.

Clark County School Board meets on January 26th at 5 pm, at 2832 E. Flamingo, in the Greer Education Center Board Room.

The Guinn Center is hosting former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman on January 26th at 6 pm at UNLV.  You can see more information here: https://guinncenter.org/the-gallagher-dialogues/

On Saturday, January 28th, Vote Nevada is partnering with Nevada NOW, for a Zoom Lunch and Learn, a 30-minute overview of using Slack during the legislative session.  Slack is a communication tool, which you can learn about here: https://slack.com/resources/using-slack/top-5-tips-for-getting-started-in-slack

You can RSVP for the 30-minute Lunch and Learn Zoom meeting here:  https://vote-nevada.news/Lunch-Learn-Slack-Overview

Lunch & learn using slack during #nvleg

Vote Nevada will be joining Nevada NOW at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion at 2 pm on January 28th to support women’s basketball.  The Lady Rebels Basketball Team will be playing the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Team.  Tickets are only $10 & there are live-streaming options. You can purchase a ticket or see the live-streaming links here: https://unlvrebels.com/sports/womens-basketball/schedule/2022-23  Join us on the court after the game to meet the teams.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 1/18/2023

Vote Nevada Supporters,

The polling tool is now available on the legislature’s website. I put some training materials for using the polling tool on the Vote Nevada’s Advocacy Resources page: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/recorded-advocacy-resources/

Events:

Tonight, January 18th, is Senator Dina Neal’s “Teach to Testify” Zoom event at 6 pm. You will learn how to read a legislative bill and then turn that skill into effective public comments.  The event ID is 851 4248 3943 and the Passcode is 361745.

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Saturday, January 21st, is the Vote Nevada legislative strategy Zoom meeting from 9 to 10 am.  We will discuss strategies for getting bills through the legislative process.  If you’ve gone through a session or two or more, or if you are completely new to the legislature, join us as we swap tips for getting a bill successfully through the legislative gauntlet.  You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/NV-Legislative-Strategy

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Sunday, January 29th, Nevada NOW Legislative Prep Session via Zoom at 4 pm. More information here: https://fb.me/e/3lIZJPAKJ.

NOW

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 1/15/2023

Vote Nevada Supporters,

From now until the end of the legislative session in June, I will be sending out weekly updates on Sunday evenings.  The updates will include upcoming events, information on legislative hearings, updates on bills, and anything else that will help us all be engaged community members.

Reminder: 

You can access resources for participating in legislative advocacy here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/recorded-advocacy-resources/

You can access recordings of Vote Nevada community meetings here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/vote-nevada-community-meeting-recordings/

Upcoming events:

January 16th: The 41st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in downtown Las Vegas.  The parade starts at 10 am; it begins at Gass and 4th Street and ends at 4th Street and Odgen.  You can also watch the parade on Channel 13 https://www.ktnv.com/positivelylv/las-vegas-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-parade-live-for-the-first-time-in-its-history

January 16th: The Carson City Democratic Men’s Committee is hosting a hybrid luncheon at 1:00 pm, with the speaker starting at 1:30.  The guest is retired school principal Mike Smith, who will speak about the life and legacy of Dr. King.  You can request the Zoom link by emailing Rich Dunn at richdunn@aol.com.

January 18th: Join Senator Dina Neal for the Teach to Testify Zoom session at 6 pm.  You will learn how to read legislative bills and how to turn that skill into effective public comments.

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January 21st: Join Vote Nevada for our Legislative Strategy Zoom meeting from 9 to 10 am.  We will share strategies for effective legislative advocacy.  If you’ve been through the legislative rodeo before, please come and share your tips for getting bills through the “How a bill becomes a law” process.  RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/NV-Legislative-Strategy

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January 23rd: The Governor’s State of the State Address is at 6 pm.  We will hear the new Governor’s budget and legislative priorities.  You can watch the Address on the major news channels or through the Scheduled Meetings page of the legislature’s website here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

A day or two after the address, we will have access to the full budget through NELIS under the Budgets tab: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023

Starting January 25th and going through February 2nd, the Interim Legislative Commission’s Budget Subcommittee will hear budget reports from all the state agency heads.  These hearings are an opportunity to hear state agency priorities.  You can watch these hearings from the Scheduled Meetings page here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

Reminder: You can watch recordings of legislative meetings and hearings here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Video/

January 29th, Nevada NOW Legislative Prep Session includes Nevada NOW’s legislative priorities and opportunities to be engaged.  The session is via Zoom at 4 pm.  More information here: https://fb.me/e/3lIZJPAKJ

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 1/10/2023

Vote Nevada Supporters,

The 2023 legislative session starts on February 6th.  Here is information to help us get ready:

Recordings: How to use the legislature’s website advocacy tools https://vote-nevada-blog.org/recorded-advocacy-resources/

January 12th 

CensusDataRurals

RSVP: https://vote-nevada.news/Using-Census-Data 

January 14th 

Open to the public To Register Call 702-455-7576

Call 702-455-7576 to Register

January 18th Learn to read legislative bills with Senator Neal

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January 21st 

TIPS

RSVP: https://vote-nevada.news/NV-Legislative-Strategy

January 23rd: Governor’s State of the State Address 6 pm

View it from this page on the 23rd: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

January 25th to February 2nd Legislative Commission Budget Subcommittee

The Subcommittee will hear presentations on budgets for each state agency

You can view these presentations here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 1/2/2023

Vote Nevada Supporters,

I hope that everyone had a very restful and enjoyable holiday season. Now that the new year is here and our elected officials have been or are about to be sworn in, it is officially advocacy season.  It’s time to switch from “What does the Controller do?” to “What are we doing about education and the water shortage?”

Nevada is a Dillon’s Rule state, which means all power flows down from our legislature to subordinate governing bodies.  The legislature created the counties and cities and now decides which powers these entities can exercise.

This is not an optimal way to run things as our legislature technically only exists in odd years for 120 days; the rest of the time, the more limited governing bodies are managing everything.

So, if a law passed by the legislature has a problem, there is no way to fix it until the legislature comes into session again.  To lessen the impact of this problem, the legislature often empowers state agencies to write regulations to implement laws or they empower governing bodies to just figure out how to implement laws on their own.  This is a big reason why Nevada has difficulties fixing problems.

If we really want to solve systemic issues related to education, health care, mental health care, and basic governing infrastructure, we will either need a legislature that is in session more or we need to empower state agencies and local governing bodies to directly create and fund laws for addressing a wider range of issues.

This solution, however, requires a constitutional amendment to pass that creates Home Rule, but, until heck freezes over and that happens, we must rely on direct citizen participation to help get things done

This Saturday, January 7th, Vote Nevada is offering our workshop on using the legislature’s website for engagement and advocacy during the 2023 legislative session.  We will focus on the website’s wide range of tools and features.  The workshop is from 9 to 10 am, via Zoom.  RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Legislative-Advocacy-Training-2023

The Governor’s State of the State Address is scheduled for January 23rd at 6 pm.  We will see the Governor’s budget around the same time.  For the most part, the budget will be the one created by former Governor Sisolak’s team, but the new Governor has the discretion to alter the funding allocations.  The budget reflects the current Governor’s priorities, except in the first year due to the overlap with the outgoing Governor.

The legislature can change the budget allocations but doing so sets up the possibility of the Governor vetoing bills supported by the Democratic legislative majority.  Legislators can add to the budget, but Nevada has a balanced budget mandate, consequently, adding to the budget requires adding new revenue sources, aka raising taxes.  See also heck freezing over.

In the two weeks before the legislative session starts on February 6th, the Interim Finance Committee hears the state agency budget requests.  Unlike in the recent past, for this session, the Economic Forum has forecast revenue more than the agency requests.  You can read more about the budget surplus here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/economic-forum-lombardo-lawmakers-will-have-11-4-billion-for-two-year-budget 

When the legislative session starts on February 6th, the first week is devoted to funding the session, recognizing the leadership, establishing the rules, and affirming the committees.  By the end of the week, the Assembly and Senate will begin the process of reading each bill three times before assigning each to a committee for hearings.

The majority party’s legislative leadership decides which bills are assigned to committees for hearings and the committee chairs decide which bills receive hearings and in which order.

You can see the committee information here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023/Committees/List 

If you would like to know more about the process and how to read, follow, and advocate for or against bills, RSVP for the January 7th workshop at https://vote-nevada.news/Legislative-Advocacy-Training-2023

Our second event this month is on January 12th with Elko resident Scott Gavorsky whose blog is: The Rurals of Nevada https://ruralsofnevada.substack.com/

Scott is doing some deep dives on newly released Census data to show that Nevada has three distinct rural areas, all with their own character.  Scott will join us on January 12th, from 6 to 7 pm, via Zoom to chat about how he uses Census data to learn more about Nevadans across the state.  If you would like to attend, RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Using-Census-Data

One last thing, if you are registered as a Nonpartisan voter, we’d like to hear from you.  Some important races in this last election were decided by young voters and voters not affiliated with one of the major parties, so, we would like to get to know you.  If you are a Nonpartisan voter who is willing to share a little about yourself, go to this form https://vote-nevada.news/Nonpartisan-Voters-Survey

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 12/9/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

The 2022 election cycle officially ended Tuesday with Georgia’s runoff election and Senator Raphael Warnock’s re-election.  Senator Warnock’s campaign manager emphasized their campaign strategy of reaching out to Democrats, Independents, swing voters, and moderate Republican voters as the key to their win. 

This second high-profile runoff election in two years has raised concerns among Georgians, including Senator Warnock, who is quoted here: https://georgiarecorder.com/2022/12/08/senate-runoff-fatigue-renews-debate-over-runoff-process-in-georgia/

Senator Warnock’s campaign strategy was very similar to Alaska Congresswoman Mary Peltola’s.  The Congresswoman’s campaign manager is a former CSN Student, Anton McParland (I know, small world!), so I’ve been messaging with him since she won to find out how they were able to run so successfully against two well-known Republican candidates.  Again, the key was the Congresswoman’s campaign team also focusing on reaching out to every voter and rejecting negative messaging.

Because Alaska adopted a top 4 open primary system, there are now more candidates running, so more opportunities for Gen Z and Millennial Alaskans to participate in campaigns including as managers.  So, Anton is mentoring Gen Z volunteers who would like to manage a campaign one day. 

Anton will be joining me on Zoom on Monday, December 12th at 1:00 pm to chat about Congresswoman Mary Peltola’s campaign and opportunities for younger civic engagers to play meaningful roles in shaping campaign messaging.  If you are interested in participating in this discussion, you can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Anton-McParland-Meeting

This chat will be recorded.

I am also in contact with Congresswoman Peltola’s office to see if we can do a Zoom meeting with the Congresswoman to talk about her historic election as Alaska’s first Native American member of Congress.  As soon as we find a day and time that works for her, I will let everyone know.

January is just around the corner, so our legislative session will be here in no time.  That means it’s time for our Legislative Advocacy Training workshop.  Our legislature has one of the best websites nationally that provides many, many tools for direct engagement.  From the live streaming page to bill tracking, to committee hearing recordings, the website has everything you need to be a fully engaged civic citizen.  

The Legislative Advocacy Training Workshop is Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 9 to 10 am, via Zoom.  You can RSVP here:

https://vote-nevada.news/Legislative-Advocacy-Training-2023

The workshop will be recorded.

Two bills Vote Nevada will be tracking and working to pass in 2023 are AB37 and AB69.  AB37 creates a behavioral health workforce development center https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023/Bill/9566/Overview.  

And AB69 expands the student loan forgiveness program to higher education faculty who teach in behavioral health programs and to behavioral health providers who treat students in schools https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023/Bill/9625/Overview.

If you have some time now that we aren’t glued to an election results website, you might want to read a new blog from Elko resident Scott Gavorsky: The Rurals of Nevada https://ruralsofnevada.substack.com/

Scott is doing some deep dives on newly released Census data to show that Nevada has three distinct rural areas, all with their own character.   I spoke with Scott, and he agreed to join us on January 12th, from 6 to 7 pm, via Zoom to chat about how he uses Census data to learn more about Nevadans across the state.  If you would like to attend, RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Using-Census-Data

The chat will be recorded.

Lastly, The National Constitution Center is offering a virtual Bill of Rights Tour on Wednesday, December 14th at 9 am or Friday, December 16th at 10 am.   You can RSVP for the 14th here https://constitutioncenter.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LNinBOEfR6m14l4blJ5cQQ or you can RSVP for the 16th here https://constitutioncenter.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QlsHX2ZnQN2sOLyp2DZN4Q  

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra 

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Partners

Hello Vote Nevada Supporters, 

Many voters have expressed serious concerns over the very negative and incessant nature of this election cycle’s campaign messaging.  So, Vote Nevada is partnering with community members who are interested in civics education and engagement that promotes good governance and sound mental health as we move into the legislative advocacy period. 
I met Christian Solomon at the Boulder City Democrat’s Zoom meeting and we immediately connected over our shared focus on civics and sound mental health.  I am very happy that we can work with him and learn from his enthusiasm and Gen Z worldview.
Here is Christian’s message to our group.  I will be posting more of these introductions as we finalize more partnerships.
 

Good afternoon everyone, my name is Christian Solomon (He/Him/His) and I am so glad to be here! Thank you for having me. I was recently hired as the Party Affairs Coordinator for the Clark County Democratic Party! My career background includes public and private sector experience in project management, community outreach, administration and logistics. I am originally from the beautiful State of Hawaii, but lovingly call the 9th Island of Las Vegas home.

As Party Affairs Coordinator, my primary functions include developing the Clark County Dems’ core infrastructure and building relationships with local leaders to successfully mobilize our fellow Nevadans to implement grassroots organizing efforts as well as boosting participation in county and state-wide issue advocacy and election campaigns.

Sondra Cosgrove spoke at the general meeting of the Boulder City Dems and brought awareness to the amazing work that Vote Nevada does on a recurring basis. She and I immediately connected over concerns for young voters who underwent immense exhaustion and mental duress during the 2022 election cycle. 

We were also discussing how civics can be a perfect medium to reach young voters where they are at and turn them out to be active participants in the political process. A healthy and vibrant democracy works best when individuals are free to bring their passion, commitment, and vision to the table, uninterrupted by the muddiness of negative attack ads and vitriolic noise.    

I am looking forward to connecting with this great organization and its members on these issues. I will be present, as best as I can, at the various workshops you folks conduct. I am extremely excited for what’s coming ahead and would love to hear your concerns and obtain feedback on how we can effectively help each other going forward. 

Thank you so much for your time and please feel free to reach out if you need anything! My contact information:
Email: csolomon@clarkdems

Phone: (808) 389-6270 

Vote Nevada Update 11/17/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

As we near the end of the 2022 election cycle, now is a good time to review what happened and begin planning for the 2023 legislative session.

Election Takeaways:

You can access numbers for races state-wide from the Secretary of State’s website: https://silverstateelection.nv.gov/

Many races were very close, and some races had high numbers for the None of These Candidates option.  Our electorate was almost evenly divided in many races, and many voters split their tickets between the two political parties.  

You can read an early assessment of the election cycle overall by Dr. Dave Damore, from UNLV and Brookings Mountain West, here: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2022/11/16/blue-metros-red-state-politics-in-the-2022-nevada-midterm-elections/

Tomorrow, each county’s registrar or clerk will present the final vote totals to their respective county commissions, and then, when the county commissions accept the final tallies, the certified results will go to the Secretary of State.  The Secretary of State will then present all the results to the Nevada Supreme Court.

We had three ballot questions before us this year and all three passed.  Questions 1 and 2, the Equal Rights Amendment and the Minimum Wage constitutional amendments, will go into the constitution immediately after certification.  Question 2, however, does not go into effect until July 2024.

Ballot Question 3 is a citizen petition constitutional amendment, so it must pass again in 2024.  Ballot Question 3 passed with close to 53% of the vote. 

Fortunately, Alaska adopted a similar election reform in 2020, so, the state implemented the reform this year.  Here are the Alaska totals right now: https://alaskapublic.org/2022/11/16/alaska-election-results-live/

Alaska has a law similar to Nevada’s that requires election officials to wait to receive and tabulate their mail-in ballots, so, when that time period ends on November 23rd, any races without a candidate who has a majority of the votes will enter into an instant runoff.  

In those races, the candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated and the voters who selected those candidates as their first choice have their second-choice votes transferred to their second-choice candidates.  A second runoff tabulation then occurs, and the runoff process continues until one candidate in each race has at least 50%+1 votes.

Currently, it looks like Mary Peltola will win the election to the House of Representatives as the first indigenous woman to represent Alaska at the federal level.  And it is likely that Lisa Murkowski will win re-election to the U.S. Senate.  Both women will likely win after one round in an instant runoff.

Congresswoman Peltola sent Nevada a message: https://twitter.com/MaryPeltola/status/1593014322716119042?s=20&t=xKTu6r1JiUVTJgmTQrMjbQ

After our election results are certified, we will pivot to the next session of Congress and the 2023 legislative session.  

The federal House of Representatives will have a Republican majority, so the leadership and committee chairpersonships will change.  The U.S. Senate currently has a 50/50 membership, which gives the Democrats a majority due to Vice President Harris’s tie-breaking vote.  

Because no candidate received 50%+1 in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race between Senator Raphael Warnock and challenger Herschel Walker, there will be a runoff election on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. 

Legislatively, at the state level, the Democrats have the majority in both houses, but only have a supermajority in the Assembly, so, they do not have the votes needed to override a veto.  With a new Republican Governor, this may become an issue if there is conflict over bills and budgets.

Over the next few weeks, each party will select members to serve in legislative leadership roles, and then leadership will appoint members to committees.  When the election ends, you will be able to see each chamber’s members and leaders here https://asm.leg.state.nv.us/  and here https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Senate/

You can access additional information about the legislative session, which starts February 6th, here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/82nd2023/

In December, the Economic Forum, the commission of economic experts who estimate how much tax revenue will be available over the next biennium, will meet to release their estimates on Monday, December 5th, at 9:30.  You can access the hearing and the hearing materials here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2021/Meeting/24289

You can also watch past Economic Forum meeting recordings here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2021/Committee/1906/Meetings

After the tax revenue estimate is set, the Governor’s Budget must not exceed that amount unless tax cuts and/or tax increases are included to account for the additional spending.  Governor Sisolak’s team has already created the state budget, so, we must wait to see if incoming Governor Lombardo decides to make any changes to that budget.

The Governor’s State of the State Address will be in the middle of January.  And there will be two weeks of agency budget hearings with the Interim Finance Committee before the legislative session begins.  During these hearings, our state agency heads provide an overview of their budget requests.

Vote Nevada will offer our Advocacy Training Workshops in early January to prepare for the legislative session.  In these workshops, we will review the many features of the legislature’s website and discuss legislative processes.

One very good piece of news: Member of the Vote Nevada Mental and Behavioral Health Committee, Dr. Sara Hunt, successfully presented her proposal to have Nevada adopt a mental health workforce development program similar to Nebraska’s program to the Rural Regional Behavioral Health Policy Board! 

The Board agreed to sponsor the proposal, so we have a Bill!! https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023/Bill/9566/Overview

AB37 will put Nevada on the path to address our severe shortages of mental and behavioral health care providers, so, KUDOS to Sara! 

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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