February 11, 2016
Thanks to President Barack Obama’s leadership over the past seven years, our country is finally back on track.
We’ve experienced 70 straight months of job growth and created nearly 14 million new jobs. The unemployment rate has been cut in half. We’ve doubled renewable energy production. More than 19 million people have gained access to health insurance. America has repaired its standing on the international stage.
We need to continue this progress.
For Nevadans, it all starts on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m., when Democrats will hold neighborhood caucus meetings in classrooms and community centers across the state to help select our party’s nominee for the White House.
Caucusing is deliberative democracy at its best. With Nevada as the first Western state and the third state in the country, Nevada Democrats who caucus are likely to play a pivotal role in deciding who our Democratic nominee will be. Our party allows same-day voter registration, and any eligible Nevada voter who will be 18 years old by Nov. 8, 2016 can participate. To find your caucus location, pre-register and learn more, visit nvdems.com/caucus.
Caucus attendees will have strong candidates to choose from in Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. They both have serious, substantive plans to build on President Obama’s achievements and keep this country moving forward.
When the last Republican president left office, the Great Recession was robbing thousands of Nevadans of their jobs, their homes and their life savings.
But the GOP hasn’t learned its lesson. The Republicans running for president this year are unanimously in favor of returning us to the same failed Bush-era policies that wrecked our economy in the first place.
Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and the rest of the GOP field have all endorsed extreme proposals to slash taxes for corporations and the wealthy – plans that would either explode the deficit or gut critical government services while increasing wealth and income inequality.
None of them support policies that would help working families like raising the minimum wage, paid family leave, affordable childcare or equal pay for equal work.
Instead, the Republican Party’s number one priority is ripping up the Affordable Care Act with no plan to replace it. They want to take us back to a time when too many families had to choose between bankruptcy and paying their medical bills. And all of these far-right Republican politicians want to defund Planned Parenthood and interfere with a woman’s right to choose.
Even though fixing our broken immigration system would strengthen Nevada’s economy, the Republican candidates all demonize immigrants and oppose commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
They all deny the threat of climate change. They all stand with the gun lobby against any commonsense effort to stop gun violence. And their irresponsible go-it-alone foreign policy would alienate our allies and make America less safe.
We’ve come too far to let Republicans take back the White House and roll back the progress we’ve made.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Feb. 20 so you can attend your neighborhood caucus and send a message about who we should elect as our 45th president. It’s easy, and it’s important for our future.
Chris Wicker is a Reno attorney and the first vice chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party.