Press Releases

June 27, 2021

The Lyon County (NV) Democrats are thanking our US Senators, Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, for their support of legislation that would benefit all Americans, the “For the People Act”.

While it was clear that this bill would be defeated along Party lines, we need to ask, since when in recent years has basic voting rights become a partisan issue? Are we actually going to watch some states move the clock back to the time of “Jim Crow”? Will “competency tests” be the next hurdle put before our fellow Americans, as it was all those years ago?

We believe that this most fundamental Constitutional right and duty of every eligible American should be as easy as receiving a ballot in the mail, but there are those politicians who want to restrict and obstruct those who they perceive are a potential “threat” to their reelection. After all, why would you vote for someone who doesn’t really represent your views or share your values?

Remember this when it’s time to vote in November, 2022. We will.
The Lyon County Democratic Central Committee.

May 23rd, 2021

Amodei wants to bury the truth

We, the Lyon County Democrats, are once again very disappointed in Mr. Amodei’s failure to support the rule of law and our Constitution. In voting against a special commission to investigate the January 6, 2021 attack on the capital, Mr. Amodei is joining congressional Republicans in their attempt to revise history.

Make no mistake, what happened on January 6th, 2021 was a flagrant attack on our democracy, and the Constitutional process of electing our president. And it is equally obvious the Republicans have begun a campaign of lies and misinformation, and these lies are intended to convince the American people to forget what we all saw with our own eyes, and instead see the Capital attackers as harmless tourists and peaceful demonstrators. The bi-partisan commission Mr. Amodei voted against is the only effective way to counter these lies. The American people recognize this, which is why we support it. The Republicans, including Mr. Amodei, recognize it too, which is why they are so desperate to stop it.

While Mr. Amodei stated that there are “several” investigations ongoing, it is critical that our elected officials take the lead in investigating the insurrection and attempted sedition. After all, this is the same Congressman Amodei that supported multiple investigations into the attack on our embassy in Benghazi, including voting for the eighth Benghazi investigation.

Mr. Amodei is trying his best to fool us, but it won’t work. It is perfectly clear which side he is on.

Lyon County Democrats

Mar 17th, 2021

Congratulations to our new Nevada State Democratic Party Executive Board

Judith Whitmer

Jacob Allen

Dr. Zaffar Iqbal

Ahmad Ade

Howard Beckerman

Feb 22nd, 2021

Clark Co. votes to rename McCarren International Airport

The Lyon County Dems (LCDCC) want to thank the Clark County Commissioners for their unanimous vote to rename the McCarren Airport in Las Vegas to Harry Reid International Airport. The contrast between the two couldn’t be greater, and it’s time to recognize everything that Sen. Reid has done for the state of Nevada. From taking on the mob as the Gaming Commissioner to stopping the ill-conceived Yucca Mountain nuclear dump, all Nevadans today owe a debt of gratitude to Sen. Reid’s legacy. We hope the FAA approves the name change quickly.

Feb 5th, 2021

Amodei protects Marjorie Taylor Greene

Once again Rep Mark Amodei has voted party over duty in protecting Marjorie Taylor Greene today when the House of Representatives voted to remove her from her committee assignments.

This is especially egregious for Nevadans, as Greene claimed the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the largest mass shooting in the US, was “staged”. This is an insult to all Nevadans, especially for those who lost their lives or were injured in that unprovoked attack.

This is just more evidence that Mark Amodei is not for Nevada.

Lyon County Dems

Feb 2nd, 2021

Our County Commissioners have the wrong priorities.

On Thursday, Jan 28th, our County Commissioners decided to engage in political grandstanding with Resolution 21-03, or the “Revolution Resolution”. We state it this way because of what both our Governor’s office and our Attorney General have stated in regards to the County Resolution not having the force of law. In addition, both Mr. Gray and Chair Keller referred to old, outdated, and frankly wrong information in their closing statements.

The BOCC should be taking the lead in encouraging Lyon County residents to continue with masking, social distancing, and other measures aimed at fighting the pandemic. They should be working with the State to ensure Lyon County residents stay informed and have the information they need to access the Covid vaccine.

We also would rather see our BOCC engage in efforts to secure new business to Lyon County, the kind of business that provide family wage jobs and don’t wreck our environment.

Lyon County Democrats

Jan 7th, 2021

Statement from the incoming Chair on yesterdays violence at our Nation’s Capitol

Yesterday we witnessed what can only be called sedition and insurrection. A group of domestic terrorists stormed our nations Capitol, the symbolic seat of our nations power, with the apparent attempt at overturning the will of the American people. This horror that was put upon the American people should never have happened, and should not be tolerated. We are not a nation that rules by force or terror, but one that settles it’s disputes via our Constitutional provisions of the courts and the ballot box. Our Nation’s Constitution was created to prevent this very act, and to promote the peaceful transition of power.

In these last few months we have seen the President and his sycophants repeatedly lie to the American people, repeatedly bring legal challenges to a free and fair election, and constantly use rhetoric designed to incite anger, which ultimately led to the violence we witnessed yesterday. This is the result of a demagogue placing his own needs above those of the American people.

I ask everyone to repudiate all the actions, not just of the day but also those that led us to here. There is no place in America for lawlessness, domestic terrorism, nor sedition. This must be stated clearly and with conviction, because if it is not, we will not have witnessed the last of this.

Tony Stephenson,
Chair-elect, Lyon County Democrats

Aug 30th, 2020

Once again Mark Amodei fails those of us in CD2, and this time the Nation as a whole.

While Mr. Amodei’s office declares his support of the US Postal Service, he did not vote on HR 8015, which will help support the USPS through the election. Did he even show up to vote? If so his travel is just wasting taxpayers time and money. We need and deserve better representation that this! Join us in voting for Patricia Ackerman for CD 2, so we can actually have real representation in the House of Representatives.

And while you are waiting, give Mr. Amodei’s office a call and let them know that you cannot support a Congressman who won’t even vote to Save Our Postal System!

His Nevada office number is 775-686-5760. Give him a call if you have a chance.

Aug. 27th, 2020

Lyon County Democrats condemn absolutely and in the strongest possible terms the mob violence inflicted upon Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Minden, Nevada, on August 8, 2020. This type of behavior, in which violence, the threat of violence, verbal abuse, and intimidation are used in an attempt to silence the free expression of thought and opinion not only has no place in our democracy, but is a clear and dangerous threat to our democratic form of government.

The right of the people to freely and peaceably assemble is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution, and applies across the political spectrum. An attack on one—whether Black Lives Matter demonstrators or Blue Lives Matter demonstrators—is an attack on all, and cannot be tolerated. In Minden on August 8, a group of about 30 Black Lives Matter demonstrators were set upon by a mob, including numerous individuals armed with assault-style rifles, sidearms, baseball bats, knives, and other weapons. Some were wearing quasi-military uniforms, body armor, helmets, and other tactical gear. The mob, which numbered in the hundreds, surrounded and pursued the demonstrators, subjecting them to a relentless stream of shouted curses, threats, and in a number of cases, physical attacks. The small number of mostly very young demonstrators are to be commended for their courage, poise, and restraint in very trying circumstances.

The dangers of this kind of mob behavior cannot be underestimated. Citizens of our country were subjected to an overt, violent attempt to deny them their rights. This is unacceptable. We cannot allow it to become normalized in any way. The Trump / Republican sympathies of the mob were clear, as was the participation of heavily armed, self-styled militias, who see themselves as some sort of enforcers. These groups and individuals hide behind the Second Amendment, when in fact they are the very opposite of “well-regulated militias” the Constitution envisions. The Second Amendment does not grant any individual or group the right to use weapons to intimidate their fellow citizens.

This type of thing may be politics as usual in dictatorships or countries under strong-man rule, but it has no place in our political dialog. We cannot allow it to become the norm in Minden, or anywhere else, and remain a free, democratic country.

Aug. 16th, 2020
Jim Wheeler time and time again fails those he is supposed to represent. From stating in 2013 that he would vote to reinstate slavery if his constituents wanted it to supporting a Sheriff who threatened to not respond to calls from the Douglas County Library because they wanted to issue a statement of support for Black Lives Matter, he follows logic that is, in this day and age, unconscionable. Since Mr. Wheeler’s Assembly District includes part of Lyon County, we want to condemn in the strongest terms possible his continued statements that cross the line of what is decent and right

Aug. 4th, 2020
The Lyon County Democrats want to thank Gov. Sisolak for signing AB4 into law. During these unprecedented times we need real leadership that is willing to stand up for the health and safety of all Nevadans, and not concede to the unfounded fears of the few. Thank you Governor Sisolak!