Sunday, June 6, 2010

SD 5: Walking With Joyce Woodhouse & Thinking About the State of Nevada Democrats in 2010

Good times @ #NVDems #Henderson BBQ yesterday :-) #nvpolitics... on Twitpic

Moi w/ my fave State Senator @JoyceWoodhouse @ #NVDems #Hende... on Twitpic

So yesterday was quite the busy day! I started the day walking with my State Senator, Joyce Woodhouse, and ended it with some wild times at the Stonewall Lt. Gov. Debate. Now I'll get to the debate tomorrow, but for now I want to talk about what happened yesterday morning and afternoon.

@DinaTitus @ #NVDems #Henderson BBQ yesterday #Nevada #Vegas ... on Twitpic

I canvassed SE #Vegas w/ @JoyceWoodhouse team yesterday #Neva... on Twitpic

So early yesterday morning, before the Southern Nevada heat became totally unbearable, a group of us local volunteers showed up at Joyce Woodhouse's house in Henderson (actually, just down the street from my house!). We talked with our Senator for a few minutes, received our walk packets, and we assigned an area of Southeast Las Vegas (actually unincorporated Clark County, but the mailing address is "Las Vegas").

So what happened? I spoke with some of the neighbors concerned about the state of our economy and jobs. Others I spoke with wanted to hear about what Joyce has been doing about schools, since she is a local educator. And then, I had a chance to let them know about what our Senator has been doing in Carson City to deliver on her promises. And most of the people I spoke with really appreciated this.

Ever since we spoke last month on renewable energy, I've really come to appreciate this as well. Oh, and by the way, Joyce herself also took to the streets and walked to talk with folks in the neighborhood. Some of them even remembered her teaching their kids!

So after we finished walking, it was off to the big Democratic BBQ in Henderson. And guess who I ran into there? Oh, Dina Titus, of course!

Here's some of what she said yesterday:

And Joyce also had a chance to speak:

As you can tell from my photos and videos, we had a full house then. And this is supposed to be the year of "depressed Democratic turnout"? And "progressive ennui"? And "Democratic disillusionment"? Tell that to all of us at the BBQ yesterday!

As I've mentioned before, I think the "teabagger phenomenon" has been quite overblown. At the end of the day, people still want real solutions. And as long as good, hard-working Democrats like Dina and Joyce keep providing those real solutions, I think we'll be just fine this year. :-)

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