Netroots Senate Recruitment: Nevada's Top Tier

Of the all the states where we may need to help out recruiting Senate candidates in 2006, right now Nevada looks like the most pressing case (unless Hackett, Ryan and McCaskill back out of their respective states). Gleaming the comments of our first two posts on this subject (here and here), these three candidates appear to be our top three options: Now we need to do three things:
  • 1. Use the comments to continue to build our list.

  • 2. Rank the existing list in order of preference.

  • 3. Start trying to figure out exactly what sort of support we can give to the candidate we decide to back, so we can set up a formal draft movement and begin contacting candidates.
In order to begin addressing #2, I have included a poll attached to this post. Obviously, in the comments, discuss all three of these issues. We have precious little time to waste.

You can also find something close to a benchmark poll for the state here.

Tags: Senate 2006 (all tags)



Berkley looks good.
A progressive populist. We could do a lot worse.
by craverguy 2005-08-20 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Berkley looks good.
Shelley Berkley is a member of the DLC.  I think we need to support Oscar Goodman.  
by whodat527 2005-08-20 02:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Berkley looks good.
WHO CARES!?!?!?  I am so sick of liberals trying to kick the DLC out of the party.  She's a democrat.  She votes for Reid.
by jkfp2004 2005-08-20 02:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Berkley looks good.
Unlike a majority of her Democratic colleagues in the House, Shelley Berkley voted for the Iraq War Resolution.  
by whodat527 2005-08-20 04:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Berkley looks good.
Don't you feel weird advocating for a mob lawyer?
by Carl Nyberg 2005-08-20 04:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Berkley looks good.
As DLCers go, she's pretty liberal. Check her out.

You think we can do better in Nevada?

by craverguy 2005-08-21 09:11AM | 0 recs
Isn't Goodman uber-corrupt?
Ever read "Bringing Down the House?"
by Democratic Wing 2005-08-20 01:20PM | 0 recs
Larry D. Hiibel
He'd probably never run for public office...but it would be the ultimate "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" story...his lawyer Jim Dolan would also be a good choice.

(This isn't to say I dislike Nevada pols...but so far it's much like Ohio...a logjam running for governor and no one wants to run against a cupcake Senate opponent).

by risenmessiah 2005-08-20 02:47PM | 0 recs
Nevada Races
NV-01: Shelley Berkley, incumbant U.S. Representative  She's moderate; is on the DLC roster so many others.  She's smart, articulate and a Democratic leader in this barely red state. We are lucky to have Shelley.

NV-02: Jill Derby, Nevada University Regent with family roots that run deep in rural (Lovelock) NV. Jill is not yet a delared candidate.  Encourage her.  This will be a tough race; but the Repug primary battle may prove bloody with Dawn Gibbons (Jim's wife), Dean Heller (popular Secty of State), Sharron Angle (radically anti-tax; supporting CA-style Prop 13 Initiative for NV) hopefully slugging it out all through until the primary election in August 2006.  Expect Jill to be unopposed in the primary should she decide to run.

NV-03: Either Jim Gibson (Henderson Mayor, attorney, and younger generation in old NV political family) OR Oscar Goodman (popular, colorful, controversial Las Vegas Mayor) OR Richard Perkins (State Assembly Speaker, Henderson Deputy Sheriff).  But they all seem to be "considering" getting into the governor's race instead!  No one seems to be seriously considering going up against Jon Porter (who reportedly has the pledged support of Tom DeLay and his PAC(K)! (A BIG negative!)

So who do we run against Senator Ensign?
If only Chancellor Jim Rogers were a Democrat and not an Independant.  He has the deep pockets that have proven effective in so many Senate races...but he may also jump into the governor's race; hopefully, creating a Perot-effect not the Ventura-effect.

I live in rural northen Nevada. Bonnie Parnell's successful state assembly bid last year is the only encouraging Democratic Party win I can point to here in the north state. The "bench" offers lean pickings up here.

Clark County bloggers, who are the rising stars in the NV Dem Party in southern Nevada?  There's a bit more going on re: emerging Democratic leaders in the south.  Are there established stars who might be considered for re-entry into the fray?

by ranee 2005-08-20 02:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Nevada Races
Is Jim Rogers good?  Should we support him even though he is not a Dem?  i.e. Bernie Sanders?  (I'm sure he is no Bernie but someone who is good regardless)
by treadwa2 2005-08-20 10:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Jim Rogers
I don't know too much about Rogers.  Wealthy media tycoon.  Chancellor of the University system.  I think well liked and well thought of as Chancellor.

Was registered Repug but very recently re-registered as an Independant when he was taken to task by the Repugs for having made campaign contributions in support of Dem candidates.

Interestingly, Jim Gibson (Henderson Mayor and potential Gov candidate) was criticized by the Perkins's pre-campaign (I think), for having made campaign contributions to Repugs.

Gibson, shrugged it off with a "this is NV where it's the Person not the Party"-type comment

...that we are hearing so often in NV these day,

...these days when no Democrat feels empowered enough to step up to challenge Ensign or Porter!


by ranee 2005-08-22 02:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Nevada Races
Gibson is running for governor.

Does Jill Derby have a chance?  I would think she might run strong in the Reno/Tahoe/Carson area but is that enough to carry the district?

by lorax 2005-08-21 10:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Jill Derby
It will be a tough race for Jill, but if we get a Bush backlash, what better time will there be for her to take her shot?

She has name recognition and respect from many years as on the Board of Regents.

It's a daunting challenge for any Dem.  Right now Jill seems the strongest likely (I hope) candidate.  

by ranee 2005-08-22 03:12AM | 0 recs
Shelly is safe and won't

Perkins will be going for Governor (and will probably win).

Goodman is wildly popular in Vegas, and could probably fly in the rest of the State, despite the Mob Lawyer stuff in his past.  

I'm more interested in finding someone for CD-2, When Gibbons(R) runs for Governor, we will have an open seat.  It needs to be someone like a Hackett or Schweitzer to get in there. CD-2 is a bite of Las Vegas area and the rest of the state.  Mostly rural and needs someone who can get past the single issue Rural group- the NRA and guns.  

Any Ideas There??

by NvDem 2005-08-20 02:56PM | 0 recs
I would love to go after that seat, too. It has a real opportunity for a pickup being open, and in populated areas.

That should be the first priority, to pick up NV-02.

by westsyde 2005-08-21 10:58AM | 0 recs
Get someone form the NODC
by westsyde 2005-08-21 11:04AM | 0 recs
Getting Progressive Candidates to Run . . .
How do we get progressive candidates to run?

A couple months back David Sirota wrote something that I have been thinking a lot about:

But it's not only going to take infrastructure, it is going to take courageous leaders who are willing to risk their own hides and run for higher office. It's why I'm so thrilled Independent Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is risking his House seat to run for Senate. That's why I would be thrilled if Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) ran for Senate

I, like him and all of you you, would have loved to see someone like Congressman Brown run for that Senate seat and have been thinking what we could have done to encourage him besides set up the perfunctory website or internet petition.  

Then I remembered reading this article by Joe Trippi earlier this year on MSNBC (obviously the website isn't working).  He talked about creating a website which would take internent/credit card pleges - no one could give more than $100 bucks.  The money would be "held" and the first candidate that came along and promised not to take any amount greater than $100 bucks would be enititled to that entire pot of money.

So why couldn't some neutral party do the same thing to encourage progressive candidates to run.  For example, mydd, kos, swingstateproject or an interested party could set up a site with candidates you would want to see run (e.g. Brown, McCaskill).  [Or there could be a straw poll to determine who to support??]  I for one would go to the site, give my credit card info, pledge say $50 bucks to the "McCaskill Campaign", and if McCaskill ran - the 3rd party would deduct that money from my account and give 100% (or maybe 99.9% to cover overhead) to her campaign. If she decides not to run, the money does not get deducted from my account and nothing is lost (as long as you don't sell my credit card information).

But this - i.e. a nice pot of money waiting for her -- might be a way to prod some of those "courageous leaders" to take some risks.

Just have been playing with the idea in my head and thought something that might interest.

by sfrotman 2005-08-20 04:14PM | 0 recs
Pick-up opportunities are few.
Berkley is extremely safe, in a district that only 40% went to bush in 2000.

Goodman should either run for CD-3 or against Ensign, or perhaps for governor. Either way, this guy will be our only hopes of knocking out an incumbant congressman, and I hope he decides to run.

by KainIIIC 2005-08-20 05:15PM | 0 recs
The Hon. Johnnie B. Rawlinson, 9th Circ. Ct. of Appeals-  though it would be asking a hell of a lot to see her leave the Federal Bench to run.  

But she's a tough as nails former prosecutor and a highly charismatic individual:

"Appointed as a U.S. District Judge in 1998 by President Bill Clinton, Judge Rawlinson holds another distinction. She is the first African-American woman to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. President Clinton appointed her to the circuit in 2000.  

Despite her modest beginnings in a small town in North Carolina, Judge Rawlinson went on to graduate with honors from North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in psychology. She earned a full scholarship to the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law.  

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Rawlinson served in the District Attorney's office for 18 years. She served as deputy district attorney and then assistant district attorney." link  

by Myrkury 2005-08-20 06:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Valerie Wiener
I believe that she is going for A.G. or S.O.S.  I'm not sure which.
by NvDem 2005-08-20 08:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Valerie Wiener
Wiener just announced last week she will not run for SoS and will stay in the Senate.
by desmoulins 2005-08-21 07:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Dina Titus
She's running for governor. Maybe Perkins would run if the primary gets to be too tough.
by FairfaxDem11 2005-08-20 11:06PM | 0 recs
Berkley has ethical issues. She had difficulty hlding on to her house seat before the addition of a third district took a number of conservative preincts out of her district making her safer. She was caught advising a client to donate to elected officials in order to get the things he wanted. She's fine where she is at and won't be seriously challenged there but she would not beat Ensign statewide. She barely beat him in Las Vegas last time they went head to head.

I don't know enough about the others but Berkley would be a poor choice.

by Bothwell 2005-08-20 11:26PM | 0 recs
Re: John Oceguera?
This one has possibilities.  How does he carry his district in Las Vegas? (I'm in the North)
by NvDem 2005-08-21 03:39AM | 0 recs
NV candidates
Goodman would not be a strong candidate statewide -- nor, despite being a pretty good mayor (relative to his predecessors) is he either very progressive ideologically nor very partisan.

Perkins has been preparing to run for Gov for several years, and despite his anemic name ID and favorability numbers, has shown no sign of switching to either challenge Porter or Ensign. He's a hardworking guy but lacks much charisma and is also not very progressive nor very partisan; I'm not sure why he would draw much "netroots" interest.

I've posted this before, but if folks out there who consider themselves "netroots activists" want to support a progressive candidate whose campaign has the potential to really change politics in NV, you should take a look at Dina Titus' campaign for Governor.

As for a NV Senate candidate who would provide a nice foil to Ensign, I think the most interesting, most likely (and the one who would likely be the most palatable to MyDDers), state party Adriana Martinez.

by desmoulins 2005-08-21 07:38AM | 0 recs
Re: NV candidates
Thats a republican district that Hardy has represented for a long time.

My point was that unlike everyone else mentioned on this thread, she might actually a) help the ticket by drawing Hispanic voters back to the Democrats; we lost too large a share of the Hispanic vote in 2004 and b) is actually the sort of citizen candidate rather than a career politician that folks out in Netrootsville supposedly want to support and c) might actually be willing to run.

by desmoulins 2005-08-21 08:20AM | 0 recs
Re: NV candidates
She's the state party chair and has been since 2003. I don't believe Adriana Martinez has ever been rural coordinator, so I'm guessing that you're looking at an outdated or incorrect source of information.
by desmoulins 2005-08-21 01:17PM | 0 recs
Re: NV candidates
Ahem...I am the Rural Coordinator. Not Adriana.
by nvrural 2005-08-22 04:41AM | 0 recs
Re: NSDP Rural Coordinator
We consider ourselves darn lucky to have you as our Rural Coordinator.

Thanks for all you do.

by ranee 2005-08-22 12:04PM | 0 recs
Could somebody who knows alot about Nevada politics post an entries on the three possible candidates on Dkosopedia or Wikipedia- and Dina Titus as well, Dkosopedia doesn't have any, and on WIkipedia its pretty spartan.
by liberalminded 2005-08-21 08:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Bios?
Dina Titus is a candidate for Governor and her bio as citizen activist-elected official who is challenging a rather entrenched Democratic Party structure in a wide-open race.
by desmoulins 2005-08-21 01:23PM | 0 recs
Not Our Place
It really isn't our place to be talking about someone from Nevada unless we are all from Nevada.  The people in that state need to elect someone that representes them, not people that live in another state.

As much as I would love to see a Democratic majoirty, I would rather see the Democratic System work.  And in order for that to work, we need to let the people in Nevada decide for themselves who will better represent them.

by LordSmert 2005-08-21 08:59AM | 0 recs
Regardless, it is not our place to hurt or help the chance of a potential candidate in a state where we do not live.

What are WE going to be looking for in the candidate?  Opposition to the war, pro-Same-Sex Marriage, pro-Privacy, and Pro-Choice.

But what do the people of Nevada want?  I can't honestly tell you because I do not live in Nevada.  People that visit here from Nevada should be able to help or hurt a candidate.

But certainly not me from deep in the heart of Texas.

by LordSmert 2005-08-21 09:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Regardless
"What are WE going to be looking for in the candidate?  Opposition to the war, pro-Same-Sex Marriage, pro-Privacy, and Pro-Choice."
That's where you're wrong.
What we're looking for in a candidate from Nevada is someone who can win.
Senator Reid is pro-choice, but no one here dislikes him.
Senator Kerry was pro-war, but no one here voted for Bush.
Yes, there are some who put idealism before practicality.  But not here.  Certainly, there are lines we don't want crossed.  But another vote for Reid in the senate is a big deal, even if the candidate isn't ideal by our standards.  It's better than Ensign.
by Kalil 2005-08-21 01:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Regardless
Again, I disagree.  It's not about getting a candidate in Nevade to win, its about getting a candidate that best represents the people of Nevada.
by LordSmert 2005-08-21 03:55PM | 0 recs
is contingent on victory- therefore the candidate(s) that can best represent the people of Nevada are limited to the subset of candidates that can win.
by Myrkury 2005-08-21 05:28PM | 0 recs
i like Oscar goodman
Great Mayor of LV.
by Liberal 2005-08-21 09:48AM | 0 recs
Oscar has had a 90% approval rating in Vegas
and about 70% of Nevadans live in Clark County.

90% X 70% = 63% right there.

It's arithmetic kids.

by Allmaya 2005-08-21 02:54PM | 0 recs
Can you source those numbers?
Or are you guesstimating?
by craverguy 2005-08-21 02:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Can you source those numbers?
OK, I was off.

It was 80+%

My sense is that Oscar is not just popular within the relatively narrow city limits of Vegas.  And as for the upstream commenter saying that he was corrupt, where is your evidence?  

by Allmaya 2005-08-22 10:47AM | 0 recs
Las Vegas is only about 1/3 of Clark County.

Also, Oscar's approval is not 90% even in Las Vegas.

by desmoulins 2005-08-21 04:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Sheila Leslie?
I'm next door to Reno, I don't think that Sheila will carry the Rural areas, her focus is social issues.  
by NvDem 2005-08-21 07:48PM | 0 recs
"It's more the Person than the Party"
or so we, in Nevada, are being told...

I'm a NV Dem activist and I resent that Pete Ernaut, infamous as Republican Kingmaker, is going to manipulate the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

For those of you not tuned into the Nevada political scene, this is like Carl Rove suddenly announcing himself to be active in Chris Bell campaign in Texas?  Say what?

Ernaut is the "mastermind" behind the successful campaigns of Republicans John Ensign and Kenny Guinn?  And now he's made it known he intends to support his good friend Richard Perkins' (D) possible candidacy for governor.

Mr. Perkins, please the end does not justify the means! "Kingmakers" aren't democratic by definition!

NV Dems are desperate to win statewide offices but aren't we supposed to believe in a two-party system anymore -- even in Nevada!

by ranee 2005-08-22 02:25AM | 0 recs
The Democratic Bench in NV
We have profiled three of the top young pols in NV, whom I might suggest for group discussion:

State Sen. Steven Horsford
Assemblyman John Oceguera
Assemblyman Marcus Conklin

The profiles can be seen here:

By definition, these guys are young, but we think they have a lot of talent.

by billfrick 2005-08-22 06:52AM | 0 recs
Re: The Democratic Bench in NV
I should have pointed out in the thread that Oceguera is a firefighter, something that might give him a bit of that "halo" that innoculated Hackett from his tough talk on the war.
by billfrick 2005-08-22 07:15AM | 0 recs
Re: The Democratic Bench in NV
Interesting!  Featured young candidates must be under 40.  Thanks for doing this.
by ranee 2005-08-22 12:00PM | 0 recs
Re: The Democratic Bench in NV
it's a labor of love -- and a new project, so we particularly appreciate the support.

the 40 y.o. cutoff is a little harsh, as there are some realy great young candidates in their early 40's... but it's the only way to maintain focus.

by billfrick 2005-08-23 06:37AM | 0 recs


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