Why Nevada?

  • Nevada introduced the caucus process in 2008 marking the state's official debut as a political player in the electoral process. 
  • As Nevada continues to emerge as an influential source in not just politics, but in the technology and business sectors, the silver state and its caucus sites are a prime for capturing the nation's attention on this issue.

Nevada's Resolution Process

Following the election of county convention delegates and alternates byviable preference groups, further party business will be conducted.   
Resolutions for the county party platform shall be submitted by any eligible caucus attendees. Eligible caucus attendees may discuss these resolutions, however, there will be no vote and all resolutions shall be forwarded to the county convention’s platform committee.

Our Plan

As the second caucus in the nation, the energy that started in Iowa is still fresh in the electorate's mind. We hope to take what Iowans for DC Statehood started at their caucus sites and build upon that momentum to introduce this important issue to silver state voters, activists , and elected officials during the caucus on February 20, 2016 through the resolution process.  
 
Following the caucus, we will continue our efforts to identify supporters and share the DC Statehood message; seeing our resolution through the platform process all the way to the state convention and see it become a part of the state platform.  
The residents of the District of Columbia, will know Nevada stands with them.  The time is now, it's 2016, time to truly END TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!

Support for DC Statehood

Democratic Party Platform 1976:
"We support...full voting representation in the Congress [for the District of Columbia.]"
Republican Party Platform 1976:
"We…support giving the District of Columbia voting representation in the United States Senate and House of Representatives."

From the DC.gov Web Site

"Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else, they contribute to the overall well being of the country like everybody else, they should be treated like everybody else. 
There has been a long movement to get D.C. statehood and I've been for it for quite some time. The politics of it end up being difficult to get it through Congress, but I think it's absolutely the right thing to do."
                            President Barack Obama
                               D.C. Townhall                                                            
Statehood is the most appropriate mechanism to grant the United States citizens who reside in the District of Columbia the full rights and privileges of American citizenship. These rights include not only equal representation in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate but also full control over local affairs.

Congress' power over the District

“Washington D.C. is currently home to more people than the state of Vermont, yet its residents lack voting representation in Congress,” Sanders said. “I think it is morally wrong for American citizens who pay federal taxes, fight in our wars and live in our country to be denied the basic right to full congressional representation.”
                             Senator Bernie Sanders
                             The Hill Newspaper
 
The United States is the only nation in the world with a representative, democratic constitution that denies voting representation in the national legislature to citizens of the capital. In addition to paying federal taxes, District residents pay local taxes and bear all the responsibilities associated with citizenship. There are two states (Vermont and Wyoming) that have populations that are smaller than the District of Columbia yet they have full representation in Congress and control over their own local affairs. The District’s population is also comparable to other States including Delaware, Alaska, and several others.

The District’s budget is subject to congressional approval and must be signed into law by the President of the United States. Congress can also dictate how the District spends its own locally-raised tax revenue. Through the budget, Congress can, and has many times, controlled the implementation of local laws passed by our elected leaders and referendums approved by DC voters. DC elects a non-voting Delegate to the US House of Representatives who can draft legislation but does not have a vote. The current Delegate for the District of Columbia is Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

DC residents also elect two United States Senators and a United States Representative. This “shadow” congressional delegation lobbies Congress on statehood for the District. The current US Senators are Paul Strauss and Michael D. Brown. DC’s current US Representative is Franklin Garcia.

Achieving statehood: Active legislation

Delegate Holmes Norton has introduced the  New Columbia Admission Act (H.R. 317)  that would grant DC statehood. She has also introduced the  District of Columbia Budget Autonomy Act of 2015 (H.R. 552)  which would grant the District budget autonomy.