Early Voting Starts Saturday October 18th!

Voting early helps the candidates you support.

Early voting is open to every registered voter from October 18th – October 31st this year.

If you want to verify information about your voting record, or to download a sample ballot go to the Clark County Elections website.  http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/vote

Clark County publishes a complete list of early voting locations and hours every year.  Download a copy of this information from the Clark County Voter website here. 

The campaign Committee to Elect Christine Kramar has created a map of all of the long term early vote locations in the valley.  Viewing it from your phone you will be able to locate the closest voting location and use Google to get directions.

Map of Early Vote Locations 

In past years I did publish a list of candidates to vote for as my own connected parent guide to voting in Nevada.  This year I selected not to do so.

However if you are interested on where candidates stand on one of my top issues – Common Core please visit:

StopCommonCoreNevada.com

This site has a list of all of the candidates who accepted funds from lobbyists to push Common Core and if they had the integrity to get back to this grassroots group with their official position. Common Core is a critical issue affecting our children and their education – politicians should be big enough to own their position. My position is a firm no.

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SEAP Paid Summer Internship for Teens 16 and Older

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The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

SEAP provided competitive research internships to over 265 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at 25 DoN laboratories.

The apprentice program is designed to encourage students to pursue science and engineering careers; acquaint qualified high school students with the activities of Department of Navy (DoN) laboratories through summer science and engineering research experiences; to provide students with opportunities in and exposure to scientific and engineering practice and personnel not available in their school environment; to expose those students to DoN research and engineering activities and goals in a way that encourages a positive image and supportive attitude toward our defense community; and to prepare these students to serve as positive role models for their peers by encouraging other high school students to take more science and math courses.  SEAP places academically talented high school students with interest and ability in science and mathematics as apprentices in DoN laboratories for eight weeks during the summer. These students work with scientists and engineers who act as mentors. The program offers students a unique and positive experience in their fields of interest, thus encouraging them to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Eligibility Requirements

  • High school students who have completed at least Grade 9. A graduating senior is eligible to apply
  • Must be 16 years of age for most laboratories. Some laboratories may accept a 15 year old applicant. Please check individual lab description for more details.
  • Applicants must be US citizens and participation by Permanent Resident Aliens is limited. Please check individual lab descriptions for participation of Permanent Resident Aliens.
  • Dual citizens may be accepted at some labs, but not all.  Interested students should contact the individual labs to determine if dual citizens may apply.

Award Duration and Stipend

  • Participating students spend 8 weeks during the summer doing research.  Program dates are fixed and cannot be changed. Students are expected to participate 8 continuous weeks. No vacation time is allowed during these eight weeks.
  • It is strongly recommended to apply to laboratories that are close to your residence. No travel/relocation allowance will be provided.
  • The stipend amount for students will be $3,300 for the 8 weeks, which will be paid in three installments. Returning students will receive $3,800 for the 8 weeks. The first check two checks will be distributed during the internship and the third check will be distributed at the end of the internship.

 Click here to apply or sign up to be notified the next time the application process opens.

Generally the application closes at the beginning of January for the following summer.

Check Out the Video: Loving You – Christine Kramar for Nevada Assembly District 13

As the writer of the Vegas for the Family site the last four years it has given me the opportunity to get to know and respect families in Las Vegas.

I pledge to be a strong voice for the people of Las Vegas.

Please help my campaign by sharing this video on your social media networks.

I am the ONLY candidate running for this office pledging to stop Common Core in our schools. I have never accepted campaign contributions from corporate education reformers and I never will. As a parent I understand that the most important voices I should listen to when it comes to education is that of our parents and students.

I have always worked to be engaged in our community.  While in office I will continue to do outreach on important issues.

Please feel free to contact my campaign at any time with questions or concerns about my qualifications for office.

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Sex Education Meetings – Must RSVP ASAP by September 8th

My apologies for the short notice.  I just learned about this meeting this morning.

First parents presently must opt-in their students to receive sex education at school. Many parents in the district make this choice for their children. Sex education starts in 5th grade in Nevada. Nevada had the 4th highest teen pregnancy rate in the country at 84 per 1000 teens compared to the national average of 68 per 1000.

Check out this article from the Las Vegas Sun:

10 facts you should know about sex education and teen pregnancy rates in Nevada

The meeting below is your opportunity to review information with the district about sex education and let your leaders know where you stand on the issue. 

 

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The ACLU of Nevada is a proud member of the Nevada Teen Health and Safety Coalition (NTHSC). As part of the coalition, we invite you to participate in the Clark County School District Sex Education Community Input Forums scheduled for later this month. SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) will be presenting on medically accurate sex education.

These forums are free, but you must register to attend. Please contact Shannon La Neve at slaneve@interact.ccsd.net or (702) 855-7081 to receive an invitation. You must RSVP by September 8.

Below are the dates, locations and times of the forums.

Tues., Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cimarron-Memorial H.S., Room 200 2301

N. Tenaya Way Trustee Tew, District E Trustee TBD

 

Wed., Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Silverado H.S. Library 1650

Silver Hawk Ave. Trustee Corbett, District D Trustee Wright, District D

 

Thurs., Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Arbor View H.S., Room 505 7500

Whispering Sands Dr. Trustee Garvey, District B Trustee TBD

 

We look forward to seeing you at one of the forums and hearing from you. For questions or more information please contact the NTHSC at nevadateenhealth@gmail.com.

Donate Your Old Glasses and Help an Eagle Scout

Logan Crowther is trying to finish up his eagle project collecting glasses for those in need. If anyone has glasses to donate. There is a drop box set up at Flowers by Michelle (6510 N Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas, NV). It’s in the same parking lot as Taco Bell on buffalo near target and the centennial hills YMCA. Also if u need him to pick up call him at the number on the poster! Anything will help!

Back to School Fairs 2014

These are the Back-to-School fairs I have learned about so far this year for 2014.  Feel free to post in comments below any back to school events I missed so they can be added to the list. Thank you.

Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the ParkPhoto: Those dreaded words that all kids hate to hear and parents love,  BACK TO SCHOOL.  Join Councilman Steve Ross for this FREE family fun night on Friday, August 8.
Friday, Aug. 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Centennial Hills Park 7101 N. Buffalo Drive (at Deer Springs Road).
Join Councilman Ross for the Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park.  Free school supplies and binders will be given out while supplies last. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.  Enjoy a balloon artist, face painters and jump house, and the PG-rated movie “Despicable Me 2.”

Ward 1 Back-to-School Community Fair
Thursday, Aug. 21, 7 to 8 p.m.
West Charleston Lions/Essex Park, 600 Essex Drive at Charleston.
Join Councilwoman Tarkanian to enjoy the PG-rated “Frozen” movie in the park at dusk following a back-to-school fair and refreshments (while supplies last). For more information, call 702-229-6405.

Back-to-School Open House

When:
Saturday August 16, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where:
50 E. Laughlin Civic Drive; Laughlin
What:
The Clark County Fire Department is hosting a community Back-to-School Open House on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Station 76 located in Laughlin at 50 E. Laughlin Civic Dr. The Fire Department uses these open houses to become more acquainted with the residents of Clark County. These events provide useful information on how to keep your family safe and prepared in the case of a fire. Open houses also stress the importance of drowning prevention and give parents a resource for getting valuable information about agencies in the valley. The Fire Department is able to make accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you are disabled and would like to attend, please contact Assistant Fire Chief Sandra Baker at the Department at least five days prior to the event and notify her of your specific needs. To reach Assistant Chief Baker, please call (702) 250-8404.

Vegas for the Family Blog Publisher Christine Kramar is Running for Nevada Assembly District 13

As readers of this blog over the last 4 years know I am a committed community activist concerned about the issues that impact our families. When I first started writing this blog our families were struggling through the great recession, and many continue to make a slow recovery.

I have researched the issues and done my best to encourage us all to enter public comment when possible on the issues. Over the years I found that education in Nevada had become a game of “GOTCHA” politics where even those of us watching it closely were surprised by the changes made to our education system so swiftly. Unfortunately we always have had money for programs to serve corporations in their goal to make money off of our kids rather than actually listen to parents, students, and experienced classroom teachers about what will actually work for our students. Video End Bump

I attended hearings on education reform disappointed to see that these meetings were filled with special interest lobbyists at times when classroom teachers and parents busy working their jobs and raising their families never could make it to participate. The methods online to share your input are convoluted and not user friendly. Nor were lawmakers actively seeking those who would take exception to these new policies to have their voices heard. Few if any keep a blog or manage a website dedicated to constituent outreach to keep concerned citizens in the loop on important legislation that will later affect the lives of citizens.

Then I followed the money. I was disappointed to see that the same group of lobbyists have paid off both political parties to push through this agenda.

I got mad. First I tried to find a candidate to run for office. Few people want to speak truth to power no matter how committed they are to the principle because it is tremendously time consuming and for an inexperienced candidate it is both an expensive and daunting task. Given my experience operating grassroots campaigns and social media I had no other choice than to look in the mirror.

Don’t for a second pass off my candidacy as a politically naive homemaker doing this as a hobby. I have political experience and knew what this race would entail – and I did it anyway. Yes, my opponent is a prolific fundraiser and will outspend my campaign on nasty photoshopped pictures of me. He will pull out some vague half truth and try to run with it. That’s politics. What I can offer is that I will be an active force in the community my opponent had his opportunity to be his one session in office and passed on it.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about my campaign. I am not a single issue candidate.  Education however was the final draw that made me file for this election cycle. I am well versed on all of the legislative issues which is why I have held my own and earned the endorsement of several community organizations.

What I will do different is to fully engage the community as I have done on every cause I have worked on. I know that parents have the right to speak up and I will bring forward hearings in our own district to make this happen. Our district is impacted by many issues that have outreach events done by legislators on the other side of town – but never in our district. That has to change.

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If you are big enough to do it – Be big enough to own it. I will own my position as your next Assemblywoman with job number one to be a voice for our families. The economy is coming back and its important that our views be at the table to ensure the budget cuts to essential services are restored before corporate special interests get new tax breaks.

I am not the candidate hand picked by the political establishment to keep the status quo rolling of finger pointing and kicking the can down the road. I don’t owe any political favors. My job will be to represent the people of the assembly district I call home in the far northwest Nevada assembly district 13.

Please consider joining my campaign at ChristineKramar.com or on social media below:

Kramar 2014

 

 

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