Stonewall Dems classing up Nevada politics


Politics is a dirty business, but thanks to the Stonewall Democratic Club of Southern Nevada it doesn't have to be declasse.

The Stonewall group on Saturday is hosting the final debate between the four Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor.

It's not even close to the highest-profile political race in Nevada -- that would be the nasty Republican scrum for the nomination to challenge Sen. Harry Reid -- but the invitation suggests it might be the classiest and most convivial political event of the primary season.

"We will be outdoors under the setting sun listening to music and enjoying a friendly game of Bocci Ball along with your very last chance to choose which Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor you'll be voting for," the invitation states for the event at The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd.

In such a congenial setting it is hard to imagine candidates Jessica Sferrazza, Paul Murad, Robert Randazzo and Robert Goodman will want to shatter the mood with debate tactics as gauche as ugly personal attacks or accusatory "gotcha" challenges.

Fortunately, the Stonewall organizers thought of everything. Everyone gets a free cocktail to kick things off and there will be happy hour drink prices at the Bar Bistro.

The dress code is "outdoor garden party" and cost to attend is $25 for non-members, $15 for members and $10 for students and seniors. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and doubles as the group's main annual fund raiser.

The Stonewall Democrats is a national network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Democratic activists with more than 90 national chapters.

Find out more on the Stonewall Democratic Club of Southern Nevada here.

And the national group here.