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Across town from Paul Ryan's rally Monday, soon after the VP candidate ended his speech, State Treasurer Kate Marshall took to the podium at Washoe County Democratic Party headquarters and said, "Today we had a visit from the VP nominee from the republican ticket Paul Ryan." After a few boos from party volunteers, she said "And what does that tell you? What's the hashtag? The hashtag is we matter!"

After the final big name campaign visit of the year, it was the final rebuttal as well from local democrats, starting with an attack on the Romney-Ryan budget. Marshall told the gathering, "When you do the math, you cannot cut everyone's taxes and reduce the deficit at the same time. It does not add up!" And ending with an alarm bell, over the republican presidential ticket's plan to end the Affordable Care Act. Arlan Melendez, chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony said, "If Obamacare is repealed, that means that service for our Native Americans across the nation will also be repealed."

Are there that many undecided people right now, to where something like this press conference will sway many people? Washoe County Democratic Party Executive Director Pam duPree told us, "There are still a few, a very few undecided voters. But what this is about is to motivate them to get out to vote."

And that's where they say all the marbles are now. District 24 Assemblyman David Bobzien told us, "This is a group of people who can make it happen, and make elections turn out the way democrats need them to turn out."

Bobzien says apart from the presidential ticket, they expect big advances in Nevada's legislative races...maybe even a shot at a veto-proof majority. As he put it, "You know, there's that possibility. I know that across the state in Washoe County and Clark County, democrats are working very hard."

Former Sparks Assemblyman Bernie Anderson agrees, at least in the state assembly, that there is a chance. "They could hold it by a large enough number to make it veto proof. But I kind of doubt that will happen, and there's no chance at all for the senate."

-written by John Potter

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