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July 31, 2014

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GOP targets Titus in health care ad

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WASHINGTON — Greetings, Early Liners. The health care debate may be on an uneven path in Congress, but the political action on the airwaves is moving forward without pause.

The Republican National Committee has launched a new radio ad targeting Democratic Rep. Dina Titus over health care, noting the $1 trillion price tag as something the country cannot afford.

On the other side of the aisle, MoveOn.org launched a national TV ad today calling out Republicans for playing “political football” with health care reform.

The House is on countdown to pass the heath care bill before Friday’s adjournment for the August recess, while the Senate has postponed its vote until fall.

Instead, the Senate this week turns its attention to a massive Energy bill, which is sure to see some discussion of Yucca Mountain.

This week sees the beginning of new staff at Republican Sen. John Ensign’s office.

Incoming communications director Rebecca Fisher is expected to be transitioning to the office after having served as the senator’s spokesman at the Republican Policy Committee, before he resigned that post after admitting to an affair with a former staffer.

Ensign announced the staff shake-up last week and Politico explores the fallout today here.

Chief of Staff John Lopez is leaving, being replaced by Aaron Cohen, a former staffer now in the government relations shop at Kimbell and Associates. Cohen is set to be on board next month.

Fisher takes over for Tory Mazzola, who is leaving the office to become a regional spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Several good reads in the weekend papers. Be sure to check out:

-- Michael Mishak’s report on the impact of Labor Department developments on Wal-Mart.

-- J. Patrick Coolican profiles Byron Georgiou, one of two Nevadans named to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which aims to investigate the financial implosion much as the 9/11 Commission reviewed the terrorist attacks.

-- David McGrath Schwartz explores concerns being raised in Carson City over the state’s slow pace in going after federal stimulus dollars for renewable energy. The White House announced this morning that $13.8 million is headed to Nevada under its energy program, and the state now has 50 percent of its recovery funds from Energy Department.

That’s all for now. Check back later for all the political news in Nevada.

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