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Dina Titus announces bid for Congress in undetermined district

Updated Tuesday, July 19, 2011 | 8:59 p.m.

Dina Titus

Dina Titus

Dina Titus is running for Congress in a yet-to-be-named district of Nevada.

Titus has long maintained that she’d be back on the ticket in Nevada to make a second run at Congress. Even though there’s no clear district yet for her to run in, she made her candidacy official Tuesday, hopping on the bandwagon that was put in motion Monday when Nevada Assembly Speaker John Oceguera said he would run.

“I have been proud to serve Nevada, stand up for working families, and fight back against Wall Street banks that have walked away with billions while our communities suffer,” Titus said in her statement. “It is clear that Southern Nevadans are still hurting and need someone who will do what’s right for them.”

Titus used to represent Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, but she lost the seat after one term to Republican Joe Heck.

Resuming her candidacy does not mean Titus is heading for a re-match with Heck. There are three districts in the southern part of the state in need of a Democratic candidate, and while Heck’s race is likely to pose the steepest challenge, it’s not clear who will be tapped to step up to that plate.

But even if Titus isn’t destined for the marquee electoral fight, she’s already throwing punches at the Republicans.

“Instead of following through on their promise to concentrate on jobs, Republicans have attacked seniors, working families, women, and the most vulnerable among us,” Titus said in her statement.

“They have pursued an extreme agenda that would end Medicare as we know it and cut Social Security benefits in order to continue giving tax breaks to Big Oil and millionaires,” she said. “That is why I am joining the fight for a brighter future and a stronger Nevada. There is too much at stake not to do so.”

Titus summarized her platform as three key priorities: helping Nevada homeowners avoid foreclosure, investing in the renewable energy sector to create jobs and working to protect Medicare and Social Security.

National Republicans are already leaping on Titus as well.

"Nevada voters already rejected Dina Titus' voting record of reckless spending and higher taxes. The fact that Titus thinks she can win back the hearts of Nevada voters after supporting Nancy Pelosi's job-killing agenda shows how out-of-touch she is with Nevada's struggling working families," said Tyler Q. Houlton, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Prior to her stint in Congress, Titus spent 20 years in the Nevada Assembly and Senate. She was, until recently, also working as a professor of political science at UNLV but took a buyout earlier this summer.

Last Friday, she also resigned her position on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission — a body to which she was appointed by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid earlier this year — to clear her way to this announcement. Commission members are not allowed to run for public office while they serve on that body.

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  2. That's good news.

    I hope whatever district she runs for is the one I live in.

    Because I'm sick and tired of the Republican hellhole that idiot Heck has created here in Eastern Las Vegas. He don't even hold town halls here. Because he's scared of us. Especially after saying Social Security is synonymous with a criminal act ("a pyramid scheme").

    Welcome back, Ms. Titus. I hope I get the chance to vote for you again.

  3. beingfair...

    You must get your facks from Fink.

    Good luck, Dina!

  4. Titus attacked seniors by voting in favor of Obamacare that resulted in $500 billion in cuts
    to Medicare and another $140 billion in cuts to
    Medicare Advantage Plans. She's a Pelosi rubber
    stamp and doesn't deserve to be elected to any

  5. Delighted by the news. When Dina represented my district, I felt confident enough fiscally to start a business here. It was the right decision and I am pleased to support her candidacy.

  6. I have been proud to serve Nevada, stand up for working families, and fight back against Wall Street banks that have walked away with billions while our communities suffer," Titus said in her statement.
    How about the hundreds of thousands of dollars you walked away with from UNLV, teaching only one class? While hard working families suffer? Anyone that votes for a democrat is stupid. Stupid people want to pay more taxes.

  7. Titus is spouting the same old tired Democrat line, scare the seniors, tax the rich and go after the oil companies. With a 12.1% unemployment rate in Vegas, a Democrat president and a Democrat Senate, Democrat politicians have no answers to the current problems. Titus should buy an acre next to Reids home in Searchlight and enjoy her retirement.

  8. Dina Titus cares about Dina Titus and what Dina Titus can do for Dina Titus.

    As a Nevadan that filed a complaint through Titus w/ U.S. House Labor committee (Titus was a sitting member) Titus never responded or helped)Titus helps to protect Big Mining in Nevada from violations of health, safety, manufactured false records and harassment being investigated by Mining Safety Oversight. . .Thanks Dina, for looking out for your lobbing campaign $.

    How did Titus help Nevadans with her most recent job? Did Titus investigate any voting irregularities by Senator Reid who anointed Titus to the post she held?

    Titus helped fix things in Washington D.C.? Anyone that would vote for Titus had better be prepared to receive a coolie hat and a little red book in the very near future.

  9. Former Rep. Titus voted for the $700 Billion dollar stimulus that was suppose to help everyone, remember?

    Documents forced to be released by the Federal Reserve by a court case filed by Bloomberg News, show that the real amount of money (stimulus) is closer to $12.8 Trillion dollars.

    Everything is so much better now, no problems right?

    I would not vote for anyone, Republican or Democrat that voted to rob the American people.

  10. Interesting that Titus is accused of being out only for herself yet leaves UNLV after winning numerous awards for her teaching and publications with a salary that would put her at or below average for someone of her professional stature. She sure did a lousy job of looking out for herself. Also, it doesn't seem to matter that she gave up half of that supposedly huge salary every other year to go to Carson City and fight for her beliefs--whether or not you agree with those beliefs. And it doesn't seem to matter that while she fought for a better state and society, the people she had to fight against for some reason seemed to believe that taxes would hurt their business.

  11. Hey Tea Party, Obamacare did not cut 500 million from Seniors. It cut 500 million from Insurance Company Overcharges. Know of any Seniors that had their benefits cut? For that to happen you have to look at the Republican plan to privatize Medicare and Social Security. Now they are also wanting to play games with the COLA calculation (as they've done before), I guess Republicans will calculate them based on Private Jet and Race Horse Inflation.

  12. And ALL doctors are 100% behind Obamacare. . . that and the Tarp votes in congress being Dina Titus's crowning achievements?

  13. Ok, so some of you don't like the idea of Dina Titus running for office again.

    Some of you have all the answers to save the city/county/state and country.

    Step up and run for office. If you really believe all the things you post here get out from behind the computer and step into the public light.

    Wonder what people will be posting about you once you do that. ;-)

  14. To Dina:

    Please go to the senior offices and the welfare office and ask about Obamacare. I have a friend who works at the welfare office and he says seniors love the plan. It is better than what they had.

    I will pray you to win for our sake. We need all the help we can get. I'm tired of the party of no. I want yes. When you get there(I will believe you have won now), be reasonable. If the cuts are reasonable, take them. Even if they are from the big3. I accept it. Just don't do the Ryan Plan. And do your best to get green jobs back here. And do your best to close those loopholes. I'm tired of paying the oil companies when they don't need it.

    We need someone who will do the right thing and I know you will. May good fortune smile & walk with you on your journey.

  15. The one and only thing that truly bothered me about Dina Titus, is that she really stuck to her guns about who she would talk to (unlike Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, who, whether you lived in her district or not, would talk to you and actively address your concern or issue!).

    If Dina Titus wants my and others like me, votes, she will need to be more flexible and be willing to talk, discuss, address the issues or concerns of ANY citizen!

    I do have correspondance to back my claim. This is most unfortunate and I hope either she or her staff is reading this.
    Star Ali Mistriel-Kogan