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Sen. John Ensign scandal

Sen. John Ensign speaks to the media about an affair he had with a former staffer Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at the Lloyd George Federal Building in Las Vegas. (Related story).

Sen. John Ensign announces he will not seek another term in 2012 during a news conference at the Lloyd George Federal Building in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7, 2011. Ensign's wife, Darlene, stands by him at left.
Senate majority left swinging after John Ensign resignation
THE SENATOR'S SCANDAL: Decision puts pressure on both parties to find right candidate
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
U.S. Sen. John Ensign closed the door on a re-election bid Monday, dramatically improving his party’s chances of keeping his seat in a swing state that has been leaning more Democrat.
Gravel pit bill’s aside: 2012 political posturing
Nevadans set sights on Senate seat occupied by John Ensign
Monday, March 7, 2011
For years, Nevada-specific bills have been all-in family affairs, where the politically diverse delegation comes together. But that wasn’t the case last week.
Ensign to host town halls in Henderson, Summerlin
Thursday, February 17, 2011
U.S. Sen. John Ensign has scheduled town hall meetings in Henderson and Summerlin next week.
New poll heralds end for Ensign, sparks Senate scramble
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
John Ensign is dead, one in an occasional series:
Dean Heller’s message: Senate seat is mine to lose
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
When a potential candidate for major office drops a poll showing what most in the political world already know — that at this moment he’s a shoo-in — it’s more about the timing of the message than the content.
Senate Ethics Committee appoints special counsel in John Ensign case
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
As Sen. John Ensign takes steps in Washington today to shore up his re-election campaign, the Senate Ethics Committee is taking a step that signals it's still moving forward with an inquiry that could tank his 2012 run.
Facing re-election bid, will John Ensign be left in the cold?
Facing re-election bid, will John Ensign be left in the cold?
the senator's scandal: Republican meeting with National Republican Senatorial Committee on raising money for his 2012 bid to retain his Senate seat
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Not too long ago, Sen. John Ensign holding an event at the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Washington headquarters was hardly cause for a headline.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid holds a press conference Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, in Washington, D.C., speaking out against any measures to privatize or eliminate Social Security.
Nevada senators take opposing sides on Social Security
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivered a chilly response Thursday to the growing chorus of Republican voices who have been calling for severe austerity measures in the face of a metastasizing debt crisis, among them, a privatization of Social Security.
State of Union seating turns into musical chairs for some
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Most lawmakers embraced the spirit of the alternating-parties seating arrangement for the State of the Union on Tuesday night, but bipartisan displays rarely go off without a hitch.
John Ensign, unable to dodge questions about an extramarital dalliance and facing pressure from his own party, finds himself in an awkward position as he attempts to salvage his political career.
John Ensign in awkward position headed toward 2012 elections
Ensign’s new poll numbers show him vulnerable, and event with Heller exposes his weak side
Thursday, January 13, 2011
U.S. Sen. John Ensign’s attempt to salvage his political career will be an awkward affair. That much was apparent Wednesday. He can’t escape questions about his extramarital dalliance with his best friend’s wife — questions that by their very nature are awkward.
Battle taking shape over redrawing state's political map
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
And now, time to divvy up the spoils. Nevada has won a fourth seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, where allotment of the 435 seats changes after the census every 10 years depending on a state’s population gain or loss.
Lawmakers seek big slice of pork for Nevada
Thursday, December 16, 2010
They asked for money for fuel, and money for schools. They’ve flagged dollars to improve Interstate 15, and support oral hygiene. And they’re keen on funding improvements for war and water. Nevada's five-member congressional delegation covers the spectrum of spending philosophies.
Supporters of the DREAM Act held a rally at the Lloyd George Federal Building in Downtown Las Vegas on December 14 in an effort to gain Sen. John Ensign's support.
Groups rally in Las Vegas for passage of DREAM Act
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sen. John Ensign can expect to be swamped with postcards — at least 3,000 of them — when he returns to his Las Vegas office. That’s the number of Las Vegas constituents who signed cards in hopes Ensign will get on board with the DREAM Act.
Sen. John Ensign's office announced Wednesday that he is no longer the target of a Department of Justice investigation.
Challengers not the lone hurdle in Ensign’s 2012 campaign
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Sen. John Ensign may have taken some severe hits to his campaign operation, his war chest and his reputation, but with the Justice Department’s inquiry behind him, one thing’s for sure: His race to 2012 is under way.
A disgraced senator’s Hair, standing by its man
Friday, December 3, 2010
The Hair is not relieved. Of course, the man upon whom the Hair resides, the disgraced senator recently let off the hook by the Justice Department, is — as befits a person of small vision and empty pieties — perfectly pleased. “It’s a pretty nice early Christmas present,” John Ensign said when news broke that he is no longer under criminal investigation.

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