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Nevada represents both sides of the immigration debate in D.C., Miami
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Nevada represented both sides of the country's immigration debate today at separate events discussing President Barack Obama’s stalled immigration deal ...
Nevada AG says lawsuit is about the rule of law, not immigration
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Appearing before Congress, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt elaborated on his controversial decision to join a lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s immigration actions, telling lawmakers it’s a matter of defending the rule of law. “This suit is not about immigration,” Laxalt told members of the ...
Harry Reid dons sunglasses, says he has some vision in injured eye
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
After two months of wearing an eye patch over his right eye, an on-the-mend Sen. Harry Reid showed up to work today sporting a new look: sunglasses. “We’re working on my beauty here,” he said jokingly. Reid, the Nevada Democrat and ...
These are the D.C. pros who fight for Nevada
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Some of Las Vegas’ most influential players don’t have offices in the Capitol or answer to constituents. They’re lobbyists, political strategists and former lawmakers — players in a $3 billion industry trying to win over lawmakers for a cause. Here’s a look at six of Nevada's strong team of behind-the-scenes influence-peddlers ...
Wounded but dangerous: Here’s why to believe Harry Reid will run in ’16
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Harry Reid has been injured both politically and physically, but those close to him say that those who think he won't run for re-election in 2016 are missing ...
Reid, Obama expected to discuss Homeland Security funding
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Sen. Harry Reid and President Barack Obama are expected to discuss the ongoing fight in Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security when they meet in private today at ...
In battle for Congress’ support, web gaming advocates have a lot to learn from Adelson
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
"Click your mouse and lose your house," goes one of the slogans from opponents of Internet gaming. Those on the other side of the issue don't have a similarly cohesive message, which leaves them in danger of ...
Just wait until next year: Eyes will be on Nevada
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
A wide-open presidential race, a competitive U.S. Senate race and Nevada’s status as a crucial swing state all should align to make next year’s elections a battle of titanic proportions in Nevada. Insiders say it’s a good thing for the state, as it will bring in more candidates and force them to take positions on issues that matter to Nevada and the West. Here’s a closer look at the factors at play ...
Washington memo: Reid’s plans unchanged by injury
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
Heading into a weeklong break, Congress left plenty of loose ends to tie up. But Nevada's lawmakers weren't coasting as ...
Why would gun control advocates see Nevada as a source of hope?
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
As a gun-loving state where Republicans have launched a wave of pro-firearm proposals since taking control of the Legislature in 2014, Nevada might seem like anything but ...
GOP strategist behind Nevada sweep gets national post
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
When Republicans swept Nevada’s ballot in November, political insiders handed a big slice of credit to one man — Chris Carr. Carr funded a nonprofit called ...
Reid meets with boxing’s Manny Pacquiao, shows off battle scars
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
Still sporting a bruised jaw, swollen right eye and eye patch after a New Year’s Day exercise accident, Sen. Harry Reid looks every bit like he got into a sparring match ...
Obama meets with Las Vegas woman to talk immigration
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
It’s not every day the president of the United States asks about your deadline for law school, then tells you you’ll be a great lawyer. That’s what happened to 25-year-old Las Vegas resident Blanca Gamez, who ...
Titus helps launch bill to allow VA patients, doctors to discuss marijuana
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
Rep. Dina Titus joined eight of her House colleagues to introduce a bill that would overturn the Veteran Affairs' prohibition on ...
GOP’s Dean Heller joins Democrats on Senate immigration vote
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
Republican Sen. Dean Heller helped Democrats block a bill today that would have funded the Department of Homeland Security while rolling back President Barack Obama’s ...
Why AG Laxalt’s immigration lawsuit has made political waves
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
Attorney General Adam Laxalt made political waves this week when he brought Nevada into a multistate lawsuit challenging an order sparing millions from ...
Sen. Dean Heller says Mormon church has always preached equal rights
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Republican Sen. Dean Heller said the Mormon church’s recent call for anti-discrimination laws protecting gays, lesbians bisexuals and transgenders shouldn’t be a surprise. Heller, a member of ...
Gaming lobby entering debate on Obama’s pick for attorney general
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Seeking a federal crackdown on illegal gambling, the gaming industry’s leading Capitol Hill lobby is wading into the debate over President Obama’s pick to be ...
How GOP control in D.C. affects us in Nevada
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
The big fights in Congress are about the Keystone XL pipeline and military action. But Republican gains in Washington also could swing policy on issues closer to home.
Washington memo: Reid says injuries won’t derail his plans
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
in his first news conference since suffering broken bones a concussion when an exercise band snapped at his home in Henderson, Sen. Harry Reid told reporters that ...
Harry Reid talks surgery, Keystone pipeline and deflated footballs
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Wearing an eye patch, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid pointed to his brow bone and explained how doctors will reconstruct the bones around his right eye in an effort to ...
Reid to undergo surgery to restore vision in injured eye
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid will undergo surgery Monday to help restore full vision in his right eye, which he injured earlier this month while exercising, according to his office. Reid found out after ...
Nevada delegation’s response: 2 thumbs up, 2 thumbs down and a couple of shrugs
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious vision for the country for his last two years in office, and Nevada's lawmakers were split down party lines about whether that's a good thing ...
What Obama said in his State of the Union address that affects Nevadans
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
President Barack Obama proposed a bevy of ideas in his second-to-last State of the Union address on Tuesday, some of which don't require the approval of the Republican-dominated Congress. Here's what Obama proposed that could immediately affect Nevadans ...
Sen. Harry Reid returns to Capitol after exercise injury
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Sen. Harry Reid returned to work today on Capitol Hill, 20 days after an exercise injury in which he broke bones and at least temporarily lost vision in his right eye. The Nevada Democrat and Senate minority leader ...
What if Nevada’s members of Congress wrote the State of the Union?
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Nevada's six congressional lawmakers will be listening closely to what the president says in his second-to-last State of the Union address — and they'll be sure to give their opinions afterward. But what if Nevada's representatives in Congress had a chance to ...
Four steps to being granted federal money
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Without earmarks for legislators to bring home the bacon, the process for getting funding is longer, more complex ...
Washington memo: Immigration, sage grouse get attention of Nevada delegation on Capitol Hill
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Congress' second week of the year had a slightly more contentious tone than its first. Here's a recap on what happened with Sen. Reid's exercise accident, Sen. Heller's flurry of bills, and Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat, standing alone among ...
Nevada Republicans straddle the line on Obama’s immigration action
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Nevada’s three House Republicans bucked most of their party today and voted to keep the president’s 2012 immigration action in place, then voted to stop Obama from ...
What does terrorism insurance program mean for Las Vegas? Quite a lot
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
In its first week back, there was one thing virtually all of Congress could agree on: Las Vegas casinos and other large commercial businesses should be protected financially from a major terrorist attack. A bill to restart a federal program helping to do just that passed the new Republican Congress last week and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. The legislation renews a 2002 federal program that ...
Saving the sage grouse
As the West burns from wildfires and people encroach on undeveloped land, the sage grouse’s habitat is shrinking rapidly
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
The federal government has given Nevada and other western states an ultimatum: Come up come up with a plan to protect the sage grouse or the federal government will list the bird as an endangered species.
Welcome to Washington, Cresent Hardy
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
For a new Congressman, there is plenty to do in the first few weeks on the job. There are two offices in two states to set up, a staff to hire, ethics rules to learn and underground tunnels to find ...
Reid says he has temporarily lost vision in right eye
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid has temporarily lost vision in his right eye and is under doctor’s orders to stay home after a New Year’s Day exercise accident in which he broke several ribs and bones in his face. In an interview ...
Washington memo: Cresent Hardy gets feet wet, while Harry Reid rests his eye
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
The first week of Congress is a little bit like the first week of school: Nervous excitement, getting lost in the hallways and a pause before the real work begins ...
Sen. Harry Reid working from home after accident
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Sen. Harry Reid will miss the first day of the 114th Congress after breaking several ribs and bones in his face and suffering a concussion in a fall while exercising over the holidays. He’ll work from his home in Washington, D.C., according to a statement his staff sent 30 minutes before the new Congress was ...
What’s ahead on the Hill: A look at issues Congress will tackle this year
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
As a new Congress convenes today, Sen. Harry Reid finds himself in the Senate minority for the first time in eight years. His actions over the next few weeks could set the tone for the next ...
Sen. Harry Reid out of hospital after exercise accident at home
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
Sen. Harry Reid was released from a Las Vegas hospital today after he broke "a number of ribs and bones in his face," according to statements from his office. The Nevada Democrat ...
Eight years later: Harry Reid’s highs and lows as Senate majority leader
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
To understand the pinnacle of Sen. Harry Reid's career, let's go back nine years, to Election Day 2006. Senate Democrats were on the verge of taking control of the Senate for the first time since 2001. Reid, their leader, watched election results anxiously with close aides and fellow senators from a suite in the Capitol Hill Hyatt. When one of their most endangered candidates, Claire McCaskill, won a hard-fought race in Missouri, Reid jumped ...
What’s under the tree in Washington for Nevada’s delegation?
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
What’s on your Christmas list? For Nevada’s members of Congress, it’s fair to say their wish lists extend beyond the new Taylor Swift album or an iPhone 6. It has been a rough year in Washington, especially for ...
Congressional session is finally over: So what was in it for Nevada?
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Tax breaks and lands bills got the OK and Yucca Mountain got another stiff-arm during the lame-duck session of Congress, but Nevada lawmakers didn't get everything ...
Nevada politicians, advocate react to shift in Cuba policy
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Nevada’s reaction to President Obama’s announcement on re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba has been mixed. Some expressed concern over Obama’s efforts to weaken the country’s embargo against Cuba, while others ...
Heller says Ted Cruz shows ‘disrespect’ for Senate colleagues
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Count Nevada Sen. Dean Heller among Senate Republicans frustrated at the antics of colleague Ted Cruz, who kept the Senate open Saturday and allowed Sen. Harry Reid to ...
Why Nevada has become a leader in immigration reform
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
When President Barack Obama gave Astrid Silva a shout-out last month, he did more than put a face on his new immigration plan. He helped thrust Silva, and her home state of Nevada, into ...
Dina Titus among record-breaking 100 women in Congress
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
The Democrat just won re-election to represent Las Vegas for a second term. She's also the only female member of Nevada's six-member congressional delegation on Capitol Hill.
Jobs and growth: Why lands bills could mean plenty for Las Vegans
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
New employers and an infusion of economic activity are among the gains that Las Vegas could see from several lands bills in Congress. But if conservative Republicans have their way ...
Titus: In steering lands bills through Congress, Reid pulled a miracle
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
In orchestrating a surprise deal involving a collection of Nevada lands bills, Sen. Harry Reid proved once again that ...
Nevada miners get cheeky in urging Congress to pass land bill
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
To call attention to political causes, Americans have done everything from dumping tea in Boston Harbor to occupying Wall Street. Now, a group of miners in Yerington is taking its own approach by shaving half of ...
Heller: ‘Votes just aren’t there’ to extend jobless benefits
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
As Congress tries to wrap two years of work into about two weeks, extending unemployment benefits for long-term unemployed Americans won’t be on lawmakers’ to-do list.
A majority of lawmakers don’t feel the need to ...
Is Harry Reid running again? Look to his birthday present for clues
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
For those wondering whether Sen. Harry Reid would seek re-election in 2016, a birthday message from his wife, Landra, to his supporters offers ...
GOP strategist peels back the curtain
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
A top political adviser for Republican candidates talks about recruiting politicians, what makes a good candidate and the GOP’s mission to unseat Harry Reid in 2016.

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