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Amber Phillips

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What’s under the tree in Washington for Nevada’s delegation?
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
What do Nevada’s elected leaders in Washington want for Christmas?
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.
Why Senate Republicans may end up embracing Harry Reid procedural rule
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
With the White House needing Senate approval to fill a host of federal posts, Republicans are wondering whether to adopt a rule used by their nemesis they vilified as ...
Video: ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ take on how laws are made
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
Remember Schoolhouse Rock? We wrote in July that the cartoon doesn't quite depict how a bill becomes a law. It can take years for ...
After the speech: What politicians, activists had to say about Obama’s Las Vegas appearance
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
So, how did he do? Here's a round up of reaction and analysis from both sides of the political spectrum, plus a deeper look at who exactly is affected by all this ...
Blog: President Obama’s landmark immigration speech in Las Vegas
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Astrid Silva, Las Vegas' now famous immigration activist, introduces President Barack Obama. "This announcement will change so many lives, including my own," Silva says.
Why Obama’s speech may be unofficial launch of Reid’s re-election campaign
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
When President Barack Obama stands on the stage at a Las Vegas high school today and rallies support for his immigration policies, Sen. Harry Reid will be right by the president's side. And he wants to make sure you ...
Newly elected Cresent Hardy on his Tea Party conservatism, pragmatic libertarianism
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Seated in the posh lobby of the Capitol Hill Hotel just blocks away from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Cresent Hardy was tired, but excited. Nevada's newest member of Congress was in the middle of a whirlwind seven days of orientation ...
Obama coming to Las Vegas to discuss immigration reform
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
President Barack Obama is coming to Las Vegas on Friday to shore up support for action he's taking without Congress to reform the nation's immigration system. The White House confirmed ...
Erin Bilbray’s once promising congressional campaign collapsed without clear strategy
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Even before Erin Bilbray announced her campaign for Congress in July 2013, Washington Democrats rolled out the red carpet for her. The talented, connected and telegenic Nevada Democrat captured ...
Don’t count out another Horsford run for Congress
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Rep. Steven Horsford isn’t ruling out a comeback. In one of Nevada’s biggest political upsets this November, the first-term Democrat lost the congressional seat to represent North Las Vegas and central Nevada to ...
Harry Reid elected to lead Senate Democrats in minority in 2015
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
When Republicans take the helm of the Senate in January, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada will lead Democrats' strategy in the minority party. Reid was elected by his colleagues Thursday to stay on as leader of Senate Democrats for the next two years. He was approved by secret ballot in a nearly four-hour meeting where senators had a constructive discussion about what ...
Heller loses out in bid for GOP leadership post
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Sen. Dean Heller failed in his ambitious bid to lead the Republican Senate’s 2016 campaign strategy. Heller’s Republican colleagues voted by secret ballot today on ...
Will Harry Reid still be Senate Democrats’ leader?
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
He's only Senate majority leader for two more months. Thursday, Sen. Harry Reid will know if his Democratic colleagues will keep him as minority leader when the new Congress starts in January. Reid must hand over control ...
Harry Reid promises to work in ‘good faith’ with new Republican majority
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
In his first public speech since the Nov. 4 election that swept Republicans into power across the country, Sen. Harry Reid promised to work with the new U.S. Senate majority. "Senate Democrats are ready to work in good faith ...
Pressure already building for Sandoval to take on Harry Reid
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Barely more than a week after Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval breezed to re-election, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller is recruiting him to run against U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in two years. “We’ll see what he wants to do,” Heller, R-Nev., said this morning on Capitol Hill as Congress returned to session for the first time since the Nov. 4 midterms that gave Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Heller said ...
Five things on Harry Reid’s to-do list before Republicans take over Congress
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Starting today, Sen. Harry Reid has about six weeks left to run the U.S. Senate. And he's got a long to-do list before he hands over power to ...
What Nevada’s newest congressman has to say on Yucca Mountain, immigration and why he won
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
His win was arguably the biggest upset in Nevada's midterm elections. Despite being underfunded, understaffed and counted out, Republican Cresent Hardy ousted Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford to ...
Four reasons Cresent Hardy upset Rep. Steven Horsford
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
A confluence of Goldilocks-style just-right events helped little-known Republican Assemblyman Cresent Hardy upset Democratic incumbent Horsford in the race to ...
What Republicans’ big win means for Harry Reid’s fight against Yucca Mountain
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Sen. Harry Reid is undeniably the nation's staunchest opponent of bringing the nation's nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain. But Republicans' overwhelming sweep in Tuesday's elections ...
Reid spokesman: ‘We got our butts kicked up and down the block’
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
In a night that saw Republican victories across the nation and in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid's spokesman, Adam Jentleson, had a candid moment on Twitter ...
What you need to know this morning about Harry Reid, Democrats losing the Senate
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lost his title Tuesday night in a Republican sweep that ousted Democrats from power in the U.S. Senate. The Republican wave that gave the party ...
Cresent Hardy closes out surprising win over Rep. Steven Horsford
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
With a win that was unthinkable a month ago, Republican Assemblyman Cresent Hardy ousted Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford to represent North Las Vegas and central Nevada in the U.S. House of Representatives. Horsford conceded ...
Harry Reid, Democrats lose control of the U.S. Senate
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Nevada's Sen. Harry Reid has lost his majority leadership position after a Republican wave swept the country and knocked Democrats out of power in the U.S. Senate today. Republicans won Senate races in ...
Republicans have edge, but don’t count Harry Reid out
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Polls open across the country in less than 24 hours. In about 48 hours, it's possible Nevada Sen. Harry Reid will know if he still runs the Senate. The campaign to control the Senate is the defining storyline of American politics in Tuesday's midterm election, and Reid is ...
Nevada voters get a brief break from out-of-state campaign ads
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
Compared with 2010 and 2012, this campaign season has had few outsiders weighing in and spending big.
Challenger running Horsford ad featuring Obama in rural Nevada
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Rep. Steven Horsford is getting free help sharing one of his newest political ads — from Republican challenger Cresent Hardy. In an attempt to rally North Las Vegas Democrats ...
On the national stage, Dean Heller quietly steps out of Harry Reid’s shadow
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Standing on the royal blue carpet of the U.S. Senate chamber in cowboy boots, Republican Sen. Dean Heller looks every bit the Washington power broker as he swaps jokes and slaps backs with the most influential people in the city. Across the chamber, in a scene that plays out daily, Nevada's senior Sen. Harry Reid hunches ...
Rep. Steven Horsford, once a sure bet, fights for his political life
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
As recently as two weeks ago, Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford appeared on his way to an easy victory in his first re-election bid to represent North Las Vegas and central Nevada in Congress. Now he's in the fight of his political ...
Vice President Joe Biden coming to Las Vegas to rally voters
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Underscoring the trouble Nevada Democrats are in this election cycle, Vice President Joe Biden will be in Las Vegas on Saturday to try to get Democrats to the polls. Biden will attend ...
Sen. Harry Reid’s daughter seriously ill, undergoing surgery
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s daughter is seriously ill, and the Senate majority leader returned to Washington, D.C., from Nevada over the weekend to be with her as she prepared to ...
What Bill Clinton’s visit to Las Vegas says about Nevada in 2014 election
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Las Vegas today to to try to energize Nevada Democrats for the Nov. 4 election, but the high-profile visit by the party's ...
How critical is the Hispanic vote this election?
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
We're into the final week of campaigning for this election. In just eight days, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid will know if he will still run the U.S. Senate. The campaign to control the Senate is the defining storyline of American politics in ...
With Horsford under attack, Democrats fighting back
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Washington Democrats are coming to a colleague’s aid after a Republican outside group decided to throw almost $1 million against the Democratic candidate in a sleepy Nevada congressional race. The House Democrats’ campaign arm is spending ...
Bill Clinton coming to Nevada to shore up Democratic support
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
With two weeks before the election, President Bill Clinton is planning to come to Nevada to rally Democratic support at the polls. His team isn’t yet releasing details of when, where and for how long Clinton will be in the state. But his pending trip ...
Conservative PAC buying $820,000 of TV ads aimed at Horsford
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
In a campaign season that’s seen just a trickle of outside spending in Nevada, a national Republican political action committee is buying a surprise wave of political ads to influence ...
Dark money could be election’s October surprise
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
OK, it's officially crunch time. In just two weeks and one day, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid will know if he will still run the U.S. Senate. The campaign to control the Senate is the defining storyline of American politics in the Nov. 4 election, and Reid is one of the main characters. Forecasts predict ...
The stories told by the candidates’ bank accounts
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Two and a half weeks out from the election, Nevada's congressional candidates are trying to send a message to voters with the amount of money they raised this summer. Nevada's federal lawmakers — and those who hope to become federal lawmakers — filed campaign finance reports ...
Steven Horsford launches campaign ads to tap into social networks
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Despite not having a competitive race, Rep. Steven Horsford is taking a page from President Barack Obama's campaign playbook in his re-election campaign. The first-term Democrat is launching an ambitious ...
3 races to watch in the struggle for control of the Senate
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
In just three weeks, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid will know if he will still run the U.S. Senate. The campaign to control the Senate is the defining storyline of American politics in the Nov. 4 election, and Reid is one of the main characters. Forecasts predict Republicans could ...

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