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What will Harry Reid’s life after Senate leadership look like in 2017?
Monday, June 22, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he has no plans for what he’ll do after he retires from Congress in January 2017. “I don’t know what I’m doing to do,” Reid said. “I’m not really worried much about it.” With 30 years of experience as a U.S. senator, eight of them as Senate majority leader, Reid has options. If he follows in the footsteps of his former colleagues, these are some of the moves he might consider ...
Harry Reid: Raise the cap to allow more rooftop solar
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The cap limiting how many homeowners in Nevada can provide solar power to the energy grid is “way too low,” said U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic minority leader. Reid’s comments are the first from ...
Reid renews push to ban online gaming, maybe even poker
Monday, May 11, 2015
Online poker is legal and up and running in Nevada. Poker and other online gambling is legal in New Jersey and Delaware, with at least 10 more states considering joining in ...
Free trade divides top Democrats: Obama vs. Reid
Monday, May 11, 2015
Obama is trying to work around Reid to get two trade deals approved by Congress, one with 12 Asian-Pacific countries and another with Europe. Reid opposes both. “I have never, ever, in my 33 years in Congress, supported a trade agreement, and I’m not going to start now,” Reid said last month. “It puts us at a disadvantage. So the answer is not only no, but hell no.” It’s likely, however, the deal will progress despite Reid’s objections ...
Obama considering another national monument in Nevada
Thursday, May 7, 2015
"I am appalled and deeply concerned," Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy said. Hardy's office obtained a draft of the president's proclamation to set aside land in ...
Heller pushes for audit of VA backlogs
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
"This isn't a witch hunt," Heller said. "We want to assist the VA." The audit is the senators' latest push in a years-long process to try to cut down on claims backlogs of more than ...
Las Vegas philanthropist might try to unseat Rep. Joe Heck
Monday, April 27, 2015
At the urging of national Democrats, Las Vegas philanthropist Susie Lee is seriously considering challenging Rep. Joe Heck in one of Congress’ last true swing districts. Democrats believe ...
The GOP hopefuls and the billionaire donor: How their views align
Friday, April 24, 2015
In today’s political age, when candidates take a stand on an issue, they have to consider more than just how their views will play with voters. Politicians often have to weigh how their policies will go over with billionaire donors who can buoy or sink campaigns. That's because a 2010 Supreme Court decision lifted major pieces of campaign finance law and opened the door for billionaires to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing campaigns ...
Heck doing ‘due diligence’ to look at run for Senate
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Rep. Joe Heck is a popular choice for Nevada Republicans to challenge Sen. Harry Reid's chosen successor, former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, but he has maintained he's not interested. Now he says he's "talking about it" with ...
Democrat Lucy Flores seeking Cresent Hardy’s seat in Congress
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman and candidate for lieutenant governor, is running for Nevada’s open seat in Congress. “Hardworking people deserve ...
What will Harry Reid do with his leftover campaign cash?
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
There's a lot Sen. Harry Reid could do with his $1.5 million in leftover campaign funds. but there's one thing he most definitely can't: use the money as if it were his own personal checking account. He can't buy a million-dollar home or new clothes or pay for his grandchildren's tuition, for example. The most likely way he'll use it will be ...
A monumental push: Reid plans to designate two more areas for protection
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Until late last year, environmentalists’ and tourism officials’ dream of Congress bestowing a national monument outside Las Vegas seemed like a long shot. A bill to protect almost 23,000 acres of prehistoric fossil beds outside North Las Vegas had languished in Congress for several years. But thanks in part to Sen. Harry Reid’s behind-the-scenes jockeying in 2014, Tule Springs National Monument is becoming a reality. Now Reid is pushing for ...
Name calling, the ‘doc fix’ and Miss Cherry Blossom: Nevada’s week in Congress
Friday, April 17, 2015
This week marked 100 days of the new Republican-controlled Congress, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made sure to attack his colleagues on the other side of the aisle ...
Harry Reid rates GOP presidential candidates: ‘They’re all losers’
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Sen. Harry Reid has never been shy about saying what he thinks. But since announcing he is ending his 30 year-Senate career in 2017, Reid has had even less of a filter. The most recent example ...
Here’s how Hillary Clinton plans to win Nevada
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
For Hillary Clinton to reach the White House, a key path will go through Nevada. Winning over voters in this diverse state will bode well for her chances in the general election. Here's her game plan to win ...
Ted Nugent makes comment at NRA meeting about shooting Harry Reid
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
While speaking at a recent National Rifle Association event, rocker and NRA board member Ted Nugent said facetiously that if he had to accept Sen. Harry Reid’s help, he would shoot him afterward.
Nugent made the comment during ...
Sen. Harry Reid’s chief of staff announces his departure
Thursday, April 9, 2015
It’s been a big few weeks of change for Sen. Harry Reid. Less than two weeks after announcing he is retiring from 30 years in the U.S. Senate and endorsing a family friend to run for his seat, Reid also is ...
Former Nevada attorney general to run for Reid’s Senate seat
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
While serving as attorney general, Cortez Masto pushed for legislation toughening punishment in criminal cases involving women, children and the elderly. In 2013, she spearheaded an effort to pass a sex trafficking law that gave victims of sex trafficking crimes the right to sue their abusers ...
Bundy’s battle not yet finished
Government stood down last year but still plans to collect unpaid grazing fees
Monday, April 6, 2015
The Department of Justice now is investigating Cliven Bundy and the dozens of militiamen who traveled from across the country to defend him. But it’s not clear what ...
What now? Here's how Harry Reid will likely spend his last months in the Senate
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he wants to leave Congress at the top of his game. During his final two years in the Senate, he has a chance to do that if he ...
The speculation begins: Who’s going to replace Harry Reid?
Friday, March 27, 2015
Sen. Harry Reid's announced retirement leaves a decade-long vacuum in Nevada politics, and politicos immediately turned to who would replace him. Among the possibilities were ...
It’s over: Reid announces he’s stepping down after current term expires
Friday, March 27, 2015
In a surprise announcement this morning, Harry Reid said he won’t run for what would be his sixth term in the United States Senate ...
From trillion-dollar budgets to WWII female fighter pilots: Nevada’s week in Washington
Friday, March 27, 2015
Nevada's six congressional lawmakers fought to get support in the budget for building an interstate highway, I-11 and aiding veterans. Here's a roundup of their week in Washington ...
In Congress, debate over banning online gaming moves forward
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
In a choose-your-own-facts debate, a Sheldon Adelson-backed bill to ban online gaming got its first airing in Congress with a controversial hearing.
Yucca Mountain: Despite Hardy comments, sides as entrenched as ever
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
A controversial opinion piece by Nevada's newest member of Congress calling for a conversation on Yucca Mountain has the site's opponents saying ...
Water expert discusses actions Southern Nevada has taken and what we should plan for
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Lake Mead’s elevation is just 1,087 feet above sea level and dropping steadily. Another 12 feet and the most severe drought-protection program the Southwest has ever seen will be triggered. If and when Lake Mead hits 1,075 feet, the government will declare a federal water shortage for the seven states that draw water from the Colorado River, forcing Nevada ...
Rep. Cresent Hardy on federal land acquisition: ‘Enough is enough’
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
For his first piece of legislation as a member of Congress, Rep. Cresent Hardy is taking on the federal government. The Nevada Republican introduced a bill today to limit ...
Horsford not making another run for Congress
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
After losing his congressional seat in a Republican wave in November, Nevada Democrat Steven Horsford was considered a shoo-in to run for his old seat in 2016 — and win. That won’t be happening.
Horsford ...
Bill would give Nevada first-in-nation presidential primary
Friday, March 13, 2015
When it comes to presidential politics, it’s not enough for some Nevada politicos to be first in the West: A bill proposed today in the state Legislature would move ...
Legal search or abuse of authority? Case involving Metro hinges on that question
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Both sides in a years-long legal dispute that recently went to the Supreme Court for consideration say the case calls into question civil rights, the rule on warrantless entry and ...
Proposed bill would give Nevada final say on Yucca Mountain
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
For years, Sen. Harry Reid has declared a proposed project to store nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain dead. But just in case the project comes back to life ...
Harry Reid catching flak as fellow senator investigated
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
As a New Jersey Democratic senator comes under fire in a corruption investigation, Republicans are taking aim at another Democrat: Sen. Harry Reid. The Senate minority leader has not ...
Bill aims to reverse Nevada doctor shortage
Friday, March 6, 2015
Doctors who train in Las Vegas stay in Las Vegas. That’s the hope of local, state and federal officials addressing Nevada’s doctor shortage, which is one of the worst ...
Preparing for a renewed battle to keep Yucca Mountain nuke-free
Friday, March 6, 2015
There are renewed stirrings in Congress to push highly radioactive nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain, and anti-nuclear activists are gearing up for ...
Yucca opponents fighting for an old friend, too
Friday, March 6, 2015
As anti-nuclear activists gear up for a potential fight in Congress again, they could be facing battle without of their longtime leaders ...
House votes to fund DHS without immigration blocks
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Congress voted today to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security without restricting President Barack Obama’s contentious deferral deportation programs, ending a months-long immigration standoff between ...
Nevada lawmakers react — and don’t — to Netanyahu’s speech
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress elicited no shortage of sharp reactions. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released a statement saying ...
Harry Reid cheered before controversial Netanyahu speech
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Sen. Harry Reid received bipartisan cheers and a standing ovation this morning before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a controversial speech to Congress. “Harry, it’s good to see you on your feet,” said Netanyahu, prompting the Senate minority leader to gingerly stand up from his front-row seat and wave in recognition. “I guess it’s true what they say ...
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 ...

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