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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, Sen. Harry Reid said he won't be running for what would be his sixth term in the United States Senate. In a video to supporters, the Nevada Democrat and ...
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 ...
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 ...

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