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Facts that disprove conspiracy theory about Harry Reid, Cliven Bundy and solar power
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The conspiracy theory about Sen. Harry Reid started soon after the Cliven Bundy story went national. The theory: The Senate majority leader masterminded the takeover of Bundy’s cattle in Gold Butte to...
Heck, challenger Bilbray-Kohn step up fundraising in House race
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Taxes weren’t the only thing that needed filing on April 15; for those running for Congress, it was also the day to turn in the first election reports of the year. In the House ...
Hillary Clinton to speak at Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas
Friday, April 11, 2014
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, chief conference sponsor Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today. Clinton has been an outspoken advocate for...
Democrats say if you want to name a mountain after Reagan, make it Yucca
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill today to name a Southern Nevada mountain peak after Ronald Reagan, but not before some Democratic lawmakers...
Unemployment benefit bill led by Nevada’s Dean Heller passes Senate
Monday, April 7, 2014
The U.S. Senate passed a bill today that extends and restores emergency unemployment benefits after they lapsed in December. The 59 to 38 vote sends the legislation to...
Reid’s contempt for Koch brothers is the real thing
Majority leader’s battles with Republican billionaires erupt in Senate-floor tirades
Sunday, April 6, 2014
“It’s time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers, who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said of Charles and David Koch ...
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller seeks compromise to extend unemployment benefits
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The U.S. Senate today cleared the last procedural hurdle on an extension of unemployment benefits and a Nevada Republican is working ...
Las Vegas named finalist for 2016 Republican convention
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Republican National Committee has winnowed its list of potential convention hosts to six and Las Vegas is still in the running. Las Vegas will soon ...
Nevada’s Steven Horsford named to powerful U.S. House committee
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
U.S. House Democrats voted to appoint Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford to the prestigious House Financial Services committee. The appointment will give Horsford influence on ...
In last-minute vote, Senate OKs Medicare ‘doc fix’
Monday, March 31, 2014
Congress narrowly avoided an awkward funding cut Monday that, had it kicked in April 1, could have caused enough of a cut in compensation rates so as to cause doctors who treat Medicare patients to ...
State’s most powerful politician is in for challenge
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Nevada's senior senator not only wants to serve another term when his fifth is up in 2016, he wants to remain majority leader. But he faces many challenges ...
Senate advances bill to extend unemployment benefits
Thursday, March 27, 2014
After several efforts, the Senate today advanced a bill co-drafted by Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., to extend emergency unemployment benefits for five months. The bill cleared...
Federal Election Commission still wanting Reid to explain payment to granddaughter for ‘holiday gifts’
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
When Harry Reid responded to a question today about whether it was wrong for his campaign to pay his granddaughter almost $17,000 for “holiday gifts,” it was clear Reid wanted to...
No poker exception in new legislation in Congress to ban online gaming
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The online gaming bill introduced in Congress today seeks to roll back the 1961 Wire Act to the days before late 2011, when all transactions for online gaming were illegal. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, seems certain to spark political conflict, particularly in Nevada, where ...
Nevada delegation warily eyes latest push to ban online gaming
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Nevada delegation doesn't agree with the latest effort by a pair of Republicans to roll back online gaming to the days when it was totally illegal. But they won't dismiss...
Harry Reid returns campaign money paid to granddaughter for 'holiday gifts'
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has reimbursed his campaign nearly $17,000 paid to his granddaughter for “holiday gifts” in late 2013, after...
House Democrats trying to force vote on immigration reform
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
House Democrats are readying their second discharge petition of the month, this time, in an effort to push Republican Speaker John Boehner to schedule a vote on immigration reform.
“We will move forward with the discharge petition because...
Senate to take yet another crack at passing jobless aid extension
Nevada's workforce agency expects challenges but says it's up for the task
Sunday, March 23, 2014
The Senate will try again this week to approve legislation to restore federal funding for emergency unemployment benefits. Whether Republicans in the House will get on board remains to be seen. But in Nevada the state's workforce development agency is ...
Officials upbeat after pitching Las Vegas to host GOP convention
Friday, March 21, 2014
Representatives for Las Vegas pitched the city to the Republican National Committee this morning as a potential host for the party’s 2016 convention, coming away upbeat about their chances. “It was a wonderful conversation, and we are very hopeful that we will advance from the 8 round to the Final Four,” Lt. Governor and Las Vegas 2016 Chairman Brian Krolicki said, likening the competition to the NCAA basketball tournament. One question that remains unanswered...
Harry Reid among U.S. officials barred from Russia
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was added today to Russia’s list of individuals barred from entering Russia “on the grounds of reciprocity in connection with American sanctions concerning Ukraine and Crimea.” The list names...
Nevada-Delaware online poker deal might have stirred gaming foes to act
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Nevada and Delaware’s recent agreement to launch the nation’s first collaborative, interstate online poker zone appears to have drawn a backlash from ...
Nevada delegation cheers renewal of anti-terror funding to Las Vegas
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Last year, Las Vegas was left off the list of cities to receive counterterrorism funding through the federal Department of Homeland Security. For fiscal 2014, however, Las Vegas is back on the list and will receive ...
The Sunday: How does Las Vegas stack up in RNC’s Elite Eight cities?
Sunday, March 16, 2014
A March Madness-style look at the candidates to be the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention reveals ...
How to stop patient dumping? D.C. hearing delves into the problem
Friday, March 14, 2014
Nevada’s patient dumping scandal, which already inspired a federal court case, on Friday commanded the attention of a federal oversight panel in Washington. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights met for several hours to press...
Civil rights commission to host D.C. hearing on patient dumping
Friday, March 14, 2014
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will have a hearing today on an issue that has put Nevada in the spotlight since last year — patient dumping. Although it did not single out Nevada, the commission has said the focus of the hearing is ...
Senators reach deal extending jobless benefits
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed have struck a new bipartisan deal to restore funding for long-suspended emergency unemployment benefits – and this time, it might have enough votes to …
Heller leads group working to reduce VA disability backlog
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The Nevada senator is promoting legislation that would streamline the veterans disability benefits process as well as erase a backlog of claims, reducing the processing time to...
NV Politics: Nevada senators lose fight on military sex assault bill
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Nevada’s senators ended up on the losing side of a months-long fight to change the way the military prosecutes cases of sexual assault.
$0 for Yucca Mountain included in Obama's budget proposal
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
President Obama made his annual budget pitch to Congress on Tuesday, and there's plenty for Nevadans to keep an eye on, including a provision on nuclear waste.
NV Politics: In interview, Reid says U.S. needs Europe onboard before sanctioning Russia
Monday, March 3, 2014
As the State Department prepares to sanction Russia over its recent military incursion into the Crimea, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would prefer it hold back a bit and wait.
With its bid in to host the 2016 GOP convention, Las Vegas team goes to D.C. to press its case
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The list of eight finalists will likely be winnowed further in coming weeks as site selectors determine which cities will receive site visits, with the goal of ...
Is Tule Springs delay a threat to Nevada's federal land-use law?
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
Ice age fossil-rich federal land at Tule Springs in the Las Vegas Valley, long expected to receive congressional designation as a national monument, has landed in the middle of political squabbling. The stated reason is "technical issues," but the implications go beyond a monument designation. They could threaten the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, which has over the past 15 years helped fund wilderness improvements at areas including Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon.
Las Vegas one of eight finalists for GOP convention
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
The list of cities being considered to host the 2016 Republican National Convention pits Las Vegas against a group of other Western and swing-state contenders. At stake is an event expected to draw 50,000 attendees.
Nevada, Delaware ink online poker pact to expand player, revenue pools
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Online poker enthusiasts will be able to play across state lines after Nevada signs an agreement with another state — Delaware — to create the country’s first, fully legal, interstate Internet gaming partnership today.
Where the courts are on Nevada's same-sex marriage ban
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
The decades-long dispute over gay marriage is spinning close to a conclusion, as court cases question the constitutionality of banning same-sex unions, laying the groundwork for an increasingly inevitable reckoning in the Supreme Court. Nevadans are waiting for a determination on their own state constitutional ban of gay marriage as well, expected either in the form of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Sevcik v. Sandoval or through a statewide ballot measure possible in 2016.
Politicking unlikely to break impasse in Congress on jobless benefits extension
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
First, Nevada politicians tried the policy route to secure extended funding for unemployment benefits. But several Senate votes on legislation have failed to win enough Republican support to guarantee passage. Now Democrats nationally have turned to political messaging to target Republicans who have stood in the way. In the middle are jobless workers, including thousands in Nevada, who lost their benefits at the end of 2013. There doesn't appear to be an end to the impasse in sight.
Feds give green light to solar project near Primm
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
The Department of Interior approved construction plans for a 250-megawatt solar facility Wednesday, to be located outside of Primm.
Nevadans in Congress unite behind measure to restore full military pension increases
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
The entire active Nevada delegation was on board as Congress voted this week to restore full cost-of-living adjustments to younger veterans whose pensions had been reduced under an earlier budget bill. “I have welcome news for Nevada’s veterans: The Senate has restored earned retirement pay and this bill is now heading to the president’s desk for his signature,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement after the vote.
In the name of decency, House committee votes to bar cellphone conversations on airplanes
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
The bill would not, however, ban other mobile communications activities that do not involve talking, such as texting or surfing the Internet.
Reid breaks silence, pans GOP senators demanding vote on Iran sanctions
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has refrained from directly criticizing anyone on the subject of Iran, deftly ducking pressure from members of Congress to impose new sanctions, to give President Barack Obama time to see if a historic deal curbing Iran’s nuclear program can work. But Thursday, Reid openly excoriated 42 Republicans – including Nevada Sen. Dean Heller – for sending a letter this week to Reid demanding he schedule a vote on new sanctions against Iran.
Heller 1 GOP vote short of seeing jobless benefits extended
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Sen. Dean Heller came close. For the past few weeks, he has been working on a compromise for a three-month, paid-for extension of long-term unemployment benefits.
Despite saying GOP senators 'don't want it,' Reid presses unemployment extension vote
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he's within one or two votes needed to pass a measure — this time containing cost offsets Republican have been clamoring for — that would extend emergency unemployment benefits for three months. The vote is today.
Bob Beers feels ‘call to duty’ to challenge Harry Reid for Senate seat
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
About all it took to get Las Vegas City Council member Bob Beers into the race was a nudge from a group that wants Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, denied a sixth term.
Boxing and MMA officials join Reid and McCain to tout study of fighters' brain health
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
The Professional Fighters Study at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is one of many ongoing efforts to examine the role of head trauma in precipitating degenerative brain disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Farm bill's passage brings $23 million in funding to rural Nevada counties
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
The farm bill, now headed to President Obama for his signature, brings temporary relief in the form of $23 million to rural Nevada counties struggling to raise revenue.
As Senate vote approaches, Reid says farm bill will benefit Nevada counties
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
The farm bill is a congressional tradition that generally doesn’t fully engage Nevada lawmakers, since the legislation’s changes to crop insurance and farm subsidies don’t have much of an impact in Nevada, especially when compared to other states. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants Nevadans to know counties here will benefit from this year’s farm bill, thanks to an extension of federal payments in lieu of taxes, or PILT funding.
Civil Rights Commission schedules hearing on patient dumping
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is holding a Valentine’s Day hearing on the practice known as patient dumping, which could put a federal spotlight on a Nevada scandal involving the practice.
Nevada delegation splits on farm bill that cuts food stamps, extends rural aid
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
Food stamp cuts or federal help for rural communities. That was the choice Nevada lawmakers had to make Wednesday as the House passed the farm bill.
Unemployed Nevadan: 'I know how to work'
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
It has been more than a month since Congress let federal funding for emergency unemployment benefits expire, leaving 1.6 million long-term jobless Americans — and more than 20,000 Nevadans — in the lurch. Tamika Woods is one of them.
Committee's tweaks to Yerington land-swap bill may doom it
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
The people of Lyon County have been waiting for years for Congress to approve a public lands bill they need to build a copper mine that would bring 1,000 jobs to one of the most economically depressed parts of the state.