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The unparalleled political life of Harry Reid
Monday, Dec. 19, 2016
After 34 years in Congress, Sen. Harry Reid is leaving the building. He was described by an old friend as “once in a history,” the kind of formidable politician who has gotten a lot done, both on the Hill and for his home state. He leaves shoes that simply can’t be filled, and an incredible legacy of fighting for Nevada ...
Colleagues heap praise on retiring Sen. Harry Reid as his portrait is unveiled
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Sen. Harry Reid is known for avoiding the traditional Washington social circuit. But on Thursday night there was one function the retiring Nevada senator couldn’t avoid — his own portrait unveiling. The event was attended by a host of people who ...
Senator Harry Reid bids farewell after 30 years
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
“It’s a long way from Searchlight to the United States Senate,” U.S. Senator Harry Reid said this morning, delivering his farewell address from the Senate floor and closing out more than three decades of representing Nevada in ...
Heller says Cadillac tax ‘most onerous’ part of Obamacare
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller today called the so-called Cadillac tax the “most onerous” part of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare. The provision, a 40 percent excise tax on ...
Debate gave UNLV, Las Vegas $114 million in publicity, university says
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
The presidential debate in Las Vegas generated $114 million in publicity for UNLV and the region — more than double what host agencies initially projected, the university announced today. The debate ...
3 file for Ruben Kihuen's vacant state Senate seat
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Former Culinary Union political director Yvanna Cancela, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs project manager Melissa Clary, and Justin Campese, who works as a director of marketing and technological services at a law firm, are vying to fill Kihuen’s District 10 seat ...
Independent presidential candidate requests recount in Nevada
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
Independent candidate Roque “Rocky" De La Fuente has requested a recount of the results of the presidential election in Nevada. De La Fuente said he is asking for recounts in Florida and Nevada “to create ...
Winners and losers of the 2016 election
Monday, Nov. 14, 2016
The battle for 2016 was hard fought on both sides of the aisle. Republicans won the nation Tuesday night, but Democrats carried the state, the result of months of planning from party operatives, union leadership and progressive groups. Here’s a look at ...
Nevada's urban vote solely decided Question 1 and race for U.S. Senate
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
Most of Nevada’s registered voters live in Clark County: 1 million out of a total 1.5 million voters. That’s why in an election in Nevada, you can lose 16 of the state’s counties but win ...
Democrats Rosen, Kihuen flip House seats blue
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
Democrats Jacky Rosen and Ruben Kihuen flipped two red congressional seats blue tonight, filling one open seat and ousting a Republican incumbent, respectively ...
Nevada Democrats won the battle; Trump won the war
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
Despite losing the presidency, Clinton carried Nevada by a narrow, 2-point margin, a testament to the dedication of her staff on the ground, the mobilization of union resources, and a diverse electorate that seemed determined to ...
Clinton wins Nevada's six electoral votes
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
While Nevada's six electoral votes will go to Hillary Clinton, according to Associated Press projections, Donald Trump appears poised to be elected president of the United States. National polls favored Clinton to win in the days leading up to ...
Will Nevada, a tossup state, play a role in today's presidential election?
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
Nevada has a certain symbolic quality: It’s voted for the presidential election winner in every election since 1912, with one exception (in 1976). It’s not that “As Nevada goes, so goes the nation,” but rather that the state tends to be a reliable barometer for who’s going to ...
Controlling Nevada: Which party runs the state? And for how long?
Monday, Nov. 7, 2016
Republicans won both houses of the Nevada Legislature in 2014, marking the first time since 1929 that the governor and legislative leaders all have been Republicans. Now, Democrats are trying to take control ...
Giuliani, Sanders help with final push for swing-state votes in Las Vegas
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
Top-level campaign surrogates were dispatched to Las Vegas today while Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were busy campaigning in the Midwest and on the East Coast, shoring up swing-state votes two days before Election Day. The visits by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, for Clinton and Trump, respectively, came in the wake of a strong early voting performance by Democrats in the Silver State ...
Long lines part of frenetic finish to Nevada's early-voting cycle
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
The throngs of voters waiting outside a polling site at a Mexican grocery store more than two hours after polls were scheduled to close proved a fitting finale to Nevada’s early-voting period, which Democrats dominated …
Campaign rave among final early-vote pitches by Trump, Clinton family members
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
Former president of the United States? Check. Down ballot candidates? Check. Glow sticks and bass drops? In perhaps the most typically Vegas rally of the cycle, former President Bill Clinton and ...
Bill Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. and special guests rallying locals to vote early
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
Family members of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are starring in the final push to get voters to the polls before early voting in Nevada ends Friday evening.
Clinton offers dark vision of Trump presidency during stop in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016
Imagine waking up on Inauguration Day and seeing Donald Trump standing in front of the Capitol, ready to take the oath of office. That’s what Hillary Clinton asked about 400 of ...
Control of Nevada Legislature could flip in this election
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
Down ballot, Democratic and Republican candidates are waging a quieter war for control of the Nevada Legislature. They’re not running the million-dollar races that have taken over your television, but they may have knocked on your door or given you a call, and …
Nevada Democratic Party sues GOP, Trump over alleged voter intimidation
Monday, Oct. 31, 2016
The Nevada State Democratic Party is suing the state Republican Party, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and others over alleged voter intimidation in Nevada and ...
Down the stretch, candidates make last pitches in the race to replace Sen. Reid
Monday, Oct. 31, 2016
Though candidates have been hard at work for months on the campaign trail, many are making their first and last pitches to voters who have just tuned in to the election.
Trump plugs Interstate 11, Nellis Air Force Base during Las Vegas rally
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump put a Nevada spin on his traditional stump speech while rallying supporters today on the Las Vegas Strip, just nine days before Election Day. Trump, speaking to a crowd of about 8,400 at the Venetian, promised to prioritize infrastructure development, such as the Interstate 11 project here in Nevada; lamented the increase in murders in Las Vegas in the past year; and said he would make the military ...
Speaker Paul Ryan stumps for Hardy, Tarkanian in Southern Nevada
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan hopped on the campaign trail in Nevada today in the hopes of protecting two congressional seats that Republicans are in jeopardy of losing. Speaking at two campaign events …
All-women ticket offers Henderson voters a chance to make history
Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
Voters across the country have chance this year to elect the nation’s first female president. But voters from Green Valley to Water Street have an even more historic opportunity — to elect female candidates up and down the ballots for ...
Big hurdles remain for CD3 candidates as they make final pitch to voters
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016
A marionette who dances upon stacks of hundred-dollar bills or a man whose pastime is burying assorted objects — a rucksack, old campaign signs and a telephone — in the middle of the desert. That’s the choice voters in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District have this November, if the television attack ads are to be believed ...
For Las Vegas 'Wal-Mart moms,' it's the disaster vs. the laughingstock for president
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
They're the so-called "Wal-Mart moms," a group of 10 women who participated in an election focus group Tuesday in Las Vegas. If they had to vote now, five said they'd cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton, while only two said they'd vote for ...
Ads call Kihuen a ‘payday politician,’ Rosen ‘their candidate’
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
The National Republican Congressional Committee is up with two new television ads against Democratic congressional candidates as Nevada enters its fourth day of early voting. The ads largely continue the arguments that ...
Henderson woman shares story as housing discrimination tester at Trump property
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
A Henderson woman is coming forward to share her story as a housing discrimination tester at one of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s properties in the 1970s ...
Newest Rosen ad proclaims she'll 'protect seniors and strengthen social security'
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
Democratic congressional candidate Jacky Rosen is up with a new ad today contrasting herself against her Republican opponent as Nevada voters head to the polls this week for ...
Obama takes aim at Trump and Heck, encourages early voting for Democrats at Las Vegas rally
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
President Barack Obama returned to Las Vegas today in the hopes of killing two Republican candidates' political dreams with the same stone. The president, in a fiery, 30-minute speech to the more than 5,000 gathered at Cheyenne High School, railed against the two Republican candidates at the top of the ticket in Nevada — Donald Trump and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Heck — seeking to tie the two men together despite ...
Katy Perry, LA mayor part of influx as early voting begins
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Singer Katy Perry neatly summed up the importance of down-ballot voting at a rally this evening at UNLV: “We got a crew. We got a clique. We all run together.” It was an appropriate message to cap off the first day of early voting in Nevada, where Republicans …
How presidential candidates came full circle in final debate
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
During the debate, the candidates both sparred over policy positions and needled each other with personal attacks. They also made their closing arguments to voters, many of whom have already begun voting in ...
Las Vegas stage is set for the final debate showdown
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
Debate day in Las Vegas is finally here. It’s been more than a year since the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that UNLV had secured one of the three coveted presidential election debate slots. Apart from bringing Las Vegas and UNLV into the limelight ...
Three Nevadans to attend debate as guests of Hillary Clinton
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
Three Nevadans have been invited as guests of Democrat Hillary Clinton to attend the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night at UNLV. Clinton’s guests include local activist and ...
Despite unendorsement, Democrats still trying to force Hardy-Trump link
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
Democratic congressional candidate Ruben Kihuen is continuing to hammer his opponent Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy over his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a new ad ...
Kihuen criticizes ads that link him to Barlow corruption probe
Monday, Oct. 17, 2016
Democratic congressional candidate Ruben Kihuen called an attempt by Republicans to tie him to a Las Vegas city councilman under FBI investigation nothing more than ...
Obama backs Cortez Masto for Senate in new radio ad
Monday, Oct. 17, 2016
President Barack Obama has entered the fray of Nevada’s U.S. Senate race with a new radio ad backing Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto in her bid to replace ...
Heck, Cortez Masto trade jabs in feisty U.S. Senate debate
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican Joe Heck faced off Friday night in what is likely to be not only their first but last U.S. Senate debate ahead the November election ...
It’s done: Lawmakers send stadium funding deal to governor for final OK
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
After all the pomp and circumstance of the week, protracted discussions and the pressure of looming elections, the Nevada Legislature today approved a $1.17 billion tax increase to fund construction of ...
Lawmakers send stadium bill to governor for final OK
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
Nevada Assembly members expressed a wide range of emotions — frustration, gratitude, disgust and relief — following the 28-13 passage of a bill approving funding for an NFL-ready stadium in Las Vegas and expanding the Las Vegas Convention Center. The lawmakers spoke for roughly 90 minutes, while just down the hall, the Senate ...
Assembly adjourns without stadium vote after surprise NDOT report tangles talks
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
The Assembly has recessed until 9 a.m. today after an intense, hourlong discussion on a transportation report made public late Thursday night. The report detailed road improvements that would need to be made as part of ...
Woodhouse campaign ad features former Nevada First Lady Sandy Miller
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Democratic state Sen. Joyce Woodhouse is up on television today with her first ad, featuring longtime friend former Nevada First Lady Sandy Miller. In the ad, Miller highlights ...
New Clinton ad features Las Vegas immigration activist
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Local immigration activist and Dreamer Astrid Silva stars in Hillary Clinton’s latest Spanish-language ad, “Nevadense,” released today ahead of the Democratic presidential candidate’s visit to Las Vegas ...
Ad highlights Kihuen’s relationship with councilman facing FBI probe
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
A new ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee attacks Democratic congressional candidate Ruben Kihuen over his connections to ...
Public funding for Las Vegas NFL stadium passes first key vote in Legislature
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
A public financing plan for a $1.9 billion NFL stadium in Las Vegas cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday night with 16 senators voting for the deal and another five ...
Ad portrays Jacky Rosen as puppet of Washington insiders
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
A Republican House leadership-backed super PAC is up with a new ad today against Democratic congressional candidate Jacky Rosen ...
Opening day of session heavy on pro-stadium hoopla
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
A three-hour block devoted to pro-stadium presentations, including an ad-like video and testimony from casino bigwigs, sparked criticism from Democrats on the first day of the special session. After ceremonial and procedural items Monday morning, business began in both houses of the Nevada Legislature. State senators dove into the bill related to funding the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center and construction of an NFL-ready stadium, while their Assembly counterparts addressed the ...
Special session kicks off to consider NFL stadium funding
Monday, Oct. 10, 2016
The Senate kicked off Monday evening’s proceedings with a round of public comment where opponents of the stadium expressed frustration that stadium proponents had been given three hours to testify in ...
The week that was: Big names woo Nevada, Democratic birds mock Trump
Monday, Oct. 10, 2016
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, both vice presidential candidates, Donald Trump and the birds of the Nevada Democratic Party showed up in Las Vegas this week.

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