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Bill Clinton leads the cheering section for Harry Reid
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Leave it to Bill Clinton to capture the political zeitgeist in an old Cajun joke. There he was, the former president and one-time Arkansas governor, doing his best Southern revival act, rallying a restive Democratic base for the embattled Harry Reid.
Bill Clinton rallies more than 800 for Harry Reid
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Nobody works a crowd like the Big Dog. Former President Bill Clinton lent Harry Reid’s re-election campaign some of his trademark fire and charisma Thursday night, arguing that Reid was hard at work turning around an economic disaster.
Sharron Angle’s angle: Keep the spotlight on Harry Reid
Thursday, June 10, 2010
While on the stump, Sharron Angle has often used the catchphrase: “Don’t read my lips, read my record.” Visitors to her website Wednesday — a day after she won the Republican U.S. Senate primary — would have found that impossible.
Iggy and the Stooges
Raw Power (Legacy Edition)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
When Iggy and the Stooges unleashed Raw Power in 1973, they cast the mold for a little something called punk rock.
Sharron Angle wins; Harry Reid gets race he wanted
Senior senator has shaped Nevada politics to slate a race he can win
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
After years of maneuvering, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got the race he wanted. Sharron Angle emerged from Tuesday’s Republican primary, lifted to a landslide by a solid base of conservative supporters but carrying political baggage that experts say gives the embattled Reid a new lease on political life.
Voters don't find much to get excited about on the Republican Senate ballot
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Republican candidates seeking their party’s nomination for U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s primary face a staunchly conservative electorate, united by a desire to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid but dissatisfied with the quality of the leading GOP contenders, according to interviews at polling places by Las Vegas Sun reporters in the final days of early voting.
‘No Child’ law not a hit with U.S. Senate hopefuls
Candidates agree act is flawed but differ on how to improve education
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Whoever is elected to Congress in November will review the No Child Left Behind law, looking for ways to improve the landmark federal legislation that uses standardized tests to judge schools’ progress.
GOP’s feeble voter turnout exposes party flaws
Sunday, May 30, 2010
The Republican Senate primary is turning out to be a rather sleepy affair. There’s been plenty of media attention and advertising, but not much on-the-ground activity and fairly low turnout, according to last week’s early voting results.
Danny Tarkanian says making bad loan for horse resort an aberration
Friday, May 28, 2010
It was 2007, and the Southwest was in the grips of speculative fever. The land frenzy was particularly acute in Las Vegas, where major casino companies were in the middle of ambitious expansions.
Return of the ’90s?
STP and the Pumpkins can’t recapture their pasts
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Here’s a piece of advice I wish I’d heeded in 1996: Kill your idols.
Sue Lowden making last-ditch effort to swing voters her way
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Facing plummeting poll numbers and a relentless onslaught from the left and the right, Republican Sue Lowden is amplifying an old message to boost her fumbling campaign for U.S. Senate: Harry Reid is afraid of me.
Gov. Jim Gibbons' intense desire for privacy collides with holding public office
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Gov. Jim Gibbons’ turn as Nevada’s CEO has been among the roughest in state history. Certainly some of the suffering Nevada has endured on his watch — among the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the country — was largely beyond his control.
Republican Senate candidates eager to exploit Arizona sentiment
Conservatives willing to further alienate Latino voters on immigration issue
Sunday, May 9, 2010
A month before Election Day, Nevada Republicans are scrambling to capitalize on the conservative fervor surrounding Arizona’s tough new anti-illegal immigration law, in hopes of winning their party’s nomination for U.S. Senate.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio defends Arizona's new immigration law
Friday, May 7, 2010
Joe Arpaio, the freewheeling sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, visited Las Vegas on Friday, defending his state’s tough new immigration law, saying that it will not, as critics have charged, lead to widespread racial profiling.
'This is all winging it'
Chickengate notwithstanding, GOP Senate candidate Sue Lowden is charting an uncertain course between her party and the fringe
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Chickengate notwithstanding, GOP Senate candidate Sue Lowden is charting an uncertain course between her party and the fringe.
GOP Senate hopefuls unleash closing-time ad barrage
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
With less than three weeks until early voting begins, Republicans seeking to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are taking to the airwaves in a closing-time ad blitz.
Republicans' U.S. Senate debate devoid of substance
Sunday, May 2, 2010
The level of discourse at a Senate debate Friday was foretold by three words: “Harry Reid Sucks!” Written on a white board, it was part of moderator Heidi Harris’ attempt to push five Republican candidates beyond their party’s talking points in the race to oust the Senate majority leader.
Danny Tarkanian looks to step from father's shadow, make name in politics
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Danny Tarkanian’s famous last name might be his Senate campaign’s biggest asset. Associated statewide with his father, Jerry, the legendary UNLV basketball coach, the Tarkanian name gave him instant recognition.
Sue Lowden, Danny Tarkanian take off gloves at Republican Senate debate
Friday, April 30, 2010
Five Republican candidates in the race to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shared the stage at a debate Friday night, but it was the top two contenders — Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian — who stole the show. They took the opportunity to toss barbs and draw contrasts as the campaign enters its final month.
Arizona immigration law sparks conversation in Nevada
Senate candidates offer varied opinions on range of immigration issues
Friday, April 30, 2010
Nevada politics are suddenly being reshaped by Arizona, where Gov. Jan Brewer signed a tough anti-illegal immigration law last week. In doing so, she awakened the immigration debate that had gone dormant in recent years in the face of the economic collapse.
Sen. Harry Reid seeking votes on hostile turf
Powerful nationally but unpopular at home, Sen. Harry Reid ventures onto campaign trail in places much more friendly to his opponents
Sunday, April 11, 2010
When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign tour stopped at a Minden coffee shop last week, he met rancher Nancy Park, who leaned toward him and said: “I respectfully disagree with what you’re doing for Nevada.” Ursula McManus, who stood next to Park, shook Reid’s hand silently, her lips frozen in a grimace.

Howard Dean vs. Karl Rove at UNLV debate
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Howard Dean has been chairman of the Democratic National Committee, a governor and presidential candidate. Yet the physician has had some unflattering things to say about his party’s health care reform bill.
Gibbons positions himself as warrior against health care reform law
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
New federal health care legislation seems to have breathed more life into Gov. Jim Gibbons’ re-election campaign. He announced Tuesday that Nevada will join 14 states challenging the law — a move that will surely appeal to conservative voters.
Harry Reid kicks off campaign tour in Searchlight
Monday, April 5, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid kicked off his re-election campaign this morning with a speech to supporters in his hometown of Searchlight, before embarking on a statewide bus tour. He capped off his day in Las Vegas. Reid argued that Congress has worked to turn around the economy.
Many fronts in Sue Lowden's fight
Before she faces formidable Reid, she must prevail in big primary field. So she's reaching out to disparate voter blocs
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Having just charmed voters at a gun show, Sue Lowden, the GOP’s next great hope to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is ensconced in a leather captain’s chair, feet up, waiting on an aide to run an errand at a clothing boutique.
Many Tea Party attendees felt compelled to rally
Sunday, March 28, 2010
While fractious, the Tea Party movement is united by the overwhelming sense that government has overstepped its bounds, that President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress are marching the republic toward socialism.
Sarah Palin rallies thousands in Harry Reid's hometown
Police estimate 8,000 at rally in protest of Democrats, health care overhaul
Saturday, March 27, 2010
SEARCHLIGHT -- Sarah Palin told thousands of tea party activists gathered in the Nevada desert that Harry Reid will have to explain his votes when he comes back to his hometown.
Harry Reid's tiny town bracing for Tea Party 'showdown'
Friday, March 26, 2010
Diane Kendall signed on to scout a location for what could be the largest political event in Nevada history. But right now it’s just a dirt lot with a dozen Porta Potties. And Kendall is feeling the pressure. The local real estate agent volunteered to help the Tea Party Express find a venue for its “Showdown in Searchlight."
Harry Reid continues attacks on Sue Lowden
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Another day, another attack from Harry Reid's re-election campaign on Republican Sue Lowden. This time, the mud-slinging centers on the Lowdens' Summerlin estate.
Titus bill adds oversight to state worksite safety programs
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Rep. Dina Titus introduced a bill Tuesday that would give the federal government more flexibility in its oversight of state workplace safety programs, including the agency charged with ensuring the safety of Nevada workers.
Dina Titus introduces worker safety oversight bill
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Rep. Dina Titus introduced a bill this morning that would give the federal government more flexibility in its oversight of state workplace safety programs. The legislation is important to Nevada because of the state's poor track record when it comes to keeping workers safe on the job.
Harry Reid takes on Sue Lowden early, hoping labor is listening
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The headline was tough and blunt: “Lowden’s Casinos a Dangerous Place to Work.” Its origins were a little surprising — the re-election campaign of Sen. Harry Reid. Surprising because Republican Sue Lowden is widely viewed as Reid’s strongest challenger.
Station Casinos workers seek refuge with Culinary Union
Saturday, March 13, 2010
For more than a decade, Station Casinos has dismissed the Culinary Union’s efforts to organize its employees as a waste of time, a fruitless search for more dues-paying members.
Broken Bells
Broken Bells
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
At its core, Broken Bells is the ultimate soundtrack for lazy Sundays.
Harry Reid makes campaign official, says 'much work to be done'
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sen. Harry Reid made his candidacy official Monday morning, filing to run for a fifth term in what experts say could be the most expensive and hard-fought race in the country.
Session sets the tone for 2011
Carson City lawmakers preparing to tackle bigger revenue shortfall
Monday, March 1, 2010
As the Legislature settled on a painful prescription of cuts and fees, lawmakers were not so subtly laying the foundation for the great tax debate of 2011, when the state will be staring into a much deeper abyss.
Cultivating conservatives
GOP candidates seek embrace of small-town Nevada by touting their ideological zeal, bashing Harry Reid
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010
Carolyn Mering can’t believe the news: Harry Reid is coming to town.
At least that’s what the local airport operator told her a minute ago, calling to organize the opposite of a welcoming party. See, the Senate majority leader will be using the airport’s sole loaner car when he lands — and workers want to cover it in anti-Reid bumper stickers.
Treading political tightrope at session
Legislators play to competing interests — voters, business lobby
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010
As legislators and the governor negotiate a deal to balance the state’s battered budget, they are playing to two audiences: their fellow insiders in Carson City, who represent the state’s powerful interests and fund their campaigns, and the voting public.
Please, sir, may we tax you more?
Nevada history repeats at special session — lawmakers hesitant to tax industries that are reluctant to pay
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010
Gaming lobbyist Billy Vassiliadis stepped to the microphone Friday and forlornly said this to state legislators trying to close a massive budget deficit: “I’m sorry to say, this year, for the first time, we just can’t help.”
Gibbons: Meeting 'good start' to solving budget problems
Governor says sticking points include K-12 and higher education reductions
Friday, Feb. 26, 2010
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Jim Gibbons emerged from a meeting with legislative leadership this afternoon, saying it was a "good start" to solving the state's $887 million budget crisis.
Bipartisanship emerges in anger at Gibbons over session deadline
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010
For all their differences over cuts and fees, Nevada’s Legislature has found an unlikely unifying force: Gov. Jim Gibbons.
Gibbons’ budget plan risky in an election year
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010
Gov. Jim Gibbons’ shifting budget plan is complicating his re-election bid, tarnishing his conservative credentials and eroding support among the Republican base.
Rory Reid reaching out to rural Nevadans
Voting bloc is historically hostile to big-city candidates
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010
Rory Reid knows a few things about cows. He once helped save three dozen of them with a garden hose and a knife. The story is designed to show the Clark County Commission chairman knows something about Nevada's rural life.
Obama presses his economic message in troubled times
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010
President Barack Obama bounded to the stage at Green Valley High School to cheers. He’s rail thin and has a grin as wide as his head. He seems to feel most at home on the road, in front of what remains of his still-adoring Obama Nation, mixing it up, speechifying and cracking wise. At a series of stops Friday in Southern Nevada, he must have felt nostalgic for the 20-plus times he came here as a candidate, when all he had to do was fire up a crowd.
Obama touts Harry Reid's efforts, says stimulus 'right thing to do'
Friday, Feb. 19, 2010
President Barack Obama was in full campaign mode today at Green Valley High School, delivering a wide-ranging speech followed by a town-hall question-and-answer session that touched on health care reform, the economic recovery -- and even the importance of flossing daily.
Domo arigato, T-Bird
Early-morning transgressions in a perfect suburban dive
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010
T-Bird Lounge has led to ugly mornings, late arrivals and two words ringing: Goddamn T-Bird.
Unions fighting to reassert relevance
Electrical workers, joined by Culinary allies, slam NV Energy’s cap on benefits
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010
Northern Nevada electrical workers brought a contract fight with NV Energy to Las Vegas, picketing the utility’s corporate headquarters to draw attention to the protracted negotiations.
Liberal base demands action from Democrats on state budget
Union leaders decry party’s response to Gibbons’ insistence on heavy cuts
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
Nevada Democrats, already facing a daunting electoral landscape this year, are in danger of losing their base, including organized labor.
Gibbons: Time to reinvent state government
Monday, Feb. 8, 2010
In his State of the State address Monday night, Gov. Jim Gibbons said Nevada could cut its way out of an $881 million deficit -- and "reinvent" the role of state government in the process.
Prospects for organized labor's legislative agenda rapidly fading
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010
When Richard Trumka ascended a stage in Pittsburgh last year to accept the presidency of AFL-CIO, he vowed to reinvigorate a flagging labor movement beset by globalization, corporate power and union infighting.