Congresswoman Shelley Berkley will face further scrutiny from the House Ethics Committee. The watchdog decided to formally investigate allegations that the Las Vegas congresswoman lobbied to influence the Administration's decisions about kidney medicine at UMC in ways that helped her husband's medical practice. She has also sponsored legislation that improves federal support for kidney services. So will this hurt Berkley's campaign for Nevada's US Senate seat?
The Super PACs are already duking it out with competing ads blackening Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, D-Las Vegas, as they begin campaigning for Nevada's Senate seat - a seat that may be pivotal in which party gains control of the United States Senate. Factcheck.org has already found that these negative ads are trading in exaggerations and falsehoods - themes that seem to echo through the rest of the campaign.
Democrats have long relied on the organizational strength of Culinary Local 226 to win them elections. Culinary members have provided foot soldiers for door-knocking and handing out pamplets. And the union has often got its choice elected to office. Now, though, the Culinary may sit out this election to focus on upcoming contract negotiations and its long-running dispute with Station Casinos. We talk with Culinary Secretary-Treasurer D. Taylor to get the Culinary's thinking.
The slates are now complete for the primaries in June. The big names drew some opponents and there will be a couple of tough intramural battles to see who carries the party banners in the congressional and legislative races.
Senator Harry Reid was determined to avoid a primary for the US Senate nomination. Former candidate Byron Georgiou was pushed out of the race but that has not deterred Democrat Barry Ellsworth who is running on an anti-incumbent platform. He argues that Congress is financed by corporate America and that has led to major policy failures.
Rep. Shelley Berkley, the long-time representative of Nevada's 1st Congressional district, has announced that she'll be running in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Dean Heller. The Northern Nevada Congressman was recently appointed to replace Sen. John Ensign. We talk with the congresswoman about the deficit and debt ceiling debates in Washington and what she supports as a long-term fix for Medicare and Social Security.
Embattled Senator John Ensign will be resigning from the United States Senate on May 3. Governor Brian Sandoval is expected to appoint Congressman Dean Heller to the vacant Senate seat. This news will lead many candidates who had planned on 18 months to rethink their plans now that the real race for Nevada's Second Congressional District will be run in six months. We talk with experts in Las Vegas and Washington to get the latest from the resignation announcement.
Las Vegas businessman and member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry CommissionByron Georgiou is not waiting for other Democrats. He's already jumped into the 2012 Senate race. Many Democrats are skeptical but Georgiou says we need an outsider and not just another politician. We talk to him about his platform and why he thinks he's the best Democrat to run against Republicans like Congressman Dean Heller.
Rep. Shelley Berkley joins us to discuss President Obama's visit to Las Vegas, the federal stimulus plan and the meltdown of this region's economy, efforts to revive the local housing market and questions about the quality of her constituent staff.