The 2008 Obama campaign was extremely successful at driving young and first time voters to the polls. The campaign was praised for getting throngs of young people engaged in politics and eager to volunteer time. But now, as the economy continues to struggle, many young voters say they have lost some of that passion. So are young voters still engaged? Or have they abandoned the president and politics in general? We talk with three young Nevada voters about their feelings on politics and issues leading up to the 2012 election.
After Nevada Republicans set January 14, 2012 as the date for the party's presidential caucus it raised the eyebrows of New Hampshire Secretary of State, Bill Gardner. State law in New Hampshire says events similar to the state's presidential primary have to wait a full seven days before they can be held.
If you think the Democrats and the Republicans are only in it for themselves and don't care about real people, a new Internet-based political party might be for you. Americans Elect has just won minor party status in Nevada, which means it will be able to place its candidate for president on the ballot in 2012. But will the Internet produce a different kind of politics? Can enough people be motivated to attend an online nominating convention? Or will America Elects suffer the fate of most third parties in American History and fade after one or two elections.
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.
Most candidates in judicial races have trouble getting known and their campaign mostly just sends out mailers near Election Day. The race for Las Vegas Municipal Judge District 3 is somewhat different.
Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., had stoutly maintained that he intended to run in 2012 ... until Monday. At a press conference in Las Vegas he announced that he will not be running for another term in the United States Senate. He told the media that he could not put his family through a campaign. Political experts tell us why Ensign decided not to run now and what it means for the race in 2012.
After all the negative ads, the tens of millions of dollars and the sheer vitriol, it's Election Day. Many people have voted so here's a chance to tell us why and if you're still undecided this might be the last chance to hear what is at stake from our panel of experts.
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