It's been a strange 24 hours in Las Vegas. Mysterious mannequins appeared hanging from billboards. Was it vandalism or a serious attempt to talk about poverty and unemployment? One analyst has crunched the numbers for Nevada's deal giving tax breaks to Apple in return for setting up shop in Reno and says it's not such a good deal. And the feud between GOP candidate Mitt Romney and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is getting personal. So what are you thinking about these days? Call and let us know!
The Los Angeles Times reports that Mitt Romney may win ‘swing region’ Washoe County, and also Nevada, because of his campaign’s focus on economic issues and because of the large Mormon population. President Obama won Washoe County in the last election, but the current state of the economy in northern Nevada could make a repeat victory a challenge.
The Obama administration made a bold move on Friday when it announced it would stop deporting some undocumented immigrants. In an executive order President Obama said young undocumented people who have no criminal background, came to the U.S. before they were 16 and who are in school can apply for work permits and be spared deportation for up to two years. In Nevada several DREAM Act supporters have rallied in support of the bill which would provide a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to the country as children and who serve in the military. We talk with undocumented students and a political expert about the ramifications of the Obama decision.
Nevada Representative Joe Heck has introduced a new bill in congress that would give homeowners who have gone through foreclosure a second chance at buying a house. Heck's Second Chance at Homeownership Act would provide insured loans to individuals who have previously been foreclosed. Rep Joe Heck joins us to talk about his plan to give some Nevadans a second chance at home ownership.
Comedy host Stephen Colbert thrust the term "Super PAC" into America's headlights by mocking the groups known for funding political candidates, so long as they're not "coordinating" with the candidates. Mitt Romney supporters formed a Super PAC that's brought in over $30 million, and Newt Gingrich's Super PAC helped fund the ads that fueled his South Carolina win. So how powerful and effective are Super PACs? Is the one with the most money the key to winning an election? And how will funding from Sheldon Adelson and other Las Vegans turn the tide of the election and the face of Super PACs?
Last week in the Republican debate in Nevada, Mitt Romney and other candidates said the government should back off and allow the housing market to correct itself. Federal programs to help distressed homeowners have largely fallen short in Nevada. Should the government be involved at all? What would a coherent federal program to help underwater homeowners look like?