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.
Long-time state senator Bill Raggio passed away last night while he was traveling in Australia. The Washoe County Republican represented his Reno-area district in 19 sessions of the Nevada Legislature.
So you thought the fight over drawing the political lines for Congress and the Legislature was all over in Nevada? Well it is but there's more to know about it. In fact, Propublica argues that both parties have set up funds with little or no accountability to fight the court battle and try to get their way.
The so-called special masters appointed by the Nevada District Court in Carson City have released their proposed map for the state's congressional districts in 2012. The map is simple - it creates three seats based in Clark County and a fourth in the northern part of the state.
Nevada Secretary of State, Ross Miller has filed two requests from the Nevada Supreme Court asking justices to intervene in the redistricting process. Nevada lawmakers failed to agree on new maps for congressional and legislative seats and the matter is now being decided by a district court.
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.
Long-time Republican leader Bill Raggio suddenly announced his retirement Wednesday. He said he is leaving the Legislature now so that Washoe County Commissioners will have time to appoint a replacement but he did ask that they seek someone who shares his values. We look back on his career, his legacy and the recent troubles in the Republican Party that made Raggio something of an outsider in his own party.
The new year brings many of the same faces in Carson City and they'll be officially inaugurated January 3rd. The only really new face is at the top - Gov. Brian Sandoval. We talk with reporters in Carson City about the mood as the biennial political season gets under way in the state capital and we look at the big issues facing the govenor and the Legislature - redistricting and the budget.
Congress still cannot finish the work of 2010 but the year is nearly over. So we'll look back at one of the most bitter races for the U.S. Senate and the inevitable anointing of Nevada Governor-elect Brian Sandoval. The 2011 Legislature is more Republican and more Hispanic. What difference will that make as they figure out how to close a $3 billion budget gap? And what will the more Republican Congress do in 2011? The top political commentators in Southern Nevada join us to give their thoughts on Nevada politics past and future.
The first big debate is coming up between gubernatorial Rory Reid and Brian Sandoval this weekend. And the Democratic candidate has launched a new plan, which he says balances the budget without raising taxes.