It's only days since Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney added Congressman Paul Ryan to the ticket. And the consensus is that adding the architect of Republican budget plans has changed the race. It's not just about the economy any longer. It's about the deficit, Medicare and Medicaid and the size of the federal government. So how will Nevada Republicans react to Ryan. Some local Republicans join us to discuss the choice and Ryan's speech in Las Vegas.
Political scientists have often pondered why affluent and educated Jewish voters do not vote Republican more often. They remain very liberal even as other affluent Americans have embraced conservative low-tax policies.
Tuesday was Primary Election Day. There were numerous challengers to the parties' preferred candidates and then a few of the races were just lotteries. We look at who won and who lost and what it tells us about the election in November.
Danny Tarkanian's name will be familiar to Republican voters. He's run a couple of times for state and federal office and is now in the four-way race to be the Republican nominee for Nevada's new 4th Congressional District, and the right to run against State Sen. Steven Horsford who is unchallenged for the Democratic nomination. Tarkanian has long been the favorite until the recent revelation that he faced a multimillion judgement in a lawsuit brought by the FDIC. We talk about that and his platform if he's nominated.
The State Republican Party is holding its convention this weekend in Sparks, Nevada. All indications are that it promises to be as exciting as the 2008 convention when the Ron Paul delegates followed the rules and had the numbers to elect delegates supporting their man, and not the official candidate - John McCain. The Ron Paul campaign is again threatening to defy the national party and elect delegates supporting Paul. We catch up with what happened at the convention.
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.
The Florida primary will be yet another decisive turn in the Republican nominating process and whatever the result, the candidates will be looking to the Nevada caucuses this Saturday. Conservative activist Chuck Muth and New York-based journalist McKay Coppins join us to discuss what they've seen so far and what they're looking for in the coming days.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich surged in the final days of the South Carolina primary to take a double-digit win. That was a win that most pundits had not expected a week earlier when they were confidently predicting that Romney would remain the frontrunner and was almost guaranteed the party's nomination.
The conventional wisdom is that Mitt Romney is unbeatable after he takes the New Hampshire primary. So what will happen after New Hampshire? Two more primaries are scheduled in South Carolina and Florida before the action finally comes to the Nevada caucuses.
Last night the major contenders for the Republican Presidential nomination had a debate at the Venetian. It was held in conjunction with the Western States Republican Conference being held at the Venetian.
The last few months in Congress have witnessed some of the toughest partisan warfare in recent memory. The debt ceiling, the final, last-minute compromise on budget cutting and the future of Medicare and even Social Security are all being tested for use in the 2012 election. Freshman Congressman Joe Heck joins us to discuss the big issues and give us his take on what's going to happen with the super-committee that has to find big budget cuts 12 months before an election.
Those dog days of summer are the time to lay out plans for the coming election season. Some Republican scouts are already looking for the best places to campaign in Nevada but others are all but ignoring the Silver State. Then there's the election that no one seems to care very much about - the special election to replace Dean Heller for the last 15 months of his term. Will Republicans carry Mark Amodei to victory or will Kate Marshall steal enough with her tough position on spending and debt.
New York Times columnist Timothy Egan wrote last week of former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman's prospects in the Republican presidential primaries: "Were he a Jew, a woman, a Catholic or a black, Huntsman would not face the kind of suspicion that the Republican electorate has for Mormons." Mitt Romney, he says, will face the same kind of skepticism from evangelical Christians. So why does this persist? Is it important? Can members of the LDS Church overcome this unofficial religious test?
State Sen. Greg Brower has barely been in his current job a few months. He was nominated to replace Sen. Bill Raggio who resigned before the Legislature met. And his seat seems likely to be eliminated in this year's redistricting of the Nevada Senate. But he's thrown his hat into the ring with quite a few other candidates for the special election in Nevada's Second Congressional District. The seat became vacant when then-Congressman Dean Heller was appointed to replace disgraced Sen. John Ensign.
The Republican Party was not happy with Secretary of State Ross Miller's decision to hold an open election in Congressional District 2 to replace now-Senator Dean Heller. Republicans say they should be given the chance to have their party endorse one candidate.
Talk about dueling blogs! Progressive bloggers are holding their annual conference (Netroots Nation, formerly YearlyKos) right next door to the conservative bloggers' convention (RightOnline). The director of RightOnline and the Editor-in-chief of RedState.