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 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.
Sen. Steve Horsford was the prime sponsor in the last legislative session for a study to examine the state's fiscal situation. Even he was cagey about tax increases although he delivered a blistering speech in the special session demanding that businesses pay their fair share of taxes. Now he's broken the unofficial silence on the tax issue for the 2011 legislature by saying that more responsibilities will fall on local governments, programs will be cut and that taxes will be raised by around $1.5 billion. We talk about Horsford's prescription for the state's budget crisis.
Dave Schwartz has some thoughts on those who look at Las Vegas from afar.
Prof Schwartz directs the Gaming Studies Research Center at UNLV and is the author of 'Cutting the Wire: Gambling Prohibition and the Internet'.