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.
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.
Las Vegas businessman and member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry CommissionByron Georgiou is not waiting for other Democrats. He's already jumped into the 2012 Senate race. Many Democrats are skeptical but Georgiou says we need an outsider and not just another politician. We talk to him about his platform and why he thinks he's the best Democrat to run against Republicans like Congressman Dean Heller.
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.
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.
Does it still breathe? Does it still have legs? As Congress winds down the final days of the so-called "lame duck" session, we look at what legislation is getting attention, and what's dying on the vine.
Some Democrats and a few Republicans are still saying the compromise on taxes is not a done deal.
He won a close race, but Harry Reid is back as our senator. The Senate Majority Leader joins us for the first time since his win to talk politics including his narrow win, the new Republicans, Tea Party influences, the expiration of unemployment benefits at the end of this month, the DREAM Act, and other issues on his plate.
The old Congress is back in Washington for its lame duck session and we know officially that Sen. Harry Reid will be the Majority Senate Leader for the next two years. But this lame duck session still has plenty for Nevadans to look at: the Bush tax cuts, the income tax deduction for sales tax and the extension of jobless benefits to those who have been out of work more than 99 weeks.
"Nevada in 2010," writes New Yorker Staff Writer Nicholas Lemann, "is a kind of pilgrims' shrine for people who don't like the direction the American government has taken since 2008, when Democrats had control of both houses of Congress and won the White House." Lemann visited Nevada to see what both candidates were doing to win the race that continues to be far too close to call.
Bartering for chickens. Winning the Tea Party endorsement. Campaign finance rules, and voter turnout...What will tip the balance at the voting booths? Who's leading the pack in race for Harry Reid's Senate seat? And who has your vote?
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It's a month until the primary, and the candidate races are already on fire. We're interviewing some of the top contenders on KNPR's "State of Nevada" over the next few weeks. Danny Tarkanian answers your questions about his run to unseat Senator Harry Reid, his ad supporting the Arizona immigration bill, and other issues. Got questions for Danny? Call 258-3552 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.