Nevada Politics

  1. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza gives an overview of Nevada's unique situation this campaign cycle: Even in a state with the nation's highest unemployment, the Democratic Party machine that drove Barack Obama to victory in 2008 and Harry Reid to a win in 2010 along with a growing Latino population has many pollsters predicting Nevada staying blue this year (albeit with a smaller margin).

    It’s also worth noting that Nevada, with one exception, has correctly predicted every presidential election since 1912, making one of the premier bellwether states. For a closer look at Nevada’s electoral history, click here.

  2. The extremely close race between Democrat Shelley Berkley and Republican Dean Heller for the open Nevada Senate seat will reach a national audience tonight, when the first of their three debates is broadcast on PBS.

    Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston has already ridiculed the perceived sameness of both candidates’ messages, and in this post proposes a drinking game in the same vein as other drinking games proposed during this year’s Republican Party candidate debates.

    For a list of broadcast times, please click here

    The 12 urges participants in this game to designate a driver, and strongly discourages underage drinking

  3. I take every vote very very seriously in my Senate race. There’s not a portion of society that I don’t believe I can’t capture if I get a chance to talk to them. I have a very different view of the world, because of how I was raised.”

    - Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), speaking publicly about his differences with the recently released video of presidential candidate Mitt Romney saying that 47 percent of Americans are ‘dependent’ on the government. Heller is the third Republican running for Senate to distance himself from Romney’s comments, joining  Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) and Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon.

    Full Story here
  4. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who is locked in a close race with Rep. Shelley Berkley, announced Tuesday that he would host a joint rally with Florida Senator Marco Rubio at Reno nightclub Mambo’s on Thursday. For more information about the rally, click here.

  5. Mitt Romney made a brief stop in Reno last Tuesday to speak at the annual, closed-to-the-public Veterans of Foreign Wars convention before leaving on his trip to Great Britain, Israel and Poland. And now on Friday, the candidate will attend four different fundraisers at the home of a wealthy Reno businesswoman. The fundraisers are closed to anyone not willing to pony up at least $2500 for a ticket)

    Romney’s visit last week was his first public appearance in Nevada since February. But in a state with high unemployment and a bleak economic situation, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see him back soon to try and whittle away President Obama’s approximately five-point lead.

  6. Andrew Kaczynski, a reporter for Buzzfeed Politics, tweeted this .gif image of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comment on Republican filibusters: Poppycock.
Reid is becoming a trend-setter - last month, his use of Nationals phenom Bryce Harper’s quote, “That’s a clown question, bro" went viral.

    Andrew Kaczynski, a reporter for Buzzfeed Politics, tweeted this .gif image of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comment on Republican filibusters: Poppycock.

    Reid is becoming a trend-setter - last month, his use of Nationals phenom Bryce Harper’s quote, “That’s a clown question, bro" went viral.

  7. UPDATE: The National Journal posted a similar observation about Berkley this morning. I didn’t see it until now, but they’re right on the money.

    Nevada senate candidate Shelley Berkley can’t be the biggest fan of the New York Times. They did, after all, publish the story about her support for kidney-related health bills that also benefited her husband, a kidney specialist, which led to a House special ethics committee investigating the Congresswoman.

    So when the Times published a mildy critical article about Reno last weekend (along with the Los Angeles Times), Berkley’s camp quickly put out a statement decrying the articles and defending Reno.

    “Recent articles on the demise of Reno from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times couldn’t be more wrong. Many in Nevada are struggling, and much work remains to be done in order to get the economy back on track. However, out-of-state organizations parachuting in and labeling Reno a dying city is offensive and inaccurate. Not only will Reno come back, it will come back stronger than ever if we start putting middle-class families first and prioritize job creation. Fighting for Nevada middle-class families must be our number one priority and we cannot rest until all families in Reno, and across Nevada, have access to good-paying jobs.”

    Berkley isn’t that well known in Reno, so this is an easy topic for her to exploit and try to gain an advantage over opponent, Sen. Dean Heller (R).

    Washoe County, which holds Reno, is essentially the toss-up county in a toss-up state; Democrats always win big in Las Vegas, but Republicans have rural support that essentially evens the two out. That leaves Reno right in the middle. 

    As Berkley’s campaigns continues, look for her to try and find any issue to placate voters in the wake of her ethics charge. Whether it takes the form of disparaging articles in national publications, or repeating the Democratic mantra of ‘Republican X voted to end Medicare as we know it,’ over and over, Berkley needs a way to make the ethics investigation a non-issue by November.

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