TALLAHASSE, Fla. / As the U.S. Senate debates legislation to fund the government for the remainder of the year, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is leading an effort to include Representative Tom Rooney’s (R-FL) amendment to defund the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) numeric nutrients mandate that will hurt our economy and cost jobs. Unfortunately, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has chosen not to sign on to these efforts. While the Obama administration moves forward with this job-destroying mandate, Nelson stays silent and won’t press Harry Reid to include the Rooney amendment in any upcoming bill.

“The EPA’s mandate will be disastrous for Florida’s businesses and families. Unfortunately, while Florida Republicans like Marco Rubio and Tom Rooney are acting to halt these job-destroying regulations, Bill Nelson has stayed silent. Instead of standing on the side of Florida families and pushing his fellow Democrats to act, Nelson has chosen to stand with President Obama and Harry Reid as they pursue policies and regulations that are taking our country in the wrong direction,” said Trey Stapleton, Republican Party of Florida Communications Director. “Floridians can’t afford six more years of Bill Nelson watching as unelected bureaucrats in Washington hurt job creation and take Florida’s economy backwards.”

Read more about Senator Nelson’s failure to stand up for Floridians here.

Read the about Florida’s lawsuit against the EPA’s job killing program here.


Harry Reid US SenateThe following is a letter to ‘Your Politics News’ and its editors that we are publishing in its entirety:

Normally a struggling business turns to advertisement and cost cuts to get back on its feet. I have lived in Las Vegas for 26 years and I see our city and state as a struggling business. As a registered voter, mother, grandmother and out-of-work wife, I have prayed for change in our state and our spending.

Typically I don’t feel as though my vote is going to make much of a difference or that I have any good choices. This is just how I felt as this years’ candidates began their endless disgraceful television and radio ads bashing their opponents.

Harry Reid tried to portray Sharron Angle as extreme and simply put, crazy. Sharron Angle shined the light on Reid’s love affair of big spending and Wall Street.

At first I ignored both and figured I’d make a last minute snap decision. So for months I’ve been drowning out the “he/she bologna” and didn’t think a thing about either candidate.

That was until the night of the debate when my husband (God bless him) insisted on watching his hero, Harry Reid.

Having only one television in our small ranch and no current reading material, I was stuck. It was during that hour I had my first political epiphany.

Harry Reid has absolutely ruined the state of Nevada. There was no denial of his relationship with big banks and big money for himself and his family. Months ago I lost my job and when Reid made countless public announcements that he understood and was trying to improve our economy and was concerned I believed him.

Well the hell with that. Was he that concerned as he laid his head down that night in his luxurious Ritz Carlton condo? He struck me as old, frail, and a con. He tells us one thing and then admits, in front of hundreds of struggling Nevadans that he sides with Obama, he sides with banks and he sides with the government that is destroying social security and our economy.

The second thing that surprised me was Sharron Angle is not extreme and she certainly isn’t crazy. She was lied about and her words were manipulated, he however, was simply exposed.

Sharron Angle has a plan to give us hope, jobs and choices. She is also willing to stand-up to the people and companies that have contributed to our demise. She genuinely seems to care about us and couldn’t careless about “the big guys.”

After the debate was over my husband asked me if I had his [Reid’s] vote. Well then the argument started. I asked him how on earth he would support a man that has directly impacted our home in such negative ways. For heaven’s sake my daughter almost lost her home and if it hadn’t been for a miracle promotion and thirty extra hours of work a week, we’d have four more people crammed into my one bedroom ranch. His response was all the backing Reid has and he is in a position financially to help us.

He pointed out that Sig Rogish whom is a known Republican has began a organization to support Reid and he must be a great public servant if his opposing party was supporting him. Being the typical woman I am I was determined to win this argument so I immediately researched this Sig guy.

HA! Talk about corrupt. “Does the Desert Xpress mean anything to you” I said. Clearly this spoiled rotten, backstabbing millionaire wanted his little train built so he can make a few more million dollars and his relationship with Reid was the answer. My husband struggling for a response explained to me     exactly why a train was “needed.” 

As I read more about this whole high speed train deal it made less and less sense. The idea that Southern Californians who are already in their cars and driving up I-15 will pull off at Victorville (about 2.5 hours from the Strip) and take a train that will go maybe 60-70 MPH faster than they can drive?

A train that will drop them at the Plaza where they will have to hop a cab to the Strip? Which will get them to their hotel about the same time they would have if they just kept driving? No chance. Not to mention the train won’t be free and wherever you’ll need to leave your car won’t be free either.

And what happened to the $8-million Obama granted for high speed rail project such as Harry’s original plan of the Maglev?

He probably bought himself a Porsche and gave Nevada a few new garbage cans. In my opinion this is a money making deal for two greedy crooked men. With my husband speechless and me feeling quite proud of turning my small amount of knowledge into a valid and enraging point, I smiled and headed back to the internet for more job searching.

Later that night I got a sent an email from my Reid hating daughter and I laughed myself to sleep with this email and a feeling of finally being proud and content with my vote for Sharron Angle.

The email from my daughter:

“Mom here’s my thought’s on this crooks speech…

“Er, where’s my notes . . . er, lots of paper . . . er, colonoscopies . . . er, really good to snip that stuff off . . . er, tonight you heard what my opponents supports: big banks . . . what? we didn’t talk about that? . . . BP . . . she likes BP . . . no, wait, insurance companies . . . my dad was bigger than me . . . extreme her . . . fighter me . . . er, what else did that guy tell me say . . . Jobs! . . .that’s it, jobs, jobs . . . said it . . . good, good . . . small business . . . where am I? . . . er, thanks Mitch.”

Mary from Las Vegas, Nev.

some casting ballots early are reporting voting problems in Nevada, saying the name of "Harry Reid" is already checked before they make any selection.

Some casting ballots early are reporting voting problems in Nevada, saying the name of "Harry Reid" is already checked before they make any selection.

With polls showing the race for the U.S. Senate in Nevada can go either way and less than a week before voters go to the polls in mass numbers, some casting ballots early are reporting voting problems in Nevada, saying the name of “Harry Reid” is already checked before they make any selection.

A report on KVVU, Fox in Las Vegas, talks about the Nevada voting problems, and mentions a voter named Joyce Ferrara, who had gone to vote to cast a ballot for Sharron Angle, a Republican, but discovered that the name of Angle’s opponent, Harry Reid, had been clicked instead.

Ferrara told the television station that she was not alone–that her husband and several others had similar experiences and it wasn’t random.

“Something’s not right,” Ferrara told KVVU. “One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five minute period of time — that’s wrong.”

Other voters, no matter where their support was, told YOUR POLITICS NEWS that the election should be fair and any type of voter irregularity voting problem in Nevada is unacceptable.

“I support Harry Reid but I don’t want him to win like this,”  Cindy Jaffe from Henderson says. 

Jaffe would not reveal her name, but described herself as a ‘senior citizen’ who has voted for Harry Reid in the past.  But she says if this a widespread Nevada voting problem, she would look at it as a threat to democracy and to the system. 

“If the default is Harry Reid that’s disturbing because some people won’t go back and double-check.  Especially older voters like me.”

The Clark County Registrar of Voters insists there is no voter fraud and chalked up the Nevada voting problem issue to sensitive touch-screens and older users.

Nevada voting problems? Registrar reaction

“Especially in a community with elderly citizens (they have) difficulty in (casting their) ballot,” Larry Lomax of the Registrar’s office told KVVU.  “Team leaders said there were complaints (and the) race filled in.”

He recommended that voters pay close attention to what they are pushing and for how long they are holding down the button after they make a selection.

Lomax downplayed any insinuation that there is any tampering that would benefit Harry Reid or Sharron Angle.

“This election, I think, more than ever… the two sides are very fractured and each side is suspicious and we’re caught in the middle.”

One website is already suggesting that Sharron Angle file a lawsuit now over the irregularities.

“Sharron Angle should start filing the lawsuits right now. Then again, so should Harry Reid,” opined the website Truth-out.org.  “However, it might be a bit more difficult politically for the Senate majority leader, given the undeserved support Reid has shown in the past for Nevada’s 100 percent unverifiable, error-prone, hackable, illegally-certified, electronic voting systems the state forces all voters to use at the polling place.”

Nevada voting problems: Are there others?

In another development, a lawyer for the Nevada Republican Party called on Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller to investigate discrepancies and resolve multiple issues regarding early voting.

In a letter delivered yesterday, David O’Mara cites several discrepancies he says his poll watchers have noted in Clark and Washoe counties.

Voting logs that compare the number of voters who signed in and the number of ballots cast on the voting machines don’t appear to jive.

Voter registrars have said they are human transcribing errors and involve only one or two votes.  They insist the machines are not to blame.

The race for the U.S. Senate in Nevada is one of the most watched races this election cycle.  Not only is the race so close, but Harry Reid is the Senate Majority Leader, and as such is the highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate.

WASHINGTON / In a move that will likely sway undecided Nevadans toward unseating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during next Tuesday’s election, his former press secretary for Hispanic media has admitted to accepting money in exchange for marrying a Lebanese under investigation by the Oklahoma City Joint Terror Task Force, FoxNews.com reported this week.

The report cited court documents, and found that Diana Tejada, 28, submitted false paperwork to the Department of Homeland Security. The documents hid her 2003 marriage to Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini, which granted him permanent U.S. residency, according to Fox News.

The court documents show Tarhini, 37, pleaded guilty to entering a fraudulent marriage to evade immigration laws in November 2009. Officials deported him in March.

Tejada has not been charged, those with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement told Fox News. She is no longer working for Harry Reid, a spokesperson for the senator said. 

The FoxNews.com report adds that “Tejada knowingly filed false documents with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services; lied in in-person interviews with ICE and FBI agents; and submitted fraudulent visa application affidavits and marriage license documents — all in attempt to use her status as an American citizen to get Tarhini permanent residency […] Two months after their marriage, Tejada submitted an affidavit sponsoring Tarhini’s request for adjustment of status, affirming on his I-485 application for a green card — under penalty of perjury — that she was his wife.”

Reid, who faces his toughest opposition in the U.S. Senate race since 1987 from Republican Sharron Angle, had championed for passage of the federal DREAM Act, which was bundled into the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. Tejada last month appeared on a radio program and discussed residency and naturalization as they related to the DREAM Act. Republicans filibustered the bill last month.

WASHINGTON / Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lacked command and passion during Thursday’s debate against Republican challenger Sharron Angle, a sign that the Nevada incumbent is losing ground in the most important political fight of his career, the Washington Post reported.

Staff writer Dan Balz pointed out, “It was as if the four-term senator, one of the most powerful politicians in the country, didn’t know what to say without written prompts, other than that he believes his opponent is an extremist, his mantra for the campaign.”

The latest data from polling website RealClearPolitics.com finds Angle’s support is tied with that of Reid–both candidates stood at 45.4 points on Tuesday. Angle supporters note the data preceded the debate by two days, and believe that Reid’s foibles at the podium will adversely affect his base at the polls on Nov. 2.

“Harry Reid’s true colors were exposed once again, and that only helps prove that Nevada and America are ready for new blood,” said Sharron Angle supporter Debbie Pringle.

Reid and Angle sparred over Nevada’s unemployment rate, which this year has become the worst in the country, as well as job creation and government involvement in health care.

Earlier this year, Your Politics News uncovered several investment banks that donated to Reid’s reelection campaign while the institutions still owed billions to the federal government following the 2008 bailout. Big Four bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. gave Reid $63,100 this year as of August 1, while Goldman Sachs contributed $50,100. Both banks owe taxpayers close to $40 billion by the federal government’s estimates.

Nevada’s Tea Party supporters of Sharron Angle have criticized Reid for his campaign ads that attack Angle’s take on extended unemployment benefits.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. / Ambitious, courageous, independent. Born leaders most effective when in a position of command. Leonis think and act bigger than others would normally dare; the ambitiousness of their schemes and idealism sometimes daunts their followers, and their practical hardheadedness reassures those who depend on them.

Does this sound like someone you know? It is. Sharron Angle‘s humble beginnings are a reflection of why she is fighting to serve the people of Nevada and the United States. Sharron Elaine Angle began her political quest for the rights of the people when standing up for the rights of her own son.

At age six, Angle’s son had fallen behind and was unable to graduate with the rest of his Kindergarten class. Seeing the depression in her son’s eyes, Sharron decided on home schooling. She was well-equipped to do so having been a substitute teacher for 25 years and running a small Christian School for two years. After learning the law required the child live at least 50 miles from a public school, Sharron marched straight to the courthouse to contest the rule. When the judge made an arrogant and unethical statement about ignoring the legislation, Sharron was appalled. Her political career–and quest to stand up for the average American–immediately began.

Sharron Angle quickly asserted herself as a woman of the people during her four terms in Nevada’s 42-seat Senate. She never voted pro-anything unless she believed it was right. “My votes were often unpopular because they weren’t the politically correct vote, they were the people’s vote,” she once told reporters. Sharron Angle voted against legislation so many times the result was often called “41 to Angle.”

Her voting record speaks volumes about her belief in the well-being of Americans and courage to fight political machines. Carrie Gallaghen, a working mom living in Henderson, said, “She is a role model for all women. She has shown she can stand-up to the egotistical men while still being a loyal wife and mother. She’s got my vote.”

Sharron Angle is also a member of the Republican Women of Reno, an organization she deeply believes in. Angle’s professional career also includes an investigator of sexual harassment and women’s rights advocate.

After successfully defending the people and trying to pass legislation in their best interest Sharron could be proud of her career and her close-knit family. Angle has 10 grandchildren with a range of activities to keep their grandmother busy. Between baking cookies, reading bedtime stories and occasionally running to target practice with her .44 Magnum, one may ask “Why take on the reprehensible Harry Reid?” Sharron has a response to this question: “My philosophy has always been [to] vote for principles, values, and ultimately for the people. I don’t believe Nevada has someone doing that right now, and I can’t let that go.”

These days it seems as though Sharron Angle may be the only one living up to her promises and standing up to Harry Reid. She is a teacher, a mother, a grandmother, and Nevada’s only hope.

Jillian Walsh, a Tea Party supporter and grassroots political rally organizer, is a freelance writer who lives in Carson City.

Alex Sink, Chief Financial Officer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. / Convicted Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff, who will spend the rest of his life in federal prison for defrauding his investors out of $50 billion, managed roughly 4,000 accounts for Floridians, some of whom are blaming Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink for failing to regulate Madoff’s activities in this state.

Sink heads the Department of Financial Services, which oversees insurance fraud investigation, consumer protection, hedge funds, and registered investment advisors. 

Two sources who claim they were “victimized and neglected” by Sink’s office during her term as CFO spoke to Your Politics News this week on the condition of anonymity. One, a Miami-based retiree originally from Flint, Mich., said he felt Alex Sink should take responsibility for the Madoff scandal.

“Florida is Alex Sink’s state,” he said. “That means Florida is her problem. Why wasn’t her office aware of Bernie Madoff scheme four years ago?”

Another source claims she invested money with Sarasota hedge fund manager Arthur Nadel, who earlier this year pleaded guilty in a scheme that won him the title “mini-Madoff” on national news coverage. 

“It’s appalling when the leaders you elect to watch out for these crooks and cheaters are more concerned with campaigning for higher office,” she said. “Aren’t these hedge fund managers supposed to fall under Alex Sink’s responsibility?”

Democrat Alex Sink, elected to office in 2006, faces a tight race against Republican Rick Scott for Florida’s governor Nov. 2.

RealClearPolitics.com, a Chicago-based political poll tracker, projects Rick Scott with a slight lead over Alex Sink as of Sept. 28.