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Supporters gather during a recent Sharron Angle for U.S. Senate rally

LAS VEGAS, Nev. / Nevada voters are all but evenly split among U.S. Senate candidates, with incumbent Harry Reid barely leading Republican opponent Sharron Angle in the latest Mason-Dixon Polling & Research findings.   

Angle trails Reid by two percentage points, with 44 versus the Senate majority leader’s 46, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday. With Nevada’s unemployment rate the worst in the country, both candidates have worked to champion job creation, with 53 percent of those surveyed preferring Sharron Angle’s proposal to cut taxes and deregulate private business. Another 34 percent preferred the Harry Reid-favored approach involving government job creation and Wall Street reform and regulation.   

In an interview with ABC News last week, Reid distanced himself from taking blame for Nevada’s 14.3 percent unemployment. Angle advocate and tea party supporter Sandi Fiske of Reno told Your Politics News on Friday she was disgusted by Reid’s remarks. 

“[H]is attitude gives his former supporters like me even more reason to vote in some new leadership,” Fiske said. 

Both Sharron Angle and Harry Reid are reportedly reaching out to more Hispanic voters in the days leading up to the Nov. 2 election. Angle’s camp says she’s hopeful for an endorsement from Hispanic gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval.

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CARSON CITY, Nev. / Distancing himself from his state’s skyrocketing jobless rate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dodged the blame in an interview with ABC News‘ political webcast “Top Line” this week.

“You know that I had nothing to do with the massive foreclosures here. You know that I had nothing to do with these unemployment figures,” Reid said. “My job is to create jobs. My opponent says that is not her job to create jobs. And I think that is really wrong. I think it is my job to create jobs and I’ve done my best.”

Last month, 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 Reid’s opponent, Sharron Angle, recently criticized the Senate majority leader for his campaign ad that attacks Angle’s take on extended unemployment benefits. “We really have spoiled our citizenry,” the ad quotes Angle as having said a few months ago.

Angle supporter Sandi Fiske says Reid’s deflection is representative of being out of touch with his constituents.

“Saying it’s not his fault sounds bitter and childish. This may not be entirely his fault, but his attitude gives his former supporters like me even more reason to vote in some new leadership,” Fiske said.

Nevada’s 14.3 percent unemployment rate is the worst in the country as of July, according to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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LAS VEGAS — Sen. Harry Reid challenger Sharron Angle will exhibit greater appeal to her state’s Hispanic base over the next two months, a group of her supporters said Thursday.

The Republican, while critical of illegal immigration, understands the outreach necessary with fewer than 60 days to the general election. Nevada saw a large increase of registered Hispanic voters during the months leading up to the 2008 presidential election, according to research done by Democracia USA, based in Miami.

Angle’s camp says the candidate will soon air Spanish-language television and radio advertisements.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have to work much harder at winning support from Hispanic voters. Last month he publicly said, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay. Do I need to say more?” The soundbite provoked negative reaction around the country, and could return to haunt the incumbent.

“It’s going to take a lot more than a simple apology from Harry Reid to erase that blunder,” Evan Shertzer, a local Angle event organizer, told Your Politics News.

Sharron Angle supporters hope the candidate will win an endorsement from Nevada’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Brian Sandoval, a Hispanic.

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Harry Reid attacks Sharron Angle in latest ad

 

RENO, Nev. / Tea Party supporters of U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle say they’re disgusted with incumbent Sen. Harry Reid’s latest campaign ad, which attacks Angle for saying “we really have spoiled our citizenry” through extended unemployment benefits.  

Reid’s 30-second advertisement features a jobless Nevada resident who resents the term “spoiled.” Angle apologized for her word choice during an interview last month. Since then her opponent has characterized Angle as a heartless, out-of-touch politician, says one supporter. 

“How does Harry Reid have any room to talk about the unemployed? He’s part of the reason my son hasn’t worked in over a year,” said Wanda Riggins, a mother of a laid-off emergency responder in Searchlight, Reid’s birthplace. 

The latest unemployment numbers put Nevada at the nation’s worst in job losses. The state’s jobless rate through the second quarter stands at 21.5 percent, which has left about 200,000 residents without work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last month, Harry Reid pushed through a $26 billion bill to help retain 300,000 teachers and police officers, but comes as little consolation to some of those collecting unemployment benefits. 

Dallas Gowdy, a small business owner forced to close his family restaurant in Reno earlier this year, said Reid’s bill “came way too late for the little guy. And here I thought Nevada had the most thriving economy in the country.” 

Gowdy has since thrown his support behind Angle, and believes Reid’s Republican challenger will bring some fresh leadership to the Senate. The general election will take place November 2.

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Steve Wynn's $20,000 contribution to Harry Reid in 2009

 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. / As part of its public requests for information that ties Sen. Harry Reid to questionable political players, Your Politics News submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) paperwork for records to discover why the majority leader shows unbridled allegiance to his state’s gaming industry.   

Casino mogul Steve Wynn, who developed and built resorts including the Mirage, Treasure Island, and Bellagio, has contributed to Reid’s election campaigns for the last 25 years.  Wynn first gave to Reid in 1984 when the Democrat served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, campaign records show.   

In 2000 Wynn sold Mirage Resorts to MGM Grand Inc.  The sale created MGM Mirage, Reid’s biggest political donor with $153,900 in contributions since the beginning of the 2010 election cycle.  Last year Bloomberg News reported that Wynn expressed an interest in buying back some troubled MGM Mirage casinos.  And in Sept. 2009, Wynn made his largest single contribution to Harry Reid — $20,000.   

Harry Reid wants to win, and that means he needs Wynn,” said Graham Coyne, a media and political consultant based in Carson City. “His history with the gaming commission proves his dedication to bankrolling campaigns with casino cash.  And much of Nevada remains jobless all the while.”   

Reid chaired Nevada’s gaming commission from 1977 to 1981. He has served on the U.S. Senate since 1987, and will face GOP opponent Sharron Angle in November.   

Your Politics News filed the FOIA request to determine whether Reid violated campaign laws or promised political favors when he accepted contributions from MGM Mirage, as well as other gaming donors, including Harrah’s Entertainment and Boyd Gaming.

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. / YourPoliticsNews.com Tuesday filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all documents related to Sen. Harry Reid’s Searchlight Leadership Fund, a political action committee the majority leader founded in 1998 to help bankroll federal Democratic candidate campaigns.

The PAC’s 2010 expenditures reveal $441,750 contributed to Democrats as of August 20, public records show. Recipients include Sen. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA).

Public records also reveal Searchlight’s top donors this year include MGM Mirage, Jim Beam, and Microsoft. The securities and investment industry has given the PAC $52,000 this year, while gaming and casino contributions account for $35,000, according to OpenSecrets.org, a campaign contribution tracking website.

Your Politics News wants to know whether Sen. Reid or his family members received any gifts or favors from MGM Mirage, Jim Beam, and Microsoft and other contributors to his Searchlight Leadership Fund and whether he broke ethics rules by accepting them or circumvented or even broke election laws.

“PACs are certainly part of the lifeblood of politics, and that goes for both parties. But here you have a committee formed personally by Harry Reid. We want to know why he’s chosen certain candidates to back and, in turn, what their motivations are in the Senate and what favors he may have received in return,” Sid Bradley, executive editor of Your Politics News, said. “More often than not, committees like Searchlight are set up to simply buy votes.”

Your Politics News also wants to know if any of the candidates promised their votes on bills or any other political favors to receive a contribution from the Reid PAC.  While dealmaking is commonplace in politics, a quid pro quo is illegal.

Reid, who faces Republican challenger Sharron Angle in November, last year influenced Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) to support health care reform in exchange for Medicaid expansion in Nebraska, opponents argued.

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RENO, Nev. / As the dangerous temperatures and humidity soared, the Bureau of Land Management rounded up thousands of wild Mustangs, Your Politics News has learned that Sen. Harry Reid, locked in a dead heat race to retain his U.S. Senate seat in Nevada and fighting for his political future, had a hand in what has become a serious animal rights issue.  The connection became apparent after following the money trail.  

The Mustang roundup is already under fire from Capitol Hill.  Late last week, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it has requested a formal review of its policies by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council.

The controversial Mustangs capture was put into action earlier this month. The first group of Mustangs reached the end of their stressful journey around 2:37pm. Now one of three fates await them; adoption, sterilization and release, or a captive life in tight pens. The Bureau of Land Management is also considering a fourth option: slaughter, but that has yet to be decided.

Most of the round-ups were held on private land so the public cannot witness broken legs, heat exhaustion, and deaths of little foals.

Following land records and campaign records, it turns out Senate Democratic leader Reid is connected to this event.

 In 1998 Harry Reid bought an undisturbed, undeveloped parcel of land for approximately $400,000. He also bought another parcel land with Jay Brown whom has been under investigation numerous times for numerous charges from bribery to connections with organized crime. In 2001 Reid sold for an estimated $1.1 million to a corporation created by Jay Brown. Sen. Harry Reid never disclosed the profit on his public ethics reports or the venture he had in Brown’s company. Instead he continued to falsely claim the land as his own. The senator then pushed for the property to be re-zoned for commercial purposes.

Harry Reid also had questionable ties and real-estate deals with Harvey Whittemore. Whittemore contributed big dollars to Reid’s campaign fund and employed many of his family members. Over time Harry Reid crushed all types of environmental regulations to allow Whittemore to cash in on the land. He is not alone, Reid has stood behind and used his position to make the mustang’s homeland, nothing more than “wasted land which should be utilized to better the commercial and real-estate industries”.

The last obstacle was to push through the power corridor. Reid insisted on a bill that relocated the power corridor and allowed close parties to develop the 10,500 acres that were previously under Congress’s control. This meant someone had to move out of somewhere to free up valuable land. The most “politically correct” option? The Mustang’s. They do not pay taxes or contribute to campaign funds, and if he could just convince someone they were damaging the land or were “over-populated,” he could rid them of the area. Ironically, Harry Reid shares the most intimate relationship with the Bureau of Land Management of any senator. Reid pushed and pleaded and eventually “a management plan” was put in place.

After approving of the wild Mustang’s getting rounded up by low flying, horribly noisy and frightening helicopters resulting in too many to count broken legs and ultimately euthanasia, Harry Reid released this statement: “We have a responsibility to preserve these icons of American West for future generations.”

Harry Reid noted the Bureau of Land Management hasn’t done “a particularly effective job.” He said the Bureau was not effective in keeping the Mustangs off valuable, newly zoned commercial land. So, to him, “effective” means making these majestic creatures run hundreds of miles, in brutal heat, over rocky terrain resulting in prolonged, excruciating deaths or a life of captivity surrounded by fear and inadequate nutrition at tax payers expense.

No wonder why Harry Reid says break a leg.

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