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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.


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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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LAS VEGAS, Nev. / As Republican Sharron Angle tightens the U.S. Senate race here, her supporters are calling on Majority Leader Harry Reid to attend a pair of rallies this weekend.

Tonight at 7:00, Angle will speak at the sold out Sean Hannity Freedom Concert at Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael W. Smith, and Charlie Daniels will perform. The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund has raised $10 million through Hannity’s listeners to help educate children of killed or disabled U.S. service members.

Angle’s supporters have grown increasingly disenchanted with Reid’s leadership, specifically after recent figures showed Nevada dead last in the country’s employment. Reid’s handling of federal stimulus money, as well as a recent admission by a former campaign manager that Reid took money from Reno brothel owner Joe Conforte.
“Reid would do well to show up at one of these freedom rallies to let Nevadans know he stands with them,” said supporter Phyllis Coffee of the Angle Action Network. But as he’s done his entire career, Reid will probably play partisan politics and sit this one out.”
David Walnut of Nevada, who has voted for Reid three times, said the Senator “should wow everybody by giving an impromptu speech at the event.”
Since the recession, Nevada’s jobless rate has skyrocketed to 21.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau estimated 200,000 residents to be without work. Reid has committed federal stimulus money toward saving teaching and public service positions, but to little satisfaction for Nevada’s conservative base.
Rasmussen Reports surveys from July showed Nevada voters favored Harry Reid over Sharron Angle by a slim margin (45% to 43%). Angle’s primary win for the GOP puts Reid in a position to fight the toughest political fight of his career. He’s held his Senate seat since 1987.

Angle will give a second speech this weekend during Saturday’s Restoring Honor Rally, also in Las Vegas, at 8:00 a.m.

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Las Vegas, Nev. / Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country, an announcement that couldn’t come at a worse time for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, reports Your Politics News.

“It seems Harry Reid is taking the biggest gamble of his political career these days,” says Sid Bradley, the political website‘s executive editor. “He’s betting on his state to reelect him, while many of his contituents are struggling to keep their job and mortgage. These unemployment numbers only prove Obama’s stimulus package was a failure.”

Nevada’s unemployment rate through the second quarter stands at 21.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Reid faces GOP challenger Sharron Angle in what many pollsters deem the tightest U.S. Senate race in state history. A former campaign manager for Reid last week went public to Your Politics News about the senator’s political and money ties to Mustang Ranch owner Joe Conforte.

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