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Nevada’s outgoing Republican Senator, Dean Heller, says improving veteran’s issues as well as passing the 2017 tax overhaul were among his major accomplishments during his tenure in Congress.

Bree Zender

The results of the race for Nevada’s open U.S. Senate seat will reach beyond the state itself. That’s why many big names in politics are traveling to the Silver State to campaign on the behalf of candidates Dean Heller and Jacky Rosen. KUNR’s Bree Zender explains. 

With two weeks until the 2018 midterm election, KUNR has not yet been able to schedule interviews with some of the most prominent members of the GOP running for office. KUNR News Director Michelle Billman sat down with Senior Political Reporter Paul Boger to talk about some of the Republican candidates and where they stand on the issues.

Republican Senator Dean Heller and Democratic Congresswoman Jacky Rosen traded barbs in their first and only debate. KUNR’s Anh Gray reports health care took center stage.

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Nevada's U.S. Senate race has been among the most closely watched contests in the country this election cycle, with incumbent Republican Senator Dean Heller facing a tough challenge from Democratic Congresswoman Jacky Rosen. And, while the two candidates have traded barbs over nearly every major issue, nothing has sparked more debate than perhaps healthcare.

Nevada's U.S. Senate race is among the most closely watched election in the nation. To break down the race between incumbent Republican Senator Dean Heller and his challenger, Democratic Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, KUNR's News Director Michelle Billman sat down with our Senior Political Reporter Paul Boger.

President Donald Trump and Senator Dean Heller emerge from Air Force One before a rally in Elko, Nevada.
Paul Boger

Early voting in Nevada is underway, and political candidates are doing whatever they can to appeal to voters in the waning days of the election. And this weekend, the Republicans called out the big guns to stump on their behalf –President Donald Trump. As KUNR’s Paul Boger reports, the president held a rally in the heart of conservative Nevada, Elko, to bolster support ahead of the general.

Quote:"If you were watching the debate for a lesson in civility, I think you would have had more luck watching a boxing match."
Paul Boger

Polling in Nevada’s U.S. Senate race has been neck and neck for months with any advantage well within the margin of error. And last Friday, the top contenders for the position sparred over the biggest issues in that race. To talk about the debate between Jacky Rosen and Dean Heller,  KUNR’s Bree Zender spoke to Senior Political Reporter Paul Boger to get the breakdown.

The 2018 Midterms are just 30 days away, and office-seekers in Nevada are crisscrossing the state working to drum up support ahead of the November election.

KUNR's Paul Boger sat down with Professor Lokken and has this report. 

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Nevada’s U.S. Senators are sharing opposing opinions on the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Paul Boger / Reno Public Radio

Conservatives from across the state and country descended on Northern Nevada this weekend to participate in attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt’s 4th annual Basque Fry. The event has become a proverbial who’s who for Nevada Republicans, serving as a way to both rally the base and raise some much-needed cash ahead of the election. 

Heller Predicts Upcoming High Court Vacancy

Mar 9, 2018
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New comments from Senator Dean Heller seem to imply the U.S. Supreme Court could have a vacancy as soon as this summer.

In a Q and A with the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Las Vegas last week, Heller made a number of bold claims. Among them, a prediction that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire by early summer.

"That being the case, the Republicans are going to have an opportunity to put another supreme court justice in place, which I'm hoping will get our base motivated because right now they're not motivated."

 

Nevada’s Republican Senator Dean Heller may be in the political fight for his life. Political pundits have named him one of the most vulnerable members of Congress, and now he faces a challenge from within his own party. Our News Director Michelle Billman sat down with our political reporter Paul Boger to get the latest on Senator Heller’s reelection campaign. 

 

Paul, let’s start off with why we’re speaking to each other instead of airing an interview with Senator Heller.

 

Political pundits from across the country have named Senator Dean Heller as one of the most vulnerable Republicans in Congress. And before he can even think about campaigning in a general election, he first has to make it past the primary where he’s facing opposition from the right. Reno Public Radio sat down with Heller’s challenger, Danny Tarkanian, to find out why he’s running against the incumbent.

Why run for this? Why challenge a sitting Republican?

Noah Glick

The annual Lake Tahoe Summit brings together elected representatives from Nevada and California to discuss the future of the basin.

This year, officials focused on the impact of climate change and urban development on its famed clarity.

A vote on health care legislation is expected Tuesday, but the details are murky. Political scientist Fred Lokken says it's unclear how Republican Senator Dean Heller will vote.

“He is now in the classical ‘damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t’ situation,” Lokken explains, “because if he does not support the state that becomes a huge issue. Frankly, it could play very heavily moving forward in his reelection campaign. If he does stand by his state, he could be targeted by the Trump PAC. A candidate could be put in the primary race to try to beat him for the nomination.”

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Republican Senator Dean Heller will face a challenge from Democrat Jacky Rosen in the 2018 general election.

In an email to reporters, Nevada's 3rd District Congresswoman says she is seeking the Democratic nomination for Senator in next year's election. She went on to say that an official announcement would come soon.

Considered a political outsider, Rosen worked as a computer programmer, software designer and president of a synagogue in Henderson until seeking office last year. She only narrowly defeated her opponent, perennial Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian.

Paul Boger

Republican members of Nevada's Congressional Delegation, Senator Dean Heller and 2nd District Representative Mark Amodei, got an ear-full from voters Monday during a combative town hall event.

Paul Boger

Protesters are confronting Republican members of Congress across the country this week as they return home for a recess, probing to see if lawmakers veer from President Donald Trump's more controversial actions or increase their public availability. Northern Nevada is no different.

Sen. Heller Still Noncommital On Supporting Trump

Aug 9, 2016
Julia Ritchey

U.S. Senator Dean Heller told reporters in Reno on Tuesday he's still not ready to back his party's nominee for president. 

Nevada's Republican senator says he's unhappy with comments Trump has made over the course of his campaign about women, minority groups, the disabled and veterans. He is, however, still giving Trump a chance.

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