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Congressional Candidates in District 3, 4, Discuss Issues In Statewide Televised Debates

By Sean Whaley | 12:04 am October 12th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Candidates in two of Nevada’s hotly contested Congressional races debated the issues Thursday in separate 30-minute discussions on public television.

Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., faced off against state Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, in the 3rd Congressional race, while Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian debated state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, in the race for the newly created 4th Congressional District.

Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev.

Heck has a slight lead in the District 3 race in Las Vegas, while Tarkanian has a modest edge in District 4 despite the strong Democratic registration advantage in the district that covers northern Clark County and much of rural Nevada.

Oceguera called the federal Affordable Care Act “a good start” that needs to be expanded, while noting that Heck has voted repeatedly to oppose the measure.

Good elements of the bill include no caps on medical costs and prohibitions on excluding people for preexisting conditions, he said.

Heck, a physician, agreed there are good elements in the bill, but that Congress needs to repeal the law and replace it with a better measure making health insurance affordable for everyone.

On the issue of Social Security, Heck was asked about a comment he made in 2011 but later backed off from when he called the program a “pyramid scheme.” Congress needs to look at a variety of options increase the solvency of Social Security, including looking at raising the retirement age, he said.

“Part of the problem right now is the high unemployment rates under this administration, and we have fewer people paying into the system because they are not working,” he said. “So the first thing to help shore up Social Security is get the economy started, get people back to work, so more people are paying into the system.”

3rd Congressional District candidate John Oceguera.

Oceguera said Heck has repeated the pyramid scheme statement on several occasions, making it clear he wants to privatize it. Oceguera said he would work to preserve and protect the program, not privatize it.

Oceguera was asked about his goal of protecting small business while at the same time supporting the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year. He said the expiration of the tax cuts has to be part of a balanced approach that includes elements such as ending tax cuts for big oil companies and those companies shipping jobs overseas.

Heck said Oceguera voted in the Assembly to raise taxes on business, and the National Republican Congressional Committee has made his legislative record the focus of a campaign spot.

But Oceguera said that vote actually lowered payroll taxes for a majority of Nevada businesses.

The biggest controversy in the 30-minute discussion was an ad being run by Oceguera criticizing Heck, a former state Senator, for votes on a rape crisis center and abortion.

The ad cites Heck’s 2007 vote on a bill funding a crisis center, and also says the Republican tried to restrict access to abortion for victims of rape.

Oceguera said he stands by the ad.

“Congressman Heck’s record on women, women’s health and safety, is clear,” he said. “He voted to weaken the Violence Against Women Act, he voted twice to defund Planned Parenthood. He voted to make it so that the IRS could go in and audit a rape victim to ask them to have them prove that they had been raped.”

Heck said Oceguera’s statements are blatantly false and have been rejected by the media.

“The votes that he references in the Senate were the end of session pork bills that had 30 to 40 different little pet projects, some of which were very reasonable and very worthwhile, but which never received a public hearing,” he said. “I’m into transparency and accountability. If my opponent wants to pass bills and pet projects and pork in the middle of the night, what will he do in Congress?”

In the second debate, Tarkanian spent much of his time criticizing Horsford for what he said were mischaracterizations of his positions.

Horsford said his references to Tarkanian’s positions on Medicare privatization, immigration and other issues are accurate and point out his extreme positions.

Tarkanian said he supported Arizona’s anti-immigration law because the state had a right to do what it thought necessary to protect the health and safety of its residents. Nevada’s elected officials have to review for themselves if such a law is needed here, he said.

Horsford says Congress needs to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

Tarkanian criticized Horsford for consistently voting in the Legislature to raise taxes on business.

“He does have a record and it’s a failing record,” he said.

Horsford said he is proud of his record in the Legislature, working across party lines to create jobs and reduce payroll taxes on small business.

“He’s not accurate,” Horsford said. “I have a strong record, he does not.”

He said Tarkanian has run for office four times and been rejected by voters because of his extreme positions.

Tarkanian said Horsford has spent years in the Legislature but has failed to come up with plans to create jobs.


Audio clips:

Rep. Joe Heck says Congress needs to consider changes to preserve the Social Security system:

101112Heck :13 into the system.”

Assembly Speaker John Oceguera says he stands by an ad criticizing Heck’s positions on women’s health and safety:

101112Oceguera :20 had been raped.”


Tarkanian And Horsford Mix It Up In Feisty 4th Congressional District Debate

By Sean Whaley | 9:26 pm October 4th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Forget the tame, staid, policy driven debates seen in most races in Nevada so far this year.

The debate between Republican Danny Tarkanian and Democrat Steven Horsford for the new 4th Congressional District in northern Clark and several rural Nevada counties was confrontational from the get go tonight on the Ralston Reports television program.

State Senate Majority Leader and CD4 candidate Steven Horsford

Horsford, currently the state Senate majority leader from Las Vegas, and Tarkanian, son of UNV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, mixed it up in the first debate between the two candidates on issues ranging from state tax increases to who will best support the middle class in the House of Representatives.

The 30-minute debate tonight saw a lot of time spent by the candidates in denying characterizations made by their opponents, including an ad from Horsford using Tarkanian’s description of himself as a crazy radical.

Tarkanian said the description of himself was made sarcastically, while Horsford said criticisms of his support for taxes in his service in the Legislature failed to mention that Republicans, including GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval, supported the levies as part of a bipartisan compromise.

Horsford said he has a track record as the head of the Culinary Training Academy, which trains people for jobs in the gaming and hospital industry in Las Vegas, in helping reduce Nevada’s highest in the nation unemployment rate.

“It’s what you’ve already done, not just what you talk about doing,” he said. “And that’s the difference between me and my opponent. I’ve actually spent more than 11 years, working in partnership with the private sector, with labor, with the community, helping people get the training that they need.”

In Congress, Horsford said he will push for infrastructure projects that will get the depressed construction industry back to work.

Tarkanian agreed that job creation is the top priority for Congress, but said Horsford’s track record in the state Legislature is one of passing job stifling tax increases instead.

4th Congressional District candidate Danny Tarkanian.

“As a majority up leader, all he did was impose additional taxes on the middle class, for one, let’s say the car registration tax,” he said. “While people can’t afford to pay for their homes, put food on the table for their families, he’s going to double the cost of car registrations for the average Americans.

“He passed a tax bill that doubled the license fee, the business license fees, for business,” Tarkanian said.

In Congress, Tarkanian said he will work to ensure the federal government does not continue to impose costly and burdensome regulations that impede job growth.

Horsford said the tax increases approved in the 2011 Legislature came with GOP support as a way to avoid Draconian cuts to public education.

He cited 25 months of continued growth in Nevada taxable sales as evidence that the tax hikes were not harmful to business.

Horsford defended using the term crazy radical, saying Tarkanian supported the anti-immigration law passed in Arizona even though it would have caused severe economic harm to the Las Vegas convention industry. He said Tarkanian wants to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

Tarkanian said he supported the right of Arizona citizens to deal with illegal immigration, but added that it might not be appropriate for Nevada. Tarkanian also said he has not endorsed the budget plan proposed by GOP Vice Presidential candidate and Rep. Paul Ryan to change Medicare to a voucher plan for younger Americans. He called it a “great start” to an important dialogue on the federal budget.

Tarkanian said Horsford has constantly misrepresented his positions in the race.

“The difference between him and myself was telling in the last statement that he said,” Tarkanian said. “He believes you can pay down the debt by raising taxes on individuals here in our country. Every economist will tell you, if you raise taxes on people in a recession you’re going to lose revenue. It happened when he did it in the state Legislature; it will happen if you do it in Washington, DC.”

Horsford said Tarkanian has never held elective office and so does not know how efforts at compromise work.

“He has never been elected to anything so he doesn’t understand that you have to work together to get things done,” he said.

“My opponent is not being very clear on his position on this, because what he is saying is that it is OK to end, change, modify Medicare, and then to give a tax break to those at the top,” Horsford said. “That is the proposal, and that is what will happen if he is elected to Congress.”

The level of vitriol in the campaign can be seen in ads running in the contest.

Horsford’s ad using Tarkanian’s own words calling himself “one of those crazy radicals” attempts to associate Tarkanian with the conservative Tea Party, including support for such concepts as privatizing social security and eliminating the federal Department of Education.

An ad run on behalf of Tarkanian, funded by the National Republican Congressional Committee, calls Horsford one of the 10 most corrupt candidates running for Congress. The ad cites in part a story the Nevada News Bureau first reported in August 2010 about Horsford seeking contributions from lobbyists and special interest groups for face time with Senate Democrats. Horsford abandoned the concept after it was disclosed by the NNB.

The 4th Congressional District, newly created as a result of redistricting based on the 2010 census, encompasses the northern part of Clark County and parts or all of six rural counties.

The district has a strong Democratic advantage, 131,173 active voters compared to 96,716 Republicans as of the end of September, but a recent poll by the Las Vegas Review-Journal gives Tarkanian a slight edge of 45 percent to 42 percent, in part due to his name recognition. There are also 47,000 nonpartisan voters in the district.


Audio clips:

Sen. Steven Horsford says he has a track record of job creation:

100412Horsford1 :14 that they need.”

Horsford says Tarkanian does not support the middle class:

100412Horsford2 :22 elected to Congress.”

Danny Tarkanian says Horsford supported taxes that hurt the middle class:

100412Tarkanian1 :23 fees, for businesses.”

Tarkanian says higher taxes in a recession won’t generate more revenue:

100412Tarkanian2 :14 in Washington, DC.”


Deferred Action Program To Begin Accepting Applications Wednesday, 23,300 Potentially Eligible In Nevada

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 1:30 pm August 13th, 2012

CARSON CITYThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security will officially begin accepting applications Wednesday for “deferred action” from young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and who meet other specific requirements.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

There are an estimated 23,300 potential beneficiaries of the program in Nevada, with a large majority, 18,570, from Mexico, according to estimates from the Immigration Policy Center (IPC).

The IPC estimates there are approximately 1.4 million immigrants currently in the United States who might meet the requirements of the deferred action initiative, either now or when they are older.

The IPC is releasing an updated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: A Q&A Guide outlining the basic facts about the initiative, including eligibility requirements and important information on process and timing.

The IPC also recently released estimates on who is eligible and where they live in its fact sheet, “Who and Where the DREAMers Are: A Demographic Profile of Immigrants Who Might Benefit from the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action Initiative.” This analysis breaks down the population potentially eligible for deferred action by nationality and age at the national and state level, as well as the Congressional District level.

The report shows there are 11,630 potential beneficiaries in the 1st Congressional District in Nevada currently represented by Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. An estimated 7,300 beneficiaries aged 15- to 30-years-old are immediately eligible, with another 4,330 future beneficiaries now aged 5- to 14-years old.

There are 5,130 estimated beneficiaries in the 2nd Congressional District represented by Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., with 3,390 eligible now and 1,740 eligible in the future.

There are 6,540 estimated beneficiaries in the 3rd Congressional District represented by Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., with 4,360 immediately eligible and 2,180 eligible in the future.

The action by the Obama Administration has become a campaign issue in the new 4th Congressional District in Nevada, with Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian calling it a ploy for Hispanic votes and state Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, supporting the action.

The Legal Action Center (LAC) has released a practice advisory analyzing DHS guidance regarding the eligibility criteria and application process for the initiative. It also offers strategic advice for attorneys representing individuals who may qualify for deferred action under this initiative. The LAC issued this advisory jointly with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on June 15 announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria, will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings.

Napolitano said the deferred action program will offer the young immigrants two-year work permits and not deport them as a temporary measure until the country’s immigration policies could be changed with the adoption of the DREAM Act.

The IPC, established in 2003, is the policy arm of the American Immigration Council. The IPC says its mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration.

Tarkanian Campaign Says FEC Complaint Filed By Democrats An Attempt To Distract Voters

By Sean Whaley | 7:32 am June 28th, 2012

CARSON CITY – The Danny Tarkanian for Congress campaign says a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission by the Nevada State Democratic Party is inaccurate and an effort to distract voters from their own failures.

“At a time when Nevadans are suffering under the weight of 11.6 percent unemployment and the nation as a whole awaits any sign of improvement in our struggling economy, Nevada Democrats and their liberal candidate, Steven Horsford, are trying to distract voters from their own failures on the economy and jobs by lobbing patently false attacks against the surging Republican candidate for Nevada’s Congressional District 4, Danny Tarkanian,” a statement from the campaign said.

Danny Tarkanian, candidate for Congress.

“For example, on the eve of the historic Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, Steven Horsford and Nevada Democrats are not trying to defend the merits of this overreaching and failed government program,” the statement said.

The campaign said one of the claims by the Democratic Party in the complaint, that he accepted an illegal $2,500 contribution above the legal limit from DeWayne Zinkin, is in error.

“In fact, had the Democrats paid attention to the details here, they would have seen that the contribution in question was in fact two separate donations from a father and his son,” the statement said. “It is this level of inattention from Washington Democrats that has led our economy to spiral out of control and jobs in Nevada to become harder to find – it is no wonder Steven Horsford is trying to shift attention from those facts.

“This repetitive and inaccurate line of attack is not only a symptom of Steven Horsford’s desperation and lack of faith in his own ideas, but a perfect example of why Nevada voters need, want, and prefer Danny Tarkanian to be their next Congressman,” the statement said.

Tarkanian won the June 12 Republican primary and now faces state Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, in the November general election in the new congressional district created as the result of the U.S. Census.

The Democratic Party filed its complaint on Wednesday.

Nevada Democrats File New FEC Complaint Against 4th Congressional Candidate Tarkanian

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 12:23 pm June 27th, 2012

CARSON CITY – The Nevada State Democratic Party today filed a new complaint with the Federal Elections Commission against Danny Tarkanian for Congress.

The complaint alleges Tarkanian has received illegal campaign contributions and that he has failed to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in operating expenditures.

Tarkanian won the June 12 Republican primary and now faces state Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, in the November general election in the new congressional district created as the result of the U.S. Census.

The Tarkanian campaign had no immediate comment on the complaint.

4th Congressional GOP candidate Danny Tarkanian.

Among the reasons for the complaint:

- Tarkanian accepted an illegal $2,500 contribution above the legal limit from DeWayne Zinkin.

- Tarkanian failed to refund multiple illegal corporate contributions within the 30 day required period from five different entities.

- Because of a lack of proper accounting, Tarkanian failed to properly report as much as $250,000 in operating expenditures, which makes it impossible to determine what Tarkanian is spending money on.

“If Danny Tarkanian runs his business as sloppily as he runs his campaign’s finances, we’d strongly suggest he take an accounting 101 course,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange. “Understanding elementary accounting may not find him the $17 million he recently became in need of, but it would at least potentially stop him from breaking the law. While Danny Tarkanian may think he can play by his own set of rules, we’re going to hold him accountable.”

Lange was referring to a recent federal court decision in California that made Tarkanian and his family liable for a $17 million court judgment relating to a development project in Anza, Calif. Tarkanian has said he and his family were defrauded in the case.

It is the second complaint filed by the Democratic party against Tarkanian.

In May the party filed a complaint with the FEC regarding what it said were numerous irregularities in the first quarter FEC report of Danny Tarkanian for Congress.

The alleged irregularities included Tarkanian’s failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign debt leftover from his failed 2010 Senate campaign.

The Tarkanian campaign responded to the first complaint by saying: “After we complete our review of the complaint and the facts, any errors in the reports will be remedied immediately, and any other issues will be fully rectified.”


Republican Candidates For New 4th Congressional District Focus Mostly On Issues In Debate

By Sean Whaley | 8:39 pm May 21st, 2012

CARSON CITY – Three of the Republicans seeking the right to challenge state Democratic Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford for Nevada’s new 4th Congressional District seat sought to establish their conservative credentials in a televised debate today.

Barbara Cegavske, in the middle of her final four-year term in the state Senate, Danny Tarkanian, who has run for elective office on several occasions including a campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2010, and Dan Schwartz, a businessman and attorney fresh to the political arena, are seeking a victory in the June 12 primary to advance to the November general election.

In a televised debate on the Face To Face television program, the candidates took the opportunity to sell themselves  voters.

The debate was fairly subdued, without any real fireworks among the three candidates.

The sharpest attack came when Schwartz’s television ad was aired, which criticized Tarkanian for running repeatedly for a “taxpayer funded” job. Schwartz called himself a job creating businessman and a constitutional conservative in the spot.

Dan Schwartz.

“The question is, he’s run three times and Nevadans have said they’ve considered it, they just haven’t pulled the lever,” Schwartz said in commenting on his ad.

Cegavske said she would examine the federal budget line-by-line to find savings in an effort to achieve her campaign goal of cutting $1 trillion in federal spending in her first year in office. The U.S. Department of Education would be the place to start with the Commerce Department second, she said.

“You can go through all the agencies, and if you start looking through each one, you bring that money back to the states, give block granting, and you can cut administration,” she said.

Tarkanian offered some specifics on what he would do if elected, pointing to flaws in the Endangered Species Act and potential protections for the Sage Grouse that are stifling job growth in Nevada.

“Everywhere I go in rural Nevada, everywhere I go in the Mesquite area, they complain that if you are on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land and you want to get a mine started, if you want to do anything on BLM land, it takes seven to 10 years to get it processed through the federal government,” he said.

Danny Tarkanian.

The same process takes three to five years at the state level, Tarkanian said.

“Why does it take almost twice as long in the federal government when Nevada needs jobs. We should make it easier for people to get permitted,” he said.

Tarkanian also said his proposal for tax fairness means eliminating tax loopholes and tax breaks and lowering the income tax rate for average Americans.

The three candidates agreed with Gov. Brian Sandoval that Internet purchases should be subjected to the state sales tax. Sandoval recently reached an agreement with Amazon to collect the tax on Nevada purchases. Their positions conflict, however, with U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Joe Heck, both R-Nev., who oppose the so-called Main Street Protection Act.

The three candidates agreed for the need to repeal the federal health care law, but they also argued that worthwhile elements, such as providing coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, should be continued independently.

Tarkanian said his biggest concern with the law is the cost to the state’s Medicaid program, which cannot be afforded. The health care system can be strengthened by allowing health insurance to be purchased across state lines and by providing for the portability of health insurance plans, he said.

Cegavske said the law has to be repealed in its entirety as the first step.

Barbara Cegavske.

“And anything that is salvageable or people think is good then you can bring those issues back,” she said. “We don’t have the money to pay for Obamacare.”

Schwartz said repeal is necessary although there are some elements worth preserving such as letting children stay on their parents insurance through age 26.

Then the real problems have to be addressed such as how hospitals are paid, he said.

“Another real problem is that we as Americans all feel entitled to health care,” Schwartz said. “And we just can’t continue with a system that just says you can get whatever you want.”

Tarkanian is leading in the fundraising race for the primary, while long-time state lawmaker Cegavske has been endorsed by Nevada’s two GOP Congressional representatives: Mark Amodei and Joe Heck. Cegavske served with both men in the state Senate.

The Republican candidate faces a challenge in the district, however, newly created as a result of the 2010 census. The district, which includes parts of urban Clark County and much of central rural Nevada, has a Democratic voter edge.

Through April, there were 111,978 active Democrats registered in the district, compared to 89,182 Republicans, for a 44 percent to 35.1 percent for Republicans. There are also 39,273 nonpartisan voters.


Audio clips:

Sen. Barbara Cegavske says federal spending can be slashed using block grants:

052112Cegavske1 :18 cut his budget.”

Cegavske says Nevada cannot afford the federal health care law:

052112Cegavske2 :12 pay for Obamacare.”

Candidate Dan Schwartz says Danny Tarkanian has failed to win the support of Nevada voters in past campaigns:

052112Schwartz1 :05 pulled the lever.”

Schwartz says federal health care costs must be curtailed:

052112Schwartz2 :27 whatever you want.”

Candidate Danny Tarkanian says federal permitting rules need to be streamlined:

052112Tarkanian1 :24 to get permitted.”

Tarkanian says the federal health care law will bankrupt the state:

052112Tarkanian2 :16 health care system.”


Tarkanian Campaign Responds To FEC Complaint Filed By Democrats, Says Any Errors Will Be Remedied

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 9:42 am May 5th, 2012

CARSON CITY – The campaign of 4th Congressional District candidate Danny Tarkanian has responded to a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission by the Nevada state Democratic Party, saying any errors will be “remedied immediately.”

The campaign issued a statement that said: “Although the campaign has yet to receive an official copy of the complaint from the FEC, we have seen copies provided by the press and are in the process of reviewing the facts in order to respond in a timely and accurate manner.

“After we complete our review of the complaint and the facts, any errors in the reports will be remedied immediately, and any other issues will be fully rectified,” the statement issued late Friday continued. “We take the reporting requirements and campaign finance rules seriously, but we recognize that the Democratic Party of Nevada would rather focus energy and attention on process complaints instead of addressing the fact that their leadership in Washington and here in Nevada has failed to reduce our national debt or help put Americans back to work.”

The comments came after the Democratic Party filed the complaint alleging numerous irregularities in the first quarter FEC report of Danny Tarkanian for Congress.

The alleged irregularities include Tarkanian’s failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign debt leftover from his failed 2010 Senate campaign.

Tarkanian, a Republican, is running for the new congressional seat created in the 2011 redistricting process. He ran in a crowded GOP primary in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Sharron Angle won the GOP primary but lost to Reid.

The Las Vegas Sun reported last month that Tarkanian failed to include the debt from his Senate bid in his FEC filing for his congressional bid. Tarkanian said he had recently changed accountants and would amend the report to reflect the fact his campaign owes him more than $260,000.

Nevada Democrats File Complaint Over FEC Report From GOP CD4 Candidate Danny Tarkanian

By Sean Whaley | 3:01 pm May 2nd, 2012

CARSON CITY – Today, the Nevada State Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission regarding what it says are numerous irregularities in the first quarter FEC report of Danny Tarkanian for Congress.

The alleged irregularities include Tarkanian’s failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign debt leftover from his failed 2010 Senate campaign.

The Tarkanian campaign responded Friday to the complaint.

Tarkanian, a Republican, is running for the new 4th Congressional District seat created in the 2011 redistricting process. He ran in a crowded GOP primary in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Sharron Angle won the GOP primary but lost to Reid.

The Las Vegas Sun reported last month that Tarkanian failed to include the debt from his Senate bid in his FEC filing for his congressional bid. Tarkanian said he had recently changed accountants and would amend the report to reflect the fact his campaign owes him more than $260,000.

CD4 candidate Danny Tarkanian.

“Danny Tarkanian is basing his candidacy on his supposed background as a successful businessman, but he can’t even fill out simple paperwork correctly,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange. “While Danny Tarkanian may be trying to play fast and loose with his campaign’s finances, we will hold him accountable to the voters, which is why we filed this complaint.”

Among the irregularities alleged in Tarkanian’s report:

- It appears that Danny Tarkanian for Congress has accepted at least one corporate contribution, in addition to contributions from three other entities that appear to be businesses on the face of the FEC report, but no further information is provided.

- Tarkanian for Congress reported 14 contributions from LLCs without any partnership attributions, so it’s impossible to tell if any of the partners exceeded contribution limits. In fact, he may have already accepted an excessive contribution from the partner of Zinkin Entertainment LLC.

- Tarkanian also failed to disclose on his FEC report hundreds of thousands in personal debt lent to his failed 2010 U.S. Senate bid that should have carried over to his congressional bid. In fact, if it hadn’t been disclosed by a local newspaper, voters may have never known of his outstanding debt to himself.

The Tarkanian campaign responded Friday to the complaint.


Nevada 2012 Political Races Crystallize As Candidate Filing Period Ends

By Sean Whaley | 5:42 pm March 16th, 2012

(Updated to reflect that one of the Senate races in play is District 18, not District 19.)

CARSON CITY – After months of prognostications and political maneuvering, Nevada’s 2012 election season crystallized today as the state’s two-week filing period for public office came to a close.

Next up: A June 12 primary followed by the Nov. 6 general election, which will see a lengthy ballot topped by the presidential race, a competitive U.S. Senate race and four congressional contests.

Also at stake is control of the state Legislature, particularly the state Senate, where Democrats have a razor thin 11-10 majority.

Nevada is a battleground state in the presidential contest, a state President Obama won in 2008. Turnout for the presidential race is expected to have a major impact on “down ballot” races.

As evidence of Nevada’s importance, President Obama is making another trip to Southern Nevada on Wednesday to tour a Boulder City solar facility.

A number of minor party and independent candidates are vying for a number of elective offices as well.

The U.S. Senate race will see primaries for both parties, with incumbent Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., facing a handful of challengers. Heller was appointed to the Senate in May by Gov. Brian Sandoval to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of John Ensign.

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., who is challenging Heller for the seat, also faces several Democrat challengers.

In the 1st Congressional District in urban Las Vegas, where former Democrat Rep. Dina Titus is viewed as the favorite to succeed Berkley, there are no other filed Democrats. Several Republicans have filed for the seat as well.

In the 2nd Congressional District, Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., who won the seat in a special election in September 2011, is also the favorite to win a full term. He has no GOP opponents. Several Democrats have also filed for the seat.

In the 3rd Congressional District, Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., faces a challenge from Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas. Heck is seeking a second term. Other candidates representing both parties have also filed.

In the 4th Congressional District, created by Nevada’s population increase based on the 2010 census, Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, is the only Democrat, while a crowded field of Republicans, including state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas, and Danny Tarkanian, have filed.

Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev.

Twelve state Senate seats are in play in the 2012 elections, and Democrats and Republicans expect a fierce battle to win control of the 21-member body.

There are several Senate races that could affect the balance of power, and the two major parties have already picked their candidates in most of the contests:

- Senate District 5, where former Henderson city councilman Steve Kirk, a Republican, faces Democrat and former state Sen. Joyce Woodhouse. Republican Annette Teijeiro is also a candidate in the race.

- Senate District 6, where GOP attorney Mark Hutchison is facing businessman and Democrat Benny Yerushalmi. Thomas Welsh is also a Democrat in the race.

- Senate District 9, where Republican Mari Nakashima St. Martin faces Democrat Justin Jones. Brent Jones is also a GOP candidate, and Frederick Conquest has filed as a Democrat.

- Senate District 15, where incumbent Greg Brower, R-Reno, faces former state Sen. Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, who resigned her Senate 13 seat to challenge the attorney who was appointed to fill out the term of the late Sen. Bill Raggio.

- Senate District 18, where Assemblyman Scott Hammond, R-Las Vegas, faces Democrats Kelli Ross and Donna Schlemmer. The Democrat Senate caucus has not yet endorsed in this race. Assemblyman Richard McArthur, R-Las Vegas, and Republican Conrad Vergara, have also filed.

Early today, a number of state senate candidates were unopposed. By 5 p.m., however, showing how competitive the two parties are, every race had at least two candidates.

The Assembly is less likely to see a switch away from Democrat control.

While Assembly Republicans see an opportunity to make gains on Democrats in the 2012 general election, they have an uphill battle with only 16 of 42 seats currently.

A few Assembly incumbents ended up running unopposed, including Republicans Ira Hansen in District 32, Pat Hickey in District 25, Tom Grady in District 38 and John Ellison in District 33, all of which are in northern Nevada.

In Clark County, Democrats Marilyn Kirkpatrick in District 1, Harvey Munford in District 6, Oliva Diaz in District 11, Richard Carillo in District 18, and Republican  John Hambrick in District 2, also face no opponents.

More than 230 candidates filed for various offices in Clark County.

Dozens more filed with the Secretary of State, Washoe County and with election officials in the other counties around the state.

One potential candidate who opted not to run is Republican Sharron Angle, a former member of the state Assembly who ran against U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in 2010.

Instead Angle announced on her website that she is going to produce a documentary on voter fraud, a statement that prompted a response from Secretary of State Ross Miller, who oversaw the 2010 Nevada general election where Reid handily beat Angle.

“Our multi-jurisdictional Election Integrity Task Force has always aggressively investigated any leads and successfully prosecuted election law violations,” Miller said in response to media requests for comment. “However, we can’t send out our investigators until we have basic information about what crime may have been committed, when it happened and who may have been involved. The unsupported fraud claims on Ms. Angle’s campaign website don’t give us enough information to even open up a case file.

Nevada Political Season Gets Under Way Today With Dozens Of Candidates Filing For Office

By Sean Whaley | 6:21 pm March 5th, 2012

CARSON CITY – There was a flurry of candidates filing for office and some political maneuvering today as Nevada’s 2012 election season officially got under way.

Over 90 candidates filed for a variety of offices in Clark County.

Another 17 filed with the Secretary of State’s office and others filed in their respective counties around the state.

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who faces a strong challenge from Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., filed in Carson City for election to a full term in the Senate. He was appointed to the position in May by Gov. Brian Sandoval. Berkley is expected to file next week.

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

Dozens of other candidates filed on the first day of the two-week filing period, including Danny Tarkanian, a Republican who is seeking the newly created 4th Congressional District seat in portions of Clark County and rural Nevada.

And state Senate Republicans, looking to win back a majority in the 21-seat Senate for the 2013 legislative session, backed a new candidate for Senate District 9 in Clark County to replace Elizabeth Halseth, a Republican who resigned in mid-term.

Las Vegas physician Vick Gill, who had earlier this month announced as the GOP candidate for the seat, withdrew from the race, paving the way for third-generation Nevadan Mari Nakashima St. Martin to run for the seat instead.

Republicans need to hold on to the Senate 9 seat if they are to win the majority. Democrats have an 11-10 edge and are fielding a slate of candidates with the goal of maintaining control of the Senate for a third consecutive legislative session.

“I am running for the state Senate not just as a concerned citizen but as a new mom,” St. Martin said in announcing her candidacy. “I know our city, our state and many of the residents of the 9th district have seen some hard times in the last few years but I want my daughter to experience the opportunity and growth of the Nevada I knew growing up.”

St. Martin graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and currently works for a local small business as a sales and community outreach representative. Her past experience includes working as communication director for Congressman Joe Heck’s campaign, communication director for the Nevada Republican Party and as an aide in Washington, DC to Heller when he represented Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District.

Justin Jones, a Democrat, also filed for the Senate 9 seat today.

In a statement released on his filing, Tarkanian said a December poll shows him as the clear front-runner in a Republican primary for the seat and one who can beat expected Democrat candidate Steven Horsford, currently the state Senate majority leader. Several other Republicans, including state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas, are expected to file as well. Cegavske has a major fund-raiser set for this Friday in Las Vegas and another tomorrow in Washington, DC.

“Nevada needs to refuel its economy through job creation, innovation and deregulation,” Tarkanian said. “By utilizing the resources Nevada has at her very fingertips, we can infuse new business into our economy and revitalize dormant industries; all while saving taxpayer dollars.”

The U.S. Senate race saw other candidates file as well today, including former university regent Nancy Price, a Democrat.

The primary election will be on June 12 to select one candidate from each party to appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. If only one candidate files from a party, that candidate automatically appears on the general election ballot.

The general election will see races from U.S. President on down to local Nevada races.

Tarkanian Runs RoboPoll, Mulls Run in NV-04

By Elizabeth Crum | 10:28 am November 16th, 2011

Update/correction:  Danny Tarkanian did not commission this poll.

Strategic National has conducted a (very) small-sample robopoll in NV04.

In a primary match up against state Sen. Barabara Cegavske, Tarkanian is ahead 54 percent to 8 percent. (Chalk most of this margin up to Tarkanian’s advantage based on name recognition — but it means that Cegavske would have to work hard and spend a significant amount of money in a primary race against him. I’m sure Tarkanian is hoping this poll will discourage her.)

In a match-up against a generic Democrat, the poll says Tarkanian wins 44 percent to 29 percent with this group of (303) likely voters. Undecideds were at 27 percent. Based on the cross tabs of the survey (see below) — assuming all respondents affiliated with a party went with the candidate of their own party — independent and third party voters leaned Tarkanian’s way.

Cegavske beat the generic Democrat 37 to 33 percent with 30 percent undecided.

Tarkanian is at 33 percent very favorable/favorable, 52 percent neutral, and 10 percent unfavorable in the poll.

Cegavske is at 13 percent very favorable/unfavorable, 74 percent neutral, 8 percent unfavorable (which again just means that most respondents don’t know her).

The breakdown of the respondents was 54.5% Female and 45.5% Male.  Partisan registration was 45.5% Democrat, 33.0% Republican, and 21.5% Independent or 3rd Party.  The survey has a Margin of Error of +/- 5.63%, at a 95% Confidence Interval.

Tarkanian told me last night that he would likely make a decision over Thanksgiving weekend, so we will probably know by the end of the month or early December.

In past conversations with me, Tarkanian has said he feels that if he does not run for Congress this cycle, he will lose valuable momentum and the name-recognition advantage leftover from the 2010 U.S. Senate primary race. He acknowledges, too, that this is likely his “last shot” after unsuccessful runs for the state Legislature, Secretary of State and U.S. Senate.

Part of Tarkanian’s calculus is his belief that there will be much higher Republican than Democratic turnout, especially in the rural parts of that (new) district, and also that he can win over a majority of independents. He also claims that updated precinct reports he’s seen show active Democratic voters have dropped from 42,400 to around 28,000 in that district.

Re: his relationship with Cegavske, Tarkanian spoke warmly of her, said they are “very close” and that she has “been like a mentor” to him. I’m guessing that if he jumps in, he hopes she’ll change her mind about running (remember, candidate filing is not until March).

As for his wife’s position as Nevada Republican Party chair and whether that will be a problem should he choose to run, Tarkanian said it “clearly isn’t a conflict” because the party does not endorse in primaries. Not sure everyone in the central committee will see it that way…

Also, in the presidential race, the survey shows:

Gingrich at 31 percent

Cain at 22 percent

Romney at 21

Paul at 9

Perry at 3



Team Lowden Says They Reached Half of Their ID’d Suppporters in Early Voting

By Elizabeth Crum | 11:24 am June 5th, 2010

On a conference call with press this morning, Team Lowden coach Robert Uithoven said they had “pretty good success” with their early voting Get Out the Vote effort, reaching about half of their ID’d voters.

Not sure that can be called success, though.  If Lowden only got half of her confirmed supporters to the polls early, she is going to need a huge Tuesday push which, as Ralston Tweeted during the call, seems pretty unlikely.

Uithoven referenced past voter data on Angle in Churchill, Elko and other rural counties where she historically fared less well and said they have been focused picking up votes in those areas.

He claimed they are “up outside the margin of error” after early voting, based on 6,000 interviews.

Uithoven also mentioned Team Tark, saying Danny has “possibly benefited from staying out of” the Angle-Lowden fray.  He added, though, that Tark has been relatively “stagnant” in the polls and said he believes Tark has topped out.

We then had the usual mention of “outside groups” going after Lowden, characterized nicely by Ralston via Twitter:

“Fine whine.”

Perhaps the most notable thing about the call was that there were no questions from press, but then there’s not too much that hasn’t been asked and answered in recent weeks.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I am ready for Tuesday night and would probably just fast forward through the next three days if I could.

Team Tark Looking for A Few Good Men, With Cash

By Elizabeth Crum | 8:00 am June 3rd, 2010

From Team Tark this morning, a claim that they are in “a virtual tie” – and the only “true outsider” in the race! – along with a solicitation for funds ($100 from 200 folks) for a final ad buy (bold text is mine) that will help Danny go down in history:

Dear Friend,

Danny Tarkanian is on the cusp of a remarkable victory in Nevada. Sue Lowden, is in steep decline due to a series of missteps and questionable campaign activities. His other opponent, Sharron Angle, is still seen by some as a candidate that cannot muster enough support to beat Harry Reid. Internal polls continue to show Danny in a virtual tie, and when the dust settles next Tuesday, Danny Tarkanian will be the Republican standard-bearer for what will be an historic campaign against Harry Reid.

One of the benefits of a long and expensive primary is the chance to prove your candidate’s character and demonstrate the resilience and longevity of your campaign. We can tell you that no candidate has worked harder than Danny. It has not always been easy – Danny has had to contend with a dozen candidates running for Senate and a slew of out of state special interest money spent on his opponents. Despite it all however, Danny is the only true outsider in this race, and he has managed to fight his way to the top.

Many of you have contributed generously to Danny’s campaign. Even though some of you cannot vote for Danny, you have seen his potential, have understood the enormous impact that his election to the U.S. Senate would make, and have trusted in his message. Your support has made the difference and next Tuesday you will be among those standing proud. In this final week, Danny is hitting the campaign trail hard, but he needs our help one last time. The campaign is prepared to make a heavy television buy for the final few days, but we need your support to be seen and heard. If just 200 of you contribute $100 or more, Danny can run our final television buy and make his last appeal to Nevada’s people. It could make all the difference on Election Day next Tuesday.

Join with us in this historic moment. Be a part of a campaign that will re-write the political landscape. Help Danny Tarkanian when your contribution will matter most. It only takes a moment to make a valuable contribution online.


Team Tark

Not sure what kind of game-changing statewide ad buy you can get for $20,000 right now…?  Will have to be targeted to get bang for that buck, I think.

WaTi: Suffolk U Poll Says Angle In Lead in US Senate Race

By Elizabeth Crum | 7:07 am June 3rd, 2010

Despite a sample of 400 GOP likely voters, I am taking this poll done by the Suffolk University Political Research Center with a full shaker of salt (although I think we can be pretty sure the Angle campaign will be using it in a press release later today).

The poll says Angle is now in the lead in the U.S. Senate race with 33% and has Tarkanian and Lowden virtually tied for second at 26% and 25% respectively.

The poll also asked about “intensity” (whether a voter was Definitely, Probably, or Maybe) voting for the candidates.  The Definitelies were at 53-51-52 (Angle-Tark-Lowden).  The Probablies were at 33-36-30.  And the Might-Change-My-Minds were at 12-13-17.

The M-D poll published in the RJ on May 28 had Lowden at 30% with Angle at 25% and Tark at 20% (not at 200% as the WaTi story says, although am sure Tarkanian would love it if every Nevadan was voting for him twice).

If you believed those M-D numbers, and if you believe these from this this Suffolk U poll, then you believe Angle has gained eight points while Lowden has slipped by five in just the past five days.

I don’t.

I do find this interesting, though:

When supporters of the other candidates were asked which of the top three hopefuls they would support if they knew their first choice couldn’t win, Mrs. Lowden led at 33 percent, followed by Mr. Tarkanian at 25 percent and Mrs. Angle at 14 percent.

So one-third of those voters whose first choice was Angle or Tark would go with Lowden as their second choice, but only 14% of those whose first choice was Lowden or Tark would go with Angle as next-best.

This is interesting, too:

But when GOP voters were asked which candidate has a better chance of defeating Mr. Reid, Miss Lowden led at 33 percent led again, but this time with Mrs. Angle second at 27 percent and Mr. Tarkanian at 23 percent.

Taken with Angle’s numbers above, this means a segment of Angle voters believe Lowden has a better chance of beating Harry Reid, but they are going to vote for Angle anyhow.

Hat Tip on the poll to @RalstonFlash on Twitter.

Update (at 7:09 AM): Silly me.  The Tea Party Express, not Team Angle, was first out with a press release with the subject line “POLL SHOCKER: Angle Leads Lowden by 8% in Nevada Senate Race” and the header “SHARRON ANGLE TAKES THE LEAD IN NEVADA U.S. SENATE RACE.”

Team Tark’s New Radio Ad: “Why Glenn Beck Called Danny Tarkanian a Tea Party Radical”

By Elizabeth Crum | 2:15 pm June 1st, 2010

Here it is:


The ad stars Chuck Heath (Sarah Palin’s father), Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist, and a Nevada tea party activist.

Everyone wants to be The Real (radical) Tea Party Candidate!