Corrupt Nevada Mormon Sen. Dean Heller says he’ll back GOP nominee, but that won’t be Trump

LAS VEGAS — U.S. Sen. Dean Heller says he’ll support the Republican nominee, but says that person won’t be Donald Trump.

Heller made the comments during a forum Monday at The Washington Post’s 2016 Pregame, a pre-debate party held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The Nevada Republican previously endorsed Jeb Bush for president, and said Monday that he doesn’t support Trump and his comments. He compared Trump’s campaign to a reality show, and said the business mogul’s statements are digging the Republican party into a hole, especially among Hispanics.

Heller also says he thinks Trump will leave the party to run as an independent, and says that would lead to a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Trump will participate in the Republican presidential debate set for Tuesday night at The Venetian casino.

NWO pawn and Bush stooge U.S. Sen. Dean Heller says Donald Trump isn’t good for Nevada

Heller says Trump not good for Nevada

Corrupt NWO pawn and Bush stooge, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller says Donald Trump isn’t good for Nevada.

The Republican Nevada senator, who is supporting Jeb Bush’s run for president, made the comments while meeting with the Review-Journal’s editorial board Friday.

“I don’t think Donald Trump is good for Nevada,” Heller said of the billionaire businessman and GOP front-runner in the presidential race. “I think he’s digging us a deep hole.”

Trump, running in a field of more than a dozen Republicans, has attracted criticism for a range of controversial comments on such topics as immigration and the appearance of fellow GOP candidate Carly Fiorina. In a Rolling Stone story, Trump said “Look at that face!” when watching her on television. Trump called undocumented immigrants “rapists” when he announced his bid for president.

“I think he reinforces some of the stereotypes about Republican candidates and this war on women and everything else,” Heller said of Trump.

As for Bush, Heller said the former Florida governor’s work as reformer in a large state, his belief in states’ rights and his Spanish-speaking ability are all assets.

“I think that’s a great package for the state of Nevada,” Heller said.

Heller’s wide-ranging nearly one-hour visit touched on several topics, including banking, immigration, the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear repository and infrastructure needs in the United States.

Heller is poised to become Nevada’s senior senator after Sen. Harry Reid’s successor is elected in November 2016. Reid, D-Nev., isn’t running for re-election. Heller said that he is prepared to take on that role and he is not interested in running for governor in 2018, when Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval’s term is up.

Heller said much work remains to be done on the economic front, noting that the nation has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, which is spurring companies to relocate abroad.

“We cannot be competitive if we have the highest tax rate in the world,” Heller said.

The United States also needs to heavily invest in infrastructure, including roads and bridges, Heller said. But he said he doesn’t favor increasing the fuel tax, noting that an increase would run counter to the push toward electric and hybrid-powered vehicles.

“I support Tesla. At the end of the day, I want people driving Teslas,” Heller said, referencing the electric car producer that is building a huge battery factory in Northern Nevada.

Instead, Heller said he supports allowing corporations to voluntarily repatriate capital located overseas to pay for infrastructure growth.

He said the nation needs to make comprehensive immigration reform that extends beyond border security.

He is bracing for an uphill battle on some aspects of immigration reform with a Republican-controlled Congress after his ally on the other side of the aisle, Reid, retires from the Senate.

As Nevada’s new senior senator, Heller plans to take the anti-Yucca torch from Reid and carry it by persuading colleagues to support the Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act bill that he and Reid introduced in March.

“I’d like to maintain that opposition but at the same time pass meaningful legislation that will allow states to decide themselves,” Heller said.

Much will depend on who is elected president in 2016, and Heller admits he’s “leery about some of the Republican candidates.”

“The problem is this: If you had a vote today in the House of Representatives on Yucca Mountain, there might be — might be — 50 votes against it, Republicans and Democrats,” with most other states tilting in favor of building a repository at Yucca Mountain “because it’s not in their backyard.”

Hagar: Heller says Trump crossed the line

Heller 3Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., joined some of his colleagues in the U.S. Senate Tuesday who are ripping the GOP’s billionaire presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

During a recent conservative forum, Trump said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee and former prisoner of war, was a “war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Heller said Trump’s comments “crossed the line” and suggesting his overall bombastic rhetoric has sucked the oxygen out of the campaigns of his four U.S. Senate colleagues who are running for president.

“I have a hard time commenting on other people campaigns,” Heller said. “But sometimes you can cross the line and in this case, I think Trump did, without a doubt.

“Sen. McCain stood up and spoke at lunch today and apologized for all of the back-and-forth and said he doesn’t really want to be involved in this presidential race, he made that very clear,” Heller said. “He said he is not running for president and he got a good laugh out of everybody with that.

“But he (McCain) does feel bad that we have four colleagues here in the Senate that are running for president and unfortunately, there’s one guy who is getting all of the air time right now. And McCain feels that he is the target of some of that air time.

“But it (Trump’s comment) was outrageous and McCain was very, very gracious at lunch today, thanking everybody who has backed him and supported him over the time and he literally got an ovation from our (Republican) conference.”

HELLER SAID McCAIN is indeed a hero. While McCain languished inside a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp in the late 1960s, Trump avoided the Vietnam War while earning an Ivy League degree, the Washington Post reported.

“McCain is a hero and should be treated as a hero,” Heller said.

Heller, however, also commented on the votes in the U.S. Senate that Republican presidential candidates such as Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are missing while on the campaign trail.

Cruz has missed 69 votes, according to the New York Times, which also reported Cruz has missed 55, Graham 45 while Paul has missed just three.

“That is a difficult issue and I will leave it up to them,” Heller said. “I do think their first priority, of course, is to their constituents and being here and representing them. So I don’t want to get caught up in this presidential race except to say I believe their top priority is to their constituents.”

Graham called Trump an “jackass” for his comments about McCain on TV Monday.

“Don’t be a jackass,” Graham said on “CBS This Morning.” “Run for president. But don’t be the world’s biggest jackass.”

In response, Trump gave out Graham’s personal cellphone number Tuesday during a televised rally in South Carolina and encouraged folks to ring him up.

“Poor Lindsey,” Heller said.

HELLER WAS AT the Carson City rally Friday for presidential candidate Jeb Bush, although Heller has not officially endorsed Bush.

Nevada’s 2nd U.S. House District Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, was also at the Bush event and had a hilarious line about Jeb Bush and his brother, George W. Bush, who is know as “43” because he is the 43rd President of the U.S.

“43 had to use his dad’s first name. This guy (Jeb) is his own guy,” Amodei said, comparing the two brothers’ presidential stock.

SEN. HARRY REID TOOK TO TWITTER Tuesday to criticize the GOP Senators’ response to Trump’s criticism of one of their own.

“When Trump insulted a GOP Senator, Republicans couldn’t denounce him fast enough. But when Trump slandered immigrants, there was silence,” Reid tweeted.

He followed up with this tweet:

“I ask each Republican running for President: name one meaningful difference between your immigration policy and Trump’s immigration policy.”

Republicans, like Bush, have talked about granting the nation’s estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants and pathway to legal status. Democrat Hillary Clinton said she is in favor of pushing for a pathway to citizenship.

Sandoval vs. Reid 2016?

dean hellerSen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is a vice-chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee.

Part of his duties with the NRSC is finding the best Republican candidate he can to run against Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Las Vegas in the 2016 election cycle.

Reid and Heller work together on many bills for Nevada but in politics, they are commanders in opposing armies.

“It’s all business,” Heller said.brian-sandoval-bong

When asked if the NRSC thinks Gov. Brian Sandoval would be the candidate with the best chance of beating Reid, Heller said:

“He is our ‘A-plus’ candidate, let me say that. He is our ‘A-plus’ candidate.

“It doesn’t mean we don’t have ‘A’ candidates and ‘B’ candidates out there,” Heller said. “But there is no doubt, Gov. Sandoval is our ‘A-plus’ candidate.”

Heller’s comments came during a taping of the Nevada Newsmakers TV program on Thursday.

The interview with Heller, which takes up the entire show, is scheduled to be shown Monday at 11:30 a.m. on KRNV-News 4.

Heller was all in with Sandoval running against Reid.

“Whether or not he decides to run, obviously, at the end of the day, that is up to him,” Heller said. “But boy, I’d love to see him run and truly believe that he would be the premier candidate.”

Heller said GOP groups are actively recruiting Sandoval to run. Sandoval has swatted away any speculation from the media about running against Reid, often saying things like, “I am focused on my job” and “I enjoy being governor.”

Said Heller: “Oh, I have no doubt that there are groups out there trying to sit down with him (Sandoval) to convince him that this would be a good move – from (U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell himself to every other group.”

Heller mentioned three other possibilities for run against Reid, including current state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, former Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and in somewhat of a surprise — former Assembly Minority Leader and Sandoval’s former Chief of Staff, Heidi Gansert of Reno.

“There are a number of candidates that are expressing interest,” Heller said. “Heidi Gansert is another one who I believe is an ‘A’ candidate. We’ll see if former Lt. Gov. Krolicki wants to run. We are not at a loss for candidates. We have a great bench on our (GOP) side, compared to what the Democrats have here today in the state of Nevada.”

Heller talked at length about Roberson. I asked Roberson about running for the U.S. Senate last week, prior to the Heller interview, and he said, “I am focused on the present. I am focused on the job that I’m tasked with right now.”

Heller, however, said Roberson is interested.

“He is another good candidate,” Heller said about Roberson. “I may get a chance to talk to him in a few weeks. I know he has an interest. He wants to get through this Legislature first and I understand that because there are a lot of ups and downs that are going to happen in the next 100 days.”

Yet Roberson would be second-fiddle if the choice was between him or Sandoval, Heller seemed to say.

“But needless to say, I think he (Roberson) is an ‘A’ candidate,” Heller said. “And I think Roberson would agree with me that the governor is the ‘A-plus’ candidate.”

APPARENTLY THERE IS little outrage about Nevada’s 1st U.S. House District Rep. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, wanting to move the Veterans Administration’s Regional Office from Reno to Las Vegas.

Titus said in a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald that an office in Las Vegas would stand a better chance of recruiting the VA’s most talented workers and administrators that are needed to boost the performance of the under-achieving regional office if it were moved to Las Vegas.

“First of all, I really don’t care,” Heller said. “I’m agnostic to where this office is. I want a good office and it (Reno office) is one of the worst performing – if not the worst-performing regional office – in the country.

“If we can fix the backlog (of health-related claims) and if fixing the backlog means that we have to move that office from Reno to Las Vegas, it really doesn’t matter to me,” Heller said. “I just want a regional office that works for veterans here in this state.’

Heller then noted a glaring truth about where most of Nevada’s 300,000 vets live.

“Let’s not kid ourselves,” Heller said. “Most of the veterans we have in this state are in Las Vegas.”

SANDOVAL’S A HISTORY BUFF, so he’ll like this:

The great-grandfather of Assemblywoman Robin Titus, R-Yerington, and Nevada’s first elected governor, Henry G. Blasdel, were partners in a mining venture back in the day.

Blasdel later gave Titus’ great-grandfather his inkwell and pen. It’s now a family heirloom. If Titus’ bill to make the square dance the official state dance of Nevada passes the Legislature, Titus would like something added to the signing ceremony.

“If this (square-dance bill) comes to fruition, I’m going to ask Gov. Sandoval to sign this bill with Gov. Blasdel’s ink pen,” Titus said.

EWAN GREGORY, 94, might be the oldest person I’ve interviewed at the Legislature. She was in Carson City Wednesday as a square-dancer in support of the square dancing bill.

She has the pick of field of gentlemen dancers when she’s out dancing.

“I don’t have a partner but I have my share of dancing,” Gregory said.

Another one of the square dancers in the building that day was Joye Angle-Kincade, daughter of former Assemblywoman and GOP U.S. Senate nominee Sharron Angle.

Dean Heller votes against tying Homeland Security funding to immigration battle

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dean Heller cast a lone protest vote Tuesday, saying a fight over Homeland Security funding only is making it harder for Congress to find a solution on immigration reform.

The Nevadan was the only GOP senator to join with Democrats in blocking the Senate from moving forward on a Republican bill that ties funding for the Department of Homeland Security with restrictions on President Barack Obama’s executive orders broadening protections for undocumented immigrants.

The procedural vote was 51-48, short of the 60 needed to begin debate on the bill, causing Republican leaders to regroup.

Heller said afterward that he opposed Obama’s executive actions. But he said far from clarity, the legislation was making it more difficult to resolve immigration.

“I didn’t and don’t support the president’s executive order,” Heller said in a statement. But he added, “Instead of addressing the issue of immigration reform comprehensively, the bill before us today only includes language that complicates the process of finding a solution.

“Until the Administration comes to the table with Congressional leadership to craft a viable path forward for both the Department of Homeland Security and comprehensive immigration reform, my stance will remain the same,” Heller said.

Democrats said they will continue to hold fast against the bill, which passed the House last month. It contains $40 billion to continue operating the Department of Homeland Security, whose funding expires at the end of February.

At the same time, it would bar the department from carrying out Obama executive orders expected to shield from deportation up to 4.4 million immigrants in the county illegally.

Obama has said he would veto the bill if it reached his desk.

Failure to reach agreement by the end of the month could technically shut down the department, although many people in the key security agency would continue working albeit without assurance of being paid.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., criticized the Democrats’ move to block the bill.

“The way to change the bill is to get on the bill and offer amendments to it,” he said. “It’s an absurd position to say we object to the bill but don’t want to debate the bill to change it.”

Republicans have charged Obama’s actions exceeded his authority and that he skirted Congress to take unilateral action on immigration. The GOP-controlled House passed the Homeland Security bill 236-191. Republicans hold a 54-46 majority in the Senate.

The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has granted temporary work permits for young immigrants in the country illegally, including 11,000 applications by Nevadans approved for processing.

A follow-up program Obama announced in Las Vegas last November would extend the same benefit to qualifying undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. About 53,000 people in Nevada might qualify, according to the Center for American Progress.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate minority leader, said Democrats will continue to insist that Republicans take up a “clean” bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security without the immigration riders.

“If my colleagues want to fix our broken immigration system, we are happy to have a debate,” Reid said. “But we should not put our national security at risk in the meantime.”

Representing a state where 26.5 percent of constituents are Latinos, Heller has sought a careful position on immigration.

He was one of 14 GOP senators to vote for a comprehensive reform bill the Senate passed in 2013, after taking part in negotiations over the bill.

Heller’s vote on Tuesday drew praise from the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, a leading immigration advocacy group in the state.

“We’re thankful that Sen. Heller stood against his own party’s partisan political games, and we hope he continues to urge his colleagues to drop their attacks on immigrant families by moving forward with a clean DHS bill, and by focusing on finding a permanent solution to our broken immigration system,” said Laura Martin, the group’s communications director.

“I’ve been adamant about this from day one: Leaders in Washington need to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform,” Heller said.

“We have a broken immigration system that must be fixed. I want to solve the issue.”

Heller wants Deflategate ‘cheaters’ punished by NFL

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dean Heller on Thursday entered the fray in the pre-Super Bowl fracas over deflated footballs.

As the only state where money can legally be wagered on sports, Heller said Nevada can ill-afford a scandal affecting the NFL.

He called on the NFL to act “swiftly and decisively” after findings that 11 of the 12 footballs used in the first half by the New England Patriots were under-inflated and might have helped the team win the AFC championship Sunday.

Heller urged the league to “punish cheaters” before the Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

“As the senator from the only state where sports betting is legal, it is imperative the integrity of the game never be questioned,” said Heller, R-Nev. “When individuals break professional rules to gain unfair competitive advantages, everyone associated with the game is impacted. This type of behavior should never be tolerated.”

The scandal that is variously being called “DeflateGate” or “Ball-ghazi” is trending on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers — like fans across the country — opining on the topic.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Thursday questioned how the NFL handles game balls, which are provided by individuals teams and inspected by referees two hours before each game and then given back to the teams to use.

“I can’t believe the National Football League, with the billions of dollars they have, couldn’t at least determine how much air should be in the football and why it should be left up to the teams,” Reid said.

New England coach Bill Belichick said he was “shocked” by the allegations and had no knowledge how the balls might have been deflated. Patriot quarterback Tom Brady said he didn’t alter them and had no knowledge of any wrongdoing by anyone on the team.

Sen. Dean Heller: Defeating Harry Reid in 2016 top priority

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, riding high after capturing the majority, said Wednesday that a top priority in 2016 will be defeating Democratic leader Harry Reid.

“It’s not just about being in the majority, it’s about expanding the majority at this point,” Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., told reporters. “We’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.”

Heller, who is seeking the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the effort would be “just business.”

The GOP won handily on Election Day, tightening its grip on the House and regaining control of the Senate after eight years. Republicans knocked off Democratic incumbents in Arkansas, North Carolina, Colorado and Alaska, where the latest vote count showed Dan Sullivan prevailing over Sen. Mark Begich, and claimed a handful of open seats.

The GOP could hold as many as 54 seats next year, as three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is considered the underdog in her Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.

In 2016, Republicans will be trying to protect 24 seats to the Democrats’ 10. Heller said he and other Republicans have spoken to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, who easily won another term last week, about challenging Reid.

“I think he’ll want to assess and we’ll give him a little time to do that,” Heller said of Sandoval.

Other potential challengers are newly elected Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison and Rep. Joe Heck.

Heller faces Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker in the race for chairmanship of the committee responsible for electing Republicans to the Senate. The Nevada senator wasted no time in trying to drum up votes among the incoming class of GOP senators. Heller escorted Sen.-elect Thom Tillis of North Carolina into Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office and chatted with several of the newly elected.

McConnell held a meeting for the incoming class.

Told that Wicker says he has the votes for the chairmanship, Heller said, “He’s a lot more cocky than I am. It’s an uphill battle. He’s got seniority, but I’m not discounting anything at this point and nor should he.”

Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller is backing a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

ImageWASHINGTON (AP) — Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller is backing a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Heller announced his support for the measure on Monday morning, just hours before a critical vote in the Senate. The senator said in a statement on his website that supporting the bill is the right thing to do and discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Heller’s support gives proponents the 60 votes necessary to move ahead on the legislation. All 55 members of the Democratic majority back the bill, as do Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Senate leaders hope to complete work on the bill by week’s end.

Video and pictures from Day of Resistance Pro Gun Rally in Reno, NV Feb 23, 2013 “223”

The Second Amendment is a “right”- as in Bill of Rights –  and should not be constrained by politics. Every Democrat I know has protection or at least respects the right to choose to have protection, just like every Republican I know.

Day of Resistance Rally in Reno, NV Feb 23, 2013

Speakers featured Congressman Mark Amodei, Nevada Senator James Settlemyer and Reno FOX news radio Jerry Evans

Reno Nevada .223 "Day of Resistance" gun rally

Reno Nevada .223 “Day of Resistance” gun rally

Western PAC Co-founder, Roger Stockton speaks to a group of reporters and gun rights advocates in front of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office in San Francisco on January 30 2013.

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Reno Nevada Day of Resistance Rally – Pro Second Amendment Demonstration February 23rd 2013

Day of Resistance Rally in Reno, NV Feb 23

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See Pictures and video of the .223 rally in Reno here: 

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End the Tyranny

End the Tyranny

Protect your right to keep and bear arms at this peaceful rally on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 3600 South Virginia Street, Reno (just north of the Atlantis).

Speakers will include Senator Dean Heller, Congressman Mark Amodei and CDR Kirk Lippold. A 14-year-old girl will sing The National Anthem. This is it, folks. If we don’t stand up now, tyranny is right around the corner. Let’s carpool if need be and show up en masse at this rally. (There is no rally in Carson City .) For more info go here: http://www.novrw.com/?p=1641

Reno Gazette-Journal continuing investigation into Harvey Whittemore’s election campaign activities

Reno Gazette-Journal is continuing the investigation into Harvey Whittemore’s election campaign activities with the RGJ Special Report.

F. Harvey Whittemore (born 17 August 1952) is an American lawyer and businessman in the Reno, Nevada, area.[1] As an influential lobbyist[2] for the gambling, alcohol and tobacco industries, and for his own ventures,[3][4] Whittemore has been called “one of Nevada’s most powerful men”.[1] Whittemore was the president of Coyote Springs Investment, LLC, the land-development company behind Coyote Springs, a controversial[5][6] $30 billion planned golf course community of 160,000 homes on 43,000 acres (170 km2) in the rural Nevada desert.[7][8] Whittemore’s close relationship with Senator Harry Reid came under scrutiny because of perceived legislative and political pressure favors allowing Coyote Springs to overcome regulatory problems.[9][10] In 2012, Whittemore came under grand jury investigation, initiated by the Federal Election Commission, to determine whether he was guilty of breaking federal campaign contribution laws.

We will follow this story and link to news and websites to tell this epic story of Nevada corruption & bribery. This  scandal encompasses the top political figures in Nevada politics including Harry Reid.

Keep coming back as this section grows.

Harvey Whittemore once bounded through Nevada’s Legislature as the embodiment of influence — a lobbyist for casinos and other powerful interests, a lawyer, a gregarious personality and sharp mind. He also was a lucrative campaign contributor for elected officials, which helped open doors.

Whittemore pushed boundaries — one time seeking legislation to allow a private pier to be built at Lake Tahoe for himself and his friends. Sometimes his overreach was literal.

In the 1990s, when the Legislature installed tall glass walls in the Assembly and Senate chambers to separate lawmakers from the public gallery, they became known as “Harvey’s Walls” since they stopped his habit of reaching into the chambers before votes on bills.

On Thursday, Whittemore, in a dark suit and shackles around his ankles, entered a Reno courtroom to offer his not-guilty plea on federal charges of campaign finance law violations and lying to investigators.
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