Harry Reid Is Coming After Bundy Ranch Again

Harry Reid "The JOKER"

Harry Reid “The JOKER”

“Now that Bundys are in jail, I’m going to reach out to the White House.”
Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor Thursday about the need to “protect and preserve” Gold Butte in Nevada, referring to the region north-east of Las Vegas where Bundy led an infamous standoff with the government in 2014.  He claims the government is missing out on big money because the public does not have access to all the land.   Reid alleges that the Bundys are “abusing” the land, and showed a picture of a tree broken over to prove it, claiming the beautiful tree was chopped down, “brutalized by these criminals.”
“I’ve tried to protect Gold Butte for a long time. And the reason we haven’t been able to do anything to this point is that the Bundy boys and his pals. So that’s why I’m grateful for the Antiquities Act. Because of this legislation and because of the fact that the Bundys are in jail, I’m going to reach out to the White House. And there’s no guarantee we’ll get it done. We’ll see if President Obama will protect this area. He has the authority, as any president does, to stop this sort of destruction and stop it now.”In his remarks, Reid says, “The BLM is the final frontier for a primitive experience on our public lands. They represent the future of outdoor recreation.”      He refers to Cliven Bundy and his sons as “dangerous militants” causing “domestic terrorism” and says they are destroying the land that the public should have access to.

On Friday, Carol Bundy, Cliven’s wife, fired back in a Facebook video while critics of Reid alleged that he was plotting a “federal land grab” by the Bundy ranch.

Carol responded to Reid in her video, saying: “What you’re doing to my family and to the state of Nevada is absolutely horrible, and I for one am very angry today.  I am angry at Harry Reid for thinking that because my men are in jail, it’s OK to come now and take … the land that my family has farmed and ranched on for generations.”

Reid’s previous legislative efforts to create a 350,000-acre national conservation area at Gold Butte have failed, and conservative critics throughout the west have accused him of attempting to steal land from families who have long ranched in the area.

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Catherine Cortez Masto is Harry Reid’s hand-picked successor to his Senate seat. Her campaign will receive millions of dollars from Democrat mega-donors between now and Election Day.

Catherine Cortez Masto is Harry Reid’s hand-picked successor to his Senate seat. Her campaign will receive millions of dollars from Democrat mega-donors between now and Election Day. Click here Support Joe Heck.

Harry Reid suggested a Republican, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, as a potential nominee.

brian-sandoval-bongPresident Barack Obama said Wednesday it would be “difficult” for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to explain his decision not to consider a Supreme Court nominee without looking like he’s motivated by politics.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid suggested a Republican, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, as a potential nominee. A source confirmed to CNN that the White House is vetting Sandoval.

Obama’s pointed remarks and Reid’s unconventional suggestion come amid a bitter standoff between Senate Republicans and the White House over naming a Supreme Court replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death this month launched an epic election-year fight over constitutional powers and precedent.

“I recognize the politics are hard for them because the easier thing to do is to give in to the most extreme voices within their party and stand pat and do nothing,” Obama said. “But that’s not our job. Our job is to fulfill our constitutional duties.”

Claiming he felt sympathy for Republican lawmakers making “sheepish” arguments for blocking his court choice, Obama insisted he would “nominate somebody and let the American people decide as to whether that person is qualified.”

In a blog post early Wednesday, Obama reiterated again the broad outlines of what he’s looking for in a candidate to replace Scalia, despite hardening resistance among Senate Republicans toward considering his eventual Supreme Court nominee.

Writing on the SCOTUSBlog website, Obama repeated his desire for a candidate who could bring life experience to the bench, along with an unassailable job history.

“A sterling record. A deep respect for the judiciary’s role. An understanding of the way the world really works. That’s what I’m considering as I fulfill my constitutional duty to appoint a judge to our highest court,” Obama wrote. “And as senators prepare to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to consider the person I appoint, I hope they’ll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the Court can continue to serve the American people at full strength.”

Obama’s entreaty to lawmakers came a day after Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee vowed in a letter to forgo hearings on the White House’s selection, a move unprecedented in Supreme Court nomination history. McConnell showed little sign he would retreat from his position that Obama’s successor should select Scalia’s replacement on the high court.

“I don’t know how many times we need to keep saying this: The Judiciary Committee has unanimously recommended to me that there be no hearing. I’ve said repeatedly and I’m now confident that my conference agrees that this decision ought to be made by the next president, whoever is elected,” McConnell said Tuesday, adding later he was unlikely to even meet with Obama’s nominee.

The chairman of the Judiciary panel, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, spoke with Obama about the selection process last week, but has so far declined invitations to meet with Obama in person, a White House official said late Tuesday.

Speaking in the Oval Office Wednesday, Obama said none of the country’s founding fathers believed a president should stop doing his job in his final year in office. And he argued that Republicans risked damaging the ability of any president to appoint judges if they proceed with blocking his Supreme Court pick.

“If, in fact, the Republicans in the Senate take a posture that defies the Constitution, defies logic, is not supported by tradition simply because of politics, then invariably what you’re going to see is a further deterioration in the ability of any president to make any judicial appointments,” Obama said.

“Appointments to the Supreme Court as well as the federal bench suddenly become a complete extension of our polarized politics,” he added.

And he sought to dispel any damage from archival video showing Vice President Joe Biden, then a senator, arguing against approving a Supreme Court nominee during the 1992 election year.

“They’ve suggested there have been times that Democrats have said it would be wise for a president not to nominate someone,” Obama said. “We know senators say stuff all the time.”

Obama revealed little about his process in selecting a nominee, either during his remarks or in his online posting. He repeated the broad criteria for a candidate that he cited during his past two Supreme Court nomination opportunities.

“Needless to say, this isn’t something I take lightly,” Obama wrote. “It’s a decision to which I devote considerable time, deep reflection, careful deliberation, and serious consultation with legal experts, members of both political parties, and people across the political spectrum.”

Obama’s aides said he spent last weekend delving into detailed packets about potential candidates. He was seen carrying a large black binder, divided into nine sections, as he returned to his residence Friday evening.

In his post, Obama made no indication of what ideology he was seeking in a Supreme Court nominee, and the White House insists he remains open to a spectrum of candidates.

But in recent days his allies have suggested Obama select a moderate who has gained support in the past from Republicans, even as it appears increasingly unlikely that any nominee will gain traction among GOP lawmakers.

Vice President Joe Biden suggested in interviews last week Obama pick a “consensus candidate” and not the most “liberal jurist” he could muster. Without naming specific judges, he said there were plenty of names on the federal bench who had enjoyed broad support from Republicans during their confirmation processes.

Many of those names currently serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, one of the nation’s most important panels since it hears challenges to certain federal agencies.

While the court is sometimes regarded as a stepping-stone for judges to eventually serve on the Supreme Court, a former top adviser to Obama suggested Tuesday the President may avoid picking a name from that lower panel.

“Because those cases are critical cases and there are several of them before them right now, I think he’ll look elsewhere for a nominee,” David Axelrod, now a CNN senior political commentator, said on “The Situation Room.”

Dirty Harry Reid endorses Hillary “the cunt” Clinton

harry reidSenate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday in an exclusive interview with CNN that he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, a sign that Democratic leaders are eager to put the party’s contentious primary fight behind them.

The Nevada Democrat issued a plea for his party to consolidate behind Clinton, who has struggled to fend off an insurgent campaign from Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont.

“I think the middle class would be better served by Hillary,” Reid said.

Hillary-Clinton-with-Bad-Teeth-34061“I think that my work with her over the years has been something that I have looked upon with awe. She was the first lady. She started the trend toward looking to do something about health care. She understood the issue well, she was the front on the health care during that administration,” he said.

Reid added, “I also think she’s the woman to be the first president of the United states that’s a female.”

Reid’s endorsement makes him the highest-ranking Democrat to get behind Clinton, who won last Saturday’s Nevada caucuses and is the heavy favorite heading into the next primary in South Carolina. And his comments marked a shift in tone for the Nevada Democrat, who in a CNN interview earlier this month was critical of Clinton’s campaign in his state and suggesting that the race could continue until the Democratic convention in July.

On Wednesday, Reid wouldn’t repeat that prediction, but admitted it could continue for a while.

“I don’t know about that, you know I had some meetings today and I think the race is moving along very quickly so we’ll have to see, we’ll have to see what happens next month,” He said.

Reid also declined to call on Sanders to drop out if he doesn’t do well in the upcoming Super Tuesday contests on March 1st, saying Sanders’ advisers need to decide the senator’s strategy.

Sanders and Reid have had a close relationship over the years. Despite being an independent with tenuous ties to the Democratic Party, Reid agreed to throw the party’s weight behind Sanders when he won his first Senate race in 2006. And it was Sanders’ decision to caucus with Democrats that helped give Reid the title of “majority leader” for the first time in 2007.

Reid called Sanders Tuesday to deliver the news personally.

“It was a really wonderful call,” Reid said, adding that Sanders was “so magnanimous, so kind and courteous.”

Reid also said it was a “call of friendship.”

Despite serving in the Senate Democratic caucus since 2007, Sanders has yet to win any support from his colleagues; Clinton, meanwhile, has at least 40 Democratic senators who have publicly expressed their backing.

Initially, Senate Democrats largely wrote off Sanders’ candidacy. But as Sanders has gained steam, largely on the support of younger and more liberal voters, Senate Democrats have stepped up their attacks, saying Sanders is not ready to be commander in chief, criticizing his democratic socialist views and contending that his domestic agenda has little chance of ever becoming law.

Reid would not criticize Sanders.

Across the Capitol, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has not offered her endorsement, but she is widely expected to eventually back Clinton. Reid sought to maintain his neutrality through his home state’s nominating contest, given the prominent role it has played in the overall process.

While Reid helped bring out union and casino workers to the Nevada caucuses that ultimately helped Clinton, he denied that he was tilting the scales in her favor.

In the interview, Reid wasn’t shy about weighing in on the Republican race — and Donald Trump, who won a landslide victory in Nevada Tuesday night.

“The party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump. And that says it all,” he said.

Reid speaks to White House about Scalia replacement

WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, who has urged President Barack Obama to move “right away” in filling the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, has spoken to the White House on what is shaping up to be a major partisan battle, a Reid aide said Monday.

The conservative justice died in Texas on Saturday at age 79.

Reid press aide Kristen Orthman said she was unsure whether the senator has spoken directly to the president about the controversial matter.

It also was not known whether the Nevadan has made any specific recommendations to the White House on who should get the nomination. If so, he clearly is not ready to go public with any recommendation.

“Not unveiling any favorites yet,” Orthman said in response to questions submitted by the Review-Journal.

Going public with such a recommendation would be unusual for a Senate leader, especially this early in the process.

Obama took roughly a month to nominate Justices Sonia Sotomayor in 2009 and Elena Kagan in 2010 after their predecessors announced their plans to retire.

In 2005, when Republican George W. Bush was president, Reid had recommended that Bush nominate Harriet Miers, the president’s White House general counsel, to the nation’s highest court.

Miers’ nomination was withdrawn after it drew opposition, including from conservatives.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, continue to line up behind their leadership’s plan to use their majority power to block Obama from naming Scalia’s successor in the president’s last year, regardless of who he selects.

That includes Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who is running for re-election this year.

“We are in the midst of a presidential election and a vigorous debate within both political parties on the direction of the country, with the election less than nine months away,” Portman said. “I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in on who should make a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations.”

Both Reid and Obama have rejected that stance.

“The president can and should send the Senate a nominee right away,” Reid said in a statement released Saturday after hearing about Scalia’s unexpected death during a trip to Texas.

“It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme Court to go a year with a vacant seat. Failing to fill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the Senate’s most essential constitutional responsibilities.”

Early speculation so far has focused on a few potential nominees, including Judges Merrick Garland and Sri Srinivasan, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, Judges Paul Watford and Jacqueline Nguyen of the 9th Circuit, which includes Nevada, and Jane Kelly of the 8th Circuit, a possible favorite of Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Frank Fahrenkopf, a former Republican National Committee chairman and a former American Gaming Association president who co-chairs the Commission on Presidential Debates, said no names from Nevada have surfaced in Washington, D.C., as potential successors.

But Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law in Virginia, said he recalls Reid once touting 9th Circuit Court Judge Johnnie Rawlinson, a former U.S. District Court judge in Las Vegas, as potential high court talent.

And Robert Langford, a prominent Las Vegas attorney, suggested U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware.

“If there is anyone in Nevada who is most qualified to be a Supreme Court justice, it would be Judge Boulware,” Langford said about the Las Vegas native. “He would be on any president’s list… I promise you he would be a good thing for Nevada and the West.”

SOURCE: http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/national/reid-speaks-white-house-about-scalia-replacement

Review-Journal writers Jeff German and David Ferrara contributed to this report. Contact Jim Myers atjmyers@reviewjournal.com or 202-783-1760. Find him on Twitter: @myers_dc

Race on to Replace Senator Harry Reid

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While Cortez Masto is considered by some to be Reid’s handpicked heir apparent, Joe Heck is taking a hit-the-ground-running approach. He was in Reno meeting with the Chamber of Commerce about the economy, jobs and the future on Friday.

See the video here: http://www.ktvn.com/story/30980522/the-race-to-replace-harry-reid

“We’ve been across the state a couple of times already,” he told me. “It’s the only way to really hear what is important to the voters. And it’s a great way to meet them all,” he said.

To Heck, national security, education, the economy and healthcare are the biggest concerns and he says he’s concentrating on them.

On the other hand, Catherine Cortez Masto is fighting for lower taxes higher wages and more trade. And while issues are a big part of the race, money may be the deciding factor. And at last check, Heck was ahead on that.

According to the Federal Election Commission at last check Heck had $2.3 million in the campaign coffers. Cortez Masto had $1.3 million.

That website will be updated to include the numbers from the fourth quarter of 2015 in a few days. harry reid

“It’s tough going up against Harry Reid’s machine,” Heck said. “He’s calling in every favor marker and chip he’s accumulated over 30 years to try and ensure that this district stays Democratic as a part of his legacy. But we are getting a great response from people all across the state and that shows us we absolutely can with this.”

Calls to Cortez Masto’s campaign about campaigning and money were not returned.

And there is a third candidate in the race. Dr. Bill Tarbell is running as a Republican. Calls to his campaign were not returned either. But according to BallotPedia his campaign has currently raised $5,910.

NOTORIOUSLY CORRUPT DEMOCRAT HARRY REID WANTS TO USE SLUSH FUND MONEY FOR RETIREMENT Most Americans will not be able to retire, but Harry may sail off into the sunset with $600,000

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Harry Reid “The JOKER”

FEC guidelines prohibit personal use of unspent PAC and campaign money. Punishment for violating the prohibition on personal use ranges from hefty fines to possible imprisonment. The money can be used as a contribution to charity or donated to the national party committee.
Democrat FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel believes Reid has a right to the money due to his status as a “historic” and “important figure and public official.”
“This is applicable to a person who has been the majority leader for many years, who has performed an important function in our government for many years, who probably during that time had so much to do that he was unable to do some of the things that’s necessary, not only for the winding down of the office but also to be able to communicate to the American public as an important figure and public official, not necessarily as just a person who’s been there a couple of years and is trying to make personal use of their campaign funds,” Ravel said.

The FEC has deferred action on Reid’s request.
FEC Commissioner Lee E. Goodman believes granting the request will send the wrong message and set a precedent.
“I mean, how do we draw that line? We think you were important enough to walk away with an administrative slush fund. We don’t think you were important enough,” he said.
Reid’s request should come as no surprise. He is one of the most corruption politicians in Congress.
Along with former Senator Hillary Clinton, Reid appeared on Judicial Watch’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” list in 2006. That year he came under fire for failing to properly report to Congress a $700,000 land deal. He also accepted more than $30,000 from notorious lobbyist Jack Abramoff for his cooperation in a Nevada Indian gaming deal. Reid made news in 2012 for the role he played in an influence-peddling scandal involving a Chinese “green energy” client of a Nevada law firm run by his son.
In March of 2015 it was discovered Reid abused the power of his office in 2012 and 2013 to force the Department of Homeland Security to override its procedures and push through foreign visa applications and free up $115 million invested by applicants in the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The owner of the project had hired Rory Reid to provide legal representation.

A Utah prosecutor, Republican Troy Rawlings of Davis County, has revived charges against U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

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SOURCE: https://www.newsreview.com/reno/reid-charges-are-back/content?oid=19146351

A Utah prosecutor, Republican Troy Rawlings of Davis County, has revived charges against U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

“We are looking into allegations related to Senator Reid” and others, Rawlings said.

“Payments allegedly were made to Reid, then the Senate’s majority leader, to win his support in legalizing online poker,” reported the Salt Lake Tribune.

Reid aide Kristen Orthman said Rawlings is using “Sen. Reid’s name to generate attention to himself and advance his political career, so every few months he seeks headlines by floating the same unsubstantiated allegations.”

On July 15, 2014, former Utah attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested and charged with destruction of evidence and acceptance of bribes. Rawlings dropped the bribery charges against Shurtleff in June this year, though other charges stand.

Swallow was further accused of a circuitous arrangement—receiving $23,000 from Richard Rawle, who he introduced to federally indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson as someone who could assist in getting Reid to help with a Federal Trade Commission investigation into Johnson’s marketing company. “I talked with John Swallow, and he said you might have some connections to Reid that might be helpful to us,” Johnson wrote in an email to Rawle cited in the indictment. Rawle is now deceased.

At the time of that case, Rawlings was critical of federal prosecutors for not taking on Reid.

Court filings in that case described Reid as a passive figure—as a target of wrongdoing, not a wrongdoer (“Media target,” RN&R, July 24, 2014).

Well before the Utah case became known, Reid had long supported banning online gambling but allowing online poker, which Nevada allows in peer-to-peer form. Earlier this year, Reid was reported to have lost his interest in making even online poker legal in federal law.

After Orthman’s comment on Reid’s behalf, Rawlings demanded that Reid join the prosecution team: “What I do want … is (1) every scrap of evidence used by federal investigators and prosecutors in unsubstantiating, dismissing or not pursuing the allegations you refer to; (2) your full waiver of privacy rights under FOIA [the Freedom of Information Act] in connection with all documents that memorialize, refer or relate in any way to the allegations so we can obtain the information through that means; and (3) a chat about the unsubstantiated allegations that were not pursued by federal prosecutors,” Rawlings said. “You may end up being an important witness. I have a defendant in Utah, Mr. Mark L. Shurtleff, who, like you, is presumed innocent and is entitled to all of this material based on multiple critical investigative intersects. Please urge the Department of Justice to provide the exonerating evidence and information so we do not have to litigate the issues in Utah.”

Reid has been hit with such passive accusations before. When he was a gambling regulator, a federal wiretap picked up Joe Agosto, a member of the Kansas City mob bragging that he could deliver a “Mr. Clean” or “Mr. Cleanface.” When the information was made public, attention turned immediately to Reid because of the probity for which he was then known. Reid responded by calling for an investigation of himself, which exonerated him.

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed will be under criminal investigation

Dr. Corsi explains Obama’s Muslim Roots.  His wearing of a ring with Muslim Symbolism. And that Obama is throwing Hillary under the bus.  Expects her indictment before elections.  The rise of terrorism and the rise of Trump as a result.  Black Lives Matter controlled by Soros.  Pelosi and Reed under criminal indictment in near future as the truth is exposed.  Dead on accurate. Excellent Video!!!

4:30min – raised as a Muslim
5:30min – radical left hates America, Obamas’ mentors Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis
8:45min – Paris attacks have destroyed European Union (beginning of the end)
9:30min – Obama must be blackmailed to behave the way he is
9:45min – Obama still wears Muslim wedding ring
10:45min – picture of wedding ring
13:00min – Hillary and Obama conspired to destabilize the Middle East and Libya
14:50min – Obama will throw Hillary under the bus… she will be indicted
15:15min – Bill and Hillary will be prosecuted for the Clinton Foundation activities
15:30min – Obama is going to take down the Clinton coupe
16:30min – Trump will benefit and be over 50%
17:30min – Debt bubble will pop… global event will occur stock market down at least 5000 points
19:00min – Clintons and their Wall Street and criminal associates are all going down
21:00min – Black Lives Matter controlled by Soros
21:30min – Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed will be under criminal investigation

Senate hopeful Catherine Cortez Masto really, really doesn’t want to say anything about the Iran deal

Senate hopeful Catherine Cortez Masto really, really doesn’t want to say anything about the Iran deal

I have tried, most recently as a week ago and got this from her campaign: “Still reviewing the agreement.”

Even after Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid came out for it last weekend, his would-be successor is still mum. (Of course, Prince Harry says her position doesn’t matter. Yes, why should she take a stand on one of the most important foreign policy agreements in history. Hardly relevant, right, senator?)

The latest person to try, a tracker for the GOP SuperPac America Rising, was met with no words, except from an aide who told the tracker: “We’re going in to eat,” outside the Red Rock Democratic Club”s Wednesday evening barbecue.

This is a tough one for Cortez Masto. She could part ways with her patron, Reid, and the president, thus showing independence from them. Or she could do what most Democrats have done.

“Catherine Cortez Masto has nothing to offer but silence on a nuclear deal that threatens our national security,” NRSC spokesman Greg Blair said in an Aug. 20 statement. “Either she’s waiting for marching orders from Harry Reid or she’s refusing to come clean with Nevadans about where she stands.”

Why Harry Reid Needed to Announce Iran Deal Support When He Did

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Sunday he would support the international nuclear agreement with Iran and work to ensure it survives a GOP-led disapproval effort, the Nevada Democrat avoided what could have been an awkward Monday.

Reid is hosting dignitaries at his National Clean Energy Summit at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The list of speakers is headlined by President Barack Obama, as well as Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz — a key U.S. negotiator on the Iran deal. After the event, Obama and Reid are scheduled to attend a Democratic fundraiser to benefit former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, the Democrat with Reid’s backing to succeed him in 2017.

“This nuclear agreement is consistent with the greatest traditions of American leadership. I will do everything in my power to support this agreement and ensure that America holds up our end of the commitment we have made to our allies and the world to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran,” Reid said in a statement. “I will vote no on the resolution of disapproval and urge my colleagues to do the same.”

The Nevada Democrat told the editorial board of the Reno Gazette-Journal last week he was talking to supporters in his home state before he would announce a position on the agreement.

“I have had several of them and they are very important to me because I want people who have been so good to me for so many years to have the opportunity to talk with me — person-to-person — and not on the telephone. So I am doing that,” Reid told the Reno paper.

In announcing his support for the Iran deal in an interview with The Washington Post, Reid said he had been privately supportive of the agreement for a while. He also said the “vote of conscience” against the Obama administration on the result of the international negotiations would not harm the standing of Sen. Charles E. Schumer. The New York lawmaker is still firmly in line to succeed Reid as Democratic leader.

Reid’s announcement brings the number of Senate Democratic Conference members supporting the agreement to 27. The president needs at least 34 senators in his corner to sustain a veto.

For Obama, getting Reid’s backing on record before Air Force One is wheels up to Las Vegas for the energy summit and a fundraiser for the Nevada State Democratic Party eliminates the possibility of the president’s message being subsumed by speculation about Reid and Iran.

The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call race ratings list the contest to replace Reid as a tossup, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee has been hammering the Reid-backed Cortez Masto to take a position on the agreement with Iran.

“Catherine Cortez Masto has nothing to offer but silence on a nuclear deal that threatens our national security,” NRSC spokesman Greg Blair said in an Aug. 20 statement. “Either she’s waiting for marching orders from Harry Reid or she’s refusing to come clean with Nevadans about where she stands.”

Reid says NV Energy ‘violating Sherman Antitrust Act,’ blasts Koch brothers and Donald Trump

harry reidBy Kyle Roerink

Sen. Harry Reid may be retiring, but he is not shying away from political battles.

The Democratic Senate minority leader has less than two years remaining before his retirement but signaled in an interview with the Sun that his war with the Koch brothers, passion for clean energy policies and persistence on gun control won’t fade in the twilight of his career.

Here are the highlights from today’s interview.


No one in Congress has fought harder for renewables than Reid. As the battle between NV Energy and rooftop solar continues in Nevada, Reid showed little inhibition about the challenges facing the emerging industry.

In regards to NV Energy, Reid made reference to a landmark piece of legislation that limited the power of monopolies in the country. “Looking at this as a lawyer, my personal feeling is that this is a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act,” he said.

Reid said NV Energy is part of a nationwide battle to limit rooftop solar that’s led by billionaire fossil fuel barons Charles and David Koch. NV Energy’s parent company, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, has fought to eliminate rooftop solar programs in legislatures, utility commissions and courtrooms across the country. NV Energy tried to thwart a measure that would have allowed more rooftop solar in Nevada during the 2015 legislative session.

“The Koch brothers are worth more than 135 million Americans combined,” Reid said. “Why are they interested in stopping rooftop solar? It hurts their bottom line — their tar sands project in Canada. Their coal, oil and gas here in America … NV Energy is part of it … Their bottom line is money, profits.”


Reid has close ties with the Clinton family and said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has an overwhelming lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But Reid offered support for his Senate colleague and Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders.

“He’s been a fighter for the little guy for a long time,” he said. “I admire him a lot. He’s been extremely good to me politically and personally. But so have the Clintons.”


Long before Trump became a GOP presidential candidate, he backed Democrats.

Reid said Trump has thrown events for him in the past. But he offered no support.

“I think he is going to fade and burn,” he said. “Everyone thought he would be gone weeks ago.

Reid said Trump was still in the mix because he was voicing the Republican Party’s values like its exclusionary approach to social welfare programs and immigration.

“I think it is hard to dump somebody that’s speaking for what you want to say.”


President Barack Obama needs at least 34 senators to agree with him on his deal with Iran that aims to prevent the country from building a nuclear weapon while allowing the nation to enrich uranium for potential energy production.

Democrats have not been quick to back Obama.

Reid didn’t publicly announce his position but said he has read the document outlining the compromise. Sen. Chuck Schumer, Reid’s likely successor as Democratic leader in the Senate, said he will vote no on President Obama’s Iran deal.

Reid says he’s listened to more than 20 hours of briefings, talked to Secretary of State John Kerry and met with confidants and advisers to work through the deal. He praised Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for his work on the negotiations and said he met with religious groups for input.

“It’s a difficult deal,” Reid said.


This summer has seen gun violence that has left churchgoers, moviegoers, military personnel and other innocents dead.

To the chagrin of Reid, Congress has failed to pass background check legislation that would mandate all gun sales connect to the FBI’s criminal database that advocates say would help prevent the mentally ill or convicted criminals from buying firearms.

Reid says there is still no push for reforming gun laws in Congress.

“Unless we are going to at least do background checks, at the next terrible event I will be on the floor lamenting it again,” he said.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said Wednesday he is undecided about his vote on the Iran nuclear deal, with his loyalties to the Jewish community making the vote especially difficult.


U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said Wednesday he is undecided about his vote on the Iran nuclear deal, with his loyalties to the Jewish community making the vote especially difficult.

Reid, whose wife Landra is Jewish, said he is paying close attention to concernsthat the deal aimed at limiting Iran’s chance to make nuclear weapons could ultimately make Israel less safe.

“I just have to work through some of my personal issues, because when it all boils down to it, it’s a question of conviction. It’s not a political calculus for me anymore,” Reid said during a meeting with reporters and editors at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Reid, who is a close ally of President Barack Obama, added: “If Israel weren’t involved, it would be much easier for me.”

The 75-year-old Reid, a Democrat who is retiring after his term ends in January 2017, seemed relaxed as he spent an hour answering questions about national and Nevada issues.

Among them were his support for creating a Gold Butte national conservation area and relaxing federal marijuana policy. Reid also discussed his legacy and said he thinks Las Vegas will get a National Hockey League team.

Conservationists have long supported protecting Gold Butte, a 350,000-acre area in northeastern Clark County about two hours east of Las Vegas. Reid and Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., introduced bills to create a conservation area, but the legislation is opposed by Republicans and has gone nowhere.

Adding to the political thorniness, the conservation area would include the federal land where rancher Cliven Bundy has let his cattle roam for 20 years without paying grazing fees.

Obama could use his authority under federal law to create the conservation area, as he did recently with the Basin and Range National Monument in Nye and Lincoln counties — another controversial project pushed by Reid.

Asked whether he plans to seek executive action again, Reid said, “Well, I think I’ve asked the president for enough for a little while, so I’m just going to let that work its way through the system.”

But he left the door open to seek action from Obama, saying, “Sometime I might do it, but I’m not right now.”

When asked, Reid said he supports removing marijuana from the list of “Schedule 1” drugs that the federal government officially considers to have no medicinal use.

The conflict between federal and state laws has increased as more states legalize medical marijuana, as Nevada has done, or even recreational marijuana, as Nevada could do next year.

“We can’t have these places all over the country where they’re trying to make medicinal marijuana available and then have federal law that’s in opposition to that, so I think it should be changed,” Reid said.

During the meeting, Reid also reminisced about his childhood in Searchlight and discussed his proudest accomplishments in Congress, which include a taxpayers bill of rights and working to protect Nevada water supplies.

“I’m going to enjoy myself another 17 months or so and then figure out what I’m going to do in the world,” Reid said. “But I’m going to worry about it then, not now.”

Contact Eric Hartley at ehartley@reviewjournal.com or 702-550-92

President Obama To Host Fundraiser in Vegas for corrupt Dem Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto.

obama jokerLAS VEGAS (AP) – President Barack Obama is co-hosting a fundraiser in Las Vegas for Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto.

Obama and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid will hold the dinner the evening of Aug. 24, the same day the president is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.

Cortez Masto served as Nevada Attorney General for eight years. Reid has praised her as a capable successor for his Senate seat, which he plans to vacate after the 2016 election.nag masto

Cortez Masto is running against Republican Rep. Joe Heck in what is expected to be a highly competitive race.

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Obama to speak at Reid energy summit

corporate_obama32President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas sponsored by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

The two Democrats will join business leaders, politicians, students and other interested parties to discuss renewable resources in America. The summit is in its eighth year and will be held Aug. 24 at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

“I have so much affection and admiration for President Obama and we are thrilled to welcome him to participate in this year’s summit,” Reid said in a statement. “President Obama’s record on clean energy and climate stands above all others. His administration has made the largest investment in clean energy in American history and there is no place better than Nevada to discuss how we will continue this progress.”harry reid

The event will also feature Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich.

Obama’s visit is timed during an election year when Reid, the highest-ranking member of the Senate, is not running for reelection. Reid endorsed Catherine Cortez Masto, the former Nevada Attorney General, in April. Cortez Masto will face U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Henderson, in November 2016.

Harry Reid introduces his 2011 Judge Miranda Du at nomination hearing and calls her a “boat child”

The “Boat Child” comment is at the 2 minute mark 

Senator Reid this week introduced Miranda Du, nominee to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada, at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Du is currently a partner at McDonald Carano Wilson LLP in Reno and was recommended by Reid.

Miranda Du’s WIKI page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_Du

Miranda Mai Du (born December 11, 1969) is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Born in Cà Mau, Vietnam, Du left the country at age 9, when her family sought asylum in Malaysia.[1] They spent a year in Malaysianrefugee camps before ultimately being granted asylum in the United States.[1]

Du received a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Davis in 1991 and a Juris Doctor from University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1994.[2]

Upon graduating law school, Du took a job as an associate at Reno law firm McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. She was promoted to partner in 2002.

On August 2, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Du to replace Judge Roger L. Hunt who took senior status in 2011.[2]

On November 3, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly reported her nomination to the Senate floor in a party-line, 10–8 vote.[3] The reasons cited by some of the eight Republican senators on the committee who voted against sending Du’s nomination to the Senate floor were her lack of criminal-law experience and a 2008 sanction against Du imposed by the very judge, serving on the court to which she was being nominated, who in 2011 was recommending her nomination.[4] The sanction related to Du’s representation of a water district in a 2006 worker grievance case and the fact that she either failed to recognize or did not adequately pursue the argument that the federal court had lacked jurisdiction in the case.[4]

In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who as a Nevadan recommended Du to Obama, said he had planned a “swift confirmation” of Du.[4][5] On March 28, 2012, Du’s nomination was confirmed by a vote of 59 ayes to 39 nays.[6] She received her commission on March 30, 2012.[7][8]


Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval as a judge in 2008, he signed off on sanctions against the attorney after she was found by U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie Cooke to have mishandled a case. After conducting a fresh review of the record, “the court accepts and adopts the magistrate judge’s recommendation,” he wrote in an Oct. 28, 2008, order. Sandoval issued a statement Thursday after being asked why he would recommend someone for a federal judgeship after having participated in a discipline finding against her. “I have reviewed the documents related to my approval of Magistrate Judge Cooke’s order, and I find nothing that would cause me to change my belief that Miranda Du would make an excellent federal judge,” Sandoval said. [10]

In August 2015, a Plaintiff Ty Robben in a civil rights lawsuit against Defendants Carson City, et al, protested against Judge Miranda Du for the use of Summary Judgment (FRCP 56) calling it an unconstitutional violation of the 7th amendment [11] Summary Judgment is unconstitutional. “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.” – – The 7th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. [12]

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Heck says he’ll take on ‘Reid Machine’ in run for Senate

harry reidU.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Henderson, said Monday he would seek the Senate seat that is being vacated by the retirement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Heck will face former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who was endorsed by Reid in March.

In an interview Monday afternoon in Reno, Heck said he expected Reid’s political team — known as the “Reid Machine” — to be well-oiled in backing Cortez Masto, even though Reid is retiring.

“My opponent is Harry’s hand-picked successor,” Heck said. “I would assume he would not do that if he wasn’t going to be all in for her or whoever the Democratic presidential nominee is.

“So we are planning that this is going to be a very difficult election year in Nevada and that Harry will be very engaged and his machine will be ginned up.”

Heck, 53, has never run a statewide campaign before and plans on giving Northern Nevada some extra attention next month with a five-day trek across the Interstate-80 corridor.

“In August, we’ll do a tour across the northern part of the state where we will go introduce Joe Heck to the voters of Northern Nevada and say look, this is who he is, this is his life story, this is what he has been able to accomplish and this is what he wants to do for you,” Heck said. “And then it is up to the voters to decide.”

Rural Nevada has been the tipping point for victory for many Republican candidates in the past. Doing well in rural Nevada helped propel U.S. Sen Dean Heller, R-Nev., past Democrat Shelley Berkley in 2012 and helped Republican Adam Laxalt nip Democrat Ross Miller for attorney general in 2014.

“We have been around the state previously, as you know, when I was in the state Senate,” Heck said. “I spent time up here so I have contacts. I have friends throughout the state of Nevada.”

Heck said he only began to seriously consider running for the U.S. Senate after Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval announced he was not going to run. Heck said he would not have challenged Sandoval in a GOP primary.

“If the governor said he was in, I would have stayed in the House.”

Heck said he made the decision to run only after a serious kitchen-table discussion with his family.

“The motivation is simple,” Heck said. “When you look at the issues that Nevadans continue to struggle with — getting and keeping a full-time job, getting their child a quality education, affordable health care, raising a family in a secure and safe community — those are issues I’ve spent my life working on.

“So I believe that my life experiences make me ideally situated to answer the concerns that Nevadans are telling me are the most worrisome to them,” Heck said. “And that is why I am running for the U.S. Senate.”

Sandoval and presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took to Twitter on Monday to back Heck, saying he is the best chance to replace Reid.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee responded to the announcement within minutes, with communications director Justin Barasky saying Heck spent his time in office “catering to insurance companies, big banks and Washington special interests.”

Reid announced in March that he would not seek a sixth term. The decision came after an exercise injury left Reid blind in one eye.

Heck served in the state Senate between 2004 and 2008 and won the congressional seat in 2010, narrowly defeating Dina Titus, now the U.S. representative for Nevada’s 1st District.

He won re-election by big margins in 2012 and 2014, even though Democrats have a slight edge in voter registration in District 3.

Heck has spent more than two decades as an Army reservist, including three active-duty tours and a deployment in Iraq. He’s also the only one-star general in Congress.

Heck was born in New York and moved to Nevada in 1992. He lives in Henderson with his wife, Lisa, and three children.

Reid: GOP presidential candidates are ‘afraid’ of Trump

Harry Reid "The JOKER"

Harry Reid “The JOKER”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday that the Republican presidential candidates are “afraid” of Donald Trump and will not criticize him on policy points because Trump’s ideas are too similar to their own.

“Donald Trump is the Republican Party,” Reid said in an exclusive interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal. “He is Mr. Republican.

“It is interesting to note that all of the other 15 or 18 candidates running against him are all afraid of him,” Reid continued. “And you notice that when he (Trump) criticized John McCain, they all stumbled all over themselves to criticize him for saying something about John McCain. But on virtually every other issue — immigration, poor people, taxes, government workers, the environment — he (Trump) speaks like the Republicans on every one of those.

“The Republicans are afraid to say anything against him because they will be saying things against themselves,” Reid said. “They are afraid of him, obviously because he is speaking for the Republican Party.”

Last week, some GOP senators, including Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., thought that Trump “crossed the line” when he said Sen. McCain, 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.”

Former Gov. Robert List, a leading Nevada Republican, disagreed with Reid, saying no single person can represent the Republican Party. Reid is only trying to define the GOP in a negative way, List said.

“Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party, no individual does any more than Harry Reid, Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton represent the Democratic Party,” List said. “No single individual fulfills that role.

“What Sen. Reid is trying to do here is define the Republican Party in a negative way before we even have a nominee,” List said. “That is what is going on here.”

Yet a leading political science professor in Nevada agreed with Reid, saying Republicans fear the thought of Trump becoming an independent candidate.

“I actually agree with Reid’s statement and I would include the official national party organization as well,” Lokken said. “I think they (GOP party officials) are very much afraid of him being an independent candidate.

“As logic goes, in a close election, he (Trump the independent) would cost them enough votes to allow the Democratic candidate to win,” Lokken said.

Last week, The Hill reported that Trump said chances that he would launch a third-party White House run would “absolutely” increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season.

In 1992, Texas conservative businessman Ross Perot ran as an independent and his campaign was considered as a factor in President George H. W. Bush’s loss to Democrat Bill Clinton.

When Reid was asked if Trump could win the GOP presidential nomination, he said: “I think what he said last week was very valid (about running as an independent). He said if the Republican Party – who has been coming around me, wanting to get money from me, wanting me to endorse them, if they suddenly dump me, you may have an independent in the race.”

Asked if leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton could beat Trump in a general election, Reid said, “I think she is going to win anyway. The other candidates are so marginal. They are wrong on all of the issues.”

Reid said climate change is one of many issues where Trump and other Republicans are wrong.

“The new Republican Party is one that denies climate change,” Reid said. “They are totally on the wrong side of the issue on immigration. They want to do away with what we did with Wall Street reform. They want to change social security. They want to change Medicare. They want to change Medicaid. I could go on for five minutes about all of the stuff they are against.

“And that’s what Trump talks about,” Reid said. “Everything he said is just like they believe. So how are they going to criticize him?”

Reid’s comments are “strategic” in nature, List said.

“I admire Sen. Reid for his strategic attempt but that is not who we are, in my judgment,” List said. “But I do think people admire the fact that Mr. Trump often times speaks in a spontaneous way. He is not one of these guys who have a big calculation and plan behind every word that comes out of their mouth.”

For years, Harry Reid has railed against the Koch brothers as the worst example of the corrupting influence of special interest money in politics. But the Senate minority leader’s crusade against the conservative barons recently yielded big bucks for his own party.

harry reidFor years, Harry Reid has railed against the Koch brothers as the worst example of the corrupting influence of special interest money in politics. But the Senate minority leader’s crusade against the conservative barons recently yielded big bucks for his own party.

Reid invoked the Republican megadonors during a July 12 fundraiser in Montreal for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In the end, he raised more than $1 million from one special interest — trial lawyers — by criticizing another. Reid flew to the event in one lawyer’s private jet

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/harry-reid-1-million-fundraising-trial-lawyers-120540.html#ixzz3gkaAwCI8

Stunning trade bill block seen as a win for Harry Reid

HarryReid-DingyWASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama’s push for a pan-Pacific trade pact, a key part of his strategic pivot to Asia, suffered a major blow at the hands of Senate Democrats on Tuesday when they blocked debate on a bill that would have smoothed the path for the deal.

The stunning outcome cast doubt on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) “fast track” bill which is key to the Obama administration’s ability to complete the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Washington’s negotiating partners say enacting U.S. fast-track legislation to expedite passage of any trade deal is vital to clinching an agreement that would create a free trade zone covering 40 percent of the world economy.

“Each negotiation member nation considers the TPA bill indispensable towards an early agreement on TPP talks,” said Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. Tokyo has long said TPP members would find it difficult to make trade concessions if the trade deal was subject to revision in the U.S. Congress.

“Japan strongly hopes an early enactment of the bill in the U.S.,” Suga, the top government spokesman, told a regular news conference.

Failure to clinch a U.S.-led TPP agreement could also damage Washington’s leadership image in Asia, where China is forging ahead with a new Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) without the participation of the United States and Japan.

The Senate voted 52-45 – short of the 60 votes needed – to pave the way for debate on the “fast-track” trade authority for Obama. “What we just saw here is pretty shocking,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican.

The vote marked a victory for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, an outspoken opponent of fast-track, after weeks of speculation that the toughest fight would be in the House of Representatives and not the Senate.

Under fast-track, Congress can approve or reject trade deals negotiated by the administration but not amend deals such as the TPP, a potential legacy-defining achievement for Obama.

Pro-trade U.S. Senate Democrats, including Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, insisted that fast-track authority be bundled together with three other trade bills, including one that would impose import duties on countries that manipulate their currencies for unfair trade advantage.

The White House strongly opposes the measure. A source familiar with negotiations in the Senate said one option would be to bundle the four bills together but take out the currency provision. That could be voted on separately, said the source.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, told reporters that it could take a day or two to broker a compromise while Democrats predicted it would come back.

“I don’t think today’s vote is a death knell for TPA, but it is a very strong warning shot to the majority leader … that without worker protections, without enforcement provisions, they will likely not move forward,” Democratic Senator Chris Coons told reporters.


Negotiations on the TPP are nearly complete, but trading partners have said they want to see fast-track legislation enacted before finalizing the pact, which would stretch from Japan to Chile. That would create the biggest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement liberalized trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

More than two decades later, that pact is blamed by many on the left in the United States for factory closures and job losses and has soured sentiment toward the TPP.

Now, McConnell faces the tough choice of possibly bending to Democrats’ demands and in so doing, losing Republican votes in the Senate and House.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest played down the day’s developments as a “procedural snafu” and said the White House would continue to work to push the legislation forward.

Only one Democrat, Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, backed the measure, despite a White House campaign blitz to win Democratic support.

Obama held a “constructive” meeting on Tuesday afternoon with 10 Senate Democrats to discuss how to advance fast-track legislation, the White House said in a statement.

Senate Republicans stuck together in voting to let the bill pass its first test. However, McConnell at the last minute changed his vote to “no” in a procedural move that lets him bring the bill to a vote again in the future.

The failure to secure the needed votes sent a worrying signal about the level of support for fast track, which is opposed by unions, environmental and consumer groups but backed by businesses, which reacted with disappointment.

Harry Reid Skins Parody Song

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has served as a US Senator since 1986 and only now, 28 long years later, all of the sudden fakes concern over the name of the Washington Redskins football team.

Hypocritically throughout his 28 year tenure, Senator Reid has failed to see any problem with the team name of the Washington Redskins.

And hypocritically today, Senator Reid considers the team name of the Washington Redskins a priority problem when his own state of Nevada. He has failed to stop the abuse of women as objects in the state he “serves” while he daily assaults a team name.

And so, in honor of Senator Harry Reid, we at Public Advocate have composed this little parody song just for him.

If you know the words, sing along!

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Breaking: Harry Reid Tied to MASSIVE Bribery Case (VIDEO)

harry reidSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is a shady operator. From changing the Senate rules which allowed him to increase the tax-raising power of the Senate Democratic majority, ties to shady lobbyists, and numerous scandals in Nevada, it is little wonder how a guy on a relatively modest public servant salary has become obscenely wealthy.

Now, Reid has been linked to a new massive bribery case that had two state attorneys general arrested already.

See the video here: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/breaking-harry-reid-tied-massive-bribery-case-video/

Utah prosecutors on Tuesday filed criminal charges against two former state attorneys general in a court filing that makes tantalizing references to a possible pay-to-play influence scheme involving U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Utah County District Attorney Sim Gill charged former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff with numerous felony state crimes, including bribery, acceptance of illegal gifts, evidence tampering and a “pattern of unlawful activity.”

The charges were expected for months, and both men were taken into custody. Mr. Shurtleff served for many years as Utah’s top law enforcement official before retiring in 2013 and was succeeded by Mr. Swallow, who resigned in controversy after just a year. Both are Republicans.

“This is a sad day for Utah,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert, who said that no matter what happens with the two men in court, it has become “a black eye for our state.”

Both Mr. Shurtleff and Mr. Swallow maintained their innocence, according to The Associated Press and other local news accounts.

While the charges are major news in Utah, it was the mention of two senators — Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican — that could reach Washington’s corridors of power.

The documents detail efforts by a federally indicted Utah businessman, Jeremy Johnson, to secure meetings with Mr. Reid and Mr. Hatch, where Mr. Johnson hoped to enlist their help in fighting off an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

Via The Washington Times

It is difficult to be surprised by this. There is no reason why this man should have such a prominent role in American government. He represents everything wrong with our government, and there is no way the Founding Fathers would be pleased with what a miserable Majority Leader he is.

Now, we will see if Utah law enforcement will withstand the serious political muscle about to be thrown at them.

This is war, and Harry Reid won’t be taken down without a fight.

Read more: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/breaking-harry-reid-tied-massive-bribery-case-video/#ixzz3X8FnHGwY

Whoa, If True: Harry Reid’s Mobster Fistfight and Cover-Up

harry reidThis is the second installment of “Whoa, If True,” an occasional look at the conspiracy theories that migrate from the wilds of the Internet to the well-covered tundra of presidential campaigns.

On Friday afternoon, in a segment about the retirement of Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Rush Limbaugh cast doubt on the official story of the Democratic leader’s gruesome facial injuries. Reid kept saying that he had wounded himself and damaged his right eye when a piece of exercise equipment broke. Not so, said Limbaugh.

“I don’t believe for a minute that whatever happened to Harry Reid has anything to do with an exercise machine unless somebody repeatedly threw him into it,” said Limbaugh. “Harry Reid looks like and is acting like—and now with this announcement, behaving like—somebody who may have been beaten up. Nobody… I’ve never seen anybody have an accident with an exercise machine that ends up suffering symptoms much like Harry Reid’s for as long as Harry Reid has.”

“The whole mobster thing is just insane.”

Nevada reporter Jon Ralston
Not for the first time, Limbaugh had expressed something that other conservatives had only whispered. In January, the blogger John Hinderaker, a member of the Powerline collective, asked “what really happened” to Reid. “He looks like he has been in a fight, and not with an elastic band,” wrote Hinderaker. “Some are speculating that he had a run-in with Las Vegas underworld characters. There is zero evidence for that.”

On Saturday, Hinderaker felt compelled to follow up that analysis (“typically the first thing that comes up on Google”) and negate the “zero evidence” claim. “A friend of mine was in Las Vegas a week or two ago,” wrote Hinderaker. “He talked to a number of people there about Reid’s accident, and didn’t find anyone who believed the elastic exercise band story. The common assumption was that the incident resulted, in some fashion, from Reid’s relationship with organized crime. The principal rumor my friend heard was that Reid had promised to obtain some benefit for a group of mobsters. He met with them on New Year’s Day, and broke the bad news that he hadn’t been able to deliver what he promised. When the mobsters complained, Reid (according to the rumor) made a comment that they considered disrespectful, and one of them beat him up.”

Hinderaker did not quite endorse the theory. All he knew was that “it is a more likely story than the elastic exercise band yarn,” and that the national press “refused to investigate the cause of his injuries.”

Over the weekend, as Matthew Yglesias has recounted for Vox, the “mobsters probably beat up Reid” theory migrated from the water cooler to the mainstream. “It’s pretty obvious from the photographs that somebody beat the bejesus out of the soon-to-be-former senator from Nevada,” wrote Michael Walsh in PJMedia. “Has any journalist looked into the specifics of Harry Reid’s exercise equipment accident?” asked Washington Examiner reporter Byron York.

The theory that Reid was attacked, and covered it up with an embarrassing story, is confirmation bias at its finest, relying on a few popular conservative assumptions about the media. One: That members of the media are lazy. Two: That members of the media cover up for Democrats. Three: That the media has avoided covering Reid’s interactions with the mafia, because of reasons one and two.

None of this is compatible with how the story was actually covered—though the timing, around 2014’s elongated New Year’s holiday, meant that the political media was a little less busy than usual, and if anyone has asked for medical records, no one has published them. According to Reid’s office, on New Year’s Day 2015, the senator was using a resistance band when it broke. The morning after, Las Vegas Sun reporter Amber Phillips was out with a story, quoting Reid’s office, which noted that the leader’s security detail had taken him to the hospital. Twenty-one days later, in his first public news conference since the incident, Reid acknowledged “rumors” about what happened but repeated the story of “those large rubber bands” breaking and sending him face-first into “these cabinets.”

There is, indeed, no evidence that mobsters actually broke through Reid’s security detail and worked him over. But there is evidence that reporters were asking questions.

“Here’s what I was able to piece together from people who should know,” says Jon Ralston, a Nevada reporter who has covered Reid for years. “Reid is a fitness nut. He had just moved into his new Vegas house, and didn’t have a place to do his band routine. So he attached it to something in his bathroom, which was a very dumb thing to do, it turns out. The whole mobster thing is just insane. Not just because there is no evidence, but it makes no sense.”

If one were inclined to cross-examine Reid, he might focus on the slight differences in how the objects that hurt him were described. Phillips referred to “exercise equipment,” Reid referred to “cabinets,” and Ralston referred to “something in the bathroom.” Yet in every story, Reid’s equipment broke and he hurt himself.

“Every major news outlet in the country covered the accident and a lot of very aggressive reporters asked a ton of questions about what happened,” says Adam Jentleson, Reid’s spokesman. “But clearly they’re all in the tank.”

All jokes aside, the people who cover Reid can’t understand what makes his story so incredible. Not all injuries are dignified. Far from it—the columns of “oddly enough” news brim with tales of men paralyzed by dumbbells, drowned by swimming pools, or sucked into hot tubs. The “what really happened?” question about Reid assumes that a man who has never tired of telling the story of his near-miss brushes with mafia justice would cover up the story of how he survived a brutal attack—and instead, had to go on TV telling people his “big rubber bands” broke. It would be like Clark Kent telling colleagues that he was out of the office when Superman visited because, well, he had to empty his colostomy bag.

Why, for Limbaugh et al, is the cover-up story believable? It’s because they assume the media might prefer to cover a ridiculous story than to expose the corruption they’re sure Harry Reid is guilty of. The problem: They haven’t done as much work to prove that as reporters did to verify what actually happened to Reid—or as much work as reporters have done, over the years, to vet Reid’s finances and associations.

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-03-30/whoa-if-true-harry-reid-s-mobster-fistfight-and-cover-up

Former Nevada Attorney General “NAG” Catherine Cortez Masto to run for Harry Reid’s Senate seat

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

LAS VEGAS — Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto says she will run for Harry Reid’s Senate seat in 2016.

The Democrat made the announcement Wednesday. She says she left her new job as the executive vice chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education on Tuesday to launch her campaign.

The news comes less than two weeks after Reid said he would not run for a sixth term. No Republicans yet have declared their intention to run since Reid’s announcement.

Cortez Masto was elected attorney general in 2006 and served two terms but could not run again due to term limits. She was replaced by Republican Adam Laxalt.

She said her campaign will focus on the issues that defined her term as Nevada’s top prosecutor, including protecting seniors, women and homeowners.

Harry Reid considers himself ‘a blessed man’ for his wife

harry's eye surgeryBy DANA BASH CNN

No one who knows Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid from afar would ever describe him as a romantic.

But a little-known driving force for the often gruff and impolitic Nevada Democrat is his 60-year love affair with his wife.

Reid met Landra Gould when he was a junior in high school, and she was a sophomore.

When I asked about Landra during an interview, the usually poker-faced Reid immediately opened up.

“She’s never changed. She’s 74 years old. She could win a beauty contest today. She is the nicest person. She has been a wonderful mother, a terrific wife to me. I wish there was a way I could express to everyone how fortunate I am,” said Reid.

In many ways Reid’s love story mirrors the rest of his Steinbeck-like life history. He was the boy with nothing from nowhere and her father didn’t want her anywhere near Reid.

Harry Reid says he has temporarily lost vision in right eye

Harry Reid says he has temporarily lost vision in right eye

Once when he went to pick her up for a date, Landra’s father was so opposed to it, and Reid was so determined, the former boxer got into a fist fight with the man. That’s right: he punched his future father-in-law in the face.

Part of the problem was that she was Jewish, and he — from a truck stop of a town with only brothels and gambling and nothing else — had no religion.

“As our relationship built, her parents came to the realization that it could be something serious and it was a very difficult time, the last few years of courtship, because they of course wanted her to meet somebody Jewish,” Reid told me in 2006, during an interview in his hometown of Searchlight.

The two eloped during college, and finally her parents came around to accepting him.

harry reid“They said we did everything we could to stop the two of you … we’re going to do everything we can to make your lives a success, and they were wonderful,” Reid told me.

Reid and Landra decided to convert to Mormonism, but they always kept a “Mezuzah” on the door to their home, as is the custom in Judaism and, until Landra’s parents died, they always celebrated major Jewish holidays, like Passover, as a family.

As they raised five children and Reid rose through the political ranks in Nevada and in the U.S. Senate, the two have rarely been apart.

In fact while many lawmakers like to socialize and hobnob with other powerful people, Reid almost never did. He always preferred to stay home and have a quiet night with Landra.

Those who know her call her elegant — always beautifully dressed — and a quiet force behind the complicated man from Searchlight, who has served as a constant reminder to Reid of where he came from.

“I am a blessed man to have this 5-foot-tall woman with me all these years,” said Reid.

The speculation begins: Who’s going to replace Harry Reid? NAG Masto?

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Harry Reid “The JOKER”

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From the archives:
Will Nevada falter if Harry Reid loses the Senate majority?

Sen. Harry Reid’s announced retirement leaves a decade-long vacuum in Nevada politics, and pundits immediately turned to who would replace him.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Reid came right out with a favorite: Catherine Cortez Masto, former Nevada attorney general and executive vice chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

“She has a great resume. She has a background that is significantly powerful. I hope she decides to run. If she does, I will help her,” Reid said.

Anyone who runs against Cortez Masto will “be a loser,” Reid continued in a candid interview on Nevada Public Radio.

Cortez Masto, meanwhile, tried to deflect the speculation, saying “today is not the day for politics.”

At a city-sponsored education conference on Hispanic underachievement, speakers — Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman among them — discussed Reid’s surprise announcement and credited him for advancing the interests of the state’s Latino community.

CNN coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

CNN coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

ortez Masto, the event’s keynote speaker, steered clear of the topic of Reid’s retirement during her address.

“Today is a day to thank (Reid) for everything he’s done on behalf of our state,” Cortez Masto said after the speech, declining to comment on Reid’s endorsement. “I’m learning about this as we move along.”

Sources said Las Vegas Democrat Rep. Dina Titus also is “strongly considering” running for Reid’s seat.

Titus, who also gave a brief speech at today’s education conference, did not address a potential candidacy. But Goodman told the crowd that Titus “would make a wonderful U.S. senator.”

Later, in a statement, Titus said she’s “humbled” by calls she’s received to consider running. “This is a decision I will make carefully after talking with family and close friends to ensure it is in the best interest of District 1 and the people of Nevada,” she said.

Another possibility for Democrats: Las Vegas Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who is known for her savvy in complex tax issues and ability to work with Republicans. She is finishing her last term in the Legislature and has served since 2004. But she swatted away speculation quickly.

“You can count me out,” she said.

NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

On the Republican side, potential candidates to challenge Reid are now reconfiguring their chances in a more even playing field. Nonpartisan political analyst Larry Sabato turned the now-open race from leaning Democratic to a toss up.

GOP candidates in the running include: former state lawmaker Heidi Gansert, Atty. Gen. Adam Laxalt, Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison and state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, a top contender for the Senate seat even while Reid was in the race, indicated earlier this year he didn’t have any intention to run. Aides declined to speculate Friday on how Reid’s retirement could change Sandoval’s political calculus.

nag masto signRoberson, who’s in the middle of a legislative budget battle, said he wouldn’t comment on speculation about 2016.

“For me that’s a distraction from what we’re trying to do here,” he said.

What does Reid think?

“It’s a free country — let them all run,” Reid said when asked on KNPR who he thinks is the strongest Republican candidate.

Reid’s departure will change more dynamics in the race than just the names on the ballot.

For nearly a decade in Washington, Reid has been the symbol of dysfunction for Republicans.

Now, the GOP will lose a punching-bag figure for rallying the base. But it will also give conservatives an opponent who isn’t a seasoned campaign veteran with one of the most formidable political machines in the country.

Running against the Reid machine has always been daunting, said Robert Uithoven, a GOP campaign strategist.

“It always look attractive in the beginning,” he said. “Candidates always go out early with polls that show they are in the lead… But then they go up against the well-funded Democratic party machine and the Reid campaign. Then it becomes much more challenging than when you looked at the initial poll results.”

It still could be, even without Reid publicly at the helm.

KOLO coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

KOLO coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

The Clark County Republican Party fired off a fundraising email today on just that point: Reid may be gone, but “The Harry Reid Machine is still behind the scenes supporting Democratic candidates.”

For casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the race just got easier. Despite the political differences between he and Reid, the two have a close relationship.

Reid’s absence from the race will now allow one of the world’s richest men to unload his money against Cortez Masto or any other Democrat who may foray into the race, an intimidating obstacle for anyone who wants run.

But local Democrats say Reid’s retirement won’t change their 2016 strategy.

“Just like we would fight for Sen. Reid for his re-election,” said Chris Miller, the chair of the Clark County Democratic party, “we will fight for whoever that is to ensure that seat remains in Democratic hands.”

Las Vegas Sun reporters Ana Ley, Kyle Roerink and Conor Shine contributed to this report.

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Harry Reid’s Big, Complicated Latino Legacy Won’t End When His Career Does

Love or loathe him, Reid played a big role in changing the way the Democratic Party treats immigration politically. And early indications are he’ll back a successor candidate who would be the first Latina senator.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

In the Spring of 2012, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina gathered a group of high-level Latino Democrats and operatives to update them on what they were doing to win support from Latino voters.

“I’m obsessed,” Messina began, according to someone familiar with the meeting, “with the way Harry Reid’s campaign did it in 2010. We’re looking at that very closely.”

Obama would go on to win 71% of the Latino vote, two years after Reid dominated with Hispanics in a tight race against a Tea Party candidate. The lessons from the Nevada senator were implemented.

“I operated based on what I knew and Sen. Reid was my training ground,” said Nathaly Arriola, who worked on Hispanic press for the 2012 Obama campaign, which hired Latino communications strategists a year out from Election Day (instead of two months, as is often the case). The campaign polled Latinos early and often, and booked the president on Hispanic media. “It was a very regional approach to the way we communicated to Latinos and the issues they care about, because it was a winning strategy,” she said.

When Reid exits the U.S. Senate in 2017, he will leave a complex and complicated legacy as an aggressive partisan legislator. He will also leave an equally complex legacy on immigration. Reid is the majority leader who could not pass immigration legislation with majorities in both Houses of Congress, but who pressured President Obama to go around Congress and take unprecedented executive action — an obsessive advocate for DREAMers, and a terse political operator who also used them for political ends.

Reid’s retirement was not a sure thing (before his accident last year, he had given indications he would run again) and came as a surprise to many on the Hill. But as he exits, Reid has also indicated early that he would support former Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto if she runs for his seat — she would be the country’s first Latina senator, if elected.

“Whoever runs against Catherine, I think will be a loser,” he said in a radio interview this week. “I hope she decides to run. If she does, I’m going to help her.”

Two sources with knowledge of Reid’s plans told BuzzFeed News that even if Reid’s actual retirement was a surprise, his interest in an eventual Cortez Masto candidacy was not. “They really want her in the race, they feel strongly they think she can win. It’s her decision to make but they completely and utterly support her,” one said.

“[Reid] really likes her,” another added. “He has considered her for a long time, she’s a smart individual and somebody that can carry his legacy.”

That help, in a state where Reid’s influence and political machinery looms large, would be substantial. The Democratic women’s group EMILY’s List, which backs pro-choice Democratic female candidates, has also thrown its support behind Masto.

“We are excited about the opportunity to fill this seat with a strong, Democratic woman leader – which would be a first for Nevada,” EMILY’s List spokesperson Marcy Stech said in a statement. “Catherine Cortez Masto has been a fighter for Nevada women and families. She has a bright future and it’s past time to elect the first Latina to the U.S. Senate.”

Cristóbal Alex, the president of the Latino Victory Project, which fundraises for Latino Democratic candidates, also said Reid supporting the former Nevada attorney general is a big deal in a state that is almost 30% Hispanic.

“The way he’s leaving, by highlighting and propelling someone who would be the first Latina U.S. senator, he would help make history and once again give back to the Latino community,” he said.

But Reid remains known first as a partisan. His last race in Nevada was very close; this one will be in a presidential year (better for Democrats), but without Reid’s long history on the ballot (not as good). The state is now governed by Brian Sandoval, a well-liked and more liberal Republican, and groups like the Koch-funded Libre Initiative are pouring resources into Nevada to early returns.

“If he’s backing her, he’s not backing her because she’s Latina, he’s backing her because she has the best chance of retaining that seat,” said Luis Miranda, a former White House official.

Harry Reid has indicated he would support former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to replace him when he retires. Eric Jamison / AP

The intrinsic politics to Reid’s maneuvering on all issues, in the Latino community and far beyond, don’t undermine the senator’s legacy on immigration, Reid allies say. They credit Reid with changing the Democratic calculus on legal status and citizenship for the undocumented — turning immigration from a divisive wedge issue into a rallying cry for Democrats to coalesce around.

They say he created a pipeline of Latino staffers from inside his office and helped them advance on the Hill, with 15 currently on staff. (“He’s not flying in operatives, he’s breeding them,” Arriola said.) And they trace his work on the Gang of Eight immigration bill, and the introduction and re-introduction of the DREAM Act, as significant markers in the politics of immigration over the last decade.

“On immigration he changed the game,” said former Reid senior adviser Jose Parra. “Polls were showing that touching the DREAM Act was political suicide.”

There is also the unusual role Reid, a senator, played in the executive actions implemented by President Obama in 2012 and 2014. Those actions followed years of either failed efforts to start an immigration legislative process, or gestures at starting a process unlikely to find success with Republicans, or even some Democrats. (In 2010, for instance, when Democrats still controlled both houses but were headed toward a blistering midterm election, Reid developed a habit of saying publicly and in press releases directed toward Spanish-language media that immigration legislation would happen soon, while admitting on Capitol Hill that it would not.)

Both in 2012 and 2014, it became clear that there would be no legislation moved. Reid began pushing the White House to forego Congress and implement what ultimately would be called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program that delays deportation of some young undocumented immigrants and is the precursor to last year’s executive actions.

Those with knowledge of what was going on behind the scenes say Reid’s staff had worked up memos on how and why the administration should do DACA. The White House pushed back over whether they had legal authority to use prosecutorial discretion with a larger scope, and concerns that it was politically infeasible in the midst of a bitter campaign. At one point, Reid told senior administration staff that if they didn’t do DACA, losing the White House for the party would be on them, according to a source familiar with the exchange. He left a memo from his staff on what they needed to do and walked out.

Reid then took it a step further, going on “Al Punto” with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos — a Spanish-language analogue to “Meet The Press” — and making a declaration of sorts.

“There’s more the president is going to do administratively. And that should happen fairly quickly,” Reid told Ramos on May 13, 2012.

The response from the White House was swift.

nag mastoMiranda, the director of Hispanic media at the time, called Reid’s office yelling and asking why he had said that, according to a source familiar with the period. Miranda laughed when asked about the story, saying he didn’t remember that but that it was probably true.

“DACA was the big issue,” said Arriola, who worked for both Reid and for the Obama campaign. “For Reid to come out strong, he did lead the pack. It was a timeframe when even our Democrat champions were not speaking up on this issue.”

Some Democrats argue he can’t be replaced when it comes to Latino issues, especially immigration, by Sen. Chuck Schumer who is very likely to become the new Democratic leader with Reid’s endorsement.

“Fuck yeah, that’s a loss,” one longtime Latino Democrat said. “Schumer is like Rahm [Emanuel], their priorities are majorities and the bigger picture and if that means sacrificing immigration, so be it. Schumer has been a champion of immigration but also one of the people dragging their feet… Reid is more of a true believer, he stood by it on principle. Schumer is going to do it if it makes sense for the majority.”

Another was more succinct. “I just don’t see Chuck Schumer going to bat for the community like Reid did.”

Complaints about Schumer highlight one of Reid’s most Machiavellian strengths, namely his ability to shape different parts of the party’s views of him on his own terms.

After all, Reid held off on serious efforts at rewriting immigration laws until President Obama wanted it done in 2013. But it is Obama and Schumer — and not the then-leader of the Senate, Reid — who are viewed as dragging their feet.

Harry Reid with DREAMer Astrid Silva, of Las Vegas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Inside the community of immigration activists, which played a significant role in pushing Obama from the left last year, Reid has his share of admirers.

He has frequently touted the experience of Astrid Silva, a Nevadan who was brought to the country as a child and who speaks highly of the senator, “For the first time I felt like I was protected and that was something I had never felt before.”

Catherine Cortez MastoReid would have a direct impact on Silva’s life in 2011, after her father faced the imminent threat of deportation, which the senator resolved by negotiating with ICE to get a stay of deportation because Carlos Silva had been scammed by a notario, someone who presents themselves as a lawyer, but is not. “His office was the first place I called, I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

There is a political dimension to this: Silva would later be prominently featured during Obama’s event the day after announcing his sweeping 2014 executive actions, because her father is eligible to remain in the country if the program is ultimately implemented (the executive actions have been put on hold as they undergo legal challenge).

That political tension is not lost on the activists. When Gaby Pacheco, a high-profile DREAMer and activist, was asked to speak to the press after the DREAM Act failed in 2010, she was furious. She was angry about the legislation, but she also felt she was being used — a sympathetic face to throw to the media to bash Republicans — when she believed Democrats could have done more to get it passed.

With Reid by her side, she said her piece, but when it was over and the cameras were off, she grabbed Reid by his jacket and pulled him close, startling some of those present. She said Democrats could have done more and he knew that.

Reid, angered, pulled away from Pacheco and walked to the doorway before stopping.

Then he turned around, walked back to her, and hugged her, leaving the room bewildered about what had just happened.

Adrian Carrasquillo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Adrian Carrasquillo at adrian.c@buzzfeed.com

Harry Reid Secured Subsidies for Aides’ Donors Nevada Dem brags about support for green energy companies as ethics watchdogs suggests influence-peddling

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March 5, 2015 5:00 am

Corporate donors to a green energy nonprofit operated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) former staffers and a current campaign operative have received billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees and grant money as a result of Reid’s advocacy.

Fulcrum Bioenergy began contributing to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) in 2013. One year later, the Nevada Democrat steered tens of millions of dollars in federal grant money to the California biofuel company.

Fulcrum is one of at least nine corporate donors to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) that have secured federal financing for themselves or a client due in part to Reid’s behind-the-scenes advocacy—activity that watchdogs warn could be construed as unethical.

Harry Reid "The JOKER"

Harry Reid “The JOKER”

Rebecca Lambe, Reid’s top political strategist who has been directed by Reid to take the lead in hiring for his 2016 reelection campaign, founded CEP in 2008 and served as its executive director. Reid’s former chief of staff Susan McCue served as CEP’s president at that time. Lambe is now an adviser to CEP, according to her official bio. McCue is a member of its board.

McCue and Lambe also run Senate Majority PAC, a powerhouse Super Pac with close ties to Reid that spent $67 million to elect Senate Democrats last year.

Far from denying a role in steering subsidies to donors to aides’ group, Reid’s office brags about it.

“Senator Reid’s leadership on creating clean energy jobs in Nevada is something we like to talk about at every opportunity and we are glad you have chosen to cover this topic,” Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said in an emailed statement.

Jentleson pointed to his office’s 2013 staff report on the benefits that green energy companies such as Ormat Geothermal, which Reid helped secure a $350 million loan guarantee, were bringing to Nevada.

A news release on the staff report quoted Lydia Ball, until February CEP’s executive director, about the benefits of an “aggressive clean energy path for Nevada.” It didn’t mention that Ball is a former Reid aide, that Ormat has donated to her organization, or that the company’s president has donated to Reid.

While on Reid’s staff, Ball was in charge of advising Nevada companies on how to obtain financing through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus.

She also helped organize the National Clean Energy Summit, an annual conference cosponsored by Reid and CEP where environmentalists, politicians, and green energy executives discuss the need for more government “investment” in green companies.

Fulcrum contributed to CEP in 2013 and 2014. It attended the 2014 summit, where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a $105 million grant for the company. The Defense Departmentawarded it another $70 million two weeks later.

The Center for American Progress has sponsored the summit since it was created in 2008. John Podesta, CAP’s founder and former chairman was a CEP board member until at least September 2013. He is expected to work for the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, who was the 2014 summit’s keynote speaker.

The Podesta Group, the lobbying firm founded by Podesta and his brother Tony, began representingFulcrum in April 2014, five months before that year’s CEP summit—and the $175 million in federal grants that followed.

The firm reported lobbying the Executive Office of the President during the third quarter of 2014, when Fulcrum received the grants. That remains the only reporting period in which it has done so.

Reid took credit for delivering the Pentagon’s money. “Senator Reid wrote Secretary [Chuck] Hagel in support of Fulcrum’s grant application earlier this year,” his office said.

Most of CEP’s corporate supporters are companies that have benefitted or stand to benefit from policies that subsidize green energy technologies—policies that Reid routinely pushes for in the Senate.

Their donations to the CEP suggest “a vehicle to promote pay-to-play politics,” says Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, an ethics watchdog group.

“It is run by Reid insiders, funded by those who want Reid’s political favors, and there’s a track record of Reid dispensing favors to those who fund it,” Boehm said in an email. “As the late Senator [Sam] Ervin said, sometimes things are what they look like.”

Asked whether donations to CEP bought or rewarded Reid’s legislative support, Jentleson noted the 5,500 Nevada jobs—temporary, permanent, and “indirect”—created by Reid-supported CEP donors.

“With specific regard to the projects you mention, Senator Reid is extremely proud of his involvement in each one of them,” Jentleson said.

McCue denied that political considerations played any part in donations to CEP or Reid’s efforts to steer subsidies to those donors.

The group “does not do any federal lobbying on behalf of its supporters,” she said in an emailed statement.

“Sen. Reid has long worked to make Nevada the clean energy capital for the country, successfully bringing new companies and thousands of good new jobs to the state,” McCue said. “He would, and will, do that whether they supported CEP or not.”

Good government advocates say donations to independent groups with ties to prominent politicians can raise red flags.

“Gifts from moneyed interests to politicians’ pet charities always merit added scrutiny and concern,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

“There are innumerable ways that money can be used to help shape policy and one of those is supporting a nonprofit connected to the politician or political operative,” Krumholz said in an interview for a separate story.

CEP did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

The group’s website listed Ormat Geothermal as a donor in 2012, a year after Reid helped it obtain a $350 million loan guarantee. He also helped secure nearly $100 million in federal financing for Nevada Geothermal, which counted Ormat as a contractor.

Reid pressured the Department of the Interior (DOI) to expedite permit approvals for Nevada green energy projects, according to the New York Times. Seven companies eventually received fast-track treatment from DOI, including Ormat, Nevada Geothermal, and CEP donors Abengoa, First Solar, and SolarReserve.

Also at bat for Ormat was Cassidy and Associates, a lobbying firm and CEP donor that boasts Lambe as a senior adviser. Cassidy lobbyist Kai Anderson, Reid’s former deputy chief of staff, continues to represent the company.

During fiscal year 2009, Ormat had three loan-guarantee applications rejected for being “non-competitive.” Cassidy inked its contract with Ormat in April 2009. Five months later, Reid sent a letter to President Obama expressing concern about the slow pace of DOE loan guarantee approvals, though he did not ask for specific projects to be approved.

Ormat received its $350 million loan guarantee in 2011. Reid thanked Obama and then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a statement for “for their commitment to putting Nevadans back to work and boosting Nevada’s clean energy economy.”

Another former Reid aide was working behind the scenes to secure that financing. Paul Thomsen, then Ormat’s in-house lobbyist, handled “emerging energy resources, and public land issues” on the senator’s staff. He also starred in a 2010 campaign ad for the senator.

Thomsen is a former lobbyist for Lionel Sawyer & Collins. All four of Reid’s sons have also worked for the firm, as has CEP board member and former Reid staffer Brent Heberlee, who says he “maintains a strong working relationship with the Senate Minority Leader.”

Ormat’s ties to Reid caught the attention of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which began investigating the Obama administration’s support for green energy projects in 2011.

“The strong ties between the company and the Senate Majority leader raise questions about whether the DOE acted in the best interests of the American people when it approved [Ormat’s] loan guarantee,” the committee wrote in a 2012 report.

Internal DOE emails reveal that Reid pressured the department to speed approval of stimulus-funded loan guarantees. One email from Jonathan Silver, who directed DOE’s loan programs office, suggested that Reid was determined to secure pork for Nevada businesses through DOE’s stimulus-funded loan guarantees.

CEP donor SolarReserve was among the companies that took advantage of Reid’s aid in securing financing. He pushed DOE in 2010 to speed approval of a $737 million loan guarantee for the company’s Nevada manufacturing facility.

CEP donor NV Energy, the state’s largest utility, got a $138 million stimulus grant after, Reid said, “I advocated for this funding.” He also touted his work in extending solar power tax credits in announcing that SolarCity, another CEP donor, would build a new manufacturing facility in Nevada.

Some of CEP’s donors are members of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the industry’s trade association. SEIA itself is a CEP donor, and represents a host of other companies that have benefitted from federal green energy policies, including several that Reid has backed.

CEP board member Rose McKinney-James represents Amonix, a solar company that received federal backing after Reid went to bat on its behalf. “I made sure the Recovery Act included almost $6 million in tax credits to help Amonix open this facility,” Reid said in 2010 of the company’s Las Vegas production plant.

Reid has also aided McKinney James client Bombard Renewable Energy. Her clients also include theValley Electric Association, a CEP donor. She sits on the board of MGM Resorts International, according to the company’s website. That company sponsored last year’s summit.

Anti-cronyism watchdogs were skeptical of the benefits of Reid’s dealings.

“Of course these businesses viewed their donations as investments,” said William Yeatman, a senior fellow and energy policy expert at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“The entire green energy industry—every bit of it—is dependent on political favoritism,” Yeatman said in an email. “And with whom better to curry favor than the Senate Majority Leader—especially during the stimulus era, a period during which oversight was shortchanged for speed of disbursement.”

Reid to staff: Full speed ahead to 2016

Harry Reid "The JOKER"

Harry Reid “The JOKER”

Harry Reid says he has temporarily lost vision in right eye

Harry Reid says he has temporarily lost vision in right eye

WASHINGTON — Moving to end speculation about his political future, Sen. Harry Reid delivered a message to his staff on Tuesday that he is moving full speed ahead to run for re-election in 2016.

Reid told about 75 staffers from his leadership and Nevada-issue offices that he was definitely running again, according to several aides who attended. The announcement was met with applause, they added.

Although the Nevada Democrat has sought to emphasize he intends to seek a sixth term in the Senate, speculation has continued to persist that he might decide to retire. The unusual all-hands meeting took place a day before Reid, 75, was scheduled to undergo follow-up surgery for the serious eye injury he suffered while working out at home on New Year’s Day.

Speculation further has been fueled by the release of Reid’s latest campaign finance report last week showing he had $1.5 million in the bank as of the end of 2014 — about half of what he showed at the same point before he ran for re-election in 2010.Harry Reid

Democrats say the discrepancy is because Reid spent significant time last year raising major sums for other Democratic senators running for re-election. They maintained there is no thinking that Reid, the Senate minority leader, will not have the money he needs to run a major campaign.

In the latest snapshot illustrating that point, Reid’s campaign report covering the final quarter of 2014 shows he transferred $200,000 in October from his “Friends for Harry Reid” political fund to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that was advising other Democrats in their races.

harry reidFor his 2010 race against Republican Sharron Angle, Reid raised $24.8 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. It is expected a 2016 race would be even more expensive.

Reid’s political allies, including several former aides working as lobbyists, had scheduled at least four money events for him in January and February in a bid to get his 2015 fundraising off to a healthy start. The results of those events won’t be reported until April.

The Reid staff meeting first was reported by Politico. Emerging from the meeting, Reid told a reporter he has directed top campaign aide Rebecca Lambe to move forward on hiring campaign staff including a campaign manager. Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said later in the day Reid would not be commenting on the staff meeting.

Reid is expected to face a tough re-election as the top target of the national Republican Party, and guessing about his intentions has become a pastime in the press and among political professionals.harry reid

An unscientific National Journal poll of Washington “insiders” published last week concluded the Nevada Democrat was the “most vulnerable” incumbent in the view of both Democrats and Republicans.

Talking with reporters on Tuesday, Reid said the recovery from his eye injury “is going fine,” but did not provide details of the follow-up surgery he is scheduled to undergo on Wednesday.

On Jan. 26, doctors in a 3½-hour procedure removed a blood clot from Reid’s right eye, drained additional blood from the front of it and repaired the orbital bones surrounding the eye.

“They’ve done some good work reconstructing my face so the sides both match,” Reid said Tuesday. “Tomorrow they are going to do some other stuff. I hope it all works out well.”

Reid suffered vision loss in his right eye after a heavy elastic band he was stretching during exercise at home in Henderson on New Year’s Day snapped back into his face and knocked him over. He continues to wear a protective cup over the eye kept in place by a long bandage.

Contact Stephens Washington Bureau Chief Steve Tetreault at stetreault@stephensmedia.com or 202-783-1760. Find him on Twitter: @STetreaultDC

GOP stalls in effort to oust Reid

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Senate Republicans are unlikely to land their most formidable recruit to take down Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

brian-sandoval-bongWith Gov. Brian Sandoval delaying any decision until summer, his indecision is costing Republicans precious time in their quest to oust the party’s biggest target in 2016.

The popular governor is at the top of wish lists for Nevada and Washington Republicans, but he has suggested he won’t run. Still, Sandoval is unlikely to make a final announcement until after the state’s legislative session concludes.
That has frozen the field for other GOP hopefuls and left national Republicans in a holding pattern.

Sandoval has said he wants to focus on his legislative agenda, one that includes tax increases that has angered the GOP base as much as it has Democrats, and he has all but ruled out a bid.

“Do you really think, if this is my last session as governor, I would propose the things that I proposed last night, thinking I might be on a ballot?” Sandoval asked influential Nevada journalist Jon Ralston in a recent interview.

When pressed by Ralston, Sandoval repeatedly refused to declare that he definitely wouldn’t run. But those close to him say he is focused on getting things done in Nevada and has no desire to commute to Washington to work in a body that has been largely dysfunctional for the past decade.

“The governor is completely focused on the legislative session. I think that will be done before he gives a final decision,” said one Nevada Republican familiar with Sandoval’s thinking. “I don’t think he’s going to run, but I also don’t think he’s ready to say ‘no’ yet.”

Republicans say current Lieutenant Gov. Mark Hutchison and former Lieutenant Gov. Brian Krolicki are both interested in running but won’t make any moves until they’re sure Sandoval is out. The same goes for Nevada state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson (R) and a half-dozen other potential candidates.

“I don’t think Sandoval is going to make a Shermanesque statement until after the session. But he’s showing no interest in running. Something really strange would have to happen for him to run,” Ralston told The Hill. “We won’t know much until the summer.”

Reid’s poll numbers have been underwater in recent surveys, and if Sandoval runs, the governor would likely start out as the favorite.

Republicans still think they can beat the incumbent senator without Sandoval, but they’ll have to nominate a candidate acceptable to swing voters. Most importantly, they need to avoid a costly primary that could produce a flawed candidate like Reid’s 2010 opponent, Tea Partyer Sharron Angle.

However, the entire race could be shaken up if Reid reverses course on running for reelection.

The 75 year-old Democratic leader suffered a bad fall while exercising over the holidays and had to miss work to have one surgery — with another expected — to try to save his eye.

The senator further stirred questions about his commitment to a sixth term in his first press conference after returning, when he made comments that some read as less than definitive.

“I plan to run,” he told reporters in late January. “My staff has continued to review my new campaign. We have quite an operation.”

Reid and his staff have since insisted unequivocally that he’ll be on the ballot in 2016.

“Sen. Reid is running for reelection, period,” said Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman.

But his injuries have some close to the senator, a former boxer known for his toughness, worried that there’s a chance that he might not run again.

“The conversations [with Reid staff] both internally and externally are all the same: that he’s running. The official line to friends and family is it’s full steam ahead,” one source close to Reid’s political operation told The Hill. “But in my gut, I’m not sure he does.”

Reid already has much of his campaign team in place. Many of the people who ran his potent field operation in 2010 never left Nevada, staying in the state to help President Obama in 2012 and continuing to work for the state party.

His fundraising operation never stopped churning either. Reid has already been raising cash this year and had close to $1.5 million in the bank at the end of 2014.

Those close to Reid admit that hiring for the rest of his staff has slowed down due to his injury. He had to cancel some candidate interviews for campaign manager and other positions during his recovery.

When he dislocated his shoulder and bruised his face during fall while jogging in 2011, he returned to work the same day. That he missed as much work as he did shows how much pain he was in.

“When he got hurt, everything was kind of put on hold. Reid couldn’t meet with potential staff; he was down for a while. There hasn’t been an update in two weeks or so because of that,” the source close to Reid’s team said of the difference in injuries. “This time, the man was out for weeks. He was in an excruciating amount of pain.”

SOURCE: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/231668-gop-stalls-in-effort-to-oust-reid

Dirty Harry Reid Returns To The Senate And Speaks On The Senate Floor with one eye working

“We should pass a homeland security bill with no strings attached to it,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) after returning to the Senate floor for the first time since injuring himself severely while exercising in his bathroom at home.

“Why should we be dealing with issues that have nothing to do with homeland security? Nothing to do with homeland security?” he added.

Republicans are using the Department of Homeland Security funding bill “to roll back Mr. Obama’s executive actions on immigration — a move Democrats adamantly object to. If Congress doesn’t pass legislation to fund DHS by Feb. 27, the agency won’t be able to pay for some of its core operations”.

Reid has been surrounded by speculation both as to the seriousness of his injuries and his weak approval numbers back at home. Both issues have led to a fair number of media portrayals leaving Reid looking weak, at best. The Senate appearance and strong rhetoric may be as much designed to make Reid look strong, as they are meant to thwart Republicans, who now control the majority in the Senate.

Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery on eye

Harry ReidWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones in his face, injuries from an accident he suffered while exercising more than three weeks ago.

A spokesman said the surgery was successful and doctors are optimistic that the 75-year-old Reid will regain vision in his injured eye, although they are not yet able to say if that will be the case.

Spokesman Adam Jentleson says Reid will recuperate at his home in Washington this week.

Jentleson says that in addition to repairing bones in Reid’s right brow, temple and cheek and removing a blood clot in his right eye, doctors removed additional blood from the front of the eye.

Harvey Whittemore takes it up the ass: Appeals panel upholds Harvey Whittemore campaign finance conviction

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A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Monday upheld the illegal campaign contribution conviction of former political power broker Harvey Whittemore.

Whittemore, 62, was convicted in Reno of unlawfully funneling $133,400 in contributions to the campaign of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Reid wasn’t accused of wrongdoing and did not testify at the federal trial.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel found there was “sufficient evidence” to support Whittemore’s jury conviction.

In a 19-page decision, the three-member panel said Whittemore’s defense theory — denying he had made illegal conduit contributions — was “not supported by law.”

Harvey Whittemore gonna take it up the butt

Harvey Whittemore gonna take it up the butt

Harvey Whittemore gonna take it up the butt. No crime was committed because the people were free to do whatever they wanted with the money, the lawyers contended.

The 9th Circuit panel also said it found that the presiding federal judge in the case, Larry Hicks, adequately provided instructions to the jury explaining the defense theory.

Whittemore’s lawyers argued before the panel in October that that there was no criminal intent on Whittemore’s part and the checks he wrote to his family and employees were unconditional gifts.r sentence at a federal prison camp in Lompoc, Calif.

He was convicted of giving money to family members and employees of his former company, Wingfield Nevada Group, and then using them as conduits for contributions to Reid’s 2007 re-election committee to skirt federal campaign laws.
harry reidFederal prosecutors alleged at the trial that Whittemore met with Reid at an upscale restaurant on the Strip in February 2007 and promised to raise $150,000 for the senator’s re-election campaign.

Whittemore hatched the scheme days before the March 31, 2007, campaign contribution deadline without Reid’s knowledge to fulfill his promise to the senator, one of the most powerful members of Congress, prosecutors alleged.

At the time, Whittemore was developing Coyote Springs, a master-planned community 50 miles from Las Vegas on the Lincoln and Clark county line, and needed congressional help to overcome government hurdles.

The Reno jury found Whittemore guilty of three felony counts: making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another and causing Reid to file a false report with the Federal Elections Commission.

The Nevada Supreme Court temporarily suspended Whittemore’s license to practice law because of his conviction.

Reid says he has temporarily lost vision in right eye

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Reid says he has temporarily lost vision in right eye

harry reidU.S. Sen. Harry Reid has temporarily lost vision in his right eye and is under doctor’s orders to stay home after a New Year’s Day exercise accident in which he broke several ribs and bones in his face.

In an interview today on KNPR radio, his first since the accident, Reid said he could miss attending the next week of Congress. Reid worked from home this week.

The Nevada Democrat said the accident came at the end of his three-day-a-week exercise routine, where he aims for 250 sit ups, does “yoga-type stuff” and resistance-band work.

Harry Reid says he has temporarily lost vision in right eye

Harry Reid says he has temporarily lost vision in right eye

Reid said he was using the second-strongest band when it snapped “and it catapulted me backwards and to one side, and I crashed into a series of cabinets we have.”

Reid broke multiple bones near his right eye and four ribs as he hit the floor. He also suffered a concussion and said he was lucky his temple missed the cabinets “by just a tiny little bit.”

His right eye is filled with blood and doctors are monitoring the situation, he said. He can take 25-minute walks, but he tries to avoid reading emails and exercise is “out of the question,” he said.

Tests at University Medical Center in Las Vegas found no bleeding in the brain or any other internal bleeding, spokesman Adam Jentleson said.

harry reidAfter flying to Washington, D.C, over the weekend in anticipation of the start of the new Congress, Reid announced an hour before the session started that he’d be working from home. He released a video the first day of the new Republican Senate showing his right eye bandaged and bloody, with bruises on his jaw.

The accident comes as Reid, 75, gears up for a 2016 re-election bid for a sixth term in the Senate.

He said today the accident hasn’t changed his plans on running, even for what is expected to be a tough race.

“No one has question in my physical ability,” Reid said. “I’ve always been confident in my ability fight back.”

Harry Reid "The JOKER"

Harry Reid “The JOKER”

Harry Reid suffers broken facial bones exercising :)


Harry Reid suffers broken facial bones exercising

harry reidSenate Democratic leader Harry Reid broke a number of ribs and bones in his face when a piece of exercise equipment broke at his Nevada home, causing the lawmaker to fall.

In a statement issued Friday, Reid’s office said the 75-year-old senator was hospitalized overnight at University Medical Center in Las Vegas as a precaution. His security detail had initially taken Reid to St. Rose Dominican Hospital near his home in Henderson, Nevada.

The accident occurred when an elastic exercise band broke, striking Reid in the face and causing him to fall, said spokesman Adam Jentleson. Reid struck part of the equipment as he fell, breaking multiple bones near his right eye.

As he hit the floor, he broke several ribs.

Feds Attempting Unlawful UN Land Grab Of 3 Million Acres In Nevada – KrisAnne Hall




Closed Roads · Excluded Trails · Closed to Camping · Closed to Recreational Vehicles · Closed to Motorized Travel · Closed to Livestock Grazing · Restricted Human Hiking · Restricted Horseback Riding · Exclude Group Recreations · Closed to Mineral Development · Closed to Water Access · Closed to Hunting / Target Shooting The Southern Nevada people soon will have less access to their lands than any other people in the history of this country.

Government Crack Down on Self Reliance and Liberty

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We can no longer dismiss these type of events as small localized issues; I believe they’re part of a larger movement to control the way we live. What we are seeing here is a coordinated attack on traditional American values, and an all out assault on the self-reliant lifestyle. They don’t want you to be able to live off your land, they don’t want you to hunt and fish, and they don’t want you to be able to take care of yourself.

I think evidence of this can be seen:

Published on Dec 22, 2014

Visit CountyxCounty.org to learn more about what you can do to help Nevadans stop the federal government from taking 3 million acres of land without due process: http://www.countyxcounty.org/NV/

Listen to KrisAnne Hall on GMN every M-Fr at 9am PST at http://guerillamedianetwork.com/hall

The proposed Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). have prompted concerns of how this will affect Bundy Ranch and, most importantly, all of Southern Nevada.

Federal Register / Vol. 79, No.197 Notice – Outlines plans to make the Bundy ranch–and most of the rest of Southern Nevada–Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). 90 days from October 10th, 2014, these proposals will become federal law without consent from the Nevada State legislature or the people of Southern Nevada.

Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are human-restricted management areas. ACECs have been a tool used by the federal government to gain further control of large masses of western lands and the resources.

As proposed, nearly 3 million acres in Southern Nevada will be locked away from the people.

This includes most uses on the land (recreational, agricultural or otherwise).

Listed below are just a few of the outlined restriction that come with ACECs: · Closed Roads · Excluded Trails · Closed to Camping · Closed to Recreational Vehicles · Closed to Motorized Travel · Closed to Livestock Grazing · Restricted Human Hiking · Restricted Horseback Riding · Exclude Group Recreations · Closed to Mineral Development · Closed to Water Access · Closed to Hunting / Target Shooting The Southern Nevada people soon will have less access to their lands than any other people in the history of this country.



Battle of Bunkerville 2: BLM to declare 1.8 million acres environmental protection zone

“Retaliation”: Feds Launch New Land Grab Targeting Bundy Family
A federal land grab being imposed under the guise of environmental protection in Southern Nevada has been labeled an act of “deliberate retaliation” by Cliven Bundy, the rancher who was at the center of a standoff between BLM agents and armed militia groups earlier this year.

On Sunday, the Bundy family posted a Facebook entry which asserted that, “the federal government is mounting retaliations against the Bundy family and the Southern Nevada people,” after it was announced that the feds intended to designate around 1.8 million acres of land around their Gold Butte range as critical to the environment.

The initial dispute between Bundy and the feds, which culminated in an armed standoff between BLM agents and Bundy supporters back in April, centered around more than $1 million in grazing fees which authorities claimed Bundy owed stretching back two decades.
The Bundy family asserts that the new draft Resource Management Plan made public by the Bureau of Land Management would place up to 3 million acres of land off limits to recreational use, agriculture or ranching.

“They’re trying to surround us by controlling all the land. People should know they’re doing this without the knowledge of the people who use it,” Carol Bundy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Days after the standoff came to a head earlier this year, after which the feds were forced to release nearly 400 cattle belonging to Bundy, Nevada Senator Harry Reid labeled Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists” and indicated that the fight was not over.

“From near the beginning of history, tyrannical men have sought to oppress through the control of land and resources, “Control the land and resources, and you have the power to control the people”. There is a direct correlation to land and resources with power and wealth. All major powers in world history have gained their power & wealth by conquering the land and controlling the resources,” states the Bundy Facebook post, adding that Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) “have been a tool used by the federal government to gain further control of large masses of western lands and the resources.”

The BLM’s latest move to seize huge tracts of land surrounding Bundy’s property under the justification of environmental protection suggests that we could witness part two of the ‘Battle of Bunkerville’ sometime over the next few months.
The comment period for the BLM’s new proposal ends on January 7th after a series of public meetings set to begin on Monday.

Watch footage of April’s armed standoff between Bundy supporters and federal authorities below.

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Powder Keg: Cliven Bundy Supporters Openly Warn Feds To Stand Down In 3 Million Acre Land Grab

Get Ready for the Shit the hit the fan…

by Pete Santilli, The Pete Santilli Show & The Guerilla Media Network

The Pete Santilli Show:   Wednesday October 28, 2014 Episode #827

In this episode of  The Pete Santilli Show:  Pete’s back from his little business trip.  We were off air for a couple days, planning for the coming days & weeks of unraveling within the USA.

Today Pete’s main theme was about a story he discovered initially that was published on BeforeItsNews.com titled  FEDS Retaliate Against The Bundy Ranch And Southern Nevada.

In today’s episode, Pete relives the original Bundy Ranch standoff, and he also conveys his belief that a 2nd Bundy Ranch Standoff will ensue if the federal government dares to take the 3 million acres they have recently proposed and published on their website.  Santilli’s comments are important, especially as they relate to the U.S. Constitution.  Article one, section 7 paragraph 17 of the U.S. Constitution specifically prohibits what the U.S. Government can and cannot own as far as land.  Taking 3 million acres from the American people is outright unconstitutional, and Santilli tells Senator Harry Reid, the BLM, the DOJ and every other communist who has infiltrated the U.S. Government that we will not let them take the land from the people of the state of Nevada.  Santilli openly calls for a 2nd Bundy Ranch Standoff in order to defend our constitutional rights as a people.

During the show, Pete Santilli is joined by “Gunny Booda”, the head of security for the Bundy Family and Ranch.  Booda and Santilli are both former United States Marines who have sworn an oath to defend and support the U.S. Constitution, and they do not pull any punches when the discuss how a 2nd Bundy Ranch Standoff will produce an even bigger response than the first — the Constitution still applies, and contrary to BLM Special Agent Daniel P. Love’s recorded conversations with Santilli, the U.S. Constitution applies in the dirt.

Please listen to at least the last conversation Santilli had with Love before the Standoff:   3 – Final Meeting with BLM_04112014  3 – Final Meeting with BLM_04112014

Santilli & Booda also reach out to federal agents, law enforcement and federal officials to be “Constitutional”, and to stand down when confronted by peaceful protestors.  They both agree that each of the Bundy Ranch supporters are peaceful, constitutional and very willing to die defending our God-given rights.  They both encourage all members to the Citizen’s Militia to respond to the call when necessary in order to defend our country at Bundy Ranch.

The warning to the federal government is strern and non-negotiable.

1) The federal government must comply strictly with Article 1,  Section 8, paragraph 17  ”To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;–  The federal government does not own land for any reason outside or or in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

2) If the federal government attempts to seize 3 million acres in Southern Nevada, and local law enforcement does not side with the people of Nevada as in the case leading up to the standoff in April 2014, We The People will have no alternative than to stop them by any means necessary to peacefully defend and support the U.S. Constitution.  If the federal government attempts to harm the American people in any manner with “weapons of war” as they did on April 12th 2014, We The People will have to defend ourselves by any means necessary.  We will not fire a shot unless fired upon, but we make it very clear that the 2nd amendment will be fully exercised in our defense, and as we are obligated to do so by the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

3) 10′s of millions of patriots are literally willing to die to defend our nation from all enemies; foreign and domestic.  Feds and law enforcement need to choose the side of the American people and refuse to continue acting as a domestic enemy.  Officials who have sworn an oath must educate themselves, stand down and be constitutional or face another potential Bundy Ranch stand ranch standoff.

This time around we have a chance to be proactive and avoid the potential loss of life as occurred on April 12th, 2014.  We ask Feds a law enforcement to choose the side of the supreme law of the land, the American people, and future generations of Americans who will benefit from each of us doing the right thing for our country.  STAND DOWN and you will instantly become a true American hero.  Opposing us and firing upon us….would be a very very bad choice.  We proved our intent on April 12th, 2014.  We meant peace, but we were willing to die to defend our God-given rights.  Not one shot was fired, and every singlet person in the canyon benefitted that day — except for BLM Special Agent In Charge Daniel P. Love.  If Daniel P. Love is involved in any way with the taking of 3 million acres, refuse his orders and if the federal government dares an unconstitutional “next time”, let’s all arrest him on the spot for putting all of our lives in danger.


Please feel free to review the original Bundy Ranch Standoff which took place in April 2014.

As millions of Americans are aware, Pete conducted the first major interview with Cliven Bundy on April 8, 2014 (Click here to get right to the interview)

The following day Pete was present at Bundy Ranch and recorded the BLM brutalizing peaceful protestors who set out to stop the BLM’s convoy returning from the desert as they suspected the BLM was killing cattle or destroying infrastructure in violation of the law and their own court order.  The video begins as the BLM convoy was stopped in order to demand a full investigation of the vehicles returning from the area seized by the federal government.  Millions of people around the world viewed and shared this video, and thousands of people came to Bundy Ranch on April 12th to defend the peaceful proctors demanding the cattle and land be freed.

Watch what “We The People” accomplished on April 12th 2014.  The unarmed peaceful protestors were met by the Federal Government’s guns of war, but the protestors were backed up by a credible threat of 2nd amendment patriots of the citizen’s militia.  15805c8d-546a-caac-cc5d-c1abb9261745-banner

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Poof: Casino ethics complaint against Reid disappears

Nobody is saying “cover-up” just yet, but an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics nearly a year ago has mysteriously disappeared, and the panel claims it never received it despite a signed receipt.

harry reidThe conservative watchdog group Cause of Action said that it has had to refile the complaint that alleges Reid pressured the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to hasten EB-5 visa application reviews for overseas investors in the SLS Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The group said that Reid’s son Rory and his law firm, Lionel, Sawyer & Collins P.C., were the lawyers for SLS, raising potential conflicts.

According to a letter provided to Secrets, the group sent the original complaint on Oct. 16, 2013. It said that the Senate Ethics Committee received it Dec. 20, and it provided the receipt to prove it.

The committee has been rocked with negative media reporters about poor management, prompting Cause of Action to say sarcastically, “the notion that committee staff may have lost or otherwise misplaced Cause of Action’s complaint against the majority leader is plausible. However, the available evidence contradicts the committee’s claim.”

The group has ties to Koch Industries, a Reid critic.

For good measure, Cause of Action re-sent it’s original letter and provided the basic charge:

“It alleges that Senator Reid violated the Senate’s ethics rules and suggests that the EB-5 visa program, designed to help create jobs for American workers, may be a vehicle for moving foreign money of uncertain provenance into the United States to benefit politicians and their cronies.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted atpbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.



Harry Reid: ‘Right-wing wackos’ had my mormoan name removed

harry reidSALT LAKE CITY — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a corrupt Mormon,  says he knows who’s responsible for removing his name from an outdoor-recreation center at his alma mater in Utah.

The Nevada Democrat told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/1wocuTh ) that “right-wing wackos in Utah” were to blame.

Reid’s name was removed from Southern Utah University’s Outdoor Engagement Center in Cedar City in August, several months after a group of Republicans met with university President Scott Wyatt and made the request to remove it.

Cedar City Councilman Paul Cozzens declined to respond to Reid’s comment, but told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1GkJRJD ) he and others never sought to embarrass Reid politically by making the request.

Wyatt has said he decided to strike Reid’s name due to confusion about the center’s purpose because no one associated Reid with the outdoors.


Sen. Reid gearing up for 2016 run

harry reidRENO — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is batting down speculation that he won’t run for re-election in 2016.

The 75-year-old Nevada Democrat told a Reno newspaper he’s running and plans to start interviewing candidates for his campaign staff in February.

Reid hasn’t denied a run, but some have speculated that he would retire on account of his age or the health of his wife, Landra.

He told the newspaper he has lots of ideas for a potential campaign manager, but wouldn’t name any names.

Race observers are anxious to learn which Republican will challenge the five-term senator for his seat. They say the race would be highly competitive if popular Gov. Brian Sandoval decides to run.

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.”

Dirty Harry Reid rejects Ebola travel ban proposal

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday rejected a call for travel bans from Ebola-ravaged West Africa, suggesting that it was too early for such a move.

“We have a lot of people in Sierra Leone and in places like Liberia who are dual citizens,” the Nevada Democrat said in Henderson. “If there was a ban they would just fly to smaller countries before coming here.”

House Republicans had called for such a travel ban at a congressional hearing Thursday. President Barack Obama rejected the proposal on Friday.

Reid also backed the Obama administration’s approach to the deadly, expressing faith in just-appointed Ebola Czar Ron Klain’s ability to do an “outstanding job” combating the fast-moving disease.

He spoke at the unveiling of a new Regional Transportation Commission mobility training center.

Reid lamented the fact that researchers hadn’t yet come up with a vaccine to defeat the virus, highlighting National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins’ remarks that sequestration cuts had slowed progress on drugs to fight the disease.

He went on to defend Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Dr. Thomas Frieden, who some have called on to resign over the past week.

Reid said it’s “easy to start firing people,” but that there was no need for the CDC director to step down.

Contact James DeHaven at jdehaven@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3839. Find him on Twitter:@JamesDeHaven

UN: We botched response to the Ebola outbreak


LONDON (AP) — In a draft document, the World Health Organization has acknowledged that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.

In the document obtained by The Associated Press, the agency wrote that experts should have realized that traditional infectious disease containment methods wouldn’t work in a region with porous borders and broken health systems.

“Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall,” WHO said in the document. “A perfect storm was brewing, ready to burst open in full force.”

The U.N. health agency acknowledged that, at times, even its own bureaucracy was a problem. It noted that the heads of WHO country offices in Africa are “politically motivated appointments” made by the WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, who does not answer to the agency’s chief in Geneva, Dr. Margaret Chan.

WHO is the U.N.’s specialized health agency, responsible for setting global health standards and coordinating the global response to disease outbreaks.

The document — a timeline on the Ebola outbreak — was not issued publicly but the AP was told the health agency would be releasing it earlier this week. However, WHO officials said in an email Friday that the timeline would now probably not be released publicly. No official at the agency would comment Friday on the draft report.

Dr. Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, agreed in an interview Friday that WHO acted far too slowly, largely because of its Africa office.

“It’s the regional office in Africa that’s the front line,” he said at his office in London. “And they didn’t do anything. That office is really not competent.”

WHO’s other regional directors — the Americas, Southeast Asia, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Pacific — are also not accountable to Geneva and are all elected by their regions.

Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, also questioned why it took WHO five months and 1,000 deaths before the agency declared Ebola an international health emergency in August.

“I called for a state of emergency to be declared in July and for military operations to be deployed,” Piot said. But he said WHO might have been scarred by its experience during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, when it was slammed for hyping the situation.

In late April, during a teleconference on Ebola among infectious disease experts that included WHO officials, Doctors Without Borders and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, questions were raised about the performance of WHO experts, as not all of them bothered to send Ebola reports to WHO headquarters, according to the draft document.

In the timeline, WHO said it was “particularly alarming” that the head of its Guinea office refused to help get visas for an expert Ebola team to come in and that $500,000 in aid was being blocked by administrative hurdles. Guinea, along with Sierra Leone and Liberia, is one of the hardest-hit nations in the current outbreak, with 862 deaths so far blamed on Ebola.

The Ebola outbreak already has killed 4,546 people in West Africa out of at least 9,191 cases. WHO says within two months, there could be new 10,000 cases of Ebola every week unless stronger measures to fight the outbreak are put into place.

When Doctors Without Borders began warning in April that the Ebola outbreak was out of control, a dispute on social media broke out between the charity and a WHO spokesman who insisted the outbreak was under control.

At a meeting of WHO’s network of outbreak experts in June, Dr. Bruce Aylward, normally in charge of polio eradication, alerted Chan about the serious concerns being raised about WHO’s leadership in West Africa. He wrote an email that some of the agency’s partners — including national health agencies and charities — believed the U.N. agency was “compromising rather than aiding” the response to Ebola and that “none of the news about WHO’s performance is good.”

Five days later, Chan received a six-page letter from the agency’s network of experts, spelling out what they saw as severe shortcomings in WHO’s response to the deadly virus.

“This (was) the first news of this sort to reach her,” WHO said in the draft document. “She is shocked.” In the following weeks, the WHO country office heads in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were all replaced.

Other experts said it was impossible to predict that the initial Ebola cases in Guinea would spark the biggest-ever outbreak of the lethal disease.

“There were a lot of mistakes made by WHO but a lot of the best public health minds would have thought we could handle this in July,” said Michael Osterholm, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Minnesota.

“By the time we realized how bad things were, the genie was already out of the bottle,” he said.

Osterholm said the U.N. health agency was far from the only organization to blame.

“If we fault WHO for the early dropping of the ball, the whole world has dropped the ball in some sense,” he said. “Nobody is to blame because everybody is to blame.”

Meanwhile, Ebola has sent food prices soaring, hurting people’s ability to feed themselves in the three nations hardest hit by the outbreak, the World Food Program said Friday.

Spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told the AP that food shortages, panic-buying and hoarding have driven up food prices by an average 24 percent in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The price of cassava, a key staple, doubled in Liberia’s capital of Monrovia between July and August, she said.

In one hopeful note, WHO reported Friday that Senegal, which had only one case of Ebola, was now free of the disease.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital has been sitting up and eating and has her iPad after being moved to a specialized isolation unit near Washington, officials said Friday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday that Nina Pham’s condition is stable and she is resting comfortably at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He said she is “in good spirits.”

Pham, 26, arrived shortly before midnight Thursday and was admitted to the clinical studies unit. Doctors said her mother and sister also were in the Washington area.

Pham is being treated by staff specializing in infectious disease and critical care. Workers are monitored as they put on and remove protective clothing and nurses are working in pairs in Pham’s room, with one watching the other to make sure correct procedures are followed. They also limit the amount of time they spend in her room to reduce fatigue.

At a briefing outside NIH, Fauci was asked whether Pham’s condition had changed for the worse since she left Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where she was described as in good condition.

“She’s not deteriorating,” he said. He said that he couldn’t describe the reasons NIH doctors rated her status as “fair” without violating patient confidentiality but that she was fatigued by the journey. Such a condition “implies that she does still have some symptoms,” he said.

Dr. Rick Davey, the deputy clinical director of the NIAID’s division of clinical research who examined Pham, said she is “doing quite well compared to what we were told about her status at the other hospital.”

Fauci said, “We fully intend to have this patient walk out of this hospital.”

Pham flew late Thursday from Dallas to Maryland. She was seen walking gingerly down the stairs of the plane to an awaiting ambulance that brought her to the hospital.

In a video shot Thursday in her Dallas hospital room, she is seen smiling as she sits upright in a hospital bed while a man identified as her treating physician can be heard thanking her for getting well and being part of the volunteer team that took care of Duncan, who died of Ebola last week.

“Come to Maryland. Everybody,” Pham laughs into the camera before wiping away tears with a tissue handed to her by an attendant in full protective gear.

WHO: Ebola death toll rises to 4,546 in hardest-hit countries


GENEVA — The death toll in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 4,546 out of 9,191 known cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

A further 20 cases including eight deaths in Nigeria, and one non-fatal case in Senegal, have also been recorded, it said.

In addition, Spain has recorded one local Ebola infection and the United States has three confirmed cases including one death, the WHO said in its latest update.

The death toll for the three countries with intense transmission of the virus includes 62 more deaths than on Wednesday. There are 239 health workers among the fatalities.

Earlier on Friday, the WHO declared an outbreak in Senegal officially over, after twice the maximum incubation period of 21 days had passed. A similar WHO statement on Nigeria is expected on Monday after the requisite 42 days.

A separate Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo, from a different strain of the virus, has claimed 49 lives out of 68 known cases, the agency said.

MUST SEE VIDEO: Reporter Body-Slammed for Asking Harry Reid Question – ‘How Does Someone On A Gov’t Salary Most of Their Career Accumulate Your Type of Wealth?’

A celebrity reporter whose “gotcha” interviews have captured the likes of former IRS executive Lois Lerner has learned that asking some questions brings a distinctively negative response.

Harry Reid’s bodyguard attacks “Crapitalism” author

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This time it was from a bodyguard for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

As Reid walked away, his protector slammed the reporter, Jason Mattera, who later posted video of the altercation online.

Mattera, who is promoting his new book “Crapitalism,” asked the Democrat senator: “How does someone on a government salary most of their career accumulate your type of wealth?”

Michele Hickford, writing on former Rep. Allen West’s website, commented: “It’s funny how Harry Reid has no problem vilifying the Koch brothers for their wealth, but when it comes to questions about his own, it’s a different story.”

She said Reid “is curiously silent when asked how he amassed so much wealth while serving in government, so one of his bodyguards jumped in to answer – literally – and pinned Mattera against the wall.”

“You can see Mattera’s legs dangling as the heavy hoisted him up,” she said.

“Gee, I guess that was a pretty sensitive question.”

At Human Events, there was advice for anyone considering posing the question “How did Harry Reid become a millionaire?”

It was: “Don’t ask. Seriously, don’t.”

John Hayward said Reid “is not even slightly interested in discussing how he cashed in on his political connections to become very wealthy after a lifetime of ‘public service.’”

“That’s a bit odd, since he spends a great deal of time criticizing other people’s money.”

He noted Reid’s bodyguard reacted “very badly when author Jason Mattera dares to ask one of the questions media is not permitted to ask of the aristocracy.”

Mattera’s video says estimates of Reid’s worth range as high as $6.7 million, after decades in Congress.

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Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate race

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Reid is not on the ballot this year, but his position as majority leader depends on Democrats denying Republicans the net six seats they need to retake the Senate. By all accounts he is working as single-mindedly toward that goal as any of his endangered incumbents.harry reid

With his stooped shoulders, monotone delivery and occasionally impolitic remarks, Reid, 74, does not shine on the campaign trail. He appears at virtually no public events. Instead his maneuvering takes place behind the scenes and on the Senate floor, where he’s gone to extraordinary lengths this year to protect his Democrats from taking tough votes and deny legislative victories to Republicans.

At the same time Reid has immersed himself in work on behalf of the Senate Majority PAC, a fundraising committee led by longtime confidants that has become the most formidable of the so-called super PACs that are allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money.

Thanks to huge donations from labor unions and wealthy liberals, it has spent more than $30 million and is credited with keeping Democrats competitive in states like Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina where they were forecast to trail. A second committee run by a Reid ally, Patriot Majority USA, has spent more than $7 million independently against Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

harry reidReid is legally barred from directly raising money for Senate Majority PAC, but he meets privately with donors to discuss matters short of a direct request for funds. Aides said Reid has attended 116meetings and fundraisers in 14 cities this election cycle for the Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and other groups. Aside from its chairman, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Reid is the top Senate fundraiser for the DSCC.

Even as he has helped Democrats narrow a money gap with Republicans, Reid has relentlessly attacked the high-spending conservative activist Koch brothers, accusing them of trying to buy the elections. The attacks have sparked accusations of hypocrisy from Republicans but also have forced them to spend money in response. Reid declined an interview but officials with the Senate Majority PAC dismissed any suggestions of a contradiction.

“We have to play by the rules as they stand, not the rules that we want,” said Ty Matsdorf, director of campaigns at the political action committee.harry reid

With President Barack Obama in office another two years and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi already in the minority, the GOP has made “Fire Reid” its slogan for motivating voters to elect enough Republicans to replace him as the Senate’s majority leader.

“Harry Reid and Barack Obama — those are the battle cries,” Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said.

Reid and his allies dismiss those efforts as a waste of time since polls show many voters still don’t know who he is. “In a sense it helps the candidates that those people are firing at Reid,” Sen.Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said. “He lives and breathes keeping us in the majority.”

Only a politician as skilled as Reid could have won re-election in 2010, a bad year for Democrats, despite abysmal approval ratings in Nevada. But Reid had survived an earlier close call, winning re-election in 1998 by a mere 428 votes. He also had taken a lesson from the loss of former Democratic leader Tom Daschle, who was upset in South Dakota after alienating home-state voters by pressing his party’s national agenda. Reid worked methodically to avoid such an outcome.

He helped make Nevada an early nominating state in the 2008 presidential election, ensuring a boom in Democratic voter registration. Then he and his team meddled in the Republican primary, elbowing out the mainstream candidate in favor of a hard-right conservative. Reid ended up winning handily.

Above the rules: Despite corruption, Harry Reid is not going anywhere | Communities Digital NewsA chief architect of that victory was Rebecca Lambe, Reid’s top operative in Nevada. Lambe and Susan McCue, Reid’s former chief of staff, are now running the Senate Majority PAC. They and other Democratic operatives associated with Reid, including leaders of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, are applying some of the same techniques they used on Reid’s behalf four years ago to help Democratic candidates this year.

“In 2010 they had to re-elect a guy who should have been dead,” said Jon Ralston, a longtime political pundit in Nevada. “I don’t think you can underestimate them.”

Reid, who once complained that tourists to the Capitol smell in the summer heat, is happiest away from the spotlight, finessing deals and parliamentary tricks. He all but shut down the amendment process in the Senate this year to avoid votes on politically tricky issues like the president’s health care law and regulations discouraging coal-burning power plants.

“Harry Reid’s the No. 1 obstructionist,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., groused.

Democrats see it differently.

“He’s done what he had to do to protect his vulnerable members,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic consultant and former Reid aide.


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Reid likely to retain clout even if Democrats lose Senate

If Republicans win control of the Senate in November, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would lose the powerful position he has used to help bring federal investment in renewable energy, transportation and defense to Nevada for nearly eight years.

But that doesn’t mean Nevada’s clout would suddenly disappear.

Democratic senators say they would expect Reid to be elected minority leader, which would allow him — and his home state — to retain a great deal of influence in a chamber where the minority party can block the majority’s agenda.

Reid could leverage that power to continue to push his agenda to help diversify Nevada’s economy, analysts said.

“Unless Republicans win 60 votes and gain a filibuster-proof majority, which is doubtful, they would need the support of Democrats to pass anything,” said Fred Lokken, a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno. “That’s how (current Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell has been very powerful. The tables would be turned, and the Republicans would be looking to Reid to make deals.”

Reid and other Democratic Senate leaders refuse to publicly concede that they might lose their majority. But Reid’s office made it clear that Reid expects to remain the Democratic leader no matter what happens in the Nov. 4 election.

“He will be leader either way, but Democrats will hold the majority,” said Kristen Orthman, Reid’s press spokeswoman.

The fight for control of the Senate is expected to be a close one. A rash of retirements among veteran Democrats and about a half dozen vulnerable Democratic incumbents in conservative states appear to give Republicans the advantage. But Democrats have so far been outspending Republicans, and even GOP strategist Karl Rove said recently that Democrats could still hang onto a slim majority.

Democratic senators were reluctant to talk publicly about the possibility that they will have to choose a minority leader rather than a majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January.

But privately many senators and their staffs say they expect Reid to be the frontrunner for the job if Democrats lose control of the Senate. Reid served as minority leader for two years before becoming majority leader in 2007.

There has been some speculation that Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the majority whip and No. 2 Senate leader, or Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., vice chairman of the Democratic Conference, might be contenders for minority leader. There also has been talk that Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who served twice as chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, would be a strong candidate.

However, all three senators have repeatedly voiced their support for Reid to continue to lead.

“They will get their opportunity in the future but, for now, I see Senator Reid continuing to get their support,” said Danny Gonzales, a political scientist at Great Basin College in Elko. “Senator Reid is not one to back down from a political fight, and I don’t think anyone is going to take him on.”

Even if Reid is not elected majority or minority leader, the senator still has a lot of chits to cash in from fellow Democratic senators and from President Barack Obama, said Eric Herzik, chairman of the political science department at the University of Nevada, Reno.

“At least for the short-term, there are people who owe him, including Barack Obama,” Herzik said. “Reid helped Obama win Nevada and he has carried water for the president on a number of issues. And there are plenty of fellow Democratic senators for whom he’s fund-raised and campaigned.”

Reid could use those ties to continue to get federal money for Nevada and keep the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump out of the state, the professor said.

But that clout would lessen after a few years if Reid is no longer a leader, Herzik said.

“He would still be a senior member of the Senate but he would no longer control the agenda,” he said. “His power would fade.”

Reid, 74, has said repeatedly that he intends to run for a sixth term in 2016. But if Reid changes his mind or loses the seat, Nevada’s clout will leave with him, Herzik said.

“The problem for Nevada is that, after Reid, nobody in the delegation — Senate or House — has any clout,” he said. “That’s not as insulting as it sounds. The simple fact is that they’re all relatively new. It took Harry Reid a long time to get this powerful.”

Contact Erin Kelly at ekelly@gannett.com


Renowned Dayton artist, Steven Saylor, has completed his painting “Nine Cheers for the Silver State,” featuring current governor Brian Sandoval, the two U.S. Senators from Nevada, and Mark Amodei, who represents the Northern Nevada congressional district.

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The painting celebrates the 150th anniversary of Nevada statehood and will raise funds for the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and promotion of the Comstock Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.

Saylor’s painting takes its title from a headline that appeared in the Gold Hill Daily News on October 31, 1864. His work also features past governors Paul Laxalt, Bob List, Dick Bryan, and Bob Miller as well as former First Ladies Dawn Gibbons and Dema Guinn, in honor of the Guinn and Gibbons administrations. Saylor has previously published prints of his popular painting as fundraisers for various causes. His earlier works include “Celebrity Train,” featuring notable country and western celebrities, and “Heavyweights,” which depicted six former governors who were alive at the time.

“Nine Cheers for the Silver State,” which Saylor began earlier this year, also depicts John Winfield, Corrado De Gasperis, and Ron James, directors of the Comstock Foundation. “I want to thank everyone who posed for the painting,” said Saylor. “I am pleased to support the preservation of this important National Historic Landmark.”

The painting is set in the well-appointed Cobb Mansion, the Virginia City home of Comstock Foundation board member Paul Yandre and his partner Jeff Teague. Saylor’s composition depicts the moment when news of statehood reached Virginia City in 1864. Governor Sandoval is signing a proclamation commemorating Nevada’s admission into the Union, and Mark Amodei is reading an 1864 issue of the Territorial Enterprise, which includes an article on statehood. Everyone is celebrating the news. “Befitting the occasion, champagne is plentiful,” added Saylor.

The Comstock Foundation will make 150 numbered prints of the painting available for purchase. Each copy will include a one ounce medallion celebrating the 150th anniversary of statehood, minted from pure Comstock silver from Comstock Mining’s operation. The cost of each print, including a Comstock silver medallion, is $1,150. For an additional $400, the print will be framed and will include a second medallion.

“We anticipate that the effort will raise over $100,000, which is needed to preserve at-risk resources of our National Landmark,” said Corrado De Gasperis, chairman of the board of the Comstock Foundation. “We are so pleased that Comstock Mining is providing pure (.9999) Comstock silver for the minting of the medallion that is being offered with the print. The coin represents the first, pure Comstock silver product being offered by the company and directly benefitting the Foundation, and we are seeing strong demand and deposits and orders for the prints.”

De Gasperis is also the CEO of Comstock Mining, Inc., which has dedicated a 1 percent royalty of its Storey County operation’s net smelter return (1% NSR) to the Comstock Foundation for the advancement of historic preservation and other aspects of cultural development within the historic district.

The Comstock Foundation for History and Culture is accepting pre-sale reservations on behalf of the Comstock Foundation. Reserving a numbered print requires a $150 deposit with credit card or check. It is possible to reserve a specific number in the series of 150 prints, but there have already been a number of reservations, so specific numbers may not be available. For further information go to www.ComstockFoundation.org or call Johnye Saylor, 775-742-0588, or Ron James, 775-443-7803.

The Comstock Foundation for History and Culture is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2013. The organization recently announced the acquisition of the Silver City’s Donovan Mill, which will require extensive restoration so that it can serve the public as a reminder of industry’s importance to Nevada. Donations to the Comstock Foundation for the restoration of the Mill or any other Foundation activities may be tax deductible. The Foundation’s mission is to encourage the preservation and promotion of historic and cultural resources within the Comstock Historic District. The District was granted National Historic Landmark status in 1961, and is one of the largest landmarks in the country. The Comstock Lode played a critical role in the history of mining between 1859 and 1942, producing an enormous amount of gold and silver and defining the cutting edge of mining technology during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

For information about the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture and its projects go towww.comstockfoundation.org or contact Ron James, executive director of the Comstock Foundation, at 775-443-7803.

Reid demands apology this time

WASHINGTON — For a change, Sen. Harry Reid found himself Tuesday on the receiving end of another politician’s verbal miscue.

Reid demanded an apology after Louisiana Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy told a reporter Reid “runs the Senate like a plantation.” Cassidy is running for the Senate against Sen. Mary Landrieu and is trying to tie the incumbent to the Senate majority leader from Nevada and to President Barack Obama whenever possible.

“So instead of the world’s greatest deliberative body, it is his personal, sort of, ‘It goes if I say it does, if not it stops,’ Cassidy said of Reid. “Senator Landrieu’s first vote for him to be re-elected means that every other wish for a pro-oil and gas jobs bill is dead. Reid will never allow a pro-oil and gas jobs bill.”

Cassidy’s remark in an interview was published Tuesday by E&E Daily, an energy and environment news site. It triggered a response from Reid.

“With all the things going on in America today, that’s fairly insensitive. That’s really insensitive. Very insensitive,” Reid told reporters. “And if there were ever a statement that deserved an apology, this is it big time.

“I mean, has he been taking lessons from Donald Sterling? Where’d he get this?” Sterling was ousted from ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers and banned from the NBA for life in April after a recording of him making racist comments became public.

Reid is no stranger to the occasional verbal faux pas. Most recently, he apologized last month after telling two Asian-themed jokes in a speech to the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce.

But Cassidy showed no sign of backing away from his comment. He said essentially if the shoe fits Reid, he should wear it.

“I wish there was as much offense taken by Harry Reid running the Senate dictatorially, not allowing any votes which he does not personally approve of and the result of which he does not endorse,” the Republican said in a statement. “Any other interpretation of my remarks is a false controversy designed to distract attention from policies which are demonstrably crushing jobs and taking our country in the wrong direction.”

Contact Stephens Washington Bureau Chief Steve Tetreault at stetreault@stephensmedia.com or 202-783-1760. Find him on Twitter: @STetreaultDC.