March 7, 2009 |
When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid came home recently to address the Nevada Legislature, a small but vocal band of Republican protesters gathered at the state Capitol. They waved signs, razzed Democrats and marched outside. But the group fell silent when asked the chances of ousting Reid at the polls next year. "It's going to be tough," demonstrator Carol Howell, 65, finally said. Inside, Reid illustrated one reason why. Speaking to a bipartisan group of lawmakers, he touted hundreds of millions of dollars headed for Nevada under the economic stimulus legislation he helped push through Congress.
December 12, 2012
Nothing exposes partisan hypocrisy quite like the filibuster, that irksome parliamentary rule that allows a minority of U.S. senators to block legislation, judicial appointments and other business by requiring a 60-vote majority to proceed to a vote. Almost invariably, the party in power considers the filibuster to be an enemy of progress that must be squashed, while the minority fights to preserve it at all cost. That the same players often find themselves arguing from opposite sides depending on whether they control the Senate or are in the minority hardly seems to trouble most lawmakers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1990 |
The city of Los Angeles will have to look elsewhere for future electric power, and conservationists must find another way to acquire 392 pristine acres in the Santa Monica Mountains as parkland after a bill that would have paved the way for these developments quietly died in Congress last week. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.
June 25, 2004 |
Nevada's senior senator is pushing legislation that would benefit a close friend by removing an obstacle to plans to build 50,000 homes and 10 championship golf courses on land outside Las Vegas. Democratic Sen. Harry Reid is co-sponsor of a bill that would eliminate a mile-wide federal easement on property owned by Harvey Whittemore, a senior law partner in a firm that employs two of Reid's sons.
October 28, 2010 |
There are many close races for the U.S. Senate this year, and many strange ones, but the bitter contest between two unlovable candidates in quirky Nevada is, for my money, the closest, strangest race of all. The Democratic candidate, Sen. Harry Reid, is one of the most powerful men in Washington, a master at steering billion-dollar federal projects to his economically busted state ? not someone you'd expect to find locked in a desperate fight for his political life. His Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, is a gaffe-prone "tea party" firebrand who canceled most of her public appearances in the last week of the campaign to avoid more missteps.
January 28, 2007 |
It's hard to buy undeveloped land in booming northern Arizona for $166 an acre. But now-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid effectively did just that when a longtime friend decided to sell property owned by the employee pension fund that he controlled. In 2002, Reid (D-Nev.) paid $10,000 to a pension fund controlled by Clair Haycock, a Las Vegas lubricants distributor and his friend for 50 years.
February 11, 2005 |
Senate Democrats demanded Thursday that President Bush order a halt to personal attacks on the party's leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada. "This is a new Democratic Party," Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said at a news conference called to release a letter urging Bush to muzzle his "political operatives." "It says to the president: 'You will not intimidate us,' " said Schumer, who likened the attacks to political knee-capping.
June 23, 2003 |
It was the kind of legislation that slips under the radar here. The name alone made the eyes glaze over: "The Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002." In a welter of technical jargon, it dealt with boundary shifts, land trades and other arcane matters -- all in Nevada. As he introduced it, Nevada's senior U.S.
August 25, 2005 |
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid made his first public appearance since suffering a small stroke, joking with reporters and saying he's eager for Congress to reconvene next month. "I feel like I could go a couple of rounds with all of you," the former boxer said as he arrived at a community forum in North Las Vegas. Reid, 65, canceled several public appearances last week after what doctors said was a transient ischemic attack, a brief interruption of blood supply to part of the brain.
December 13, 2006 |
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did not break Senate rules in accepting free ringside seats at boxing matches from the Nevada Athletic Commission, the ethics committee has concluded. The committee disclosed the determination in a letter to Las Vegas resident Robert Rose, who had filed a complaint on the matter.