May 25, 2011 |
Calling the planned special election "illegitimate," Sharron Angle said Wednesday that she will not be a candidate in the September race to fill a vacant congressional seat in Nevada. After the state's governor called for the vote last month, Secretary of State Ross Miller established rules that allowed any and all eligible candidates to file to appear on the ballot, regardless of party, which added some uncertainty to the fall race. Republicans who fear an Angle candidacy under such rules are challenging them in court, seeking the ability for each major party to nominate their own candidate instead.
November 2, 2010 |
Democratic Sen. Harry Reid bested Republican upstart Sharron Angle to win the U.S. Senate contest in Nevada, a costly, closely watched brawl that pitted one of President Obama's top lieutenants against a "tea party" favorite. Outside groups poured millions of dollars into a race that many political observers saw as a referendum on Obama administration policies, which Reid had guided through the Senate. Angle bashed the policies throughout the campaign as doing little to help bring down Nevada's stubbornly high unemployment rate.
October 5, 2010 |
Republican candidate Sharron Angle bad-mouthed her own party but boasted of access to its leaders as she urged a little-known rival to bow out of the Nevada Senate race, according to a surreptitious audiotape of the meeting. The tape, first reported Sunday by the Las Vegas Sun, has become the latest issue in the hard-fought battle between Angle, a "tea party" favorite who became the GOP nominee, and Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader. In the 38-minute recording made last week, Angle tells Tea Party of Nevada nominee Scott Ashjian, who made the tape, that the "Republican Party has lost their standards, they've lost their principles, which is why party leaders have fought various tea party candidates.
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.
October 18, 2010 |
Senators were angry and frustrated one evening when Sen. Jim DeMint single-handedly forced a showdown on a popular bill to expand the global AIDS effort. They booed, then advanced the bill over his objections to its scope and costs. Another politician might have been chastened by such a bipartisan rebuke. But DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, seemed fortified. The 2008 skirmish and others like it served only to validate his belief that the best way to advance his conservative agenda is to elect ideologically pure senators to replace his GOP colleagues.
July 28, 2011 |
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday took on conservatives reluctant to raise the national debt ceiling, calling them "tea party hobbits" and saying that if they reject the House Republican plan, they will help reelect President Obama. At times reading from a Wall Street Journal editorial during his floor speech, the Arizona Republican also ridiculed Democrats, saying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan is "full of smoke and mirrors. " But he directed the most biting sarcasm at his own party.