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October 31, 2014

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    Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is not on the ballot Tuesday, but he does face a career-defining moment. If Republicans take the Senate, Nevada's junior senator could govern from the majority party for the first substantial time in his career and Nevada's senior senator, Harry Reid, would lose his majority leader position. "I told my staff there's a path I want to go down," Heller said. "One of those is being in the majority." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)​

    On the national stage, Dean Heller quietly steps out of Harry Reid’s shadow
    Oct. 31, 2014
    Standing on the royal blue carpet of the U.S. Senate chamber in cowboy boots, Republican Sen. Dean Heller looks every bit the Washington power broker as he swaps jokes and slaps backs with the most influential people in the city. Across the chamber, in a scene that plays out daily, Nevada's senior Sen. Harry Reid hunches ...
  • Three election takeaways on the final day of early voting
    Oct. 31, 2014
    Boosted by a visit by former President Bill Clinton, Democrats have gained momentum in early voting turnout this week, but it still might not be enough to erase the Republican's early lead. In Clark County, Democrats turned out ...
  • State Sen. Justin Jones, left, (D-Las Vegas) talks with Donna and John Stuart, residents of Senate District 9, as he canvasses their neighborhood Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. The senate district has been bombarded with mailers and door knocking this campaign season.
    In swing district, it’s door-to-door race to win control of Nevada Senate
    Oct. 31, 2014
    Ground zero for the Nevada state Senate looks like an average Las Vegas community. The neighborhoods are gated. The strip malls are ubiquitous. The cars range from mid-size sedan to luxury. The candidates of Senate District 9 ...
  • Republican congressional nominee Cresent Hardy, left, is running against Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford in the November general election.
    Rep. Steven Horsford, once a sure bet, fights for his political life
    Oct. 31, 2014
    As recently as two weeks ago, Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford appeared on his way to an easy victory in his first re-election bid to represent North Las Vegas and central Nevada in Congress. Now he's in the fight of his political ...
  • Adam Laxalt shakes hands with Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller before they debate Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Las Vegas. Laxalt and Miller are facing each other in a race for attorney general in Nevada.
    Why Adam Laxalt is hanging on in his fight with Ross Miller for Nevada attorney general
    Oct. 30, 2014
    The attorney general’s race was supposed to be a landslide for Democrats. Now, the race between Democrat Ross Miller and Republican Adam Laxalt is one of the nastiest this campaign season. Both candidates are descendants of Nevada political royalty. But ...
  • 2nd Democratic Assembly candidate disqualified
    Oct. 29, 2014
    A Democratic Nevada Assembly candidate has been declared ineligible for the Las Vegas-area seat he's seeking. Judge Michael Villani ruled Wednesday that Jesse "Jake" Holder doesn't meet residency requirements for ...
  • Vice President Joe Biden smiles during a round-table discussion, on raising the minimum wage, with politicians and business owners at Casa Don Juan on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.
    Vice President Joe Biden coming to Las Vegas to rally voters
    Oct. 29, 2014
    Underscoring the trouble Nevada Democrats are in this election cycle, Vice President Joe Biden will be in Las Vegas on Saturday to try to get Democrats to the polls. Biden will attend ...
  • Former President Bill Clinton greets members of the crowd following the Vote Early, Vote Now rally for Nevada Democratic candidates at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
    Will Bill Clinton’s Las Vegas pep talk lift Nevada Democrats to victory?
    Oct. 28, 2014
    Bill Clinton’s rally in Las Vegas was replete with praise for Democrats, jeers for Republicans and one clear message ...
  • Nevada Senator Harry Reid sits down with the Las Vegas Sun Editorial Board, Thursday Aug. 21, 2014.
    Sen. Harry Reid’s daughter seriously ill, undergoing surgery
    Oct. 28, 2014
    U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s daughter is seriously ill, and the Senate majority leader returned to Washington, D.C., from Nevada over the weekend to be with her as she prepared to ...
  • Why early voting numbers may mean trouble for Democrats
    Oct. 28, 2014
    With a week to go until Election Day, Republicans hold a commanding edge in early voting that could prove insurmountable for some Democrats. Through the first nine days of early voting ...
  • The secrets behind 2014
    Oct. 28, 2014
    There’s a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What’s not being widely talked about is as important as …
  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks to a crowd during a campaign stop endorsing Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf in the upcoming election against Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)​
    What Bill Clinton’s visit to Las Vegas says about Nevada in 2014 election
    Oct. 28, 2014
    Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Las Vegas today to to try to energize Nevada Democrats for the Nov. 4 election, but the high-profile visit by the party's ...
  • Rik Holman wears a "love is equal" button during a celebration at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. People gathered to celebrate a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that overturned Nevada's prohibition on gay marriage.
    Can Nevada wedding chapels refuse same-sex couples?
    Oct. 28, 2014
    The state’s legalization of same-sex marriage could put some Las Vegas wedding chapel owners at odds with the law. David Nye and Dolly de Leon say they have strong ...
  • Newly elected Mayor John Tory, right, stands with his wife, Barbara Hackett, as he waves to supporters at a rally after winning the municipal election in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.
    Toronto elects a new mayor, ends Ford era
    Oct. 27, 2014
    Toronto elected a moderate conservative as mayor on Monday, ending the Rob Ford era marked by scandals over his illegal drug use and public drunkenness. John Tory, a former chief executive of major cable company Rogers Communications, had 40 percent of ...
  • Stephanie DeJesus, at right, helps a voter fill out a registration form outside the E. Saraha DMV, Friday Sept. 12, 2014. DeJesus is a field registrar for Mi Familia Vota, a non-partisan organization that encourages civic engagement among the Hispanic community.
    How critical is the Hispanic vote this election?
    Oct. 27, 2014
    We're into the final week of campaigning for this election. In just eight days, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid will know if he will still run the U.S. Senate. The campaign to control the Senate is the defining storyline of American politics in ...
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