In Nevada, RTT News reports that Senator Dean Heller is in good shape for his race against embattled U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley. He is in relatively good shape, but it could be better. Most Silver State polls show Heller ahead in the race, but barely within the margin of error. His most likely challenger, Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., came closest to Heller in a Las Vegas Review-Journal poll from last December, which showed Berkley up by a single percentage point. The latest polling average compiled by the political Web site RealClearPolitics ended April 30 and showed Heller ahead by 4.4 points.
- Meanwhile, the editorial board at the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that due to the failed leadership of Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid, it’s been over 3 years since the Democrats have passed a budget. This week’s Senate theater on the federal budget played out as expected – but it nevertheless should be highly instructive. Majority Democrats rejected four different GOP budget plans on Wednesday, including the controversial spending outline proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and already passed by the House. Meanwhile, not one Senate Democrat would even embrace President Obama’s budget blueprint, which went down 99-0. Which is the party of intransigence, here? Democrats excoriate Republican fiscal policy, then run for the hills rather than go on the record in support of their own president’s financial road map. What exactly do Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and his lieutenants propose? Who knows? The Democrat-controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget since 2009!