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Nevada political roundup: McCain visits, term-limit fallout

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Here's the political roundup for Tuesday, from the Carson City bureau.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his wife, Cindy, are in Sparks this morning to hold a town hall meeting.

Hundreds of folks waited this morning to get into the high school. The Reno Gazette-Journal had a live video feed of the event, which started at 10:15 a.m. today.

Anjeanette Damon of the Gazette-Journal has a story today looking at vice presidential options, and notes that former foe Mitt Romney could help swing Nevada to McCain. Romney was the only Republican besides Ron Paul to spend a significant amount of time building an organization here and won the caucus handily.

In state news, the fallout from the Nevada Supreme Court's decision last week on term limits continues. Emily Richmond has this story on the effect on the Clark County School District, with veterans Ruth Johnson and Mary Beth Scow set to get the boot.

She weighs the benefits of experience that Johnson and Scow have with the advantages a new set of eyes can bring.

But wait. University system Regent Howard Rosenberg is pondering bringing the fight over term limits to the feds. Unhappy with the state Supreme Court's decision last week, he is looking at asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the matter. It would be a longshot, and take some money, but Rosenberg and others who can't run again are still upset with the decision.

In other news:

The Associated Press has its take on the Politico story last week about Rep. Dean Heller's late taxes.

According to the story: "Penalties and fees have been imposed 13 times on Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., for late property tax payments on a home he bought in Nevada's capital city in 2007, according to records obtained from the local assessor's office. The fees and penalties, adding up to $887, include four imposed since word of late property tax payments circulated during Heller's successful bid in 2006 for his first term in Congress."

Still no explanation from Heller's office.

-- The Sun's Marshall Allen reports on an effort to streamline the state's various licensing agencies.

-- Colleague Michael Mishak breaks down the Titus/Porter race for Congress. State Sen. Dina Titus moderated the rhetoric yesterday as she laid out her energy plan. Rep. Jon Porter, meanwhile, still hasn’t held a campaign event this year.

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