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September 2, 2014

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Nevada political roundup: Porter-Titus close, Buckley hits the road

The presidential debate is a go for tonight. Here’s what else is going on in politics.

-- Sun columnist Jon Ralston blasts the Dems for recent campaign tactics in the state with a tongue-in-check “recording” of a strategy meeting. Being from Denver, I particularly like the jab at Al Davis.

-- Competing polling numbers from the Porter and Titus camps show either one could have the advantage going into the last five weeks until the election for the 3rd Congressional District seat. Ralston flashed numbers from the Porter camp showing the race is within the margin of error. A Titus poll puts her ahead.

-- Even a school board race is heating up. Ethics rulings over conflicts of interest could keep a teacher running for a seat off the board of he wins. If elected, he would be serving on the board that oversees his employer, as Sun reporter Emily Richmond reports.

-- The big news is Wall Street’s meltdown but Nevada has its own financial woes, and Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley is heading out across the state to host town hall meetings on the budget as the legislature prepares to deal with more possible cuts to the budget.

And in Washington ...

-- Porter wants a commission to look into what caused the financial market collapse. He introduced a bill in Congress yesterday amid tense negotiations over the Treasury’s proposed $700 billion bailout.

-- The political maneuvering over the bailout is featured on Anjeanette Damon’s blog at the Reno Gazette-Journal. It looks like despite his announcement of suspending his campaign to deal with the bailout proposal, McCain is still running ads in Reno. And Rep. Heller isn’t even sure a bailout is needed.

-- Sen. Harry Reid is calling out Heller and other House Republicans for standing in the way of the bailouts passage.

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