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September 20, 2014

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Sun Editorial:

Clear picks for House

Berkley and Titus have done an excellent job and should be re-elected

Two Southern Nevadans are running for re-election to Congress and both have shown themselves to be strong and able lawmakers.

In the 1st Congressional District, Rep. Shelley Berkley, a Las Vegas Democrat, is running for re-election on a strong record forged over the past 12 years. She has proved to be a tireless and diligent worker for her constituents over the years. Berkley has been a champion of seniors and veterans. A former Nevada System of Higher Education regent, she has been an advocate for education. She has consistently provided support for Nevada’s businesses and industry, and she has been firm in her stance against making Nevada a nuclear waste dump.

A respected lawmaker, Berkley has worked well with her colleagues and worked with Nevada’s other members of Congress to bring federal support to the state. Four years ago, Berkley was rewarded for her hard work by being appointed to the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, becoming only the third Nevadan to take a seat on the committee. That has given her a greater voice in deliberations on key legislation.

Berkley has done an excellent job representing Nevada and her district. The Sun endorses Shelley Berkley.

Rep. Dina Titus, a Las Vegas Democrat, was elected in 2008 in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District after serving two decades in the state Legislature. The former minority leader in the state Senate, she has quickly made a name for herself in Congress. Titus has been much more active and visible than the typical freshman. She has been involved in molding legislation and has spoken for her caucus on education issues.

Titus is being challenged in her re-election bid by Republican Joe Heck, a physician and former state senator. Heck has criticized Titus’ votes for many crucial bills, including the health care and Wall Street reforms, despite saying he agreed with some of the key provisions of the legislation.

Heck has tried to paint Titus as a tax-and-spend liberal, but that isn’t the case. A National Journal review of lawmakers’ votes determined Titus to be a centrist. Titus has split with her party on several key issues, including additional funding for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. She initially opposed the health care bill, objecting to provisions that she said would hurt families and small business. She voted for it after getting those provisions changed.

Titus has been an outspoken advocate for her constituents, particularly homeowners hit hard by the economic crisis. She has worked diligently to marshal federal support.

One of the most notable differences between Titus and Heck is their stances on Yucca Mountain, the proposed high-level nuclear waste dump 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Nevada’s opposition to Yucca Mountain over the years has been bipartisan and nearly unanimous among the state’s leaders. However, this year many GOP candidates in Nevada have softened their opposition as Republican leaders in Congress have disregarded safety and scientific problems with the plans. They have made clear their desire to dump at least 77,000 tons of deadly radioactive material in the state.

In an interview with the Sun’s editorial board, Heck refused to rule out Yucca Mountain as a waste dump, saying the process to approve it should “go to completion,” a view that puts him at odds with the rest of Nevada’s congressional delegation.

Meanwhile, Titus has taken a stand for Nevadans’ safety, steadfastly opposing Yucca Mountain.

The bottom line: Titus has worked hard for her constituents and been a great advocate for her district and Nevada. She is experienced, knowledgeable and has a track record of success. The Sun endorses Dina Titus.

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  1. Well said, TonyCrago. Totally agree.

    On a national level, people have suffered under Republican failed policies.

    And we Nevadans have suffered even more with Republicans that were elected into power, and not only proved to be incompetent, but liars and moral degenerates (Ensign and Gibbons).

    That's why when I vote on November 2nd, it will be the willingness to slap every Republican I see out of office here in Nevada. I'm so very tired of their shenanigans.

    Maybe I can't fix things nationally, but by God, I'm going to fix things here in Nevada. My vote WILL count. And my vote WILL send a clear message that the Republican Party here in Nevada needs to sit on the sidelines for a very, very long time. Because they advocate nothing but wanting to achieve power without any hint they will serve their constituents, even more economic suffering, pain, misery and frustration, and a continuance of their policy of sucking up to the rich and giving corporations everything...at the expense of the poor and the middle class. Republicans cloak themselves as serving the people, but they don't. They serve themselves. And the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party is even worse. They wish to serve the people, but they only select specific things that serve themselves. They seek to follow the Constitution, but only when it suits them...the rest of it they don't like, they want to change. Both the ultra-conservative faction and the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party would destroy America....and Nevada.

  2. Titus and Burkley need to be sent packing back to the states that spawned them.

  3. "Centrist" politicians are what we need to straighten this country out? NO WAY! A centrist is one who moves to the center during the campaign to attract votes on the right and then, after getting elected moves back to the left. To me, these aren't "centrists". They are PHONIES! What we need are true Constitutional Conservatives, if we are to rescue our nation.

  4. Titus and Berkley need to be returned to Congress so we don't end up with total wingbats like Dr. Heck, Sharron Angle, Brian Sandoval in office. These folks couldn't even decide to run for office on their own - they had to be approached by other entities and encouraged to do so, and those entities are paying for their campaigns. So who's REALLY in the pocket and who's really developing their platforms??????