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Sen. John Ensign scandal

Sen. John Ensign speaks to the media about an affair he had with a former staffer Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at the Lloyd George Federal Building in Las Vegas. (Related story).

Sen. John Ensign announces he will not seek another term in 2012 during a news conference at the Lloyd George Federal Building in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7, 2011.
Six things revealed about John Ensign
Senate Investigation:
Friday, May 13, 2011
From the time Sen. John Ensign went public with his extramarital affair in 2009 and his resignation from the Senate on May 3, Nevadans learned much about the once-rising star’s stunning fall.
Soon-to-be-Sen. Dean Heller talks to reporters outside the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday after attending the Republican senators' weekly policy planning lunch. Heller will be sworn in as Nevada's 25th senator at 2 p.m. Monday.
Dean Heller gets informal welcome to U.S. Senate
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
He doesn’t pick up the title of senator until his swearing-in Monday afternoon, but Rep. Dean Heller crossed the Capitol today for his first function in his role-to-be on Tuesday, joining GOP senators for their weekly policy planning lunch.
John Ensign
A farewell letter to John Ensign
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Ken Miller has a few things to say to the outgoing senator, including: 'It's not you, it's us."
Ensign’s fall from grace reinforces worst political stereotypes
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The details of the John Ensign saga are uniquely Nevadan, a grotesquerie of small-state politics with a former casino executive bringing the amoral industry culture to a place where such an ethos is prized and then being undone by his own narcissism and superficiality.
Sen. John Ensign announces he will not seek another term in 2012 during a news conference at the Lloyd George Federal Building in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7, 2011. Ensign's wife, Darlene, stands by him at left.
How moral failure took down Sen. John Ensign
LETTER FROM WASHINGTON:
Sunday, April 24, 2011
When John Ensign was making his first bid to be a senator, another public figure in Washington — the president at the time — was in political cross hairs for an affair he had with a staffer named Monica Lewinsky.
Sen. John Ensign announces he will not seek another term in 2012 during a news conference at the Lloyd George Federal Building in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7, 2011. Ensign's wife, Darlene, stands by him at left.
Until the end, John Ensign a master of close-call politics
Friday, April 22, 2011
For someone who seemed, at the end, to have no friends in the party, on the books Sen. John Ensign is a master of close-call politics of the sort that the GOP could stand to mimic in the coming cycle.
Left: Dean Heller speaks at the grand opening of the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter on Dec. 4, 2009. Right: Shelley Berkley laughs with constituents during a "Congress on the Corner" event Jan. 14, 2011, at her Las Vegas office.
Heller appointment to Senate changes campaign calculus
Friday, April 22, 2011
Until Gov. Brian Sandoval dubs a successor for Sen. John Ensign, it’s difficult to predict what is in store between now and Nov. 6, 2012. But the election between presumptive nominees Reps. Shelley Berkley and Dean Heller will come down to what they do representing Nevada in Washington.
Greg Korte, who runs a general contracting company in Las Vegas, swung past Sen. John Ensign's office with his wife Nicole and their three kids Friday to pick up Senate floor passes they'd been promised in a letter from Ensign. They were surprised to discover the senator's office closed for Good Friday -- and that he'd resigned a day earlier.
Sandoval: Sen. John Ensign replacement will be named before May 3
Governor says speculation is premature, but Rep. Dean Heller is expected to get nod
Friday, April 22, 2011
WASHINGTON - Gov. Brian Sandoval has 10 days to pick a new senator, and he's apparently going to milk it for every second it's worth -- even though it's almost certain who his pick will be.
John Ensign: Avoid shutdown, focus on larger debt problem
Friday, April 8, 2011
The march of Republicans coming out against holding up a budget resolution over Planned Parenthood funding at the eleventh hour has been impressive, including Tea Party activists and some of the biggest spending hawks in Congress.
Doug Hampton is a former senior aide to Sen. John Ensign and is married to the woman with whom the senator admitted to having an affair.
Doug Hampton, indicted former aide of John Ensign, assigned public defender
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
A former administrative aide to Sen. John Ensign has a federal public defender for his Washington, D.C., criminal case alleging he illegally lobbied Ensign and his staff.
Ensign says Nevada needs to reform education system
Politics: System is broken, but more money isn't the answer, senator says
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sen. John Ensign said Tuesday that Nevada needs to reform education and the federal government needs to control its spending, in what he said will be his last address to the Nevada Legislature.
Text of Sen. John Ensign's speech to the Nevada Legislature
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Text of Sen. John Ensign's speech on March 22, 2011, to the Nevada Legislature, as prepared for delivery.
As Berkley eyes Ensign’s Senate seat, Legislature sharpens redistricting knife
Political memo:
Sunday, March 13, 2011
A quiet excitement is brewing among Democratic leaders in the Legislature over the prospect of Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., running for the U.S. Senate.
Coolican: John Ensign could no longer ignore reality
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The first time I encountered Sen. John Ensign, he was giving a news conference at the state Republican convention in lovely Mesquite in 2006.
Sen. John Ensign announces he will not seek another term in 2012 during a news conference at the Lloyd George Federal Building in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7, 2011. Ensign's wife, Darlene, stands by him at left.
Senate majority left swinging after John Ensign resignation
THE SENATOR'S SCANDAL: Decision puts pressure on both parties to find right candidate
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
U.S. Sen. John Ensign closed the door on a re-election bid Monday, dramatically improving his party’s chances of keeping his seat in a swing state that has been leaning more Democrat.

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