Control of the Senate and House is at stake in this election, and the results of Nevada’s federal races could be the deciding factor one way or the other.
Republicans and Democrats are split 50-50 in the upper house, where Senator Catherine Cortez Masto faces a challenge from Adam Laxalt. In the House, Democrats enjoy a narrow advantage of 220 to 212, with three vacancies. A change of just four or five seats could mean a new Republican majority, and polls show Nevada’s three incumbent Democrats face tight races.
The party that holds the White House usually struggles in the midterm ballot. This year will likely be no different, especially as inflation soars, the stock market crashes and gasoline prices soar. The Democrats reacted by trying to shift attention away from abortion. We will see in the next few days if it was an effective strategy.
Senator Cortez Masto is asking voters for a second term. But during the election campaign, she avoids tough questions, seeks refuge in the comfort of friendly forces and refuses further interviews. Politicians who do not have the courage to defend their own issues are on the wrong track.
Ms. Cortez Masto has been a staunch footsoldier of Biden’s economic and energy agenda, which has sparked the highest inflation rates in 40 years. At no time did she use her vote to leverage an advantage for Nevada, as Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia did for his state. If Democrats win the only seat needed to break the tie in the upper house, Ms. Cortez Masto could be asked to vote on sweeping reforms, such as scrapping the filibuster, wrapping up the Supreme Court, the nationalization of electoral laws and the legalization of abortion up to the third trimester. Her record defies hopes that she could oppose such an extreme agenda.
Mr. Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general, offers a preferable alternative. He was sadly swept away by the nonsense of Trump’s stolen election, but now acknowledges that Joe Biden is the president, “without a doubt.” His view on abortion — he does not support a federal ban — is more in line with the majority of Americans, and he argues that a GOP majority in the Senate would ensure the president can no longer pass bills. destroyers, “a big step forward for our country.” Mr. Laxalt would bring a fiscally prudent perspective to the Senate, fend off green extremism and be an advocate for shrinking the regulatory state. We recommend Adam Laxalt for the US Senate.
District 1, US House
Incumbent Democrat Dina Titus faces Republican Mark Robertson, a former Army colonel who now runs a financial firm.
Rep. Titus, a former UNLV professor who has held public office for three decades, is seeking a seventh term in the House. She is an unapologetic liberal on most issues and denies that Mr. Biden’s policies have much to do with the country’s economic situation or high gas prices. She sees no urgency in tackling the growing national debt.
Mr. Robertson offers a different perspective. Rep. Titus, he says, believes in big government and he doesn’t, describing himself as being on the “freedom side” of the spectrum. He would reduce inflation through fiscal restraint and stop “printing, borrowing and spending”. He favors policies that encourage labor and immigration reforms that recognize the country’s need for migrant labor. Marc Robertson is our selection in CD1.
District 3, US House
Representative Susie Lee, a Democrat, is seeking a third term and is facing Republican candidate April Becker, a commercial real estate attorney.
Rep. Lee positioned herself as a moderate, but the FiveThirtyEight website reveals she voted with Mr. Biden 100% of the time. Her stance on abortion — no limits — is as extreme as the Republican abolitionists she criticizes. She voted to eliminate Nevada’s Right to Work law in favor of compulsory unionism. Rep. Lee supports a constitutional amendment to rewrite the First Amendment to allow federal regulators to oversee political speech and does not appear concerned that such reform could result in a ban on some campaign speech.
Ms Becker says she won’t support the president’s policy of “just throwing money” at the issues and understands that immigration reform will require compromises. She would like to see the federal government encourage more choices for families stuck in failing schools and thinks we are moving too fast to impose green energy mandates. She swears to be a “representative of the people who put me in power”. We approve april becker in CD3.
District 4, US House
Incumbent Democrat Steven Horsford is being challenged by Republican Sam Peters, a 20-year military veteran now in the insurance business.
Rep. Horsford is in his third term and has generally voted in line with the Democratic agenda. But he was also an effective advocate for his district, especially rural Nevada. He lobbied to expand lifesaving telehealth options for those living far from urban centers, and he was instrumental in securing funding for a new medical center in Tonopah. Rep. Horsford isn’t afraid to fend off green interests that seek to stop the mining projects needed to advance renewable energy. He supports securing more federal lands for Clark County to grow and recognizes that border security is essential to any immigration legislation.
Mr Peters says Washington’s spending is “out of control” and “unsustainable”. He favors a balanced budget amendment and “getting the federal government out of the way of business” and says he wants what’s best for “our country, our state and our communities.”
Mr. Peters is a formidable candidate. But Rep. Horsford won the trust of his constituents and a fourth term. We approve Steven Horsford in CD4.