Franken, union president stump for Harry Reid

RENO — The national AFL-CIO president along with comedian and U.S. Sen. Al Franken told about 150 cheering union members Tuesday evening that Democratic Sen. Harry Reid is their champion and needs their support.

“Are we going to let corporate CEOs buy Harry Reid’s seat?” asked AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Harry Reid is our champion. When we needed him, he was there.”

Franken, D-Minn., noted how he narrowly won his seat in 2008 in a recount. More than anyone, Franken said he knows each vote counts, and that Reid’s race against Republican Sharron Angle will be very close.

“I want you at phone banks,” Franken said. “I want you out door-knocking. Many of you have families. Ignore them for the next week. Leave them some food out. This is going to be a close election.”

A Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday showed Angle leading Reid by four percentage points. All polls in recent weeks have shown their race will be close.

Reid, who spoke for only 10 minutes at the rally, was calm and never raised his voice. After the rally, he said he feels “comfortable” about winning the election.

“I’m not much of a worrier,” he said. “I have always felt this was an election of contrasts.”

As more Nevadans learn about Angle’s positions, he will gain their votes, Reid said.

Reid said Angle wants to go to Washington, D.C., to “stall things. The People of Nevada want action. This woman believes the collapse of Wall Street was caused by too much regulation. She believes the BP oil spill was caused by too much regulation.”

No Angle supporters were visible at the rally at the Washoe County Senior Citizens Center. But state Republican spokesman Jahan Wilcox issued a statement saying that the Reid rally will not sway voters.

“Despite how hard these outside groups work, it will not motivate Reid’s base because his economic policies have failed to help Nevada’s ailing economy,” Wilcox said.

McKay Daniels, state director of the Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs, noted in a statement that 200,000 Nevadans are looking for work. He accused Reid of standing for unions, not for small business.

Reid clearly stood for unions at the rally. He talked about growing up poor in Searchlight and how his father was “big and strong” and a member of several unions. Reid said he read a lot about unions and was fond of Woody Guthrie’s pro-union songs.

“Folks, I’m not scared,” said Reid, reciting the lyrics from a Guthrie song. “I’m sticking with the union.”

Reid said his No. 1 responsibility is to help create jobs. He noted that $2 billion in renewable energy projects are under way in Nevada. With NV Energy and other companies agreeing to a transmission line to tie Northern and Southern Nevada together for the first time, he said, Nevada will be “energy independent” in three years.

Franken, a former Saturday Night Live regular, said he was a member of four unions and that all senators respect Reid.

“There is a reason Harry Reid is majority leader, Franken said. “This man’s word is his bond. He is a man of steel. All of us in the Democratic Party value this man. Those on the other side of the aisle do too.”

Franken said President Barack Obama, with Reid’s help, saved America from a depression, an assertion that has been denounced and challenged by Republican officials. Franken argued that even Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain’s economist said the stimulus plan created 3 millions jobs and prevented a depression.

“I personally think preventing a depression is kind of a good thing,” said Franken, who made his serious points while leaving the crowd laughing.

Both Reid and Trumka decried a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to contribute millions of dollars to campaigns without identifying themselves. Reid noted that every dollar unions contribute to his campaign must be reported.

Trumka said for every dollar an unidentified corporation contributes to Angle, union members need to knock on one more door.

“Face-to-face interactions are worth more than millions spent on TV,” he said.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901.

ad-high_impact_4
News
Prince death investigation coming to an end
Prosecutors in Minnesota plan an announcement Thursday on the two-year investigation into Prince's death from a drug overdose Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. Search warrants unsealed about a year after Prince died showed that authorities searched his home, cellphone records of associates and his email accounts to try to determine how he got the drug. The county attorney has scheduled a morning announcement at which time charges could be filed.
David Copperfield executive producer testifies during the magician's civil trial
A British tourist is suing illusionist David Copperfield saying he was injured during a trick. Chris Kenner, executive producer for illusionist David Copperfield, was on the witness stand all day Tuesday, April 17. Kenner testified that a business manager for the show talked to the man after he fell. Kenner testified that the tourist, Gavin Cox, said he was OK moments after the fall. Cox later told the crew: “Maybe I will have this looked at.” Copperfield is the next witness in line for Cox’s attorneys. K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
CCSD Teacher Is a Living Organ Donor
June Monroe speaks about her kidney donation to her brother and advocacy work with the National Kidney Foundation.
Shadow Ridge High School teachers protest
Shadow Ridge High School teachers protest. Teachers are upset over many things, including the fact that the district is fighting an arbitration ruling for pay raises. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Clark County commissioners debate getting rid of Henderson, North Las Vegas constables
Clark County commissioners are debating whether to get rid of the Henderson and North Las Vegas constables after RJ's story pointing out questionable spending by the Henderson Constable Earl Mitchell. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
1 Dead, 7 Injured After Southwest Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing
1 Dead, 7 Injured After Southwest Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 out of New York, which had 143 passengers and a crew of five onboard, landed in Philadelphia on Tuesday. According to NBC10, a female passenger was partially sucked out of a broken window, which was a result of the plane's engine ripping apart. It's not known if the female passenger was the one who died. Emergency personnel met the battered plane upon its landing. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the blown engine resulted in a smashed window and a damaged fuselage. Southwest Airlines The FAA said that the NTSB will lead the investigation into what happened.
Single vehicle crash kills man
A man died Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle crash in northeast Las Vegas. The crash occurred Tuesday morning on the 1900 block of Pasadena Boulevard, near Lake Mead Boulevard and Mt. Hood Street. Police had few details, but Metro's fatal detail was on the scene investigating.
Sunset Park Homicide (update 2)
LVMPD gives update about suspect in homicide at Sunset Park (Blake Apgar)
Sunset Park Homicide (update)
Update from LVMPD on Sunset Park homicide. Releasing suspect's name (Blake Apgar)
Sunset Park Homicide
Police give details about Sunset Park homicide on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Blake Apgar)
Parents of autistic child talk about their experience waiting for care
Parents of autistic child talk about their experience waiting for care. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Donald Trump Calls Out James Comey After Book Details Emerge
Donald Trump Calls Out James Comey After Book Details Emerge The President took to Twitter to criticize the former FBI director as information emerges from Comey’s new book, ‘A Higher Loyalty’. According to 'The New York Times', Comey describes Trump in the book as “unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values.” James Comey, A Higher Loyalty, via The New York Times A Higher Loyalty hits stores on April 17.
Big Bounce America visits North Las Vegas
Billing itself as "the biggest bounce house in the world," Big Bounce America visits Craig Ranch Regional Park in Las Vegas.
Endangered Devils Hole Pupfish numbers enough for concern, but not panic
Researchers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Death Valley National Park came together at Devils Hole, about 90 miles west of Las Vegas, for a biannual count of the Devils Hole Pupfish, an endangered species. Their count this time – 87. (Video by Patrick Connolly)
Hickey Elementary Students Put Harry Potter on Trial
Liliam Lujan Hickey Elementary School students learned how the judicial system works by putting Harry Potter on trial for the illegal use of magic.
David Copperfield in court after man injured during magic trick
The attorney for a British man who is suing illusionist David Copperfield said his client suffered serious injuries after being called on stage during Copperfield's show at MGM Grand.
The Clark County Museum Turns 50 This Month
The Clark County Museum has an extensive collection, dating back to prehistoric times in Southern Nevada up through the present day. It was first established in April 1968 and has had several locations before it's current home on South Boulder Highway.
Route 91 Artifacts Will Be On Display This October
Clark County Museum Administrator Mark Hall-Patton explains what artifacts will be on display in October as part of the museums Route 91 shooting memorial exhibit called "How We Mourned."
Bullet grazes woman's head
Las Vegas police investigating calls of a shooting early Friday morning found a woman who suffered a wound to her head. A bullet grazed the woman's head while she was inside her Village Square apartment on Nellis Oasis Lane. She did not have to be hospitalized, and police said she might have been an "unintended" victim. The shooting occurred around 4 a.m. Police are looking for the shooter.
Aces Host Draft Party
The Las Vegas Aces host a WNBA draft party at the Mandalay Bay for season-ticket holders, and have the number one overall pick.
Las Vegas man stands with president at White House
President Donald Trump delivered remarks in the Rose Garden Thursday about how the GOP tax cut plan helped working families across the country. To his left stood Richard Kerzetski, president of Universal Plumbing & Heating Co. in Las Vegas. Debra J. Saunders/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Transgender Man Running for Assembly District 42
U.S. Army veteran La Don Henry is hoping to become Nevada’s first openly transgender state legislator.
Erik Weihenmayer is the First Blind Person to Summit Mount Everest
Erik Weihenmayer talks about how he first got into mountaineering in 1995 with the ascent of Denali, the tallest peak in North America, and what he loves about climbing.
New Theater Coming to Neonopolis
Ken Henderson explains his concept for Notoriety, a 57,000-square-foot theater complex on the third floor of Neonopolis intended to host comedy, music and theater acts.
Politicians, Tenants Come Together at Neonopolis
Neonopolis Owner Rohit Joshi explains the concept behind the Nevada Business Forum, which brings Neonopolis tenants and politicans together once a month to discuss issues that are important to them.
USPS is holding a class for mail carriers for dog bite prevention week
USPS is holding a class for mail carriers on preventing dog bites just in time for dog bite prevention week. Sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, is a public service campaign that offers safety tips and emphasizes the need for increased owner responsibility in the prevention of dog attacks. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Las Vegas Strip robbery spree ends in casino parking garage
A pair of robbery suspects led police to three parking garages around the Las Vegas Strip before they were caught early Tuesday morning. The first robbery took place at the Treasure Island parking garage, where two suspects "battered" a 71-year-old, her adult daughter and a juvenile girl. The suspects, one of who was armed, next demanded money and property from a pair of 18-year-olds at Fashion Show mall. The suspects were later spotted at the SLS Las Vegas parking garage. They tried to get away by ramming a patrol car with their vehicle. That effort failed and they were taken into custody.
Ackerman Center Fights Autism with Limited Resources
Across the Valley, parents face wait lists up to several months to obtain behavioral services for their autistic children. At the UNLV Ackerman Center, there are about 2,500 people waiting to get care. We'll talk to the Ackerman Center's director and child neuropsychologist.
Pedestrian injured and westbound Sahara closed
A pedestrian was hospitalized Monday morning after being hit by a pickup on East Sahara. Police said "a subject” was crossing the street and was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on Sahara at Commercial Center. Westbound Sahara remained closed. Crime scene tape blocked off the area and a red pickup sat next to debris and a pair of shoes in front of a bus stop. Police did not have any information on the pedestrian's condition. Officers do not think the driver was impaired.
Life
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
Calvary Christian Learning Academy, “There was no fair warning.”
Samantha O’Brien, whose three-year-old daughter attended the Calvary Christian Learning Academy daycare, found out Monday night when her daughter’s teacher called about the school closing.
Companies bet their futures on cryptocurrency
Two Las Vegas entrepreneurs talk about finding their niche in blockchain enabled technologies and digital currency.
Solar panels reduce energy bill for CCSD
Wilbur and Theresa Faiss Middle School is one of 42 CCSD schools with solar panel installations, saving approximately $514,000 per year in energy costs.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Events
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like