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In Veteran-Heavy States, Military Issues magnified

In Veteran-Heavy States, Military Issues magnified

 

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The far-flung swing states that have the most sway in the presidential election have something else in common -- a large share of military veterans who are getting special attention from the fiercely dueling campaigns.

In a White House campaign this hard-fought, no interest group can be ignored. But veterans are an especially prized group since so many live in battlegrounds including Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.

Backing those who have served the country also sends a feel-good patriotic message to the electorate at large. And although veterans traditionally lean Republican, both candidates see an opening to win over veterans this year.

The next president will face U.S. troops returning from Afghanistan and a continuing budget crisis with veterans benefits under scrutiny.

 

GOP Leader Expresses Concern Over Military's Access to Voting

GOP Leader Expresses Concern Over Military's Access to Voting

 

A GOP leader is concerned about the help members of the military are getting to cast a ballot in the November election.

CARSON CITY - A Republican leader in Douglas County expressed concern Thursday that many service members won't get to vote in November because their military bases do not have offices to provide information about registering and submitting absentee ballots.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

GOP Senators Sound Battle Cry Over Budget Cuts

GOP Senators Sound Battle Cry Over Budget Cuts

Three Republican senators visited the Las Vegas valley with a message about looming military budget cuts.

Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire toured Nellis Air Force Base Monday. The group then held a town hall meeting at the College of Southern Nevada in North Las Vegas focusing on sequestration.

Sequestration is a slate of automatic federal cuts that will take effect if Congress does not reach a balanced budget in the next few months. Under the plan, $110 billion in cuts will kick in January 2, and half of would come from defense spending. At this point, no military bases have been targeted for cuts, should they happen.

According to the senators, Nevada would lose 4,200 jobs if sequestration went into place. They also told the crowd the state would see an economic loss of about $680 million.

GOP Senators Head to Nevada to Warn of Defense Budget Cuts

GOP Senators Head to Nevada to Warn of Defense Budget Cuts

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three Republican senators warning of impending defense budget cuts are hitting the presidential battleground state of Nevada.

Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte will travel to Nellis Air Force Base and hold a town hall in North Las Vegas on Monday. Last week, the senators toured the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and New Hampshire.

The tour is designed to increase political pressure on President Barack Obama and Congress to avert the automatic, across-the-board cuts of $110 billion to defense and domestic programs on Jan. 2.

The Nevada stop also puts pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his home state. Reid and other Democrats argue that if Republicans want to stop the cuts they need to consider raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. 

Deadline Set to Register to Vote in Special Election

Deadline Set to Register to Vote in Special Election

 

People living in Congressional District 2 have until Tuesday, August 23 to register for the upcoming special election.

To register to vote you can go to the County Election Department office near Cheyenne Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in North Las Vegas. Voters can also register at the Clark County Government Center on Grand Central Parkway. Both offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The election offices will be open until 7 p.m., Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 to accommodate more voters.

The special election will be September 13. It is only open to residents of Congressional District 2. That area includes all of northern Nevada along with parts of southeastern Clark County including Mesquite, Sandy Valley, Jean, Goodsprings, Primm, Southern Highlands, southern Sun City Anthem and Nellis Air Force Base.

First Registration Deadline Saturday for City Election

First Registration Deadline Saturday for City Election

The deadline to register for the upcoming North Las Vegas municipal election is approaching fast.

The North Las Vegas Municipal General Election will be held on Tuesday, June 7.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m.

The last day to register to vote or to update voter registration, without having to appear in person at the City Clerk’s Office is Saturday. Any qualified elector may register to vote during the final 10 days of in-person voter registration at the City Clerk’s Office, beginning Sunday, May 8 through Tuesday, May 17. The City Clerk’s Office will be open for Close of Voter Registration as follows:

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 8
  • 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Monday, May 9 through Thursday, May 12
  • 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 13 through Tuesday, May 17

Early Voting/In-Office Voting for the City’s Municipal General Election will take place from Wednesday, May 18 through Friday, June 3.