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    The Republican nominee has claimed high gas prices have nothing to do with 'greedy oil executives.' As gas prices broke records in late May, Nevada Republican Senate nominee Adam Laxalt repeatedly defended the oil and gas industry and claimed "greedy oil executives" were not to blame. Last month, the industry rewarded his loyalty with more than $11,000 in campaign contributions. In the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Congress' decision to suspend Russian oil and gas imports in response, gas prices hit record highs across the country in June — averaging more than $5 per gallon. According to AAA, average prices were even higher in Nevada, exceeding $5.50 per gallon. While these prices were bad news for consumers, they helped bring massive profits to oil and gas companies, which refused to take steps that might bring costs down. Some Democratic lawmakers and consumer watchdog groups accused the industry of price gouging and prioritizing greed over customers. Former Nevada Attorney General and unsuccessful 2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt, who is currently challenging Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) repeatedly rushed to...
    SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sandwiched between supporters holding “BANS OFF OUR BODIES” signs and TV cameras on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto portrayed her reelection campaign as a defining moment in a decades-long fight for reproductive freedom, even in pro-choice Nevada. “I cannot stress this enough. This seat is the pathway to protecting our rights in this country,” she said at a home in the city of Sparks, a Reno suburb. “To preventing a federal abortion ban.” Cortez Masto is one of several Democrats up for reelection who are pushing reproductive rights to the center of their campaign in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Her race against Republican Adam Laxalt is expected to be among the most competitive in the country, one of a handful that could determine whether Democrats maintain control of the Senate. As she courts moderate voters, Cortez Masto’s campaign has touted polling that has shown nearly 70% of Nevadans lean pro-choice. She has repeatedly referenced a 1990 statewide vote that codified abortion protections in Nevada’s state constitution,...
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — The attack ads already are airing and campaign fundraising emails are flooding into inboxes as one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races in the country gets rolling in Nevada, where candidates will be juggling persistent concerns about election integrity and inflation that is rising at its fastest pace in decades. The race between incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt will hinge on the candidates’ respective ties to both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, political watchers say. Laxalt, the grandson of a former U.S. senator from Nevada, co-chaired Trump’s reelection campaign in Nevada and led failed court challenges to overturn the state’s 2020 election results based on false election fraud claims. His campaign drew endorsements from top Republican Party leaders including Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and U.S. Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Days before the primary, Laxalt hosted rallies with Donald Trump Jr. and 2020 election result deniers in Las Vegas and Carson City. In 2020, Biden...
    The Republican candidate has gotten much of his corporate PAC funding from the fossil fuel industry. Nevada Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt has spent the past few weeks falsely arguing that the fossil fuel sector and the Russian invasion of Ukraine are blameless for rising gasoline prices — without mentioning that much of his campaign funds have come from oil and gas interests. According to Federal Election Commission filings, nearly all of Laxalt's corporate PAC contributions have come from fossil fuel companies or businesses that make money from the energy sector. Gas prices have been rising since former President Donald Trump was in office, as demand increased after the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Following Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine and President Joe Biden's subsequent ban on Russian oil imports, reduced supplies have caused a large price spike. According to AAA, average gasoline prices stand at $4.919 per gallon nationally and $5.525 in Nevada, up about $1.87 from a year ago. As consumers pay more, oil and gas companies have reaped massive profits. But Laxalt has...
    Trump-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt is reportedly on track for his best fundraising period of the election cycle, doubling the campaign contributions of his competitor Sam Brown two months into the second quarter, Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show. Laxalt, who is also the former attorney general of the Silver State, brought in more than $1.5 million in contributions between April 1 and May 25, ahead of the June 14 Republican primaries. Comparatively, his closest competitor Sam Brown brought in a little more than $732,000 in that same time frame. Overall, Laxalt has brought in more than $5.8 million in contributions and has over $2 million in cash on hand as of May 25. Brown has amassed a total of $3.9 million in contributions and has roughly $362,000 cash on hand. Laxalt’s record as attorney general combined with several heavy-hitting endorsements — which include former President Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to name a few — and a strong campaign against incumbent Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), have driven the polls in...
    Army veteran and first-time candidate Sam Brown revealed Tuesday that he received over $1.05 million in fundraising during the October-through-December fourth quarter of 2021. The haul marks the second quarter in a row Brown has secured over $1 million in fundraising, which he says came from over 15,000 people who donated. Brown said the amount of donations he has received shows his movement for new conservative leadership is "here to stay," Brown told the Washington Examiner. "We are the only Nevada Senate campaign of either party with this type of massive grassroots following," Brown said. "We aren't funded by the Washington political class or PACs seeking a coronation. Thousands of patriots in Nevada and across America have rallied and donated to our campaign because they want new grassroots leadership that is accountable to the people." THE FIVE SENATE SEATS MOST LIKELY TO CHANGE PARTIES IN 2022 Brown announced his campaign for the Nevada Senate in July 2021. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2006 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, with his vehicle...
    GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — In a western battleground state that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate, Republican Adam Laxalt has early on targeted those who feel angered and afraid, telling them the stakes of next year’s race against Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto are no less than existential. From rural towns to Las Vegas, people he’s met campaigning are asking: “What in the world has happened to this country? And so fast,” he said Sunday in Gardnerville, near where cattle lined the highway. “We have a role to play in saving the whole country with this race.” Since launching his campaign with a good-versus-evil, “Star Wars”-themed ad titled “The Good Guys,” Laxalt has railed against Democrats and an unholy trinity he says is working in parallel to “radically transform” the United States — the media, Hollywood and Big Tech. The high stakes messaging mirrors early campaigns in rust belt battlegrounds like Ohio,Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and hints at a national Republican strategy focused on drawing stark contrasts with Democrats on cultural issues. “Right now it seems like the wrong side...
    An outside GOP group allied with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse votes to raise debt ceiling On The Money — House kicks debt ceiling standoff to December Pelosi says proposal to take debt ceiling authority away from Congress 'has merit' MORE (R-Ky.) is launching a new $10 million ad blitz to targeting three of Democrats’ most vulnerable senators next year. The broadside from One Nation, the advocacy arm of the Senate Leadership Fund, the Senate GOP’s top super PAC, is launching television, radio and digital ads knocking Sens. Mark KellyMark KellyDemocrats' electric vehicle push sparks intense lobbying fight Kelly raises million in third quarter Ruben Gallego is left's favorite to take on Sinema MORE (D-Ariz.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoDemocrats brace for tough election year in Nevada Manchin's 'red line' on abortion splits Democrats Protecting consumers requires protecting and incentivizing whistleblowers, too MORE (D-Nev.) and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanDemocrats urge federal agencies to address use of cryptocurrencies for ransomware payments Senate poised to stave off debt crisis Does Virginia race hold much deeper problems for Democrats?...
    EXCLUSIVE - Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is bursting out of the gate when it comes to fundraising for his Republican bid to try and unseat Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in the 2022 midterm elections.Laxalt hauled more than $1.4 million in the six weeks from his mid-August Senate campaign launch through the end of September, which marked the close of the third quarter of fundraising, according to figures shared first with Fox News on Tuesday. Laxalt’s campaign also reported receiving contributions from all 50 states, and showcased that they had over $1.25 million in cash on hand as of the start of October. "Folks across Nevada are extremely dissatisfied with the current direction Masto and her cronies in Washington are taking us and they’re ready for a change," Laxalt said in a statement. "Our campaign started with an incredible burst of momentum that continues to grow every time Masto sides with Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer over the voters in this state." LAXALT LAUNCHES SENATE BID IN NEVADA, A KEY 2022 BATTLEGROUND Laxalt, who completed a 2,500-mile, 17-country swing...
    Former Nevada Attorney General and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada Adam Laxalt narrowly leads incumbent Democrat Sen. Catherine Marie Cortez in an internal poll from Laxalt’s campaign. Laxalt narrowly leads the incumbent Democrat by two points, with 39 percent of the hypothetical poll to 37 percent, according to the internal survey. The internal poll showed there was 12 percent that was undecided. There was another 12 percent that favored “none of the above,” which is an option for voters in Nevada on the ballot. “We’re only just getting started! A shock poll has our campaign ahead of the incumbent and on the road towards flipping Nevada’s Senate seat, and then the Senate itself,” he said on social media with news of the narrow lead in the race. ????BREAKING NEW POLL???? ???? Adam Laxalt – 39% ???? @CatherineForNV – 37% Were only just getting started! A shock poll has our campaign ahead of the incumbent and on the road towards flipping Nevadas Senate seat, and then the Senate itself! https://t.co/lj5ZH1N2TR — Adam Paul Laxalt (@AdamLaxalt) September 28, 2021 Some Republicans are gearing up...
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican Adam Laxalt filed late Sunday to run for the U.S. Senate in Nevada, setting the stage for what could be a decisive battle as both parties fight for control of Congress. Laxalt, who’s part of a Nevada political dynasty and an ally of former President Donald Trump, is aiming to unseat Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, who succeeded U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in 2016 and became the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate. Laxalt, a 42-year-old Reno-based attorney and Navy veteran, is the son of former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and a grandson of former Nevada Gov. and U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt. Adam Laxalt rose to prominence in 2014 after becoming the country’s youngest attorney general at 35 and during his tenure butted heads with Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and his moderate allies in the state party. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2018, losing to now-Gov. Steve Sisolak by four percentage points. Democrats have won the past two Senate races in Nevada by fewer than five points but fear a low turnout...
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