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I was in Las Vegas this past weekend and I had a great time!  I had a lot of fun and I came back from the poker tables with a lot of money this year.  While I was out in Las Vegas, I went to go watch football and put money down on football where I came out even thanks to my triple parlay that had the Patriots, Texans and Falcons.  Word of advice though, never pick Green Bay to be your wild card and even though I love my Steelers, I did not feel confident enough that they could beat Peyton Manning and the Broncos.  During the games, the airwaves were flooded with false attacks ads from American Crossroads and Americans For Prosperity against President Obama and of course Dean Heller released an ad falsely claiming that Shelley Berkley is the one who's trying to gut medicare.  This coming from the guy who voted for the Ryan Budget twice that as we all know would turn medicare into a voucher program.  So far Berkley has had my favorite attack line of the campaign season.  "Dean Heller: He's Never Been For You".  Gotta love that.  Well I was checking out David Nir's post and Berkley has released three brand new ads that has the AARP defending her stance on medicare, highlights her fight to create jobs in Nevada and a Spanish speaking ad that hypes up her support for the DREAM Act.  Check out her three new ads:

Fighter:

Cracked Down:

El Futuro de los DREAMers:

She also has footage of Dean Heller being called out on MSNBC for voting against the Paycheck Fairness Act:

I am liking Berkley's fighting spirit and she is running a smart campaign.  I know this will be a close race but one we can still win.  Lets give President Obama another ally in the Senate and defeat Karl Rove, The Koch Brothers, Dean Heller and the GOP together.  Shelley Berkley has and will always be for the people of Nevada.  Help Berkley keep these ads on the air and donate to her ActBlue page:


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  •  I'd rather elect a D than an R. (1+ / 0-)
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    IndieGuy

    That said, I don't actually give money or other support to Democrats on CREWs Most Corrupt politicians list (Berkley is again this year a "dishonorable mention"). CREW is a very nonpartisan, quality organization. It actually is pretty hard to get on their bad side. As a Party, we're a distant second to the GOP when it comes to corruption. But we can do better.

    •  Eh, she's on the dishonorable mention list, so it (0+ / 0-)

      can't be that bad.  Plus I like her and trust her, especially with environmental issues.

      •  So we can't do better? (0+ / 0-)

        She's good on the environment, so if she wants to use her office to steer public money to her husband's company, we won't quibble.

        NO!

        •  To quote pistolSO, "The ethics charges are weak (1+ / 0-)
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          sauce."

          •  Come on. Just say that the ends (0+ / 0-)

            justify the means, something like that. She's a crook, maybe not as bad a crook as a David Rivera, but a crook nonetheless.

            •  I admit to no such thing and I am not going to (0+ / 0-)

              call someone a crook until I know all the details.

              •  And by all means, avoid reading (0+ / 0-)

                anything that would provide you with said details. Do you know about CREW? Do you not trust their work?

                •  Read (0+ / 0-)

                  http://www.lasvegassun.com/...

                  Especially this section:

                  “Rep. Berkley has repeatedly intervened to stop proposed cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates for nephrologists while taking thousands in campaign contributions from the renal physicians’ main political action committee, of which her husband is a former chairman,” CREW wrote in its survey. They also knocked Berkley for intervening "to save a kidney transplant program at a university hospital” when her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner, had “a direct financial stake in keeping the transplant program in operation.”
                  The accusations are not new. And neither is the Berkley’s campaign defense against them.

                  “It’s unfortunate that CREW made this designation without having their facts straight,” said Berkley campaign spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa. “As it has been widely reported for months, UMC officials have stated that the contract would not have been impacted even if the transplant program had been terminated. The only reason Congresswoman Berkley joined Rep. Dean Heller to save the state’s only kidney transplant program was because 200 Nevada patients were waiting for lifesaving treatment.”

            •  Um, she's not a crook. (0+ / 0-)

              Here's more background from the Annenberg Public Policy Center:

              http://www.factcheck.org/...

              It claims Berkley “twisted arms to get federal dollars to her husband’s business.” In fact, her husband was among many who benefited, and her efforts were supported by the entire Nevada congressional delegation — including her current GOP opponent.
              But Berkley wasn’t the only one trying to save the kidney program at UMC. Berkley’s opponent, Heller, was also leading efforts to convince Medicare not to defund it.

              Berkley, Heller and then-Rep. Jon Porter all co-signed an Oct. 24, 2008, letter to Kerry Weems, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The letter expressed “strong disagreement” with the CMS decision to revoke Medicare approval for the kidney transplant program at UMC, and asked CMS to reconsider its position.

              “We are concerned that this decision does not protect Medicare beneficiaries, and could have strong negative consequences for our constituents,” the letter reads. “Revoking Medicare approval for the UMC kidney transplant program is uncalled for and will jeopardize the health of hundreds of our constituents while placing a severe burden on transplant centers in surrounding states.”

              You could argue that she should have recused herself for it because the optics look bad.   But nothing she has done comes close to David Rivera.  
    •  From today's Las Vegas Sun article (1+ / 0-)
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      “Rep. Berkley has repeatedly intervened to stop proposed cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates for nephrologists while taking thousands in campaign contributions from the renal physicians’ main political action committee, of which her husband is a former chairman,” CREW wrote in its survey. They also knocked Berkley for intervening "to save a kidney transplant program at a university hospital” when her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner, had “a direct financial stake in keeping the transplant program in operation.”

      The accusations are not new. And neither is the Berkley’s campaign defense against them.

      “It’s unfortunate that CREW made this designation without having their facts straight,” said Berkley campaign spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa. “As it has been widely reported for months, UMC officials have stated that the contract would not have been impacted even if the transplant program had been terminated. The only reason Congresswoman Berkley joined Rep. Dean Heller to save the state’s only kidney transplant program was because 200 Nevada patients were waiting for lifesaving treatment.

       (emphasis mine)

      I like that Berkley stood for saving lives and I think the ethical allegations are weak sauce.

  •  Neither was his predecessor... (3+ / 0-)
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    poopdogcomedy, pistolSO, fgentile

    Mark Sanford likes to vacation in Argentina; John Ensign prefers the Hamptons.

    Everyone is crying out for peace; no one's crying out for justice...

    by mojave mike on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 03:49:16 PM PDT

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