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Dean Heller

  • Sen. Heller: Man of Letters

    By Michael Green

    Do you ever write to your elected officials? Do they ever write back? Sen. Dean Heller does: Dear Dr. Green, Knowing your interest in jobs and the current state of the economy, I wanted to inform you of my continued efforts to create new employment opportunities for Nevadans. That’s interesting—an unsolicited letter from a U.S. senator. Could he be up for election this year? And how can a government official create new employment opportunities? Government, congressional Republicans tell us, doesn’t create jobs. But that isn’t what Heller said. Read on.

  • Politics

    Berkley and the Risky Business of Ethical Nuance

    By Michael Green

    The New York Times recently reported that Rep. Shelley Berkley, who is challenging Sen. Dean Heller for his Senate seat, has been a dedicated advocate of health care, especially care of the kidneys. That might not have seemed like front-page news, but her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner, is a nephrologist. Berkley’s efforts have brought some financial benefits to those in the kidney biz, and she has received contributions from them.

  • Politics

    The Big Scrum for the House

    By Michael Green

    Secretary of State Ross Miller may be a closet rugby fan. Witness his decision to open the special House election to all candidates, regardless of party. A rugby scrum is less violent. On May 3, Sen. John Ensign resigned, and Rep. Dean Heller replaced him, prompting both Nevada’s first special election for the House and the awareness that our constitution and laws on how to go about it are opaque. So, Miller read the law guiding the Sept. 13 vote as allowing a wide-open ballot.  Republicans objected as predictably as Democrats would have if the shoe had been on the other foot.

  • Politics

    Advantage Heller? Not So Fast

    By Michael Green

    Since John Ensign’s recent announcement that he will leave the U.S. Senate on May 3, analysts have made two assumptions. First, that Gov. Brian Sandoval will appoint Republican Rep. Dean Heller to replace Ensign. Second, that the appointment would give Heller an edge in his expected 2012 Senate race against Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley. The first assumption seems fair enough. But Heller’s ascension to the Senate may not be such a problem for Berkley after all. Here’s why.

  • Politics

    All the Angles, for the Heller of it

    By Michael Green

    Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., announced a run for the Senate seat John Ensign is vacating, and Sharron Angle for the seat Heller is vacating. These are two separate-but-related facts—Heller wouldn’t have challenged a strong, popular, untainted Ensign, and his move made room for Angle to run for the House. But these matters are related in another, subtler way: which slot opened for Angle.

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