FROM Jon Ralston
Looking Ahead to Nevada The next Democratic presidential vote will take place eight days from now in Nevada. It doesn’t have a lot of delegates, but it is considered a crucial test of who will do better in bigger states. Nevada is much more diverse than Iowa and New Hampshire. So how are the candidates expected to do?
Nevada’s High Political Stakes of Immigration Reform President Obama has scheduled a prime-time address to the nation tomorrow night to explain an executive order on immigration reform. On Friday he’ll travel to Las Vegas, the home of Senator Harry Reid. The Nevada Democrat has questioned Republicans’ motive for not acting. ”Republican presidents going back to Dwight Eisenhower have used executive action to fix immigration, so why would this be such an issue with the Republicans. They’re looking for an excuse, an excuse not to help people who are so deserving.” John Ralston writes for RalstonReports.com and Politico. Special thanks to Sasa Woodruff for production assistance.
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