Dean Heller

 

Nevada’s Republican Senator Dean Heller may be in the political fight for his life. Political pundits have named him one of the most vulnerable members of Congress, and now he faces a challenge from within his own party. Our News Director Michelle Billman sat down with our political reporter Paul Boger to get the latest on Senator Heller’s reelection campaign. 

 

Paul, let’s start off with why we’re speaking to each other instead of airing an interview with Senator Heller.

 

Political pundits from across the country have named Senator Dean Heller as one of the most vulnerable Republicans in Congress. And before he can even think about campaigning in a general election, he first has to make it past the primary where he’s facing opposition from the right. Reno Public Radio sat down with Heller’s challenger, Danny Tarkanian, to find out why he’s running against the incumbent.

Why run for this? Why challenge a sitting Republican?

Noah Glick

The annual Lake Tahoe Summit brings together elected representatives from Nevada and California to discuss the future of the basin.

This year, officials focused on the impact of climate change and urban development on its famed clarity.

A vote on health care legislation is expected Tuesday, but the details are murky. Political scientist Fred Lokken says it's unclear how Republican Senator Dean Heller will vote.

“He is now in the classical ‘damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t’ situation,” Lokken explains, “because if he does not support the state that becomes a huge issue. Frankly, it could play very heavily moving forward in his reelection campaign. If he does stand by his state, he could be targeted by the Trump PAC. A candidate could be put in the primary race to try to beat him for the nomination.”

Rosen's Twitter Page - @RosenforNevada

Republican Senator Dean Heller will face a challenge from Democrat Jacky Rosen in the 2018 general election.

In an email to reporters, Nevada's 3rd District Congresswoman says she is seeking the Democratic nomination for Senator in next year's election. She went on to say that an official announcement would come soon.

Considered a political outsider, Rosen worked as a computer programmer, software designer and president of a synagogue in Henderson until seeking office last year. She only narrowly defeated her opponent, perennial Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian.

Paul Boger

Republican members of Nevada's Congressional Delegation, Senator Dean Heller and 2nd District Representative Mark Amodei, got an ear-full from voters Monday during a combative town hall event.

Paul Boger

Protesters are confronting Republican members of Congress across the country this week as they return home for a recess, probing to see if lawmakers veer from President Donald Trump's more controversial actions or increase their public availability. Northern Nevada is no different.

Sen. Heller Still Noncommital On Supporting Trump

Aug 9, 2016
Julia Ritchey

U.S. Senator Dean Heller told reporters in Reno on Tuesday he's still not ready to back his party's nominee for president. 

Nevada's Republican senator says he's unhappy with comments Trump has made over the course of his campaign about women, minority groups, the disabled and veterans. He is, however, still giving Trump a chance.

Nevada Republicans Tenuously Embrace Trump Candidacy

May 4, 2016
Alexa Ard

Donald Trump's path to the GOP presidential nomination is all but assured — and that's causing major headaches for Nevada Republicans hoping to win key races this year. 

In a candid exchange with reporters in Vegas, today, after Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the race, Nevada's Republican Senator Dean Heller says he's not sure he can vote for Trump.

Rindels: "Senator, are you committing to vote for Trump at this point?"

Heller: "No, what I'm committing is to voting against Hillary Clinton this November."

Heller on Nevada Veterans Affairs

Jul 18, 2014

U.S. Senator Dean Heller spoke at the Senate Committee on Veteran's Affairs Wednesday in Washington D.C. to discuss the state of the VA health care system in Nevada. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.

Heller addressed issues regarding VA centers throughout the state, but one of his major issues involves the office here in the north.