In Nevada, Crossroads GPS is up with a new ad reminding voters that Berkley voted to cut $700 billion from Medicare. Laughable, false. That’s what they’re saying about Shelley Berkley’s attack ad. Berkley’s smear on Medicare? Called “the lie of the year.” The truth? Berkley voted to slash 700 billion from Medicare spending, and Berkley’s vote gives bureaucrats the power to cut even more. Desperate attacks based on a lie. Cuts to Medicare spending that are all too serious. Just what you’d expect from a desperate politician like Shelley Berkley.
Meanwhile the Las Vegas Sun Reports Dean Heller tells Harry Reid that House, not Senate, should lead on poker legislation Ever since online poker legislation faltered and failed in late 2010, the prevailing wisdom has been that the road to successful passage leads though the Senate, via the collective efforts of Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Sens. Dean Heller and Jon Kyl. But on Monday evening, Heller broke rank, informing Reid in a letter that “as discussed, it would be beneficial for the House of Representatives to first address this issue.” His direction might sound like a simple scheduling switcheroo. But for the controversial poker bill, it is a potentially devastating change with ramifications that could undermine the Nevada economy — and, top Democrats charge, a clear indication that Heller dropped the ball. “Several months ago Sen. Reid asked Sen. Heller to secure Republican votes to help pass an Internet poker bill and to date, Sen. Heller has not been able to secure any support,” said Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman. “Rather than standing to fight for this important issue for Nevada, Sen. Heller has decided to run for cover and attempt to lay blame on others.” Reid leaned on Heller and Kyl, of Arizona, to come up with 15 Republican senators, according to Democrats, to complement the approximately 45 Democrats Reid has lined up to vote in favor of legislation to legalize playing poker online. It takes 60 votes in the Senate to supersede the threat of a filibuster. Heller indicated in his letter that he and Kyl had spoken with about half the Republicans in the Senate about supporting an Internet poker bill; he did not say how many, if any, had pledged their support.