Kihuen runs for office again despite harassment allegations
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, whose rise in the Democratic Party was derailed by sexual harassment allegations, has launched a campaign for elected office in Las Vegas despite opposition from some former supporters who say he doesn't deserve the job.
The one-term congressman on Wednesday filed to run for an open Las Vegas city council seat, a quick return to public life coming weeks after he quietly finished his only term in Congress.
Former Rep. Kihuen running for Las Vegas city council
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Nevada Democratic congressman Ruben Kihuen is running for a seat on the Las Vegas City Council.
Kihuen announced in a video post to Twitter Tuesday that he's running for the downtown council seat held by Bob Coffin, who is not seeking re-election.
Kihuen served one term in the U.S. House but decided not to run for re-election in 2018 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.
Outgoing Rep. Kihuen exploring run for Las Vegas city office
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Democratic congressman Ruben Kihuen appears to considering a run for a Las Vegas city office next year despite the release of a U.S. House Ethics Committee report last month that found sexual harassment allegations made against him by three women were credible.
Kihuen filed paperwork Tuesday with the IRS to form a new political organization called Ruben Kihuen for Las Vegas.
Kihuen's office did not respond to messages Wednesday seeking details.
Ethics panel rebukes lawmakers in harassment cases
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Friday that Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada made persistent and unwanted advances toward three women who were required to interact with him as part of their job.
Kihuen is serving his first term and announced he would not seek re-election after the allegations became public in late 2017. The committee said similarities in the allegations, including touching and his comments toward the women, "bolstered the credibility of the complainants."
Horsford, Hardy divided on health care, ‘Medicare-for-all’
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two former Nevada congressmen squaring off for the U.S. House seat they each once held are divided on how to address health care.
Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy spoke about health care and other issues Wednesday at an event hosted by the Hispanics in Politics organization.
Horsford held Nevada's 4th District seat for one term until losing to Hardy in 2014. Hardy lost two years later to Democrat Ruben Kihuen.
Louisiana senator part of delegation to Guatemala, Mexico
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy was part of a recent congressional trip to Guatemala and Mexico that the Louisiana Republican said involved discussions of border security, drug trafficking and trade.
Back in the United States on Tuesday, Cassidy said the group met with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and members of his cabinet and visited U.S. Marines working on a humanitarian mission in the country.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An initial 15-mile stretch of the country's newest interstate designed to ultimately connect Las Vegas and Phoenix is open to motorists.
Nevada officials gathered Thursday to open the new roadway that bypasses Boulder City near the Arizona border and is estimated to shave 30 minutes to the drive from Las Vegas to Phoenix.
Construction on the 15-mile segment began in 2015 and cost $318 million.
Officials hope the interstate will eventually connect Mexico and Canada.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed fellow Democrat and former congressman Steven Horsford in the race for Nevada's 4th Congressional District.
Horsford's campaign released a statement from Biden Tuesday where he called the candidate "a proven champion for Nevada's working families" who will fight to make health care more affordable.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The heavily immigrant Culinary Union representing about 57,000 workers in the casino industry has endorsed Democrat Steven Horsford in the race for Nevada's 4th Congressional District.
The union's secretary-treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline said in a statement Monday that Horsford understands challenges facing the community and has stood in solidarity with union members.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican members of Nevada's congressional delegation are so far not joining more than 170 members of Congress, including Nevada's Democratic members, in calling for the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Nevada's Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Democratic Reps. Dina Titus, Ruben Kihuen and Jacky Rosen say reports of ethical concerns and lavish spending by Pruitt mean it's time for him to go.
16 candidates in Nevada file for US House seat
LAS VEGAS (AP) — More than a dozen candidates in Nevada are vying for the U.S. House seat that will be vacated by Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that six Democrats, six Republicans and four third-party candidates filed by the March deadline to run for Nevada's 4th Congressional District.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Democratic congressman who lost a bid for a second term in 2014 is running for his old seat in a race that could pit him against the Republican who defeated him.
Steven Horsford's official entry into the race on Tuesday makes him the third Democrat to file for the seat currently held by fellow party member Ruben Kihuen (KEY'-win).
Kihuen announced in December he wouldn't seek re-election after being hit with sexual harassment allegations involving several women.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrats are accusing former Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy of using about $4,000 in campaign funds last year for personal expenses that include airfare, a car rental and hotel bill.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it found 11 questionable expenses from January through August of 2017 after Hardy left office. He lost a 2016 re-election bid to Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen but has filed to run for Kihuen's seat this year.
2 former congressmen may vie again for their old Nevada seat
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Democratic congressman's announcement that he'll run again for his old seat could set up a race between him and the Republican who defeated him in 2014 and then lost the seat himself in 2016.
Steven Horsford announced his candidacy Thursday with an internet video and a statement critical of President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.
Cresent Hardy, the Republican, filed Federal Election Commission documents last week to enter the race.
Las Vegas councilman ends congressional bid
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas city councilman is abandoning his congressional bid in southern Nevada.
Republican Stavros Anthony formally filed his candidacy in July for the 4th District House seat held by freshman Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen.
But KLAS-TV reports he's pulling out of the race, citing health issues.
Nevada adopts new rules, reporting system and training
RENO, Nev. (AP) — While other states have had more, high-profile cases, the Nevada Legislature has not been immune to allegations of sexual misconduct.
State lawmakers began to examine and expand their existing sexual harassment policy last spring, before Democratic state Sen. Mark Manendo's resignation in July amid allegations of misconduct. A new reporting system for state legislative workers and others is expected to be adopted next year.
Nevada Democrats condemn requiring El Salvadorians to leave
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrats in Nevada are decrying the Trump administration's decision to end special protections for Salvadoran immigrants, a move that will force nearly 200,000 people to leave the country by September 2019 or face deportation.
Representatives Ruben Kihuen, Dina Titus and Jacky Rosen condemned the decision in statements on Monday, as did Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.
They say thousands of people from El Salvador are living under Temporary Protected Status in Nevada.
Ethics opens probe of Nevada Dem facing misconduct claims
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Friday it had opened an investigation into Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen over allegations of sexual harassment.
A former campaign aide said Kihuen, a freshman congressman, propositioned her for dates and sex despite her repeated rejections during his 2016 campaign. This week, a lobbyist told the Nevada Independent that he touched her thighs and buttocks and made unwanted sexual advances while he was a state senator.
Second accuser prompts call for Nevada congressman to go
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a fresh accusation of sexual misconduct in a Congress that has become increasingly less tolerant, a Nevada lawmaker is facing pressure from Democratic leadership to step aside.
Q&A: After Conyers resigns, what’s next on misconduct front?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The resignation of Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House, brings renewed focus to allegations of sexual harassment in Congress and fresh questions of what's next as lawmakers confront a national reckoning with high-profile cases that have rocked Hollywood, the media and now Washington.
Top House Democrat calls on Nevada lawmaker to resign
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top House Democrat on Saturday called for Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen to resign after a former aide accused the first-term lawmaker of repeatedly making sexual advances toward her during the 2016 congressional campaign.
The Latest: Pelosi calls on Nevada Democrat to resign
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen (all times local):
The top Democrat in the House is calling on a Nevada congressman to resign amid an allegation of sexual misconduct.
In a statement early Saturday morning, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she spoke to Rep. Ruben Kihuen Friday night. She says the allegation against him from a former aide was convincing and in light of the accusation, "Congressman Kihuen should resign."
Democrat Lee announces bid for Congress seat Rosen leaving
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas education advocate and philanthropist who failed in a bid for Congress in 2016 says she'll run again next year for the seat being vacated by Democratic Congresswoman Jacky Rosen.
Susie Lee announced her candidacy for the 3rd Congressional District seat with an email statement describing 20 years of community service including work opening a homeless shelter and founding an after-school program for at-risk children.
Las Vegas area awarded over $2.8M for anti-terrorism efforts
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal government has awarded the Las Vegas area more than $2.8 million for anti-terrorism efforts.
U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen on Tuesday announced the grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative.
Kihuen says federal program will give Las Vegas "the tools to prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism."
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada city councilman is jumping into the race for one of the state's congressional seats.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2t44s8r ) Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony, fresh off an overwhelming municipal election win, filed candidacy paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Monday to run for Nevada's 4th Congressional District in 2018.
LAUGHLIN — Summer’s only begun but the talk about who’s running for what seats is taking off already regarding various state and federal races.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — With Congress talking about reviving a mothballed plan to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste in the Nevada desert, top state officials and most of its federal representatives are resuming a 35-year fight to block it.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen is applauding the Democratic-led state Legislature for approving the Equal Rights Amendment and pursuing the party's policy priorities on the state level.
But Kihuen told The Associated Press that the 45-year-old equality measure is no more on Congress' radar since Nevada became the first state in decades to ratify it.
Kihuen spoke to lawmakers Tuesday evening in a series of biennial addresses from the state's congressional delegation.
5 from Nevada to attend inauguration; Amodei to be in Reno
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Five of Nevada's six congressional representatives are set to attend the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., while Republican Rep. Mark Amodei plans to watch with friends and constituents in Reno.
Amodei spokeswoman Logan Ramsey said Thursday the congressman's decision to host a watch party on Friday in Nevada shouldn't be interpreted as a comment about Trump's incoming administration.
3 Nevada Democrats want ex-senator statue out of US Capitol
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Three Democratic congressional representatives are asking state lawmakers to act to remove a statue of former Nevada senator from the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall, alleging that he left a "legacy of racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia."
Cancela, first Latina, appointed to Nevada state Senate
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former political director of Nevada's largest labor union will become the first Latina to serve in the state Senate after Clark County commissioners selected her to fill the unexpired term of Democratic U.S. Rep.-elect Ruben Kihuen.
The commission voted Tuesday to appoint Yvanna Cancela to the Senate District 10 seat in Las Vegas.
Commission gets 3 applicants for Nevada state Senate vacancy
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Culinary Union political chief, a Department of Veterans Affairs information technology project manager and a marketing services official at a business advisory firm are applying for a Nevada state Senate vacancy created by Ruben Kihuen's election to Congress.
Latest chapter for rising political star Kihuen: Congress
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Congressman-elect Ruben Kihuen's friends and family never doubted the former Las Vegas high school sports standout would go on to a dazzling career — they just thought it would be on the soccer field rather than the campaign trail.
Labor, Latinos helped Nevada buck red tide
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Labor and Latinos. That's the easiest way to explain why Nevada stayed blue for three consecutive presidential races while much of the nation turned red on Election Day.
Nevada's turn to the Democrats in 2016 is the first time either party has scored a three-peat in the Silver State since Ronald Reagan started a GOP run in 1980.
News guide: Clinton carries Nevada; Dems hold Reid seat
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Clinton won the western battleground of Nevada, bucking a surprising electoral tide that swept Republican Donald Trump into the White House while Democrats held onto the seat of retiring Sen. Harry Reid.
Clinton takes Nevada in rare 3rd straight win for Democrats
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Hillary Clinton won the western battleground of Nevada, bucking a surprising electoral tide that swept Republican Donald Trump into the White House.
It was the first time since the 1940s that Democrats have carried the Silver State in three consecutive presidential elections.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Ruben Kihuen unseats Republican Cresent Hardy in U.S. House race in Nevada.
Rancher sues congressional bidder over link to cop killings
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jailed Nevada cattlemen Cliven Bundy has filed a lawsuit accusing Democratic congressional candidate Ruben Kihuen of defaming him in a campaign mailer that Bundy says blames him for the ambush deaths of two Las Vegas police officers in 2014.
Bundy's attorney, Bret Whipple, said Friday the implication that Bundy caused anti-government extremists Jared and Amanda Miller to kill the officers is "false and maliciously defamatory."
Paul Ryan, Joe Biden campaigning in Nevada on Saturday
LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is helping Republican Nevada congressional candidates in tight races.
He'll join Rep. Cresent Hardy for a rally on Saturday morning at the Pearson Community Center in North Las Vegas. Hardy is seeking re-election against Democratic state Sen. Ruben Kihuen.
Nevada House races: Who has more cash for the home stretch?
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Candidates for U.S. House seats had to file reports by midnight Saturday disclosing their fundraising and spending in the three months ending Sept. 30. Here's a rundown of the Federal Election Commission filings, which offer a glimpse into which Nevada campaigns are best-stocked for the election's home stretch.
Kihuen, Rosen raise nearly $600K each for House races
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Democrats running in competitive Nevada House races said they each raised nearly $600,000 last quarter, touting their respective hauls as encouraging signs in their quest for Congress.
State Sen. Ruben Kihuen announced Friday that he raised more than $570,000 in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. He's running against freshman incumbent Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy in a Democratic-leaning district.
2 new attack ads go up in tight race between Hardy, Kihuen
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two new attack ads are hitting airwaves as the battle heats up for Nevada's 4th Congressional District seat.
A commercial released Tuesday by the National Republican Congressional Committee aims to help incumbent Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy keep his seat in the swing district that has a 10-point Democratic registration advantage.
Politically connected PR firm subpoenaed in councilman probe
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A politically connected Las Vegas-based public relations firm says it's been subpoenaed in an FBI investigation into a city councilman's campaign contributions.
Attorney Chris Rasmussen told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/2ddw8wF) that the Ramirez Group received a records request and was fully cooperating. The investigation involves Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow, whose campaign records show he paid the firm $70,000 in consulting fees last year.
Hardy, Kihuen launch first ads in battle for House seat
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Republican incumbent Rep. Cresent Hardy and Democrat Ruben Kihuen are both releasing ads as their race for Nevada's Democratic-leaning 4th Congressional District heats up.
The commercial Hardy released Wednesday shows him next to his pickup truck and in country settings. The ad says Hardy doesn't care about his constituents' political affiliation, but asks how he can help and gets to work.
Nevada congressman hospitalized after heart attack
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A spokesman says U.S. Rep. Cresent Hardy of Nevada is recovering after suffering a heart attack.
Larry Farnsworth says the Republican underwent a routine medical procedure after the Monday night incident and remains hospitalized.
Farnsworth says in a news release that Hardy is expected to return to a full schedule later this week.