Lucy Flores is the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Nevada. And as Benjy Sarlin reports for MSNBC, she's known in part for taking an unconventional approach to abortion--she talks openly about her own decision to have an abortion at the age of 16.
Here's how she first brought up her abortion, according to Sarlin:
In 2012, she testified in support of a bill expanding school health programs. As she explained from the witness table, her school’s failure to teach sex education had a direct impact on her family. “I had six other sisters … all of them became pregnant in their teens – all of them,” Flores said. “One of them was 14 years old when she got pregnant with twins.”
Then, with a nervous laugh, Flores told her colleagues something she had never admitted to anyone. “Since I’m sharing so much this session, I might as well keep going,” she said. “I always said that I was the only one who didn’t have kids in their teenage years. That’s because at 16, I got an abortion.”
Her eyes welled up and her voice caught as she described how she had convinced her father to pay the $200 cost for the procedure. She didn’t want to end up like her sisters, Flores told him. “I don’t regret it,” she said. “I don’t regret it because I am here making a difference, at least in my mind, for many other young ladies and letting them know that there are options and they can do things to not be in the situation I was in, but to prevent.”
She's being praised in places like Slate("Finally, a Politician Admits to Having an Abortion Simply Because She Wasn’t Ready for a Baby"). And as she takes the campaign to MSNBC, which she did over the weekend, she's talking about her decision to have an abortion--and the courage she believes she's so far displayed.
"I'm unapologetic about being pro-choice," she said in an on-air interview with MSNBC, "and standing up for women and their ability to make their own health decisions and, you know, I've always been pro-choice, I am that now, and so that hasn't necessarily been, you know, a wedge issue that has been brought up in the campaign.
"Now certainly people do remember my testimony -- and people, you know, are just thankful that there is a politician -- I mean I hate to refer to myself as a politician -- but, you know, an elected official. I mean, I came here to do a job to try to improve people's lives and sometimes that requires making courageous decisions and I think that's what all elected officials are supposed to do. And people you know really appreciate that--that I did that, and I've always just been very honest about the things that have occurred in my life. You know, decisions that I've had to make. Because people experience that every day of their lives."
The MSNBC host agreed with Flores's claim that it took courage to speak out. "I think voters really appreciate that level of candor and courage, really."
For the sake of argument, The Scrapbook is willing to concede that it is possible that Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher, ought to be allowed to graze his cattle on federal land in Nye County. And that protecting the desert tortoise as an endangered species on that same federal land is no good reason to impose a fee for grazing livestock. Reasonable people can disagree about these issues, and will do so.
Erin Bilbray, a Democratic congressional candidate in Nevada, uses Facebook to connect with friends and supporters alike. She also uses it to express support for musicians (Amy Winehouse, Dave Matthews) and, well, other not-so-wholesome things.
Like this graphic, which the congressional candidate "liked" on Facebook:
Which features the offensive N-word and "Ching-Chong Ching" to refer, it would appear, to Asians.
And Bilbray used Facebook to express her "like" for the graphic:
President Barack Obama will fly over 9 hours tomorrow, round-trip from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Nevada, just to deliver a speech on immigration, according to the president's White House schedule. With Air Force One estimated to cost $182,000 per hour in flight, Obama's trip--that is, only his travel to and from Vegas--will cost taxpayers over $1.6 million.
Next week, President Barack Obama will begin to push immigration reform. As part of the effort, he'll go to Nevada to hold a public event on immigration reform, according to a White House announcement.
"The President will be traveling to Nevada on Tuesday to redouble the Administration's efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year," the White House announced.
Rasmussen's latest poll of the Senate race in Nevada shows incumbent Republican Dean Heller opening up a nine-point lead over Democratic congresswoman Shelley Berkley. Fifty-one percent of likely voters support Heller, with 42 percent choosing Berkley and only 5 percent undecided.
Incumbent Republican senator Dean Heller is up on Nevada television with his first advertisement of the cycle. The 30-second ad focuses on Heller's "no budget, no pay" bill, which would withhold the salaries of House and Senate members if Congress fails to pass a budget. Watch the ad below:
A new poll from PPP shows Mitt Romney with a commanding lead heading into Saturday's caucuses in Nevada. Romney has 50 percent support there, according to the poll of likely caucusgoers. His numbers double those of Newt Gingrich, who only receives 25 percent support, with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum at 15 percent and 8 percent, respectively.