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Lowden slams foe while acknowledging Reid donation

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In a new advertisement, Republican lieutenant governor candidate Sue Lowden tells viewers: “My opponent wants to make a campaign issue over the fact that I donated money to Harry Reid’s campaign 25 years ago. He’s right. I did, when the senator was far less liberal. Four years ago I spent $2 million trying to defeat Reid. On the other hand, my opponent voted for a billion dollars worth of taxes and Obamacare three times just last year.”

What’s true -- Lowden did spend millions in an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 2010, losing in the Republican primary to Sharron Angle, who lost to Democrat Reid. According to OpenSecrets.org, a website run by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Lowden actually spent slightly more than $4 million, nearly half of which was her own money.

As for her Republican primary foe in the lieutenant governor’s race, state Sen. Mark Hutchison, he did vote last year for Senate Bill 475, which delayed the scheduled expiration of certain business taxes for two more years. The bill, which was expected to generate $633 million in revenue in both fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015, was also approved by six fellow Republican senators and opposed by three others. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law.

What’s a stretch -- The website Voteview.com, managed by the University of Georgia, has ranked the historical voting records of members of Congress on a scale of minus 1.0 (most liberal) to 1.0 (most conservative). Senate Majority Leader Reid has been assigned a career score of minus 0.304. Based on this score, the Nevadan was the 35th most liberal member of the U.S. Senate during his freshman session (the 100th Congress from January 1987 to January 1989). The website determined he was the 33rd most liberal senator during the 112th Congress, which ran from January 2011 through January 2013. The flaw in the scoring is that it factors in votes over a senator’s career, not during a specific session. But Reid’s career score, when matched against the career scores of his senate colleagues, doesn’t suggest he was far less liberal in 1987 than he is now.

As stated in this space before, Hutchison wasn’t yet in office when the Nevada Legislature voted in 2011 to approve a health insurance exchange that was intended to be Nevada’s version of Obamacare. Even though Republicans have voiced opposition to Obamacare, Hutchison’s votes in favor of bills related to the health insurance exchange in 2013 also were supported by all of his fellow Republican senators.

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