American Bridge Statement on Trump’s Attempt to Bail Out Dean Heller

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement on Trump’s attempt to bail out Dean Heller:

“You know things are dire when you look to Donald Trump for help in your race, but that’s where Dean Heller finds himself now. Unfortunately for Heller, with or without a primary opponent, he’s still a spineless politician who has sold out Nevadans time and again. Voters aren’t going to forget that come November.”
Last year, Heller went back on his promise to Nevadans to protect the Medicaid expansion hundreds of thousands depend on for their health care, and voted, at Donald Trump’s behest, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. When that bill failed, he also sponsored another version of ACA repeal that was even worse.

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(Nearly) Live Look: Heller’s On The Run From His Own Campaign Announcement

Dean Heller’s on the run — from his own reelection announcement. After the details leaked on Twitter, Sen. Dean Heller abandoned his own campaign announcement event, scheduled for this morning, and “snuck into the Capitol and filed on Friday without any fanfare.”

“Dean Heller is running so scared, he’s even running away from his own campaign events and supporters. And no wonder: in recent days, he’s been caught denigrating immigrants, hoping for a hail-Mary Supreme Court vacancy to energize his base, and been hit with an ethics complaint over his unlicensed multi-million dollar hay farm. The only surprising thing to Nevadans is how fast Dean Heller can run away from them with all that baggage,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Just a week ago Heller was (by all appearances) excited to file for reelection:

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Dean Heller: Silent and Absent on Guns

“Locked in a divisive primary, Dean Heller is campaigning like a Trump true believer,  but he won’t even go to a meeting with Trump on something as important as gun violence prevention. This was his opportunity to try to prevent another tragedy like the one in Las Vegas from happening — but Dean Heller is too spineless to advocate for the safety of Nevadans,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Nevadans will remember this failure at the ballot box.

AP: Vulnerable lawmakers answer a noisy gun debate with silence

By Steve Peoples | March 4, 2018

“They crowded around the White House conference table this past week, lawmakers from California, Connecticut, Texas and Florida, eager to share their state’s painful experience with gun violence. One key state was not represented…The office of Nevada’s senior senator, Republican Dean Heller, would not say why did he did not attend the White House meeting.”
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HellerOnTheRun: Hiding Dean Heller Hasn’t Held a Town Hall in 10 Months

Today, American Bridge 21st Century re-launched to hold Dean Heller accountable for running away from his constituents. 

With the U.S. Senate in recess for the next week, senators should be at work in their states, but Heller hasn’t held a public town hall meeting with his constituents since last April and has none currently scheduled. He’s denying Nevadans the opportunity to share their views and ask questions about his lurch to the right and his recently uncovered shady business dealings.

For a second-by-second look at just how long it’s been since hiding Dean Heller had a town hall meeting with Nevadans, head to

“Dean Heller is running from Nevadans, hiding behind closed doors because he knows he can’t defend his sketchy business practices and his votes to sell out Dreamers and put women’s health at risk,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Dean Heller hasn’t held a […]

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BREAKING: Dean Heller Runs An Unlicensed  Business Worth Millions of Dollars

Today, the Reno Gazette-Journal published an explosive story about Sen. Dean Heller running an unlicensed farm in direct violation of Nevada law, running up fines that could total tens of thousands of dollars.

His defense? That he didn’t even need a business license, despite earning over $160,000 from his farm. But as soon as the RGJ started asking question, Heller ran straight to his old office and applied for a business license from the Secretary of State.

Here’s what you need to know about this breaking story…

Reno Gazette-Journal:  Heller ran revenue-rich Smith Valley farm without a business license, until asked about it 
By James DeHaven | Feb. 15, 2018

1. Heller has failed to obtain a business license for his multi-million dollar farm for seven years. He says he didn’t need one — but as soon as the Reno Gazette-Journal started asking questions, Heller applied for a license.

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Dean Heller Puts Partisan Politics Before Nevada Women AGAIN

“Dean Heller once again sided with the most extreme parts of his party at the expense of Nevadans’ health and well being,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Heller’s repeated votes to let politicians make decisions that should be made between women and their doctors is a total betrayal of Nevada women and they won’t soon forget it.”


Reno Gazette-Journal: Heller puts politics above Nevada women’s health: Gilbert

By Jan Gilbert | February 6, 2018

“Last week, Senator Dean Heller voted to advance a bill imposing a dangerous ban on nearly all abortion after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. This irresponsible legislation undermines a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions – and even fails to include an exception for the mother’s health.”
“Back in 2015 a similar irresponsible bill came up in the U.S. Senate – a bill so reckless that multiple professional medical groups announced strong opposition to it. Dean Heller […]

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Terrified D.C. Republicans Trying to Rescue Dean Heller

After Dean Heller’s dismal fundraising quarter, in which he was lapped by his Democratic opponent, and with polls showing him in deep trouble, Heller’s Washington, D.C. insider friends are attempting to come to the rescue.

They’re so terrified that Heller could lose that they’re getting publicly involved in an intra-party primary, with Leader Mitch McConnell’s super PAC today releasing a new ad to prop up Heller and hurt his Republican rival Danny Tarkanian.

“After his years of broken promises and putting politics ahead of the people he’s supposed to represent, Dean Heller is in huge trouble and his Republican establishment friends know it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Nevadans realize they can’t trust spineless Dean Heller as far as they can throw him and they won’t forget it– no matter how much money Mitch McConnell spends trying to bail him out.”

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Dean Heller Needs to Grow a Backbone and Stand Up for Dreamers

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement regarding Senator Dean Heller and President Trump’s State of the Union Speech earlier tonight:

“What the President has failed to do since day one is outline a real plan to protect Dreamers. Tonight’s speech was more of the same double-talk and chaos that’ll surely be contradicted by an early morning Twitter tantrum in the coming days. This isn’t going to cut it, yet Dean Heller continues to stand by while the Administration and Congress allow Nevada families to be ripped apart. Nevadans won’t soon forget Heller’s spineless silence. Heller needs to act — or he’ll learn how wrong he is the hard way, come November.”

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American Bridge Releases Memo on Heller’s Risky Record on Abortion

Senator Dean Heller will have the chance to vote on a 20-week abortion ban bill tonight for the second time since he’s been in the U.S. Senate — and he is widely expected to vote for this irresponsible bill. Ahead of tonight’s vote, American Bridge released a memo detailing Sen. Heller’s record on this attack on women’s health care and why it’s a threat to Nevada women.

When similarly irresponsible legislation came up in 2015, Heller voted for a nationwide ban on abortions after 20 weeks, even when the mother’s health is in danger. The bill is dangerous because it could force women to continue a pregnancy at the expense of their own health — and potentially even their lives.

That bill, like the bill Heller will vote for tonight, would actually criminalize doctors who perform abortion after 20 weeks.

That’s why the American Medical Association, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists both strongly oppose tonight’s bill.

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New Analysis: Nevada CHIP Funding Runs Out In Weeks

A new report from Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute has devastating news for Nevada families: funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program will likely run out by the end of February.

Nevada is among the 11 states identified by the report as likely to run out of funding in the next few weeks, due to the Republican Congress’s unconscionable inaction. Over 68,00 children in Nevada depend on CHIP for their health care, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Eleven states will likely burn through their share of short-term CHIP funding before the end of next month, according to researchers at Georgetown University…They are: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Washington state and Washington, D.C.,” reports Axios.

“Republicans’ priorities couldn’t be clearer: cutting taxes for their wealthy campaign donors and stripping health care from hundreds of thousands of Nevadans. Keeping poor kids on […]

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