Trump Tax Law Takes Center Stage In Nevada Senate Race

The war over President Trump’s tax law is playing out in the Nevada Senate race, where a House Democrat who voted against the measure is challenging the only GOP member of the Senate’s tax-writing committee running for reelection this year.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), also the only Republican senator up for reelection in a state Hillary Clinton carried in 2016, has been touting the work he did on the tax law and the strong economy that he links to the measure.

But Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sees it as a winning issue for herself as she seeks to unseat Heller. Rosen argues the law helps wealthy individuals and corporations rather than the middle class.

Democrats and Nevada political observers claim Heller talks about the tax law less than he did right after it was enacted, which they see as a sign Republicans are on the defense.

Heller has continued to bring up taxes and the economy in recent months, teaming up with Trump to do so.

In June, Trump came to Nevada and participated in a roundtable on taxes with Heller. The president said Heller “worked so hard with us to get the taxes cut.”

GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, who has done political work in Nevada in the past, said voters in the state tend to be supportive of limited taxes and government.

“Taxes and regulations are a no-no in the state of Nevada,” O’Connell said. “It’s a very frontier mentality.” 

Read more from Naomi Jagoda at The Hill

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