Octber 27, 2010; Las Vegas, Nevada and Washington D.C.
Contact: Media Relations Officer Andrew Lewis
The Nevada mid-term elections were the focus of a Foreign Press Center reporting tour from October 27 to November 4 for journalists from 15 countries around the world. Participants learned about the elections process from experts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and also examined campaign advertising, polling, and media coverage and commentary. The group was also exposed to the hottest issues in this election. Nevada has the highest rates of both foreclosure and unemployment in the nation, so the reporters had the chance to speak with industry leaders in real estate and experts on labor and immigration. To help them investigate the issue of alternative energy, the journalists visited a solar farm and Hoover Dam. One of the founders of the Tea Party hosted the reporters in her front yard in Searchlight, Nevada – not coincidentally the birthplace of Speaker of the House, Sen. Harry Reid, a Democrat. The highlight, of course, was November 2 when the group visited the election night parties for the Democrats, Republicans and the Tea Party – all staged at Vegas’ luxury hotels.