2018 Nevada Senate Candidate Guide

Dean Heller (R) vs Jacky Rosen (D)

US Senate | Election | Nov 6, 2018

The Candidates

Dean Heller

Dean Heller

Republican

Incumbent
Jacky Rosen

Jacky Rosen

Democrat

Incumbent

The Issues

Abortion

Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Campaign Finance

Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?

Dean Heller (R)

No. Voted against bill to require this.

Jacky Rosen (D)

Yes. Co-sponsored bill to require this.

Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations and unions?

Climate Change

Consider climate change a serious threat?

Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases? Support President Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement?

Contraception

Employers can withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Dean Heller (R)

Yes.

Jacky Rosen (D)

No. Cosponsored bill to prevent this.

Courts

Support President Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court? (Before allegations.)

Dean Heller (R)

Yes, would likely vote to confirm. “I have no reservations.”

Education

Public support for parents sending their children to private schools?

Gay Rights

Support gay marriage?

Dean Heller (R)

Personal belief: “traditional marriage.” Will respect Supreme Court decision.

Jacky Rosen (D)

Yes.

Gun Control

Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic assault rifles?

Healthcare

Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?

Allow Planned Parenthood public funds for non-abortion health services?

Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Dean Heller (R)

Cosponsored bill allowing states to impose work requirements.

Jacky Rosen (D)

No.

Immigration

Support DACA, allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

Dean Heller (R)

Mixed positions. Called original DREAM Act a “backdoor amnesty” program, and voted against. Supported a recent DACA extension. Opposed recent bill with path to citizenship, though open to the concept, depending on specifics.

Jacky Rosen (D)

Yes. Co-sponsored DREAM Act. Also general earned path to citizenship “for law-abiding undocumented immigrants who are playing by the rules and contributing to our economy.” So potential earned path for more than just DACA recipients.

Iran

Support Trump withdrawal from multinational treaty limiting Iran’s nuclear capability while lifting economic sanctions?

Dean Heller (R)

Yes.

Jacky Rosen (D)

No.

Marijuana

Prohibit federal government from interfering with state marijuana legalization or decriminalization?

Jacky Rosen (D)

Yes, co-sponsored STATES Act to do this.  Also a bill to regulate federally like alcohol.

Minimum Wage

Raise the federal minimum wage from current $7.25/hour?

Jacky Rosen (D)

Yes. Raise to $15 an hour.

Net Neutrality

Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Dean Heller (R)

No. “Want there to be more competition.”

President Trump

Percentage of key votes supporting Trump positions.

Dean Heller (R)

92% on Senate votes as of 8/27/18.

Jacky Rosen (D)

42% on House votes as of 8/27/18.

Privatization

Support full or partial privatization of Social Security and/or VA?

Dean Heller (R)

Position unclear.

Jacky Rosen (D)

Opposes both.

Renewable Energy

Support government subsidies for renewable energy? (Both Heller and Rosen oppose Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels)

Student Debt & Financial Aid

Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren bill).

Dean Heller (R)

No. Voted against. Cosponsored separate bill supporting counseling about financial aid choices.

Jacky Rosen (D)

Wasn’t in House during Warren bill. Has supported refinancing if market rates drop. Also supports extending Perkins program and letting student loans be canceled if recipients go bankrupt.