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Las Vegas remains upset about Obama’s comments

LAS VEGAS — President Obama has a Sin City problem that won’t go away.

Nevada state officials and residents alike are still fuming nearly two years after Mr. Obama discouraged corporations that received bailout money from holding lavish meetings in Las Vegas. Then last year, Mr. Obama said Americans saving for college shouldn’t blow the cash in Sin City.

State officials and residents in this economically ravaged state perceived the comments as a rant against the tourism industry.

The friction has resurfaced as Mr. Obama counts on Nevada’s support for re-election next year. He was to visit a Las Vegas neighborhood Monday as part of a nationwide tour to sell his jobs plan.

Former Nevada Gov. Bob List said Republicans plan to remind voters at every opportunity that Mr. Obama slighted the industry that employs most Nevadans.


Mayoral candidates call for election monitors

SAN FRANCISCO — Candidates vying for the San Francisco’s mayor’s seat are requesting federal and state monitors for the Nov. 8 election after allegations of ballot tampering in early voting.

The seven candidates are basing their concerns on local media reports that members of a neighborhood alliance supporting incumbent Mayor Ed Lee have been helping Cantonese-speaking residents fill out ballots.

The candidates outlined their concerns in a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and California secretary of state on Sunday. They want an investigation into reports that the alliance used stencils that prevent voters from marking their ballots for candidates other than Mr. Lee.

The candidates include City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

Mr. Lee said his campaign is not affiliated with the alliance.


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