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Sue Lowden, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate
Sue Lowden, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate

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AIR DATE: May 21, 2010

Among Republican candidates aiming to unseat US Senator Harry Reid in November, Sue Lowden has long been the frontrunner. But recent polls show Lowden may be losing some support among conservative voters.

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Sue Lowden, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate

UPDATE: Sue Lowden repeatedly suggests on this program that KNPR's State of Nevada did not do its research. We are supplying the research links below so that anyone can review it as needed. (And we extend an invitation to Ms. Lowden or her campaign staff to provide explanation or clarification for the public record.)

* During our interview, Ms. Lowden asserted that taxes are currently very high. We cited this USA Today analysis, showing that in 2009, Americans paid the lowest level of taxes since the Truman Administration.

* We asked about the ownership of the campaign bus and the allegation that Ms. Lowden's name on the title violates campaign finance laws. The Associated Press has confirmed that the Nevada DMV treats the title, not a lease, as definitive.

Ms. Lowden did not speak to the substance of the legal arguments, nor the complaint to the Federal Election Commission.

*We asked Ms. Lowden if tax money would be used in the construction of the Silver State Arena proposed for the old Wet 'n' Wild site (owned by Lowden-controlled company, Archon Corporation). Lowden denied any tax money would be involved in the project. Christopher Milam, the project developer told the Review-Journal the opposite on Monday.

* Ms. Lowden also questioned our research about Archon Corporation, the company which the Lowden family has a majority ownership and operates most of its business interests. Minority shareholders complained about two board decisions, once in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2005, one shareholder complained that family members had been given valuable stock options for next to nothing.

In 2006 a Nevada District Court judge issued a summary judgement in favor of minority shareholders.

Archon, as it is required to do by law, revealed these facts in a 10-Q filing with the S.E.C.

You can download a pdf with more detail here.

Again, we are happy to post any documents or clarification that the Sue Lowden campaign would like to provide.
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    COMMENTS:
    How someone on minimum wage, people working at one of her Casinos, are supposed to save enough to retire on and then also set up a savings account for Th cancer..that might or might not happen and how much do I have to put away for my health insurance. I guess it does not leave much room for eating let alone a college fund!! That is her big plan. some one should tell her that if privitation of medicare would have been enacted by Bush it would now be BROKE due to the colapse of the stock market in 08.
    DTMay 28, 2010 13:04:59 PM
    I have lived in Nevada all my life and I have never seen a worse candidate. with the exception of Nevada Stupack maybe. When the caller asked her about the new Arizona law she kept on taling about the boader being fenced. She did not seem to know what the law was it has nothing to do with the boarder, it is about showing papers when stopped. When asked about rand paul comment she said she "had no idea what he said" mabey you should read a newspaper or watch any news except FOX, it was all over the news. Last she wants poor people to save for retirement and health care both, and what would they eat or where sould they sleep... That shows she has no idea what real people have to deal with.
    DougMay 28, 2010 12:36:29 PM
    While not entirely sympathetic to her views even before the interview, she has certainly caught my attention now. Why on earth would she waste so much time insulting the interviewer when she could be defending the allegations people have made against her (as every politician must do). I'm not sure why she felt that the media has no right to question her on alleged conflicts of interests and silly policy proposals, but if she thought they were wrong, she should have spent the time correcting them calmly rather than blowing up at the interviewer. I suppose she just didn't have any defense? Well this candidate is certainly out of the running.
    knc0527May 24, 2010 15:45:46 PM
    After your contentious interview with Lowden the other day, I thought you would find this link to an article from Accountable America interesting: http://www.accountableamerica.com/taxonomy/term/291 It outlines the machinations of her casino holding company's $29 million line of credit last summer, extended to them with TARP bailout money.

    She is another conservative who thinks political debate is made up of rudeness, loudness and no basis in fact.

    RobMay 22, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    Clearly Ms. Lowden has has some intensive PR training since her "unforutnate" remark about paying medical bills with livestock. She was so much more articulate in this interview that I had to stay tuned in to make sure it was really her. I think her "best" feat was her response to questions about the RV when she congratulated you on "reading Harry Reid's press releas" and changed the subject by claiming... wait for it... that Harry Reid is "changing the subject" away from substantive issues to the stupid RV. The real take-away for me, however, was that Ms. Lowden showed herself to be a profoundly angry and unpleasant person, and someone who has no interest in real debate. I would vote for Lady MacBeth or Lucrezia Borgia before voting for her.
    RustyMay 20, 2010 09:06:03 AM
    thank you for the interview today. as a result i will be voting for anybody other that sue lowden. she is nothing new just the same out of touch self serving conservative. why so defensive and rude? it is obvious she does not care about regular people. Her perspective on the state of the education system in NV is delusional. and the fact that she wants to cut social programs is disgusting. god help us if she elected. do your homework sue learn how to be a human.
    victor carusoMay 19, 2010 22:21:30 PM
    I first met MS Lowden when we both worked in the local media as news reporters. Her attitude then, as now, was one of pampered entitlement. She lacks common sense or a grasp of "real world" issues.

    I wouldn't vote for her under ANY circumstance. If you are not in her clique you simply do NOT matter, nor are you worthy of her attention. Her antagonistic approach to a rather benign interview once again suggests that she should return to the security and protection of her HUSBAND's money.

    SusanMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    It is reported that Nevada receives approximately $0.65 per dollar back in our federal taxes for every dollar sent. Considering the vast land holdings and federal land use in Nevada, shouldn't Nevada receive significantly more than the current $0.65/tax dollar sent? If you agree, how would you correct this situation? Consider that Nevada is ranked 49th in this area.
    JohnMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    You have said there is no provision for welfare in the Constitution. I believe the preamble states one of its purposes is to ''promote the general welfare.'' What it doesn't say is that we should promote corporate welfare. What would you do about the bazillions of dollars going to support corporate welfare?
    KennethMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    Our nation's middle class, embattled with unaffordable health care and education costs, rising debt and lower and lower paying jobs, is shrinking. Sinking, actually.

    In order to fix it, first, we have to face it.

    Then, we have to do concrete things to restore the American Dream and make it possible for Americans to be upwardly mobile. Stop with the rhetoric and the dreamy and nostalgic stories about your grandparents and how they made good.

    In order to fix this, first, we have to face the reality.

    Even if growth were to resume at its former pace, a growing gap between U.S. productivity and median family income challenges the notion that a rising tide will lift all boats. Unless the rate of economic growth increases, the next generation will experience an improvement in its standard of living that is only one-third as large as the historical average for earlier generations.
    (Pew Economic Mobility Project)

    And, stop with the talk about "trickle down economics" or Reagonomics. All that went right out the window with the WTO, NAFTA and CAFTA. It is no longer true that when American corporations do good, that American workers do good. Nowadays, when American corporations do good, people in India and China have more jobs. When American corporations do good, American working families slide back down the economic ladder.

    SteveMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    I believe illegal immigrants would not be here if there weren't jobs for them. What would she do to stop local businesses and individuals from hiring illegal immigrants?
    CJMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    Absolutely I want to talk about a license plate! Yes or no, Sue. Is your name on that registration for the bus or not? Straight answer...straight talk.
    ConnieMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    My name is Allan and I heard both Sharon and Sue both say why don't we allow out of state insurance plans in Nevada. Sharon was in the assembly and Sue was in the legislature my question is how many bills did they write to get Nevada to do that. Not 1 I will be willing to bet.
    AllanMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    AFter hearing her combative attitude I will never vote for her. Please forward to her.
    LynnMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    Ask Ms. Lowden how someone on minimum wage or less is supposed to save enough to retire on and what happens when in the future there is another economic crisis caused by Wall Street and everyone's 401K is wiped out again? Especially considering the Republicans are opposing Wall Street and Banking reforms?

    Also, how can Ms. Lowden understand that the Founding Fathers lived in a different "culture" and did not understand issues of slavery and womens' rights but she cannot grasp that the Founding Fathers also had no concept of any idea like Federal mandates to purchase health insurance. You can't say the Constitution is a living, changing document on one issue and then say there is a violation on the other hand!

    JayMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    Sue Lowden was patronizing and demeaning to the Hispanic gentleman who called in to the show. She was also nasty to the interviewer. She did not like being questioned about her past. What a nasty individual!!!
    Will SchroederMay 19, 2010 17:35:35 PM
    I cannot believe Sue Lowden. She is the most negative, bossy person I have ever heard. God forbid she wins an election!!!!!!!*

    *This comment has been edited for reasons of civility.

    JoMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    I would rather have heard Ms. Lowden discuss the issues intelligently, rather than just scolding the interviewer on everything, for not "having done his homework". She was very arrogant and defensive and obviously didn't have a good enough grasp of the issues to answer his very intelligent questions to her.
    Jan VerdenMay 19, 2010 12:57:12 PM
    I, for one, am glad that NPR allows these candidates ample air time to hang themselves with their own misguided positions. Sue like the rest of the Right have suddenly become anti-govt in the past 18 months. They want no taxes, no spending and more jobs. Best part (besides G Washington) is when Sue proclaimed she reduce the amount of income tax so people will see more in their paychecks and "that's real stimulus". Sue, that was Obama's plan and it's been going on for an entire year already.
    MichaelMay 19, 2010 11:56:14 AM
    Here is all I heard from Sue Lowden, over and over and over again: "If you did your homework..." "And the question is..." "That's right out of the Harry Reid playbook..." And most common... "I don't know what you are talking about" 30 minutes of blaming the host and answering a question with a question. What a wasted opportunity.
    WilliamMay 19, 2010 11:09:45 AM
    I find it very strange that NPR allows Sue Lowden to come on a radio program, is in essence providing her with a free format to express her views and promote her campaign and she has the audacity to accuse the host of using questions for Harry Reid.
    JayMay 19, 2010 11:07:22 AM
    Sue Lowden, what a bunch of BS regarding the arena that would be built with "private" money. Kinda like the Monorail Fiasco, that public taxpayers are still paying for. We don't need a proffesional team of any sort, we need cultural infrastructure and amenenities for our children. They would attract the type of business people that create self sustaining businesses that this state and city need. How many more construction companies does this city really need? We have more construction companies here than we do 7-11s and strip bars.
    J.MMay 19, 2010 11:06:12 AM
    I thought Mrs Lowden was horrible. I was turned off by her, and I liked her. Her comments on education, the new "it project" that could bring thousands of jobs, and the way she was rude. She lost a supporter. I was looking forward to campaign for her, but obviously she is on another level.
    Ronnie May 19, 2010 11:02:35 AM
    Regardless of her politics, I would not vote for Ms. Lowden becasue she comes off as a rude, overbearing, condescending person.
    JayMay 19, 2010 11:02:11 AM
    I don't feel Reynaldo's question was answered. Sue do you feel tha t brown skinned latinos will be targeted by the authorities in Az? Not white skinned hispanics or latinos. Sincerely, Mike AGuirre American/Latino
    mike aguirreMay 19, 2010 00:00:00 AM
    This is a little behind the conversation, but has Ms. Lowden ever been stopped because she has blond hair? Her answers about the Ariz law doesn't address that issue. I would also like her to define the entitlements she talks about eliminating
    SylviaMay 19, 2010 10:55:17 AM
    Wow, just because supposdely Sue sees bartering in "rural" areas and provides one newspaper article on bartering, she is absolutly right and everyone else is wrong.
    JayMay 19, 2010 10:55:13 AM
    You talked about cut payroll tax. How you want to do that? Do you mean cut FICA tax then that will effect our social security and medicare. Also cut corp. tax. It is hard for corporation in US because of cost of labor not Taxes? What are you talking about? You are too far from main stream to know what is the problem for us in Nevada.
    NinaMay 19, 2010 10:54:26 AM
    All Lowden is doing is attacking the host of this show instead of explaining what she will do for Nevadans.
    KentMay 19, 2010 10:52:57 AM
    Regarding Arizona, if you look at the annual report put together by the Arizona Department of public safety regarding crime in Arizona you can see the facts concerning AZ crime. Robbery, murder, rape and burglary and every other crime including drug posession and sales are committed by whites by a factor of 2 to 1 over Hispanics. If the logic is to stop crime then they should profile whites.
    IJ WoodsMay 19, 2010 10:49:21 AM
    I'm a little concerned about Mrs. Lowden's statements on education. She says that NV has good schools but we are one of the lowest ranking in graduation rates in the country. NV higher ed is not competitive accross the country either. No one has UNLV or UNR as their first choice because these colleges are lacking successful programs, educators as well as job opportunities afterwards. She also complains of too much gov't buearucracy but then says the problem is that their asleep at the wheel. So what is the real problem, efficiency or accountability? And as a side note, I don't like her tone to someone who she disagrees with.
    Ame HidalgoMay 19, 2010 10:32:39 AM
    I just ran to the computer to post the same comment....really a George Washington comparison? NPR is on in my house 24 hours a day and this is the first time I have wanted to shut it off.
    Courtney May 19, 2010 10:32:03 AM
    I saw Eric Cantor's "You Cut". Some of his items cut only a measily 1 million from the budget. How about cutting salary of congress? How about pay based on job performance? Congress is not performing and are polling miserably. By implementing a modest 15% decrease in salary for congress and their staff we can save about 470 million over 5 years. We can do a review after that to consider an increase. This would still leave them with a very comfortable salary and would be held accountable by the American people. Congress can vote for their salary increases which seems odd to me.
    IJ WoodsMay 19, 2010 10:31:55 AM
    I don't entirely disagree w/ Lowden's desire to cut back on the bureaucracy. However--and this applies to Lowden and Angle--I will never, never vote for someone who rides on anger, as these women do and the Right is.
    HollyMay 19, 2010 10:31:36 AM
    Would the candidate commit to introducing legislation that would cut the special health insurance available to congress and to eliminate all benefits after leaving government service. If not, then I don't think all items are on the table
    KirkMay 19, 2010 10:30:54 AM
    So Sue Lowden thinks of herself as George Washington? Whaaaaaat?
    HarveyMay 19, 2010 10:29:45 AM
    It sure is a shame that Mr. Wynn is "choking" on all the taxes. I quess he won't be able to spend millions of dollars on artwork anymore. Also, other that sales taxes and federal income taxes, what taxes would Mr. Wynn even pay. His company pays the Nevada Gaming tax and it is the lowest in the country and I would bet, even lower than Macao's. Also, if Sue Lowden thinks the education system is Nevada is good, she is delusional! Look at the drop out rate for one thing. You can't cite a few Charter schools and ignore all the other schools but then again, Sue's children probably don't attend public schools.
    Jay DickermanMay 19, 2010 10:24:52 AM
    If "No Child Left Behind", which was a federal Republican idea, was not a success, why should we elect another Republican like Lowden to federal office?
    SteveMay 19, 2010 10:24:41 AM
    Who are we going to raise taxes on? How about you and your husband, since gaming REFUSED to sacrifice in the last legislative session to help balance the budget!
    GeoffMay 19, 2010 10:22:25 AM
    Well Sue Lowden is no more credible than Sharron Angle. When presented with the fact from study that Americans are in fact paying a lower percentage of their income than they have in more than 50 years - her "...that's simply not true ...", uttered with no facts at all presented to back this up assertion reveal just how vaccuous this is..
    ChrisMay 19, 2010 10:19:56 AM
    It is easy for a rich person like Sue Lowden to say "cut programs" when none of the cuts would effect her!
    Jay DickermanMay 19, 2010 10:18:25 AM
    Sharon Angle said she does not have a "head" to figure out a solution for Health Care, and Sue Lowden said that someone other than her should be hired to watch out for oil companies. So, neither of these people have any ideas or experience to do the job they are running for.
    KerryMay 19, 2010 10:17:09 AM
    Why, as Lowden just asked, is it the host of the show's job to give her news articles to read before the show so she will know about the issues of the day? As a candidate for federal office, shouldn't she KNOW what they are???
    Bob in Boulder CityMay 19, 2010 10:13:45 AM
    Why did Lowden, who was chair of the Nevada GOP at the time, shut out Republicans who supported Ron Paul when they were about to vote that the Nevada GOP support Ron Paul and not John McCain in the last Presidential election? She assisted in shutting down the convention when Ron Paul was about to win.
    Jim in HendersonMay 19, 2010 10:12:01 AM
    I'm hoping that Mr. Becker will allow more callers than he did with Sharon Angle. I now know very well Mr. Becker's views but it would have been a better interview if Sharon had been able to handle more callers. (It seemed like he just couldn't help himself!)
    SusanMay 19, 2010 10:10:16 AM
    Ask Ms. Lowden how someone on minimum wage, like for example, people working at one of her Casinos, are supposed to save enough to retire on?
    Jay DickermanMay 19, 2010 09:40:45 AM
    Ms. Lowden, you said you were leasing the RV (after lying and saying it was a gift, not leased) but you haven't been reporting the payments on your finance reports. And why is your name on the title if you lease the vehicle?
    LauraMay 19, 2010 09:21:57 AM
    Ms. Lowden: In a televised debate last night you insisted you have never said "I'm not backing down from that system" of old-time bartering for health care you say is common in rural Nevada. You have. It's been all over TV and the Internet. Why would you lie?
    MicheleMay 19, 2010 09:06:29 AM
    Sue, As a dermatologist and business owner of Las Vegas Dermatology, will you retract your comment about going back to the days of bartering with your physician and admit that such a comment was a mistake? My staff wants to get paid in Direct Deposit not Chicken Feed- H.L. Greenberg, M.D.
    H.L. Greenberg, M.D.May 18, 2010 22:19:48 PM
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