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Local Reaction to the State of the Union

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President Barack Obama has struck out on a whole new path for his second term in office. At least that is how political analysts see things today. During last night's speech the president laid out a litany of proposals he wants Congress to deal with in his second term.

"He was adamant, he was clear and he is not taking no for an answer," said UNR Political Science Professor Eric Herzik.

On his ‘to-do list' for Congress is everything from a clean energy plan to immigration reform. He stated he wants universal pre-school for all American children, manufacturing incentives and tax reform. But Herzik says that's really his wish list.

"You can tell he's no longer talking to Congress," Herzik says. "It's almost as if he's given up on Congress and instead he's speaking directly to the American public. If Congress is shamed or fearful of their constituents they just might break the gridlock and get something done."

Today President Obama did take his campaign for progress on manufacturing incentives on the road and he's expected to continue to lean toward that path. 

Meantime a lot of controversial issues will be coming up in Washington, D.C. including gun control, immigration and tax reform. And, at least today, both sides still seem pretty far apart.

Written by Erin Breen    

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