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Nevadans React to President Obama's State of the Union Address

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President Obama's address to the nation Tuesday night outlined some of the accomplishments made over the last year and called for a "Year of Action" ahead to accomplish more. But was it effective?

Fred Lokken is a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College.

"It just didn't do much to move his agenda forward," Lokken said. "This was really a chance to reset and I just don't think he did much to push that reset button hard enough."

The one big issue that seemed to stick out from last night's State of the Union speech was President Obama calling out Congress and saying he's used executive orders to accomplish things he couldn't get Congress to compromise on. He began saying he'd use that power to increase the minimum wage for some federal workers to $10.10 an hour.

"His choice to be confrontational really only empowers those who already think he's out of control, Lokken said. "It makes John Boehner's job harder and I think it decreases any chance of actually seeing his agenda realized."

Nevada Senator Harry Reid agreed with the action.

"Republicans are obstructing everything and making it hard to get anything done. So he's taking action to get some things done. And I agree with that," the Democrat said from Washington, D.C. last night.

Republican Senator Dean Heller however had a different view. He released his view through a press release today saying, "I agree with him that more needs to be done. But rather than using this call for action as a look to bypass Congress, I hope that the president will join my colleagues and me to push for policies that will make growing jobs easier and more affordable."

Lokken says those bipartisan views are the very thing that could push attention in Washington more toward the midterm elections than toward getting anything in Congress done this next year.

Written by Erin Breen

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