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"We do have to grapple with, how do we go forward?"
- Lina Tanner, Tanner Law & Strategy Group, explains that while there are still issues with renewable energies, the future of using these resources needs to weigh positives, negatives, and what's going to be left behind to get us where we need to be. - Friday, May 20, 2022.
"People just aren’t going to be able to afford an automobile."
- Andrew MacKay, Exec. Dir., Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association, explains that if inflation doesn’t get under control, people are going to be priced completely out of the market. - Thursday, May 19, 2022.
"We’re much more efficient with every drop of water."
- Eric Hull, General Manager, Winnemucca Farms, explains how the company is getting the maximum result out of every drop used. He says they use state-of-the-art water metering technology, including ground-penetrating radar mounted to irrigation equipment, that allows them to water the exact amount needed. - Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
"The net effect of that bail bill is huge fiscally throughout the state."
- Chris Hicks, Washoe County District Attorney, discusses the Valdez-Jimenez decision from the Nevada Supreme Court which changed how bail is handled. Effective July 1, 2022, the Nevada Legislature codified the decision into statutory law where initial bail hearings are required to occur 24/7, 365 days a year, which he says will cost millions of dollars to implement. He also explains this could change bail practices — historically weighing community safety and likelihood to attend future proceedings — to an expectation of release. - Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
"We do have to be planning for the future."
- State Senator Heidi Gansert (R), District 15, responds to the issue of affordable housing in Northern Nevada, noting that we need to be looking at available resources and how to best streamline construction. She says that we’re in an unusual market (Reno) with low supply and extremely high demand, and we live in a community that will likely continue to see growth. - Friday, May 13, 2022.
"We’re really in historic territory that we’ve never experienced."
- Michael Lawton, CPM, Senior Economic Analyst, NV Gaming Control Board, says March’s numbers show a record-breaking 13 consecutive months of a billion dollars in gaming win. From a sustainability point of view, he thinks there is a good chance — at least for the next few quarters — that these billion-dollar months can continue. - Thursday, May 12, 2022.
"Amnesty is not something that honors the processes, the law."
- Sam Brown, Captain US Army (Rtd), says during the Republican US Senate Debate that he is not for amnesty in “any way, shape or form,” and notes that we should look at changes to immigration law on how to expedite the process. Candidate Adam Laxalt, Former Nevada Attorney General, also took a hard line against amnesty for any non-documented residents seeking to become a U.S. citizen saying “Amnesty is off the table.” Watch the Republican US Senate Debate Part One on Nevada Newsmakers. - Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
"I think that is a pretty wild hypothetical."
- Adam Laxalt, Former Nevada Attorney General, responds to a question during the Republican US Senate Debate on the chances of Nevada's same-sex marriage protection being undone in the wake of a potential U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down the Roe v. Wade abortion protections. He elaborates that the Democrats will start spinning “tales of woe” that all past precedents in the Supreme Court history will be overturned. Candidate Sam Brown, Captain US Army (Rtd), adds, “This is an issue where I don't think there is any chance it's overturned." Watch the Republican US Senate Debate Part Two on Nevada Newsmakers. - Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
"I don’t want to go that far yet, but I will say I think the bids are composed in such a way that it limits other competition, so that’s the real issue here."
- Drew Johnson (R) Candidate Clark County Commission, District F, responds when host Sam Shad asked if there were any examples of criminality with bids within the Regional Transportation Commission. Johnson explains the biggest area where he sees waste of tax dollars happening in Clark County is within the RTC, in which he claims there are instances where bids go to friends of commissioners or other high ranking officials. - Friday, May 6, 2022.
"I feel that the citizens have voted on it."
- Tisha Black, Attorney, said in the Nevada Newsmakers debate between herself and Sigal Chattah, two Republicans running for attorney general. Both said the Nevada law on abortion is clear, and Black said she is wary about commenting on opinions that have yet to be handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Chattah explains, "In Nevada, we know that a ballot question in 1990 made it very clear that the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy is embedded in our constitution. So really, the attorney general has no position or jurisdiction in that office." - Thursday, May 5, 2022.
"In Nevada, and nationally, the Republicans are going to sweep into office."
- George Harris, Publisher, Liberty Watch, says the war in Ukraine will affect the elections both across the United States and in Nevada. He explains that everyone is angry about gas prices, saying blame can be placed on the current administration. - Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
"What folks don’t understand is that the government doesn’t build the housing, the government sets the table for housing to be built in our communities."
- Debra March, Mayor of Henderson, NV, discusses the issue of affordable housing in the Silver State and possible solutions. She explains the role of the government is to work through entitlement processes and make sure trusts and land are available so opportunities exist to build. - Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
"We share the same issues, but we have different needs."
- Rosana Romero, Digital Anchor, 7@7 en Español, says the program will deliver news to the quickly growing Latino community by embracing their culture and focusing on issues specific to them. - Friday, April 29, 2022.
"Lack of staffing and funding are two of the biggest problems."
- Elisa Cafferata, Director, NV Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, says those are the primary issues contributing to a backlog of 30,000 unemployment claims. She explains they lost a third of the staffing support for the agency — totaling around 500 temporary employees — which were hired or moved from other departments during the pandemic. - Thursday, April 28, 2022.
"I do get excited with the opportunity for us Nevadans to be innovators in the transportation space."
- John Miller, (R) Candidate NV Lt Governor, explains there’s potential to rethink development of roads and how we put in infrastructure in the Silver State. He says transportation is one of the economic pillars in which the position he’s running for encompasses, the others being tourism and economic development. - Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
"It’s definitely a thriving market."
- Manny Kess (R) Candidate, NV State Treasurer, says on esports in Las Vegas. He explains there is a need to find every opportunity to generate multiple revenue streams in Nevada because the gaming industry is changing. - Tuesday, April 26, 2022.
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