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"She definitely has carved a niche within the Republican Party, and has a very particular voter that she’s targeting."
- John Sande IV, Principal, Argentum Partners, responds to Michelle Fiore’s introductory video announcing her run for Nevada governor. He says that while her video was something to behold and has plenty of entertainment value, her announcement also adds an interesting dynamic to the race. - Friday, October 22, 2021.
"I don’t see why we would not extend that free agency to our truck drivers in terms of them making a very personal health decision about whether they want to get a vaccine or not."
- Paul Enos, CEO, Nevada Trucking Association, says that if the vaccine mandate goes into effect, it would amplify a myriad of issues the trucking industry is facing from the pandemic. - Thursday, October 21, 2021.
"Unfortunately, they are lacing it with everything because it is so addictive."
- Darin Balaam, Washoe County Sheriff, says illegal drug dealers are lacing other drugs — including marijuana and other harder core drugs — with fentanyl to increase potency and get people addicted as quickly as possible. - Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
"We’ve been running the same high-capacity holiday schedule for the last 18 months, and that’s certainly starting to show in where we’re having some of these transportation challenges."
- Bryan Wachter, Senior VP, Government and Public Affairs, Retail Association of Nevada, explains that while the supply chain was used to dealing with high-capacity challenges during the holiday season, retail has been forced to run at a higher speed since the beginning of the pandemic, leading to challenges on multiple levels. - Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
"People are really stepping up. It’s been amazing to see our community being so receptive."
- Carina Black, Executive Director, Northern Nevada International Center, explains they are receiving a lot of support from the community — with some people offering housing — for the Afghan refugees relocating to the area. Nevada has agreed to resettle 150 individuals, with 50 in Las Vegas and 100 in Northern Nevada. - Friday, October 15, 2021.
"So much of the development in Reno now is non-gaming."
- Howard Stutz, Gaming Reporter, The Nevada Independent says that while there are big gaming properties doing well, there has been a focus on mixed-use developments, housing, retail and restaurants in Reno, and that’s where the market seems to be heading. - Thursday, October 14, 2021.
"It never stopped being a problem.”"
- Elyse Monroy, Program Manager, Nevada Overdose Data to Action, explains that in 2020, during the pandemic, overdoses are up 55% from 2019, and they are seeing alarming increases in specific populations, including the Hispanic community and young adult age range. She also notes Nevada never stopped having a meth problem, and the state is now seeing a fentanyl crisis through fentanyl-laced stimulants, like meth and cocaine, that are driving overdoses. - Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
"A week before I actually took the position, Sam Giancana was murdered in Chicago, and I started paying more attention to the fact that these guys played for keeps, and it might not be as simple as anybody had portrayed it."
- Jeff Silver, Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright talks about his appointment to the Gaming Control Board in 1975 to, as he said, “clean up the industry” from organized crime influence. - Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
"When the state records a billion dollars (of gaming win) that’s a great month."
- Michael Lawton, CPM, Senior Economic Analyst, NV Gaming Control Board reporting that August was the 6th consecutive month of a billion-dollar gaming win for Nevada in 2021. - Friday, October 8, 2021.
"Pressure seems to be the ingredient that makes it soup."
- William Horne, Former Assembly Majority Leader, Strategies 360 giving a culinary analogy on how the centrist and Progressive sides of the Democratic party will come together to pass President Biden’s agenda. - Thursday, October 7, 2021.
"Nevada is one of 33 states in which it costs more to provide childcare for your infant than it does to send a child to a four-year public university."
- Congresswoman Susie Lee CD 3 says that that the American Rescue Plan will provide more than $361 million for Nevada childcare providers to open safely, keep workers on the payroll, and lower costs for families. - Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
"It has been the law of the land since the 1970s and we are going to fight to do everything we can to keep it that way."
- US Senator Jacky Rosen regarding abortion rights. - Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
"Unfortunately, in Congress, we had more people casting aspersions against this president even though the policy to end the war in Afghanistan and to even negotiate with the Taliban was started by the previous administration."
- Congressman Steven Horsford CD 4 says that his office continues to work with the State Department and the Defense Department to help our Afghans allies and partners. - Friday, October 1, 2021.
"You need to fill those beds during the week and not just on the weekend."
- Congresswoman Dina Titus CD 1 hoping for the return of the business traveler to Las Vegas. - Thursday, September 30, 2021.
"I've been working here to try to fix it, but we need bipartisan support. We've got to stop playing politics with it."
- US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto discussing the need for immigration reform. She lays the blame at the feet of both parties. - Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
"I will tell you this: I am not taken with the field so far."
- Congressman Mark Amodei CD 2 discussing the Republican Primary for Nevada Governor. - Tuesday, September 28, 2021.
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