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"It’s why the work that I do is so meaningful and I bring all of me to this work, including my own lived experiences and the experiences of those I represent."
- Congressman Steven Horsford, CD 4, shares that his father was killed by gun violence — a personal connection he has to his recently passed Break the Cycle of Violence Act. He explains the bill aims to save lives and prevent crime through investing billions into anti-violence programs, community-based violence intervention programs and workforce training and job opportunities for youth. - Friday, September 30, 2022.
"We are making a major transformation in energy consumption."
- Congresswoman Susie Lee, CD 3, responds to the fast-moving changes towards using electric as a primary energy source, saying that while it’s not going to be an overnight switch, we can’t not make the investment now. She says this is the largest investment in climate change in history, and that Nevada is at the epicenter for economic opportunities in renewable energy. - Thursday, September 29, 2022.
"We should be looking at China as a competitor, rather than as an enemy."
- Congresswoman Dina Titus, CD 1, calls the relationship between China and the U.S. "unstable" and in need of a reset. While tense relations between the two countries remain, she later explains that she doesn’t believe the gaming licenses for three Nevada companies in Macau are at risk. - Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
"Women will die."
- U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen says of the federal abortion bill proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., warning that if the bill becomes law, it will also overrule Nevada’s law protecting abortion rights. She calls nationwide abortion bans rigid and harmful, posing the question of who will women call — a lawmaker or a lawyer — with complications during pregnancy to decide if the doctor can give care right there in the emergency room. - Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
"We’re never going to go through that again."
- Stavros Anthony, Las Vegas City Councilman, Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor, says of the shutdowns that happened during the pandemic. He explains that himself and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman caught a lot of slack for not enforcing the state’s closure rules and being outspoken about the economy’s devastation, saying he still can’t believe the governor shut down schools and businesses, forced kids to wear masks, and categorized essential and nonessential employees for as long as he did. - Friday, September 23, 2022.
"It doesn’t take a PhD to figure out that we’re not in a good place, economically speaking."
- Guy Nohra, Businessman, Former Republican Candidate for Governor, explains that any economist worth their salt would have said that the policies followed by our government were going to get us to the current economic status. - Thursday, September 22, 2022.
"It's remembering even though we do have a high volume, everybody who comes before me, their case is the most important case to them."
- Justin Champagne, Attorney, Candidate for Reno Municipal Court Judge, Department 3, answers how we can protect rights as case volume increases. He says it’s important to go beyond the normal working hours and to treat each person that comes before the court with respect and give them the time they need to ask questions and make sure they understand what’s happening with them. - Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
"We are all here to make sure that justice is served, that our community is protected and everyone feels safe."
- Kendra Bertchy, Attorney, Candidate for Reno Township Justice of the Peace, Department 2, says the priority of the justice court is to make sure the needs of the community are being met, noting that in order for that to happen, we have to ensure we have a justice system that works. - Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
"What happens is they’re cannibalistic."
- Jeff Knight, State Entomologist, Nevada, talks about the issues mormon crickets cause, especially on Northern Nevada freeways, where if a car runs over one, it causes more crickets to gather and creates a greater hazard. He says the crickets combined with rain can cause very slick conditions and a number of accidents happen each year. - Friday, September 16, 2022.
"We are looking at building a new high school in Fallon."
- Rochelle Tisdale, Administrator at Oasis Academy in Fallon, says they purchased property to put up a gym and a new high school. They’re hoping to open Fall 2024. - Thursday, September 15, 2022.
"The Democrats found it, and they’re using it against me."
- Joey Paulos, Republican Candidate for Nevada State Senate District 8, explains an incident that happened 20 years ago where he pled guilty in a pre-trial agreement to a false statement threatening to blow up an airplane, in which the case was dismissed with no charges or convictions. He says the Democrats have sent many mailers using the incident, noting he owns his mistake and that the focus should be on the issues in Nevada, not something that happened so long ago. - Wednesday, September 14, 2022.
"Those who suffer are our students."
- Andy Matthews, Republican Candidate for State Controller, explains the existing narrative that the way to get more results from struggling Nevada schools is to invest more money, but he says this method has been done for decades and we’re not seeing better outcomes. He says as we’re spending more money, we’re not seeing the commensurate increase in improvement and achievement that students and taxpayers deserve. - Tuesday, September 13, 2022.
"Up is the only way we can all go."
- Colby Frey, Whiskey Farmer and Founder, Frey Ranch Estate Distillery, talks about the future of the industry and how local craft distilleries can support each other to succeed. - Friday, September 9, 2022.
"Our energy policy is fundamentally broken."
- David Holt, President, Consumer Energy Alliance, believes we’re looking at energy policies through rose-colored glasses. He explains that the rush to eliminate fossil fuels is a fallacy, noting that it’s not entirely possible and not the right approach, and we can continue to meet environmental goals without eliminating that energy source. - Thursday, September 8, 2022.
"I can’t emphasize enough the financial burden, how that drags down when you’re trying to fight a disease that’s trying to kill you at every corner."
- Scott Bunn, Former Contractor, Nevada Test Site, explains the difficult process to receive federal compensation after his cancer diagnosis. He says it took two years to get approved for the program, and only had final adjudication after Congressman Amodei and his office helped. - Wednesday, September 7, 2022.
"Investments in education are rarely not something that benefits the entire community."
- DeRionne Pollard, President, Nevada State College, talks about future planning for the rapidly growing campus and hopes for the next Legislative session, noting the need for additional student spaces and financial reinvestment. She says higher education is the only thing that can help someone pull a family from poverty into the middle class and beyond, explaining that she’s a living witness of this. - Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
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