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"This is intended to be a more integrated approach to addressing economywide climate change impacts and hopefully seizing the economic opportunity that come with it."
- Brad Crowell, Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources talking about the recently released Nevada Climate Blueprint and ways it addresses things like transportation, land use and industrial sector emissions(HVAC). - Friday, December 18, 2020.
"Go through the process, now that we have the time."
- State Senator James Settlemeyer, District 17 discussing signature verification during this election cycle. He says now is the time to check everything to make sure the public has faith in the election results going forward. - Thursday, December 17, 2020.
"I'm really excited about the change. I can focus on the Senate and this really challenging session we've got coming up."
- State Senator Heidi Gansert (R), District 15 who says she is leaving the University of Nevada at the end of this year. There is speculation that she may run for everything from Governor to Congresswoman in 2022. She has made no such announcement. - Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
"I sure hope we can have the building open, in some fashion, to the lobbyists and members of the public."
- Steve Yeager, Chairman, Assembly Judiciary Committee says the Speaker, the Majority Leader and the LCB are working on the issue so that the legislative building can be open to the people rather than what occurred during the special sessions where everyone except the Legislators and their staffs were excluded. - Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
"It’s a stretch."
- Aaron West, CEO, Nevada Builders Alliance says when trying to get to the stated goals of the Nevada Climate Blueprint, which is zero emissions, the impact it will have on every segment of society and the costs associated with it make it hard to get there. - Friday, December 11, 2020.
"I don’t think we can cut too much from education, for example."
- State Senator Scott Hammond (R) District 18 says that the numbers released by the Economic Forum this week were bad but not as bad as they could have been. He feels there are several agencies and budgets that can’t take the 12% budget hit the Governor has requested. - Thursday, December 10, 2020.
"You might have to go back and do some conflict resolution as a result."
- Assemblywoman Jill Tolles (R), District 25 on the dangers of communicating via text while using humor or sarcasm when the other party can’t see your expression or body language. - Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
"In a nutshell Cha Ching. Follow the money."
- Mary Lau, President, CEO, Retail Association of Nevada with her response to the unveiling of the Nevada Climate Blueprint. - Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
"We’ve been made promises in the past, by both parties, and what we saw was massive deportation and then caging and then walls."
- Peter Guzman, President, Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce cheering the fact that immigration reform has come to the top of the issues the President-elect is pushing. Mr. Guzman says it’s about time and there will be a price to pay if it fails. - Friday, December 4, 2020.
"Tony Hsieh was a connector, and he wasn’t done."
- Mackenzie Warren, Attorney and Vice President, Government Affairs, McDonald Carano along with the rest of Las Vegas, mourning the loss of a true innovator and funder that brought real change to Downtown Las Vegas. - Thursday, December 3, 2020.
"It’s been a nightmare, not only for the citizens but for the medical community also."
- Assemblywoman Robin L. Titus, District 38, Minority Floor Leader expressing, in addition to hospitals being full and patients being turned away, the lag on getting Covid test results back in a timely fashion. - Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
"Nevadan’s do want their policy makers to operate from the middle."
- Paul Moradkhan, Senior VP, Government Relations, The Vegas Chamber says that points to the large turnout from both Republicans and Democrats in this election cycle. - Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
"She actually outperformed Donald Trump by a couple of points in her district."
- David Damore, Associate Professor of Political Science UNLV points out that Republican State Senator Heidi Gansert’s re-election victory was interesting in that Joe Biden won in her district. - Friday, November 27, 2020.
"These lawsuits are incredible in terms of, they have no merit."
- Eva Segerblom, Attorney, Maddox, Segerblom and Canepa referring to the Trump campaign lawsuits. Ms. Segerblom says she turns away potential cases everyday because those cases do not have merit. President Trump’s supporters say he has every right to fight these cases. - Thursday, November 26, 2020.
"I don’t believe that he can come up with a shred of evidence that would show that."
- Frank Mullen, Editor, Reno News and Review refuting George Harris’s claim that he had evidence that 1000 dead people had voted in Washoe County. He asks why isn’t Mr. Harris shouting this from the rooftops. He says it would be a hell of a story. - Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
"The good news is that the turnout was extraordinary."
- Jill Derby, Former Democratic State Party Chair says more youth voted than ever before. There were more first-time voters, and the mechanics of the election ran very smoothly. - Tuesday, November 24, 2020.
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