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"The State Department announcement came out that non required dependents should leave the country, that was really upsetting and stressful."
- Jill Derby, Former Nevada Democratic Chair who was recently in Northern Iraq at the American University commenting prior to the latest incidents initiated, allegedly, by Iran.Friday, June 14, 2019.
"He’s within the jurisdiction of the regulators at this point. "
- A.G. Burnett, Former Chairman, Nevada Gaming Control Board referring to the fact that although Steve Wynn is personally off the hook with the regulators in Massachusetts, at this point, he is not off the hook with regulators in Nevada so despite the fact that his former company has paid their fine in Nevada he could still personally face penalties if the regulators choose to level them.Thursday, June 13, 2019.
"It affected people using home smart automation systems. "
- Ira Victor, Digital Forensic Analyst, spoke about the recent Google event that occurred on June 2nd. It not only affected Gmail but also some people were locked out of their homes if they have smart locks and others were not able to use their thermostats that were tied to Google apps.Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
"If it’s acceptable to have a male step down from the Legislature for sexual harassment, it’s certainly acceptable to have a female step down from the Legislature for that."
- Marsha Berkbigler, Washoe County Commissioner commenting on problems fellow commissioner Kitty Jung is having regarding harassment of the County Fire Chief for which she is being penalized.Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
"That one was too much of an obvious punt. "
- Mary Lau, President and CEO, Retail Association of Nevada discussing the Legislatures decision to put partial funding of the teachers’ pay raises onto the Counties by enabling them to raise their local sales taxes.Friday, June 7, 2019.
"It’s not necessarily what fits for Nevada. "
- Susan Fisher, Government Affairs Group VP, McDonald Carano Wilson, is dismayed that a percentage of the Democratic legislators are not looking at what’s best for Nevada but are following an agenda sent down by the national party for use in this state.Thursday, June 6, 2019.
"We were very successful in maintaining the integrity of Nevada water law. "
- Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network says that in his group's view, Nevada water law was under attack during this Legislative session.Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
"You had a lot of new people who didn’t know how to deal with the 120-day limit. "
- Eric Herzik, Political Science Professor, UNR referring to the bold agenda the Democrats started out with and how much was killed (death penalty) or whittled down (criminal justice reform), by the end of session.Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
"There may be some questions at the end, but I think those questions will be answered at a later date."
- State Senator Scott Hammond, Co-Minority Whip says that the Legislative session will end on time with any legal challenges resolved later.Friday, May 31, 2019.
"I won’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen. "
- Assemblyman Steve Yeager, Speaker pro Tempore regarding marijuana being rescheduled by the federal government so casinos could warm up to consumption lounges.Thursday, May 30, 2019.
"A legislative session is not time enough. "
- Joe Guild, Attorney points out with the complexity of Nevada’s water laws and all the emotion surrounding them, one session is not enough to resolve these complicated issues.Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
"They have been open to the dialogue. "
- Lindsay Knox, Policy Director, McDonald Carano Wilson says that access to the Democratic majority has been available whether they have gone in the direction lobbyists wanted or not.Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
"It was almost everyday we had a Presidential rally. "
- Colton Lochhead, Political Reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal looking back at the last Presidential general election and wondering why Nevada would count at all if the result were based on the popular vote rather than the Electoral College.Friday, May 24, 2019.
"Arbitrarily, someone throws in 1,500 feet, without giving any thought to the practical applications for the existing operators."
- Bob Groesbeck, Co-CEO, Planet 13 which is the largest marijuana dispensary in the USA. He says he was fine with the original distance restrictions that go up to 1000 feet for parks, churches and schools but he’s balking at 1500 feet.Thursday, May 23, 2019.
"So far, the only thing they've asked the Republicans to do is to violate the Constitution."
- State Senator James Settelmeyer, District 17 referring to the Democrats who need one Republican vote in the Senate to pass the extensions of two taxes by majority vote. Settlemeyer is threatening legal action because the extensions, according to him, require a two thirds vote. He also feels comfortable that the Democrats will not get that Republican vote.Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
"So three people make a tax decision for the entire county. "
- Andy Peterson, Vice President, Retail Association of Nevada looking at the possibility that a small Nevada County Commission could vote a sales tax increase with the enabling legislation proposed towards the teachers promised 3% raises, without a vote of the people. Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
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