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"This has been a devasting year for so many kids as seen by the increasing rates of anxiety, depression and even just the tragic news about suicides."
- Assemblywoman Jill Tolles (R), District 25 says she was surprised that some of her Clark County colleagues hadn’t realized that the rest of the state had opened up schools to an extent already, and CCSD hadn’t opened up at all. - Friday, March 19, 2021.
"This is something I am passionate about and believe we need to get done.""
- State Senator Dallas Harris (D) District 11 describing her desire to get the “Death with Dignity” bill passed this session. It would allow people to make their own end of life decisions. - Thursday, March 18, 2021.
"They have declared it rat poison squared."
- Jim Hartman, Attorney paraphrasing Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger’s description of cryptocurrency. Mr. Hartman’s comment was made in regard to the Innovation Zones promoted by Governor Sisolak and the intent to build a Smart City based on the Ethereum version of Blockchain technology in Storey County. - Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
"It would be a very long process, likely with a lot of litigation involved."
- Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network discussing the proposed 100 mile pipeline to get Blockchains LLC’s water from Gerlach to Storey County for their Smart City project. - Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
"I think there are those would argue that Northern Nevada has had such a lock on the political process for so long that a little diversification in that area certainly wouldn’t hurt."
- Timothy Cashman, President, The Cashman Companies talking about how the effects of term limits has shifted the power in the state from North to South. - Friday, March 12, 2021.
"We’re handling more enquires now that we have ever handled."
- Doug Cannon, President and CEO, NV Energy describing the effects of Covid on businesses in California who are now contemplating a move to either Northern or Southern Nevada. - Thursday, March 11, 2021.
"I think ultimately the party will be just fine."
- William McCurdy ll, Clark County Commissioner, District D when asked about Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom not being elected Democratic State Party Chair because he was part of “the Establishment”, when he has been one of the most liberal politicians in the state for decades. He headed up Bernie Sanders campaign in Nevada. - Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
"I can't imagine that the court would make their decision retroactive and cause every case that was prosecuted by my two prosecutors to be overturned."
- Clark County District Attorney, Steve Wolfson with concerns, concurring with the Chair of Assembly Judiciary, that the Nevada Supreme Court would overturn cases if sitting Legislators were found in violation of the separation of powers clause. The Majority Leader of the Senate and the Chair of Senate Judiciary are in the spotlight. - Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
"There’s probably three to four times as much money coming in from the Federal Government."
- State Senator Heidi Gansert (R), District 15 says Nevada’s budget is not in as nearly bad shape as has been suggested. Whatever budget cuts to education are anticipated will be more than offset by the coming federal funding. - Friday, March 5, 2021.
"I've invited all manners of feedback on how we can accomplish this in a way that is fair and makes sense, protects public safety and generates revenue."
- Steve Yeager, Chairman, Assembly Judiciary Committee discussing the real possibility of marijuana lounges in Nevada so tourists can have a place to smoke their legally purchased marijuana. - Thursday, March 4, 2021.
"Fundamentally, this would allow Lyon County and Washoe County to say no to the concept of an innovation zone next to it."
- State Senator James Settlemeyer, District 17 referring to AB 90 proposed by Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson. He likened it to reverse economic development. - Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
"If there is a contention that a particular law-enforcement agency stops and frisks black citizens or brown citizens more than they do their counterparts, then that could be a pattern or practice that needs to be addressed and remedied,"
- Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford discussing his proposal to severely limit the use of "no knock" arrest warrants. - Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
"Disney became an independent state. Like the United States of Disney."
- Robert Lang, Director, The Lincy Institute, Director, Brookings Mountain West describing the deal that Disney had for Disneyworld, with Orange and Osceola Counties in Florida. This was arranged because Disney was unhappy with what happened to the area surrounding Disneyland in Anaheim, California where a lot of second-rate properties attached themselves to the 1st class property of Disneyland. They didn’t want that to happen in Florida. This scenario could be applied to the Innovation Zones proposed by Governor Sisolak. - Friday, February 26, 2021.
"There’s interest. There’s skepticism. Let’s see how this looks as we get some meat on the bones."
- Jesse Wadhams, Partner, Black and Wadhams, Attorneys at Law says the Governors’ thinking on the Innovation Zones, as it pertains to the rural counties and Blockchains LLC, is too conceptual, at this point, to wrap your arms around. - Thursday, February 25, 2021.
"I suggested the LVCVA could have done Vegas a favor when they took down the Riviera, tossed a couple of sticks of dynamite over the wall and take down the Drew."
- Howard Stutz, Executive Editor, CDC Gaming Reports is very skeptical that the new ownership of the Drew, formerly The Fontainebleau, can restart this long-stalled project, on the Strip. - Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
"Get em playing sports, get em back in school. That’s what I want to see."
- Lindsay Knox, Policy Director, McDonald Carano Wilson echoing parents across Nevada, regarding students of all ages. - Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
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