Nevada Newsmakers

Benitez-Thompson's bill could blow up plans for 'smart city' in Storey County, Settelmeyer says
News - March 2, 2021

"Fundamentally, this (AB 90) would allow Lyon County and Washoe County to say no to the concept of an innovation zone next to it." State Senate Minority Leader James Settelmeyer

Southwest Gas pushes back on Assemblywoman Cohen's 'responsible energy plan'
News - February 12, 2021

"It is a mandate for electrification. The legislation will eliminate customer choice, reduce energy reliability, increase green house gas emissions, increase customers' bills and eliminate good paying jobs." Scott Leedom, Director of Public Affairs, Southwest Gas

Blame Trump, and others, for riot at U.S. Capitol building, Rep. Amodei says
News - January 12, 2021

"Do I think he (Trump) has a responsibility for what has occurred? Yes." Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City

Sen. Gansert says she will leave her university job, concentrate on Legislature
News - December 9, 2020

"I've been been working to transition out for awhile. I have been there (university) for eight years, so I will be moving away from the university after the first of the year (2021). I'm really excited about the change. I can focus on the senate and this really challenging session we've got coming up." State Sen. Heidi Gansert

Bad bet: Wealth of Las Vegas Strip in the hands of just a few companies, Rogich says
News - November 24, 2020

"I think you could see some bankruptcies. I think we made fundamental mistakes as an industry years ago when we allowed casinos to own more than four or five (properties) at a time. Now, we've got three companies that basically run the state." Sig Rogich

Nevada should be getting more money from federal government, Rogich says
News - November 23, 2020

"When you give away real estate to the federal government to conduct every type of secret mission known to man and get nothing in return for it, then something has to give," Sig Rogich



Infrastructure, stimulus will be her focus as Congress gets back to work, Rep. Titus says
News - November 16, 2020

"My goal when we go back (to Congress) is to address the infrastructure package and to be sure that travel and tourism have a seat at the table," U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas

No voter fraud in Nevada's 2nd U.S. House District election, GOP Rep. Amodei says
News - November 11, 2020

"I'm most familiar with Nevada and guess what? In the 11 counties that we've been paying the closest attention to, I don't think you have any serious problems. You have had some glitches here and there, but in terms of widespread fraud, I'm not seeing any of that." Rep, Mark Amodei, R-Carson City

Caesars Entertainment undergoes change in corporate culture, Carano says
News - October 6, 2020

"Our culture is to empower the properties whether you are on the Las Vegas Strip, at Lake Tahoe or the Midwest, Southwest, wherever. The property management makes the decisions, with the support of corporate, and that's clearly flipped-flop to how Caesars was run in the past." Gary Carano, Caesars Entertainment's executive chairman of the board

High rollers are returning to Lake Tahoe, Caesars Entertainment's top executive says
News - October 2, 2020

"Everybody that knows Lake Tahoe knows there is only one Lake Tahoe in the world. It is such a beautiful jewel." Gary Carano, Caesars Entertainment's executive chairman of the board

Titus feels confident Congress will pass new stimulus relief package
News - October 2, 2020

"So many people (in Nevada) are suffering because we depend so heavily on tourism, travel and hospitality." US Rep. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas

Cortez Masto wants U.S. Senate committee to take a look at Nevada mining
News - September 25, 2020

"There is an appetite by our ranking (Democratic) member and chair to look at that. So that is something that is going to be on my plate." Sen. Cortez Masto, speaking about Nevada's mining industry



Senate should vote on a stimulus bill with the provisions that already have bipartisan support, Cortez Masto says
News - September 25, 2020

"At least in areas where there is bipartisan support, we should be putting it in a package and sending it to the floor for a vote." Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevada students need better internet access for learning in pandemic, Horsford says
News - September 25, 2020

"In Clark County, I just spoke with the superintendent this last week, and 25,000 students still have not connected with the school district, one way or another this year."
Rep. Steven Horsford

Ahern, already fined $14,000 for Trump events, says more fines may be coming for his support of President
News - September 22, 2020

"It just seems to me that until we had the Trump program, all was well. Then, all of a sudden now, the rules have changed." Don Ahern

Congressman Amodei rips Gov. Sisolak for his threatening letter sent to Douglas County officials
News - September 21, 2020

"Are you trying to prove you've got the biggest club in the state? And I don't want to be critical of the governor but this just befuddles me." Rep. Mark Amodei, speaking about letter Gov. Sisolak sent to Douglas County officials

Las Vegas pays for state's tax incentives to lure Tesla, Switch, but sees little benefits from the deals, LV think-tank director says
News - September 3, 2020

"My problem with incentives in this state is that Las Vegas generates the majority of the tax base, which would allow you to offer incentives. In other words, if you have a tax to abate, you have to have a lot of taxes in the first place. Las Vegas produced even more (taxes) than its share of the population, which is 75 percent of the state's population." Robert Lang, director, The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West

Las Vegas pays for state's tax incentives to lure Tesla, Switch, but sees little benefit from the deals, LV think-tank director says
News - September 3, 2020

"My problem with incentives in this state is that Las Vegas generates the majority of the tax base, which would allow you to offer incentives. In other words, if you have a tax to abate, you have to have a lot of taxes in the first place. Las Vegas produced even more (taxes) than its share of the population, which is 75 percent of the state's population." Robert Lang, director, The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West


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