Nevada Newsmakers

'Johnny' Ascuaga remembered as a visionary, clever gaming pioneer who had some great ideas
Commentary - June 30, 2021

Ascuaga, at his essence, was an idea man. And in his time running one of the great resorts in Nevada, he had plenty.

Las Vegas mayor wants apology from CNN's Anderson Cooper for mocking her during interview
News - June 22, 2021

"I think he owes me an apology and I'd love to have it from him." Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, speaking about CNN's Anderson Cooper

Nevada GOP should dump state chairman, audit state party operations, Rogich says
News - June 21, 2021

"The first thing they (Nevada Republicans) should do is get rid of their state chairman. He is not capable of running this operation any more. I mean Michael McDonald, primarily." Sig Rogich, current president of the Rogich Communications Group.

Reid defends embattled Nevada Democratic chair, says 'so-called split' in state party is 'exaggerated'
News - June 10, 2021

"Judith Whitmer and the so-called split in the Nevada Democratic Party is exaggerated because there isn't one." Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Amodei sees a path to victory in 2022 GOP gubernatorial primary; warns Sisolak will be formidable foe in general election
News - May 26, 2021

"It is going to be a tough race. A sitting, incumbent Democratic governor. And that (Nevada Democratic) party has a history. They've handed Donald Trump a 100,000-vote loss in Clark County -- twice." U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City

LCB needs to be split along party lines, after backing losing side in Supreme Court fight, Sen. Gansert says
News - May 18, 2021

"It was also frustrating because the LCB defended the Democrats' position, which ended up being wrong, right? So we've got the Supreme Court that finds it wrong and then the Republicans, to fight it, had to actually raise money to do that." State Sen. Heidi Gansert, R-Reno, speaking of a legal fight over a bill that raised revenues without a two-thirds majority of lawmakers



Lawmakers need state tour before spending $3 billion for American Rescue Plan, Sen. Ratti says
News - May 17, 2021

"Sixty-three legislators will have lots of ideas. But more importantly, I think we'll want to set up a process so the public can give us their ideas." State Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks

Nevada needs 'crack down' on lucrative black-market marijuana, Judiciary chairman Yeager says
News - May 14, 2021

"I think there has just been a lack of enforcement on the illegal side. And rightfully so. When we have limited resources, it is probably not the No. 1 issue. But I think it is important that the Cannabis Compliance Board should really get into that space and make sure we are trying to crack down on those (black market dealers)." Steve Yeager, Assembly Judiciary chairman

Little girl's memory of death-row meeting with dad may be most emotional testimony of 2021 Legislature, Yeager says
Commentary - May 13, 2021

"What a debate like the death penalty shows you is that, unfortunately, we are human beings and we are capable of doing really awful things to one another." Steven Yeager, chairman, Assembly Judiciary Committee

State has money to pay for Democrats' mistake, if Supreme Court rules in favor of GOP senators, Settelmeyer says
News - May 11, 2021

"It doesn't really create a hole. It just shows that they stole money from people when they didn't have the authority to do so." State Sen. James Settelmeyer, on impact of Senate Republican lawsuit against two revenue bills passed by Democrats in the 2019 Legislature without the constitutionally-mandated two-thirds majority

Spearman, LGBTQ+ champion, pushes ERA, sees current time as 'revelation' on equality for all people
News - May 3, 2021

"We are becoming more aware of the diversity of God's creation. God didn't make all roses. He didn't make all daffodils. He has a bunch of different types of flowers. There are different types of grass, not one type of tree." State Sen. Pat Spearman, D-NLV

Amodei at crossroads: Will he run for governor in 2022 or remain in Congress?
Commentary - April 30, 2021

"You know, I don't know what the 2022 election is going to be like. However, there is a chance you could be in the majority and on Appropriations, which would put you -- I don't know if the retirements (for members of Appropriations Committee) are there yet or not -- but could put you up first for a committee chairmanship. Which you know, is a good place to be in terms of making sure we get policies right and also taking care of Nevada." Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City



Rep. Titus predicts Nevada tourism will come back 'with a vengeance'
News - April 28, 2021

"They (Nevada visitors) just have this pent-up need to be on holiday, go outside, be at Lake Tahoe, hike around the state, come to Las Vegas. So our recovery, I hope and think, will come back pretty rapidly." U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-LV

Sexaul harassment lawsuit against Blockchains CEO should be considered seperately from plan to build 'smart city,' Gov. Sisolak's COS says
News - April 22, 2021

"The governor, and our entire office, take any allegation very seriously. The policy, when we think of Innovation Zones in this legislation, is separate from any one individual or business." Michelle White, Gov. Sisolak's chief of staff

Longtime lawmaker Goicoechea sees water fight at Legislature; remains wary of SNWA hold on rural water sources
News - April 9, 2021

"The water in this state belongs to the people in this state and if you end up creating laws and putting it in a position where it can actually be held forever, by an entity, you are going to see the price of water skyrocket." State Sen. Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka

Longtime rural Nevada senator says governor is AWOL from Legislature, yet Sisolak says he's only following Covid rules
News - April 8, 2021

"It (governor's absence) has really caused some hardship in the legislative building. But I don't know, maybe on the other side of the aisle, they have a little bit more accessibility. But I don't know how you could. He is not in the building. And I think a lot of times, he's not even up here in Carson." Sen. Pete Goicoechea, speaking about Gov. Steve Sisolak

Blockchains' money blitz at Legislature reminds Minority Leader of push to fund Raiders' stadium
News - April 6, 2021

"...Having a donation is one thing. Does it change how you vote? That's another (thing)." Robin Titus, Assembly Minority Leader

Sen. Kieckhefer likes 'big ideas,' willing to look at Blockchains' 'smart city' concept with open mind
News - April 5, 2021

"It's a big idea, right? And I like big ideas" State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno


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