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"I think it’s time to be sensible about this and really represent the demographics, especially in our state."
- Assemblywoman Robin Titus (R) District #38, says that both Republicans and Democrats are running amok, and she would be willing to sign onto a bill that recognizes that there are more than two parties in this country. - Friday, December 3, 2021.
"A lot of folks assume the job of a mayor is a full-time job — which it is — but, in our rural cities, the pay is not there for it to be someone’s sole job."
- Daniel Corona, Mayor of West Wendover, talks about how he lost his casino job during covid, the struggle of navigating Nevada’s unemployment system and how food insecurity personally affected him. He now works for a nonprofit that runs the same local food bank he had to go to during the pandemic for the first time. - Thursday, December 2, 2021.
"One of the things that we are lacking here for businesses and for our schools, which we found through the pandemic, is that we didn’t have as much broadband as we need."
- Bob Lucey, Chair Washoe County Commission, shares his thoughts on where the money coming in from the infrastructure bill should be allocated in Nevada. He notes the biggest needs are to continue focusing on roads and installing fiber optic in more rural areas like Gerlach and the North Valleys. - Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
"I don’t think you can build a large enough coalition of pink man buns and Starbucks drinkers to win elections when you’ve lost the working class."
- Rory McShane, CEO McShane LLC, says unless the Democrats reverse course to recapture the working middle class, the party will face defeat in next year’s primary elections. - Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
"It’s striking."
- Ross Pfautz, Senior VP, Northern Nevada, Victory Logistics District, describes the progress on the industrial district being built in Fernley. He says Spec A — which will offer 815,000 square feet of cross-dock industrial space — is expected to be finished by the end of February 2022. - Friday, November 26, 2021.
"Education is the number one issue in Nevada right now."
- John Lee, Mayor of North Las Vegas, says there’s a serious problem with education, teachers and substitutes, and a superintendent is needed to help bring back teaching world class education in the Silver State. - Thursday, November 25, 2021.
"The way you do things is often just as important as whether or not you do them."
- Orrin Johnson, Attorney, comments on the Afghanistan withdrawal, calling it shameful. He says instead of an orderly withdrawal, it was chaotically done, and ended with the U.S. looking like we’re running away with our tail between our legs. - Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
"There’s something for everyone in there, whether you’re a farmer or an endangered fish species."
- Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network, says the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act — which contains $8 billion in funding to restore Western water systems — has something for everyone in the bill and is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, whether you agree with it or not. - Tuesday, November 23, 2021.
"There were students who stayed on the campus burning the records, so the Taliban couldn’t see who the students were and go after them and their families."
- Jill Derby, Former Democratic State Party Chair, references a New York TImes article recounting the harrowing experience of students at the American University in Kabul — who were considered infidels by the Taliban — finding refuge in the Iraqi city, Sulaimaniya. She was involved in helping over 100 students find refuge after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, through high-level connections and raising finances through her position with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. - Friday, November 19, 2021.
"I hope this was a wake up call that we really need to think about manufacturing, and what it is that we’re doing within our boundaries so that we have a sustainable economy."
- Aaron West, CEO, Nevada Builders Alliance, comments on the manufacturing backlog, and how we’ve become a nation expecting things to be manufactured for a lower cost elsewhere, but also expect that we can get products when we want them. - Thursday, November 18, 2021.
"It’s not really listening to what the citizens want, and that’s what reapportionment really in the real world should be about. We know we don’t live in the real world, we live in the political world."
- Marsha Berkbigler, former Washoe County Commissioner, said redistricting based upon putting Republicans in one area and Democrats in the other can create potential problems, noting she’s surprised Democrats are being serious about creating D-districts rather than creating balanced districts - Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
"It was the general public that was harmed."
- State Senator James Settlemeyer, District 17, says redistricting maps were revised at the eleventh hour to count an additional over 1,800 inmates at their pre-incarceration addresses. This changed the population data and ultimately affected recorded populations specifically in rural areas. He says that this process invalidated 700 maps made by the general public, while maps made by the caucuses could easily correct the technical problem. - Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
"I believe I’m absolutely the most qualified and the most prepared to lead from day one."
- Joey Gilbert, Attorney and Republican candidate for Nevada governor, answers how his skills will translate to the position if elected. He said he spent the time campaigning in rural counties, understands the needs of the people and the state, and believes the state is suffering from a pandemic of failed leadership. - Friday, November 12, 2021.
"How do we ensure that rural issues still get brought to the floor?"
- Alex Goff, Democratic National Committeeman, explains the importance for people who live both in rural communities and cities to continue developing relationships between the people and legislators in order to represent all of Nevada. The Nevada Legislature is set to fulfill its constitutional duty to revise the state’s voting districts following the census in a special session. - Thursday, November 11, 2021.
"I want to do governance. That's what I want to do."
- Guy Nohra, Entrepreneur and Republican candidate for Nevada governor, says that he doesn’t want to learn politics and that politics doesn’t interest him — rather, he said, he’s a governance person, and if elected, he doesn’t anticipate much trouble when first dealing with the Legislature, even if it retains the Democratic majority. - Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
"Republicans are going to come out of the gubernatorial primary very divided. It’s turning nasty already, and we are a long way from June."
- Fred Lokken, Professor of Political Science, Truckee Meadows Community College, says that while both parties are broken, the Democrats run strong campaigns and Nevada won’t see a repeat of 2014. He notes the gubernatorial primary will drain coffers, and with that damage, it will affect other races including the Senate. - Tuesday, November 9, 2021.
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