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"We’ve never seen presidents this disliked — two candidates this disliked — running against each other."
- Bryan Bedera, Founder, Vote Text, discusses results from a poll done for Nevada Newsmakers. He explains both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have historically low approval ratings, which could lead to an environment where people are going to be forced to pick the “lesser of two evils.” - Friday, May 26, 2023.
"We need to make sure our kids can read."
- Heidi Gansert, Senate Minority Leader, explains the status of education spending in the Nevada Legislature, saying there is “plenty of money” to “make a significant increase in pay for teachers” while also working on outcomes, noting a piece of that is early literacy. She previously says there isn’t reason for the legislature to go into a special session and “we have to reach an agreement and then move forward.” - Thursday, May 25, 2023.
"“We’re running out of time in this regular session to do anything."
- State Senator Dallas Harris (D) District 11 says of the A’s deal, noting she hasn’t seen a bill yet. She explains — as with any piece of legislation — all the details need to be ironed out and stakeholders, like Clark County, need to be on board and comfortable, otherwise “things just don’t happen.” - Wednesday, May 24, 2023.
"There are some things that are Republican and some things that are Democrat, but I think some things are just common sense."
- Assemblyman Greg Koenig, District 38, talks about his experience on different bills, saying that while there are certain lines “you aren’t going to cross” as a Republican, he is “pro what’s fair to the people.” - Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
"I’m worried about their ability to find a compromise."
- Fred Lokken, Professor of Political Science, TMCC, says of education funding at this point in the legislature. He says there are “storm clouds” on this process in terms of being able to send money to non-public schools, adding that he’s heard rumors suggesting this may end up in special session on purpose. - Friday, May 19, 2023.
"It’s unimaginable how awesome it’s going to be."
- Mary Lau, President, CEO, Retail Association of Nevada, says of the Ivanpah Airport, noting it’s a “great opportunity, but a supply chain issue.” Paul Enos, CEO, Nevada Trucking Association, responds by explaining that while we can’t build ports like in California, we can build freight airports with truck transportation, adding that the Ivanpah Airport “could be a beautiful thing for us.” - Thursday, May 18, 2023.
"The one part that we can bring up is we do have a Republican governor."
- P.K. O'Neil (R), Assembly Minority Leader, stresses while he doesn’t speak for Governor Joe Lombardo, “if bills come before the governor that have no Republican votes on them, he’ll take a very strong look at them and they may be vetoed.” - Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
"I think it's important to preserve that land and make sure that we can control what happens there, pending an airport."
- Tick Segerblom, Clark County Commissioner, District E, says while he supports SB19, he also raises serious questions about the need for the Ivanpah Airport, its potential for an increased tax burden on Clark County citizens and the availability of water to sustain the airport and the new town that will be created with it. - Tuesday, May 16, 2023.
"There are measures we can take to reduce the threat."
- Ira Victor, Chief Forensic Analyst,, says there are precautions both people and businesses can take to protect their privacy. He says that shrugging your shoulders and saying there’s nothing to do about it is “throwing the towel in” and giving the cyber criminals too much credit. - Friday, May 12, 2023.
"Special events are such a significant driver to these numbers."
- Michael Lawton, CPM, Senior Economic Analyst, NV Gaming Control Board, says events, international visitation and convention attendance are helping to sustain this level of gaming win for the foreseeable future. Gaming revenue topped more than $1 billion dollars for 25 consecutive months. - Thursday, May 11, 2023.
"There was a lot of enthusiasm because the focus is not to stop work, but rather to provide some safeguards."
- Senator Edgar Flores (D) District 2 explains his bill, SB427, which would add triggers to protect those working in extreme weather conditions. He says there has been pushback from the lobbying community with concerns for more industry-specific triggers and to work directly with OSHA for standards and regulations. - Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
"All options should be on the table, and if they’re viable in an economic sense, then, let’s go."
- Congressman Mark Amodei, CD 2, says the “pie is big enough” so that transportation isn’t all air, all car or all train. While discussing the Ivanpah Airport, he says when talking about responsible planning in any context, there’s a need for the additional airport in the Las Vegas area. - Tuesday, May 9, 2023.
"They say there’s enough water to fill it 4 times."
- Senator, Dr. Robin Titus, State Senator (R), District 17 talking about how much water is going to flow into the Lahonton reservoir this year. - Friday, May 5, 2023.
"The only recourse for that principal was to move that student to another school."
- Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen (R) #32 discussing her legislation, in partnership with Democrats Selena Torres and Angie Taylor, that addresses situations like a recent attack, on a school bus, by a 210 lb. 10-year-old student who hit, bit and kicked the principal who was trying to stop the student from pummeling his 7-year-old brother. - Thursday, May 4, 2023.
"You have forgotten more about this than I know."
- Assemblywoman Angie Taylor (D) #27 speaking to the knowledge of long-time lobbyists on their particular issues and how important their thoughts are on legislation. - Wednesday, May 3, 2023.
"A closed mouth doesn’t get fed."
- NSHE Board of Regents Vice Chairman, Joseph Arrascada says budget restoration ($61 million)would be a win for the university system and they are asking for an increase beyond the restoration. - Tuesday, May 2, 2023.
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