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"A lot of good people won’t run, and then sometimes good people step down."
- Assemblywoman Angie Taylor (D) District 27, says during her last few years serving on the school board there was a lot of external pressure to get away from being inclusive and representative and instead primarily lean heavily towards the far right. She says education isn’t something that should be far right or far left, adding there were “things that definitely crossed the line” like personal attacks, which will keep good people out of the office. - Friday, October 27, 2023.
"By having the caucus we just won’t get a good picture of who they support."
- Dr. Robin Titus, State Senator (R), District 17, says she preferred the primary process, explaining that it gives a better idea of what’s going to happen in the general election. She adds that with the presidential caucus, there’s a limited time slot and limited people who can get there, and while she understands they want the most committed Republicans to show up, there are people who won’t be able to vote then who will later vote in the general election. - Thursday, October 26, 2023.
"I think it’s going to play into everybody’s race."
- John Sande IV, Principal, Argentum Partners, says of the war in Israel, and how it will affect not only national political races, but also state and local. He adds he thinks everyone is going to wonder what the role is for the United States in the Middle East and with Israel. - Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
"Does it help? Certainly. Is it enough? No way."
- Andrew MacKay, Exec. Dir., Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association, discusses the infrastructure issue with electric vehicles, and while the federal government has a “pot of money that they will then bequeath to the states,” it's not enough. He adds, “But like anything that Congress and the federal government is good at is utterly screwing up things,” using the infrastructure act and tax credits for electric vehicles as examples. - Tuesday, October 24, 2023.
"History has shown there are some people you cannot negotiate with, or if you do negotiate with them, it’s not worth the piece of paper."
- Colonel Kris Thompson, (Rtd) US Army/National Guard, likens Iran and Hamas to 1938 when peace was negotiated with Hitler, but in reality he was planning the extermination of the Jews. He says the stated objective of Hamas and Iran is “the extermination of Jews and the extermination of the state of Israel,” adding, “What else is Israel to do? They have no other choice here in order to survive.” - Friday, October 20, 2023.
"We are left with crazy."
- Lindsay Knox, VP Government Affairs & Advocacy, McDonald Carano, explains that because of the primary system, this is what we’re left with in certain seats when the candidate goes towards the extreme to get the vote, only to move more towards the middle after the primary. She later says we’re “missing out on good people being in office” with our current system. - Thursday, October 19, 2023.
"We meet you in the middle."
- Katie Charleson, Communications Director, NV Health Link, explains this service is ideal for people who don’t qualify for Medicaid, don’t have Medicare or don’t have employee sponsored coverage. She says it’s great for people who make a good income but don’t qualify for these other programs. - Wednesday, October 18, 2023.
"We’ve created a monster."
- Fred Lokken, Professor of Political Science, TMCC, says we either need to fix politics or we’re not going to be around that much longer. He explains how we “go out of our way to make our public hate politics,” later saying that the electorate knows the current system is “stupid” and they “feel downright dirty” about getting even interested in politics. - Tuesday, October 17, 2023.
"It’s going to be amazing what they’re going to do out there."
- Donny Gilman - GM, L. Lance Gilman Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., shares details on this mega deal land purchase for two campus-sized tech sites, totaling 2,200 acres, at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center by his client, Tract, a company that master plans and develops data center parks. He says this is a major investment into Northern Nevada. - Friday, October 13, 2023.
"They don’t want peace. They want dead Jews."
- Elliot Malin, President, Alpine Strategies, discusses the Israel-Hamas war, saying that Hamas has shown time and time again that they’re not serious actors for peace and if the world didn’t see that in 2014 when they kidnapped and murdered Israeli teens, the world sees it today. He explains this is the single largest intelligence and security disaster in state history, and this was a deliberate action against Jewish civilians. He says they’ve been warning the world for years: “They want to kill us for being Jewish, they don’t care about Israel, and that is evil.” - Thursday, October 12, 2023.
"It’s a whole system, it’s not just us."
- Evelyn Grosenick, Washoe County Public Defender, discusses future concerns with this office as the population continues to grow, saying that the more people who are arrested and prosecuted, the more people will come to the public defender’s office for services. She says we should be focusing on mental health and substance abuse treatment in the community to hopefully divert some of those people who are getting arrested while in crisis, and we may prevent some of the need for a bigger criminal justice system. - Wednesday, October 11, 2023.
"Alex Meruelo is making the largest private capital investment in the history of Reno."
- Andrew Diss, SVP, Chief Strategy Officer, Meruelo Gaming, discusses the $1 billion multi-phase development coming to the Grand Sierra Resort. The project consists of updating the property’s lake to be on par with the Bellagio’s, a state of the art golf facility, workforce housing and the cornerstone being a 10,000 seat arena which will be the new home for Nevada Men’s Basketball. - Tuesday, October 10, 2023.
"Reno is a breakout city and people are really recognizing it."
- Hillary Schieve, Mayor of Reno, says of the recent announcement to invest $1 billion into the Grand Sierra Resort to build a 10,000 seat arena, which will be the new home of Nevada Men’s Basketball. She says this is the largest private investment into the City of Reno, and the arena will bring in incredible acts, sporting events and more. - Friday, October 6, 2023.
"We really wanted to do something that addresses the jewel of the Sierra, and not just identify the problems, but really try to get at the solutions."
- Lina Tanner, Nevada Clean Energy and Transportation Conference, explains the basis of the convention. She says part of it is to look at accessing funding and the different ways we can explore electrification to ultimately alleviate the air emissions issues and traffic concerns in the Lake Tahoe area and what infrastructure is needed. - Thursday, October 5, 2023.
"These are the kinds of projects that our civil society really benefits from."
- US Senator Jacky Rosen explains how the historic Abraham Accords are helping to create peace and stability in the Middle East. She shares that each country is excited about building on these partnerships and enhance areas like energy security, tourism, cyber security and healthcare. - Wednesday, October 4, 2023.
"It’s need, it’s money, it’s water — all of those factors will go into that decision."
- Congresswoman Dina Titus, CD 1, says of the Ivanpah Airport, later adding that infrastructure is key to bring power and water to the corridor. She also says she doesn’t expect a seven-year gap between when Harry Reid International Airport is predicted to reach capacity and when Ivanpah could be built, explaining they’ll either speed up Ivanpah or find some other way to expand. - Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
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