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Timing is terrible, too risky for economy to support Question 3 in Nevada, Satre says
News - July 31, 2018

"I don't think it is going to work and the evidence is that in most states that have approached it, it hasn't worked. If you look at what has happened in energy in this state, since 2009, the rates for the customer have dropped by 15 percent. We are among the lowest in energy costs in the United States and we are lower than all 14 states that deregulated in the 1990s." Phil Satre, co-chair of 'No on 3'

Reno legal marijuana customers show 'a touch of gray, dispensary owner and deputy police chief say
News - July 27, 2018

"I can tell you that our market is not people who are turning 21, like people would think of with alcohol. For our average customer, 60 percent of our customers are over the age of 40 and these are people that may have dabbled with marijuana in school or previously and now are really trying to study and understand the benefits of cannabis." Fernando Leal, marijuana dispensary owner and managing partner and owner of the Marriott Renaissance resort in downtown Reno

Laxalt's gubernatorial campaign could be hurt by lack of support from Tahoe-Reno Industrial Park developers, political science prof says
News - July 26, 2018

"These are guys with connections. Sure, it is not going to filter down to everybody, but it is going to get some of the people scratching their head and saying, 'Do I really know this Laxalt guy very well? And gee, I know these guys (Gilman and Norman), I work with them and they are doing some great things." Eric Herzik, political science professor, speaking about Tahoe-Reno Industrial Conter developers Lnace Gilman and Don Roger Norman

Sisolak needs strong support from Chris G to beat Laxalt in gubernatorial race, political science prof says
News - July 26, 2018

"You really need, in a sense, to activate that base. Because if there is going to be a blue wave, it has to come the more liberal wing of the party -- women, Latinos and labor and Sisolak has problems with labor." Eric Herzik, University of Nevada, Reno political science professor

Open-air entertainment venue, revamped movie complex coming to downtown Sparks' 'Victorian Square,' city councilwoman says
News - July 25, 2018

"Over 1,500 people will be living downtown when the current projects are completed but there are more projects to come with commercial and retail as well." Sparks city councilwoman Charlene Bybee

'Black-market' marijuana shows no down-sizing after year of legal pot sales, Reno deputy police chief says
News - July 19, 2018

"We will run sting operations on narcotics and have buys of narcotics and what we have found in those operations is that we don't have any fewer cases than we did previously to the legalization of marijuana. That number (of those caught illegally selling pot) remains the same in post legalization." Mac Venzon, RPD deputy chief



Washoe DA suggests a way the RGJ could help combat sex trafficking
News - July 9, 2018

"If you remember, the Reno Gazette used to put the names of all of those men who were caught in those stings (in the paper) and they don't do that anymore. I think that had a deterrent effect."    

Washoe DA suggests a way the RGJ could help combat sex trafficking
News - July 9, 2018

"If you remember, the Reno Gazette used to put the names of all of those men who were caught in those stings (in the paper) and they don't do that anymore. I think that had a deterrent effect."    


News - June 28, 2018


News - June 28, 2018


So how much is the state really making with Commerce Tax when Modified Business Tax credit is included? We clarify
Commentary - June 7, 2018

"A lot of the employers or companies that pay the commerce tax don't have enough employees to get the MBT credit. Everybody also thinks that it is a 50-percent deduction. But it has not always demonstrated to be that way." Mike Willden, Gov. Sandoval's chief of staff

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris G wants gaming industry to help make Nevada schools safer
News - June 5, 2018

"They've got the eyes in the sky. They know how to look at that technology. So hopefully they are part of that (school safety) committee. If not, I would like to get them involved in that. I think there is a better way to get to where we want by being more strategic in the use of technology." Chris Giunchigliani on gaming security and safety  



Sisolak wants to increase Medicaid funding but won't raise Commerce Tax to do it
News - May 31, 2018

"Health care care should not be dictated, in my opinion, by your bank balance or your zip code. Unfortunately that is what is happening right now." Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak

Gov. Sandoval would make good candidate for UNLV president's post, chancellor says
News - May 29, 2018

"With that kind of individual, you would have a great ability from an operational standpoint, from a fundraising standpoint and with a lot of those other issues." Chancellor Tom Reilly, speaking about Gov. Sandoval becoming UNLV president

Chancellor wants combined university/community college lobbying at Legislature, led by school presidents
News - May 29, 2018

"The universities have a stronger face. They have foundations. They have athletics. It is not a (fair) competition. I think in one system, we are focused on clear outcomes." Chancellor Thom Reilly, why he wants to combine university and community college lobbying at 2019 Legislature

Settelmeyer says he'll seek GOP state senate leadership post in 2019 Legislature
News - May 24, 2018

"With James (Settelmeyer) being a rural senator, he gets away from that north-south stuff that is discussed all of the time and he is able to work with both parties." Mary Lau, President and CEO, Retail Association of Nevada

'There is no escaping' Nevada gaming investigation for Steve Wynn, experts say
News - May 8, 2018

"You would not want a scenario where someone who had a license did something, committed a regulatory violation and then just said, 'Oh I am resigning and selling my shares so you can't do anything to me. That doesn't work with the way the gaming acts work." Sean McGuinness, Partner, Butler Snow and expert in Nevada gaming law

Mike Willden, Gov. Sandoval's chief of staff, will retire after 45 years in state government
News - May 4, 2018

"Quite frankly, I plan on retiring -- that's the current plan -- when Gov. Sandoval leaves. I told him I'd stay until the last day he wants me. I've made no commitment beyond then. I plan to retire. I'll find another job." Mike Willden, Gov. Sandoval's chief of staff


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