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"It’s a global phenomenon."
- Stephen Phillip Monteiro, Former Secret Service Agent, says that while he was an agent, biological terrorism was at the top of the list of concerns, but it has now been supplanted by cyber security. He says that transcontinental cyber crime is an ongoing, global issue, and countries must partner around the world to put a stop to it. - Friday, November 25, 2022.
"I want to see the election systems such that they are so obviously secure."
- Orrin Johnson, Attorney, explains that while he doesn’t believe there’s vast election fraud, he would want to see increased election security. He says he wants “people in charge of our elections to be flinty eyed and suspicious.” - Thursday, November 24, 2022.
"That’s not working anymore."
- Peter Guzman, President, Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, says there are people and groups out there that still want to minimize the voice of the Hispanic culture, but the Latino vote and voice is extremely relevant. He says Hispanics, and Nevada, mattered tremendously this election cycle. - Wednesday, November 23, 2022.
"A lot of people have some big hopes for this."
- Mick Akers, Formula One Reporter, Las Vegas Review Journal, says everyone involved from F1 to state and local officials are looking to make the event on the Las Vegas Strip the marquee race for the F1 slate. He adds Vegas has the amenities, hotel rooms, high-end shopping, nightlife, gambling and more to outshine the other locations, and has one of the best backdrops, which he says the drivers and teams are excited to race. - Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
"People were afraid because he gets even, he doesn't give an explanation and there was absolutely nobody that could get ahold of him."
- Mary Lau, President, CEO, Retail Association of Nevada, says Sisolak’s reputation from his Clark County days of getting even and having a temper manifested itself into the same environment during his reign as governor. She explains that Joe Lombardo has a task in front of him because “our bureaucracy is a disaster.” - Friday, November 18, 2022.
"Money talks is what I make of it."
- Jeff Silver, Gaming Attorney, says when he was at the Riviera Hotel, sports wagering was once a pariah where they couldn’t host a Super Bowl party that had a television set bigger than 40 inches and it was specified you couldn’t use the broadcast that was trademarked or copyrighted. Now, with the potential revenue streams, Las Vegas will be hosting the 2024 Super Bowl. - Thursday, November 17, 2022.
"We really don’t have that much time to reach these voluntary agreements."
- John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority, explains that negotiations are not moving quickly enough on the Colorado River. He says the last two years on the river took a bad situation and made it much worse, and that if we have more bad water years the reservoirs will get to “truly critically low elevations.” He says this is why they have been more strident with the federal government needing to take more of a leadership role. - Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
"We’re seeing the sports and entertainment capital of the world moniker play out."
- Rick Velotta, Tourism and Gaming Reporter, Las Vegas Review Journal, says the area has had some good events, and people are buying into it. He discusses more on Formula 1, college and professional football and more developments on the potential of the Oakland A’s coming to Vegas. - Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
"Imagine the precedent that essentially they’re asking for, which is, you murder a journalist, you get to take the reporter’s shield law privileges with the journalist’s life, and as a criminal defendent, you get to go looking through a reporter’s unpublished material, confidential contacts."
- Glenn Cook, Executive Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal, says they have been working to stop the examination of Jeff German’s devices, explaining they have a permanent injunction in place which Las Vegas Metro agreed to not search his cell phone, four personal computers and an external hard drive until there is a court order to either conduct the search or search with strict circumstances that honor the shield law. He says Metro, the district attorney and the public defender’s office want to be able to function as though the shield law doesn’t exist where privileges terminate upon the death of a reporter, creating a dangerous potential precedent. - Friday, November 11, 2022.
"The whole tech park is just an inspiring technological wonder."
- Bo Bernhard, VP Economic Development, UNLV, talks about the Harry Reid Research and Technology Park, an entire campus dedicated to tech and innovation. He says to showcase the talents of the students, they handed over the layout to the architecture design team, where final projects will be due in December. Already, over 100 companies moved in, where he says many didn’t previously have a presence in the area. - Thursday, November 10, 2022.
"I think we need to rethink education."
- Former State Senator Patricia Farley says that as a parent of four children with four different education needs, one-stop solutions don’t fit every child. She explains her concerns of the public education platform not addressing how to meet children where they are, noting that sometimes children need a private or charter school to meet their needs. She agrees with a robust, strong public education system, but says that we also need answers for parents whose children might not fit in the public school equation successfully. - Wednesday, November 9, 2022.
"I quit betting against Tilman Fertitta."
- Howard Stutz, Gaming Reporter, Nevada Independent, explains that Fertitta does what he says he’s going to do and he’s usually been correct, noting that we’ll see how he moves forward with the project soon. Fertitta bought acreage in one of the busiest spots on the Las Vegas Strip for a hefty price. - Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
"It just depends on which way the wind’s blowing in Nevada."
- John Oceguera, Former Speaker of the Nevada Assembly, Strategies 360, says Nevada isn’t one of those states that can be predictable, and it could go red or blue this election cycle. He says it’s tough to call a lot of these races and that “this is going to be one of the closest elections we’ve seen in a long time.” - Friday, November 4, 2022.
"I think the big misimpression is that the mob ran the town."
- Former US Senator Richard Bryan says the mob was in Las Vegas and had influence, but “what they wanted was to be left alone.” He says he knew they were around, and people knew who members of the mob were, but he “virtually had no contact with the mob at all.” - Thursday, November 3, 2022.
"And we said, 'Sounds great to us. Welcome to the neighborhood.'"
- Don Ahern, President and CEO, Ahern Equipment Rentals, says he spoke to Oakland A’s ownership, and this is how he responded when they asked his thoughts about building the ballpark near his hotel. Ahern says Phil Ruffin — property owner of the Circus Circus resort and the Las Vegas Festival Grounds — has made trips to Oakland to negotiate a possible land deal, noting that Ruffin has “changed his heart” about selling land to the A’s. - Wednesday, November 2, 2022.
"I’m convinced that eventually in Las Vegas, we’re going to be the marijuana capital of the world."
- Tick Segerblom, Clark County Commissioner, District E, says he could see every hotel having a dispensary and marijuana lounge, once the law is changed. He says in the next few years, we’ll see marijuana-focused businesses take off, noting that no one would do it better than Las Vegas. - Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
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