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"The A’s deal is the thing that’s going to delineate whether or not legislators can put their political differences aside."
- Warren Hardy, Principal, The Hardy Consulting Group, says this will determine the legacy of this legislature. He says with the backdrop of success of other franchises moving to the area and what they have meant to Las Vegas, he doesn’t know how we could turn our backs on Major League Baseball. - Friday, April 28, 2023.
"The opportunity to build relationships and build trust is something that we miss desperately in Carson City."
- Mike Draper, Partner, Argentum Partners, says trust has “dissipated tremendously” and in the last three years has disappeared, noting that they’re all “starting at ground zero.” He says they’re feeling the effects of term limits where it’s a new group of legislators first experiencing the building and communicating with media and lobbyists, and the trust isn’t there. - Thursday, April 27, 2023.
"Once you start thinking about the unempowered world, it starts to make you scared about any talk about restricting any form of energy."
- Alex Epstein, President, Center for Industrial Progress, says that it’s obvious that the world needs far more energy, yet the top talking point is rapidly eliminating the number one source of energy, fossil fuel. - Wednesday, April 26, 2023.
"It’s a piece of history in our city that will not be recreated, so you create a quasi-fantasy view of organized crime and its influence in Las Vegas."
- John Katsilometes, Host, Mobbed Up Season 3, explains the ongoing fascination and mystique of the mob in Las Vegas. He says current events, like finding bodies in Lake Mead, and the combined news and entertainment media help generate the continued narrative of the mob. - Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
"No matter how many times we sue governments and win and get strong case law out of Nevada Supreme Court, governments don’t care."
- Glenn Cook, Executive Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal discussing how governments in Nevada continue to ignore Nevada Supreme Court rulings and withhold what should be public records. The Review Journal is fighting an ongoing battle for more transparency. - Friday, April 21, 2023.
"We didn’t know 10 years ago, 15 years ago, how important this would be."
- Dana Bennett, President, Nevada Mining Association talking about how technological leaps help Nevada’s mining industry. In this case, Lithium. - Thursday, April 20, 2023.
"Absent some type of special session, which no one really likes, we’re going to be in trouble."
- State Senator Pat Spearman(D) District 1 says in regard to Harry Reid International airport running out of space in 2030 with no secondary airport coming online until 2037 annual sessions might give some breathing room to solve these kind of problems. - Wednesday, April 19, 2023.
"It just cannot stay where it was. The sort of factory-style model that we had for many, many years -- you know, you put a teacher, four walls, a certain number of students in it and have bells telling you when to switch (classes). That's antiquated. We can't do that."
- State Senator Scott Hammond (R)District 18 - who championed the push for Education Savings Accounts in the 2015 Legislature, is leading a push for a new version of that bill in the current legislative session. - Tuesday, April 18, 2023.
"Healthcare should not be a divisive issue for either party."
- Mason Van Houweling, CEO, University Medical Center, says as long as we continue to improve access, improve quality and outcomes, and control costs, he thinks “we’re doing a good job.” He earlier explains Governor Lombardo has reached out to the healthcare community during his campaign and met with the association quite often, and they look forward to continuing that relationship. - Friday, April 14, 2023.
"This is about giving the power back down to the people."
- State Senator Dallas Harris (D) District 11 says of supporting the national popular vote. She explains it isn’t about getting Nevada’s vote, but rather the vote of people across the country, noting it would require “more nimble” presidential candidates in how they target who they would like to build a coalition with to win. - Thursday, April 13, 2023.
"Nevada has been a leader with protecting everybody’s right to choose."
- State Senator Melanie Scheible (D) District 9 explains SJR7, which proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to include a provision that protects the right to choose. She says this would strengthen the protection by “actually inserting language into the constitution that says that every person regardless of their age, sex, gender, sexuality, gender identity or orientation that they have the right to bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom here in the state of Nevada.” - Wednesday, April 12, 2023.
"We have friends on both sides of the aisle, and we have some challenges on both sides of the aisle."
- Paul Moradkhan, Senior VP, Government Relations, Las Vegas Metro Chamber, explains there are friends to the business community in the legislature, but they also have folks they “need to educate a little more on what our members do.” He says their members are the job creators of the state and the economic engine of the community, noting it’s “always upon us to make sure we’re telling that story.” - Tuesday, April 11, 2023.
"It’s like there’s more focus on the political elbowing than there is on solving the problem and dealing with the issues."
- Congressman Mark Amodei, CD 2, discusses why various environmental projects haven’t been accomplished. He says it’s “incredibly frustrating” when we’re trying to move into less carbon, responsible extraction of mineral resources and economic and strategic security but face steep hills to achieve these projects. - Friday, April 7, 2023.
"It’s going to be a huge economic impact."
- State Senator Pete Goicoechea (R) District #19 says of the Ivanpah Airport. He explains the need exists to have another airport in the area and also says he’s “confident” the Brightline project is going to move forward. - Thursday, April 6, 2023.
"When people want to end their suffering, they don’t want to die — this isn’t suicide — they want to live, but they can’t because their bodies are breaking down."
- Sara Manns, Compassion and Choices Action Network, discusses SB 239, the Nevada End of Life Options Act, adding that this choice is “much more protective of people’s freedom and their rights.” She explains that this would allow a legal process to end one’s life, with safeguards in place including needing to be an adult, be terminally ill with less than six months to live and have multiple provider assessments. - Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
"I think I was born to be at Adele’s."
- Charlie Abowd, Author, says the restaurant is “part of us.” His upcoming memoir, “Recipes and Rambles,” tells the story of forty years at Adele’s through Nevada politics, cuisine and history. Pre-orders are available on Amazon. - Tuesday, April 4, 2023.
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