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"There’s a side of Donald Trump that puts people off."
- Robert List, Former Governor of Nevada, says that while the former president goes after people unnecessarily, criticizes them and can be very brash, he hopes we’ll overlook that in favor of his policies and accomplishments. He explains the policies that make him supportive of Trump are the international accomplishments, later adding that our allies and enemies have to respect Trump because he “does what he says he’s going to do.” - Friday, February 23, 2024.
"If that’s the choice you get, I think people are going to want to say something."
- Josh Hicks, Partner, McDonald Carano, says of the upcoming presidential election. Even though there may be two candidates at the top of the ticket who don’t have much support from nonpartisans or moderates, he suspects that the election turnout will be “pretty significant” and people will vote for the candidate “they think will do the least harm from their perspective.” - Thursday, February 22, 2024.
"We have to start helping out smaller towns and give them the access to be able to build not only housing, but affordable, attainable housing overall."
- Maurice Page, CEO, Nevada Housing Coalition, says the potential of building in other communities is huge, but it hinges on lands bills. He says if we can work with our congressional leaders and expand in those other communities, it will be a huge benefit, especially as major corporations move to Nevada and offer more jobs. - Wednesday, February 21, 2024.
"Food insecurity is really the utmost highest right now, unfortunately."
- Woody Worthington, Director of National Partnerships, Green Our Planet, says there are 44 million households nation-wide – about one out of every eight people – who are experiencing food insecurity. He explains that out of the 630 food deserts, there are 40 in Nevada alone. - Tuesday, February 20, 2024.
"We’re right at the end of the process."
- Bernard Rowe, Ioneer USA Corp President, says developing modern day mines takes a lot of time, no matter where you are located. He later explains that while they have a bit to go in terms of public review, when you consider it’s a multi-year process to get to this point, they’re really at the final stages. - Friday, February 16, 2024.
"They don’t like our country."
- George Harris, Chairman, Nevadans for Sound Government, says of the media, later adding that “they will say or do anything to try to destroy this man,” speaking of former President Donald Trump. He earlier shares his story of how he spent time with Trump and was invited to a rally in his motorcade. - Thursday, February 15, 2024.
"A water law professor a long time ago told me, ‘Water is never really the limiting factor in growth, it has been and always will be money.’"
- James Settlemeyer, Director, Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, says there will always be a way to develop land at Coyote Springs, it just comes down to cost. He earlier calls the Nevada Supreme Court ruling “historic,” adding this reaffirmed state engineer’s “powers and rights.” - Wednesday, February 14, 2024.
"People just don’t understand how big Nevada is and how much of our land is federally-owned."
- Ed Lawson, Mayor of Sparks, says that while the Sparks lands bill seems like a “tremendous amount of acreage,” it actually represents “0.001% of all the federal land in Nevada.” He explains Sparks is out of land and they’ll need to “grow up,” noting that he doesn’t want to be like San Francisco but it looks like they’ll have to be if they don’t get the property tax change or the lands bill passed. - Tuesday, February 13, 2024.
"It was a way for the Democrats to inject themselves into the Republican primary."
- George Harris, Chairman, Nevadans for Sound Government, says the Democrats made the presidential preference primary law without one vote from the Republicans and wasted $6.1 million on sending out ballots “that meant nothing and none of the above won.” He adds Democrats didn’t want to see Trump on the ballot and “they should have left it alone in the caucus” where voters would have seen Trump, DeSantis and Scott represented. - Friday, February 9, 2024.
"Once the smoke cleared, and it was all set and done, it was a very successful event for the state, Clark County and the Las Vegas Strip."
- Michael Lawton, CPM, Senior Economic Analyst, NV Gaming Control Board, says of the Formula One race, explaining they saw $1.374 billion in win, which was an all-time record for the month of November. - Thursday, February 8, 2024.
"We put off a lot of things that we need to do."
- Clay Mitchell, Vice Chair, Storey County Commission, says that while Storey County will see roughly $12-13 million additional dollars per year from tax abatements, they identified about $165 million worth of capital improvements that are “critical” to make in the next five years. - Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
"I think it’s very unfortunate for Nevada because we look foolish."
- Helen Foley, President, Foley Public Affairs, says of the Republican primary/caucus explaining that with all of the complaints of fraud and lack of election trust, this was a “terrible thing” for Republicans to do. She later says this caused worse than confusion, but a “distrust of the system,” adding, “it’s ugly and didn’t need to happen and we’re going to look silly on the national stage.” - Tuesday, February 6, 2024.
"There is so much more interest in the caucus than I think we’ve ever seen in Washoe County in the past, ever."
- Bruce Parks, Chair, Washoe County Republicans, says this based on the number of phone calls coming into their headquarters. He further elaborates the majority of phone calls are questions regarding where to go to caucus, adding they have received questions about Donald Trump not appearing on their ballot. - Friday, February 2, 2024.
"Currently today, there are over 100,000 Americans on the transplant list."
- Tyre Gray, Nevada Donor Network, says roughly every 15 minutes another person is added, and unfortunately, 17 people per day die who were on the list. He shares his own experience with organ donation, where he waited eight years from diagnosis to transplant to receive a new kidney, later saying that he was one of the lucky people. - Thursday, February 1, 2024.
"There’s nothing good coming out of Washington at all."
- John Lee, Candidate for CD 4, says on why he’s running for this position, highlighting issues including border security, home buying and more. He elaborates that “this is just a tough time for America” and we need different thinkers and leaders. - Wednesday, January 31, 2024.
"They need to realize who's driving the cart here and we're in charge."
- Tick Segerblom, Chair, Clark County Commission, says of the F1 race in Las Vegas, adding, “if they want to take advantage of Clark County, they need to listen to us and let us evaluate what happened." He explains Commissioners have not yet decided if it is in the best interest of Clark County for the Formula One race to return. - Tuesday, January 30, 2024.
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