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"They’re throwing lemons at him, and he’s turning them into lemonade."
- Don Ahern, Chairman, Ahern Family of Companies, says in regards to the lawsuits against Donald Trump. He says “they’re taking their shot” against the former president, adding he thinks they’re going to be the reason Trump gets re-elected. - Friday, May 24, 2024.
"That was a real black hole for us as the legislature."
- Steve Yeager, Speaker of the Nevada Assembly, says of education spending. He explains the new accountability and transparency measures will ensure money is being spent wisely and to increase student outcomes. - Thursday, May 23, 2024.
"Theoretically, the city is bankrupt."
- Sig Rogich, President Rogich Communications, says about Las Vegas in regards to the Badlands lawsuit, which could be over $1 billion. He says it’s going to be very challenging for the next mayor to get a handle on the lawsuit. - Wednesday, May 22, 2024.
"That’ll have a big effect on the down ticket across the state."
- Sig Rogich, President Rogich Communications, discusses recent poll numbers indicating Donald Trump is favored in Nevada. He doesn’t think the former president will win the state by 12 or 13, rather if he wins by 6 or 8, that is still a landslide by today’s definition. - Tuesday, May 21, 2024.
"Each person is homeless for a different reason and you have to try to tailor those services to them."
- Wes Duncan, Sparks City Attorney, says we can’t paint with a broad brush and have one solution to solve this problem, rather we need to get at the root causes of homelessness to compassionately respond and have a range of options to address this issue. - Friday, May 17, 2024.
"Nevada came forward and provided that community with a new school."
- Will Adler, Founder, Silver State Govt Relations, says the community is overwhelmed with the response to the groundbreaking for the new Owyhee Combined School, located north of Elko near the Nevada-Idaho border, through funding secured in AB519 to support rural districts. He explains that the old school, attended by Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, was failing on multiple levels, including causing cancer from a hydrocarbon pocket in the water supply underneath the school. - Thursday, May 16, 2024.
"We just really need to involve mental health in all conversations."
- Diana Sande, Candidate for Assembly #25, says if she’s elected, she wants to find a plan to bring in a diverse set of mental health providers into Nevada. She explains, “Mental health is connected to everything,” noting these areas include education, homelessness, our veterans, and the opioid problem. - Wednesday, May 15, 2024.
"It’s grown."
- Mike Ginsburg, Candidate for State Senate District 15, says of Reno, adding he thinks development will continue in the area. He explains development is making the city better, and while it brings diversity and economy for the betterment of the community, it will also bring in more people and ultimately more growth to the area. - Tuesday, May 14, 2024.
"We just do a different kind of news."
- Rachel Dahl, Publisher, Fallon Media, says their effort is to “build community intentionally on the ground” with their newspapers by telling the story of the community itself. She says she has respect for how the state-wide papers are covering the news, but they aren’t covering the communities, which is where their effort is “completely different.” - Friday, May 10, 2024.
"What I found was that the conscientious and deliberate therapeutic use of psychedelics gave me my life back."
- Kate Cotter, Executive Director, Nevada Coalition for Psychedelic Medicines, shares her story and personal connection to why she dedicated herself to this work. She earlier explains this nonprofit is dedicated to the advocacy, education, and ultimately, the policy reform around psychedelic medicines. - Thursday, May 9, 2024.
"There’s my story in there, but more importantly, it’s about these five decades of important Nevada history that led to this significant event in 2018 and all that came out of it."
- Jill Derby, Former Democratic State Party Chair, discusses her newly published book, When You Dare to Say Yes, telling the story of advancing women’s gender equality, eventually leading to Nevada becoming the first state with a female-majority legislature. She also stresses the second major theme as the importance of everybody making their voice heard in a democracy and how it doesn’t work without citizen engagement. - Wednesday, May 8, 2024.
"If we don’t do it now, they will be so far behind in 2031, they may never catch up."
- Daren Griffin, President/CEO, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, says they know they have to be able to handle significantly more customers as the area continues to grow, which is the purpose of the $1 billion investment into the infrastructure modernization program. He explains that this program is designed to meet customer needs through the 2030s, into the 2040s and hopefully beyond then. - Tuesday, May 7, 2024.
"Overall in Nevada, I don’t see overwhelming excitement for either."
- Mackenzie Warren Kay, Attorney and Vice President, Government Affairs, McDonald Carano, says of the presidential candidates. She says she is consistently seeing a “shrugging of the shoulders” and not seeing voters completely confident with either choice. - Friday, May 3, 2024.
"It’s a $3.2 billion, what I would say, rate-payer boondoggle is what we’re really dealing with."
- Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network, says it’s to be determined whether or not taxpayers would fund the White Pine Water Power project. He explains the out-of-state firm has some private funding, but questions if they have the project fully funded yet, adding he would say “absolutely not.” - Thursday, May 2, 2024.
"I know the difference between an announcement and cranes actually moving around."
- Peter Guzman, President Latin Chamber of Commerce, says he wants to be positive about the announcement of a new resort anchored by a NBA-ready arena located on what was formerly the Wet ‘n Wild waterpark site in Las Vegas. He also notes that he is cautious because the price of borrowing money and cost of construction materials is “higher than it’s ever been.” - Wednesday, May 1, 2024.
"I don’t think anyone could have ever imagined that."
- George Ogilvie, Managing Partner, McDonald Carano, says he doesn’t think Don Carano ever foresaw growing to the point where they could buy Caesars Entertainment. He says calling Don “incredibly sharp” is an understatement, and the success is also a tribute to his sons and daughter who were able to “take what Don created and put it in the position that it’s in now.” - Tuesday, April 30, 2024.
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