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"Demand is part of it, but the reality is, we have a labor shortage across the board, that is really, I think, the issue at hand."
- Paul Enos, CEO Nevada Trucking Association, explains that it’s not only a truck driver shortage — which is 30% higher than before the pandemic — but also issues in other links in the supply chain including ports, warehouses and grocery stores. - Friday, January 21, 2022.
"I am not a politician, but I am definitely a leader from the things that I’ve done."
- Tony Grady, Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor, says on his run for the position and how his qualities would benefit the state. - Thursday, January 20, 2022.
"Without question, we need to make sure that if someone wants to vote and has the right to vote, we keep that open."
- Kristopher Dahir, Republican Candidate for Secretary of State, says this is an important role of the office he’s running for. He explains that our accountability processes shouldn’t remove someone from voting, rather ballots should be accessible and reviewed if brought into question. - Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
"I owe this country a debt that will never be repaid."
- Sam Kumar, Republican candidate for Assembly District 25, says running is a ‘mere thank-you’ to a country that means a lot to him as a Generation Zero immigrant. - Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
"The Las Vegas area has seen a near uninterrupted streak of record prices every month for the last year and a half."
- Eli Segall, Real Estate Reporter, LVRJ, talks about the residential housing market in Southern Nevada. While the market briefly screeched to a halt during the pandemic, he says the area then saw a huge acceleration in sales velocity, volume and prices. - Friday, January 14, 2022.
"There are leaps forward that happen certainly, but over time is really the best way to evaluate the outcomes."
- Bo Bernhard, VP Economic Development, UNLV, says economic development is a long-term project, and while Las Vegas may have “growing pains” and move quickly at times, projects on a whole could take years to see results. - Thursday, January 13, 2022.
"It’s an entirely different area."
- Michelle Romero, Henderson City Councilwoman, Ward One, talks about the major redevelopment efforts, including restaurants, the Lifeguard Arena, amphitheater and more. She spent 30 years working for the city, with 16 years in redevelopment, and is now running for mayor of Henderson City. - Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
"I think we have to."
- April Becker, Attorney, says on the decision to run as a Republican candidate for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District. She says CD3 is a true swing district and is winnable when looking at the numbers. - Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
- State Senator Dallas Harris (D) District 11 responds to host Sam Shad’s question on where she’d like to see the money used from the infrastructure bill. She says it’s important to get the dollars out equally across the state, specifically to rural areas that need broadband. - Friday, January 7, 2022.
"This is the future direction of growth of the Las Vegas Strip."
- Paul Hobson, President Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, says the north portion of The Strip has the greatest potential for expansion with undeveloped Strip lots and unfinished properties. - Thursday, January 6, 2022.
"I had my fingers crossed."
- Steve Yeager, Chairman, Assembly Judiciary Committee, says having Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas is a very exciting opportunity. Previously on Nevada Newsmakers, Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick said the game will be more of a 20-day event, in which Yeager agrees, adding the area should extend it for as long as possible with auxiliary events. - Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
"This is the best vaccine the world’s ever seen."
- Mason Van Houweling, CEO, University Medical Center, comments on the effectiveness of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson covid vaccines, noting almost every patient that is in the ICU or on ventilators at UMC are unvaccinated. - Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
"You don’t have to have tangible evidence."
- George Harris, Chairman, Nevadans for Sound Government, responds to host Sam Shad’s question on whether or not Harris has proof of voter fraud. He explains that because counties voted to send ballots to both active and inactive voter files, he says it’s human nature to open the ballots and is “sure they were voted.” - Friday, December 31, 2021.
"This made perfect sense."
- Howard Stutz, Gaming Reporter, Nevada Independent, comments on the MGM Resorts sale of the Mirage hotel and casino to Hard Rock International for nearly $1.1 billion. He says the new owners have intentions to “gut” the Mirage and completely renovate, including plans to build a guitar-shaped hotel tower on The Strip. - Thursday, December 30, 2021.
"I tell people, you could never even dream what happened to Sen. Reid. It's a true miracle. It just shows what a person can do with a lot of determination."
- Tick Segerblom, Clark County Commissioner, District E, said about US Senator Harry Reid’s life story. Reid, who died a few weeks after his 82nd birthday, was born and raised in a hardscrabble existence in Searchlight, Nev., but his fighter's mentality and never-give-up attitude pushed him to be Nevada's greatest politician. - Wednesday, December 29, 2021.
"We are ranked at the bottom. Unfortunately, there tends to be a lot of Nevada positions at the bottom of rankings, particularly in response to Covid."
- Joe Lombardo, Clark County Sheriff and Republican gubernatorial candidate, used Politico's State Pandemic Scorecard — which rated Nevada in 48th place, tied with Mississippi — to boost his criticism of Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak's handling of the pandemic in the Silver State. - Tuesday, December 28, 2021.
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