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"It’s not unusual in any session to see some big ideas coming out at the end of the session especially ideas that have a lot of politics behind them."
- Josh Hicks, Partner, McDonald Carano says the Nevada Public Option is one and he consider it a typical trading piece. - Friday, May 14, 2021.
"When the 30 minutes was over, I looked over at my dad and he was crying. I wanted to hug him so bad. To let him know I was OK, that I forgave him for abandoning me, now after we finally got to have our daddy-daughter moment."
- Steve Yeager, Chairman, Assembly Judiciary Committee retelling a portion of the testimony of Heather Snedeker regarding her father, who was executed by the State of Nevada. - Thursday, May 13, 2021.
"Thinking long term, that’s probably going to have, I think, one of the most significant impacts going forward, for the average resident."
- Aaron West, CEO, Nevada Builders Alliance referring to an energy bill regarding renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. - Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
"It doesn't really create a (budget) hole; it just shows that they stole money from people when they didn't have the authority to do so."
- State Senator James Settlemeyer, District 17 on the Gibbon’s 2/3rds Tax Initiative that was upheld by the State Supreme Court this week. - Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
"No need to rock the boat and bring attention to that before the election."
- Eva Segerblom, Attorney, Maddox, Segerblom and Canepa on whether the Legislature will bring up the Governors emergency powers during this session. - Friday, May 7, 2021.
"Yesterday we had a vote on domestic violence and sexual assault victim programs and continued funding and increased funding which I completely support."
- Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen, District 32 has a problem with using a marriage license funding mechanism because that is plateauing, and she would rather see another way to fund it. - Thursday, May 6, 2021.
"It’s been amazing what’s happened.”"
- State Senator Joseph Hardy, District 12 discussing the current use of tele-medicine, tele-health and how there are patients that are vulnerable that doctors really don’t want leaving home to go on an in-office doctor visit. - Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
"God didn't make all roses. He didn't make all daffodils. He has a bunch of different types of flowers. There are different types of grass, not one type of tree."
- State Senator Pat Spearman District #1 said that progress on equal rights is why she sees the 2020s as a time when Americans will have a "revelation" on the subject, because 20/20 is perfect vision. - Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
"International tourists, when they come, they stay longer, and they spend more. So we want to make sure we get that back and up and rolling,"
- Congresswoman Dina Titus CD 1 says that call it what you want some kind of international vaccine passport is going to be needed. - Friday, April 30, 2021.
"There is a chance you could be in the majority and on Appropriations, which would put you -- I don't know if the retirement (benefits) are there yet or not --, but could put you up first for a committee chairmanship. Which you know, is a good place to be in terms of making sure we get policies right and also taking care of Nevada."
- Congressman Mark Amodei CD 2 talking about the conundrum he faces in deciding whether he runs for re-election to CD 2 or runs for Governor of Nevada. - Thursday, April 29, 2021.
"It’s a world of difference."
- Assemblyman Andy Mathews, District #37 discussing the fact that as a former conservative commentator, now having run for election and being a legislator, that he looks at things with different eyes. The range of issues forces one to increase one’s knowledge on a wide range of issues. - Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
"I think this whole state can look to Northern Nevada for the job they did there."
- Warren Hardy, Principal, The Hardy Consulting Group talking about the economic development and the diversification that the North has pulled off over the past twenty years and more. - Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
"The key players in that room can put about a half billion dollars together in about a weekend."
- George Harris, Chairman, Nevadans For Sound Government describing a meeting of 40 major donors with former President Trump, at Mar-a-Lago prior to the RNC meeting recently. Mr. Harris says he didn’t get the sense that the former president wants to run again or be the king of the party. What he appears to want is a hand in selecting future quality candidates. - Friday, April 23, 2021.
"The policy, when we think of Innovation Zones in this legislation, is separate from any one individual or business."
- Michelle White, Chief of Staff to Governor Sisolak describing how allegations of impropriety by Blockchains LLC. Owner Jeff Berns and his wife are not connected to the potential Smart Cities legislation that has still not dropped in bill form to the Legislators at this late date, in the session. - Thursday, April 22, 2021.
"Actually, we’ve been having them contact us and say you want to come visit? You need a hall pass?"
- Susan Fisher, Senior VP, McDonald Carano, Government Affairs says access to the Legislative building is no longer an issue. Apparently, the Legislators have been lonely. - Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
"The system is the problem at the current time not the Regents."
- John Gwaltney, President Emeritus TMCC says that the problem is the lack of equitable distribution of resources. He along with all the other former Presidents of the Community Colleges in Nevada want to see separation of the colleges from the two Universities. - Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
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