“You’re spreading the same number of people over a larger and larger geographic area. You can do that to a certain point. But, at some point, you have to deal with the growth.” – Lincoln Public Safety Director Tom Casady on the lack of investment in new first responders in recent years.

“This rash decision will not fix the problems with Nebraska’s broken death penalty and are a distraction from the real issues impacting Nebraska’s Department of Corrections, an overcrowded, crisis-riddled system.” – Nebraska ACLU Executive Director Danielle Conrad on the state’s plan to execute Jose Sandoval, one of three men convicted of murder in the 2002 Norfolk bank robbery.

“I think Nebraska voters are infinitely more reasonable than the Legislature and the governor.” – Lincoln Sen. Adam Morfeld on plans to put Medicare expansion on the ballot after a similar measure passed in Maine.

“I never thought I’d be standing up for Amanda Gailey – our politics are completely different – but she’s entirely within her rights, and this is a witch hunt.” – University of Nebraska-Lincoln chemistry professor Gerard Harbison, who’s sponsored many conservative student groups, criticizing state senators’ newspaper column about perceived anti-conservative bias.

“It’s still illegal in Nebraska, and that’s all we focus on.” – Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner following the traffic stop and arrest of an Oregon marijuana processor whom authorities say had an estimated $1.1 million in cannabis in a trailer.

“What I’ve learned about athletics is it’s just like any other business. It’s about metrics. It’s about performance. It’s about management. It’s about expectations. It’s about accountability. It’s about customers. The product is just different. When you realize the need for change in that business, you act.” – UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green, when asked about the state of the football program.

“My hope is that we can make sure every Nebraskan has the opportunity to get health coverage. My fear is that this situation has created a perfect storm that will make that very difficult.” – Chante Truscott of Community Action of Nebraska, on health insurance exchange signup.

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