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“You will go farther in life and get there quicker, precisely because you’re from Nebraska.” – Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne, an Omaha native, addressing University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s spring commencement ceremony.

“I’m planning on coming back next year to see if I can improve my time. Maybe we’ll get a little cooler weather.” – Geofrey Terer, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, after winning the men’s full marathon on his first time entering the Lincoln Marathon.

“We can’t find anything like it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal.” – National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Dergan, on the last time Nebraska issued a dust storm warning after blowing dirt caused shutdowns along Interstate 80 west of Lincoln.

“The word ‘equipment’ is being massaged. I don’t think that was the intent of the voters.” – Lincoln City Councilman Jon Camp, criticizing the proposal to use $1 million in excess public-safety sales tax money to buy new fire apparatus as an overbroad interpretation of the ballot initiative’s wording.

“After a year and a half, there still doesn’t seem to be evidence of actual collusion. … The sooner we wrap this up, the better. Allowing this to linger has some negative consequences.” Nebraska Rep. Adrian Smith, calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to conclude.

“In Nebraska, the lobbyist’s tools appear unlimited. Not only can the lobbyist wine, dine and entertain, but they can donate to political campaigns, host campaign fundraisers and solicit campaign funds from their clients. With that tool kit, the lobbyist can open nearly any door.” – Jack Gould, issues chair for Common Cause Nebraska, on a report from his agency showing lobbying costs hit a record $17.4 million in 2017.

“This is a neighborhood, not a parking lot. We’d like to see something done.” – Shawn Ryba, executive director of the South of Downtown Community Development Organization, on the need to combat the parking shortage near the Capitol.

“Clearly, there is interest in seeing what an alternative to a JPA approach might look like.” – Lincoln City Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird on her proposal to draft an interlocal agreement to fund school safety and other community measures rather than a joint public agency.

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