“There’s no room for ‘My way or the highway.’ Unless we can find compromise, the votes are simply not going be to there.” – Papillion Sen. Jim Smith on tax reform packages awaiting the Nebraska Legislature in January.

“We’re going back to the four big days of 4-H and FFA that we all know and remember.” – Lancaster County Agricultural Society Board member Jamie Bauman on plans to consolidate the Lancaster County Super Fair and reduce its scheduled to four days in 2018.

“I’ll feel a hell of a lot better, and I’m not a mean person. I hope I’m alive when this happens. It’s what I’m waiting for.” – Dave Mausbach, whose wife, Jo, was killed in the 2002 Norfolk bank robbery, on the notice of execution drugs served to Jose Sandoval.

“The primary focus is freedom from bias. His peers were concerned he could not divorce judging from his personal views. We’re not here to become a political arm to anybody. If you choose to ignore it, you ignore it – we think we get it right most of the time.” – Pamela Bresnahan, an official with the American Bar Association, standing behind its “not qualified” rating for Nebraska attorney Steve Grasz in his nomination to a federal appeals court.

“That tuition money is not money we ever see. It’s not money that leaves the university. In many ways, it moves from ledger column to ledger column.” – University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate student Brandy Judkins, expressing concern about a provision in the House tax reform bill to tax money in tuition waivers as income.

“It’s just been a great part of our community for many years, and now this gives us the ability to have the zoo be a year-round attraction.” – Louie Sikich of Scheels on a $300,000 donation to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

“I think that any small town in Nebraska, the school is your social hub, and it adds a lot of identity to your town. It’s just a snowball effect once your school goes down.” – Loup County Public Schools Superintendent Rusty Ruppert, after voters elected to retain the small district in the Sandhills.

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