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“Lincoln has spoken. And, with a resounding voice, they have said, ‘We want to keep this city moving forward on the amazing path we have been on.” — Mayor-Elect Leirion Gaylor Baird, after winning last week’s general election to succeed the term-limited Mayor Chris Beutler.

“I think that speaks volumes for the citizens of Lincoln.” — Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively on the record turnout of 36% for last Tuesday’s general election.

“It’s no coincidence those declines coincide with U.S. tariff threats made against some of our largest trading partners like China, Mexico and Canada. The tariff threats clearly impacted those markets for Nebraska agricultural commodities.” — Jay Rempe, senior economist for the Nebraska Farm Bureau, on a report that shows tariff threats cost Nebraska $200 million in ag exports in 2017.

“We knew we loved our customers. We just didn’t realize they loved us this much back.” — Hap Loomis, owner of C & L Dairy Sweet, on the community’s response after a tornado flattened the iconic ice cream stand.

“This is an historic event, and its costs will exceed that of all previous disasters in Nebraska.” — Jodie Fawl of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency on the costs of flood damage, as the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a disaster-aid bill.

“If we’re going to have medicinal cannabis, this one has been tightened up way more than what we may end up with if this is successful and then we end up with a petition initiative, put it on the ballot and then people vote for it.” — Judiciary Committee Chairman Steve Lathrop, on advancing a medical cannabis bill to the floor of the Nebraska Legislature.

“People may be so in love with this fountain, you might really anger some people if you get rid of it. I’d rely heavily on the survey and the public. This is their park.” — Bob Ripley, of Lincoln’s Parks and Recreation Advisory on Board, on what to do with the rusting teachers fountain at 27th Street and Capitol Parkway.

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