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Former statesman from rural Nevada: How I miss the good old days

What good old days? When political capital in Nevada tilted unduly north. Assembly Speaker Emeritus Joe Dini talks to the Reno Gazette-Journal about those good ol' days when Republicans and Democrats worked together and children laughed and unicorns lactated chocolate and all that stuff that didn't really happen. Generous interview, if a bit one-dimensional:

“Everything that I worked for, what we worked for, is going to get cut, and I don’t like it,” said Dini, who last served as speaker in 1999. “Look at rural mental health. When (Bob) Miller was governor, he cut (clinics) back and closed some. It took 10 years to get them back. Now, they are going to cut them again, and it will take twice as long to get them back, if ever.

As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.