Paul Landow, a professor in the Political Science department at UNO, says the economy is the main issue on voters’ minds. Landow says people are concerned about their jobs, their bank accounts and what direction things are heading in terms of their personal financial life.
He says anything voters can do to better their own personal financial life at the ballot box is what they’ll do...and if that means voting for new leadership in the House and Senate, they will. Landow says turnout should be above average for the primary.
The Douglas County Board is starting the process of putting together a 2012-2013 budget.
Douglas County’s new fiscal year begins July 1. Chairman Marc Kraft says everything is on the table, including a tax increase, because the county has limited sources of revenue. “The major challenge is that we have limited ability to create income sources. Most of our income comes from either grants or from property taxes, and a small amount comes from fees we charge.”
Today is Nebraska’s Primary Election and Dave Phipps, Douglas County Election Commissioner, says they predict a turnout of 21%. He says that would be about 66,500 people voting, with early ballots and votes cast today.
Phipps says he doesn’t expect voters to have many issues with the new polling places. He says the election commission sent cards in March advising people of their polling places. Phipps says the election commission has been busy with a higher than usual rate of early votes.
The District 46 school board will hold a public meeting Monday about a possible name change. The board is considering two options: Springfield Community Schools, or Springfield Platteview Community Schools.
Director of Operations Brett Richards says the school district needs a clear identity, something it doesn't have with its current name. South Sarpy is part of the Learning Community, and Richards says a more specific name would help the school district attract students.
The Malcolm X Birthday Celebration features three days of events this week.
Walter Brooks is the Administrative Director for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. He says the festivities kick off Thursday night with a program called “Verbal Gumbo.”
The evening features spoken word artists and live music at the House of Loom. Brooks says that’s followed by a presentation from a dynamic African-American motivational speaker on Friday called “Mental Liberation.”
The guest speaker Friday is Nationally-acclaimed poet and author Basheer Jones.
With Nebraska’s primary election approaching, the candidates for the Second Congressional District are talking jobs, the economy, and federal spending.
The primary election is next Tuesday. Second District Congressman Lee Terry is running for his seventh term in the U.S. House. Terry’s campaign chairman, Dave Boomer, says the Congressman is focusing his campaign on spending and fiscal accountability.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney says the Keystone XL pipeline project should be built.
Romney spoke at a campaign rally Thursday afternoon in Omaha. The rally comes five days before Nebraska’s primary election. During his ten-minute speech to an overflow crowd, Romney talked about jobs, health care, and domestic sources of energy. He says all sources of power should be considered, including the Keystone XL pipeline.