John Ewing has won the democratic nomination for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, defeating Gwen Howard.
Ewing is the Douglas County Treasurer and a former Omaha police officer who entered the race last summer.
I caught up with Ewing during his celebration and he says he’s excited to win the nomination and gives a lot of credit to his hard working staff. But he says championship teams don’t celebrate during half time.
The executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party says turnout for Saturday’s second presidential caucus was lower than expected, but still encouraging.
Jim Rogers attributes the lower turnout in part to the primary being non-contested. He says the red and white game, and the storms that broke out across the Metro, affected turnout. Despite the challenges, he says North Omaha had the largest turnout with over 100 registered voters caucusing there.
Nebraska Democrats are preparing to meet this weekend for the state’s second presidential caucus.
The Nebraska Democratic Party held its first caucus in 2008, and selected President Obama as their candidate. Caucuses are an opportunity for registered Democrats to get together, discuss issues, and choose delegates. UNO political science professor Paul Landow says caucuses aren’t about voter turnout, but about party-building.
Nebraska Democrats are preparing for their second presidential caucus.
The caucus happens statewide this Saturday. In 2008, the Nebraska Democratic Party held its first caucus, and supported President Obama.
Democratic Party chairman Vic Covalt says the caucus gave Nebraska a role in the nominating process. "We went to the caucus because we wanted to help decide who the President would be, and the Nebraska caucus in February 2008 was the first of 11 straight small-state wins that gave Obama the edge that ultimately led to his victory in the Democratic nomination."
Voters in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District have opportunities Thursday and Friday to hear from the candidates.
The Sierra Club of Nebraska is sponsoring a candidate forum Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Omaha. The forum will focus on environmental issues and public transportation. Democratic candidates Gwen Howard and John Ewing, and Republican candidates Jack Heidel and Glenn Freeman, will participate in tonight’s forum.
Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook is no longer a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.
Hassebrook announced Thursday morning he’s dropping out of the Senate race and endorsing fellow Democratic candidate Bob Kerrey. Last week, Hassebrook said Kerrey’s candidacy wouldn’t affect his own. But Hassebrook says it’s been difficult to organize a campaign. "I’ve spent a lot of hours since then working to do just that. But in recent days, I’ve come to the realization that I would not succeed."
U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says it may be difficult to keep some agricultural programs from being cut because of the federal deficit.
Nelson says hearings began Wednesday in Washington on the Food and Fuel Security Act. Nelson says it’s important that Congress not make cuts to the USDA rural development program, which he says Nebraska home owners, businesses, and communities benefited from last year. According to Nelson, Nebraska received $189 million in USDA rural development funds in 2011.