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Nebraska has 25 delegates and five super-delegates at stake when Democrats caucus Saturday.

Nebraska Democrats prepare to caucus for the third time

Feb 29, 2016

Four days after Super Tuesday, Nebraska Democrats will caucus for the third time.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The former finance director of the Nebraska Democratic Party has been named the party's new executive director.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former Lincoln city councilman has been named executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party.

Courtesy of UNO Democrats

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.

After caucus, focus turns to May 15th primary election

Apr 16, 2012

A Nebraska Republican Party official says a presidential nominating caucus isn’t something party leaders are likely to consider.

The Nebraska Democratic Party on Saturday held its second presidential caucus. Unlike in 2008, Democratic caucus-goers had one presidential candidate to choose from this time.

Nebraska Democratic Party holds second presidential nominating caucus

Apr 16, 2012
photo by Rob McLean/KIOS-FM

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 to caucus Saturday

Apr 9, 2012

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.

Photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

 

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."

 

A UNO political scientist expects the race for Ben Nelson’s Senate seat to be contentious and expensive.

Former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey announced Wednesday he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for Nelson’s seat. That comes more than two weeks after Kerrey said he wouldn’t run.

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.

University of Nebraska Regent running for U.S. Senate

Feb 14, 2012
courtesy University of Nebraska

The race for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson’s seat has another candidate.

Chuck Hassebrook announced Tuesday afternoon he’s seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. He joins Steve Lustgarten in the Democratic race.

Hassebrook has served on the Nebraska Board of Regents since 1994. He's also the executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs. He says his campaign will focus on education and fiscal issues.

The GOP race for U.S. Senate has five candidates, including State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Attorney General Jon Bruning, and State Senator Deb Fischer.

Nebraska lawmakers respond to State of the Union address

Jan 25, 2012

Nebraska’s Second District Congressman and two U.S. Senators say they support the further development of domestic sources of energy.

 

Jobs, immigration, and foreign policy were among the topics in the first debate of the Second Congressional District race.

 Democratic candidates John Ewing and Gwen Howard debated Friday night at the Douglas County Democratic Party’s annual Truman Dinner. Ewing is Douglas County Treasurer. Howard is serving her second term as State Senator.

Nearly 123,000 Iowans voted in GOP caucus

Jan 4, 2012

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist says the results of Tuesday night's Iowa caucus show divisions in the state's Republican party.

Eight votes separated the caucus winner, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, from second-place finisher Rick Santorum, a former Senator from Pennsylvania. Nearly 123,000 Iowans participated in the GOP caucus.

Caucus day in Iowa

Jan 3, 2012

Omaha, NE – The Pottawattamie County Republican Party is preparing for more than double the turnout at Tuesday's caucus than in 2008.

The caucus begins at 7pm. It's the first vote in the nation for GOP presidential candidates. Naomi Leinen, co-chairman of the Pottawattamie County Republican Party, says they won't be endorsing a candidate.

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist says Senator Ben Nelson's announcement is an opportunity for the state Democratic party to find new leaders.

Nelson announced Tuesday he won't seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. UNO political science professor Randy Adkins says he was surprised by Senator Nelson's announcement, given that the filing deadline for the 2012 race is three months away.

Sen. Ben Nelson not seeking reelection in 2012

Dec 27, 2011

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator won't seek re-election next year.

Senator Ben Nelson announced Tuesday afternoon he's leaving the Senate after 12 years. Nelson, a Democrat, is currently serving his second term in the U.S. Senate. He also served two terms as Nebraska Governor.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairwoman Senator Patty Murray called Nelson "a loyal public servant to the people of Nebraska."