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Politics
7:06 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

UNO Political Science Professor, Paul Landow weighs in on election day

Paul Landow
Courtesy of UNO

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.

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Politics
5:06 am
Tue May 15, 2012

The Douglas County Election Commission expects a good turnout

Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today. 

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.

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Politics & Elections
3:17 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks jobs, economy, health care at Omaha rally

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd of supporters Thursday in Omaha.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

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. 

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Politics
2:21 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Non-Partisan Voter's Guide now available

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is offering a non-partisan guide for metro area voters who want more information before they cast a ballot next Tuesday.  The voter’s guide has information on candidates running for races in Douglas County. 

Bev Traub, current president for the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, says the guide is meant to assist voters in gaining a more complete view of the candidates who are running for office.  She says not all candidates are equally familiar to the public.

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Politics & Elections
2:02 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney coming to Omaha Thursday

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney comes to Omaha Thursday for a fundraiser and rally.
courtesy Wikimedia Commons

 

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will campaign Thursday in Omaha.

A news release from Romney’s campaign says the former Massachusetts Governor will speak Thursday afternoon at a rally at Rick’s Café Boatyard. The stop comes five days before Nebraska’s primary election.

In 2008, President Obama won the electoral vote tied to Nebraska’s Second Congressional District. Senator John McCain won Nebraska’s First and Third Congressional District votes.

Politics & Elections
2:27 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Some of Douglas County's 179 closed polling places to reopen

The Douglas County Election Commission will reopen some of the 179 polling places closed prior to this year’s primary election.

Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says the polling places will reopen before the November general election. How many polling places will reopen has yet to be determined. Primary election turnout, along with general election results from the past two presidential elections, will determine which polling places reopen.

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Politics & Elections
7:19 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Second Congressional District GOP candidates debate federal deficit, health care, tax code

The federal deficit was on the minds of the GOP candidates for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District at a debate Friday. The Omaha Press Club and League of Women Voters sponsored the debate.

Incumbent Congressman Lee Terry has three challengers. One is financial advisor Brett Lindstrom. UNO mathematics professor Jack Heidel and former Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Glenn Freeman are also running for Congress. 

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Politics & Elections
9:36 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Second Congressional District GOP candidates to debate Friday

 

The Republican candidates for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District debate this week.

The Omaha Press Club and League of Women Voters are hosting the debate at noon Friday. Incumbent Congressman Lee Terry is seeking another term in the U-S House. He has three opponents. One is financial adviser Brett Lindstrom. UNO mathematics professor Jack Heidel and former Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Glenn Freeman are also running for Congress.

Politics & Elections
8:17 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Nebraska Democratic Party holds second presidential nominating caucus

Voters gather to caucus at Omaha North High School.
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.

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Politics & Elections
7:58 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Early voting begins Monday in Nebraska

Early voting for Nebraska's May 15th primary election begins Monday.

Redistricting means there are fewer polling places in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says voters can come to the election commission office and cast an early ballot, pick up a ballot, or request one by mail. 

Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena says about 30 percent of registered voters voted early in the 2008 general election. He expects it’ll be higher this election cycle.

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