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Politics
1:40 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Political scientist expects further legal challenges after Supreme Court ruling on immigration law

A UNO political scientist expects further challenges following the U.S. Supreme Court’s split ruling on Arizona’s immigration law.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned three parts of that law. Justices kept a provision allowing police to check a person’s status during a separate violation if they suspect the person is an illegal immigrant.

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Politics
5:06 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Election Commission Meets with Omaha Community Coalition

When Douglas County began its redistricting process, the election commission had a meeting with 25 people from the community who had concerns over the changes. Dave Phipps, Douglas County Election Commissioner, says the Omaha Community Coalition was formed from that initial group.  Phipps has met with the coalition three times.  He says the first meeting was a get to know you session to find out their thoughts and concerns. 

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Politics
4:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Sen. Nelson: new farm bill is important to Nebraska's number one industry

 

Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator says a new farm bill making its way through the Senate is good for the Cornhusker State.

Senator Ben Nelson's comments came late last week before a 90-to-8 vote to move the farm bill to debate. The measure would end the direct payment program, and streamline other services.

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Politics
10:43 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

John Ewing defeats Gwen Howard for 2nd Congressional District Nomination

John Ewing
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.

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
1:42 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Two democrats compete for the Second Congressional District Nomination

State Senator Gwen Howard and Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing are vying for the democratic nomination in the Second Congressional District race. 

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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
1:10 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

A 2nd Congressional District Democratic Debate was held Friday at the Omaha Press Club

The candidates for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District participated in their second debate Friday. With more here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee…

Politics & Elections
5:06 am
Thu March 15, 2012

LB 996 removes exceptions allowing students to leave school

The state of Nebraska has mandatory education laws in place until a student reaches the age of 18. 

An exception to the current law allows students to withdraw from school with a notarized statement from their parents.  LB 996, a bill sponsored by Senator John Wightman, seeks to eliminate that exception. 

He says even with a notarized statement, a student would not be able to be withdrawn from school by a parent or legal guardian.  There now would have to be an exit interview between the parent, the child and the principal.

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