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.
A new report on county health rankings in Nebraska shows Douglas County’s STD rate and percent of children living in poverty are on the rise.
The County Health Rankings report was discussed at this week’s Board of Health Meeting. Douglas County had 540 reported STD cases per 100,000 population, according to the 2012 rankings. The percent of children living in poverty climbed from 15 percent to 21 percent.
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.
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."
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.
Sarpy County voters will have fewer polling places in May.
Election Commissioner Wayne Bena says redistricting resulted in Sarpy County losing 20 polling places. Originally 71, the county now has 51 polling places and 52 precincts.
Bena says cards have been sent to voters with their new polling place information. He says the county also has a new polling place finder map on its website. “What this will allow people to do is to type in their address, and it’ll show you a map of where your house is to where your polling site is, and will give you driving directions as well.”