Omaha, NE – Democrat Richard Carter announced over the weekend his intentions to run for the Second Congressional District seat. Carter is an Air Force veteran and an economics instructor at Metropolitan Community College. Carter says his campaign priorities include strengthening America's military and bringing troops home from Iraq. He also wants to end tax breaks for businesses that move out of the United States, and reward those who invest in America's economy. Carter has set up a campaign web site with more information.
Omaha, NE – Bemis' Building a Creative Community discussion brought together panelists from different genres. The goal, according to Community Arts Director Natalie Linstrom, is to support budding artists and get the public more involved. Linstrom says community involvement is crucial to sustaining programs such as the center's discussions and workshops about art.
Omaha, NE – Second District Congressman Lee Terry was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998. He announced Sunday he's seeking a sixth term. Terry says he feels Congress still has a lot of work left to do, and he doesn't trust the direction other leaders want to take the country in. The five-term Congressman says his campaign will focus on security, energy independence and the economy.
Omaha, NE – With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Senator Barack Obama has 67.5 percent of the vote, to Senator Hillary Clinton's 32.2 percent. Turnout for the state's first-ever Democratic caucus was strong, with more than 30,000 people participating. Nebraska Democratic Party spokesman Eric Fought says this was the first time many Nebraskans have had a voice in the Presidential nominating process. Nebraska has 24 presidential delegates.
Omaha, NE – Senator Bill Avery proposed LB 905, which sets up the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Programming Endowment Fund. Avery's legislation would set aside $50 million from Nebraska's cash reserve. The interest accrued on that money would be diverted into the special state fund.