Unofficial results from the Sarpy County Election Commission show Jim Timmerman and Kip Edmonds were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Sally McGuire finished in fourth place, with 11-percent of the vote.
Former Omaha mayor Mike Fahey is putting his support toward the University of Nebraska Foundation and UNO’s Department of Political Science.
Randall Adkins, Chair of the Political Science Department, says Fahey’s gift will allow the department to do three things. He says the department will develop a course in Omaha city government and politics.
November’s general election will feature a former Nebraska Governor and a current State Senator in the race for U.S. Senate.
Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey and GOP candidate Deb Fischer won their respective primaries Tuesday night. Kerrey entered the Senate race one day before the primary election filing deadline. He previously served as a U.S. Senator from Nebraska.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. says two decades after the Cold War, relations between the two countries remain complex.
Sergey Kislyak discussed international relations during a forum Thursday night at UNO. Kislyak has served as Ambassador since 2008, and says the relationship between the U.S. and Russia has improved steadily over the past few years.