Politics

Government
4:05 am
Thu September 6, 2012

VoteEasy Tool Launched in Nebraska

Vote Easy is an interactive candidate matching tool created by Project Vote Smart in 2010.

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Politics
5:06 am
Mon July 9, 2012

The U.S. Senate passes Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate recently passed the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 64-35.  Chuck Hassebrook, with the Center for Rural Affairs, says this bill will provide continued support to Nebraska farmers. 

He says one of the biggest disadvantages in the bill is that it over subsidizes crop insurance for larger agricultural interests, making it difficult for smaller family-sized farmers to compete.  

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Politics
2:06 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman visits Offutt Air Force Base

Gen. Martin Dempsey is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
courtesy www.jcs.mil

The Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff says the military must maintain the trust of the American people in spite of economic and security challenges.

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Politics
2:32 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Nebraska Appleseed Reacts to US Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law

On Monday the US Supreme Court threw out three of the four sections of Arizona’s state-level immigration policy.

Darcy Tromanhauser, Director of Nebraska Appleseed’s Immigrant Program, says the 4th section, which requires police to check the citizenship status for any person lawfully stopped, detained or arrested, is still subject to civil rights questions that are coming up through the courts. 

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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 & Elections
9:27 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Voter turnout low in Tuesday's Iowa Primary Election

Less than ten percent of registered voters cast ballots in two western Iowa counties in Tuesday’s primary election.

Unofficial election results from Pottawattamie County show voter turnout was about 4.5 percent. In Harrison County, turnout was 7.8 percent.

Due to redistricting, Iowa will have one less Congressional District. Western Iowa voters will choose a new District Three or District Four representative in November.

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Politics & Elections
9:39 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Gretna Mayor finishes fourth in primary election

Gretna will have a new Mayor in November.

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.

Education
5:06 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Former Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey makes a major gift to UNO's Political Science Department

Former Mayor Mike Fahey

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.  

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Politics & Elections
11:51 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

U.S. Senate: Kerrey, Fischer move on to November

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.

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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.

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