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.

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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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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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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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
12:42 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

20 years after the Cold War, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. says relations are still challenging

Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
courtesy Google Images


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.

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Politics & Elections
1:43 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Neither an uncontested race, nor rain or football could keep some from caucusing

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 also affected turnout. 

Despite the challenges, he says North Omaha had the largest turnout with over 100 individuals caucusing there.  Rogers says a variety of issues were discussed during the caucus.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:32 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

UNO political scientist discusses Iowa caucus

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist expects strong turnout for Tuesday's Iowa caucus.

The caucus begins at 7pm Tuesday. A Des Moines Register poll released Saturday shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with a two-point lead over Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is in third place.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:10 pm
Sun January 1, 2012

GOP candidate Mitt Romney visits Council Bluffs

Omaha, NE – With the Iowa caucus happening Tuesday evening, candidates are spending a lot of time traveling through the Hawkeye State making last-minute pitches to voters.

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