Politics & Elections

Politics & Elections
1:11 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

City Council to discuss ordinance banning discrimination on basis of sexual orientation

 

Omaha City Councilmen will discuss an ordinance Tuesday that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The ordinance is sponsored by Councilman Ben Gray. It seeks to prohibit discrimination in the workplace and all public places in Omaha on the basis of “actual or perceived” gender identity or sexual orientation. Anyone who believes they’ve been the target of discrimination could file a complaint with Omaha’s Human Rights and Relations Department.

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Politics & Elections
1:51 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Historic preservation tax credit legislation moves forward

 

A bill providing tax credits to redevelop historic properties is moving forward in the Unicameral.

Speaker Mike Flood chose LB888 as one of his priority bills. It would provide a 25 percent tax credit for developers who rehabilitate historic properties. Nonprofits that do so could get a 30 percent tax credit.

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Politics & Elections
10:22 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Four Omaha Public Schools board members not seeking re-election

Four Omaha Public Schools board members aren’t seeking re-election.

Last Wednesday was the deadline for incumbents to file for the 2012 election. Board members Mary Ellen Drickey, Kersten Borer, Sandra Jensen, and Nancy Huston did not file. Drickey, Huston, and Jensen are longtime board members.

Board president Freddie Gray and Subdistrict 6 board member Mary Morrissey are seeking re-election. Candidate information from the Douglas County Election Commission shows James M. English is running against Gray in Subdistrict 2. Morrissey is running unopposed.

Politics & Elections
5:01 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Rep. Lee Terry seeking eighth term in U.S. House

Second District Congressman Lee Terry will seek an eighth term in the U.S. House.

Terry, an Omaha Republican, announced his candidacy Sunday afternoon. He was elected to the House in 1998. Terry faces four challengers in the GOP primary: former Husker quarterback and financial adviser Brett Lindstrom, UNO Mathematics Department professor and chairman Jack Heidel, Glenn Freeman, a former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party, and Paul Anderson.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Terry served on the Omaha City Council.

Politics & Elections
4:06 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Nelson: crop insurance, alternative energy should be part of farm bill discussion

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says it may be difficult to keep some agricultural programs from being cut because of the federal deficit.

Nelson says hearings began Wednesday in Washington on the Food and Fuel Security Act. Nelson says it’s important that Congress not make cuts to the USDA rural development program, which he says Nebraska home owners, businesses, and communities benefited from last year. According to Nelson, Nebraska received $189 million in USDA rural development funds in 2011.

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Politics & Elections
10:24 am
Tue February 14, 2012

University of Nebraska Regent running for U.S. Senate

Chuck Hassebrook.
courtesy University of Nebraska

The race for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson’s seat has another candidate.

Chuck Hassebrook announced Tuesday afternoon he’s seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. He joins Steve Lustgarten in the Democratic race.

Hassebrook has served on the Nebraska Board of Regents since 1994. He's also the executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs. He says his campaign will focus on education and fiscal issues.

The GOP race for U.S. Senate has five candidates, including State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Attorney General Jon Bruning, and State Senator Deb Fischer.

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Politics & Elections
2:12 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

State of the City: Omaha Mayor focused on jobs, reducing crime, flood recovery

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.
Photo courtesy city of Omaha

Job creation, reducing crime, and flood recovery were dominant themes in Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle’s third State of the City address.

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Politics & Elections
3:00 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Senator Nordquist introduces a bill to make chemotherapy affordable

Senator Jeremy Nordquist

LB 882 would take cancer treatment decisions away from insurance companies and put them back into the hands of patients and their doctors.

That’s according to Omaha Senator Jeremy Nordquist, who introduced LB 882.  He says the measure creates parity between oral chemotherapy medications and IV medications for cancer patients.  Senator Nordquist says under the current system, IV medications are considered a medical benefit. 

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Politics & Elections
3:24 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Former Nebraska Governor Bob Kerrey says no to run for U.S. Senate

Former U.S. Senator and Nebraska Governor Bob Kerrey.
photo courtesy Google Images

A UNO political scientist says former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey’s decision not to seek the Democratic nomination for Ben Nelson’s seat will make it difficult for the state Democratic party to field a viable candidate.

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Politics & Elections
3:16 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Democrat enters race for Nebraska's U.S. Senate seat

Nebraska’s U.S.  Senate race has another candidate.

Steve Lustgarten filed Monday as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Lustgarten owns a video production company in Omaha. He’s the first Democrat to enter the race.

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