Politics & Elections

Omaha Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Taxes, job creation, child welfare reform part of State of the State

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is calling on lawmakers to cut state income taxes by $326.6 million dollars over the next three years.

Taxes were a central part of Heineman's State of the State address Thursday. Heineman's plan would change the state income tax brackets and lower rates accordingly. The legislation, sponsored by Bellevue Senator Abbie Cornett, would also eliminate Nebraska's inheritance tax.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Omaha Mayor discusses legislative priorities

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle hopes Nebraska lawmakers will use this legislative session to address sales taxes, economic development, and tax increment financing districts.

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Omaha Public Radio News
5:53 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Iowa Sen. Gronstal: Legislature to focus on jobs, education

Omaha, NE – Iowa's Senate Majority Leader says jobs and education will be the Legislature's focus this session.

The Iowa legislature returned to session Monday. During his Condition of the State address Tuesday, morning, Governor Terry Branstad outlined job creation and education improvements as his priorities.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:21 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Fourth candidate enters GOP race for Second Congressional District

Omaha, NE – The former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party is seeking the GOP nomination for the Second Congressional District.

Glenn Freeman announced his candidacy last week. Freeman is the third challenger to incumbent Congressman Lee Terry in the Second District race. Financial Advisor and former Husker Quarterback Brett Lindstrom, and UNO mathematics department chairman Jack Heidel, are also candidates.

Freeman says his campaign will focus on the national deficit and state sovereignty.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:03 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Nearly 123,000 Iowans voted in GOP caucus

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist says the results of Tuesday night's Iowa caucus show divisions in the state's Republican party.

Eight votes separated the caucus winner, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, from second-place finisher Rick Santorum, a former Senator from Pennsylvania. Nearly 123,000 Iowans participated in the GOP caucus.

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Omaha Public Radio News
9:16 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Caucus day in Iowa

Omaha, NE – The Pottawattamie County Republican Party is preparing for more than double the turnout at Tuesday's caucus than in 2008.

The caucus begins at 7pm. It's the first vote in the nation for GOP presidential candidates. Naomi Leinen, co-chairman of the Pottawattamie County Republican Party, says they won't be endorsing a candidate.

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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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Omaha Public Radio News
11:40 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Job creation, public safety priorities for Omaha Mayor in 2012

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says job creation and strategic planning are among his priorities for 2012.

In a video message released Wednesday, Suttle talked about the challenges the city faced this year, including Missouri River flooding and the downgrade of Omaha's bond rating. The rating was restored in early December.

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Omaha Public Radio News
1:59 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

UNO political scientist: Nelson decision an opportunity for new Democratic leadership

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist says Senator Ben Nelson's announcement is an opportunity for the state Democratic party to find new leaders.

Nelson announced Tuesday he won't seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. UNO political science professor Randy Adkins says he was surprised by Senator Nelson's announcement, given that the filing deadline for the 2012 race is three months away.

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