Politics & Elections

Omaha Public Radio News
3:21 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Sen. Ben Nelson not seeking reelection in 2012

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator won't seek re-election next year.

Senator Ben Nelson announced Tuesday afternoon he's leaving the Senate after 12 years. Nelson, a Democrat, is currently serving his second term in the U.S. Senate. He also served two terms as Nebraska Governor.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairwoman Senator Patty Murray called Nelson "a loyal public servant to the people of Nebraska."

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Election 2008
2:41 am
Tue January 20, 2009

Celebrations in Omaha mark Obama inauguration

Omaha, NE – Several celebrations Tuesday in Omaha marked the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

At the Omaha Children's Museum, students from Jackson and Liberty Elementary Schools toured the Headed to the White House exhibit. The exhibit takes kids through the election process, from the announcement to the inauguration. Jackson Elementary students watched President Obama's inauguration on a television set up inside the exhibit.

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Election 2008
9:20 am
Thu October 30, 2008

Candidate profile: Scott Kleeb

Election 2008
8:50 am
Wed October 29, 2008

Candidate profile: Mike Johanns

Omaha, NE – Mike Johanns brings a wealth of experience to the U.S. Senate race. He's a former Lancaster County Commissioner, Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska Governor, and Secretary of Agriculture. But Johanns says he has an open-door policy and would bring all sides to the table if he's elected to the Senate. In the third of our five-part series of candidate profiles, Omaha Public Radio's Katie Knapp introduces you to Mike Johanns and where he stands on the issues.

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Election 2008
10:42 pm
Mon October 27, 2008

Candidate profile: Lee Terry

Omaha, NE – Second District Congressman Lee Terry says there's unfinished business in Washington--and he hopes voters send him back to finish it. Terry is a five-term member of the U.S. House and the Republican Candidate in the Second District race. Recent polls have him in a virtual dead heat with his Democratic opponent, Jim Esch. In the second of our five-part series of candidate profiles, Omaha Public Radio's Katie Knapp introduces you to Lee Terry, and where he stands on the issues.

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Election 2008
1:29 am
Mon October 27, 2008

Candidate profile: Jim Esch

Omaha, NE – Jim Esch narrowly lost to Lee Terry in the 2006 Second Congressional District race. Esch was a newcomer to politics then. This Election season, Esch is once again running against Terry. Esch's campaign has more money and the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. This week on Omaha Public Radio, we'll bring you profiles of Jim Esch, Lee Terry, and the candidates for U.S. Senate and Iowa's Fifth Congressional District.

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Election 2008
2:40 am
Mon October 20, 2008

League of Women Voters says their name is being used unfairly

Omaha, NE – The League of Women Voters is striking back at the Nebraska Republican Party after they used the League's name in campaign ads.

State Republican Party officials claim that the information used in one of two flyers attacking a Legislative candidate came from a League of Women Voters survey. Greater Omaha Chapter President Linda Duckworth says no such survey exists. She says the information in the other flyer came from the group's Primary Voters' Guide.

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Election 2008
2:40 am
Thu October 16, 2008

Esch, Terry debate for final time before election

Omaha, NE – The economy, energy policy, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and even the new Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge were topics of debate Thursday at the Omaha Press Club.

Second Congressional District candidates Jim Esch and Lee Terry debated those issues before a crowd of nearly 200 people. Terry is seeking his sixth term in the U.S. House. He defeated Jim Esch by a narrow margin two years ago.

Here are some of the candidates' comments from the debate.

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Election 2008
2:53 am
Sun October 12, 2008

Ralph Nader visits Omaha

Omaha, NE – Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader is on the ballot in 45 states, including Nebraska. Nader campaigned in Omaha Friday night and talked about jobs, the two-party system, war, and health care.

Nader says the current system is controlled by corporations and favors incumbents. He says while there are an abundance of problems, lawmakers have offered few solutions.

We'll have more on this story Monday morning on Omaha Public Radio.

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Election 2008
12:23 am
Wed October 8, 2008

Candidates spar during debate, health care forum

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's U.S. Senate and Second Congressional District candidates squared off in separate events Tuesday at Creighton University.

Senate Candidates Mike Johanns and Scott Kleeb participated in a health care forum. Both candidates support the further development of community-based clinics to serve the needs of rural Nebraskans. Kleeb says the government could learn from the values of community-based providers.

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