Politics & Elections

Politics & Elections
7:19 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Second Congressional District GOP candidates debate federal deficit, health care, tax code

The federal deficit was on the minds of the GOP candidates for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District at a debate Friday. The Omaha Press Club and League of Women Voters sponsored the debate.

Incumbent Congressman Lee Terry has three challengers. One is financial advisor Brett Lindstrom. UNO mathematics professor Jack Heidel and former Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Glenn Freeman are also running for Congress. 

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Politics & Elections
9:36 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Second Congressional District GOP candidates to debate Friday

 

The Republican candidates for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District debate this week.

The Omaha Press Club and League of Women Voters are hosting the debate at noon Friday. Incumbent Congressman Lee Terry is seeking another term in the U-S House. He has three opponents. One is financial adviser Brett Lindstrom. UNO mathematics professor Jack Heidel and former Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Glenn Freeman are also running for Congress.

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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Politics & Elections
12:48 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

After caucus, focus turns to May 15th primary election

A Nebraska Republican Party official says a presidential nominating caucus isn’t something party leaders are likely to consider.

The Nebraska Democratic Party on Saturday held its second presidential caucus. Unlike in 2008, Democratic caucus-goers had one presidential candidate to choose from this time.

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Politics & Elections
10:24 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Douglas County Board holding three off-site meetings

The Douglas County Board is taking its meetings to different locations over the next three months.

Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting is at the Metro Community College South Omaha campus Industrial Training Center. May 22nd, the board will meet at Westside High School. A third offsite meeting is set for June 19th at the Omaha Public Schools TAC building. All meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

Politics & Elections
8:17 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Nebraska Democratic Party holds second presidential nominating caucus

Voters gather to caucus at Omaha North High School.
photo by Rob McLean/KIOS-FM

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, affected turnout.  Despite the challenges, he says North Omaha had the largest turnout with over 100 registered voters caucusing there.

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Politics & Elections
8:24 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Why a caucus? UNO political scientist says it's about party-building

Nebraska Democrats are preparing to meet this weekend for the state’s second presidential caucus.

The Nebraska Democratic Party held its first caucus in 2008, and selected President Obama as their candidate. Caucuses are an opportunity for registered Democrats to get together, discuss issues, and choose delegates. UNO political science professor Paul Landow says caucuses aren’t about voter turnout, but about party-building.

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Politics & Elections
2:38 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Nebraska Democrats to caucus Saturday

Nebraska Democrats are preparing for their second presidential caucus.

The caucus happens statewide this Saturday. In 2008, the Nebraska Democratic Party held its first caucus, and supported President Obama.

Democratic Party chairman Vic Covalt says the caucus gave Nebraska a role in the nominating process. "We went to the caucus because we wanted to help decide who the President would be, and the Nebraska caucus in February 2008 was the first of 11 straight small-state wins that gave Obama the edge that ultimately led to his victory in the Democratic nomination."

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Politics & Elections
7:58 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Early voting begins Monday in Nebraska

Early voting for Nebraska's May 15th primary election begins Monday.

Redistricting means there are fewer polling places in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says voters can come to the election commission office and cast an early ballot, pick up a ballot, or request one by mail. 

Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena says about 30 percent of registered voters voted early in the 2008 general election. He expects it’ll be higher this election cycle.

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Politics & Elections
2:43 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Sarpy County to have 20 fewer polling places

Sarpy County voters will have fewer polling places in May.

Election Commissioner Wayne Bena says redistricting resulted in Sarpy County losing 20 polling places. Originally 71, the county now has 51 polling places and 52 precincts.

Bena says cards have been sent to voters with their new polling place information. He says the county also has a new polling place finder map on its website. “What this will allow people to do is to type in their address, and it’ll show you a map of where your house is to where your polling site is, and will give you driving directions as well.”

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