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Aaron Sanderford

Aaron Sanderford

Political reporter Aaron Sanderford has tackled various news roles in his 20-plus year career. He has reported on politics, crime, courts, government and business for the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. He also spent several years as an assignment editor and worked two stints as an editorial writer. From 2005 to 2007, he served as communications director for then-Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. Aaron most recently was the lead investigative reporter for KMTV 3 in Omaha, focusing on holding public officials accountable. His work has received awards from the Associated Press, Great Plains Journalism and more.

Progressive group running $1 million in dark money ads against Bacon

By: - July 3, 2022

OMAHA — A national group targeting swing-district Republicans in Congress said it is running $1 million in TV, digital and mail ads this summer against U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb. The group, Unrig Our Economy Nebraska, is the local offshoot of a national effort by progressive donors to push back against GOP messaging about the […]

Flood’s close win over Pansing Brooks shows Democrats motivated, Republicans complacent

By: - June 30, 2022

LINCOLN — Rural voters carried Republican State Sen. Mike Flood to a seat in Congress in Tuesday’s special election. But State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks’ better-than-expected results in urban and suburban counties could spice up the pair’s rematch this fall. Flood collected more than 80% of the vote in five of the 1st Congressional District’s […]

Republican Mike Flood rides inflation, GOP voter edge to 1st District win for six months

By: and - June 28, 2022

NORFOLK, Nebraska — Five days of wrath about a Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v. Wade could not derail the basic math of Republican-dominated voter registrations in eastern Nebraska that helped elect State Sen. Mike Flood to Congress on Tuesday. Flood, a Norfolk Republican who ran hard against abortion in a district where registrations lean […]

Gov. Pete Ricketts takes voter ID show on the road with town halls

By: - June 28, 2022

WAYNE, Nebraska — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and supportive state senators are hosting town hall meetings this week aimed at boosting a petition drive for requiring ID to vote. Fourteen of the 18 people who attended Tuesday’s meeting in Wayne signed the petition to put the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. Another handful of […]

Voting Tuesday in Nebraska’s 1st District special election? What you need to know

By: - June 28, 2022

PAPILLION, Nebraska — Voters in Nebraska’s revamped 1st Congressional District head to the polls Tuesday for a rare special election to decide who will represent them for the rest of the year in the U.S. House. Only one race is on the ballot, between State Sen. Mike Flood, a Republican from Norfolk, and State Sen. […]

Abortion decision jolts sleepy special election with Pansing Brooks and Flood

By: - June 27, 2022

LINCOLN — Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on abortion could juice voter turnout in the final days of an otherwise sleepy special election coming Tuesday to pick the next member of the U.S. House for Lincoln and much of eastern Nebraska outside of the Omaha area. State Sens. Patty Pansing Brooks, a Democrat, and Mike Flood, […]

Anti-abortion Nebraskans rally in Lincoln for Roe v. Wade decision, next steps

By: - June 25, 2022

LINCOLN — Longtime leaders in Nebraska’s anti-abortion movement gathered Saturday to celebrate Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that several described as the end of the beginning of their efforts to make abortion illegal in Nebraska. Former Gov. Kay Orr and Lt. Gov. Mike Foley joined a morning rally at the Nebraska Republican Party headquarters that […]

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Nebraska lawmakers, governor weigh special session on abortion

By: - June 24, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska could be headed toward a special session now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, although it’s unclear what new abortion restrictions, if any, could survive a promised filibuster.  The Legislature this year fell two votes short of passing a “trigger bill,” which would have banned abortion in the […]

Norfolk celebrates completion of Nebraska’s largest solar power farm 

By: - June 23, 2022

People behind the state’s largest solar farm and one of its largest battery installations celebrated a finished project Wednesday in Norfolk, Nebraska. Norfolk’s new community solar power farm can produce 8.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1,250 homes, city officials explained in a press release.  A new Nebraska Public Power District battery system will […]

$2.38-per-gallon gasoline draws a crowd in Bellevue for AFP, Gov. Pete Ricketts

By: - June 22, 2022

BELLEVUE, Nebraska — A driver in her 20s looked up from her phone and stared slack-jawed at the price of gasoline advertised Wednesday morning at the Speedy Gas N Shop in Bellevue. A woman hollered from a second car turning onto the street. She asked a man on the sidewalk whether the $2.38-per-gallon price was […]

GOP opens outreach office in Latino-rich South Omaha

By: - June 21, 2022

OMAHA — National Republicans opened an outreach office in South Omaha this week aimed at helping Nebraska’s top political party grow in a Latino-rich part of Omaha. Omaha’s office is the first “Hispanic Community Center” the Republican National Committee has opened in a Great Plains state, RNC spokeswoman Preya Samsundar said.  Others have opened in […]

Farmer removes fence blocking Steamboat Trace Trail just in time for regional bike ride

By: - June 21, 2022

NEBRASKA CITY, Nebraska — A cease-fire has been reached in a years-long fight between a farmer and a natural resources district over a hike-bike trail. The fight boils down to a disagreement over who should pay for fencing to separate the farmer’s land from the Steamboat Trace Trail. Otoe County farmer Bob Trail said he […]