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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 worked as an assignment editor and editorial writer. He was an investigative reporter at KMTV.

Bill would require Nebraskans to verify their age to peruse porn

By: - February 21, 2024

LINCOLN — A Nebraska legislative committee heard testimony Wednesday over a bill that would limit young people’s access to online porn by verifying a user is at least 18 years old. Legislative Bill 1092, introduced by State Sen. Dave Murman of Glenvil, would require porn websites to digitally verify the ages of visitors before sharing […]

Rep. Adrian Smith touts importance of international trade in Yeutter Institute speech

By: - February 21, 2024

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s longest-tenured member of Congress told a University of Nebraska-Lincoln audience Tuesday that American trade needs a jolt of public interest.  U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, who chairs the House Ways and Means subcommittee with jurisdiction over international trade, stressed economic importance of trade to Nebraska and the world. He said his North Star […]

Flood, Bostar work with Nebraska law enforcement to lure out-of-state officers

By: - February 20, 2024

LINCOLN — U.S. Rep. Mike Flood, R-Neb., and Democratic State Sen. Eliot Bostar of Lincoln hope to lure out-of-state law enforcement officers to Nebraska by promoting a new state education benefit aimed at their kids. The two lawmakers on Tuesday emphasized state efforts to encourage more law enforcement officers to consider relocating to the Cornhusker […]

Changes are coming to the State Board of Education as half its members plan to depart 

By: - February 20, 2024

LINCOLN — The decision of four incumbents not to seek re-election could tip the balance on the Nebraska Board of Education, although it’s too soon to tell which way. Board members Patsy Koch Johns, Lisa Fricke, Patti Gubbels and Jacquelyn Morrison did not file to defend their seats this year on the eight-member board, which […]

Briese backs Pillen’s property tax relief push from new role as treasurer

By: - February 19, 2024

LINCOLN — For seven years in the Legislature, Tom Briese helped shape Nebraska’s tax debate, often steering the property tax portions of the proposals with State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Omaha and Govs. Pete Ricketts and later Jim Pillen. Now Briese, who was appointed state treasurer last year by Pillen, says it is hard […]

Rep. Bacon backs slimmer Ukraine-Israel aid bill linked to ‘Remain in Mexico’

By: - February 16, 2024

OMAHA — U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., is one of at least eight House members pushing a slimmed-down proposal for military aid to Ukraine and Israel that includes re-implementing the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy. The policy required most migrants seeking asylum to remain outside the United States — typically at the Mexican border — […]

State Sen. Slama decides against re-election bid at the last moment

By: - February 15, 2024

LINCOLN — Southeast Nebraska will elect a new state senator this year after State Sen. Julie Slama of Dunbar changed course and decided not to run for re-election. Slama, a lawyer who earlier announced that she was running for a second term, said in a statement that she was stepping back to focus on her […]

Hansen bill would cut Nebraska’s early voting period to 22 days

By: - February 14, 2024

LINCOLN — The window for voting early in Nebraska would open about two weeks later if the Legislature adopts a bill shortening the number of early voting days.  State Sen. Ben Hansen of Blair said he proposed Legislative Bill 1211 to cut the five-week length and cost of campaigning in modern elections, including early voting […]

Pillen raises record amount for first-year Nebraska governor

By: - February 14, 2024

LINCOLN — Months after winning Nebraska’s costliest governor’s race, Gov. Jim Pillen set a record in first-year fundraising for the state’s chief executive. Pillen raised $2.1 million in 2023. That is more than double the next closest number raised by a first-year governor. That came when Gov. Dave Heineman raised $815,000 in 2005, after being […]

Hearing brings out backers, opponents of Nebraska anti-DEI bill

By: - February 13, 2024

LINCOLN — Critics on Tuesday panned a bill to restrict Nebraska colleges and universities from spending public money and staff time on efforts to boost diversity, equity, and inclusion. Others who testified at a legislative hearing defended the legislation, which targets DEI offices at Nebraska’s publicly funded community colleges, state colleges and universities. Supporters of […]

Judge temporarily halts handgun order in Omaha until court case is decided

By: - February 9, 2024

OMAHA — Handguns are legal now in Omaha’s city parks, trails, sidewalks and parking areas after a judge issued a preliminary injunction Friday against Mayor Jean Stothert’s executive order limiting handgun possession on most city property. Douglas County District Judge LeAnne Srb paused the order that Stothert issued last summer after state lawmakers passed Legislative […]

Gov. Jim Pillen testifies to the Revenue Committee. (Paul Hammel/Nebraska Examiner)

Largest Nebraska cities and counties push back on proposed spending caps

By: - February 8, 2024

LINCOLN — Mayors and county boards from Nebraska’s most populous cities and counties are urging the state to ensure that any new cap on spending growth leaves room for growing communities and inflationary costs. A letter they sent this week to the Legislature’s Revenue Committee seeks changes to state-proposed caps on local spending, including flexibility […]