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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.

Rich Pahls

Ricketts seeks applicants to fill remainder of the late Sen. Rich Pahls’ term

By: - May 16, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is seeking applicants to fill the late State Sen. Rich Pahls’ legislative seat. Applicants from Legislative District 31 in southwest Omaha have until 5 p.m. May 27 to apply. Applicants need to live in the district and be at least 21 years of age. Find a map of the […]

State Sen. Julie Slama

Slama lawsuit moves forward with new groping details; Herbster denies

By: - May 16, 2022

Editor’s note: This story contains a graphic description of an alleged sexual groping incident.  LINCOLN — State Sen. Julie Slama’s lawyers made clear in a new filing Monday that her counter-lawsuit alleging sexual battery by Charles Herbster will continue after Herbster’s loss last week in the GOP primary race for governor. Slama’s lawyers asked that Herbster’s […]

Douglas County adds 10,600 last-minute early voting ballots to Nebraska primary totals

By: - May 13, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska inched closer Friday to putting final touches on the state’s 2022 primary election, adding more than 10,000 votes to the statewide tally. The reason: Douglas County waits until then to count early voting ballots that are returned on Election Day. Douglas County election officials count all early voting ballots on Election Day […]

Where Herbster stumbled and how Pillen won Nebraska’s GOP gubernatorial primary

By: - May 13, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska’s GOP primary voters handed former President Donald Trump his first loss of 2022 when they chose Jim Pillen over Trump’s pick for governor, Charles Herbster. The former president acknowledged Nebraska’s primary race result Wednesday, posting on Truth Social: “58-1. Charles W. Herbster came VERY close despite tremendous headwinds!” But answering why Herbster […]

Nebraska Republicans rally for ‘unity’ as party shows cracks heading into fall

By: - May 11, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s Republicans upheld their tradition Wednesday of hosting a “unity rally” the day after GOP candidates compete in contested primary elections. Charles Herbster, the second-place finisher Tuesday in the gubernatorial race, attended, as did Theresa Thibodeau, Herbster’s former running mate, who finished fourth in the governor’s primary.  Thibodeau and several others who lost […]

Pillen snatches victory from Trump pick Herbster in Nebraska’s GOP gubernatorial primary

By: - May 10, 2022

LINCOLN — Former Husker defensive back Jim Pillen knows how to pull victory from the clutches of defeat. He did it in 1978, recovering a fumble to help Nebraska beat Oklahoma. He did it again Tuesday, snatching Nebraska’s GOP nomination for governor from Charles Herbster, the primary race favorite who had been endorsed by former […]

Fall lineups include Vargas-Bacon in 2nd District; Flood-Pansing Brooks in 1st District

By: - May 10, 2022

OMAHA — Tony Vargas benefited from higher name ID from as a state senator and former Omaha school board member in his win Tuesday for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. Vargas defeated Alisha Shelton, an Omaha mental health practitioner and former U.S. Senate candidate, whom Vargas outraised and outspent. Vargas was ahead […]

The campaigning is over. It’s decision time in the 2022 Nebraska primary election.

By: - May 10, 2022

Nebraska voters head to the polls Tuesday with a number of major races on the ballot, from the Republican primary for governor to the Democratic primary in the 2nd Congressional District, as well as primaries for other statewide, congressional, and legislative seats. Here’s a primer to help voters on primary Election Day 2022. Check your […]

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Herbster, Pillen in dead heat in Nebraska GOP governor’s race, analyst says

By: - May 9, 2022

WAHOO, Nebraska — Most of the hay is in the barn by this point in Nebraska’s Republican gubernatorial primary, after months of campaign stops, ads, endorsements and noise. Polling shows a race that could go any of three ways, said Logan Phillips, the national political analyst whose RacetotheWH.com correctly predicted the GOP’s U.S. Senate primary […]

State Sen. Tony Vargas, Alisha Shelton square off in Omaha-area Democratic U.S. House primary

By: - May 6, 2022

OMAHA — Tuesday’s Democratic primary to determine who will face 2nd District Rep. Don Bacon in November pits State Sen. Tony Vargas against mental health practitioner Alisha Shelton.  Both are serious candidates, said Paul Landow, a political science professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. But he said Vargas has an advantage because of […]

Trump to hold follow-up call with voters after Nebraska rally for Charles Herbster

By: - May 4, 2022

OMAHA — Four days after hosting more than 3,000 people at a rally in eastern Nebraska, former President Donald Trump is dialing back into the state’s GOP primary race for governor. Trump is hosting a “telephone rally” Thursday with Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster. Trump’s team has scheduled a call at 6 p.m. CDT. Herbster […]

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Chief Todd Schmaderer, former Rep. Bereuter endorse Brett Lindstrom for governor

By: - May 4, 2022

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer waded into Nebraska’s governor’s race Wednesday, joining Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert in endorsing State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha. Schmaderer said in a statement that Lindstrom’s “well-reasoned approach to problem solving and his steadfast support of law enforcement will serve him well as the leader of this state.” Lindstrom said […]