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.

Mike Flood beats Patty Pansing Brooks in Nebraska’s 1st District; Adrian Smith wins in 3rd

By: - November 8, 2022

OMAHA — Motivated Republicans in northeast Nebraska showed up Tuesday for a hometown guy and powered U.S. Rep. Mike Flood to a second victory over Democratic State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks in the 1st Congressional District. Flood won a full two-year term by a bigger margin than he posted in the June special election that […]

Power outage and minor ballot fumbles reported on somewhat busy Election Day, Nebraska officials say

By: - November 8, 2022

OMAHA — Voting on Tuesday began with a bang in Nebraska when a piece of machinery hit a tree, and the tree hit a local power line that cut power to a voting site in Otoe County. Natural light let people keep voting until power was restored about an hour and a half later, state […]

Where and when to vote today in Nebraska

By: - November 8, 2022

It’s go time for voters in Nebraska, if they haven’t cast early ballots already: Election Day is here. Voters will pick the next governor, choose three members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and decide the balance of power in the Nebraska Legislature, among other races. There are also a trio of ballot initiatives to […]

An Election Day cheat sheet from the Nebraska Examiner

By: and - November 7, 2022

OMAHA — Tuesday is Election Day in Nebraska, a civic test that political nerds who love to vote have been preparing for since at least January. Others are just now tuning in, the voters who keep politics at an arm’s length until the last minute. For them (and anybody else who needs a refresher before […]

State Board of Ed races could decide future role of board, next Ed Commissioner

By: - November 5, 2022

LINCOLN — A group of conservative Nebraska State Board of Education candidates has spent months stoking public fears about sex education and social studies. In doing so, they turned up the volume on four typically quiet races reaching the ballot box Tuesday. Their push is part of Republican efforts nationally and locally to boost turnout […]

Nebraskans facing deluge of political mail — the good, the bad and the ugly

By: - November 3, 2022

LINCOLN — No central clearinghouse counts the number of political mailers clogging Nebraska mailboxes during election season.  But candidates say direct mail has increased during a record year of spending on state and local races.  Mail numbers jumped this spring during the state’s costliest-ever Republican primary for governor, political observers said. They have stayed high […]

Nebraska House candidates still fight voter confusion after redistricting

By: - November 3, 2022

PAPILLION, Nebraska — Redistricting prompted U.S. Rep. Mike Flood to start his closing pitch to voters Wednesday at a Hy-Vee in Sarpy County. Joining him were Gov. Pete Ricketts and the area’s former congressman, Rep. Don Bacon. For years, suburban voters in central Sarpy County served as a counterweight to Democrats’ edge in Douglas County. […]

Sen. Sasse, ‘sole finalist’ in UF presidential search, to lead Florida’s flagship university

By: and - November 1, 2022

OMAHA — The University of Florida’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously offered Nebraska’s U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse the job as its 13th president. Sasse has one final hurdle to clear on Nov. 10, when the UF Board of Governors will vote on his annual contract of up to $1.6 million. (The Senate pays less than […]

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry talks reporters after his trial.

Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry appeals federal felony convictions

By: - October 29, 2022

OMAHA — Former 1st District Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., has formally appealed his three felony convictions. Fortenberry filed notice in late June that he intended to appeal. He was convicted in March of lying to or misleading FBI agents investigating foreign funds that were illegally donated to Fortenberry’s campaign. Federal law prohibits the use of […]

Gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster and State Sen. Julie Slama agree to drop dueling lawsuits

By: - October 28, 2022

OMAHA — Dueling defamation lawsuits between former Nebraska GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster and State Sen. Julie Slama are over, and neither side is coming back to court. A filing this week from lawyers for both sides confirmed that the parties had negotiated an agreement to drop their lawsuits with prejudice, meaning they cannot sue […]

Spending on Nebraska elections is surging, with no end in sight

By: - October 28, 2022

OMAHA — Every two years, Nebraskans get inundated by political ads, mailers and text messages from candidates for federal office. Every four years, would-be governors come calling with wave after wave of advertising. But the torrent of ads and outreach from races down the ballot — from Legislature to local school boards — is relatively […]

Q-and-A in Nebraska governor’s race: Pillen, Blood discuss affordable housing, mental health care

By: - October 25, 2022

OMAHA — Affordable housing and mental health care are the key topics in the last of three installments from interviews the Nebraska Examiner held with the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor. The candidates — University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen, the Republican, and State Sen. Carol Blood, the Democrat — also discussed how their […]