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.

Pansing Brooks-Flood

Abortion vs. inflation could decide Flood-Pansing Brooks rematch this fall

By: - September 24, 2022

LINCOLN — The fall rematch of this summer’s special election for Congress between U.S. Republican Rep. Mike Flood of Norfolk and State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, a Democrat, will heat up next week. Flood and Pansing Brooks will debate Sunday for the first time in their general election race, at 5 p.m. on […]

Group says Voter ID would block thousands of Nebraskans from voting

By: - September 19, 2022

LINCOLN — Voting rights advocates argued Monday that Nebraska’s Voter ID initiative on the November ballot is a blunt-force proposal aimed at fixing a nonexistent problem. Omaha civil rights activist Preston Love Jr. spoke on a panel of people this week opposing Initiative 432. The ballot measure would require Nebraskans to show a valid photo […]

Chinese wireless tech could put Offutt Air Force Base and Nebraska missile silos at risk

By: - September 17, 2022

BELLEVUE, Nebraska — More than 10,000 military members and civilians working at Offutt Air Force Base could be at risk of having cell phone calls, texts and data seen by the Chinese government because at least one cellular service provider installed Chinese equipment on nearby towers. The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating the potential data […]

State Sen. Suzanne Geist announces GOP bid for Lincoln mayor

By: - September 14, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Suzanne Geist announced a bid for Lincoln mayor on Wednesday, saying she wants city voters to feel safer from crime, bounce less on city streets, secure a second source of city water and join fewer divisive political fights. The Republican businesswoman said her 2023 mayoral campaign will not personally attack the […]

Wright falls short on two signature requirements for Nebraska governor’s ballot

By: - September 13, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska voters will see three names on the November ballot for governor, not four, barring a last-minute legal challenge. The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed Tuesday that David Wright of Ewing, a conservative who re-registered as a nonpartisan to run for governor, failed to gather enough valid signatures to get his name on […]

NE legislative chambers

17 state senators pledge to end secret ballot for legislative committees, Herbster PAC says

By: - September 12, 2022

OMAHA — Seventeen of Nebraska’s state senators have signed the first pledge pushed by Charles Herbster’s new political action committee: to scrap the Legislature’s unique system of electing committee chairs by secret ballot. Republicans have sought that change for the nonpartisan body.  Historically, shielding votes for committee leadership process from public view has allowed senators […]

WWII veteran Charles Jackson French’s name now on Benson post office

By: - September 9, 2022

OMAHA — The brick post office in Benson now bears the name of a Navy man with Omaha ties: World War II hero Charles Jackson French. Members of the French family and elected leaders attended a ceremony Friday celebrating naming the building for him. “If his parents and his siblings were living, they would be […]

Bacon-Vargas photo

Democrats pin hopes of beating Bacon on Vargas, a newly drawn district and abortion

By: - September 9, 2022

OMAHA — Democrats see three differences in this year’s race to represent the Omaha area in Congress: a new candidate with more political experience, a freshly redrawn 2nd Congressional District and the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. Republicans said they see more of the same, another Democratic candidate who is too progressive […]

Nebraska Freedom Fest speaker hit George Floyd, FBI, Michelle Obama in speech

By: - September 6, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska Democratic Party leaders on Tuesday criticized callous comments by a featured speaker for the Nebraska Freedom Coalition, a group of conservatives that helped a new team take over the state GOP. Democrats, in a series of social media posts, condemned conservative comedian and conspiracy theorist Alex Stein for a joke set in […]

Minimum wage, voter ID petitions qualify for Nebraska’s November ballot

By: - September 6, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraskans will vote this fall on a pair of petitions, one that could increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2026 and another that could require a photo ID to cast ballots. The Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office said Tuesday that both petition efforts secured enough valid signatures from Nebraska voters to get […]

Former Republican Wright could join Nebraska governor’s race as nonpartisan

By: - September 4, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska voters looking beyond the two major political parties and a Libertarian could have a fourth choice on November’s general election ballot for governor. Long-odds candidate David Wright of Ewing is trying to get on — as a nonpartisan candidate. Wright, a former Republican who has re-registered as a nonpartisan, should hear next week […]

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska

Bacon slams stimulus payments to prisoners, citing numbers from IRS

By: - September 2, 2022

OMAHA — About $1.3 billion in COVID-19-related stimulus payments that Congress sent to Americans under two presidents reached people in prison. The Internal Revenue Service confirmed the tally of stimulus payments to prisoners in a July response to a letter from U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb. The IRS response did not say how many inmates […]