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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.

Nebraska’s Ben Sasse looking forward to shaping ‘future of work’ at Florida 

By: - January 4, 2023

LINCOLN — Ben Sasse told Nebraskans when he first ran for office in 2013 that he would not be a Senate lifer. But the two-term U.S. senator did not expect to leave so soon, he said Wednesday. The former president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, said he was intrigued when the University of Florida […]

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Nebraska’s top five political stories in a tumultuous 2022

By: - December 31, 2022

LINCOLN — Having a congressman convicted of federal crimes is enough to make any political year in Nebraska wild.  But the state met that mark in March, and the year was just getting started.  Here is the Nebraska Examiner’s take on the state’s top five political stories of 2022: A federal jury in California found […]

Q&A with Gov.-elect Jim Pillen: Taxes, school finance top legislative priority list

By: - December 27, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska Gov.-elect Jim Pillen says he wants to work with the Legislature to knock some sense into the state’s property taxes, income taxes and school finance. Pillen, who takes office Jan. 5, detailed the top priorities for his first legislative session during a Dec. 21 interview with the Nebraska Examiner in his transition […]

Nebraska’s mansion might have a governor in it, after all

By: - December 27, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s next governor, Jim Pillen of Columbus, plans to use the people’s mansion more than he has said. In an interview last week, Pillen clarified his previous comments about his living arrangements, saying he plans to spend much of the work week at the mansion when the Legislature is in session. He said […]

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Judge rules for Nebraska GOP on ads, says Palmtag failed to prove ‘actual malice’

By: - December 20, 2022

OMAHA — The two-year legal fight is not yet over between the loser of a 2020 GOP-on-GOP legislative race and the Nebraska Republican Party that accused her in ads of wrongdoing.  Nebraska City business owner Janet Palmtag lost her defamation lawsuit against the state GOP, a Lancaster County District Court judge ruled Friday in a […]

Higher fuel costs likely to drive up Nebraska heating bills again this winter

By: - December 19, 2022

LINCOLN — Local utilities, social service agencies and fuel companies have spent months urging Nebraskans to take some simple steps to slice the edge off winter heating bills. Experts project that this winter’s bills could outpace last year’s tallies by 15% to 50%, as shifting demand, global instability and inflation increase the costs of natural […]

Hand-counted election audit finds low error rate with Nebraska’s voting machines

By: - December 16, 2022

OMAHA — After facing months of questions about election integrity from populist Republicans, Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen — also a Republican — probed deeper to confirm his belief that the state’s voting processes were “reliable and accurate.” On Friday, his office released the results from an expanded audit of general election ballots, checking […]

Nebraska farmers frustrated by Mexican plan to stop buying GMO corn from U.S.

By: - December 15, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s corn growers and growers in 22 other states are unhappy with one of their best international customers, Mexico.  Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2020 announced plans to stop allowing imports of bioengineered corn by the end of January.  Mexican officials have argued the ban is necessary to protect Mexico’s ancient […]

Court rejects Barger’s request for hand recount in Lincoln legislative race

By: - December 15, 2022

LINCOLN — A Lancaster County District Court judge on Thursday dismissed a legal challenge by Lincoln legislative candidate Russ Barger that sought to force the state to hand-recount his 223-vote loss. Judge Kevin McManaman’s ruled against Barger’s lawsuit on a technicality and on its merits. The judge said his court lacked the jurisdiction to consider […]

Legislative candidate urges judge to order a hand recount, but technicality might trip up lawsuit

By: - December 13, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska legislative candidate Russ Barger asked a Lancaster County District judge on Tuesday to require the state to recount ballots by hand. Barger, who lost by 223 votes to George Dungan in Legislative District 26, went to court after Secretary of State Bob Evnen denied his request for a hand recount. Evnen argued […]

Room confinements in Nebraska juvenile justice get shorter, report says

By: - December 12, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services files quarterly reports to the Nebraska Legislature on youth confinements in its facilities.  LINCOLN — Nebraska youths in the juvenile justice system spent fewer hours confined alone in 2021-22, according to the state’s latest annual report on youth confinement. Youths […]

State investigating what could be Nebraska’s largest bank fraud

By: and - December 2, 2022

LINCOLN — State and local officials are investigating what might be Nebraska’s largest case of bank fraud related to loans obtained by a recently deceased Lincoln developer. Claims by banks and other lenders against the estate of Aaron Marshbanks already total more than $30 million and may eclipse $50 million by the time all of […]