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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.

Q-and-A in Nebraska’s governor’s race: Blood, Pillen talk labor shortage, immigration

By: - October 22, 2022

BELLEVUE, Nebraska — No issue other than property taxes has dominated discussion in Nebraska’s governor’s race more this year than how to help local businesses recruit and retain more workers. Except perhaps for immigration. This is the second of three installments from the Nebraska Examiner interviewing the candidates for governor from both major parties about […]

Rural sheriff’s race roils Butler County

By: - October 21, 2022

DAVID CITY, Nebraska — Butler County Sheriff Tom Dion knows what it’s like to run against a sheriff and win. In 2018, a year after leaving his job as a sergeant, Dion beat his old boss, Sheriff Marcus Siebken. Four years later, Dion faces a challenge from within his own ranks. Deputy Marla Schnell is […]

Q-and-A in Nebraska governor’s race: Pillen, Blood talk about education, property taxes

By: - October 19, 2022

COLUMBUS, Nebraska — Nebraska voters didn’t get a chance to size up the major candidates to replace Gov. Pete Ricketts on the debate stage this year. Republican nominee Jim Pillen declined to debate, describing the process as political theater. His Democratic opponent, State Sen. Carol Blood, criticized the move. So the Nebraska Examiner interviewed both […]

Five state senators call for investigation of Nebraska Department of Education

By: - October 17, 2022

LINCOLN — Three weeks before an election in which concerns about education could motivate Republican turnout, five conservative state senators called Monday for a legislative investigation into the Nebraska Department of Education.  The senators said one of their staffers found a link in June to a New York University center for culturally responsive education on […]

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Bacon and Vargas tackle national security, Social Security, abortion, taxes in second debate

By: - October 16, 2022

OMAHA — Questions about deterring nuclear war and cyber attacks on American businesses nearly sent the second and final debate between U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Tony Vargas in a new direction on Sunday. But the conflict between the candidates returned to the same key question: Do 2nd Congressional […]

Carol Blood doubles her fundraising for Nebraska governor but still trails Jim Pillen’s

By: - October 14, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Carol Blood more than doubled her fundraising for the Nebraska governor’s race this summer. But she was significantly outraised by her GOP opponent, University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen. Blood, the Democratic nominee, raised $262,000 in the third quarter: $242,000 from individuals and about $19,000 from political action committees and corporations. […]

Bacon, Vargas debate in NE02 who is more extreme, who is moderate

By: - October 13, 2022

OMAHA — U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and his Democratic challenger, State Sen. Tony Vargas, spent much of their first debate Thursday describing themselves as more moderate than the record shows and painting their opponent as more extreme than he advertises. Bacon and Vargas hit familiar themes from their race to represent the Omaha area […]

Pillen sidesteps Sasse replacement question; Blood says she’d pick placeholder

By: - October 12, 2022

OMAHA — Jim Pillen, the GOP gubernatorial candidate Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts wants to succeed him, declined Wednesday to speculate about his choice for Nebraska’s next senator if Republican U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse resigns to lead the University of Florida. Pillen, a University of Nebraska regent and Columbus-area hog producer, told a noon gathering of […]

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McConnell tells CNN he wants Gov. Pete Ricketts to replace Sen. Ben Sasse if he resigns

By: - October 12, 2022

OMAHA — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a Republican favorite to replace U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse if the University of Florida taps the Nebraskan to lead its flagship university: Gov. Pete Ricketts. Kentucky’s McConnell told CNN for a story published Tuesday that he urged Ricketts to run for the seat.  “I’ve talked to Governor […]

Protesters disrupt Sen. Sasse’s public appearances at U. Florida

By: - October 10, 2022

OMAHA — Hundreds of student protesters disrupted campus forums Monday with the U.S. senator from Nebraska who is the sole presidential finalist at the University of Florida.  Sen. Ben Sasse made a joke at one point about the protesters, saying, “They have good rhythm,” the Independent Florida Alligator student newspaper reported. Reporters tweeted videos from […]

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse is expected to announce resignation from Senate

By: - October 6, 2022

OMAHA – U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who made his name nationally by disagreeing publicly with former President Donald Trump and voting with his party, plans to resign his post, the Nebraska Examiner has confirmed. Four people familiar with Sasse’s decision making told the Examiner early Thursday afternoon that Sasse informed Senate staffers […]

Christian broadcaster Stan Parker announces run for Lincoln mayor

By: - October 5, 2022

LINCOLN — Wednesday’s announcement of a second Republican running for Lincoln mayor puts Capital City conservatives in position to pick a 2023 challenger for Nebraska’s highest-profile Democrat, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. Stan Parker, a Christian radio executive and former University of Nebraska offensive lineman, joined the race Wednesday with a boost from his old coach, […]