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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.

Lincoln fire union backs Flood over Pansing Brooks in special election

By: - May 26, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Mike Flood picked up a union endorsement Thursday that gives him new foot soldiers in the door-to-door push to turn out his voters in the June 28 special election that will decide who finishes out the term of former U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. The Lincoln Fire Fighters Association endorsed Flood, a […]

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announces that she has remarried

By: - May 26, 2022

OMAHA — Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced Thursday that she has remarried. Stothert married Dr. J. Kevin O’Rourke on Wednesday during a private ceremony.  The mayor said in a statement that she and O’Rourke met 45 years ago in St. Louis, when he was a medical student at Saint Louis University and she was a […]

State Fair lawsuit over Aksarben Stock Show name moves forward

By: - May 26, 2022

LINCOLN — The Nebraska State Fair Board’s lawsuit to protect its right to the name of Omaha’s former Aksarben Stock Show will move forward, and it could target the personal finances of three people who filed for the rights to the name after the show moved to Grand Island. Lancaster County District Judge Darla Ideus […]

Political parties’ rules create confusion over ballot options for Nebraska nonpartisans

By: - May 25, 2022

LINCOLN — A Nebraska state law meant to keep poll workers from inappropriately steering nonpartisan voters has kept some voters from understanding their ballot options during primary elections. In Nebraska, the Republican Party allows only party members to vote in its primary elections for state offices. The Democratic Party and third parties, by contrast, do […]

First hearing in Slama-Herbster legal fight will wait until June 14

By: - May 23, 2022

OMAHA — The first court hearing in the legal action between State Sen. Julie Slama and businessman Charles Herbster is now scheduled for 2 p.m. on June 14. The hearing, originally set for June 3, also has been moved from Tecumseh to Beatrice, home base of Johnson County District Court Judge Ricky Schreiner. Lawyers for […]

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 […]