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.

The campaigning is over. It’s decision time in the 2022 Nebraska primary election.

By: - May 10, 2022

Nebraska voters head to the polls Tuesday with a number of major races on the ballot, from the Republican primary for governor to the Democratic primary in the 2nd Congressional District, as well as primaries for other statewide, congressional, and legislative seats. Here’s a primer to help voters on primary Election Day 2022. Check your […]

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Herbster, Pillen in dead heat in Nebraska GOP governor’s race, analyst says

By: - May 9, 2022

WAHOO, Nebraska — Most of the hay is in the barn by this point in Nebraska’s Republican gubernatorial primary, after months of campaign stops, ads, endorsements and noise. Polling shows a race that could go any of three ways, said Logan Phillips, the national political analyst whose correctly predicted the GOP’s U.S. Senate primary […]

State Sen. Tony Vargas, Alisha Shelton square off in Omaha-area Democratic U.S. House primary

By: - May 6, 2022

OMAHA — Tuesday’s Democratic primary to determine who will face 2nd District Rep. Don Bacon in November pits State Sen. Tony Vargas against mental health practitioner Alisha Shelton.  Both are serious candidates, said Paul Landow, a political science professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. But he said Vargas has an advantage because of […]

Trump to hold follow-up call with voters after Nebraska rally for Charles Herbster

By: - May 4, 2022

OMAHA — Four days after hosting more than 3,000 people at a rally in eastern Nebraska, former President Donald Trump is dialing back into the state’s GOP primary race for governor. Trump is hosting a “telephone rally” Thursday with Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster. Trump’s team has scheduled a call at 6 p.m. CDT. Herbster […]

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Chief Todd Schmaderer, former Rep. Bereuter endorse Brett Lindstrom for governor

By: - May 4, 2022

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer waded into Nebraska’s governor’s race Wednesday, joining Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert in endorsing State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha. Schmaderer said in a statement that Lindstrom’s “well-reasoned approach to problem solving and his steadfast support of law enforcement will serve him well as the leader of this state.” Lindstrom said […]

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State Sen. Tom Briese endorses Charles Herbster for governor

By: - May 4, 2022

Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster picked up the endorsement this week of State Sen. Tom Briese of Albion, a senator who has worked for years on property tax changes. Briese said in a statement that Herbster has supported concepts that broaden the state’s sales tax base, including by reducing the number of services and items […]

In Nebraska GOP governor’s race, Pillen outraises opponents; Herbster self-funds; Lindstrom a strong third

By: - May 3, 2022

OMAHA — Fundraising in Nebraska’s three-way GOP governor’s race continues the trend set earlier in the campaign: Heading into the May 10 primary election, Charles Herbster is still largely self-funding his campaign; Jim Pillen has raised the most from donors; and Brett Lindstrom is exceeding expectations. Herbster gave his campaign another $2.4 million from April […]

Don Kleine endorses Jim Pillen for governor, weighs in on Slama and Herbster

By: - May 3, 2022

OMAHA — Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, one of Nebraska’s top prosecutors, endorsed University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen on Tuesday in the GOP primary race for governor. Kleine said he knows Pillen and his running mate, former U.S. Attorney for Nebraska Joe Kelly. Both, he said, will work to help those who enforce the […]

Herbster’s assistant and two women alleging groping disagree about 2019 dinner

By: - May 2, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska governor candidate Charles Herbster’s campaign on Monday again challenged the accounts of two women who said Herbster groped them during a 2019 political fundraising dinner in Omaha. The campaign issued a statement from Herbster’s paid personal assistant, Michelle Keithley. Keithley said in the statement that she rarely leaves Herbster’s side at “most […]

Trump rallies for Herbster, defends Fortenberry and attacks Bacon, Sasse

By: - May 1, 2022

GREENWOOD, Nebraska — Former President Donald Trump and more than 3,000 of his fans brought his 2020-focused road show to Nebraska on Sunday, where Trump defended GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster from groping allegations by eight women. Trump is supporting Herbster in Nebraska’s Republican governor’s primary race. Herbster, the Conklin Co. CEO, is in a […]

A second woman steps forward by name to allege Charles Herbster groped her

By: - April 30, 2022

OMAHA — A second woman who alleged in a Nebraska Examiner article earlier this month that Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster had groped her came forward Friday and allowed her name to be used. Elizabeth Todsen was a 23-year-old employee of State Sen. Dave Murman when she attended the 2019 Elephant Remembers fundraiser for the […]

Herbster-Trump rally postponed until Sunday after stormy forecast for Greenwood, Nebraska

By: - April 29, 2022

GREENWOOD, Nebraska — A stormy weather forecast led Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster to postpone his planned Friday night rally with former President Donald Trump, rescheduling the event for Sunday. Details for the rescheduled event were still being worked out when Herbster, wearing a ball cap and suit vest, climbed onto a truck decorated with […]