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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.

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Ricketts: Nebraska must build Perkins County Canal or risk a $1B economic hit

By: and - February 9, 2022

LINCOLN — If Nebraska stands pat, the Cornhusker State’s portion of the Platte River could run dry, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts told a legislative committee Wednesday.  Colorado, he said, is investing nearly $10 billion to keep more of the South Platte River’s water inside its borders rather than letting it flow east into Nebraska. He […]

Herbster, Lindstrom, Thibodeau agree to debate in gov’s race; Pillen says no

By: - February 9, 2022

Three of the top four Republican candidates running for governor will appear on a Nebraska debate stage together in March. GOP candidates Charles Herbster, State Sen. Brett Lindstrom and former State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau will debate March 24 on Nebraska Public Media, which Nebraskans know as NET-TV. University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen declined the […]

Rep. Bacon draws GOP challenger who moonlights as Darth Vader

By: - February 9, 2022

OMAHA — U.S. House candidate Jim Schultze wants to “Force choke” the national debt, and the Omaha Republican says he can do it without the Darth Vader suit he wears to Star Wars-themed events and appearances for kids. The 40-year information technology professional said he saw former President Donald Trump’s statements seeking a GOP primary […]

Herbster and Pillen spar over critical race theory

By: - February 8, 2022

Hog farmer Jim Pillen’s latest television ad takes aim at critical race theory. He says he knows slop when he sees it. Charles Herbster, Pillen’s top opponent in Nebraska’s Republican primary for governor, questioned Pillen’s sincerity. He said he should have done more to protect university students from critical race theory.  Herbster pointed to Pillen’s […]

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GOP primary: Pillen slams Herbster for basing business, annual meeting out of state

By: - February 5, 2022

OMAHA — Two top Republicans running for governor are getting personal about each other’s businesses. On Friday, northeast Nebraska hog producer Jim Pillen, the top fundraiser in the GOP primary, attacked southeast Nebraska bull breeder Charles Herbster, the race’s top spender, for locating his biggest business out of state. “I chose to raise my family and […]

Nebraska governor candidates talk taxes, attracting talent and helping entrepreneurs

By: - February 3, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s top candidates for governor tussled Thursday over taxes, attracting talent to the state and helping local entrepreneurs innovate.  The most interesting exchanges at a forum hosted by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry addressed how the candidates would persuade more young people to live in the state.  Republican Charles Herbster, the […]

Herbster gave himself 96% of his $4.9 million in fundraising last year

By: - February 3, 2022

LINCOLN — Charles Herbster personally bankrolled $4.7 million of the $4.9 million he raised last year in his bid for the GOP governor’s nomination. His top primary opponent, Jim Pillen, gave his own campaign $1 million. But Pillen raised another $4.4 million from individual donors, for a total of $5.4 million.  Herbster’s self-funding puts him […]

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem endorses Herbster in his run for Nebraska gov

By: - February 2, 2022

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a fixture on conservative television and radio for her state’s relaxed-regulation approach to COVID-19, on Wednesday endorsed Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster. Herbster, an early favorite in the Republican primary race, announced the endorsement by press release a day after his top opponent, Jim Pillen, got the support of the […]

Nebraska offers homeowners help after Ricketts turns down more aid for renters

By: - February 2, 2022

LINCOLN — Days after rejecting extended federal help for renters, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a plan Tuesday to help homeowners who have gotten behind on their mortgage and property tax payments during the pandemic. The new Nebraska Homeowner Assistance Fund will use $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay past due mortgage […]

Farm Bureau takes side in GOP primary, backs Pillen for governor

By: - February 1, 2022

LINCOLN — The last time the Nebraska Farm Bureau endorsed a candidate in a competitive Republican primary for governor, in 2006, the group helped Gov. Dave Heineman beat U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne. On Tuesday, the Farm Bureau again chose sides, endorsing University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen in the GOP primary. They cited Pillen’s work […]

Bacon leads the Omaha-area pack in 2nd District House fundraising

By: - January 31, 2022

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon heads into the 2022 re-election year with nearly $1 million in the bank and a pair of Democrats raising enough money to wage a competitive primary to face him. Bacon raised about $728,000 in the final quarter of 2021, based on year-end fundraising reports filed by Monday’s deadline. His fundraising rebounded […]

Sen. Mike Flood announces for Congress

Flood’s fundraising surges, Fortenberry’s sputters

By: - January 31, 2022

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:30 p.m. Monday. LINCOLN — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s campaign fundraising took a hit after he was indicted last October, accused of lying to federal investigators. Fortenberry, a nine-term Republican, raised just $70,000 from donors during the last three months of 2021.  By comparison, he raised more than […]