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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.

GOP state senator, seven other women say Charles Herbster groped them; he denies allegations

By: - April 14, 2022

LINCOLN — Time after time, Charles Herbster worked the crowds as he attended events, either as a candidate for Nebraska governor, a significant Republican donor or a beauty pageant judge. He would go up to a group and introduce himself. Often wearing his signature cowboy hat and suit, he would extend a handshake to the […]

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Pillen’s personal approach vs. Herbster’s show with Trump Jr. 

By: - April 13, 2022

NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska — University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen prefers talking to Nebraska voters in small groups. Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster likes putting on a show.  On Wednesday, two of the top Republicans running for governor visited this gateway city to the Sandhills, hosting political events that reflected each candidate’s favored approach to […]

Charles Herbster adds another $4.2 million of his own money to his campaign warchest

By: - April 12, 2022

OMAHA — Charles Herbster has continued largely self-funding his bid for the Republican governor’s nomination in Nebraska, giving his campaign $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2022. Individual donors and groups gave him $113,000 over the same span. By early April, Herbster, the CEO of Conklin Co., personally funded $8.9 million of the $9.2 […]

Trump Jr. to make three-stop campaign swing for Herbster in Nebraska

By: - April 10, 2022

OMAHA — Political scion Donald Trump Jr. is set to join Nebraska GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster on a three-city tour Wednesday of western and central Nebraska. The campaign confirmed Monday that  Trump Jr. would start with a 10 a.m. stop in Gering, a 1 p.m. stop in North Platte and a 3 p.m. stop […]

Nebraska GOP picks Flood to face Pansing Brooks in June 28 special election

By: - April 9, 2022

LINCOLN — This June’s special election to finish out the last six months of former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s term has a Republican nominee: former Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood. The executive committee of the Nebraska Republican Party, about 30 Republicans from across the state, chose Flood Saturday to take on fellow State Sen. Patty Pansing […]

NSEA endorses Blood and Lindstrom, spurring questions in Nebraska GOP governor’s race

By: - April 7, 2022

OMAHA — State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, an Omaha Republican facing a new round of dark money TV ads attacking his record as being centrist, was endorsed Thursday by the Nebraska teachers union, which risks reinforcing the ads’ message to GOP voters.  The Nebraska State Education Association endorsed Lindstrom in the Republican primary election and Carol […]

Herbster, Lindstrom and Thibodeau clash on future workforce in Nebraska governor’s candidate forum

By: - April 6, 2022

OMAHA — Three of Nebraska’s top GOP governor candidates laid out visions Wednesday for the state’s future workforce, including how they would involve more marginalized people, from legal immigrants to felons being released from prison. Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster, State Sen. Brett Lindstrom and former State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau discussed the need to find […]

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AG says state will drop lawsuit against Omaha, health director on mask mandate ordinance

By: - April 6, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to add the mayor’s comments after signing the revised ordinance. OMAHA — Omaha is adding a new layer of elected oversight to the final decision on any future mask mandates, which is enough to get the State of Nebraska to drop its lawsuit against the city and its […]

Pillen taps longtime prosecutor Joe Kelly as running mate

By: - April 5, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen on Tuesday picked Joe Kelly, one of the state’s top prosecutors, as his running mate. Kelly, who leads the Criminal Bureau for the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, served as U.S. attorney for Nebraska from 2018 to 2021 and Lancaster County attorney from 2011 to 2018. Kelly described his […]

State Sen. Brett Lindstrom and Mayor Jean Stothert

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert endorses Brett Lindstrom for Nebraska governor

By: - April 4, 2022

OMAHA — State Sen. Brett Lindstrom’s bid to become Nebraska’s next governor got a timely boost Monday from Mayor Jean Stothert. Stothert endorsed Lindstrom on the same day counties started mailing out early ballots for the May 10 primary race. The mayor praised his record of cutting taxes and working with others, regardless of their […]

Thibodeau picks bombastic rural voice, podcaster Loos as running mate in Nebraska governor’s race

By: - March 31, 2022

Former State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau of Omaha announced her running mate Thursday in the Republican primary race for governor. She picked a name familiar to many in Nebraska’s sprawling, largely rural 3rd Congressional District. Thibodeau tapped Trent Loos, a bombastic central Nebraska rancher known for his rural radio show and conservative political podcast. “A one-size-fits-all […]

Senate advances bill to name Benson post office bill after WWII hero Charles Jackson French

By: - March 30, 2022

OMAHA — The Senate bill to rename the Benson branch post office after World War II hero Charles Jackson French cleared a key committee vote Wednesday and appears headed to passage as early as next week. The Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee sent the bill to the Senate floor, where Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and […]