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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.

Nebraska Examiner is part of States Newsroom, the nation’s largest state-focused nonprofit news organization.

Former Sen. Ben Nelson sees a ‘moment’ for Pansing Brooks to win open seat

By: - April 21, 2022

LA VISTA — Former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., typically waits until after Nebraska Democrats select a nominee before deciding whether to endorse a candidate for Congress.  But Nelson said Thursday he sees a “moment” for State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks headed into the state’s May 10 primary election and the June 28 special election […]

Charles Hebster

Three people speak on the record to confirm allegations of groping by Charles Herbster

By: - April 19, 2022

OMAHA  — Two men and a woman on Monday put their names behind what they said they either saw directly or were told immediately afterward about Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster groping young women at political events. All three said they were upset by Herbster’s denials of the behavior. They said they were also upset […]

Trump to stump for Herbster on April 29 in Greenwood, Nebraska

By: - April 19, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster is getting the Nebraska visit he sought for months from former President Donald Trump late in a tightening GOP race. Trump’s team announced Tuesday that Trump would appear at an April 29 rally at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, less than two weeks before the May 10 primary […]

Latest poll shows dead heat in Nebraska’s GOP governor’s race

By: - April 18, 2022

OMAHA — Even before a bombshell week of news, Nebraska’s GOP race for governor was rounding into a three-way statistical tie likely to be decided by voters still making up their minds. The Republican race lacks a favorite between Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster, University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen and State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, […]

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 […]

Charles Hebster

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 […]

Masks in a shop window

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 […]