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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 spent several years as an assignment editor and worked two stints as an editorial writer. From 2005 to 2007, he served as communications director for then-Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. Aaron most recently was the lead investigative reporter for KMTV 3 in Omaha, focusing on holding public officials accountable. His work has received awards from the Associated Press, Great Plains Journalism and more.

Nebraska recount changes nothing: Armendariz moves on to face Young in Legislative District 18

By: - June 8, 2022

OMAHA — A recount Wednesday settled the last legislative race of Nebraska’s May primary election. Republican Christy Armendariz retained a narrow lead as second-place finisher in Legislative District 18 and will face Democrat Michael Young in the general election. Legislative races are officially nonpartisan. Young finished first by 120 votes in the GOP-leaning district in north-central […]

State Sen. Julie Slama

Slama team aims subpoena fight with Herbster staff for June 14 hearing

By: - June 7, 2022

State Sen. Julie Slama’s legal team wants to get moving on subpoenas targeting Charles Herbster’s former state and national campaign team. Her lawyer filed a motion Friday seeking resolution June 14, during a hearing in the lawsuit and counter-lawsuit between her and Herbster, who lost a bid for governor. The Slama filing seeks to move […]

Dolberg will be History Nebraska’s interim director when Jones leaves

By: - June 6, 2022

LINCOLN — History Nebraska will have an interim executive director this summer who has worked 22 years with the group, which was long known as the Nebraska State Historical Society. Jill Dolberg, the director of historical resources and deputy state historic preservation officer, will take on the role after the resignation of Trevor Jones, effective […]

Nebraska counties inconsistent in who is sent early ballot request cards

By: - June 6, 2022

LINCOLN — Individual decisions by a dozen county election officials about mail notifications could affect which voters turn out for the June 28 special election in Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District.  The election between Republican State Sen. Mike Flood and Democratic Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks will determine who represents the district through the end of the […]

McCarthy raises funds for Smith, Flood in Nebraska’s U.S. House races

By: - June 3, 2022

LINCOLN — The Republican vying to replace Democrat Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker spent the end of this week in Nebraska, raising funds for two House candidates running in districts where the GOP holds significant advantages in voter registrations. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy raised money Thursday for U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, who represents the […]

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen

Pillen says no to new gun restrictions

By: - June 2, 2022

LINCOLN — Jim Pillen, the Republican nominee for Nebraska governor, said Thursday he opposes new restrictions on gun owners as an answer to mass shootings like those in Oklahoma, Texas, New York and Nebraska. Pillen said he would fight the adoption of a so-called “red-flag” law, under which a judge can order the temporary confiscation […]

Cattlemen endorse Pillen in Nebraska governor’s race

By: - June 2, 2022

LINCOLN — The lobbying arm of Nebraska’s cattle ranchers endorsed a pork producer for governor Thursday, saying Republican Jim Pillen knows the value of agriculture. The Nebraska Cattlemen shared the group’s pick during a press conference where Pillen was joined by Gov. Pete Ricketts and U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb. Cattlemen President Brenda Masek of […]

Early voting starts in Nebraska’s 1st District special election

By: - May 31, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska voters can start casting in-person early ballots Tuesday May 31 for the June 28 special election, which will determine who will finish the final six months of former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s term, following his resignation in March.  Voters in all of Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Lancaster, Madison, Platte, Seward and Stanton […]

Timing and abortion decision could influence June 28 House race between Flood, Pansing Brooks

By: - May 30, 2022

PLATTSMOUTH, Nebraska — A third of Nebraska gets no summer break from voting this year. The state set a June 28 special election to fill the 1st Congressional District’s open House seat. Nebraska must select someone to finish the last six months of former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s term. He resigned in March after a federal […]

Herbster fights the scope of subpoenas against “Trump world” trio who helped him

By: - May 28, 2022

OMAHA — It’s not a question of if but how deeply “Trump world” will be dragged into dueling lawsuits between Nebraska businessman Charles Herbster and State Sen. Julie Slama.  A new round of legal documents filed since May 19 in Slama’s counter-lawsuit against Herbster show that her lawyers are working to subpoena the records of […]

Senate passes bill naming Benson post office after Nebraska WWII hero

By: - May 26, 2022

OMAHA — Nearly 80 years after Charles Jackson French saved 15 fellow sailors’ lives, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to put his name on a local post office. President Joe Biden has 10 days to sign the bill. Japanese forces had just attacked the USS Gregory on Sept. 5, 1942. The ship was sinking, and […]

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 […]