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Don Stenberg

Don Stenberg

Don Stenberg is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School. He served for 12 years as Nebraska’s attorney general and has argued several constitutional law questions in the Supreme Court of the United States, including the partial-birth abortion case Stenberg v. Carhart. He is also the author of a Christian book entitled, “Eavesdropping on Lucifer.” He and his wife, Sue, reside in Gretna, Nebraska.

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The Opportunity Scholarship Act: Defending the attorney general

By: - March 5, 2024

Since Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers is being criticized for my attorney general opinion, I must come to his defense. The contention by State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan and others is that the Opportunity Scholarship Act cannot be repealed by a referendum because of Neb. Rev. Stat. Sec. 32 – 1408, which says (emphasis added): […]

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Don’t repeal Murphy’s Law

By: - February 2, 2024

Having had a number of disagreements with the Legislature when I was the Nebraska attorney general, I hesitate to wade into the current disagreement between the Legislature and the attorney general concerning inspectors general. I do so only to bring some historical perspective. In the 1970s the Legislature became frustrated that state agencies would not […]

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Thoughts on property tax reform history

By: - January 13, 2024

I want to applaud Gov. Jim Pillen’s focus on reducing property taxes, because high property taxes are a huge problem. They are driving retired persons out of our state. Property taxes on my home have gone up more than 44% in two years. My neighbors tell me they have had a similar experience. Gov. Pillen […]

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The philosophical public policy case for opportunity scholarships

By: - February 22, 2023

The Nebraska Examiner has described Legislative Bill 753, the Opportunity Scholarship Act, as a bill that “provides public funds for private schools.” More specifically Legislative Bill 753 is described as “a bill that would set aside at least $25 million a year in taxpayer funds for tax credits for donations to private school scholarships.” The […]

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The federal government’s potential cases against Trump look legally weak

By: - September 10, 2022

The FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s home has generated a great deal of political controversy. However, in my opinion, based on the laws involved, there are multiple reasons the government’s case(s) will likely fail. First of all, The Presidential Records Act, 44 U.S.C. chapter 22, gives every former president the legal right to […]

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U.S. Supreme Court is protecting democracy and explicit individual constitutional rights

By: - July 12, 2022

Some are saying that several of this year’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions are threatening or destroying democracy. In fact, it is just the opposite. The court’s opinions leave decisions of utmost importance to the people’s elected representatives and enforce the Constitution’s explicit protections of personal liberty. Consider, for example, five of the court’s most controversial […]