Election 2022

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 […]

Nebraska Secretary of State pushes back against claims that 2020 vote was amiss

BY: - February 6, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen, in a PowerPoint presentation sent Saturday to all 49 state senators, is pushing back against contentions of election fraud and irregularities during the 2020 election. The PowerPoint, entitled, “Fake vs. Fact,” rejects, one by one, allegations made by a group claiming to seek “accuracy” in elections. The […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Mitts off in 1st District GOP congressional race with new attack ads

BY: - February 2, 2022

Republican candidates in Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District primary race traded sharp political attacks in new campaign ads launched Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry charged in a radio ad that his main rival, State Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk, shares the same views on immigration as President Joe Biden, a Democrat the ad blames for a […]

State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks formally enters Nebraska’s 1st District race

BY: - January 31, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks pledged to put “people over politics” on Monday as she officially registered as a Democratic candidate in eastern Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District. “The numbers have changed in CD1 so I’m really optimistic about the ability to win this race,” Pansing Brooks said. She was referring to the recent […]

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 […]

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Republican Lindstrom touts teamwork, ‘new generation leadership’ in first ad

BY: - January 28, 2022

The first television ad from Republican gubernatorial candidate Brett Lindstrom emphasizes his “teamwork” as a Nebraska football player and says he would bring “a new generation of leadership” to the state. The ad launched Friday.  Lindstrom, a state senator and Omaha financial adviser, faces an uphill battle to match the spending of the two most […]

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Fortenberry, Flood trade charges as 1st District race heats up

BY: - January 28, 2022

The race for the Republican nomination in Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District heated up Friday, with incumbent U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry attacking State Sen. Mike Flood as having a “history” of not following conservative principles, particularly on immigration issues. Flood, in a response from a campaign spokesman, later accused the congressman of “desperately lying” to divert […]

Herbster and Pillen squabble over the importance of a governor having children

BY: - January 25, 2022

Two top Republicans running for governor squabbled Monday over University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen’s recent comments on parenthood and public service. Pillen, asked last week what separated him from fellow GOP competitors, said having children gave him perspective and focused him on the next generation. “If you don’t have a family, it doesn’t make […]