Government & Politics

nebraska environmental trust

Environmental Trust board hears more criticism of ‘subjective’ and ‘frustrating’ grant rejections

BY: - November 3, 2022

LINCOLN — Another day, another round of criticism about the grant decisions made this year by the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Of the 87 grant applications the Trust received this year, 40 were deemed ineligible for grants, including several applications that had won approval in past years. That prompted more than a dozen complaints in live […]

Nebraskans facing deluge of political mail — the good, the bad and the ugly

BY: - November 3, 2022

LINCOLN — No central clearinghouse counts the number of political mailers clogging Nebraska mailboxes during election season.  But candidates say direct mail has increased during a record year of spending on state and local races.  Mail numbers jumped this spring during the state’s costliest-ever Republican primary for governor, political observers said. They have stayed high […]

Ricketts expresses some interest in U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Sasse

BY: - November 3, 2022

LINCOLN — Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts is expressing some interest, for the first time publicly, in being appointed to the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Ben Sasse, the political website Politico is reporting. In a story posted Thursday by Politico, Ricketts expressed fondness for the Senate. “It’s still very relevant and important,” Ricketts […]

Nebraska House candidates still fight voter confusion after redistricting

BY: - November 3, 2022

PAPILLION, Nebraska — Redistricting prompted U.S. Rep. Mike Flood to start his closing pitch to voters Wednesday at a Hy-Vee in Sarpy County. Joining him were Gov. Pete Ricketts and the area’s former congressman, Rep. Don Bacon. For years, suburban voters in central Sarpy County served as a counterweight to Democrats’ edge in Douglas County. […]

Voter interest is relatively high, with voter turnout predicted at 58% for Tuesday’s general election

BY: - November 2, 2022

LINCOLN — Statewide, a turnout of 58% of the state’s registered voters is projected for the general election. That would match the turnout for the last nonpresidential general election in the state in 2018, but it would be higher than similar, gubernatorial general elections in 2014, 2010 and 2006, according to records of the Nebraska […]

The Fed raises interest rates again, signals more coming despite pressure to slow the pace

BY: - November 2, 2022

The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that in its continuing efforts to tamp down inflation, it would raise interest rates yet again by another three-quarters of a point to a target range of 3.75% to 4%. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said during a press conference following the announcement that the “historically fast pace” of […]

Battle over bluejeans to be heard by Nebraska’s highest court

BY: - November 2, 2022

LINCOLN — Call it the “battle over bluejeans” or “denim-gate,” but the state employees union says its lawsuit against a state agency’s ban on bluejeans is about much more than just what state workers can wear on the job. On Wednesday, the Nebraska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case, Nebraska Department of […]

Sen. Sasse, ‘sole finalist’ in UF presidential search, to lead Florida’s flagship university

BY: and - November 1, 2022

OMAHA — The University of Florida’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously offered Nebraska’s U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse the job as its 13th president. Sasse has one final hurdle to clear on Nov. 10, when the UF Board of Governors will vote on his annual contract of up to $1.6 million. (The Senate pays less than […]

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Nebraska state senator returns to Ukraine to deliver Bibles, stove, food — and message of support

BY: - November 1, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Tom Brewer, a decorated military veteran, is back in Ukraine, this time delivering solar Bibles and portable cookstoves to soldiers at the front, while narrowly escaping a missile strike. Two Russian missiles hit about 300 yards on either side of a highway Monday as Brewer’s party was leaving Zaporizhzhia, the site […]


Veterans Day program to commemorate cornerstone laid at Nebraska State Capitol 100 years ago

BY: - October 31, 2022

LINCOLN — This year’s Veterans Day program at the State Capitol will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone at the Capitol honoring “those who fell in the service of their country.” The program will be held in the 2nd floor rotunda of the State Capitol at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. […]

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry talks reporters after his trial.

Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry appeals federal felony convictions

BY: - October 29, 2022

OMAHA — Former 1st District Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., has formally appealed his three felony convictions. Fortenberry filed notice in late June that he intended to appeal. He was convicted in March of lying to or misleading FBI agents investigating foreign funds that were illegally donated to Fortenberry’s campaign. Federal law prohibits the use of […]

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Critics of controversial pardon call for apology, more accountability

BY: - October 28, 2022

LINCOLN — A group of American Legion members and others took to the streets Friday to protest a controversial pardon granted to a Legion member for a violent sex assault in 1993. Carrying signs that read “Shame on You Neb. Legion Leaders” and “What if it was Your Loved One?” the group called on the […]