Government & Politics

Fortenberry guilty

Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s lawyers ask that his convictions be tossed out

BY: - April 27, 2022

LINCOLN — Lawyers for former U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry have asked a judge to throw out his conviction, after a weeklong jury trial and three guilty verdicts for lying to federal investigators. In their request for acquittal, Fortenberry’s lawyers charged that federal prosecutors failed to show that the congressman’s false statements to investigators were “material” […]

ACLU report calls out immigration enforcement program in Nebraska’s Dakota County

BY: - April 27, 2022

A new report by the American Civil Liberties Union is another reason that Nebraska’s Dakota County Sheriff’s Office should end a controversial program that allows local police to enforce federal immigration law, the state ACLU office said Wednesday. The local civil rights nonprofit issued the statement following a study by its national office on so-called […]

Rich Pahls

Nebraska State Sen. Rich Pahls, ardent opponent of tax exemptions, has died

BY: - April 27, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Rich Pahls of Omaha, who won re-election to his post after being term-limited in 2012, has died. Pahls, 78, had missed the last few weeks of the 2022 session of the Nebraska Legislature due to an illness that he had kept private.  The Nebraska Examiner learned of his passing on Wednesday. […]

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Platte Institute names new chair who will help guide Blueprint Nebraska growth plan

BY: - April 27, 2022

North Platte, Nebraska, businessman Pat Keenan, whose career began in the soft drink industry, has been elected chairman of the nonprofit Platte Institute board of directors. Among the organization’s responsibilities is helping to activate economic initiatives in Blueprint Nebraska, a plan led by business and civic leaders to stimulate economic development and to make the […]

Four state senators raising money for women’s defense in wake of allegations against Herbster

BY: - April 26, 2022

LA VISTA — Four Nebraska state senators announced a fundraising effort Tuesday to cover potential legal costs for any women or witnesses who might come forward with credible allegations of sexual impropriety by gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster. State Sens. Lou Ann Linehan, Joni Albrecht, Suzanne Geist and Rita Sanders emphasized their support for their colleague, […]

Lincoln casino

Nebraska judge dismisses lawsuit by Big Red Keno over rights to develop casino in Lincoln

BY: - April 26, 2022

LINCOLN — A lawsuit filed by Big Red Keno over who gets to provide casino gaming at the Lincoln Race Course has been dismissed. The ruling Monday means that the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association can continue its partnership with a wing of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska to provide expanded gambling at its […]

Three Republican candidates for Nebraska governor debate taxes, water, broadband

BY: - April 25, 2022

HOLDREGE, Nebraska — Three of Nebraska’s top four GOP candidates for governor visited this agricultural hub Monday to debate taxes, water, broadband and more. State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, former Sen. Theresa Thibodeau and Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster debated questions for an hour from reporters based in Kearney, Lexington and Axtell.  University of Nebraska Regent […]

Lindstrom, Herbster, Pillen each has a path to win, poll finds

BY: - April 25, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s Republican race for governor is a tangle at the top, with three candidates essentially tied and a distant fourth perhaps positioned to play spoiler. State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster and University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen each registered between 24% and 28% support in a new third-party poll.  […]

State Sen. Julie Slama

Sen. Julie Slama files countersuit against Charles Herbster, alleging sexual battery

BY: - April 25, 2022

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with response from the Charles Herbster campaign. LINCOLN — State Sen. Julie Slama formally responded Monday to a defamation lawsuit filed Friday by Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster. Slama also countersued Herbster, alleging sexual battery. In an unusual legal move, Slama’s lawyers, Dave Lopez and Marnie Jensen, didn’t […]

State Sen. Brett Lindstrom and Mayor Jean Stothert

Lindstrom has shot in governor’s race, but is he conservative enough for Nebraska GOP voters?

BY: - April 25, 2022

OMAHA — Two new pieces of campaign mail being sent to Nebraska Republicans say a top GOP candidate for governor is an “Omaha Liberal” and a “Liberal in Disguise.” This direct mail targets State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, originally a long-shot candidate who has emerged with a chance to secure the nomination. The Omaha financial adviser […]

Greeley County commissioner fined for doing road work for the county

BY: - April 25, 2022

LINCOLN — A Greeley County Board member has been fined $1,500 by a state political accountability board in connection with contracts he had with the county to do flood-related road repairs. Joe Leslie, who has a road grading business, became engaged in repairing roads in the central Nebraska county following the statewide flooding in 2019, […]

Charles Herbster sues Sen. Julie Slama, whose lawyer says she’ll ‘stand strong’

BY: - April 22, 2022

Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster filed a District Court lawsuit Friday against State Sen. Julie Slama in her home county. The move came a week after Slama, also a Republican, confirmed in news reports that Herbster had reached up her skirt and touched her without consent at a political event in 2019.  The Johnson […]