Government & Politics

Past ethics complaint against Peterson was dismissed after legal review

BY: - September 23, 2022

LINCOLN — An ethics complaint against Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson after the 2020 election was rejected after a legal review concluded that his support of a lawsuit challenging the counting of votes in 2020 wasn’t “purely political.” Then-State Sen. Ernie Chambers had filed a complaint against Peterson shortly after the 2020 election. He charged […]

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Nebraska names new slate of vendors to handle Medicaid starting in 2024

BY: - September 23, 2022

OMAHA — In a process that’s seen more than typical scrutiny, Nebraska administrators on Friday announced their selection of three vendors to handle the state’s Medicaid managed care program starting in 2024. The services now cost the state nearly $3 billion a year. For the new five-year period, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services […]

Tribal law enforcement boosted under bill proposed by members of Congress from the West

BY: - September 22, 2022

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers reintroduced legislation Thursday to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress begins to consider how to respond to a July Supreme Court case that complicated state-tribal criminal jurisdiction. The bill, introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego […]

Beagles rescued from Virginia dog-breeding facility get the star treatment in D.C.

BY: - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Now-famous beagles rescued from a breeding and research facility in Virginia were on Capitol Hill on Thursday as an animal welfare group and a California congressman pushed for legislation that would promote adoption of research animals.  “It’s unfortunate that animals are still allowed to be used in testing. That hopefully is going to […]

Manchin’s energy permitting plan roils U.S. Senate and House Democrats

BY: and - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The energy permitting proposal that centrist Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III made a condition of his support for a major Senate Democratic measure would impose timelines on federal agencies responsible for approving energy projects, according to text of the measure released late Wednesday.  Congressional Democrats are deeply divided over the Manchin permitting […]

Golden year for state-funded UNO Goodrich Scholarship Program

BY: - September 22, 2022

OMAHA — Marty Martinez recalls darting off the city bus with his shaggy hair, bell-bottoms and pointed-collar shirt, to get to his first humanities class at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was 18 at the time, a fresh graduate of South High’s Class of 1972. His hometown was still reeling from recent race […]

Group files ethics complaint against Nebraska attorney general for his support of lawsuit challenging 2020 vote

BY: - September 21, 2022

LINCOLN — A legal accountability group is charging that Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson used his elective office “to propagate lies and misinformation that imperil American democracy” and discredit the 2020 election results. The 65 Project — named after the 65 unsuccessful lawsuits filed by former President Donald Trump’s supporters to overturn his 2020 defeat […]

U.S. House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop Jan. 6 repeat

BY: - September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed on Wednesday a bill updating a 19th-century law in an attempt to prevent the subversion of future presidential elections. The Presidential Election Reform Act, which passed 229-203, is meant to deter a repeat of the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, in which the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a […]

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Nebraska’s first casino expected to open Saturday, pending likely OK of license

BY: - September 21, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s first casino is expected to open Saturday morning in the Capital City, pending approval by the state gaming commission. A temporary casino, located at the Lincoln Race Course Thoroughbred track, is scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with more than 400 slot machines ready to go. “We have every expectation that […]

Federal judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for Head Start staff

BY: - September 21, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a permanent injunction to block the Biden administration’s mandate that all Head Start program workers, volunteers and contractors be vaccinated for COVID-19. A temporary injunction had been in place since January, after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and his counterparts in 23 states filed against the federal government […]

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Nebraska election officials say their job is more stressful, under the spotlight

BY: - September 21, 2022

LINCOLN — A trio of national researchers took turns Tuesday describing the rising threats and violence directed at officials who handle our elections, direct public health and educate our children. Three Nebraska election officials said that this state is not completely immune to the same trends described in the “Elections and the Threat of Violence” […]

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City of Omaha seeks second lobbyist to work State Legislature in Lincoln

BY: - September 21, 2022

LINCOLN — The City of Omaha is advertising to hire a second, “supplemental” lobbyist to work alongside longtime city lobbyist Jack Cheloha. Cheloha, who has held the job for 28 years, says he’s “in the dark” about the request. But Mayor Jean Stothert, who initiated the effort, said hiring an additional lobbyist during the last […]