Government & Politics

David Burr demonstrates removing leaves on marijuana plants

House advances marijuana banking bill, but final passage uncertain

BY: - February 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — Cannabis dispensaries throughout the country came one step closer to using banks the way many other businesses can when the U.S. House cleared a bill Friday with sweeping changes to banking regulations.  Reps. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., and Dave Joyce, R-Ohio, co-sponsors of the legislation, said Friday their proposal would allow medical and recreational […]

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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 […]

Colorado buyer seeks TIF to help spiff up Omaha’s former Scoular site

BY: - February 5, 2022

OMAHA — A Colorado group wants to buy the former headquarters of one of Nebraska’s oldest companies — but first is asking the City of Omaha for a public subsidy to help revamp the place. The Denver-based Kentro Group intends to buy and rehabilitate the nearly 90,000-square-foot downtown Omaha complex that the international Scoular grain […]

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$120 million in second round of federal rental aid could be back in play

BY: - February 4, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Matt Hansen of Lincoln has launched an effort to put extended federal assistance into the hands of Nebraska renters — challenging an earlier stance taken by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Earlier this week, Ricketts told the Nebraska Examiner the state would not apply for a second round of federal emergency rental aid, […]

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry talking to reporters in US Capitol

Fortenberry attorneys seek to allow expert witness on ‘cognitive aging’ to testify

BY: - February 4, 2022

Defense attorneys for indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry are seeking to call an expert on memory to testify that the 60-year-old congressman didn’t recall the origin of some 2016 campaign contributions because of his age and because of “repetitive” questioning by federal agents. In court filings Thursday, prosecutors and Fortenberry’s attorneys also spatted over whether […]

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$270 million prison proposal runs into tough questions and calls for alternatives

BY: - February 3, 2022

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts’ proposal to build a new, $270 million prison to replace the aging State Penitentiary ran into some tough questions Thursday from a legislative committee. State Sen. John Stinner of Gering, chairman of the legislative committee that writes the state budget, led the criticism, saying the state has increased prison spending […]

Nebraska governor candidates talk taxes, attracting talent and helping entrepreneurs

BY: - February 3, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s top candidates for governor tussled Thursday over taxes, attracting talent to the state and helping local entrepreneurs innovate.  The most interesting exchanges at a forum hosted by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry addressed how the candidates would persuade more young people to live in the state.  Republican Charles Herbster, the […]

Floor of the Nebraska Legislature

Proposal panned to inject political party affiliation into voting on legislative races

BY: - February 3, 2022

LINCOLN — If public testimony is any guide, a proposal to label candidates for the Nebraska Legislature by their party affiliation isn’t likely to make its way onto the 2022 ballot. A long line of people, including four former state senators, testified against the idea Thursday, saying it would make the state’s unique, nonpartisan Unicameral […]

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry talking to reporters in US Capitol

Prosecutors slam Fortenberry’s request to move trial as ‘forum shopping’

BY: - February 3, 2022

Federal prosecutors are slamming a request by U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry to move his criminal trial from California to Nebraska as jury shopping and an attempt to claim privilege as an elected official. “He presumes that his privilege and status as a U.S. Congressman entitle him to special treatment to move his trial … to […]

Legislative hearing on ballot boxes turns into complaint session about 2020 elections

BY: - February 3, 2022

LINCOLN — A public hearing on a bill to improve security of ballot drop boxes on Wednesday turned into a forum for alleging irregularities about the conduct of the 2020 elections. Despite assurances from state senators and one of the state’s top election officials that all allegations of fraud had been thoroughly investigated and dismissed, […]

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 […]

Cowboy Trail at Long Pine, NE

Legislators urged to invest in completing recreation trails across Nebraska

BY: - February 3, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska should capitalize on plentiful state and local funds by completing two major hike-bike trails that cross the state, a panel of state lawmakers were told Tuesday. State Sen. Robert Hilkemann of Omaha, an avid biker who’s pedaled across the U.S., said that $18 million would be required to finish the Mo-Pac Trail […]