Farm Bureau takes side in GOP primary, backs Pillen for governor

BY: - February 1, 2022

LINCOLN — The last time the Nebraska Farm Bureau endorsed a candidate in a competitive Republican primary for governor, in 2006, the group helped Gov. Dave Heineman beat U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne. On Tuesday, the Farm Bureau again chose sides, endorsing University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen in the GOP primary. They cited Pillen’s work […]

State moves to make new tax credit easier for taxpayers to claim

BY: - February 1, 2022

LINCOLN — A state tax official said Tuesday that Nebraskans should find it easier this year to claim a new and growing state tax credit — one that many taxpayers didn’t claim last year.  About $78.5 million out of the $125 million in credits available through Legislative Bill 1107 had been claimed by property owners […]

Nebraska senators want to create a new state housing agency

BY: - February 1, 2022

House prices on the Nebraska homefront have jumped: The average sale price across the Omaha and Lincoln areas went up more than 11% in the last year and about 25% since 2018. Looking farther back, over a decade, the Great Plains Regional MLS shows also that the average Omaha-area sale price of new and existing […]

Governors attempt to bridge deep political divides in big D.C. meeting

BY: , and - February 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — Governors of both parties from throughout the United States met here over the weekend to try to speak on a unified front about what their states need from the federal government. But the waters were muddied by governors’ clearly divided political views about two major issues of the moment: voting laws and whether […]

Traffic along Interstate 80

Northeast Nebraska officials vent frustration on delayed expressway work

BY: - February 1, 2022

LINCOLN — Leaders from Norfolk, Columbus and northeast Nebraska expressed frustration Monday that a 34-year-old plan to link the state’s largest communities with four-lane expressways is still far from being completed. The grumbling came during a public hearing on a proposal by State Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk to require the Nebraska Department of Transportation […]

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 […]

NU Law program recognized for its tenant assistance project

BY: - January 31, 2022

The University of Nebraska College of Law was among the 99 law schools that responded to the U.S. Attorney General’s call in August to help people in their communities access emergency rental assistance. Law schools overall acted with urgency, the Justice Department said, and over the past five months have continued to draw upon resources […]

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 […]

Schools provide ‘kindling’ for COVID outbreaks in the community, officials say

BY: - January 31, 2022

LINCOLN — Schools provide the “kindling” for viral outbreaks, and schoolchildren are getting infected at higher rates right now, making it essential that more kids get vaccinated for COVID-19, two health experts said Sunday. Only 18.5% of children 5-11 years old in Nebraska have been vaccinated so far, and 51.1% of youths 12-19 have gotten […]

Aurora workforce housing

New funding for rural housing programs seen as ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ boost

BY: - January 31, 2022

AURORA, Nebraska — This city has a problem shared by lots of rural communities across the state: plenty of jobs but a shortage of housing for local workers. Local real estate agents  relate stories of prospective buyers waiting months before they find the right house. One family, they say, lived in a trailer for several […]

Nebraska utilities say Bostelman plan to avoid rolling blackouts is unnecessary

BY: - January 31, 2022

LINCOLN — Representatives of the state’s public utilities lined up last week to oppose a bill that was portrayed as a way to avoid the rolling blackouts of last year’s polar vortex. No one testified in favor of a proposal presented Thursday to the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee by State Sen. Bruce Bostelman of Brainard, […]