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.  […]

Three to join the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame

BY: - April 25, 2022

Leaders of a construction company, a private equity firm and a manufacturer of animal health products are to be inducted May 2 into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame. The three are Mike McCarthy of McCarthy Capital of Omaha; John Sampson of Sampson Construction of Lincoln; and Gloria Thesenvitz of Nova-Tech Inc. of Grand Island. […]

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 […]

Ricketts press conference

Ricketts announces new tuition reimbursement benefit for kids of state employees

BY: - April 25, 2022

LINCOLN — Children of Nebraska’s 16,000 state employees will get 100% reimbursement for two years of tuition at state community colleges under an initiative highlighted Monday at a press conference held by Gov. Pete Ricketts. The new benefit, officials said, will not only serve to improve benefits for state workers, but will also train recent high […]

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 […]

Burt County fire

‘There was no way’ to stop wildfire in 50 mph winds, says survivor

BY: - April 25, 2022

LYONS, Nebraska — Robert Byrnes and his family were driving down U.S. 77 right after lunch Saturday when they noticed a wall of flames off to the east, roaring northward. They quickly reversed course to their farm, a unique place where Byrnes has erected a wind turbine that generates all the power needed for the […]

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 […]

Pete Ricketts

Ricketts, Boebert and others hammer away at Biden’s ’30-by-30′ initiative

BY: - April 22, 2022

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts and others hammered away Friday at President Joe Biden’s initiative to conserve 30% of the nation’s land and water by 2030 to mitigate climate change and the loss of endangered species, and to expand nature. Ricketts, who has become a leader in the opposition to the “America the Beautiful Initiative,” […]

Biden to ask Congress for more Ukraine aid after earlier U.S. funding runs dry

BY: - April 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is preparing to ask Congress for billions more in aid to Ukraine as the war shifts to the Eastern regions of the country, following Russia’s failure to take the capital city of Kyiv. “I’m asking the Defense Department to put together what they think we need,” Biden said this week.  […]

Charles Herbster continues to say groping allegations are false, politically motivated

BY: - April 21, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster continued this week to say allegations that he had groped eight women were false and politically motivated. Speaking during an online news conference Wednesday from his company’s condominium on the Omaha riverfront, Herbster said he respects “all females across this land.”  He implied that the women’s allegations, reported […]