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A special unit at the Nebraska State Penitentiary houses men who once served in the military and are trying to find a way back to their core values. The Veterans Service Group began in December 2016 with 40 beds, the Lincoln Journal Star reported . Officials hoped that putting like-minded people with ... prison
Following the convention, there will be a Dodge County GOP Social Fundraiser. The fundraiser will be held from 7-9 p.m. with guest speakers: Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts - Auditor Charlie Janssen, candidate for state treasurer - Senator John Murante, candidate for Nebraska Secretary of State ...

Royal, citing his financial background, said he wants the treasurer to take a more active role on the Nebraska Investment Finance Council, which makes ... Burke Harr of Omaha is no fan of Murante's politics or his penchant to push divisive wedge issues that clog up the Legislature, but he describes Murante ...
In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017 photo, Nebraska State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican, left, talks with Justice John Wright, in Lincoln, Neb. Wright, who served 24 years on the state's highest court, died Sunday, March 18, 2018, after a long undisclosed illness. He was 72.
(AP) -- Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is endorsing Bob Evnen for Nebraska Secretary of State. Evnen's campaign announced the support ... He is a member of the Nebraska Republican Party Executive Committee and has also served as legal counsel for the party. The GOP primary election will be held in ...
Murante says he'd like to see the office join more political debates, including property tax relief and using 529 plans to pay for private K-12 schooling. ... Burke Harr of Omaha is no fan of Murante's politics or his penchant to push divisive wedge issues that clog up the Legislature, but he describes Murante as ... Nebraska GOP

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill that would give state employees a new health care option that minimizes the role of insurance. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval on Monday with a 30-0 vote. State workers could enroll in a so-called direct primary care ... Nebraska GOP
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has again won a national award for its efforts to promote economic development. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday that the state received the 2017 Governor's Cup accolade from Site Selection magazine, which caters to corporate executives, real estate professionals ... Nebraska GOP
Secretary of State John Gale rejected Davis' appeal, ruling that changing from nonpartisan to Democrat did not constitute a change of political party. The Nebraska Supreme Court will hear Davis' appeal of the Secretary of State's order. In the motion filed Monday, Krist's attorney, David Domina, reiterated ... Nebraska GOP
"The ACLU is fabricating charges in a desperate attempt to try to overturn the will of the people of Nebraska," Ricketts said. ... look into whether the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and the Nebraska State Penitentiary illegally used DEA drug registrations to obtain drugs for executing inmates. Nebraska GOP
Five candidates for office in Nebraska's May 15 primary have been removed from the ballot because of filing errors, the Secretary of State's Office ... Industrial organizational psychologist Anne Herman was removed from the District 4 race to replace University of Nebraska Regent Bob Whitehouse of ... Nebraska GOP
The Democratic party of Nebraska has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to review Rep. Don Bacon's official Twitter account for political activity. The request stems from two tweets the Omaha Republican published, one last November and the other in January, criticizing his predecessor, former ... Nebraska GOP
“Some will say this is bad red state politics,” Raybould says. “But as a fourth-generation Nebraskan and a woman of faith, protecting kids from weapons designed to kill as many people as possible is worth risking an election over.” University of Nebraska-Lincoln political science professor John Hibbing said ... Nebraska GOP
"Both in the Nebraska Unicameral and in the U.S. Senate, Senator Fischer has a clear record of being an advocate for local control and public education," Fischer campaign spokeswoman Allison Bedell said, citing Fischer's two decades as a local school board member in north-central Nebraska. teachers
Charles Thone — governor, congressman, Republican Party stalwart and one of Nebraska's most highly regarded citizens — died Wednesday. ... He reached the top political position in the state as governor, won election to Congress four times and achieved respect from both sides of the political aisle. teachers
NORFOLK'S Jesse Casas Ferguson is a first-generation college student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln working toward a degree that will help him ... LINCOLN — In an era defined by political extremes, Nebraska's Jesse Casas Ferguson is eyeing a career to develop public policy from the middle. teachers
The Nebraska Secretary of State's Office audits votes, meaning employees hand-count randomly selected precincts to double-check that the voting equipment worked. Iowa recently passed a law to do the same. Pate and two staffers have obtained a security clearance from the federal government to work ... teachers

Handmade masks, a Nebraska sculptor and a Lincoln museum will be featured in Monday's episode of "Strange Inheritance." The show on the Fox Business ... sculpture in Paris in the early 1900s. Powell worked as a political cartoonist for the Omaha Daily Bee before moving to New York in the 1920s. teachers
LINCOLN — A past bar association president, a retired government employee, a nurse practitioner and a man who once flew an American flag upside down as a sign of distress over Donald Trump's election as president are among the recently announced candidates for the Nebraska Legislature. teachers
Pete Ricketts invited the National Rifle Association to Nebraska on Friday, after the mayor pro tem of Dallas urged the group to find another city to host its ... Many Nebraska hotels already have plans for the weekend of the NRA convention: Omaha is hosting the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders ... teachers
John Murante of Gretna argued Friday for creation of a mid-March presidential primary election in Nebraska, suggesting the state could gain political clout and ... Nebraska Democrats have opted for an early presidential party caucus in order to have a voice in the choice of their nominee during presidential ... teachers
Ricketts said in a tweet Friday that he and other Nebraska residents "love our constitutional rights" and want the convention in the state. ... Ricketts' tweet also followed news Thursday that the Nebraska-based First National Bank of Omaha would stop issuing NRA-branded credit cards in the wake of last ... teachers
Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., remembers facing the political heat after his 1993 vote to ban assault weapons — including a wave of attack ads by the National Rifle .... She describes Nebraska parents as angry about Washington inaction on guns. “Some will say this is bad red state politics,” Raybould says. “But as a ... teachers
Unspent campaign funds could be returned to donors, donated to charity, or transferred to a political party, under original provisions of the state's Political ... According to Frank Daly, executive director of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, the “absolute prohibition” of candidates ... teachers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would prevent psychologists from discriminating against patients based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is reviving a nearly decade-old dispute in Nebraska state government. Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln said Thursday the measure would create a ... teachers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Colorado officials have agreed to pay Nebraska $4 million to settle old claims that their state violated a water-sharing compact involving the Republican River, according to a settlement released Thursday. The settlement requires Colorado to make the payment by Dec. 31, 2018 ... teachers
Both Gould and Frank Daley of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission testified in support of a proposal, Legislative Bill 817, that would ban such candidate-to-candidate transfers. Politicians would still be able to donate leftover funds to a political party or charitable institution, or use the ... teachers
A special prosecutor Wednesday charged a former Nebraska state trooper with two misdemeanors for his part in a pursuit that led to a deadly crash. Timothy "Tim" Flick could get up to two years in jail if convicted of motor vehicle homicide and making a false statement under oath. He also is charged with ... teachers
E15 would boost the amount of corn used for ethanol production. That additional demand would help increase corn prices. Nebraska is the nation's second leading ethanol producer. The state has 24 ethanol plants. Many of those plants are in the 3rd District. Those plants have a capacity of more than 2.0 ... teachers
A legislative resolution to let voters decide whether to abolish the Nebraska Board of Education and allow the governor to hire the commissioner got little support ... District-based elections are important for political subdivisions that appropriate resources, but state aid isn't determined by the state education ... teachers
Davis has filed a complaint with the Nebraska Secretary of State's Office saying that Krist was a member of a different political party and therefore was not eligible to become a Democrat earlier ... Jane Kleeb, the chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, said she's confident that Krist will appear on the ballot. teachers
The political arm of the Nebraska Farm Bureau has thrown its support behind U.S. Sen. ... promoting trade deals favorable to Nebraska, and introducing a bipartisan bill to exempt farmers and ranchers from emissions reporting that Fischer said was intended to address industrial, not agricultural, pollution. teachers
Kuehn's move inspired an immediate press release from the Nebraska Democratic Party citing “rumors” that the state senator from Heartwell, Nebraska, ... in his south-central Nebraska district, which extends over seven rural counties and includes the communities of Minden, Holdrege, Superior and Sutton. teachers
In response, Krist's campaign released a statement: “Voters are fed up with this kind of constant partisan politics from Gov. Ricketts and his party bosses that divide us rather than unite us. I pledge to bring all of us together and to focus on unity and problem-solving, not ideology to move our great state ... teachers
I hope that the University of Nebraska Board of Regents was not fooled by the Band-Aids-and-lollipops approach that the NU President Hank Bounds and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green gave about varied political perspectives on free speech (“NU officials take steps to assure all ... teachers
The Legislature's special oversight committee on Nebraska's justice system has recommended that the state begin to plan for a prison overcrowding emergency that could lead to paroling a large number of inmates. The Nebraska prison population will be considered overcrowded if it exceeds 140 percent ... teachers
Decision by Nebraska PSC casts more uncertainty into whether TransCanada has route for Keystone XL pipeline across state. By Paul Hammel ... Meanwhile, it appears doubtful that TransCanada has an approved route across Nebraska after almost a decade of legal and political wrangling. Approved ... teachers
Nebraska already requires residents to report and pay online sales taxes on their income tax returns, but few people comply. The pending bill would require online retailers to remit sales taxes if their gross revenue in Nebraska exceeds $100,000 or they conduct 200 or more transactions in the state. teachers
And there's more: Not only did both of the Nebraska senators who began the year die in office, one of them had been elected to fill the unexpired term of a ... The Democratic Senate victory in Alabama, along with some political forecasts that suggest the 2018 elections might tip the Senate back into the ... teachers
The ACLU of Nebraska charged that the death penalty repeal, enacted by the State Legislature over a veto by Gov. Pete Ricketts, was in effect long enough to convert the death .... to retain the repeal of the death penalty. She said that today's lawsuit is about policy, not politics., ... teachers
When outside political pressure is being applied to the University of Nebraska by elected officials who determine the university's state budget support, that's ... Ebke said "the Republican Party and their slimy politics remind me of Mr. Potter in the movie — or Ebeneezer Scrooge in another Christmas classic. teachers
LINCOLN — The Nebraska Republican Party is going after State Sen. ... Ebke said she checked with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission before proceeding and was told that campaign funds can be used for social ... Ebke said she is not talking about politics or campaigns at the events. teachers
A longtime probation officer has sued the Nebraska Office of Probation Administration and its director, alleging he was fired last year after he discovered ... A spokeswoman with the Nebraska Attorney General's Office declined to comment Thursday on the lawsuit, which was filed in Lancaster County District ... teachers
The ACLU of Nebraska filed a lawsuit Friday alleging the Department of Corrections violated the state's open-records law and asserting Corrections ... is a bedrock of Nebraska tradition deeply valued by citizens across the political spectrum because it provides a check on the abuses of big government. teachers
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said his new role as vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association will allow him to better advocate for Nebraskans' issues. In fact, he said, he has already ... He called the RGA “the most effective national political organization out there.” There are 36 gubernatorial ... teachers
The University of Nebraska at Lincoln said Friday that a graduate student lecturer in English who flipped off an undergraduate activist and called her a “neo-fascist Becky” will no longer teach there. Two university spokespeople also resigned in relation to the incident. The announcement follows pressure ... teachers
Kevin Smith, the chair of the Political Science Department at UNL, said following last year's election there was an increase in interest in politics among college students. He teaches an elective course on politics. The majority of his students tend to be political science majors, but this year there are students ... teachers
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is working to change underrepresentation of women in all levels of politics, particularly local government. teachers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has fallen behind most other states in its efforts to attract out-of-state tourists and placed last in a recent ... teachers
Courtney Dentlinger has resigned as director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to become government affairs manager ... teachers


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