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With new PAC, Herbster aims to continue influencing Nebraska politics | Politics
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With new PAC, Herbster aims to continue influencing Nebraska politics | Politics

Molly Ashford ,  Ryan Hoffman Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles W. Herbster announced Thursday that he is forming and funding a political action committee to promote “traditional Christian conservative values” in Nebraska politics.Herbster, who was the runner-up in the May Republican primary, said in a press release that the new Nebraska First PAC represents his continued involvement in Nebraska politics. A businessman from Falls City, Herbster has made sizable donations to Republican candidates o...
Nebraska ends fiscal year with record $6.35 billion revenues | Politics
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Nebraska ends fiscal year with record $6.35 billion revenues | Politics

LINCOLN — Nebraska closed out its fiscal year on a record high note, with net tax revenues nearing $6.35 billion, according to a new state report.The Nebraska Department of Revenue report, released Friday, shows the state collected $624 million more for the fiscal year that ended June 30 than predicted just four months earlier. The total is up 10.9% from those February projections, which in turn were $370 million higher than projections issued in October.The new revenue figures had some policymakers talking about tax cuts while others said the money should be used as a hedge against an economic downturn.  State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn, the Revenue Committee chairwoman, said the increased revenues mean lawmakers should do more to reduce taxes next year, perhaps by c...
New Nebraska GOP leaders declare support for Pillen, other nominees | Politics
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New Nebraska GOP leaders declare support for Pillen, other nominees | Politics

Newly elected Nebraska Republican State Chairman Eric Underwood of Lincoln and his leadership team said that they are committed to securing the election in November of GOP primary election nominees, specifically Jim Pillen."Make no mistake, the NEGOP remains committed to our Republican primary winners," the new party leaders stated in a news release Tuesday. ...
Nebraska politicians debate impact of tumultuous convention on state GOP | Politics
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Nebraska politicians debate impact of tumultuous convention on state GOP | Politics

LINCOLN — Saturday's turmoil at the Nebraska Republican Party convention produced differing reactions from state political leaders, with Republicans claiming to be unfazed and Democrats suggesting that the GOP discord offers them an opportunity.At the GOP convention, delegates fired party Chairman Dan Welch by majority vote. A wave of resignations immediately followed his termination, including Executive Director Taylor Gage and National Committeewoman Lydia Brasch. Explanations for the upheaval differed. Some local Republicans, for example, felt they have been excluded by the party establishment led by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Some also complained that the state party leadership unfairly picked sides in the Republican gubernatorial primary to favor the eventual victor, Jim Pil...
Nebraska school board group cuts ties with national association | Politics
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Nebraska school board group cuts ties with national association | Politics

The board of directors for the Nebraska Association of School Boards voted unanimously Saturday to formally cut ties with a national organization that spurred controversy last year by calling for federal investigation into threats made against school board members.This decision comes less than a month after the Nebraska association's executive committee voted to recommend canceling its membership in the National School Boards Association, a federation of state associations that advocates and lobbies on public education issues.Saturday's decision adds Nebraska to a growing list of state school board associations that have distanced themselves or completely cut ties with the NSBA. In a text message, Nebraska association President Brad Wilkins confirmed that they will not pay...
Nebraska education commissioner expresses frustration over board’s handling of his contract | Politics
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Nebraska education commissioner expresses frustration over board’s handling of his contract | Politics

Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt publicly expressed frustration Friday over the way the Nebraska State Board of Education was handling the renewal of his employment contract, telling board members that he felt he was excluded from the process.He commented during the monthly meeting of the board at the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln.“It’s uncomfortable for me to sit here while you talk about me without me,” Blomstedt said. “I will say, and I do feel, as if I’ve not been in the process at this point in time. So, you all are agreeing to an offer that I have yet to consider.”The comments were a rare display of emotion for Blomstedt, a self-deprecating consensus-builder with a steady demeanor.Since taking the job in 2014, his contract renewals have been une...
Hundreds rally again in support of abortion rights in Omaha | Politics & Government
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Hundreds rally again in support of abortion rights in Omaha | Politics & Government

Nearly two weeks after a leaked draft opinion suggested the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, hundreds of people gathered in Omaha Saturday to denounce the anticipated decision and reaffirm their commitment to protect abortion rights.The demonstration outside the City-County Building was just one of many throughout the nation as local organizers billed the day as Roe v. Wade Day of Action. Wielding signs with messages like “Keep abortion safe and legal” and “No uterus, no opinion,” attendees rallied and heard from speakers who promised to keep fighting no matter what happens.Saturday’s rally was at least the second one to occur in Omaha since the media outlet Politico broke the story of the draft opinion on May 2.Support for personal choice was one of the commo...