State Auditor Charlie Janssen released a report last month that found irregularities in former director Shawn Harvey’s management of the agency. The audit also alleged that Harvey violated the law by using a state vehicle for personal travel, making a false entry on public documents and attempting to mislead a state auditor.

Is there room for hope for the troubling situation in Whiteclay, Nebraska? After decades of heartache and frustration, there’s a reasonable chance the pieces can come together soon for coordinated action.

If State Sen. Bill Kintner resigns this month, then his seat would be subject to election this November, two years earlier than usual. Anyone interested in running for his legislative seat would then have until Sept. 1 to file petitions to get on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The FBI Cyber Crime Task Force has reported an increase in “romance scam” crimes. A scammer often will pressure the target to leave a dating site and communicate through personal email or an instant messenger. The scammer can record the victim and threaten to distribute the recording online or to the victim’s friends and family.

Sure, a lot of workers in government find their documentation duties a bore. But record-keeping plays a vital role in every level of our representative government.

Federal courts have recently issued decisions striking down election laws in six states. Issues in dispute included state requirements for or restrictions on voter identification, early voting and same-day voting.

Crosby, a Republican, served in the Unicameral for 12 years, representing much of south part of the city, before retiring in 2000. Crosby, 92, was an ardent abortion opponent who also vehemently opposed the death penalty.

State revenues ebb and flow, and government has a duty to adjust its budgeting to meet the challenge as part of sound management. That’s the message Gov. Pete Ricketts has rightly sent in directing state agencies to tighten their belts in the face of a $95 million revenue shortfall.

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