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.
Melody Vaccaro said she stopped knocking on doors and campaigning following the primary election in May. Vaccaro got 17 percent of the vote and incumbent Kate Bolz got 83 percent.
The writer is executive director for the Women’s Fund of Omaha.
Board members said they wanted the time to digest all of the information about the incident involving Kintner and to give the embattled Papillion senator another chance to speak for himself.
I’m not so much interested in litigating these two cases or passing personal judgment on these two men. Lord knows I have made mistakes, though happily none involve an extramarital affair-turned-extortion attempt or a weekend in the county jail.
Andrew Sullivan, a Sen. Bill Kintner supporter, filed the complaint Aug. 17. Sen. Ernie Chambers announced the existence of it Friday morning during the Legislature’s Executive Board meeting, where lawmakers met to discuss Kintner.
Gov. Pete Ricketts and Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley on Wednesday renewed their calls for State Sen. Bill Kintner to resign, saying he should consider petitioning onto the November ballot for re-election to let his constituents decide his fate.
The writer, of Valparaiso, Nebraska, is issues chairman of Common Cause Nebraska.
Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, chairman of the Legislature's Executive Board, said he would pull the item from the committee’s meeting agenda Friday if Bill Kintner resigns before then.
During the 2017 session of the Legislature, State Sen. Robert Hilkemann of Omaha hopes to add Nebraska to the list of states that mandate safety restraints. He tried in 2015 only to see his bill stall in committee after some school administrators raised concerns about potential problems and higher costs.
A group seeking to return capital punishment to Nebraska released poll results Sunday showing that Nebraskans supported the death penalty by a 2-1 ratio — a finding that was quickly contested by those who favor eliminating the death penalty.
The Nebraska Brand Committee board has bad timing — and nobody but itself to blame.
The writer, of Lincoln, is a founding director and a past president of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
Omaha Sen. Bob Krist, chairman of the Legislature’s Executive Board, said the public meeting will share facts and the chronology of events surrounding the case. Kintner has admitted to engaging in cybersex on his state computer with a woman he met online.
The writer, of Lincoln, is president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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.
Most board members said they have not decided yet about how to deal with the Papillion senator, who has admitted to using a state computer for cybersex. They split, meanwhile, over whether the matter should be handled in special session or during the regular session that begins in January.
The incident surfaced this week as debate swirls at the State Capitol about how to deal with the Papillion senator, who has admitted to using a state computer for cybersex but has said he won’t resign. Kintner also is known for making controversial comments about his colleagues and policy issues.
There are no clear answers, and it remains to be seen whether an apology that State Sen. Bill Kintner sent to colleagues on Tuesday will affect their positions.
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.
Bill Kintner should apologize publicly.
State Sen. Robert Hilkemann says he has no doubt he’ll be ready for the 2017 legislative session despite suffering a serious bicycle accident a few weeks ago.
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.
Gov. Pete Ricketts and other top state officials on Friday called on State Sen. Bill Kintner to resign after he acknowledged caving to temptation and engaging in cybersex with a woman he met online. Kintner said that he has asked for forgiveness from God and his wife, but he questioned why he would owe an apology to members of the Legislature.
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.
Nebraska lawmakers have limited options when it comes to dealing with misbehavior by one of their own.
Kansas isn’t the only state that’s mismanaged its budget, but two recent developments there provide a lesson for Nebraska leaders about the need for responsible governance.
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.
Officials in Nebraska and other states stop every once and a while and do a smart thing. They take a hard look at the array of state commissions to see whether all of them are truly necessary. Often, some commissions will be disbanded.
Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday that he never asked Sen. Bill Kintner whether allegations were true that he had a sexually explicit video of himself on his state computer. Instead, the governor told Kintner last July that if the allegations were true, he should resign, the governor said Monday during a press conference on another topic.
“Pete Ricketts has to tell us what he knew, when he knew and why he covered it up,” Vince Powers said Saturday. “If he doesn’t, he should resign.”
Gov. Pete Ricketts said he called State Sen. Bill Kintner upon learning of a State Patrol investigation. 'If the allegations are true, Senator Kintner needs to resign.'
Former State Sen. LaVon Crosby of Lincoln died Wednesday after leaving her mark on Nebraska in numerous ways.
LINCOLN — A new accredited, independent and full-service crime lab should be built at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, according to a new legislative report.
A new audit provides further evidence of the need for Nebraska’s state regulatory boards to hold themselves to the appropriate high standard.
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.
A panel of key lawmakers concluded Monday that Nebraska’s fiscal situation hasn’t gotten bad enough to require a special budget-cutting session of the Legislature. But whether one will be needed later this year depends on what happens with state tax receipts in the near future, he said.
Supporters and critics of campaign finance laws used to express agreement regularly on one thing: Transparency on campaign funding is important. It serves the public interest.
The NU Board of Regents on Friday morning voted 5-0 to approve its two-year request to the Legislature. The proposal will ask the Legislature for about 4 percent more in state appropriations each year in the next two years.
User fees fund the majority of the costs to run Nebraska’s eight state parks, nine historical state parks and 60 state recreation areas.
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.
Fisher is superintendent of South Sioux City Community Schools. Skretta is superintendent of Norris Public Schools.
Journey of Hope will start its speaking tour Sunday at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Omaha. It will make six additional appearances in Omaha along with about 20 more in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, Columbus, Scottsbluff and other communities.
This fall, a traveling mobile lab will start making appearances at middle schools in the Omaha Public Schools system. It’s part of a well-designed initiative to strengthen Nebraska’s talent pipeline for advanced manufacturing.
States are well served when their elected leaders focus on sound policymaking, judging issues on their merits rather than partisan political concerns.
Both Democratic candidates said it is far too simplistic to describe their race as a contest between the old guard and the new guard — or between the new immigrants and old immigrants of South Omaha.
Nebraska has a spotty record of trying to solve state agencies’ problems by rearranging the bureaucratic deck chairs.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center announced Wednesday that it is seeking patients with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy to test Epidiolex, an investigational drug derived from a compound found in cannabis. In 2015, the Nebraska Legislature appropriated $500,000 for UNMC to under…
Even in his last months, when ALS stole his voice and he had to use a machine to communicate, he spoke out for legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs for terminally ill people.
Writing was the subject when Nebraska created its first statewide test in 2001 for K-12 students.
Meanwhile, gun-rights advocates predicted strong resistance to such proposals in states where assault weapons are regulated no differently than hunting rifles or shotguns.