A state senator surveyed corrections employees and found widespread dissatisfaction with recent pay increases ordered by Gov. Pete Ricketts. As a result, State Sen. Anna Wishart, whose Lincoln district includes four state prisons, said she is planning to introduce a bill to improve salaries across the board for state prison workers.
Thibodeau, a franchise owner of Primrose School of La Vista and a registered Republican, was not one of the 11 people who applied for the vacancy.
Sens. Burke Harr of Omaha and Paul Schumacher of Columbus want the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on possible interference in internal affairs investigations involving at least two use-of-force cases.
Proponents are putting forward major tax-cut proposals at the federal and state levels. As elected officials examine and debate the various options, they need to look at the major ramifications and then make sound, balanced decisions.
State Sen. Phil Erdman of Bayard said the proposal would provide relief through income tax credits equal to 50 percent of the property taxes paid to school districts.
Sometimes the Nebraska Legislature, with good reason, frees state agencies from the fiscal and administrative authority of the Governor’s Office.
A funny word — “makerspace” — has emerged in recent years, but it has serious meaning for the modern economy and local communities.
The appointment of a special prosecutor to probe potential wrongdoing during use-of-force investigations by the Nebraska State Patrol should bolster Nebraskans’ faith in the justice system. District Judge Travis O’Gorman made a sound decision in appointing Joe Stecher, a former U.S. attorney…
Three former Nebraska Legislature speakers walk into a small-town bar...
State Sen. John Murante of Gretna said a recent letter from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assured him that the department “has no intention now or in the future” to interfere with state election processes.
Congress now has clear evidence that Russian agents tried to exploit Americans’ use of Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter to influence and destabilize our politics.
He represents District 4 in west Omaha, which stretches from West Center Road to Fort Street and from 132nd Street to 180th Street.
Nebraska’s methamphetamine problem that erupted in the early 2000s subsided for a time but never went away. The problem remains daunting. Law enforcement, courts, medical facilities and substance abuse counselors all carry a heavy load in working to address it.
Medicaid coverage in Nebraska involves big numbers and complexities. In the first seven months of this year alone, more than 4 million Medicaid claims were processed. Payments to providers exceeded $400 million through June.
Scott Frakes, the state prisons director, is taking a novel approach to hiring and retaining more help: He’s paying more for posts that are harder to fill.
With last week’s opening of 100 more beds of prison space in Lincoln, the State of Nebraska continues nibbling around the edges of a more effective state prison system.
Thirty-six U.S. states offer some form of tax credit, rebate or grant to film companies wanting to shoot a production within their borders. Nebraska is not one of them. The new president of the Nebraska Film Association wants to change that.
Speakers over and over said the closing won’t solve the multiple alcohol-related woes on the Pine Ridge Reservation, including estimates that one in four children is born with fetal alcohol syndrome. But Friday’s court ruling is a start that gives hope and opportunity, they said.
The personal misery, loss of life and community harm stemming from the opioid (prescription painkiller) crisis continue to mount. Although the Midlands commendably have taken important proactive steps, our area has not been spared from harm.
A retired fire chief, a former television news anchor and a declared legislative candidate are among 11 people who have applied to replace former State Sen. Joni Craighead in the Nebraska Legislature.
State Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion, the Revenue Committee chairman, said he believes a proposal to eliminate taxes on personal property could win backing from both business and agriculture groups.
Kintner resigned in January after four years in the Nebraska Legislature. He admitted last year to using a state laptop to engage in cybersex with a woman he met online.
Nebraska is seeking federal approval of its retooled efforts to hold K-12 schools and school districts accountable under a new, more flexible federal education law.
The fountains were left undone, due to their cost, when the high-rise building was completed in 1932 amid the Great Depression.
Increasingly price-competitive electricity from wind and a contentious transmission project in western Nebraska brought electricity to the fore at the Capitol on Friday.
Al Riskowski, a registered Republican seeking election to the officially nonpartisan Legislature, announced Tuesday he already has the governor’s endorsement in his campaign against Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete.
Troubled institutions sometimes make a significant turnaround. That’s been the story at the state’s facility in Kearney for youth offenders over the past year.
Nebraska lawmakers created the position of inspector general for child welfare in 2012 to receive complaints, conduct investigations and provide the public with information about problems and successes in how the state handles cases involving vulnerable children.
Sen. Curt Friesen announced Monday he will run for re-election to the Legislature. Friesen was elected in 2014 to represent Legislative District 34 in central Nebraska, including all of Hamilton, Merrick and Nance Counties and a portion of Hall County.
No firm data emerged to suggest mandatory minimums severely overburden Nebraska’s prisons because they are reserved for serious felonies that generally warrant prison terms. But prosecutors and police lined up on the side that favors keeping the sentencing laws, while defense attorneys argued that mandatory minimums only prevent judges from making sure the punishment fits the criminal.
Three key lawmakers expressed concern Friday about state probation officials’ dismissive response to a report on juvenile justice system issues.
State Sen. Merv Riepe formally announced Thursday that he will seek re-election in 2018, setting up what looks to be one of the most competitive races in the Nebraska Legislature.
Illegal drugs continue to make their way into prisons. They’re hard to keep out, even in heavily monitored, controlled environments. The most effective prisons gather solid intelligence about inmate drug dealers and use prison guards to sweep cells and common areas to find and confiscate drugs.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller revealed the scope of the breach Tuesday, warning citizens to take steps to protect their identities.
Pansing Brooks was first elected in 2014 to represent Legislative District 28, an area that includes central Lincoln.
Joe Murray of Firth on Thursday entered the race to represent Gage County and southeastern Lancaster County in the Nebraska Legislature.
The 61-year-old Republican is a farmer and cattle producer who represents 10 counties in southwest Nebraska that make up District 44. He currently faces no opponent.
Gov. Pete Ricketts has been doing commendable work to restore the reputation and culture of the Nebraska State Patrol after firing his first choice for superintendent.
A Nebraska state senator has agreed to a pay a $500 civil penalty for failing to disclose the costs associated with a 500-mile campaign horseback ride through his district.
Craighead abruptly announced her resignation last Friday, just days after saying she intended to seek a second term. The 63-year-old Republican, through a campaign consultant, said she decided she needed to focus on her family and her real estate career.
Only four days after announcing a re-election bid, State Sen. Joni Craighead of Omaha did an about-face Friday, saying she was resigning for family and business reasons.
State Sen. Matt Hansen of Lincoln has announced his intention seek re-election in 2018 to the Nebraska Legislature.
Former University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook of Lyons announced Wednesday his candidacy for a seat in the State Legislature. Hassebrook, 62, is seeking to represent northeast Nebraska’s District 16.
Matt Deaver of Bennington and Don Schuller of Wymore announced this week they will run for seats in the Nebraska Legislature.
The public interest is ill served when a member of the Nebraska Legislature is no longer able to spend adequate time in his or her district.
Lathrop, who was prevented from running for re-election in 2014 due to term limits, would face off with District 12 incumbent State Sen. Merv Riepe of Ralston, creating a marquee political matchup between a prominent Democrat and a Republican who holds a leadership post in the unicameral Legislature.
“While it was an interesting idea, I love being a state senator, and I owe it to my constituents and supporters to go back to Lincoln to finish the job we have started,” Craighead said.
State Sen. Tyson Larson maintains that there are extenuating circumstances behind his unique living arrangements, which keep him in Omaha most of the time and not in District 40, where he insists he rents a residence.
State Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion, the Revenue Committee chairman, and Sen. John Stinner of Gering, the Appropriations Committee chairman, questioned whether the analysis, done by the Nebraska Department of Revenue, considered all of the benefits from incentives.
State leaders in Nebraska must make some difficult choices about prisons now that the American Civil Liberties Union has filed its long-threatened lawsuit alleging violations of inmates’ constitutional rights.
When white supremacists marched recently in Charlottesville, Virginia, their hate-filled rhetoric spurred discussions about our country’s often troubled racial history.