Voter busing prompts investigation

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine asked the Nebraska State Patrol on Jan. 13 to investigate the actions of anti-recall group Forward Omaha after the mayor's supporters bused homeless people to the Douglas County Election Commission to vote on the recall and offered them employment on election day. On Jan. 12, Forward Omaha provided transportation for voters — many of them homeless and living...

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New budget leaves out tax increases

Gov. Dave Heineman outlined a two-year state budget on Jan. 13 that would close Nebraska's projected $986 million revenue shortfall without raising taxes. The governor's budget proposes cutting up to 500 state jobs, nearly 400 of which have been unfilled for more than a year, for a savings of $672 million and maintaining current levels of state aid for schools and cities. The state would...

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Anti-recall group buses homeless to polling place

Anti-recall group Forward Omaha transported three busloads of people Jan. 12 — many of them homeless — from the Siena Francis House to the Douglas County Election Commission to vote in the recall election of Mayor Jim Suttle. Voters on the bus were also offered the chance to work for $10 per hour, going door to door to encourage people to vote on election day Jan. 25. Forward Omaha officials...

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City owes firefighters $2.2 million

City officials say Omaha firefighters are owed $2.2 million in raises for 2009 and 2010, after the state labor court ruled in their favor on Jan. 4. Previous estimates ranged as high as $5 million. Last fall, Mayor Jim Suttle and the Omaha Firefighters Local 385 agreed in principal to pay freezes in 2009 and 2010 at an estimated savings of $4.5 million. But a final contract has still not been...

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Punishing the punditry, reaping the whirlwind

Tom White received threats. Most politicians do. But the former Nebraska State Senator and 2010 Congressional candidate declined to elaborate on the nature of those threats because he says he never took them seriously. “Nebraskans are civilized people,” White says. The citizens of Arizona likely felt the same before 22-year-old Jared Loughner opened fire at a political rally Jan. 8 in...

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Sen. Janssen introduces Arizona-style law

Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen announced to state lawmakers on Jan. 6 that he will carry a bill extending the power of local law enforcement to identify undocumented immigrants. The Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act (LB48) would require police officers to check a suspect’s resident status during stops or arrests if there is reason to believe the person could be in the country illegally. State...

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Recall groups unite as election approaches

Three groups supporting the recall of Mayor Jim Suttle announced Jan. 5 they will work together with the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee in an effort to encourage more people to vote in the Jan. 25 election. Representatives from the Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, the Conservative Coalition of Nebraska and Citizens for Omaha's Future say they will combine resources in hopes of removing the mayor...

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Nelson crossed the party line most often in 2010

No Senator voted against his party more often in 2010 than Ben Nelson, according to the annual year-end voting report released Jan. 3 by Congressional Quarterly. The Nebraska senior Senator voted in opposition to the Democrats on 46 percent of "party issues" in 2010, well ahead of the next highest bi-partisan voter — Sen. Evan Byah of Indiana, who opposed the Democratic vote 32 percent of the...

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Meet the Chief

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name: “SHMA’ der.” Rhymes with water. “Some ... more »


A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the rise. Winter is the toughest time of the year ... more »


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p> Alberto Gonzales didn’t enter the meeting room at the South Omaha Library on March 15 so much as the room opened up and ... more »


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting

The Omaha Police Department is reviewing its gun policy for off-duty officers after Robert Butler Jr. used his father's ... more »