Nebraska’s Clean Energy Future

“There is a large and united coalition growing in Nebraska. It started with the pipeline and it is moving into clean energy,” said Graham Christensen, Director of the Nebraska Farmer’s Union, and member of a new coalition called Clean Energy Nebraska. 

“There are a lot of people working hand in hand. There is no going backward,” he said. The Farmer’s Union, the Nebraska Wildlife Federation,...

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Bill McKibben Punks Big Oil’s Big Money

Bill McKibben, one of the world’s leading activists on climate change, is in Atlanta two days before Thanksgiving. He’s been on the road with his Do the Math tour since the day after Election Day, riding around the country in a bio-diesel bus that used to be Mary J. Blige’s tour bus. 

“Our driver was Johnny Cash’s driver, so we’ve heard a lot of good stories on this trip,” he quips. McKibben...

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A Million Reasons Why

Marty Amsler, like some of us, lives two lives.

Most know him as the mild-mannered “creative” at Nebraska advertising agency Bailey Lauerman. He’s a Mad Man ad guy who heads a team of Mad Men ad people that do some of the best creative work in the country. I know because I’ve seen it first hand in my “other life” at Union Pacific.

(To this day, I still meet people who think I make a living...

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Heineman Gives Health Care to Feds

When Governor Dave Heineman told the federal government on Nov. 15 that Nebraska would pass on running its own health insurance exchange, he pointed to cost and lack of control. It was a very different Governor from the one who had presided over a public meeting featuring invited panels of health insurance executives and agent/brokers just 10 weeks earlier.

Industry was ready, but the...

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From Industrial Revolution to Digital Evolution


As this story hits the streets, tensions are very high with teachers and educators across the state. Nebraska’s annual “State of the Schools” report is about to be released.

Headlines will scream ‘What’s Wrong With Education’ and ‘Failing Schools,’ causing politicians to debate the fix for the American public education system and school administrators to carefully word their...

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Random Notes: Armstrong, Kerrey and the Ralston Arena

For reasons I don’t completely understand, this column is being written a full week in advance of its street date. As such, there cannot be anything timely or topical about its content. At a time when I can literally write a column and have it in front of your eyes on the 'net in a matter of seconds, writing a column a week before you can read it is about as modern as outdoor plumbing or Mitt...

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The Missing Argument

As federal deficits were the rage in the recent presidential election and both major political parties jockey for negotiating position ahead of the 2013 fiscal cliff, Nebraska’s tax projections took a positive turn. According to a new public policy institute, however, Nebraska is only having half the conversation it needs on taxes and budgets.

According to the Nebraska Economic Forecasting...

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Un-Embraceable Me

These days everyone hugs. They hug hello, they hug goodbye. The embrace is the new handshake for a modern generation.

Last Friday night at UNO’s basketball home opener at the new Ralston Arena we sat near what we guessed was a UNO women’s sports team. Whenever another member of the team arrived everyone squealed and then hug-hug-hug-hug-hug-hug -- blocking our view of the game. Not everyone...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

“Let me start with blending what I think will happen with where I am, personally.”

As comprehensive immigration reform ... more »

If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu

“In 2008 all eyes were on the Latino vote. That year we had 19.5 million registered Latinos that were active to vote,” ... more »

Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th at 1:30 in the Government, Military, ... more »

A Second Opinion

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act have been ... more »

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 »