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Nelson asks for honesty in support of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal

After defending the policy in the past, Sen. Ben Nelson told Defense Department officials at a Dec. 2 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that it's time to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy barring openly gay people from serving. "To me, the issue seems to be not whether to allow gays to serve in the military but whether to allow them to serve openly," Nelson said. "But...

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Anti-recall group releases videos of alleged improprieties

The group fighting against a recall election of Mayor Jim Suttle has released videos they say shows petitioners engaging in illegal activity. Forward Omaha posted five videos on its website Dec. 2, one day after a district judge denied an injunction request from Suttle seeking to extend the signature verification deadline by 60 days. The group says the videos provide proof of circulators...

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In the fray

He isn’t resigning — we know that much. But whether or not Mayor Jim Suttle will actually face a recall election is still being decided in Douglas County courtrooms and counting rooms. And now we might not know as soon as expected. The Douglas County Election Commission until Dec. 4 to validate nearly 37,600 signatures submitted Nov. 19 by the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee. The group would...

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Suttle’s recall lawsuit dismissed

Mayor Jim Suttle could find out Saturday if he will face a recall election after District Judge Peter Bataillon refused to extend the Dec. 4 deadline for verifying the 37,000 signatures submitted by the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee. The Douglas County Election Commission needs to validate that at least 26,643 of those signature came from registered Omaha voters. Suttle sought an injunction...

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Suttle seeks recall delay

Mayor Jim Suttle was expected to find out this weekend if he'd face a special recall election, but the mayor is asking for an extension of the signature validation period that could push the process into February of next year. Suttle filed paperwork with the Douglas County District Court on Nov. 24 seeking an injunction that would give the Douglas County Election Commission 75 days to validate...

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Nelson won’t support immigration act

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson is siding with the Republicans, opposing legislation that would offer a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants who enter college or military service. Nelson told Politico on Nov. 22 that he will not vote to pass the DREAM Act saying, "I’m not going to support any act that I don’t think adds to jobs, or military or to the economy." The Senate...

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What’s a recall say about Omaha?

Omaha could become the first major American city to recall two mayors. We asked Dr. Paul Landow, a professor in the political science department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, what that says about our city's political makeup. "As the recent election demonstrated, the long recession, high unemployment, unending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and frustration with Washington, have taken...

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Flynn enters 2012 Senate race

Pat Flynn announced Nov. 19 he will run for Senate again in 2012 as a Republican challenger in the race for Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson's seat. The Schuyler, Neb. investment adviser lost a 2008 bid for Chuck Hagel's open seat, garnering only 22 percent of the vote against Mike Johanns in the primary election. Flynn is the first candidate to officially file for the 2012 campaign. Nebraska Attorney...

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