Recall committee submits 37K signatures

Omaha appears headed for a recall election after the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee turned in more than 37,000 signatures Nov. 19 in an attempt to remove Mayor Jim Suttle from office. The Douglas County Election Commission has until Dec. 4 to validate the signatures. The group needs 26,643 signatures from registered Omaha voters to force a recall election. Suttle says he will not resign. If the...

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Suttle won’t resign

Mayor Jim Suttle said Nov. 18 he will not resign if a petition drive succeeds in forcing a recall election. The group looking to recall the mayor has until 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 to turn in nearly 27,000 valid signatures. If successful, Suttle would then have the option of resigning or facing a recall election early next year that could cost the city as much as $900,000.

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Finding Middle Ground

Ask Chuck Hagel where American politics is headed and he’ll tell you to forget all the party rhetoric, all the headlines touting a fierce red-blue divide, and focus on the middle. It’s a spot the former Nebraska senator knows well. In the waning years of his two-term Senate career, Hagel was rumored first as a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, then as a potential running mate for...

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Nelson could be a target for Republicans seeking health care reform

As the last Democrat left in Nebraska's congressional delegation and with a potential 2012 reelection bid hanging in the balance, Sen. Ben Nelson is expected to be one of the primary targets for Republicans seeking piece-by-piece reform of President Barack Obama's health care bill. Nelson enraged Republicans with his decision last December to support the measure. Now the GOP may need him as they...

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State Supreme Court passes on Fremont law

The Nebraska Supreme Court on Nov. 5 refused to rule on whether or not municipalities could enact local immigration laws. The court said plaintiffs have not proven the City of Fremont broke state laws when it approved an ordinance passed by voters in June that prohibits undocumented immigrants from working or living in the city. A lawsuit filed with Nebraska's Federal District Court by the...

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Heineman out, Bruning in for 2012 Senate race

One day after Gov. Dave Heineman said he would not run for Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson’s seat in 2012, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced on Nov. 5 that he would. And he has formed an exploratory committee to begin raising funds. Both Heineman and Bruning won landslide reelection bids on Nov. 2. Nelson won a sweeping bid for reelection in 2006, garnering 64 percent of the vote...

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City Council’s vote against protecting gay community from discrimination noted nationally

“Horrible.” That’s how Jeff Schamp described the gay community's perception of Omaha after the City Council voted against an ordinance on Oct. 26 prohibiting discrimination based on sexual identity and gender expression. “When you look at this big picture, it’s shocking what they came down with,” says Schamp, executive director of Citizens For Equal Protection. That picture was...

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Numbers Cruncher

Amount Pete Ricketts has donated to GOP candidates and campaigns in Nebraska this year: $74,700 Number of GOP legislative candidates whose campaign funds have nearly doubled thanks to Ricketts: 2 Amount Joe Ricketts, Pete’s father, has contributed through a one-man Political Action Committee to defeat Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada: $860,000 Source: Federal Election...

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Meet the Chief


A State of Homelessness


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p>


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting