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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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Go Bobby

Bob Kerrey is a decorated war hero who has served Nebraska’s office as senator and governor, but this year he’s looking to connect with young people more than ever.

Same-sex marriage continues to be a major social issue in this election. Kerrey is definitely for same-sex partners, and he believes gays, lesbians and transsexuals are born that way. Kerrey went further and said, “Gay people are...

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The Dancing Classrooms of Omaha

Pierre Dulaine’s career is proof that a child who is introduced to the arts can be transformed, and this transformation can affect thousands of people around the world.

Dulaine is a professional dancer, now in his late 60s, and the founder of Dancing Classrooms, an international program that teaches ballroom dancing to school children worldwide, including thousands of students in Omaha. They...

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And the Winner Was…

I write this on the morning of Election Day 2012. By the time you read it in print or online, the election will be over and the final tallies will be tallied (hopefully, unless we go through the same month-long Florida nightmare that we suffered in 2000, which damned us with Bush 43, because that one had nothing to do with an actual election).

Try as I might, there was no budging Reader...

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2012 Endorsements

With 1,457 members according to its website, Voice Omaha is blazing a path for civic participation outside the normal two-party political system. They have notched a considerable political gain with their recent work on Omaha’s Equal Rights ordinance. The group’s mission is to be non-partisan and dedicated to creating a more inclusive, just, transparent, sustainable and culturally vibrant Omaha...

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The Company Phipps Keeps

How important could Douglas County be in next week’s election?

According to the New York Times “538 Blog,” there are 152 scenarios that could result in an electoral college tie in this year’s presidential election, effectively allowing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to choose the next President.

The chances are slim, but they increase as the race tightens, raising...

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On the Wings of a Black Swan

As that big bastard of a storm named Sandy (and god damn the marketing “genius” at The Weather Channel who came up with the “Super Storm Sandy” moniker) curls its tail across the eastern seaboard leaving millions without power and with waterlogged toes, we sit comfortably here in Omaha with forecasts for warm, dry weather in the coming days and contemplate next Tuesday.

I’ve spent the good...

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