Latest Nebraska state government News

Democrats energized by tight race in GOP-leaning Nebraska

Jun. 29, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A special election in Nebraska was supposed to be an easy win for House Republicans. It instead was the tightest race in decades in the GOP-dominated district, boosting confidence among Democrats hoping to energize voters by tapping into public outrage over the U.S. Supreme...

Nebraska GOP state Sen. Flood wins ex-congressman’s seat

Jun. 29, 2022 00:30 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state Sen. Mike Flood won a special election Tuesday to replace former U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a fellow Republican who was sentenced to two years of probation earlier in the day for a conviction on charges that he lied to federal agents. Flood beat...

Republican Mike Flood wins special election to U.S. House in Nebraska's 1st Congressional District

Jun. 28, 2022 23:25 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Mike Flood wins special election to U.S. House in Nebraska's 1st Congressional District.

Uncertainty looms over possible Nebraska abortion session

Jun. 24, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska could be headed to a special session to try to ban abortions now that the U.S. Supreme Court has given states that power, but it's unclear whether one will actually happen or what type of restrictions might win enough support to pass. Gov. Pete...

Nebraska Supreme Court denies appeal of death row inmate

Jun. 24, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday denied the postconviction appeal of a death row inmate who said his defense attorney was so inept that his right to a fair trial had been compromised. Roy Ellis Jr., 68, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to...

Nebraska rushes to build horse tracks despite few fans

Jun. 17, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Horse races are regularly held in only two spots in Nebraska, and the tracks in Grand Island and Columbus are usually pretty quiet apart from the rumble of thoroughbreds that stomp past the half-empty grandstands. Suddenly, though, communities throughout...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, wife test positive for COVID

Jun. 15, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, the Republican governor revealed in a statement Wednesday morning. Ricketts said both he and his wife, Susanne Shore, “are experiencing very minor symptoms.” Both will self-isolate in...

Nebraska governor nixes Connecticut appearance amid protests

Jun. 13, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, co-chairperson of the Republican Governors Association and a pro-gun rights and anti-abortion conservative, has canceled his planned appearance in Connecticut on Tuesday at a fundraising event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski. Liz...

With new senator, Nebraska abortion opponents gain ground

Jun. 07, 2022 20:15 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Abortion-rights opponents inched closer to a filibuster-proof super-majority in the Nebraska Legislature on Tuesday that would let them outlaw the procedure if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its landmark legalization ruling, as it appears poised to do. Nebraska...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jun. 06, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

Lincoln Journal-Star. May 31, 2022. Editorial: A win and a warning for prison system Late last month, Gov. Pete Ricketts and a host of Nebraska Department of Correctional Services officials celebrated the unveiling of the “reimagined” Reception and Treatment...