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LJS: Package of tax changes forming in Legislature

13 November 2013

A committee of 14 lawmakers Tuesday added eight items to their tax reform shopping cart.

The Legislature's Tax Modernization Committee came to some agreement after more than four hours of deliberation on what senators will seriously consider to include in the final package of goodies to offer taxpayers in the 2014 session.

That package, which could total about $90 million over two years in tax relief options, could be paid for with a broadening of the Nebraska tax base by adding certain services to the list of taxable items. About $9 million per year also could be raised with a cap at $25,000, proposed by Appropriations Chairman Heath Mello, on itemized income tax deductions for those who earn $400,000 or more, the wealthiest half-percent of Nebraskans.

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LJS: Pansing Brooks named volunteer fundraiser of the year

13 November 2013

La VISTA -- Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln was presented the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award at Tuesday's Nebraska Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.

The event was held in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, a day celebrated by 125 chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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LJS: Will Mayor Beutler seek a third term?

13 November 2013

Will Mayor Chris Beutler run for a third term?

The mayor himself is not answering that question yet, but he's leaving open the possibility.

"I haven't got to the point where I feel that it is appropriate to answer it definitely, but I'm enjoying the job, that's for sure," he said Tuesday.

It is a bit early. The election itself is a year and a half away, in the spring of 2015. Lincoln city elections are always the oddball, held in the off year - not a state or national election year - and in the spring rather than the fall.

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NE Radio: Hassebrook says he’s a Democrat who can win the governor’s race

12 November 2013

The former executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs wants to be Nebraska's next governor.

Democrat Chuck Hassebrook says his goal as governor would be to create genuine opportunity for all Nebraskans.

He sees education as a key to reaching that goal.

"We need to build one of the nation's most effective educational systems right here in Nebraska, one of the most effective systems at keeping kids from falling through the cracks, at developing a skilled workforce and an educated citizenry," Hassebrook tells Nebraska Radio Network.

Full story is available here: Nebraska Radio Network: Hassebrook says he's a Democrat who can win the governor's race

 

LJS: Don Walton: It's up to the people again

11 November 2013

Hedrick Smith nailed it.

The famed journalist and author who spoke at the E.N. Thompson Forum at the Lied Center for Performing Arts last week raised issues we need to confront.

Can the growing disparity of income and wealth in America continue without fundamentally changing our country? And, I wonder, perhaps eventually tear it apart?

Can the political polarization that has paralyzed Washington continue without undermining our nation and its ability to respond to challenges and opportunities?

Can we continue to allow big money to dominate our politics?

Smith says it's up to us to answer those questions and then assume responsibility for making the changes we may determine we want.

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OWH: Chuck Hassebrook gets Planned Parenthood group's endorsement in governor's race

7 November 2013

The last time Nebraskans elected a statewide candidate who supported abortion rights was in 1994, with the re-election of Democrat Bob Kerrey to the U.S. Senate.

Democrat Chuck Hassebrook is hoping to repeat Kerrey's success.

Hassebrook is the only candidate in a crowded field of 2014 governor candidates - five Republicans and two Democrats - who supports a woman's right to choose an abortion.

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KTIV: Race to be next Governor in Nebraska

6 November 2013

NORFOLK, Neb (KTIV/US92) -

Candidates continue to canvass Nebraska in the race to be the state's next Governor.

One Democratic Candidate, will be stopping in Siouxland to talk about one of the hot button issues in the Corn husker State.

Nebraska's State Senator and Democratic candidate Annette Dubas, and officials with her campaign said, "The senator is meeting with prospective voters to talk about Nebraska tax policy."

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LJS: Hansen announces legislative bid

4 November 2013

Matt Hansen announced Monday he will seek the District 26 legislative seat in northeast Lincoln now held by Sen. Amanda McGill, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits.

Hansen, 25, is a third-generation Nebraskan and was raised in Lincoln. He attended Lincoln Public Schools and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

While in law school, Hansen concentrated on alternative dispute resolution and was certified as a mediator by the Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Dispute Resolution.

Hansen is a Democrat, even though the Legislature is officially nonpartisan.

He teaches gifted students one-on-one in math and social studies as a mentor for LPS and said he'd bring "passion and commitment to service" to the Legislature.

"It is my experience working within our community that drives me to seek this office," he said. "I will be an advocate for our neighborhoods, our community and our values."

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LJS: Don Walton: McCollister tied to Hagel and Zorinsky

4 November 2013

When Chuck Hagel was in Omaha earlier this year for briefings at Offutt Air Force Base and an address on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, he made time for a quiet trip to the doorstep of John McCollister.

McCollister was Hagel's mentor; they had been very close.

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OWH: Bellevue Councilwoman Carol Blood to seek seat in Legislature

4 November 2013

Bellevue Councilwoman Carol Blood said Sunday she would seek to run next year for a seat in the Nebraska Legislature.

Blood will be a candidate for the District 3 seat held until last month by Republican Scott Price of Bellevue, who resigned.

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