Patty Pansing Brooks, who will be term-limited out of the Legislature at the end of next year, will announce soon that she will seek the 2022 Democratic nomination for Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry's 1st District House seat.
A new report from The Sentencing Project found one of every 58 Black residents in the state are in prison — a rate of nearly nine times that of white people. "Honestly, I wasn't surprised," said Sen. Terrell McKinney.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he would not again help Democrats extend the government's borrowing authority, raising fresh doubts about how Congress will avert a federal default when a temporary patch expires in December.
Gov. Pete Ricketts, who had been kept closely informed during the negotiations, swiftly signed the bills into law.
The 3rd District would continue to expand into the northeastern and southeastern boundaries of Nebraska, adding Thurston, Burt and Washington counties on the north and Otoe County on the south.
Republican senators blocked a bill Monday night to keep the government operating and suspend the debt limit to avoid a default, but Democrats aiming to avert a shutdown are likely to try again.
Nebraska lawmakers advanced a compromise plan Friday afternoon that keeps all of Douglas County in the 2nd District as part of a congressional redistricting plan.
A decision to temporarily convert a room for pregnant and nursing mothers into a private office has spurred outrage from some senators at the Nebraska Capitol.
"I am very confident that we can get this across the finish line," Speaker Mike Hilgers of Lincoln said Wednesday after several days of impasse that threatened to abruptly end the special session with a failure to act.
The result sent the Legislature's Redistricting Committee back to work on new legislative and congressional redistricting plans; the committee's congressional plan was ensnared by a filibuster last week.
An opinion issued Thursday said the bill is "not sufficiently related to, germane to and naturally connected with" the job of redrawing district boundaries to be considered during the session.
A Democratic senator warns Republican colleagues that a strategy to apply the allowable 10% deviation in population of new legislative districts as a way to "increase rural strength" would invite a court test.
"I'm agreeable to make some changes, but I disagree on moving the 24th District to Sarpy County" as proposed, said Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward.
Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard suggested that the Legislature follow a map-drawing process that would lead to urban entitlement to 26.4 urban seats in the 49-member Legislature, thus translated into the gain of a single seat.
"It is important to complete our work by Friday, Sept. 24, and I ask all of you to be available for late-night sessions when floor debate begins through that time so we can complete our work," Speaker Mile Hilgers wrote to state senators.
A debate on whether rural areas were fairly represented by census figures provided a reminder that the once-a-decade process often turns partisan, even in Nebraska's officially nonpartisan Legislature.
Daily dashboard information allows businesses, organizations and school districts to make the best informed day-to-day decisions, the 11 senators said.
The lawmakers and elected officials are advocating for the board to adopt the recently introduced resolution that would curb the theory as part of any university curriculum, describing it as "racially divisive" and "anti-American."
"While not perfect, it includes resources for Nebraska in the key areas I wanted to see, such as roads, bridges, water infrastructure, airports and broadband," Sen. Deb Fischer said.
The state Assembly committee in charge of the impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is wrapping up work that is expected to lead to an impeachment vote by the full Assembly in early September.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first senator to disclose a breakthrough infection after being vaccinated.