The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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NE 2009-2010 Archives


Nebraska Gubernatorial Headlines 2009-2010 Archives


Immigration ordinance continues to be subject of litigation (Fremont Tribune, 12/31/10)

State’s budget woes named top story for 2010 (Columbus Telegram, 12/31/10)

Nebraska governor praises agriculture, cattle industries (High Plains Journal, 12/31/10)

As governor’s cut back on inaugural festivities, Heineman goes all out for his party (Lincoln Journal Star, 12/30/10)

Four inaugural events planned for Heineman (Lincoln Journal Star, 12/30/10)

Immigration on the legislative agenda (Omaha World-Herald, 12/27/10)

Heineman: Whole state involved in inauguration (Lincoln Journal Star, 12/26/10)

In redistricting, Heineman relying on division and victimization (New Nebraska Network, 12/23/10)

Numerous budget cuts proposed in report (Omaha World-Herald, 12/19/10)

Heineman promises big fight if HSUS goes after Nebraska agriculture (Kearney Hub, 12/18/10)

Stop Humane Society now, Nebraskans urges(Kearney Hub, 12/18/10)

Budget woes could cut some county courts (Chadron Record, 12/17/10)

Summit focuses on college access (Omaha World-Herald, 12/13/10)

Inaugural cost, donors stay secret(Omaha World-Herald, 12/13/10)

Two foster care review board members won’t return (Lincoln Journal Star, 12/11/10)

Battle brews within Mayor Suttle recall group (Omaha World-Herald, 12/9/10)

Western NE to lose legislature seats (Omaha World-Herald, 12/8/10)

Foster care report cites more problems (Lincoln Journal Star, 12/2/10)

Nebraska politicos speaking up on TransCanada pipeline(Madville Times, 12/1/10)


Legislature’s Democrats hang on (Omaha World-Herald, 11/22/10)

Omaha moves backward as Suttle recall moves forward (New Nebraska Network, 11/20/10)

As recall supporters turn in petitions, Omaha mayor vows to stay (Omaha World-Herald, 11/20/10)

Spinning tales – are there no answers for population loss? (Elgin Review, 11/18/10)

Heineman: Better job must be done on welfare reform (Lincoln Journal Star, 11/15/10)

Heineman weighs in on besieged child welfare reform (Lincoln Journal Star, 11/15/10)

Heineman’s inaugural events to be held throughout Nebraska (Lincoln Journal Star, 11/15/10)

Some rural Nebraska residents optimistic despite population declines (Lincoln Journal Star, 11/15/10)

Heineman’s gift list less extravagant than previous two governors (Lincoln Journal Star, 11/12/10)

Nebraska GOP stoops to new lows with 2010 attacks (New Nebraska Network, 11/12/10)

Editorial: Surprise announcement from Gov opens door to wide-open Senate primary (Wauneta Breeze, 11/11/10)

Analysis: Nebraska confirms it’s a one-party state (Lincoln Journal Star, 11/8/10)

Heineman: No 2012 Senate bid(Omaha World-Herald, 11/5/10)

Heineman won’t challenge Nelson in 2012 (Politico, 11/4/10)


A $1.4 BILLION budget shortfall & Dave Heineman’s to blame (New Nebraska Network,10/30/10) State’s budget gap tops $1 billion (Omaha World-Herald, 10/30/10) A low-key race for governor(Omaha World-Herald, 10/28/10) Meister blasts Heineman as do-nothing governor (Grand Island Independent, 10/27/10) +++ Gov candidates talk challenges of unfunded mandates (KETV, 10/25/10)Heineman: No stand on Suttle recall (Omaha World-Herald, 10/22/10) Meister seeks reform of state’s Dept of Health and Human Services (Grand Island Independent, 10/14/10) Johanns vs. TransCanada: Agree to disagree? (Nebraska Watchdog, 10/19/10) Endorsement: Dave Heineman (Lincoln Journal Star, 10/17/10) Heineman: We’ve been bold (Omaha World-Herald, 10/17/10)Meister takes swipe at Heineman over immigration (Fremont Tribune, 10/15/10) Heineman, Bruning face complaint (Omaha World-Herald, 10/14/10) Voter’s Guide: Mike Meister (Lincoln Journal Star,10/13/10) Voter’s Guide: Dave Heineman (Lincoln Journal Star, 10/13/10) Meister outspoken on child welfare, education (North Platte Bulletin, 10/13/10) Progressive website files FEC complaint against Heineman over illegal foreign campaign contributions (Nebraska Watchdog, 10/13/10) Editorial: Heineman should speak up about pipeline (Lincoln Journal Star, 10/12/10) What is Heineman doing with all his campaign cash? (Lincoln Journal Star, 10/11/10) Meister calls for debate (Lincoln Journal Star, 10/9/10) A governor’s race with no debate? Stay tuned (Nebraska Watchdog, 10/5/10)Meister’s ‘can-do’ mantra (Omaha World-Herald, 10/3/10) Immigration law moves to center stage (New York Times, 10/2/10) Meister hits Dave Heineman on another DHHS disaster (New Nebraska Network, 10/1/10) Meister cranks up oil fight, Heineman fires back (Nebraska Watchdog, 10/1/10)


Heineman, Meister spar over oil pipeline (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/30/10) Pipeline opponents plan counterattack on TransCanada (Omaha World-Herald,9/30/10) Editorial: Current foster care system is a failed experiment (Grand Island Independent, 9/29/10) Meister focuses on investment (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/27/10) Meister: State’s role is to assist cities, protect vulnerable citizens (Kearney Hub, 9/25/10) Heineman warns of budget woes (Beatrice Daily Sun, 9/18/10) NSEA to seek meeting with Heineman over repeal letter (NTV, 9/18/10)Heineman’s threat against teachers over healthcare was made to his biggest campaign contributor (New Nebraska Network, 9/17/10) Labor backs pipeline (Omaha World-Herald, 9/17/10) TransCanada pipeline fight spills into gubernatorial contest(Nebraska Watchdog, 9/16/10) Heineman responds on immigration (Omaha World-Herald, 9/15/10) Health vs. education? Groups refuse to pick (Omaha World-Herald, 9/15/10) Boyle hits governor on immigration (Omaha World-Herald, 9/14/10) Nebraska education groups don’t call for repeal of health care (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/13/10) Dem running mate not wasting any time (KTIV, 9/7/10)NE Dems call for Heineman investigation (KPTM, 9/7/10) Heineman doesn’t get hiw way but still benefits from education bullying (New Nebraska Network, 9/6/10) Ann Boyle telling it like she thinks it(Lincoln Journal Star, 9/4/10) Nebraska ed board OKs resolution opposing mandates (Bloomberg Businessweek, 9/2/10) Governor: Nebraska’s economy is envy of other states (Columbus Telegram,9/1/10) Will state Board of Education send back $423 million in federal funding? (New Nebraska Network, 9/1/10) Editorial: Heineman’s letter to education groups is blatant political strong-arming(Lincoln Journal Star, 9/1/10) Heineman: Nebraska’s economy is envy of other states (Columbus Telegram, 9/1/10)


Heineman says he’s protecting education funding (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/31/10)

Heineman won’t sign pledge he will serve full term (Nebraska Watchdog, 8/31/10)

Nebraska ed board to consider opposing health care reform (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/30/10)

Boyle joins Democratic ticket, blisters Heineman (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/30/10)

Heineman should listen to own experts on costs of uncompensated care (New Nebraska Network, 8/30/10)

Dem leader urges NSEA to withdraw endorsement of Heineman (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/29/10)

Heineman strong-arming educators to repeal health care reform (New Nebraska Network, 8/28/10)

Meister to announce running mate next week (KTIV, 8/28/10)

Heineman push on education leaders sparks objections (Omaha World-Herald, 8/27/10)

Meister attempts to run less divisive campaign (Sioux City Journal, 8/26/10)

Recall group slowly up and running against Omaha mayor (Nebraska Watchdog, 8/26/10)

Heineman-Nelson clash heats up (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/25/10)

School districts facing harsh transition to less state aid funding (Grand Island Independent, 8/25/10)

Meister: Governor had obligation to community where college was closed (Fremont Tribune, 8/25/10)

Local leaders react to stimulus funds for schools (KHAS, 8/24/10)

Commentary: Heineman’s ‘staggering’ health care reform cost totals (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/21/10)

Meister must show Nebraskans what real leadership looks like (New Nebraska Network, 8/21/10)

Nelson, Heineman battle over healthcare (Omaha World-Herald, 8/18/10)

Governor: Cities, states ‘frustrated’ over feds response to illegal immigration (Fremont Tribune, 8/13/10)

Editorial: Arizona-style immigration law wrong for Nebraska (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/12/10)

Heineman considering rejecting federal education aid (Omaha World-Herald, 8/11/10)

Meister criticizes Heineman on trade deal (Nebraska Radio Network, 8/11/10)

Politicians still waiting to see how education stimulus funding would work(Lincoln Journal Star, 8/11/10)

Meister campaign kicks off quickly (The Chadron Record, 8/9/10)

Video: Meister praises NE schools, but doesn’t credit Heinemann (Nebraska Watchdog, 8/9/10)

Meister has three weeks to find running mate (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/8/10)

Opinion: Budget, not immigration, is state’s biggest challenge (Fremont Tribune, 8/7/10)

Heineman: I was for it before I was against it (Bold Nebraska, 8/6/10)

Meister embraces ‘goober’ in Neb governor’s race (KTIV, 8/4/10)

Meister says governor is using immigration as a distraction (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/4/10)

Governor’s race heats up after ‘goober’ remark (NTV, 8/3/10)

Democrats debate holding 2012 presidential caucus (Omaha World-Herald, 8/2/10)

GOP leaders take aim at Washington, Democrats(Fremont Tribune, 8/2/10)

Meister calls on Neb AG to apologize over goober comment (Action 3News, 8/1/10)

Heineman uses immigration to tee off on Democrat Meister (Omaha World-Herald,8/1/10)

JULY 2010

Heineman may not seek $1M health reform grant (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/31/10)

Mike Meister, and the importance of opposition (New Nebraska Network, 7/31/10)

Nebraska Republicans hammer Obama, Congress (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/31/10)

Democrat comes out swinging (Omaha World-Herald, 7/30/10)

Meister wants new form of school aid (Lincoln Journal Star,7/28/10)

Heineman welcomes focus on his record (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/27/10)

Nelson on board for Meister (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/26/10)

Nelson rallies Democrats (Lincoln Journal Star,7/26/10)

Meister comes out swinging (Omaha World-Herald, 7/25/10)

Dems pick Meister for governor (Omaha World-Herald, 7/24/10)

State’s budget situation has Meister fired up about running (Kearney Hub, 7/24/10)

New Dem hopeful downplays “the odds” (Nebraska Watchdog, 7/19/10)

Meister will oppose Heineman in governor’s race (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/18/10)

Heineman orders furloughs for state union employees (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/16/10)

Kicking the NE Dem Party when it’s down (New Nebraska Network, 7/14/10)

NE Dems seek funds to attract governor candidate(Lincoln Journal Star, 7/14/10)

Heineman may run unopposed (Omaha World-Herald, 7/12/10)

NE economy hits bump – tax revenue doesn’t meet forecasts (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/9/10)

With no candidate, Dems ponder predicament (KETV, 7/7/10)

Kleeb won’t run for governor (KHAS-TV, 7/7/10)

Boyle won’t run for governor (KTIV, 7/7/10)

Democrats hunting again (Lincoln Journal Star,7/5/10)

GOP rising stars waiting in the wings (North Platte Telegraph, 7/4/10)

Lakers’ departure leave ‘viable’ Democrats scrambling for a replacement (, 7/3/10)

Lakers leaves Dems without a candidate (KETV, 7/2/10)

Lakers drops out of guber race (Omaha World-Herald, 7/2/10)

Heineman promises balanced budget without raising taxes (North Platte Telegraph, 7/1/10)

JUNE 2010

Planned Parenthood sues over pending Nebraska abortion law (Iowa Independent, 6/28/10)

Heineman campaign has $1.5 million (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/21/10)

After brief uptick, Nebraska Dems see hope fade (Columbus Telegram, 6/13/10)

Nebraska public employees union rejects pay freeze request (Bloomberg Businessweek, 6/11/10)

Tax revenue rebounds in May (Forbes, 6/10/10)

Editorial: the importance of public trust (Omaha World-Herald, 6/5/10)

Row brewing among Democrats over Lakers candidacy (WWLTV, 6/4/10)

akers says he won’t be derailed (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/4/10)

Democrat: “disavow” Lakers (Omaha World-Herald, 6/4/10)

Opinion: Divided Democrats deserve to lose (New Nebraska Network, 6/3/10)

Former Dem chair: time to dump Lakers(KETV, 6/3/10)

Lakers to delist questionable pledges in campaign finance report (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/2/10)

MAY 2010

Opinion: Lakers candidacy will be defined by opening TV ads (Lincoln Journal Star, 5/24/10)

High interest in local vote to tighten immigration enforcement (Nebraska, 5/19/10)

Arizona-like immigration law for Nebraska? (Omaha World-Herald, 5/18/10)

Heineman stays away from local issues – unless there’s something in it for him (New Nebraska Network, 5/18/10)

Heineman discusses projected budget gap (Lincoln Journal Star, 5/15/10)

Editorial:Lakers’ campaign finance reports damaged his credibility (Lincoln Journal Star, 5/13/10)

Heineman, Lakers to face off in next round (Lincoln Journal Star, 5/11/10)

Bruning: disputed donor list grows(Lincoln Journal Star, 5/7/10)

Nebraska’s gov race gets dirty even before primary (WWL-TV, 5/6/10)

AG investigating Lakers’ campaign filings (Lincoln Journal Star, 5/5/10)

GOP primary tame this time around (Lincoln Journal Star, 5/6/10)

Heineman keeps financial edge over Lakers (Omaha World-Herald, 5/5/10)

Lakers wants to make changes in gov office (Lexington Clipper Herald, 5/4/10)

Missed opportunities convinced Lakers to run (North Platte Bulletin, 5/2/10)

APRIL 2010

Lakers’ plans include ethanol development, education investment (Kearney Hub, 4/29/10)

Heineman – Nebraska won’t run high-risk health insurance fund (Forbes, 4/28/10)

Governor raising his national profile, perhaps eying 2012 Senate bid (North Platte Telegraph, 4/23/10)

Lakers says Heineman used stimulus money to reduce state’s debt (KTIV, 4/21/10)

Move to freeze pay trickles down from state to local govt (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/21/10)

Long legal fight ahead for Nebraska’s new abortion restrictions (Boston Globe, 4/19/10)

Heineman: education a priority (Omaha World-Herald, 4/17/10)

Lakers touts impressive fundraising (Sioux City Journal, 4/15/10)

Heineman vows to lower taxes even more at tax day rally (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/15/10)

Heineman caught in a Tea Party tempest (Omaha World-Herald, 4/15/10)

Heineman: “I’ll fight for abortion laws” (Omaha World-Herald,4/14/10)

Abortion laws won’t pass scrutiny says Lakers (Sioux City Journal, 4/14/10)

Budget battle looming next year (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/13/10)

Heineman builds large campaign war chest(Lincoln Journal Star, 4/13/10)

Governor to sign abortion bills – Nebraska enters uncharted legal territory (Omaha World-Herald, 4/13/10)

Lakers pledges $100K of his own money to help fund guber bid (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/5/10)

Lakers emerging as real threat to Heineman (New Nebraska Network, 4/9/10)

Lakers vows to grow economy (Grand Island Independent, 4/2/10)

Lakers says Heineman fails to lead (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/1/10)

Heineman no fan of health care reform (Omaha World-Herald, 4/1/10)

Lakers: Growing W. Nebraska economy is key to Nebraska’s future growth(Omaha World-Herald, 4/1/10)

MARCH 2010

Prenatal coverage sparks controversy (1011Now, 3/26/10)

Nebraska will challenge legality of health reform (North Platte Telegraph, 3/23/10)

Dem leader accuses Heineman of paying “lip service” to pro-Life stand over prenatal funding (Omaha World-Herald, 3/20/10)

Heineman rejects prenatal care bill (North Platte Telegraph, 3/17/10)

Nebraska joins 19 other states against EPA regulations (Omaha World-Herald, 3/12/10)

Lakers differs with governor on prenatal bill (Lincoln Journal Star, 3/11/10)

Gov: Spending on “illegals” is unfair (Omaha World-Herald, 3/9/10)

Heineman tells state agencies to prepare for cuts (Nebraska Radio Network, 3/4/10)

Budget should be campaign issue (Lincoln Journal Star, 3/1/10)


Getting to know Mark Lakers (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/22/10)

Lakers to run against Heineman (Omaha World-Herald, 2/19/10)

University weighs tighter limits on stem cell research (New York Times,11/19/09)

Heineman among group of GOP governors attacking Baucus health reform bill (The Hill, 9/28/09)

No tax increases, gov vows (Omaha World-Herald, 9/11/09)

Nebraska revenue down 2nd straight month (Omaha World-Herald, 9/10/09)

Heineman profiled as “tech-savvy” (Omaha World-Herald, 9/2/09)

Data show shift in Nebraska’s political leanings (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/3/09)

Democrats searching for candidate to take on Heineman (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/3/09)

Rising joblessness straining unemployment fund (Omaha World-Herald, 8/2/09)

Heineman lobbies Neb Senators against public health option (Omaha World-Herald, 7/21/09)