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 2012 Archives

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Nebraska Gubernatorial Headlines 2012 Archives

OCTOBER 2012

Early voters see long lines to skip the polls (Omaha World-Herald, 10/31/12)
Chuck Hagel will endorse Kerrey (Lincoln Journal Star, 10/31/12)
Ewing makes big gains against Terry in 2nd District race (Omaha World-Herald, 10/29/12)
Election excitement builds in North Omaha (Omaha World-Herald, 10/29/12)
Fischer, Kerrey camps both claim growing voter support (Omaha World-Herald, 10/29/12)
World-Herald Poll: Kerrey, Fischer race tightens (Omaha World-Herald, 10/28/12)
World-Herald Poll: Mitt Romney leads in 2nd District (Omaha World-Herald, 10/28/12)
Commentary: State’s reform improvements show privatization working (Omaha World-Herald, 10/27/12)
Nebraska revenue picture bright: Steady growth forecast (Omaha World-Herald, 10/27/12)
Opinion: Disagreements needn’t bring disrespect (Omaha World-Herald, 10/26/12)
Early-bird votes may break county records (Omaha World-Herald, 10/26/12)
Editorial: Fischer tough and effective (Omaha World-Herald, 10/21/12)
Fischer, Kerrey spar over Medicare plans (Omaha World-Herald, 10/21/12)
Heineman wants feds to fund health accounts (Omaha World-Herald, 10/20/12)
Editorial: John Ewing is World-Herald’s pick for House (Omaha World-Herald, 10/18/12)
Editorial: Three more for Legislature (Omaha World-Herald, 10/17/12)
In 2nd District debate, Ewing, Terry swap jabs over their records, experience (Omaha World-Herald, 10/16/12)
Editorial: Strong leaders for Legislature (Omaha World-Herald, 10/16/12)
Heineman stands out for efforts to elect GOP lawmakers (Omaha World-Herald, 10/15/12)
Deb Fischer outraises Bob Kerrey for first time (Omaha World-Herald, 10/15/12)
Editorial: More for Legislature (Omaha World-Herald, 10/15/12)
Bob Kerrey changes stance on cap-and-trade (Omaha World-Herald, 10/13/12)
Voters will decide if Nebraska should expand ability to impeach officials (Omaha World-Herald, 10/12/12)
Don’t dump inheritance tax, Lancaster board urges Heineman (Omaha World-Herald, 10/11/12)
Grand Island rejects gay-rights ordinance (Omaha World-Herald, 10/10/12)
Petition drive aims to overturn protections for gays in Omaha (Omaha World-Herald, 10/10/12)
Bob Kerrey seeks to bridge partisan divide (Omaha World-Herald, 10/7/12)
World-Herald Poll: Heineman got 75% job approval rating (Omaha World-Herald, 10/5/12)
World-Herald poll: Majority of Nebraskans now back recognition of gay unions (Omaha World-Herald, 10/4/12)
Heineman focuses on affordability in picking ‘Nebraska option’ for health insurance (Omaha World-Herald, 10/1/12)

SEPTEMBER 2012

Video: Who will restore the integrity of Nebraska’s campaign finance laws? (New Nebraska Network, 9/28/12)
Nebraskans like ‘Buffett Rule’ for the wealthy (Omaha World-Herald, 9/28/12)
Nebraskans more optimistic about economy close to home (Omaha World-Herald, 9/27/12)
Nebraskans show strong support for Keystone XL pipeline (Omaha World-Herald, 9/26/12)
Gov. Heineman keeps his employees healthy (Omaha World-Herald, 9/25/12)
Kerrey, Fischer campaigns encouraged by World-Herald Poll (Omaha World-Herald, 9/24/12)
Heineman calls proposed cigarette tax ‘double taxation’ (Omaha World-Herald, 9/24/12)

2 terms or 3? Voters to weigh in on senators’ limits (Omaha World-Herald, 9/24/12)
Presidential Geography: Nebraska GOP draws a tougher map for Obama (FiveThirtyEight, 9/23/12)
Campaign 2012: 2nd District could be blue again (Omaha World-Herald, 9/23/12)
Heineman: $1 million for Mackiel retirement package ‘appalling’ (Omaha World-Herald, 9/22/12)
Even Deb Fischer is running away from Mitt Romney (New Nebraska Network, 9/22/12)
Governor’s office ends clash with student news service (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/19/12)
Milliken apologizes to Heineman over UNMC cancer center ‘misunderstanding’(Lincoln Journal Star, 9/18/12)
State program to improve employee health honored (AP, 9/16/12)
State, landowners clash over pipeline siting law (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/15/12)
Heineman traveling to Minnesota for Japan conference (AP, 9/15/12)
Governor taking keen interest in newly formed Children’s Commission (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/14/12)

Governor, NU leaders spar over tax proposal(Fremont Tribune, 9/14/12)

Gov. Heineman not sure about UNMC funds request (NTV, 9/14/12)

Governor, NU leaders spar over cigarette tax proposal (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/14/12)

Governor on cancer center funding: ‘There must have been a secret deal’ (Nebraska Watchdog, 9/14/12)

Omaha medical campus expansion seeks to double-dip taxpayers (Somewhat Reasonable, 9/13/12)

Heineman: Omaha tax money wasn’t part of UNMC deal (NTV, 9/13/12)

Governor wants answers on cancer center funding (Nebraska Watchdog, 9/13/12)

Video: Gov. Dave Heineman recognizes the renewable fuels industry (NTV, 9/13/12)

National anti-tax figure lights up Omaha’s cigarette tax fight (Nebraska Watchdog, 9/13/12)

Video: Nebraska governor on China trip (YouTube, 9/11/12)

TransCanada nails down preferred route (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/6/12)

Insurers weigh in, preferring state-run health care exchange (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/6/12)

Neb state senator Nordquist champions health care law at DNC (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/5/120

Omaha vote may be off Democratic radar screen (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/4/12)

Audio: Heineman expresses concerns about state-run health insurance exchange(Nebraska Radio Network, 9/4/12)

Kerrey says time outside Nebraska was beneficial (AP, 9/2/12)

Lathrop considers bid for governor (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/1/12)

AUGUST 2012

Audio: Speaker Flood weighing whether to run for governor in 2014 (Nebraska Radio Network, 8/31/12)

State to lose more than $3M for failed child welfare privatization (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/31/12)

Newly appointed foster care advisory committee begins work (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/30/12)

Heineman eyes dramatic tax reform (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/29/12)

Video: Heineman: ‘Tough decisions’ needed in Washington (KTIV, 8/29/12)

GOP chair Fahleson would like to continue national party role (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/28/12)

Heineman shortlisted for presidential appointment (KHAS-TV, 8/28/12)

Would Romney tap Nebraska’s governor for a DC job? (Nebraska Watchdog, 8/28/12)

Heineman set for Little League celebration Thursday (Kearney Hub, 8/27/12)

Nebraska’s HSUS battle heats up(Drovers Cattle Network, 8/27/12)

Audio: Kerrey – State Fair debate a beginning, not the end (Nebraska Radio Network, 8/27/12)

Affordable Care Act discussion continues in Nebraska (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/21/12)

Keystone XL pipeline crosses political boundaries in Nebraska and beyond (Washington Post, 8/17/12)

Editorial: New campaign finance rules are needed (Omaha World-Herald,8/12/12)

Johanns welcomes Flood candidacy for governor (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/12/12)

Governor’s Residence celebrates 55 years with open house (Nebraska Radio Network, 8/10/12)

Federal government trying to entice states to expand Medicaid (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/10/12)

Gov. Heineman pledges monetary help with wildfires (CBS MoneyWatch, 8/9/12)

Mike Flood still considering run for Nebraska governor (Omaha World-Herald, 8/8/12)

Neb. Gov: China visit helped highlight Nebraska (CBS MoneyWatch, 8/7/12)

Editorial: Good news from China (Omaha World-Herald, 8/7/12)

Audio: Heineman sees no problem in China’s economic slowdown (Nebraska Radio Network, 8/7/12)

Heineman back from China trade mission (Omaha World-Herald, 8/6/12)

Heineman names foster care advisory committee (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/6/12)

Audio: Gov. Heineman has high hopes after trade mission to China (Nebraska Radio Network, 8/6/12)

Nebraska delegation ‘planting the seeds’ for success in China (Omaha World-Herald, 8/5/12)

Commentary: Looking ahead to 2014 (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/5/12)

JULY 2012

Planned Parenthood sets Nebraska adoption services (AP, 7/25/12)

Bob Kerrey’s Senate bid is an uphill climb (Washington Post, 7/21/12)

Doctor: Heineman wrong on Medicaid, insurance exchanges (Omaha World-Herald, 7/20/12)

Nebraska lawmakers to insurance officials: Who makes key decisions? (Omaha World-Herald, 7/20/12)

Audio: State in no hurry to create health insurance exchange (Nebraska Radio Network, 7/20/12)

Officials: Progress made on Neb. health exchange (CBS MoneyWatch, 7/20/12)

Nebraska lawmaker questions governor’s authority on health insurance (Sioux City Journal, 7/19/12)

Lawmakers question governor’s authority to make Obamacare decisions (Nebraska Watchdog, 7/19/12)

Audio: Officials attempt to assure lawmakers about healthcare progress (Nebraska Radio Network, 7/19/12)

Nebraska communities can raise sales tax up to 2 cents (Sioux City Journal, 7/19/12)

Audio: Medicaid expansion outlook hinges on viewpoint of law (Nebraska Radio Network, 7/19/12)

CATO official urges Nebraska to bailout of healthcare law (Nebraska Radio Network, 7/18/12)

Nelson says Heineman obstructs state’s health care role (Election Headquarters, 7/18/12)

Conservative groups gather in Lincoln to assail health care law (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/18/12)

Nelson denounces health care obstruction, encourages creation of health exchange in Nebraska (Insurance News Net, 7/18/12)

Governor happy with GOP convention outcome (Nebraska Watchdog, 7/17/12)

Audio: Gov. Heineman sees areas of growth in state economy (Nebraska Radio Network, 7/17/12)

Watchdog group alleges Heineman broke state law (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/16/12)

Gov. Heineman outlines results of job growth study (NTV, 7/16/12)

Audio: Gov. Heineman ends NGA tenure still talking economics(Nebraska Radio Network, 7/16/12)

Common Cause files complaint against Heineman (Omaha World-Herald, 7/16/12)

Commentary: Paulistas riding into Grand Island (Election Headquarters, 7/8/12)

Heineman, Branstad scornful of Medicaid expansion (Omaha World-Herald, 7/8/12)

Nebraska GOP hires security for state convention (AP, 7/7/12)

Petition drive to legalize pot fails to ignite interest (Omaha World-Herald, 7/7/12)

Nebraska GOP chairman keeps post in wake of turmoil (AP, 7/7/12)

Democrats say repeal state tax on Social Security benefits (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/6/12)

GOP state party chief staying; party feud with Heineman ends (Omaha World-Herald, 7/3/12)

Nebraska Dems launch ad attacking Fischer on taxes (Omaha World-Herald, 7/3/12)

GOP chair changes plans to head off Republican conflict (Election Headquarters, 7/3/12)

Heineman declares drought emergency (Beatrice Daily Sun, 7/3/12)

Pay raises for executives irk state union official (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/2/12)

New ad prompts partisan scuffle (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/2/12)

Commentary: Nebraska Democrats thinking young (Election Headquarters, 7/1/12)

JUNE 2012

State GOP locked in internal struggle (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/30/12)

Governor digs in heels against Affordable Care Act (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/29/12)

Reaction to ruling falls along party lines in Nebraska(Omaha World-Herald, 6/29/12)

Nebraska governor vows to fight Medicare expansion (CBS MoneyWatch, 6/29/12)

Video: Nebraskan politicians sound off on healthcare (Nebraska TV, 6/28/12)

Audio: Gov. Heineman says voters will have last word on healthcare (Nebraska Radio Network, 6/28/12)

Lawmaker says Nebraska must move quickly on health law (CBS MoneyWatch, 6/28/12)

Heineman: No rush to establish health care exchange (Omaha World-Herald, 6/28/12)

Special interests spent $14 million to influence state government (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/27/12)

Officials say Nebraska is ready on health care law (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/27/12)

Republicans face battle for state party leadership (Election Headquarters, 6/25/12)

Kerrey endorses Romney immigration plan as first step (Election Headquarters, 6/25/12)

Arkansas ruling could affect Nebraska death penalty law (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/23/12)

At state convention, Kerrey, Nelson challenge Deb Fischer to engage(Lincoln Journal Star, 6/23/12)

Video: Gov. Heineman weighs in on ethanol, immigration and health care reform (KHAS, 6/21/12)

Video: Governor: Hire our Heroes (NTV, 6/21/12)

Child welfare inspector general named (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/19/12)

Democrats call for election official’s resignation (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/17/12)

Some Nebraska delegates at convention may back Paul (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/16/12)

Praise for Nebraska, taxes, incentives (Omaha World-Herald, 6/13/12)

Husker Do ant the pipeline, cont’d. (Esquire, 6/13/12)

Nebraska 12th among states in US Chamber’s economic report (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/13/12)

Editorial: Governor, where did the aquifer go? (York News Times, 6/12/12)

Heineman: Keystone XL Pipeline update (York News Times, 6/9/12)

Child welfare commission gets to work (Omaha World-Herald, 6/8/12)

Audio: Heineman: Nebraskans should expect big money in US Senate race (Nebraska Radio Network, 6/7/12)

Commission tasked with honesty, transparency in child welfare reform (Lincoln Journal Star, 6/7/12)

Governor Heineman to back Hiring Our Heroes initiative (WOWT, 6/6/12)

Heineman: Wis. election affirms tax cut policies(Omaha World-Herald, 6/6/12)

Is Ron Paul taking over the Nebraska Republican Party? (New Nebraska Network, 6/4/12)

Heineman encourages Nebraskans to visit farmers markets (Grand Isle Independent, 6/3/12)

From long shot to GOP’s best bet in Nebraska’s Senate race (New York Times, 6/1/12)

MAY 2012

Governor appoints Children’s Commission members (Lincoln Journal Star,5/31/12)

State lawmaker wins state GOP senate primary (LA Times, 5/15/12)

Deb Fischer wins Nebraska senate stunner (Politico, 5/15/12)

Undeterred by AG’s opinion, Lincoln City Council will consider anti-discrimination ordinance (Lincoln Journal Star, 5/4/12)

Audio: Heineman expects illegal immigration to remain an issue (Nebraska Radio Network, 5/3/12)

Fight between Omaha GOP, Democrats continues (Lincoln Journal Star, 5/3/12)

Video: Heineman vows to continue fight against illegal immigration (KHAS-TV, 5/2/12)

On Law Day, words of wisdom from governor, chief justice (Lincoln Journal Star, 5/1/12)

Heineman: No rush to replicate AZ immigration law (Omaha World-Herald, 5/1/12)

Audio: Heineman to host Romney at Omaha fundraiser (Nebraska Radio Network, 5/1/12)

APRIL 2012

Audio: Golfing, dining, family fun… Nebraska ready to promote tourism (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/30/12)

18 elected leaders show support for fairness amendment (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/30/12)

‘War on women’ protesters single out Johanns, Heineman (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/28/12)

Nebraska battle complicates GOP effort to retake Senate (The Hill, 4/27/12)

Meetings planed for alternate Keystone XL pipeline route (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/27/12)

Heineman praises FFA; talks jobs, education (Gothenburg Times, 4/26/12)

Audio: Heineman and Nelson spar over Douglas County poll closings (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/26/12)

Nelson faults Heineman’s inaction on polling places (Omaha World-Herald, 4/26/12)

County Commissioners think inheritance tax issue will come back around (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/25/12)

Governors talk ideas for growth (Omaha World-Herald, 4/25/12)

Hoping the screen door – well, you know (McCook Daily Gazette, 4/25/12)

Commentary:Commissioners think inheritance tax issue will come back around (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/25/12) Nelson: Feds in ‘contact’ with Phipps (Nebraska Watchdog, 4/25/12) Audio:Governors in Nebraska say federal government is holding states back (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/25/12) Some voting sites to be restored (Omaha World-Herald, 4/24/12) Governor’s control over Omaha’s election chief gaining scrutiny (Missouri News Horizon, 4/24/12) Questions raised over election commissioner selection (KHAS-TV, 4/24/12) Audio: Legislature ‘asserted its independence’ in 2012 session (KVNO, 4/24/12)Dave Heineman is a lame duck (New Nebraska Network, 4/23/12) Some polling places will reopen before November (KPTM, 4/23/12) Audio: Heineman announces plan to re-examine polling site cuts(KVNO, 4/23/12) Polling changes across state draw mixed reaction (KHAS-TV, 4/23/12) Some polling places to reopen. Phipps’ job safe, says governor (Missouri News Horizon, 4/23/12) Counties decide to consolidate polling places (KHAS-TV, 4/23/12) Heineman economic forum (Governors Journal, 4/23/12) Audio: Legislators stand ground in high-stakes clash with Gov. Heineman (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/20/12) Editorial: The undocumented and the unborn (New York Times, 4/23/12) Heineman: Senators lost focus on jobs, education (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/19/12) Editorial: Year of legislative assertion (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/19/12) Audio: Gov: ‘Session’s over and we’re moving forward’ (KVNO, 4/19/12) Legislature: More city taxes, pre-natal care for illegal immigrants (North Platte Bulletin, 4/19/12) Heineman: Nebraska Legislature sent mixed signals (AP, 4/19/12) Nebraska approves prenatal care for illegal immigrants (Christian Science Monitor, 4/19/12) Emotions run high on prenatal override (Kearney Hub, 4/19/12) Legislature overrides governor on sales tax bill and prenatal bill (Nebraska Watchdog, 4/18/12) Speaker tells Legislature it had ‘exceptional year’ as senators adjourn (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/18/12) Breaking: Legislature overrides governor on sales tax bill (Missouri News Horizon, 4/18/12) Override of school clinics bill fails (Omaha World-Herald,4/18/12) Audio: Unusual alliances form in Nebraska’s prenatal care debate (NPR, 4/18/12) Audio: Legislators return for last day of session with veto override votes waiting (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/18/12) State can restore prenatal care to undocumented moms (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/18/12) Governor will stay silent during override votes (Omaha World-Herald, 4/17/12) Commentary:Override votes to highlight final day (Omaha World-Herald, 4/17/12) Heineman signs XL bill (Governors Journal, 4/17/12) Heineman and NEGOP should stop attacking Mitt Romney on prenatal care(New Nebraska Network, 4/17/12) Audio: Gov. Heineman vetoes prenatal bill, works to sustain it (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/16/12) Audio: Speaker dismisses suggestions legislature acting more independently (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/16/12) Is the Legislature becoming more independent? (Missouri News Horizon, 4/16/12) Heineman vetoes prenatal bill(Omaha World-Herald, 4/14/12)Duel of words over half-cent sales tax (Omaha World-Herald, 4/14/12) Audio: Lawmakers must override veto if cities are to get sales tax option (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/13/12) Governor vetoes prenatal care bill (NTV, 4/13/12) Video: Heineman – sales tax increase would have hurt middle-class families (KTIV, 4/13/12) Cornhuskers vs. Keystone XL pipeline: Next steps? (Huffington Post,4/12/12) Stalled Keystone XL pipeline process gets new life (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/12/12) City leaders gird for sales tax fight (Omaha World-Herald, 4/12/12)Audio: Sponsor confident votes are there to override promised veto of prenatal bill (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/12/12) Nebraska passes Keystone XL measure (UPI, 4/12/12) Pipeline review bill goes to governor (Omaha World-Herald,4/12/12) This is not the last day (of the legislative session, that is) (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/12/12) Heineman signs child welfare bills (Kearney Hub, 4/12/12)Governor vetoes Nebraska city sales tax bill (AP, 4/12/12) Heineman signs tax cuts into law (AP, 4/11/12) Nebraska Legislature OKs Keystone pipeline support bill (Reuters, 4/11/12) Audio: Legislature approves prenatal bill despite veto threat (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/11/12) Keystone XL pipeline bill wins approval (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/11/12) Lawmakers, Heineman headed for clash over prenatal funding (KPTM, 4/11/12)Groups: Pipeline law will be unconstitutional (Omaha World-Herald, 4/11/12) Cities press for sales tax proposal (Omaha World-Herald, 4/11/12) Heineman: Bill would give ‘illegals’ bigger break than middle-class taxpayers (Omaha World-Herald, 4/11/12) Archbishop weighs in on prenatal care bill (KETV, 4/10/12) Audio: Governor signs reduced tax-cut package, three eco-devo bills (Nebraska Radio Network, 4/10/12) Smaller tax-cut plan signed into law (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/10/12) Prenatal care for immigrants in Nebraska bill divides anti-abortion lawmakers (Huffington Post, 4/10/12)Timeline of prenatal care coverage in Nebraska (Nebraska Appleseed, 4/6/12) Heineman blasts GOP lawmaker Flood on prenatal care, city sales taxes (KVNO, 4/5/12) Late drama on the way for Legislature (Omaha World-Herald, 4/2/12) Child welfare spending to stay high (Omaha World-Herald, 4/1/12)

MARCH 2012

Tax cuts advance to final round (Omaha World-Herald, 3/30/12)

Concerns raised on Keystone XL bill (Omaha World-Herald, 3/30/12)

Keystone XL pipeline bill advances (Lincoln Journal Star,3/29/12)

Conrad fights on about tax cut package (Omaha.com, 3/29/12)

Video: Legislature advances environmental review for pipeline (KHAS-TV, 3/29/12)

Audio: Amid frustration, Unicameral updates Keystone XL legislation (Nebraska Radio Network, 3/29/12)

Audio:$97 million tax cut proposal on verge of passing legislature (Nebraska Radio Network, 3/29/12)

Bill that would limit civil liability in self defense cases advances (Lincoln Journal Star, 3/28/12)

Senators send budget to Heineman (Omaha World-Herald, 3/28/12)

Audio: Gov. Heineman says federal health care law will be ‘disaster’ for state (Nebraska Radio Network, 3/27/12)

Lawmakers approve money for Healthier Nebraska Initiative, Chadron and Peru State (Nebraska Radio Network, 3/27/12)

Heineman on eco-tourism (Governors Journal, 3/26/12)

Dave Heineman supports Keystone XL pipeline approval (Huffington Post, 3/26/12)

Heineman will push for future tax cuts (Lincoln Journal Star, 3/26/12)

Heineman: Cornhusker State at a ‘crossroads’ (KHAS-TV, 3/26/12)

Tax-cut converts help package pass 1st test (Omaha World-Herald, 3/21/12)

Judge rules Kerrey can be on ballot (Lincoln Journal Star,3/21/12)

Legislators advance smaller tax-cut plan despite concerns (Lincoln Journal Star, 3/20/12)

Commentary: Stop lying to us, Governor Heineman (New Nebraska Network, 3/20/12)

Heineman vows big tax-cut battle (Omaha World-Herald, 3/15/12)

NU cancer center plan wins support (Omaha World-Herald, 3/15/12) Audio: Nebraska lawmakers throw $140,000 food fight (Nebraska Radio Network, 3/9/12) Child welfare changes a step closer (Omaha World-Herald, 3/8/12)Gov. Heineman proclaims Nebraska Ag Week (Syracues Journal-Democrat, 3/8/12) Nebraska hires child welfare boss (Omaha World-Herald, 3/8/12) Editorial: Right-sizing the tax cuts (Lincoln Journal Star, 3/7/12) No room for tax cuts in spending plan (Kearney Hub, 3/7/12) Audio: Governor’s tax cut proposal to be slashed by about a third (Nebraska Radio Network, 3/7/12) Governor: Small towns make the state great (Grand Isle Independent, 3/7/12) Video: Governor fights back with tax cut plan in jeopardy (Nebraska TV, 3/7/12) Governor backs off on scrapping inheritance tax, reducing corporate tax (Missouri News Horizon, 3/6/12) Governor short of votes for tax cut plan (Omaha World-Herald, 3/6/12) Nebraska governor says inheritance tax repeal unlikely (CBS Moneywatch, 3/6/12) Senators trim away at tax cut proposal (Omaha World-Herald, 3/6/12) Crossroads: Tax breaks or reduced redevelopment (Omaha World-Herald, 3/6/12) Nebraska GOP escalates war against nonpartisan legislature & state constitution (New Nebraska Network, 3/6/12) Compromise offered to governor’s tax plan (Lincoln Journal Star, 3/6/12) Audio: Gov. Heineman to revise downward his $326M tax cut package (Nebraska Radio Network, 3/6/12) Editorial: Health care co-op could benefit(Lincoln Journal Star, 3/5/12) Editorial: Fixing child welfare reform (Lincoln Journal Star, 3/4/12)

FEBRUARY 2012

Heineman: Focus on jobs, economy (Omaha World-Herald, 2/26/12)

KMTV presses Janssen on ties to ALEC (New Nebraska Network, 2/25/12)

Audio: Voters might be asked to give state senators a 3rd consecutive term (Nebraska Radio Network, 2/24/12)

Audio: Lawmakers on verge of passing big tax breaks for huge data center (Nebraska Radio Network, 2/24/12)

Investigation: Just who is behind Voter ID? (KMTV, 2/24/12)

‘Is that a threat?”: NEGOP now targeting state senators on Voter ID bill (New Nebraska Network, 2/23/12)

Governor seeks more child welfare funds (Omaha World-Herald, 2/23/12)

Lawmakers advance term-limit amendment (Omaha World-Herald, 2/23/12)

Think tank says tax-cut plan has flaw (Omaha World-Herald, 2/23/12)

Editorial: Heineman made right decision in supporting a Building a Healthier Nebraska initiative (Daily Nebraskan, 2/20/12)

Heineman changes position on Build a Healthier Nebraska initiative (Daily Nebraskan, 2/20/12)

Gov. Heineman: Opportunities of agriculture (North Platte Bulletin, 2/19/12)

Heineman changes tune on cancer center (Omaha World-Herald, 2/19/12)

Audio: Democratic hopes to retain US Senate seat rest on Hassebrook (Nebraska Radio Network, 2/16/12)

No senate run for Heineman (Omaha World-Herald, 2/16/12)

Coalition decries Heineman’s tax plan (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/14/12)

Coalition opposes tax cut plan (NTV, 2/14/12)

Support for eliminating inheritance tax weak among Revenue Committee (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/14/12)

Coalition opposes tax cut plan(Omaha World-Herald, 2/14/12)

Plan to nix inheritance tax a no-go (Omaha World-Herald, 2/14/12)

Heineman: Nebraskans need tax relief (NCNewsPress, 2/14/12)

Audio: Coalition claims tax cut plan favors the rich, robs state services (Nebraska Radio Network, 2/14/12)

Governor’s tax cut plan encounters opposition, skepticism (Missouri News Horizon, 2/14/12)

State awash in tax break requests (Kearney Hub, 2/13/12)

NU projects criticized by Heineman, dependent on legislative approval (Daily Nebraskan, 2/12/12)

UNL veterinary lab at risk (Omaha World-Herald, 2/12/12)

Heineman, Nebraska lawmakers spar over taxes, session focus (Sioux City Journal, 2/12/12)

Candidate’s out-of-state funds raise speculation (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/12/12)

State to pay ACLU legal fees for petition lawsuit (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/11/12)

Inheritance tax issue still on the table (York News Times, 2/10/12)

Bill would limit money to public service board (Omaha World-Herald, 2/10/12)

Everyone ducks presidential preference (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/10/12)

Heineman touts entrepreneurs’ role in economy (Omaha World-Herald, 2/10/12)

Inheritance tax issue looms as county board tackles mid-year budget review (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/9/12)

Govs Heineman, Markell encourage more entrepreneur-friendly state policies (Governing, 2/9/12) Heineman getting to yes on Keystone(Governors Journal, 2/9/12) Another county blasts governor’s pitch (WOWT, 2/9/12) Raise proposal for senators advances (Omaha World-Herald, 2/9/12) Retirees said to flee state’s tax burden(Omaha World-Herald, 2/9/12) Senator introduces property tax relief bill (KHAS-TV, 2/8/12) Lawmakers debate which tax is most hated (Missouri News Horizon, 2/8/12) Kerrey won’t run for Senate(Lincoln Journal Star, 2/7/12) Nebraska ranchers question pipeline route(Daily Yonder, 2/7/12) Pipeline opponents unload on governor (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/7/12) Heineman slams NU, wants tax cuts (Kearney Hub, 2/6/12) Nebraska lawmakers still worried about Keystone XL pipeline route (Inside Climate News, 2/6/12) Commentary: Speaker Mike Flood and three forks in the road (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/5/12)

Kerrey’s waiting game on US Senate run has some wondering if he’s waiting out GOP governor (AP, 2/3/12)

Lawmakers ponder merger of labor, economic development departments(Lincoln Journal Star, 2/2/12)

Inheritance taxes: County funds (North Platte Bulletin, 2/1/12) Governor: Nebraska tourism has big potential (North Platte Telegraph, 2/1/12)

Sarpy County delays vote on 2 raises (Omaha World-Herald, 2/1/12)

Audio: Gov. Heineman says state will wait on health insurance exchange (Nebraska Radio Network, 2/1/12)

Planning commission addresses possibility of closing county roads (Grand Isle Independent, 2/1/12)

JANUARY 2012

Heineman rips Sarpy County raise plan (Omaha World-Herald, 1/31/12)

Kerrey has poll #s, waiting for Heineman (Leavenworth St., 1/30/12)

Double-digit raises up for a vote (Omaha World-Herald, 1/30/12)

Growing Nebraska’s economy by Governor Dave Heineman (Journal Democrat, 1/27/12)

Debate opens on Heineman’s tax cut plan (Kearney Hub, 1/27/12)

Heineman defends tax cuts (Governor’s Journal, 1/27/12)

Audio: Sponsor pulls anti-death penalty bill, for now (Nebraska Radio Network, 1/27/12)

Nebraskans buzzing about Bob Kerrey (New Nebraska Network, 1/27/12)

Video: Governor testifies on tax bill (KHAS-TV, 1/27/12)

Tax fight heating up, governor to testify (Nebraska Watchdog, 1/26/12)

Nebraska governor wants Obama to proceed with Keystone (Financial Post, 1/26/12)

Video: Governor faces questions on tax cuts (Nebraska TV, 1/26/12)

Lawmakers again wrestle with death penalty (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/26/12)

Debate opens on governor’s tax cut plan (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/26/12)

Pierce, Heineman at odds on tax cut (Kearney Hub, 1/26/12)

Governor defends tax cut proposal at Legislature’s Revenue Committee (Syracuse Journal Democrat, 1/26/12)

Audio: Gov. Heineman expects to reach agreement on child welfare (Nebraska Radio Network, 1/26/12)

Audio: Lawmakers begin debate on the death penalty (Nebraska Radio Network, 1/26/12)

Audio: Gov. Heineman pitches $326M tax cut plan to legislative committee (Nebraska Radio Network, 1/26/12)

Opinion: Kids are not a special interest (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/26/12)

A legislative agenda for a new Nebraska: The Grand Finale (New Nebraska Network, 1/25/12)

Nelson: Heineman fails to lead (Omaha World-Herald, 1/25/12)

Nelson questions Heineman’s leadership (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/25/12)

State budget administrator defends proposed tax relief (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/24/12)

Cash controversy clouds key Nebraska endorsement from the Farm Bureau (Missouri News Horizon, 1/23/12)

Farmer, rancher organizations support call to eliminate inheritance tax (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/23/12)

Audio: Pair of farm groups come out in support of getting rid of inheritance tax (Nebraska Radio Network, 1/23/12)

Video: Father, son split on inheritance tax debate (Nebraska TV, 1/23/12)

Lawmakers: Time right to revisit pay raise (Omaha World-Herald, 1/22/12)

Heineman: OPS board size worthy of debate (Omaha World-Herald, 1/21/12)

Move to increase senators’ salaries raises eyebrows (KETV, 1/21/12)

Schweitzer ‘inaccurate’ to blame Nebraska for Keystone’s pipeline delay, Gov. Heineman says (Montana Watchdog, 1/20/12)

Hang on, says Heineman: It’s not smart for NU to deplete cash reserve for new buildings (Kearney Hub, 1/20/12)

Nebraska unsure on next step in pipeline fight (Omaha World-Herald, 1/20/12)

MT Gov Schweitzer blames Nebraska for XL pipeline woes, Gov. Heineman disagrees (406Politics, 1/20/12) Heineman: State can’t afford NU building campaign (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/19/12) Video:Gov. Dave Heineman expects to seek Obama decision on Keystone before election (Fox News, 1/19/12) Heineman: NU request ‘very bad timing’ (Omaha World-Herald, 1/19/12) Nebraska U proposes bold, multi-million dollar projects (KVNO, 1/18/12) A legislative agenda for a new Nebraska: Public Power & Redistricting (New Nebraska Network, 1/18/12) NU seeks OK for 3 medical projects (Omaha World-Herald, 1/18/12) University of Nebraska proposes new healthcare initiative (KHAS-TV, 1/18/12) Audio: Fix to child welfare system seems elusive in legislative session (Nebraska Radio Network, 1/18/12) Bill would make foster care reviews a legislative function (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/17/12) Opinion: Heineman’s state tax cuts worth a hard look (Kearney Hub, 1/17/12) 49 senators, 49 tax-relief ideas (Omaha World-Herald, 1/15/12)Opinion: Stop passing the tax burden (Fremont Tribune, 1/14/12) Heineman touts efforts to make state more business, family friendly (Fremont Tribune,1/14/12) Tax relief gov’s ‘top priority’ (Omaha World-Herald, 1/13/12) Heineman faulted on child welfare (Omaha World-Herald, 1/13/12) Audio: Gov. Heineman says the state can afford a $326M tax cut (Nebraska Radio Network, 1/13/12)Counties fear inheritance tax loss (Omaha World-Herald, 1/13/12) Video: Heineman ‘can’t imagine’ why any state senator wouldn’t be for tax cuts (Kearney Hub,1/13/12) State of the State 2012: Heineman hides true agenda behind middle class deception (New Nebraska Network, 1/13/12) Gov. calls for tax cuts in state address (KVNO, 1/12/12) Opinions differ on how to move state forward(Lincoln Journal Star, 1/12/12) Governor proposes massive tax cut (Grand Island Independent, 1/12/12) Heineman touts tax cuts during State of the State address (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/12/12)Audio: Heineman calls for $326M tax cut in State of State address (Nebraska Radio Network, 1/12/12) Gov. expected to pitch tax cuts (Omaha World-Herald, 1/12/12)Editorial: Put away the rubber stamp (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/12/12) Heineman calls for tax cuts (Omaha World-Herald, 1/12/12) Nebraska voter ID bill pulled from agenda (KMTV, 1/12/12) A legislative agenda for a new Nebraska: Civil Rights in the 21st century (New Nebraska Network, 1/11/12) Commentary: Time for Dems to rally their party (Omaha World-Herald, 1/10/12) Two different deadlines in Nebraska (National Journal, 1/10/12) Audio: Heineman sees bigger agenda behind latest filing in death penalty case (Nebraska Radio Network, 1/9/12) Heineman: Death penalty under attack (Lincoln Journal Star,1/9/12) Governor less fired up about Kerrey, whom he calls his friend (Missouri News Horizon, 1/9/12) A legislative agenda for a new Nebraska: Campaign finance & DHHS(New Nebraska Network, 1/9/12) Bill would require photo ID to cast vote (Omaha World-Herald, 1/8/12) Heineman assails Humane Society (Omaha World-Herald, 1/8/12) Cash-strapped Nebraska cities tangle with state lawmakers over taxing power (AP, 1/8/12) Heineman: Don’t trust animal rights group (Omaha World-Herald, 1/7/12) Kerrey, Heineman mull campaigns (Omaha World-Herald,1/7/12) Bob Kerrey may jump into Senate race (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/6/12) Bruning: Politics led to grant uproar (Omaha World-Herald, 1/5/12) Opinion: Voter ID bill unnecessary, costly and unfair(Lincoln Journal Star,1/5/12) LB-239 would require voter identification prior to casting ballot (Nebraska Radio Network, 1/5/12) Audio: Child welfare, budget among issues facing legislature this year(Nebraska Radio Network, 1/4/12) Term limits, pay for OPS board? (Omaha World-Herald, 1/4/12) Legislature opens with lingering budget concerns (Omaha World-Herald, 1/4/12) More Republican state senators should follow Brad Ashford’s lead (New Nebraska Network, 1/4/12) Session begins with 77 bills, one proposed constitutional amendment (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/4/12) Heineman to Omaha: No new taxes (Omaha World-Herald, 1/3/12) Audio: Heineman tells Omaha to tighten its belt (KVNO, 1/3/12) Senator wants casinos on ballot (Omaha World-Herald, 1/3/12) Heineman studies ways to fix child welfare (North Platte Bulletin, 1/3/12) As session begins, child welfare reform a priority (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/3/12) Heineman mum on Senate race, says he’ll veto Local Sales Tax increase(Watchdog, 1/3/12) Nebraska Democrats prepare for second caucus (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/3/12) Commentary: Nelson’s decision stirs political scramble (Lincoln Journal Star, 1/2/12)Democrats look for way out of electoral drought (Omaha World-Herald, 1/1/12)

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