Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt is taking his fight to curb the power of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and local officials to impose COVID-19 restrictions in Kansas to the state’s highest court.
National Democrats are airing a pandemic recovery ad in the Omaha area, signaling that they’re still willing to put resources into Nebraska’s competitive 2nd Congressional District even though the rest of the state is solidly Republican.
The investigation is yet another liability for the embattled attorney general, who is facing a years-old criminal case, a separate, newer FBI investigation, and a Republican primary opponent who is seeking to make electoral hay of the various controversies.
Gov. Pete Ricketts blamed President Biden after the sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline announced the project would be terminated, saying the president was prioritizing “radical environmental activists” over U.S. interests.
The senators are gone. On the last day of the legislative session, one group of Nebraskans stood over in the Rotunda as a reminder of one issue that didn’t get done. In many cases, they are the children who don’t feel the grass on their feet the same as other people, or get looks from other kids because they just don’t understand. Too many times, they feel, their voices aren’t heard. That’s what it felt again last week in the Unicameral Legislature.
Senate Republicans plan to use a filibuster to kill the bipartisan investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Chuck Hagel, former Nebraska lawmaker and secretary of defense, is urging them not to do that.
A number of bill passed the Nebraska legislature Thursday, from phasing out Social Security income tax to directing the state to take over management of the OPS retirement system. Lawmakers also approved the framework for a cryptocurrency bank in the state.
A day after voting to approve a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a nearly $2 billion emergency funding bill to bolster security at the U.S. Capitol.
Nebraskans receiving Social Security income will pay less in taxes on that income each year until it’s fully exempt in 2030, under a bill that won final approval from lawmakers. Lawmakers passed the gradual tax phase-out on a 41-0 vote.
Nebraska lawmakers have given initial approval to watered-down coronavirus protections for meatpacking workers, but the measure faces opposition even though many plants are already following the proposed requirements.