Deena Winter has been a journalist for over 20 years, writing stories for the Northwood Gleaner, Bismarck Tribune, Associated Press, Denver Post and Lincoln Journal Star before joining Watchdog.

Head of Dems says GOP auditor candidate isn’t qualified to run

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

Nebraska Watchdog

The head of the state Democratic Party is calling on the Republican state auditor candidate to drop out of the race because his company has a million dollars worth of contracts with the state. Charlie Janssen’s campaign countered by saying Amanda McGill used her campaign account to travel the world.

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Lincoln arena ekes out first-year profit, thanks to infusion of cash

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Matt Masin for Nebraska Watchdog

Lincoln’s new Pinnacle Bank Arena finished its first year in the black – just barely and with the help of half-million-dollar infusion of cash from its umbrella agency.

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Candidate for state auditor was a frequent flyer as senator

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Nebraska Watchdog

The Democratic candidate for state auditor, Amanda McGill, spent $34,000 in campaign funds and taxpayer funds traveling the world over the past eight years.

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Teacher defends Purple Penguin gender sensitivity handouts

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Education, National, Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Photo from Lincoln School Board video

A Nebraska middle school teacher who gave her colleagues gender inclusiveness training guidelines last month says they were simply meant to start a conversation, not spark a national controversy. But a parent says the district is going overboard accommodating a gender fluid preschooler who dresses as a boy some days, a girl others.

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Legislative panel subpoenas Nebraska governor to testify on prison scandals

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

AP file photo

A special investigatory prisons committee unanimously voted Thursday to subpoena Gov. Dave Heineman to testify before the committee on Oct. 29.

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200 people turn out for school board meeting on gender inclusivity training

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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About 200 people turned out for a school board meeting in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday night to support and oppose gender inclusiveness training that was done with middle school teachers last month.

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