Deena Winter is a reporter for NebraskaWatchdog.org. Contact her at deena@nebraskawatchdog.org and follow her on Twitter @DeenaNEWatchdog.

Lincoln’s top cop lands in middle of police staffing debate

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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Lincoln’s public safety director – former police chief Tom Casady – has lobbied for more cops for years, but now that police staffing has become a campaign issue in the mayor’s race, with his boss indicating more cops aren’t needed, he has changed his tune a bit.

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Pay-to-play: Lincoln mayor’s campaign swells with contractors’ cash

By   /  February 20, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Nebraska Watchdog

As Lincoln’s new $186 million Pinnacle Bank Arena sprang out of the ground in 2013, a parade of companies working on the project began simultaneously filling Mayor Chris Beutler’s campaign coffers.

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Invitation to smoke-filled room raises cloud of questions

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Nebraska, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Just days after a bill legalizing smoking in cigar bars passed the second round of debate, Sen. Bill Kintner sent an invitation to his fellow lawmakers last week inviting them to a fundraiser that would help the cigar bar lobby raise money.

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Former corrections attorney says she purposely dropped bombshell

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Sharon Lindgren

A former Nebraska corrections attorney is speaking out, saying her department was advised by the former attorney general to ignore a Supreme Court ruling.

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Some say University of Nebraska skirted open meetings law in presidential search

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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Debate over a bill in the Legislature has sparked allegations that the University of Nebraska skirted or violated the open meetings law by privately narrowing its list of finalists for president down to four.

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Former Sen. Lathrop calls for federal investigation into corrections case

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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The senator who led a legislative investigation into prison scandals last year, former Sen. Steve Lathrop, is calling for Nebraska’s federal prosecutor to look into allegations former Attorney General Jon Bruning’s office advised the state corrections department not to heed Supreme Court rulings on supervision of certain sex offenders.

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