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Nebraska scores well on ‘transparency’, follow the money critics want more

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Nebraska, Transparency  /  No Comments

When it comes to following the money—at least some money— a new report gives the State of Nebraska high marks.
But the report only covers state spending and does not include “Deep Throat’s” original call to follow the money— campaign contributions.

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Gov. Ricketts wouldn’t tighten seat belt law

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

If a bill requiring seat belts on school buses makes it to Gov. Pete Ricketts’ desk will he sign it? What about a bill, currently being debated on the floor of the legislature, that would end Nebraska’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law?
Those are wait and see.
But what about seat belts in cars?

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Backers pushing train safety derailed in Lincoln?

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

A plan which backers say would increase train safety in Nebraska appears to be coming up short, despite a recent rash of dangerous oil-train wrecks across the country.

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Cat fight: Mountain lion hunters roar back

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

Following Nebraska Watchdog’s report on State Sen. Ernie Chambers’ push to outlaw mountain lion hunting, Chambers’ critics are scratching back.

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Push for more sunshine on campaign corruption clouding over

By   /  March 13, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments


A move to kill a bill designed to slow campaign corruption came up short in Lincoln this week but backers of the bill worry it is simply dying a slow death.

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New state prison facing old problem: Money

By   /  March 11, 2015  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

If you were looking forward to a brand-spanking new prison in Nebraska, look again.
A $300 million dollar price-tag finds lawmakers examining a list of other options.

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