Obamacare in Nebraska

It is hard to quantify what the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the largest piece of legislation passed in our lifetime is going to mean for Nebraska and Omaha.  There are innumerable variables to consider, and questions will remain years from now.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called Obamacare, will have an impact on all of us, so here are a few things to watch closely.

The law...

entered on 07/03/12 at 10:17 PM | read more »

Dave Phipps takes show to the voters

On Wednesday, June 20th, the day The Reader hits the streets, Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps will hold a press conference with Secretary of State John Gale to announce his plan to add 30 new precincts and 27 additional polling places across the county for the fall general election, bringing the total number of polls to 207. During the past week, Phipps attended public meetings...

entered on 06/19/12 at 05:26 PM | read more »

Polling Place Changes Hit Older Omaha Harder

On Primary Election Day, 82-year-old Robert Wright drove to Evans Tower on 24th Street in north Omaha from his home at 9th and Fort Streets. He heard on television that Evans Towers was a polling place. Because he hadn’t received a card in the mail telling him where to cast his vote, he figured someone at Evans Towers could at least give him that information, as he did not have internet access...

entered on 06/05/12 at 08:01 PM | read more »

Voting Updates

As ethnic and progressive groups have galvanized in response to Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps' decision to shut down almost half of the polling places in Douglas County ahead of this year’s elections, a quick analysis of his decisions has raised serious concerns that this is another Republican Party attempt to suppress minority and lower-income voting. Phipps, a Republican,...

entered on 04/05/12 at 09:22 PM | read more »

Garry Gernandt’s unexpected swing vote won approval of equal employment protection for LGBTs

After weeks of public testimony and closed door meetings on the hotly contested equal employment ordinance giving legal protection to gay and transgender residents, the Omaha City Council decided the issue March 13.

Three-term District 4 (South Omaha) representative Garry Gernandt surprised many when he reversed his position and cast the swing vote in favor. The Democrat had resisted the...

entered on 03/26/12 at 03:40 PM | read more »

Lawmakers call for state to take control of child welfare

The state of Nebraska should take back responsibility for managing child welfare cases from private contractors. And it should create a new department to handle children’s services. Those were the recommendations of a legislative committee investigating the state’s efforts to reform the child welfare system. Read more.

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Arizona Sheriff Commits Worst Racial Profiling in U.S. Histor

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office didn't just commit racial profiling of Latinos, according to the findings of the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation. Rather, Arpaio oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling by a law enforcement agency in U.S. history, a DOJ expert concluded. Read More.

entered on 12/21/11 at 01:31 AM | read more »

Project Censored 2012

Now in its 35th year, Project Censored, a media research program at Sonoma State University, has examined the coverage of news and information to identify what it calls Modern Censorship -- "the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in American mass media outlets."

Every year the program releases its list of the Top 25 Censored stories -- "important national news...

entered on 10/12/11 at 07:05 PM | read more »

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