Nebraska senators speak out on behalf of tax cuts

Democrats didn't want to extend tax breaks for the rich. Republicans didn't want to extend unemployment benefits. In the Senate, they were compromised, passing a bipartisan tax deal by an 81-19 vote on Dec. 15. Sen. Ben Nelson and Sen. Mike Johanns both voted for the deal. Nelson called the vote "a win" for Nebraska families. "Keeping taxes low is critical right now so that families and...

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New recall group emerges

As Mayor Jim Suttle awaits his day in court to fight the recall effort, a new organization emerged on Dec. 15 to help support the effort to remove him from office. Three local businessmen are listed on the Citizens for Omaha's Future initial filing. Dave Nabity — a businessman who has been critical of Suttle's police and fire contracts through his group Omaha Alliance for the Private Sector...

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Johanns touts judge’s decision on health care

Sen. Mike Johanns took to email to laud the decision of a federal judge in Virginia who ruled that a key piece of the Obama health care package is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ruled on Dec. 13 that there is no provision in the Constitution for the new mandate requiring people to purchase health insurance. "I've said all along that Congress overstepped its constitutional...

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Nebraska senators support Obama tax deal

Sen. Mike Johanns says he will likely support the bipartisan tax cut extension negotiated by President Barack Obama. Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, too, plans to back the deal despite his party's opposition to extending tax breaks to the rich, a controversial condition of the compromise. Johanns, also playing his Republican party line, told KHAS that while he didn't support extending unemployment...

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Nelson angered over ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ filibuster

Ben Nelson was ready to debate the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy banning gays from openly serving in the military. Senate Republicans were not. The GOP blocked the repeal Dec. 9 in a move that could leave a decision on the policy up to the courts. Nelson took to his Senate website to express his displeasure at the "Washington gamesmanship" that led to the filibuster. "Obstruction...

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Nelson not afraid of tax cut blowback

Ben Nelson is one Democrat who is on board with the bipartisan deal Barack Obama brokered to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all Americans, even if it flies in the face of his party's goal to eliminate the breaks for the wealthy. "I've made it clear, I didn't make any campaign promises about this, so I'm only focused on my end," Nelson says in The Hill. "I've said that I thought that the debate...

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Iowa considers toughening abortion law to keep out Nebraska doctor

Late-term abortion provider LeRoy Carhart was forced to take his practice elsewhere after a controversial Nebraska law banned abortions after 20 weeks. Now Iowa, too, is saying "not in our state." The Bellevue doctor announced in early November that he was opening new clinics in Council Bluffs and Maryland because of Nebraska's new law based on the idea that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks....

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Suttle recall a go pending court battle

Unless a district judge finds instances of fraud, Mayor Jim Suttle will face a recall election early next year. The Douglas County Election Commission announced Dec. 4 that the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee collected 28,720 verified signatures, 2,077 more than the group needed to force a special election. The recall election is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 25, pending a Dec. 20 court ruling....

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