As 15 percent of the country awaited a bill that would offer them affordable health care, more than 800,000 federal workers were sent home without pay. That catch 22 is better known as the government shutdown – a decision made after Presi... more

Oct 10, 2013 3:37 AM News

“Let me start with blending what I think will happen with where I am, personally.” As comprehensive immigration reform remains stalled by House Republicans after bipartisan passage in the Senate, Representative Lee Terry, Omaha’s 8-term... more

Aug 29, 2013 2:01 AM News

“In 2008 all eyes were on the Latino vote. That year we had 19.5 million registered Latinos that were active to vote,” Miriam Peña, the executive director for the Colorado Progressive Coalition and Colorado Progressive Action, told an Oma... more

May 2, 2013 1:25 AM News

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th at 1:30 in the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee. This bill is in response to the polling place closures and lack of communication a... more

Feb 11, 2013 2:55 AM News

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act have been incomplete and probably overstated, said experts at committee hearings of the Nebraska Legislature last week. No voice ... more

Dec 5, 2012 11:15 PM News

As federal deficits were the rage in the recent presidential election and both major political parties jockey for negotiating position ahead of the 2013 fiscal cliff, Nebraska’s tax projections took a positive turn. According to a new pub... more

Nov 14, 2012 11:25 PM News

With 1,457 members according to its website, Voice Omaha is blazing a path for civic participation outside the normal two-party political system. They have notched a considerable political gain with their recent work on Omaha’s Equal Righ... more

Oct 31, 2012 3:08 AM News

How important could Douglas County be in next week’s election? According to the New York Times “538 Blog,” there are 152 scenarios that could result in an electoral college tie in this year’s presidential election, effectively allowing ... more

Oct 31, 2012 3:06 AM News

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 ye... more

Jul 4, 2012 3:17 AM News

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 p... more

Jun 19, 2012 10:26 PM News

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 i... more

Jun 6, 2012 1:01 AM News

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 o... more

Apr 6, 2012 2:22 AM News

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 ... more

Mar 26, 2012 8:40 PM News

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 committe... more

Dec 21, 2011 7:39 AM News

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... more

Dec 21, 2011 7:31 AM News

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 manip... more

Oct 13, 2011 12:05 AM News

In a wave of bike helmets and Velcro gloves, over 70 cyclists pedaled to a public forum hosted by the City of Omaha Planning Department. The two hour presentation discussed a proposed revision of Omaha’s Transportation Master Plan. The ... more

Sep 22, 2011 1:09 AM News

by Lindsey Peterson The City of Fremont is budgeting for another year of judicial sparring in the case of its illegal immigration ordinance. Passed and then soon halted last summer, the ordinance aims to punish those renting to and hiri... more

Aug 10, 2011 10:39 PM News

It’s a plan that builds on an older plan. Last year, LB 800 was signed into law. That enacted sweeping reforms in truancy prevention and juvenile justice – if a child was truant for more than 20 days of the school year, the county attorne... more

Aug 10, 2011 10:36 PM News

by Lindsey Peterson Crete, located in southeast Nebraska, is a town not unlike many other rural towns. It faces an increasing immigration population and a burdened education system. And, like others, it’s scrambling to find ways to hand... more

Aug 4, 2011 3:28 AM News