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Today’s news says you don’t have to travel to Middle-earth to enjoy the work of this celebrated author.
A medical marijuana legalization petition drive encounters a setback when a “committed donor” can no longer fund the drive, Sen. Ben Sasse says the Supreme Court should think twice before letting cameras broadcast proceedings, and Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, Omaha native and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, begged former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to try to overturn the 2020 election results, according to text messages acquired by congressional investigators.
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U.S. Rep. Fortenberry Found Guilty of Three Felonies in Stunning and Swift Jury Verdicts
The Nebraska congressman promises to appeal and is reviewing whether to continue with his re-election bid.
Story by Paul Hammel. Originally published in the Nebraska Examiner. Republished in The Reader.
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By the numbers:
- “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!”: Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, Omaha native and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, begged former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to try to overturn the 2020 election results, according to text messages acquired by congressional investigators. She wrote, “The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”
- 56-year-old Edward Luben, from Papillion, is booked into jail on seven felony counts and five misdemeanor counts of cruel neglect of animals, according to the Associated Press, following the December removal of 665 animals from his home.
- The Omaha Public Power District and nonprofit Together Omaha want to help community members struggling to pay utility bills.
- In Case You Missed It: NOISE takes a deep dive into the March 22 town hall with Omaha Chief of Police Todd Schmaderer and Chief Deputy Wayne D. Hudson, moderated by activist and professor Preston Love Jr.
- The Supreme Court should think twice before letting cameras broadcast proceedings, according to Sen. Ben Sasse, who says, “The jackassery we often see around here is partly because of people mugging for short-term camera opportunities.”
- A medical marijuana legalization petition drive encounters a setback when a “committed donor” can no longer fund the drive. But state Sen. Adam Morfeld, a petition-drive leader, believes Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana can “fill the gap” by raising more money.
- Latest in the Legislature: Sen. Steve Lathrop talks criminal justice reform during time designated to discuss the state budget bill, which moves through a second round of voting. Here’s the latest on senators’ continued work to force Gov. Pete Ricketts to apply for federal rental aid.
- GOP gubernatorial candidates hit the debate floor.
- MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, donates $20 million to Planned Parenthood North Central States, which operates Nebraska Planned Parenthood facilities.
FACTS OF THE DAY
from Harper’s Index
Percentage change since 2019 in the number of Americans
who describe their mental health as “excellent”: −21
In the number of churchgoing Americans who do so: +5
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