The high price of juvenile justice

As Douglas County pushes for construction of a $120 million justice complex downtown, conflict and controversy have emerged over greater good and expediency versus accountability to stakeholders. The 10-story tower courthouse annex would house a combination of county adult and juvenile courtrooms, judges’ chambers, public defender and probation offices and […]

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Year of the Women

Beyond all the rhetoric, platforms, door-knockers, non-stop TV ads and mailers, the cold, hard fact is elections are decided by voter turnout and the “middle.” That’s especially true here in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District (CD-2), comprised of Douglas County and the western two-thirds of Sarpy County. CD-2 had the 2nd closest Congressional race […]

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Nonprofits leverage community roots-bases in attempt to register voters and get them to the Polls

With American civil discourse and liberties under assail, nonprofits are doing civic engagement around voting to get people’s voices heard. Heartland Workers Center runs a large Get Out the Vote (GOTV) machine. Center Executive Director Sergio Sosa senses great urgency from HWC’s Latino base for the Nov. 6 midterm general […]

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MEET JANE SKINNER

What is a state auditor?  Jane: A state auditor is basically what you’d expect from the full title: Auditor of Public Accounts. The auditor (and their staff) is charged with ferreting out financial waste, abuse, and fraud in state offices. Some of the more high-profile audits that have been in […]

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