One Hot Holiday

Hundreds of voters paused their Fourth of July festivities to stand in long lines for free barbeque and to hear from Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (Calif.). Decked out in red, white, blue, and “Kamala For the People” t-shirts, supporters gathered around 6:30 p.m. at Rivers Edge Pavilion in Council Bluffs, Iowa. […]

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Fact

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 President Barack Obama refused to make changes to the nation’s health care law. The […]

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

“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 Republican congressman is back in Omaha on “break,” with a jammed schedule of community events. That includes a townhall meeting […]

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A Second Opinion

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 in Nebraska has spoken louder against the Medicaid extension than Governor Dave Heineman’s, saying it would cost “hundreds […]

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The Missing Argument

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 public policy institute, however, Nebraska is only having half the conversation it needs on taxes and budgets. According […]

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2012 Endorsements

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 Rights ordinance. The group’s mission is to be non-partisan and dedicated to creating a more inclusive, just, transparent, sustainable […]

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The Company Phipps Keeps

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 the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to choose the next President. The chances are slim, but they increase as […]

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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 […]

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