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03.2.2020

Felons would be allowed to vote while in prison under proposal heard by Nebraska lawmakers

The current ban does not deter people from committing crimes or help rehabilitate them, although it serves as an additional type of punishment, said Gavin Geis, with Common Cause Nebraska.

Ethics 02.24.2020

Nebraska state senators target treasurer’s TV ads, no-bid contracts during legislative hearing

LINCOLN — Two state senators made State Treasurer John Murante the poster boy for a pair of bills given a public hearing Friday.

Voting & Elections 02.24.2020

Midlands Voices: Voter ID proposal deserves defeat

I would hope that the people of Nebraska and our legislators would want to expand voter participation rather than spend tax dollars unnecessarily and limit citizen’s access to the ballot. Here’s hoping our legislators make an intelligent decision.

01.24.2020

Mining Venture Draws $200 Million in Tax Incentives and Red Flags

While the four lawmakers have left the Legislature, Gould remains concerned because current state senator Kolterman, who owns NioCorp stock according to a 2019 Statement of Financial Interest, is the primary sponsor of the tax credit renewal bill, L.B. 720. Kolterman did not respond to Bloomberg Tax’s request for comment on his position in NioCorp.

01.24.2020

Bill would extend nepotism law after KMTV’s Dodge County Assessor investigation

"You do have a case of a parent and a child clearly in a financial relationship within the government, but we can't do anything about it because they don't live together," said Gavin Geis of Common Cause Nebraska.

01.13.2020

‘Efficient search’ that landed new NU President Ted Carter cost nearly $250,000.

Jack Gould, issues chairman for Common Cause Nebraska, decried the lack of openness of the search. NU convinced the Nebraska Legislature three years ago to change the law so that NU had to name only one “priority candidate.” “So it’s become much more of a closed process, which I would say is not in the best interests of the public,” Gould said.

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