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05.17.2019

Midlands Voices: We can slay the gerrymander

If there is one thing Americans can agree on, it’s that our vote is sacred. We vote to shape a better future for our family, community and nation at every level of government, from school board to president.

05.17.2019

Editorial, 3/2: Clear Nebraska’s slate on constitutional conventions

State legislatures, including in Nebraska, have called hundreds of times to convene a constitutional convention to address topics ranging from reining in federal spending to banning polygamy.

03.15.2019

Several backers during Wednesday’s public hearing on the bill noted the importance of an accurate census

A complete count committee can help to “engage with those communities directly to assure them it’s not harmful and it does benefit them,” said Gavin Geis of Common Cause Nebraska.

Money & Influence 03.15.2019

Expanded reporting sought for certain political advertisements

Electioneering communications would be subject to increased regulation under a bill considered March 13 by the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Jack Gould of Common Cause Nebraska testified in favor of the bill. A group called Trees of Liberty produced ads opposing three Nebraska legislative candidates that aired days before the 2016 election, he said. The ads were filled with “half-truths,” he said, and the targeted candidates had no time to react.

Money & Influence 02.28.2019

Limits on Campaign to Campaign Donations

Have you ever given money to one political candidate only to have the money go to an entirely different candidate? You may not think so but it happens. And it happens a lot. Now there’s a push in the state legislature to stop this political double dealing. A public hearing on a bill to end campaign cash shuffling is scheduled for Friday.

Money & Influence 10.4.2018

Why corporations are pouring millions into sure-bet governor races

“That is a lot of money and pretty unprecedented for Nebraska fundraising,” said Gavin Geis, executive director of Common Cause Nebraska, a nonpartisan government accountability group. “That’s D.C.-level fundraising… It goes to show what a deep-pocketed candidate can do to buy influence.”

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