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Sarpy County Voters Now Have More Opportunities To Vote

Oct 23, 2020
Sarpy County

Sarpy County residents are getting more chances to vote early.  The Sarpy County Election Commission has added evening and weekend hours.  The election commission office at 501 Olson Drive in Papillion will now be open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Early voting in Sarpy County will continue through November 2nd.

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State regulators have found the Nebraska Republican Party and a political consulting firm liable for making illegal robocalls in a hotly contested legislative race. The Nebraska Public Service Commission issued the ruling against the state party and Kansas City-based Remington Research. The calls were made to help state Sen. Julie Slama, of Peru, who is locked in an unusually bitter race against challenger Janet Palmtag. Slama and Palmtag are both Republicans, and have each won key endorsements. Slama is backed by Gov.

President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are holding a final debate Thursday in Nashville, with Kristen Welker of NBC News moderating. After a haphazard first debate, and a canceled second one, this final debate has new rules established by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Follow live updates and analysis.

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President Donald Trump is pushing back at Sen. Ben Sasse on Twitter, calling the Nebraska senator “a liability to the Republican Party, and an embarrassment” to the state. The president’s Twitter attack Saturday came after Sasse told constituents in a telephone town hall Wednesday that Trump has “flirted with white supremacists,” mocks Christian evangelicals in private, and “kisses dictators’ butts.” Sasse is running for a second term. He made his comments in response to a question about why he has been willing to publicly criticize a president of his own party.

Omaha World Herald

Republican U.S. Rep. Don Bacon has scored a big endorsement from a former political rival who lost to him in 2016. Former U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford, a Democrat, announced he will support Bacon in this year’s general election. Bacon is running against Democrat Kara Eastman in a competitive race for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, encompassing the Omaha area. Ashford lost his seat to Bacon in 2016 after serving one term in Congress. He released a statement announcing his endorsement minutes before a televised political debate between Bacon and Eastman.

Our Region's 2020 Candidates on Riverside Chats

Oct 2, 2020

Get caught up with who's seeking your vote in the 2020 General Election on Riverside Chats!  Host Tom Knoblauch sits down with the candidates, going behind the sound bytes and campaign speeches for the human stories of the people running to serve the public.

Here you can find those episodes that have already aired along with a look ahead to who Tom will be speaking with in the runup to Nov. 3rd.

Incumbent 2nd Dist. U.S. Representative Don Bacon (originally aired 4/6, re-air 10/12)

Polls across Nebraska will be open as usual for the November 3rd General Election, even with a high number of people voting early. Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen says COVID-19 protections and precautions used in the state's primary election will again be in place for the general election. He says as more is known about COVID-19, he expects the percentage of those going to the polls in November to be higher than in the primary. Evnen also urged voters not to give their ballot to an unfamiliar third party who promises to turn it in on their behalf. Along with Gov.

Follow NPR's live coverage of the first 2020 presidential election debate, including fact-checking and analysis. President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in Cleveland for the event, moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.

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A Nebraska state senator who is running for a new term made an embarrassing error in a recent campaign mail piece attacking his opponent. The mailing by Sen. Andrew La Grone, of Gretna, criticizes his legislative challenger, Jen Day, of Omaha. But the photo that purports to show Day is actually an image of one of Day’s campaign staffers, Brooklynne Rosado. Rosado, of La Vista, called the ad humiliating and says someone didn’t do their due diligence. La Grone is seeking to win his first election after he was appointed to his seat by Gov. Pete Ricketts, a fellow Republican, in 2019.

Omaha World Herald

Nebraska Democrats have named their third choice to compete against the Democrat whose name will appear on the ballot in November. Omaha activist and professor Preston Love Jr. launched a write-in campaign Thursday against Omaha cupcake baker Chris Janicek.  Janicek won the Democratic primary in May but party leaders disavowed him after he sent lewd texts about a campaign staffer. Janicek pledged to stay in the race last week despite all the negative publicity.

Omaha World Herald

Efforts to get state senator Ernie Chambers' name on November's Douglas County Commission ballot are falling short.  He's 346 petition signatures short of the two-thousand needed to get on the ballot. The most common reason for signatures being rejected is voters weren't registered in District 3 or in Douglas County. Incumbent Commissioner Chris Rodgers will run unopposed.

 

Early Ballot Applications On Their Way Through Mail

Sep 4, 2020

Early ballot applications are being mailed out across Nebraska. Secretary of State Bob Evnen says a request for a mail-in ballot is going to every registered voter in the state, calling it a "good option" for those who have concerns about voting at the polls in November. The first early ballots will be sent out on September 28th, with the U.S. Postal Service recommending the ballots be returned by October 27th.

 

Ashford Declines To Run As Write-In Candidate

Aug 25, 2020

Former Nebraska Congressman Brad Ashford is planning to launch a write-in bid for the U.S. Senate.  Ashford says he will move forward with the campaign if current Democratic Senate nominee Chris Janicek  does not withdraw from the race.  Janicek, who has faced sexual harassment allegations, takes on incumbent Republican Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse in the November general election.  Sasse and Janicek will hold a debate Friday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m. The debate will be hosted by N-E-T Nebraska.

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Hear and watch NPR's live coverage of the 2020 Republican National Convention set for Charlotte, NC Monday, August 24th through Thursday, August 27th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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Early voting applications will be mailed to Nebraska residents for the November general election.  Nebraska Secretary of State Bon Evnen says the applications will be sent to any registered voter whose county did not already send them one.  The first mail-in ballots will be sent to voters on September 28th, and the deadline to request an early ballot is October 23rd.  KMTV reports at least three mailboxes in downtown Lincoln near the state capitol were tagged for removal. A USPS spokesman didn't return a request for comment, but by late yesterday morning the tags had been removed.

Thousands of Douglas County residents are applying to vote by mail in the November election.  Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says his office has received more than 100-thousand requests for mail-in ballots so far.  Ballots won't be mailed out until September 28th, but the deadline to request a ballot is October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Douglas County election officials are also calling for volunteers to work at the November 3rd election.

Hear and watch NPR's live coverage of the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, WI Monday, August 17th through Thursday, August 20th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Don Bacon has scored a surprise endorsement from former Nebraska state Sen. Bob Krist, the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor. Krist previously supported Omaha attorney Ann Ashford, who lost to Kara Eastman in Tuesday’s primary election. Krist was a Republican for most of his time in the nonpartisan Legislature, but left the GOP shortly before he announced his gubernatorial bid. He initially launched his campaign as an independent, but re-registered as a Democrat because of the difficulties nonpartisan candidates face in qualifying for the ballot.

Live NPR Big Tuesday Coverage

Mar 9, 2020

Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 primaries, including results and analysis

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Super Tuesday Primary Coverage

Mar 2, 2020
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Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 Super Tuesday contests, including results and analysis.

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Live NPR Coverage of the South Carolina Primary

Feb 27, 2020
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The Democratic presidential primary candidates are competing in South Carolina on Saturday, hoping to win over voters in the fourth contest of 2020. Follow NPR's live coverage of the primary, including results and analysis. 

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Live NPR Coverage of the New Hampshire Primary

Feb 11, 2020
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Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 New Hampshire Primary, including results and analysis.

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Listen to live streaming coverage of the 2020 Iowa Caucus from NPR News here, beginning tonight at 7 p.m.:

You can also find out more about the Democratic candidates vying for the nomination and the issues in this election here and here.

Nebraska voters who want to cast an early ballot in the upcoming primary election can request their ballot as early as next week. The Nebraska secretary of state's office says Monday is the first day to request an early ballot for the May 12 election. Secretary of State Bob Evnen says counties that receive requests for early ballots will maintain a list, and those ballots will be among the first ones mailed on April 6. Evnen says some counties also maintain a permanent early voting list, which allows counties to contact voters who have indicated an ongoing preference to vote by mail.

Biden Holding CNN Town Hall Tonight From Grinnell College

Nov 11, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be in Iowa tonight to participate in a CNN town hall.  It's taking place at Grinnell College and it begins at 8:00.  The former vice president will first hold a town hall on veterans issues today at 4:00 in Oskaloosa.  It'll be at William Penn University's Musco Technology Center Atrium.

 

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A growing trend has emerged in the states that matter most in the Democratic Party's high-stakes presidential nomination fight: Primary voters appear to be getting less certain of their choice as Election Day approaches.

The growing uncertainty is in part a reflection of the historically large number of candidates still in the race. But it also reflects a deepening sense of unease about the party's top-tier candidates whose political liabilities are becoming more visible as the first voting contests approach.

CNN/New York Times Democratic Debate Live Blog

Oct 15, 2019
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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CST.  NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that anti-immigrant sentiment in rural America declines when residents know and appreciate the role of those moving into their communities.