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Qualifications

In order to register to vote in Nebraska, you must meet the following qualifications: More..

Wear Your Candidate Swag

Unlike and election at Caucus you can wear your political buttons and shirts

If You Are Unable To Attend

Absentee Presidential Preference Card request forms will be available More…

Looking for a job?  New Deputy Election Commissioner being sought

Since there is a new Election Commissioner, County Chair Leslie Wiseman is being asked to nominate people for Deputy Election Commissioner.

Leslie says, “If you are interested in the position, please contact me by calling the DCDP office at 402-558-5912.”   She will need your name (no nickname) and contact information. The deadline for submitting your name is Friday, January 15th.

Since there will be a limited number of nominations allowed, not everyone’s name will be forwarded to the new Election Commissioner. Once the Election Commissioner receives the list, he will interview the nominated candidates and make the selection for the Chief Deputy.

Lawn signs can swing an election, study finds

All those political yard signs littering neighborhoods at election time may not be accomplishing that much, a new study found — though perhaps enough to swing a close election.

Four randomized field experiments in a study by lead author Donald Green of Columbia University and several others found that lawn signs increase voter share by 1.7 percentage points on average, a positive increase, but not a large one.

“It appears that signs typically have a modest effect on advertising candidates’ vote shares — an effect that is probably greater than zero but unlikely to be large enough to alter the outcome of a contest that would otherwise be decided by more than a few percentage points,” the researchers wrote.

Alex Coppock, one of the co-authors of the study, told POLITICO the effects they found were in persuading voters to choose a certain candidate, not on turnout.

“We were surprised by these findings, because the conventional wisdom is that lawn signs don’t do much — they’re supposed to be a waste of money and time. Many campaign consultants think that signs ‘preach to the choir’ and not much else,” Coppock said. More

 

Behind the Lens: 2015 Year in Photographs

By Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer

One of the best and most challenging aspects of my job is whittling down a year’s worth of photographs to the final selections for my annual Year in Photographs. Every year, I attempt to keep it less than 100 photos — and every year I fail in that goal. But I am excited once again to present this gallery for the seventh consecutive year. More…

The Worst Political Predictions of 2015

Forecasting political trends is almost an American pastime. So is getting those forecasts woefully wrong. Politico Magazine has published an annual worst political predictions list twice before, but we’ve never had quite the fodder that we did this year. In the 2016 presidential race, one presumed front-runner after another fell to the bottom of the polls; a reality TV star is currently as admired as the pope; and a socialist and a retired neurosurgeon gained massive followings. In Washington, a man who once wanted to give his “undivided attention” to the Ways and Means Committee is now speaker of the House; and a president about to enter his final year and facing a hostile Congress reached deals on climate change, Iran’s nuclear program and international trade. Of course, we can’t blame political pundits for being wrong in a year so full of surprises; but that won’t stop us from having some fun calling them out. Herewith, the political predictions gone wrong in 2015. More…

  U.S. Congressman Tim Walz, a native of West Point, NE, will be one of our two featured speakers at the 36th Annual Truman Dinner on February 6th.   Congressman Walz is currently serving his fifth term representing Minnesota’s First Congressional District. He graduated from Chadron State College after a distinguished career in the US Army.  He has taught in high schools overseas in China as well as Nebraska.  Before serving in Congress he was a teacher and coach in Mankato MN, his wife’s home state.  More . . .

  Iowa State Senator and Majority Leader Mike Gronstal from Council Bluffs will be our other featured speaker.  Senator Gronstal has served in the Iowa Senate since 1985 and was a member of the Iowa House from 1983-1985.  His work in the Iowa Senate has focused on better jobs, education and health care for all Iowans.  More . . .

 

Black Votes Matter Pt 3

Preston Love Jr.

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Black Lives, Black Poverty and Black Votes Matter.

This column began last month with a hopeful call for our community to energize and understand that Black Votes Matter. We have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the important 1965 Voting Rights Act and the one-year anniversary of the tragedy ofFerguson, Mo which includes a total lack of voter recognition thatBlack Votes Matterin a city with 67% Black population. For 2016,we have reviewed the offices up for election and the voter legislation, education and participation needs.
This week’s column will attempt to educate you on how elections are held in Nebraska every four years while electing a president as well as other federal, state and local races. We will focus on the Caucuses and Primaries.Throughout Nebraska history, most all of the elections have a primary and then a general election. The primary is meant to narrow a field of multiple candidates down to two finalists. Those two finalists then run against each other in the general election to determine the winner. In partisan elections, the two finalists are usually a democratic candidate against a republican candidate. There are some additional factors that come into play if there is a strong independent candidate. There are very few times when this has occurred and I will ignore that issue until that times comes. More…

 

FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer

Gun violence has taken a heartbreaking toll on too many communities across the country. Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence—and millions more have been the victim of assaults, robberies, and other crimes involving a gun. Many of these crimes were committed by people who never should have been able to purchase a gun in the first place. Over the same period, hundreds of thousands of other people in our communities committed suicide with a gun and nearly half a million people suffered other gun injuries. Hundreds of law enforcement officers have been shot to death protecting their communities. And too many children are killed or injured by firearms every year, often by accident. The vast majority of Americans—including the vast majority of gun owners—believe we must take sensible steps to address these horrible tragedies. More..

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