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Weekly Columns

  • The War Against the Virus

    March 24, 2020

    It’s hard to believe how quickly the coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our lives in just a matter of weeks.  I am grateful to Nebraskans for making sacrifices and taking precautions to help slow the spread of the virus and keep people healthy.  Nebraskans have been complying with limitations on social gatherings and practicing good hygiene.  These actions are vitally important as we seek to protect everyone from the virus, especially the most vulnerable people in our state. 

  • Everyone Can Help Stop Coronavirus

    March 17, 2020

    For the foreseeable future, we will all be working to combat coronavirus 2019, also known as COVID-19.  As we work together to confront this pandemic, I want to reiterate simple reminders about how we stop it.

  • Being the Best-Prepared State for COVID-19

    March 09, 2020

    Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has been all over the news and top of mind for Americans as the virus reaches new corners of the world.  As it spreads, we’re working hard to make Nebraska the best-prepared state in the country.  We’ll need everyone’s help to blunt its impact on Nebraska and to keep our families and communities as healthy as possible.

  • Ending the Disgrace of Dismemberment Abortion

    March 02, 2020

    Nebraska is a pro-life state that respects the dignity of human life.  You can see it in everything from how Nebraskans care for their neighbors to how legislators fight to protect preborn babies.  While we have made great strides over the years, we have more work to do.  You may be surprised to learn this: It is still legal in Nebraska to perform dismemberment abortions.

  • Leading Agriculture into the Future

    February 25, 2020

    Nebraskans have been growing crops and raising livestock for centuries on multigenerational family farms and ranches across the state.  While agriculture has always been central to our way of life, agricultural practices are constantly changing.  Our ag producers are the most innovative in the world.  We invent and adopt new technologies, find better ways to plant fields and feed livestock, and adjust our operations to meet shifting consumer demands.  To continue to bolster our international ... read more

  • Protecting the Right to Bear Arms

    February 18, 2020

    The United States Constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms.  The first sentence of Article I of the Nebraska Constitution reasserts this right: “The right to keep and bear arms for security or defense of self, family, home, and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use, and all other lawful purposes...shall not be denied or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof.”

  • Delivering Property Tax Relief for Nebraskans

    February 11, 2020

    Nebraskans have made property tax relief their number one priority, and it’s my top priority for the Legislature.  Senators are now one-third of the way through this year’s short legislative session, with about 40 days to go.  Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, and homeowners are counting on Senators to pass meaningful property tax relief before the session ends. 

  • Protecting Communities, Transforming Lives

    February 04, 2020

    Prisons are often overlooked as part of government, but they play a key role in creating safe communities.  For years, Nebraska underinvested in its prisons.  During my administration, we have placed a renewed focus on managing them well for one simple reason: we want to keep people safe.  To achieve this goal in my administration, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has focused on improving successful reentry, developing our workforce, and building new prison beds. 

  • An Honest Look at Marijuana

    January 27, 2020

    The big marijuana industry grew to $13.6 billion in 2019, and marijuana lobbyists are eagerly looking to cash in on new markets.  They’re pouring big money into shaping public opinion on marijuana across the nation.  To avoid regulation, the industry wants to persuade people that the drug is not only harmless, but can be safely used as a medicine to relieve pain.

  • New Steps to Protect Life

    January 21, 2020

    There’s nothing more exciting than the first glimpse of your baby at an ultrasound.  It’s hard to describe the wave of joy and overwhelming sense of wonder when you watch your child’s heart beating, see tiny fingers or toes, and discover his or her gender.  Trust me: it’s also quite a surprise when you see two babies in an ultrasound picture like our family did with our twins!