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Weekly Columns

  • Back to the Basics

    June 21, 2021

    Martin Luther King, Jr. once famously said that “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.”  For generations, Nebraskans have supported our public schools to do just this—to help build the next generation of educated and involved citizens in our state.  To that end, our public schools have generally focused on teaching material that supports our communities, and have steered away ... read more

  • Standing Up for Agriculture

    June 15, 2021

    Since President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was sworn into office in January, our country has seen a dramatic shift in national policy and how the federal government treats states.  From tax hikes to new regulations, the Biden-Harris Administration has charted a more liberal course than the Trump Administration.  Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been traveling the state highlighting the threat that ... read more

  • Stop the 30 x 30 Land Grab

    June 08, 2021

    Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers share a special connection to the land and water they use to grow the food that feeds the world.  They cultivate the rich soil of the Great Plains and graze cattle across the rolling Sandhills.  Many families have worked the same land for generations.  It’s their work ethic and stewardship that have helped make Nebraska number one in the nation for agricultural production per capita.

  • An Historic Session

    June 01, 2021

    Last week, the Legislature wrapped up one of its most productive sessions in history. With almost 700 bills under consideration, Senators and I successfully worked together to control spending growth, deliver tax relief, invest in broadband infrastructure, and expand educational opportunities among several other key priorities. Here are a few of the highlights from an historic legislative session that helped move our state forward the Nebraska way.

  • Reconnecting Nebraska

    May 25, 2021

    The coronavirus pandemic has been a long journey, but through it all Nebraskans have pulled together to keep people healthy.  On March 6, 2020, Nebraska reported its first positive case of the coronavirus.  Over the last 15 months, Nebraskans have made many sacrifices.  We have spent time apart from each other, figured out how to manage schools and businesses, and worked hard to slow the spread of the virus to protect our hospitals.

  • Respect for Law: At the Border and in Nebraska

    May 18, 2021

    Through the years, the Good Life has been forged by pioneers and entrepreneurs in search of opportunities.  They put down roots and built welcoming communities that created great jobs for families looking to make a new start.  Along the way, Nebraska’s love and respect for law and order has made our state great.  Our state motto is “equality before the law” – and we live by this principle by fairly and consistently applying the law to everyone.

  • Celebrating and Savoring Nebraska Beef

    May 11, 2021

    Nebraska has long been known as the Beef State and May is Beef Month, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy a delicious burger or steak. 

  • Building & Growing without Going in the Hole

    May 05, 2021

    Nebraska is the least indebted State in the country because our state government, like our people, lives within its means.  We take a common sense approach to finances.  We pay as we go for new projects instead of taking on debt.  This approach has helped us to build high-quality infrastructure and to grow Nebraska without mortgaging our future.

  • Protect Our Land and Water

    April 27, 2021

    Here in the Cornhusker State, agriculture and conservation go hand in hand.  Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists.  Agricultural families in our state have been growing crops and tending livestock for generations.  They know their land and animals better than anyone else and care deeply about them.  Their livelihood depends on ensuring the land remains fertile—that’s why they are always working to improve it so that the next generation can continue their way of ... read more

  • Protect Our Kids & Schools

    April 21, 2021

    Earlier this year, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) published draft health standards for public comment that included several sex education topics.  Like many Nebraska parents, I was deeply troubled by the standards.  They would teach young children age-inappropriate content starting in kindergarten.  They would also inject non-scientific, political ideas into curriculum standards.  That’s why I have called on the NDE to scrap the proposed sex education topics in the standards.  ... read more