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Weekly Columns

  • When Disaster Strikes, Nebraskans Show Up

    May 09, 2022

    Grit and determination.  Readiness to help at a moment’s notice.  Willingness to work long and hard.  Steadfastness in the face of difficulty.  These are the qualities that define us as Nebraskans.  And we saw them on full display last month as our state battled the worst fires in a decade.

  • Unfinished Business: Enhancing Nebraska’s Commitment to Protecting Second Amendment Rights

    May 03, 2022

    Nebraskans have long been strong supporters of the right to keep and bear arms.  Nearly 85 years after it was enshrined in the Second Amendment at the federal level, Nebraska’s leaders chose to make our stance on gun rights crystal clear.  Article I of the Nebraska Constitution proclaims that “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 ... read more

  • A History-Making 60 Days

    April 26, 2022

    The 2022 Legislative Session will go down in history as one of the Nebraska Unicameral’s finest.  In just 60 days, the Legislature passed record tax relief, made critical public safety enhancements, and invested in generational water resource projects.  As if this wasn’t enough, Senators also allocated $1.04 billion of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.  

  • Nebraska the Beautiful: Conserving our Land Without the Heavy Hand of Federal Government

    April 19, 2022

    In Nebraska, we know the importance of good stewardship.  Our farmers and ranchers responsibly cultivate the land so future generations of Nebraskans can continue enjoying the Good Life for years to come.  It’s why, nearly one hundred years before Earth Day even began, J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day right here in Nebraska City.  Our farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists.

  • How the Border Crisis Harms Nebraska

    April 14, 2022

    It’s 965 miles from Lincoln, Nebraska to the border town of Del Rio, Texas.  But that doesn’t mean our nation’s border crisis isn’t felt a thousand miles away.  The Biden-Harris Administration’s failure to secure our broken southern border has caused a host of issues.  It’s weakened our national security and overwhelmed our court system.  It’s strained our economy.  Most devastating, however, is the human cost it’s imposed.  Our failure to secure the southern border has enabled sophisticated ... read more

  • Controlling Spending to Cut Taxes

    April 06, 2022

    In the remaining days of the 2022 Legislative Session, we must work together to strike the appropriate balance between managing government spending and returning excess revenue to the people.  That is how we responsibly steward taxpayer money. 

  • Time for Action, Not Antics, on Public Safety

    March 29, 2022

    As we approach the final days of the 2022 legislative session, the Nebraska Unicameral has the opportunity to deliver smart criminal justice reforms that will enhance public safety and benefit all Nebraskans.  These changes will allow us to better manage our inmate population and provide modern resources to prepare offenders for life after time served—without compromising public safety.

  • Upholding the Right to Life

    March 22, 2022

    For decades, the abortion industry has pushed the mantra that abortion is a human right.  They’ve tried their best to normalize a culture of death, where the most vulnerable among us have fallen victim to the lie that one person’s so-called right to privacy trumps the right of another to live.  The infamous Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade gave false credibility to their movement.  But in less than four months, the Supreme Court could finally overturn Roe v. Wade. 

  • Voting for Our Future

    March 15, 2022

    The Nebraska Legislature has reached a critical juncture.  In the coming weeks, Senators will make important votes on a budget that will shape the future of our state.

  • “Emergency” in Name Only: The Second Round of the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program

    March 08, 2022

    As Nebraskans, we value resourcefulness and self-reliance.  We also care for our neighbors.  We recognize that extraordinary times—like a natural disaster or a global pandemic—warrant extra assistance.  During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Nebraskans stepped up to help those in need.  At the federal and state level, we did the same.  The State has received and distributed an unprecedented amount of federal funding to help Nebraskans weather the storm over these past two years.