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Weekly Columns

  • Enjoying Nebraska’s Great Outdoors

    September 27, 2022

    It’s been refreshing to feel the crisp air with the arrival of autumn.  As the weather cools off and leaves begin to change color, it’s a great time to get outdoors.  From hunting to hiking to hayrack rides, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of Nebraska this fall.

  • Bridging the Digital Divide to Connect Nebraska

    September 20, 2022

    Over the years, Nebraskans have built thousands of miles of trails, rails, power lines, and highways to connect our state.  This connectivity has helped our urban and rural communities thrive.

  • Strengthening Nebraska’s Presence Abroad

    September 12, 2022

    As governor, I’ve prioritized strengthening Nebraska’s presence abroad.  Ninety-five percent of the world’s population lives outside of America’s borders.  We must reach these international customers to grow Nebraska and create opportunities for our kids and grandkids.

  • Protecting Title IX from the Biden Administration

    September 06, 2022

    Fifty years ago, women’s volleyball wasn’t even a varsity sport at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).  Fast forward a half century, and Nebraska volleyball is must-see entertainment.  Matches at the Devaney Center are standing room only.  The Huskers again led the nation in home attendance last year with crowds averaging over 8,200 per match.  And their national championship match against Wisconsin in December broke collegiate volleyball records for both in-person attendance (18,755) ... read more

  • Nebraska’s Agricultural Innovation

    August 26, 2022

    Nebraska is a land of pioneers.  Our state was settled by hardy homesteaders who ventured across windswept prairies in search of opportunity.  While we often celebrate the grit and determination of these early Nebraskans, they deserve equal credit for their ingenuity.  Their inventiveness helped transform the Great Plains into some of the most productive agricultural land in the world.

  • Growing Nebraska by Developing Our People

    August 16, 2022

    We’re successfully growing Nebraska and creating jobs here in the Good Life.  Nebraska had the nation’s lowest average unemployment rate in 2020 and 2021, and we do again so far in 2022.  In fact, we currently have the lowest unemployment rate in state history at 1.9%.  As of Sunday, August 14th, the State’s job website ( listed 51,835 available openings.

  • Coming Together to Grow Nebraska

    August 09, 2022

    Nebraska is experiencing terrific growth.  We’ve seen big success creating jobs, cutting taxes, and attracting investment to our state. 

    This week, I’m hosting Nebraska’s Ag and Economic Development Summit in Kearney.  The Summit convenes key leaders from across the state to discuss how to build on our strong momentum.  Over the course of the Summit, we’ll dive into the challenges and opportunities we face as a state.  Some topics are familiar: developing our workforce, opening new ... read more

  • There’s Nothing More Nebraskan Than the State Fair

    August 01, 2022

    We’re less than a month away from our state’s biggest annual celebration—the Nebraska State Fair.  From August 26th through September 5th, Nebraskans from across the state will gather to share all that Nebraska agriculture has to offer.  It will be the 153rd time we gather for this time-honored tradition.  Last year, the State Fair attracted more than a quarter-million attendees to Grand Island, including visitors from 10 countries and 43 states. This year, ... read more

  • Countering Communist China

    July 26, 2022

    This month, I issued a proclamation declaring July 2022 as “Victims of Communism Month” in Nebraska.  This is the second year in a row that I’ve issued this proclamation as a way to highlight the atrocities committed by Communist governments.  There’s no clearer example than the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), whose regime is a human rights abuser to its own people.  In recent years, the CCP has ruthlessly crushed dissent in Hong Kong.  It has committed genocide against ethnic Uighurs.  And ... read more

  • Telling the Story of Chief Standing Bear

    July 18, 2022

    One of America’s greatest civil rights heroes is from Nebraska.  Yet nationally, almost nobody knows about him.  As Nebraskans, we’re changing that by telling Chief Standing Bear’s story.