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Weekly Columns

  • 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 ... 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.

  • Introducing 988: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    July 12, 2022

    In Nebraska, we’ve endured more than our fair share of adversity over the past 3+ years.  The floods of March 2019 were the most widespread natural disaster in state history.  Then, the coronavirus struck our state in March 2020 and continued upending lives throughout 2021.  This spring, our state experienced the worst wildfires of the past decade.  Meanwhile, families are dealing with the financial pressures of the highest inflation in 40+ years.

  • Celebrating 85 Years of the Nebraska State Patrol

    July 05, 2022

    In 1937, the Nebraska Safety Patrol was formed to address the rising problem of crashes on our state’s roads.  Eighty-five years later, that organization still stands—now known as the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP).  Their mission to help keep our communities and citizens safe hasn’t wavered.  But they continue to adapt the ways they carry out that mission to meet the needs of Nebraskans.  As we celebrate 85 years of the NSP, let’s recognize all they do for our state.  They keep us safe on the ... read more

  • Defending America’s First Freedom

    June 28, 2022

    Religious freedom is the first freedom listed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  That’s no accident.  Religious freedom is the cornerstone of a free society.

  • Curbing America’s Corrosive Inflation

    June 21, 2022

    Americans are experiencing pain at the pump and sticker shock at the store.  Prices continue to soar.  This out-of-control inflation is corrosive to the financial health of America’s families.

  • Celebrating American Freedom Together This Summer

    June 14, 2022

    Two hundred forty-six years ago, our Founding Fathers bravely defied the most powerful nation on earth and put pen to paper to assert an eternal, self-evident truth: All men are created equal.  We are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights that no government can justly take away.  This recognition is what makes our country so unique.  What unites us as Americans is neither religion, ancestry, nor language.  Rather, it’s our shared commitment to the truth of equal human dignity.  ... read more

  • Keeping Mental Health a Priority

    June 07, 2022

    Mental illness is a national public health issue that affects Nebraska as well.  During my time as Governor, we’ve made mental health a priority and have rolled out several programs to identify mental illness and get Nebraska’s students, veterans, and others the care they need.