Unfinished Business

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 or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof.” This should serve as the exclamation point on where Nebraska stands in its commitment to constitutional gun rights.

Traveling the Third

While traveling in the Third District in recent weeks, I have been encouraged by the expertise and creativity our communities possess and sobered by the challenges we face. We have much to be thankful for, but there is also no shortage to the adversity we must overcome.

Created to Create

Q: I got married right out of college. Four years later, I’ve got two needy toddlers and an art degree that apparently means nothing. Meanwhile, my still-single sorority sisters have thriving careers in graphic design and constantly post about their work and exotic travels. I love my kids, but I have to confess that I’m jealous and discouraged. How do I let go of those artistic dreams I once had?

A Dog Named Chipper

“My best friend, Sandy, and I have been through a lot together,” remarked my grandma, Deb Weidman as she sat at the kitchen table drinking coffee. “We have been friends for a long, long time, all the way back to first or second grade, which means we have done just about everything together–including serving as bridesmaids at each other’s weddings. I suppose our longevity is why we are still friends to this day.”

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Recently, Nebraska lost a good man too soon. Brad Ashford, a former state senator and U.S. congressman from Omaha, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

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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.

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Greetings from your State Capitol. The end of the current legislative session marks the last session of my eight years serving the people of Dawson and Custer Counties and the northern portion of Buffalo County in the Nebraska Legislature. It has been an absolute honor to represent the folks in our area in the Legislature, and I am forever grateful for having been given this opportunity.

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For rural communities to survive and thrive, they need access to many of the same resources larger cities do—groceries, energy, broadband, and health care among them. To address the health care needs of rural seniors, Medicare has numerous special provisions, including a hospital category for Critical Access Hospitals (CAH)—facilities with 25 or fewer beds in communities distant from the next-closest hospital. This week I met with the Nebraska Hospital Association and the Critical Access Hospital Coalition to discuss how we can ensure Nebraskans have access to quality health care services. Nebraska’s Third District has the second most Critical Access Hospitals in this country, and my constituents rely on the care CAH facilities provide. Without CAHs, Nebraskans would not receive the same level of care.

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Hello, I recently ate here [Lisa’s Kitchen] and the food was amazing! I asked her her story of “why Nebraska", and she showed me an article that you all wrote. I don’t know what date it was published, but if you can find it can you please send to me? I'd love to read her full story of how she came to the US and small town Nebraska of all places. You all are truly lucky to have an AMAZING Chinese food restaurant. I've had Chinese in CA, Seattle, etc and this easily compares to top restaurants. From Shannon McClellan

The 107th Legislature

We completed the second session of the 107th legislature this past Wednesday, the 60th day which is the final day we could meet. The last day provided an opportunity to finish the business of the legislature, with some procedural things that we need to finalize. For example, in order to close the books on this session and start the next biennium session with a clean slate, all the bills from the first and second session of this 107th legislature were indefinitely postponed (killed).