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By Deena Winter | Watchdog.org | 3 hours ago
The governor's appointees to lead state agencies usually slide through the Legislature easily, but his choice for the state's top cop was debated for several hours Tuesday before getting the nod.
By Deena Winter | Watchdog.org | May 04, 2015 12:37 PM
Democrats have bashed Lincoln Councilman Jon Camp for cutting a deal after being undercharged $46,517 for water and sewer services in his historic downtown building for a decade, but they have not asked why the Democratic mayor’s administration first bungled the water bill and then allowed the councilman to cut a deal lopping $30,000 off the bill.
By Deena Winter | Watchdog.org | May 01, 2015 11:24 AM
This week the man tapped to be the head of the Nebraska State Patrol admitted to lawmakers he made a statement that women shouldn’t be in law enforcement, but he denied making that statement under oath in a 2007 trial.
By Deena Winter | Watchdog.org | Apr 29, 2015 3:38 PM | 19
The man Gov. Pete Ricketts appointed to lead the Nebraska State Patrol didn’t deny making a comment that women shouldn’t be in law enforcement, but said it was taken out of context and he was saying they should get equal training.
By Deena Winter | Watchdog.org | Apr 27, 2015 5:00 AM | 45
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler did an about-face on subsidizing a small foundation's ambitious plan to redevelop the VA campus in Lincoln. Meanwhile, Lincoln police officers began asking questions about the project.
By Deena Winter | Watchdog.org | Apr 24, 2015 5:00 AM
An obscure foundation to support senior citizens in Lincoln has morphed into the role of real estate developer as it seeks federal approval of a $50 million plan to redevelop the Veterans Administration campus in east Lincoln. But some city officials have privately worried that the foundation is being used to help private interests get at the VA property without having to take on the burden of renovating and maintaining the sprawling, aging campus in east Lincoln, according to a Nebraska Watchdog investigation.
By Deena Winter | Watchdog.org | Apr 22, 2015 5:00 AM
Congressman Brad Ashford is lobbying HUD to give the Omaha Housing Authority more time to repay $1.1 million it misspent a few years ago, but some see a conflict of interest because he was CEO of the housing authority during part of time that an audit found problems.
By Deena Winter | Watchdog.org | Apr 17, 2015 1:04 PM
Nebraska lawmakers grasped toward prison reforms that mimic the approach Texas took, but the governor, attorney general, police and prosecutors resisted, saying they don’t want to go soft on crime.
By Deena Winter | Watchdog.org | Apr 16, 2015 5:00 AM
Nebraska lawmakers don’t appear interested in sinking another $25 million into the University of Nebraska’s Innovation Campus, even as the research campus struggles to attract tenants.
By Deena Winter | Watchdog.org | Apr 14, 2015 5:00 AM
Earlier this month, members of the Legislature’s Executive Board huddled under the balcony in the legislative chambers and announced plans to hire a guy — Larry Bare, former Gov. Dave Heineman’s chief of staff.