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By ERICA BLAKLEY of The Herald

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:53 AM CDT


Charlie Janssen comes from a small town, but has big dreams.

As a Wayne State College graduate and current Nebraska state senator, Janssen has decided to put his bid in to run for Nebraska’s next governor.

“Serving as state senator for the past five years has given me the opportunity to interact with thousands of Nebraskans on issues important to their daily lives as well as their future,” Janssen said. “More and more, I came to understand that we shared many of the same ideas to move our state forward and grow our economy.”

Originally from Nickerson, Janssen graduated from Logan View High School in 1989 and then Wayne State College in 1997. Upon graduating from high school, Janssen volunteered to join the United States Navy. He...


With American flags fluttering in the breeze, dozens of people gathered Saturday to remember the 14 Dodge County residents who died in the Vietnam War.

The 23rd annual Vietnam Veterans Perpetual Living Memorial service was held Saturday at Clemmons Park in Fremont.

As members of the Patriot Guard lined one of the walkways, representatives of various branches of the armed forces placed wreathes near a flagpole in the park.

State Sen. Charlie Janssen and Mayor Scott Getzschman spoke at the event. Al Martinez, department service officer for the Disabled American Veterans, provided closing remarks.

A 21-volley salute was presented by the...

Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont has a son with autism. He doesn't suffer with autism, he flourishes in it, he said. 
"We have got to be very, very careful when we throw out these terms," he said. "We've all got to check ourselves."


Lincoln Sen. Colby Coash wants people to know Nebraska sees things differently when it comes to use of the "R" word. 

And so he asked to amend his bill (LB343) into another being debated Thursday.

Coash's amendment would replace the antiquated and pejorative term "mental retardation" with a more enlightened and contemporary expression "intellectual disability" in state laws.

It would become part of a bill (LB23), introduced by Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney, intended to...


By Alissa Skelton, Associated Press

LINCOLN, NE — A group of conservative Nebraska lawmakers is trying to derail a proposal to expand Medicaid to more low-income adults.

State senators successfully stalled debate on the issue Wednesday when bill supporters weren't able to secure the 33 votes required to end debate on the measure.

Speaker Greg Adams of York moved the Legislature to discuss a different bill after more than 10 hours of debate on Medicaid. It has not been determined when Medicaid expansion will be discussed again.

Bill supporters say expanding Medicaid is needed to help working Nebraska adults who can't afford private health care but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. They argue that Nebraska should expand the program because the federal government is willing to fully pay for the expansion for three years.

Opponents are worried that expanding Medicaid won't be fiscally sustainable long-term and fear the state doesn't have...


The Legislature is in the heart of the priority bill debate portion of the session. In the first half of the session, we addressed fairly noncontroversial bills. Afternoons were spent hearing testimony from the public on all bills and constitutional amendments introduced this year.

The end of March through the month of April see debate on individual senator and committee priority bills. Each of the 49 senators get to select one bill as their priority. These bills in practice have about 30 legislative days to advance through the three rounds of consideration before passage.

The remainder of the session is spent on the two-year state budget debate. Since the previous biennial budget spent more than $7 billion of your state tax dollars, it is only appropriate that the budget receives an important portion of our time and attention.

Since the annual session is constructed this way, not every priority bill will cross the finish line before the Legislature adjourns...