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To start off today, let me thank all of you who supported the Grand Generation Center holiday cookie and goodies sale last week. In the four days it was held, we nearly sold out of 36 dozen cookies, made up of six different kinds, and did sell out of fudge, cinnamon and caramel rolls and cin…

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Nebraska’s frustrations with property taxes go back over 150 years, when Nebraska was still only a territory. Throughout the decades, many proposals have been made to reduce the burden of the property tax system, but none have really worked. In 2016, the State of Nebraska collected almost $4…

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Happy 4th of July! For immigrants celebrating, the 4th of July has an added meaning.  We celebrate what the United States has given us.  The freedom for education, work and pursuing our dreams.  

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Greetings District 36!  While the Legislature has adjourned for the year, I continue to be busy with meetings and events in the District.  In the last few weeks I helped dedicate a bridge replacement program in CusterCounty, celebrated Annevar Days in Ravenna and welcomed over 100 ag educato…

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Following the early morning shooting at the June 14 congressional baseball practice, many on Capitol Hill and around the country spent the day in shock over what had transpired.

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After three calls to the City Manager (He just stepped out or he is away from his desk.), I am still waiting to find out if he has a solution for the situation at the Greenwood Cemetery.

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As healthcare and how it will impact your life in the near future is a topic of mixed emotions right now, it is a time to reflect on a very positive side of healthcare that often goes unnoticed. While we all schedule appointments to see a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner,…

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It’s official. The Senate has confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. He will be an excellent justice for the American people.  

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Greetings District 36. It was a very exciting week in Lincoln. FFA members from across the state descended on Lincoln for the annual state FFA convention. The blue jackets of FFA members are a great sight to behold! I'm so proud of the agricultural programs offered in our schools. It would b…

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To help more people climb out of poverty, our federal social programs must have the end goals of independence and productivity. 

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One of my top priorities as Governor is to reduce the tax burden on all Nebraskans to grow our state.  The Tax Foundation ranks Nebraska 14th highest for income tax collections per capita and USA Today rates us 5th highest for property taxes. We can, and must, do better.

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Sometimes in life it’s good to bend rules. I’m not talking about breaking the law or God’s commandments. My moral compass, calibrated by the best parents, doesn’t allow me to stray. Instead, I’m talking about altering arbitrary rules, particularly ones that are self-imposed. The trouble is u…

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I’ve been to my first official Pancake Day Race, but not the one on U.S. soil. Instead my sisters and I met in England to attend the one there.

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Greetings District 36.  Christmas is my favorite season of the year. During this time of year our thoughts focus on family, friends, and the birth of the Christ Child. We have a great deal to be thankful for in Nebraska. We have low unemployment, a growing economy, strong schools, and cash r…

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First, thank you to school board candidates Al Copper and Larry Steinberger for their participation in the forum sponsored by Get Out the Vote Lexington, held Thursday at the Majestic Theatre.

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Dr. Joe Miller has tirelessly contributed to the healthcare of his patients and in the health community at large during his tenure in Lexington.  That success was also due in large part to the support of his wonderful wife Linda.  I can only imagine the number of phone calls from patients sh…

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I’d like to offer sincere thanks to former publisher Katy Bergstrom and former sports editor Paul Pack for all they accomplished at the Lexington Clipper-Herald.

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Teaching reading, writing, math, science and social studies is hard enough when students speak English before they start school.

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Greetings District 36.  We are now more than two thirds of the way through this 60 day legislative session. Committee hearings have ended and we have begun full day debate. Along with full day debate will come long evenings so that we have an opportunity to complete as much work as possible.…

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Greetings District 36.  We have now completed more than one third of the legislative session and things are moving along rapidly.  A good portion of the past few weeks was dominated by lengthy debates on LB 176 and LB 188.  LB 176 is designed to remove artificial barriers in our law that pro…

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As you are probably aware, the community of Lexington took one right on the nose from NTV’s half-reported story titled “Lexington’s Communication Concerns,” which I saw online Wednesday morning.

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School districts in Nebraska rely more heavily on the property tax than their counterparts in most states. Some testified at a recent Revenue and Education committee hearing that this reliance is due to the Nebraska Legislature providing less aid to education than other states.

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With a little over a month under my belt as your new chamber director, I would like to thank all of you for welcoming me into your wonderful community! I have met such nice folks during the past few weeks, who have made the transition to my new position a positive one.

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By now I’m sure you are probably familiar with Martin Shkreli, if not in name than at least in deed. He’s the brutally insane venture capitalist who bought a pharmaceutical company and promptly raised the price of a drug used to, among other things, help people with weakened immune systems b…

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I wish to comment about Congressman Fortenberry’s recent mail service. Sorry, however the fact of the matter is that himself, Congressman Adrian Smith, Senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer are all partly responsible. None of them have supported any meaningful Postal Reform.