The big business that is Nebraska Athletics will get even bigger Saturday when a 15-year, $301 million multimedia deal goes into effect.
Our ability to talk about -- and act on -- child obesity is essential to our state and nation.
Efforts must be made by legislatures – including in Nebraska – to find a way to address concerns and reasonably balance the need for vaccinations with civil liberties.
Enrollment at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has dropped again, falling to 23,805 students, the lowest reported for the university system’s flagship campus since 2008.
Superintendent Paul Gausman is charged with developing the school district's next five-year strategic plan, a process that will, in large part, set the future framework for the city’s schools.
Universal broadband is absolutely necessary for rural Nebraska and the state as a whole to thrive in the digital era and compete economically and in lifestyle amenities.
Institutions of higher learning aren’t the cliched “ivory towers" of academia. Nor can they be somehow “neutral” in societal cultural and political struggles.
Zoning text amendments are far from exciting and, generally, not newsworthy.
We hope this is a first step in the transformation, the first step in bringing in more flights -- more departures and more arrivals -- to a place we believe is on the cusp of taking off.
When Bill Moos, athletic director at the time, introduced Scott Frost as the Huskers' new head football coach on Dec. 3, 2017, a bright future was all but assured.
You could forgive a student for being a little confused.
WarHorse Casino should be open this month, just in time for the NFL and college football seasons.
It's a perennial news story: The overdue library book, the monstrous fine, payment or forgiveness. It's always a nice break from the more dire events of the day making headlines.
The Lancaster County budget is increasing by an eye-popping 12%. But the county’s property tax rate is going down, not up.
Lee Enterprises’ Nebraska daily news outlets are taking the unusual step of uniting our editorial voices to address a vital freedom of the press issue in Grand Island.
The so-called “Beatrice 6” sales tax in Gage County will end in December, a step that indicates the saga of the wrongful conviction of six people for the 1985 rape and murder of a Beatrice woman is drawing to a close.
After failed petition drives to get medical cannabis on the ballot, it's time for the Nebraska Legislature to act on an issue that has been looming for far too long.
The Lincoln City Council had little choice but to approve the exception to zoning ordinances that will allow 14 unrelated people to live together in a sober-living house in the Near South neighborhood.
Big money -- really big money -- will be coming to Nebraska Athletics in a few years. As in somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million a year, starting in 2025.
Political debates are a long standing Nebraska tradition, usually in a series of faceoffs between candidates for major offices that begins at the State Fair.
Scott Frost has called this week a business trip. We get it. When you're paid millions to return the Huskers to the top of the college football world, every waking minute should be considered business.
Keeping Nebraska strong means keeping rural Nebraska strong. And that means keeping rural Nebraskans strong. And healthy.
A look back at some of the best quotes in Journal Star stories last week.
Petitions to place issues on ballots, reverse decisions and laws and recall elected officials represent the power of people to have their voices heard and will reflected in state and local laws and government.
That’s a particularly important right in Nebraska, where, with our unique unicameral legislature, the petition initiatives stand in as the “second house,” allowing the people to in some cases, like the abolition of the death penalty, reverse a legislative decision and, in others, like Medicaid expansion and casino gambling, force the state to enact policies that the Legislature and governor have rejected.\
Too often, however, the power of the people is being short circuited as petitions are rejected by the Secretary of State in statewide campaigns or locally, election commissioners or county clerks and, in some cases, the Nebraska Supreme Court for reasons other than failing to obtain enough qualified signatures.
The 2020 petition drive to legalize medical marijuana, for example, gathered nearly 200,000 signatures. But the Supreme Court barred the measure from going before the voters, ruling that the language violated the state’s single subject rule.
This year, the medical marijuana drive again gathered enough signatures, but ran afoul of that petitions to have signatures of 5% of registered voters in 38 of the state’s 93 counties to get on the ballot. That case remains tied up in federal court, with circulators challenging the constitutionality of the county-by-county requirements.
Most recently, Lancaster County Election Commissioner Dave Shively determined that petitions to “Let Lincoln Vote” on a proposed city fairness ordinance could not be verified because they did not include a statement indicating whether petition circulators were paid or volunteer, as required by state law.
Each rejection, including those of other campaigns who have had their petitions nullified, thwart the will of the voters through bureaucratic rules and regulations based on state laws that are, it seems, designed to make the petition process as difficult as possible and preserve the power of the Legislature and local governments.
There are, however, solutions to end most rejections for reasons other than failing to attain enough signatures.
The simplest of those would set up a process under which petitions are submitted to either the Secretary of State or local election officials for review before they are circulated.
Such reviews could then pinpoint problems with the petition language – e.g. the two subjects and the lack of the statement about paid or volunteer circulators — and allow organizers to craft a petition that would be approved when submitted for signature verification.
As for the county-by-county requirement, state law could be changed to alter the signature requirements, either by simply setting a percentage needed for the entire state, which would be ideal, or by broadening the areas counted for signatures, for example, by requiring a percentage of signatures by Congressional District rather than county.
Either would alter the current undemocratic inequality that gives a single voter in Arthur County the same ability to qualify an issue for the ballot as 1,216 signatories in Douglas County.
Together those changes, which would require legislative and local government action and funding, would fix many of the petition process problems and, in doing so, restore and preserve the power of the people that is a key element in our state and local democracy.
The Lincoln City Council will vote Monday to approve Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird’s proposed $243 million biennial budget. It would mark a 7%, or $16.7 million increase, over the current year.
There appears to be no downside to this ordinance, which restaurant owners once feared would cut into their business.
It took eight years and eight tries, but Lincoln landed its federal grant last week to build a bus transfer station.
A look back at some of the best quotes in Journal Star stories last week.
The University of Nebraska is asking state lawmakers for a 3% increase in appropriations in each of the next two years, a jump that would bring its state funding to $665 million beginning in 2023 and $696 million in 2024.