A leading House Democrat came to Omaha on Monday to support congressional candidate Brad Ashford — as well as to talk about the Russia investigation and the future of the Democratic Party.Rep. Adam Schiff of California is the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and has been highly critical of the Republicans’ handling of the Russia investigation.He was at Field Club of Omaha for a $10- to $1,000-per-person private fundraiser for Ashford. In an interview before the event, Schiff promoted the idea of a big-tent Democratic Party that addresses the problems of working people and reaches out to voters in red states like Nebraska.“We have to be working hard to make sure that not only does the economy work for everyone, but it works for everyone everywhere, that we don’t leave large regions of the country behind,” he said. “The key to Democrats being a majority party again is to be able to speak to people in red states, … [Read more...] about Rep. Adam Schiff comes to Omaha to help raise money for Brad Ashford
Nebraska’s grocery association already opposes the idea of taxing plastic shopping bags in Omaha, and any proposal to regulate the bags would also likely invite a fight from the makers of the bags themselves.“I would probably make the trip out to Omaha and just try to educate the City Council members,” said Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance. The group is an arm of the Plastics Industry Association.The plastics industry has spent millions of dollars opposing bag tax and ban measures around the country. In California, it spent more than $5 million on a signature drive and ad campaign to try to reverse a ban, according to a Stateline.org report. The California effort failed — the bags remain banned there today. But the plastics group continues its pro-bag push, effectively lobbying some states to pre-emptively outlaw any local bans on bags.Plastic bag debates, like the one brewing in Omaha, typically involve a few key … [Read more...] about Would a fee on plastic bags in Omaha really cut down on litter?
LINCOLN — Austin Hennrich, a Democrat running in northwest Omaha's Legislative District 18, has withdrawn from the race and thrown his support behind fellow Democrat Scott Winkler. Both candidates filed for a seat now held by State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha, a Republican.A press release from the Nebraska Democratic Party gave no reason for Hennrich's withdrawl.But his name will remain on the ballot for the May 15 primary. Valerie Stoj, a public relations coordinator for the Douglas County Election Commission, said that the deadline for removing one's name from the ballot was March 1. … [Read more...] about Candidate withdraws from legislative race in northwest Omaha
The story of the incredible, long-shot Omaha Royals-Chasers lives in our short-sleeved memories.But it’s also in some of the treasures that Martie Cordaro dug up over the past few years.Like the Omaha Royals press release, dated March 2, 1974. At the bottom, it announces the Royals’ new secretary. Her name is Gail Feuerbach. She’s a recent graduate of Daniel J. Gross High School. Today, she’s known as Gail DeBoer, president and CEO of SAC Federal Credit Union.Up higher in the press release, it notes that GM Bill Gorman selected a team of 10 “captains” of the Lancers — a group of local ambassadors for the club (named after the Royals’ Lancers in Kansas City).One of the captains was a guy named Howard Hawks.There’s a navy blue binder titled “A Logical Plan for American Association Baseball in Omaha, Nebraska, NOW!”One of the first pages is a list of civic leaders who comprise the executive committee charged with drumming … [Read more...] about Shatel: From Rosenblatt to Buffett to Brett, 50-year run with Kansas City proved beneficial for Omaha
Clarification: An earlier version of this story said Mutual plans to build its new headquarters once the yearlong study determines key details such as location, design and budget. Company officials say, however, that a final decision by Mutual’s board of directors to build the headquarters won’t be made until the study is completed.Mutual of Omaha is beginning a formal study that could lead to breaking ground in mid-2019 on a $200 million-plus headquarters building, likely on property it owns near its longtime headquarters at 33rd and Dodge Streets.Mutual Chairman and Chief Executive James Blackledge told The World-Herald on Wednesday that the study would consider a new headquarters that would be designed to improve collaboration among the company’s 3,500 Omaha employees, encourage innovation that will serve its customers far into the future and allow Mutual to “attract and retain the best talent.” “Once in every other generation do you think about … [Read more...] about Mutual of Omaha considers new $200 million-plus headquarters near current midtown campus