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Author: Amanda Gailey

An Empire of Misery, Headquartered in Grand Island

12 months ago

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The National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors includes one Nebraskan, Steve Hornady of Grand Island. Hornady owns Hornady Manufacturing, which manufactures ammunition. The company is financially very successful, so they enjoy awards and recognition in the state and national business community. Such recognition aggrandizes and normalizes them, and does not critically examine where this wealth…

How the NRA Operates in the Nebraska Unicam

1 year ago

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In the aftermath of another horrific and preventable school shooting, more people want to know how we came to live in a country that values the profits of the gun industry over the lives of children. The short answer to that question is that gun manufacturers and their lobbying arm, the National Rifle Association, have…

Nebraska, Get Ready for Koch University

1 year ago

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After the horrific announcement this Tuesday that Governor Pete Ricketts intends to plunder the biggest employer and most valuable asset of the state of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska, another piece of news came over the transom—one that may seem unrelated to Ricketts setting fire to the state but is actually connected. The Governor of…

Regarding MLK, U.S. Rep. Don Bacon likes the “Civil” but not the “Rights.”

1 year ago

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U.S. Representative Don Bacon, who represents the Omaha area, shared some words about Martin Luther King, Jr. today: At a time of great unrest, [King] showed a calm and powerful restraint. While people on both sides of a battle hurled insults (and weapons) at each other, he remained civil and kind. I have long admired…

Preemption is How Red States Screw Blue(r) Cities

1 year ago

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If you don’t know what preemption is, you should. If you live in a city that’s more progressive than the state it’s in, chances are good that preemption is coming to oppress you. Preemption is when a higher government authority (usually a state) removes the right of a lower government authority (a city) to pass…