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The Big Red Scare

As everyone knows by now, Courtney Lawton, a graduate student in the English Department at UNL, was relieved of her teaching duties because she flipped off a student and called her a “Becky” (among other things). Except that that’s actually completely wrong. The official reason Courtney Lawton was relieved of her teaching duties, is that […]

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Ricketts Appoints Friends instead of Applicants

Omaha Senator Sara Howard has introduced legislation that would impact how governors fill vacant positions in the legislature. These vacancies occur when senators resign before the end of their term. Let’s review the patterns of our current governor’s overreach of power and highly partisan cherry picking in his appointments. Pete Ricketts, our current governor, has […]

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Patty Pansing Brooks is the Shit: Part I

Here at Seeing Red we are inaugurating what we expect will be an ongoing feature called Patty Pansing Brooks is the Shit (PPBITS). The senator from Lincoln has really hit her stride and is proposing the kind of legislation the state needs to be a humane place to live. Just to preempt detractors: perhaps you found […]

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Preemption is How Red States Screw Blue(r) Cities

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 […]

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Nebraska Government 101

Sometimes we hear basic questions or misunderstandings about governance in Nebraska. This page is intended as a primer for anyone looking to get involved in the political process and in need of basic info. On January 3, 2018, the Nebraska Legislature begins the second year of the two-year session. This year’s session will only last […]

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Nebraska Governor Needs a Civics Lesson

If this article by the Lincoln Journal Star is any indication, the Republican Party thinks that Nebraskans aren’t aware of the difference between a branch of government and a political party. The governor, whomever she is, is the key figure in a branch of government. The 49 senators are a separate branch of government. The […]

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Tax Dollars Wasted by Catholic Conference

Anyone who follows Nebraska politics is aware that we are facing a budget crisis and serious problems, including a failed correction system that is  dangerous and inhumane to staff, prisoners, and families. These are serious matters that the people expect to be handled in a fair, transparent, and nonpartisan way. Yet what we saw in […]