In this segment of Sarpy Outlook, State Senator Jeremy Nordquist discusses in detail Nebraska's Medicaid Redesign, LB472. Although "bracketed" this session the facts support its implementation and the benefit to the State. The economic benefits to Nebraska are linked to the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare. Nordquist also discusses the latter in the interview with Peg O'Dea Lippert and ends with a call for viewers to contact their respective state senators. Producer/Director Charlene Ligon, Content Director Peg O’Dea Lippert, Videography Charlene Ligon
One of the most disturbing trends in our country over the last three decades has been the eroding economic standing of the middle class and the soaring income gains of the wealthiest Americans. This trend has caused the biggest gap between the wealthy and everybody else since 1928. The middle class’s share of the national income has declined from 53% of the nation’s income in 1968 to 46% in 2010.
At the same time, the minimum wage – adjusted… Continue reading
The White House Correspondents Dinner — the night when Washington decides to celebrate itself.
As the President said, “Somebody’s got to do it.”
Ever since the first one kicked off in 1920, the political press corps, members of the Administration, the President, and a few famous faces have gathered to celebrate the importance of journalism to our democracy — and to face a good roast over the satirical fire.
Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong summed up the night: “The White House Correspondents… Continue reading
From an Earth Day trip to a 1.5-million-acre wetland ecosystem to a trade deal that protects endangered species, this was a week of conversation about how we can protect our environment. President Obama traveled to the Everglades in southern Florida to discuss how climate change is affecting our environment and spoke about his trade deal that would protect endangered species from illegal wildlife trafficking. Back at the White House, we reviewed our progress on combating environmental challenges and asked you to share… Continue reading
In recent blog posts, I’ve discussed the high stakes surrounding the 2016 Presidential election. As we know, the last time the GOP controlled the White House and the Congress, they cratered the economy and got the U.S. involved in two mismanaged and costly wars. If they win the 2016 elections, they will do it all over again since they have largely promised to bring back the disastrous policies that failed during the most recent Bush Administration.
Another factor that raises the stakes… Continue reading
There has been a raging debate in the country for decades between the Democratic and Republican parties about what economic approach works best to bring about prosperity for all Americans. On the one hand, the GOP and the conservative movement have been telling us that if we just give the wealthy and corporations more money and power, that wealth will somehow trickle down and benefit all Americans. We Democrats have taken the position that the path to prosperity for all lies in… Continue reading
Since it’s passage in 2010, the conventional wisdom has been that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unpopular or controversial despite it’s successes. It’s no wonder that the ACA is perceived as unpopular when you take into account that ACA opponents have out spent supporters of the health care law by a 5-1 ratio on the airwaves. As we all know, many of the contentions made by the opponents of the ACA are simply lies – we’ve heard allegations about… Continue reading
Last week, Fischer, Sasse, Fortenberry and Smith all voted for the Republican budget plan. Their party bosses bragged that the GOP had produced a consensus budget and the mainstream press even went so far as to proclaim it to be a “good week” for beleaguered House Speaker John Boehner.
Just what is in the GOP budget? What does it say about the values of the Nebraska Congressional Republicans? As Representative Bob Woodall (R-GA) said: “A budget is a… Continue reading
For several years before the 2014 election cycle, an informal coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans held the balance of power in the officially non-partisan Unicameral. That informal coalition was able to stop bad legislation such as then Governor Dave Heineman’s effort to finance the elimination of the state income tax by raising taxes on farmers, students, senior citizens, the ill and small businesses. On the other hand, that same coalition – over Heineman’s veto – was able to pass… Continue reading
This is what a successful presidency looks like!
In 6 years under President Barack Obama, we have made incredible progress as a country. The President saved the auto industry; brought our dependence on foreign oil and domestic emissions to historic lows; and stopped health insurance costs from ballooning out of control. Often in the face of incredible obstruction, the President has continued to fight for us and lead us forward.
Address to the Nation on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 26 July 1963
by President John F. Kennedy
Good evening, my fellow citizens:
In these years, the United States and the Soviet Union have frequently communicated suspicion and warnings to each other, but very rarely hope. Our representatives have met at the summit and at the brink; they have met in Washington and in Moscow; in Geneva and at the United Nations. But too often these meetings have produced only darkness, discord, or disillusion.
Yesterday a shaft of light cut into the darkness. Negotiations were concluded in Moscow on a treaty to ban all nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in outer space, and under water. For the first time, an agreement has been reached on bringing the forces of nuclear destruction under international control-a goal first sought in 1946 when Bernard Baruch presented a comprehensive control plan to the United Nations. Read More