• Don McCabe

    State Senators In Nebraska Unicameral Need Your Input

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on February 6, 2014

    What was called the "Nebraska Experiment" in the mid-1930s and ultimately implemented in 1937 remains with us today, 77 years later. The Nebraska Unicameral, a one-house legislature, is the only state legislative structure like it in the nation. For all intense and purposes, a single body of 49 senators is still generally supported across the state. Nebraskans were practical and conservative then, even during an era of new federal programs designed to pull the country out of the…

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    Corn Board Wants Out As A State Agency

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 24, 2013

    It's a big logjam now in the 2013 Nebraska Legislature. In the remaining days—the current 90-day session is scheduled to adjourn in early June—debate on many bills will be sidetracked as state senators quarrel over the budget, proposed Medicaid expansion, capital punishment and other controversial measures. Even the designated priority bills of state senators and committees could get left behind in the debate over these issues. One bill I hope gets its time on legislative…

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    Put Nebraska Agriculture's Footprint On Centennial Mall

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on March 15, 2013

    The Nebraska Capitol Building never fails to impress me, not only in its design and features, but also in the story of its planning and construction. Samuel R. McKelvie, a long-time publisher and editor of Nebraska Farmer, was governor in 1919 when he signed a bill to approve the structure. It was his prodding that it be built, in part to honor veterans of World War I. Nebraskans are rightly proud of their Capitol. Architect Bertrum Goodhue of New York won a competition to design it. He…

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    Living With The Unicameral, 75-Plus Later

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on January 18, 2013

    We complain loudly about Congress, and we should. Its entrenched partisanship, penchant for enacting laws stifling our economy and irresponsible spending have placed us in deep debt. We have every right to complain about its failure to agree on issues important to every American's livelihood. Here in Nebraska, our legislative body receives its share of complaints, too, and some are warranted. But before we get too carried away, let's step back and look at the unique system we…

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