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Stand Up to ALEC

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Today is the National Day of Action against ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), and we need your help. ALEC has been described as a “crypto-lobbying outfit,” a “corporate dating service,” and “the most influential corporate funded political force most Americans have never heard of.” From Stand Your Ground to ‘Right to Work’, ALEC has been […]
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Take Action: Bills Under Consideration in the Unicameral

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During the 2014 session of the Nebraska Unicameral, Bold Nebraska is working with partner organizations including Nebraskans for Civic Reform, Nebraska Appleseed, Common Cause Nebraska, Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska Wildlife Federation and Nebraska Sierra Club to bring you informed coverage of bills under consideration, and actions you can take like testifying at the Capitol, or calling and emailing your state senator. […]
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Lawsuit Seeks Release of Documents on Keystone XL and Endangered Northern Swift Fox

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The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a pair of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits demanding the release of federal documents confirming the endangered status of the northern swift fox. For Immediate Release, January 16, 2014 Contact: Amy Atwood, (503) 504-5660 (image via Wikipedia) Lawsuit Filed to Force Release of Documents on Keystone XL and […]
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NE Senate Candidate Shane Osborn Mocks Special Needs Kids With “Short Bus” Comment

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Senate candidate Shane Osborn mocked special needs kids on Thursday, in a tweet that called a bill under consideration in Washington a “short bus to nowhere” — a derogatory reference to the shorter school bus equipped with wheelchair and disabled access often used to transport special needs kids to school. In his criticism of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, […]
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Texas Supreme Court Orders TransCanada to Respond In Landowner Suit

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The Texas Supreme Court has ordered TransCanada to submit information by Feb. 6 in the lawsuit filed by landowner Julia Trigg Crawford against the Keystone pipeline operator. The justices are weighing arguments to hear the case regarding eminent domain abuse. “As we await a Nebraska ruling from Judge Stacy regarding the eminent domain and pipeline routing process […]
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Global Post Interviews Nebraska Rancher Suz Straka on Climate Change

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(The Global Post video news story below features Nebraska rancher Suz Straka Luebbe, who is also one of the three landowner plaintiffs currently challenging the unconstitutional Keystone XL routing process in Nebraska. Read about the ongoing lawsuit here.) Calamity Calling: Heartland Under Threat from GlobalPost on Vimeo. Calamity Calling: Weird weather hits America’s breadbasket  by Erik […]
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All Risk No Reward Coalition Invites TransCanada CEO Girling to Discuss Reducing Emissions

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TransCanada CEO Russ Girling recently told Financial Post reporter Claudio Cattaneo that he would “love to have a dialogue with environmental groups about actually reducing GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions.” “By forcing oil companies to look at these alternatives, doing it by rail, we are actually increasing GHG emissions. But nobody will engage in a dialogue with me […]
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25 Members of Congress Ask Obama to Delay KXL Review Until Conflict of Interest Probe Concludes

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Rep. Raul Grijalva and 24 other House Democrats sent a letter to President Obama on Thursday, highlighting the serious corporate conflicts of interest in the environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline. “It would be unwise and premature for State to release an EIS prepared by Environmental Resources Management while it remains under investigation for […]
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Wind Energy Is Important to Rural Nebraska

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NOTE: This posting originally appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Grand Island Independent on 11/24/13.  A day later, a more in-depth article appeared in the Midwest Energy News and is available at this link: http://www.midwestenergynews.com/2013/11/25/is-this-man-slowing-wind-development-in-nebraska/ At last week’s Nebraska Wind Conference, in response to statements made by Sen. Ken Haar (see this link or […]
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