Over 9 Million Low-Income Americans at Risk From State Medicaid Expansion Opt-Out

By: Saturday June 30, 2012 8:14 am

I keep seeing these confident predictions from health care experts that no state would be so foolish as to reject the Medicaid expansion for their state. I want to set up a poker game with these people, to provide for my family in retirement. How many times can you say “well that’s so radical and [...]

TransCanada Announces Change to Route of Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Tuesday November 15, 2011 8:15 am

TransCanada, the company in charge of the Keystone XL pipeline, has announced that they would re-route the pipeline away from the Nebraska Sand Hills, where it would pass over an aquifer that provides a good deal of water for much of the Great Plains. At a special session of the Nebraska Legislature, a state senator [...]

Keystone XL Decision Also a Response to Republicans in Nebraska

By: Friday November 11, 2011 7:35 am

“Dear Friends, Um, we won. You won. Not completely.” Those are the first words of Bill McKibben’s email to supporters over the news that President Obama will delay a decision for the Keystone XL pipeline permit until after the 2012 elections. And while contradictory, it’s also somewhat accurate. Before McKibben and his climate activists went [...]

Obama Takes Control of Keystone XL Pipeline Decision, Highlights Public Health Risks

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 6:16 am

The other day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to offload the decision on whether to go forward with the Keystone XL pipeline on the State Department. But President Obama himself was asked about the pipeline in a local news interview last night, and he took full responsibility for making the decision. In doing [...]

Keystone XL Pipeline Flashpoint: Nebraska

By: Monday October 31, 2011 7:35 am

Bill McKibben appeared yesterday in Los Angeles at the LA Green Festival, where he again announced some actions for next week around the Keystone XL pipeline. Activists will surround the White House on November 6, one year before the 2012 Presidential elections. “You can’t occupy the White House, but we can surround,” McKibben said. Additional [...]

Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Could Be Delayed

By: Wednesday October 26, 2011 11:39 am

Darren Goode has a story about the difficulty that environmentalists opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline have had with getting Senate Democrats to help them expose conflicts of interest. Environmental groups opposing the $7 billion, 1,700-mile pipeline sending crude from Alberta oil sands to Texas have uncovered evidence they say shows the State Department has [...]

Nebraska Gov. Heineman Comes Out Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 9:30 am

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline looks like a done deal, but this development could throw a wrench into things if it starts a movement of governors in the pipeline’s path: Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) urged President Obama Wednesday to reject a pending permit application for a controversial pipeline that would carry Canadian oil [...]

Nebraska Judge Blocks Draconian Abortion Law

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 11:37 am

Since the Congress punted on the issue of a woman’s right to choose in the Affordable Care Act, the battle has moved to the states, where it’s been playing out for decades and where anti-choice activists have traditionally held the upper hand. In states across the country, legal abortion access is restricted, hampered and larded [...]

FinReg Revote To Come As Soon As Tomorrow

By: Monday April 26, 2010 5:52 pm

Democrats blasted Republicans, and deftly sidestepped the reality of Ben Nelson’s vote, for blocking consideration of a Wall Street reform bill, and they planned to bring up a revote as early as tomorrow. All of the top leaders of the party, including Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama, highlighted the obstructionism of every Republican [...]

Why SCOTUS Matters: Nebraska’s Roe-Baiting Abortion Law

By: Wednesday April 14, 2010 9:00 am

Nebraska is implementing a radical new set of abortion laws today that could draw a Supreme Court challenge and test the durability of the 37 year-old Roe v. Wade decision. By tying the bill to a conception of fetal pain rather than viability, the law would break with standing precedent. Republican Gov. Dave Heineman (R) [...]

Nebraska Medicaid Deal Looks Like A Goner

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 11:35 am

After the deal Ben Nelson got for his state, getting the federal government to accept 100% of the cost of any Medicaid expansion, passed as part of the Senate health care bill, Republicans used it as an example of the “outrageous” backroom deals being put forward to get individual votes. In actuality, it’s not all [...]

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