Democrats energized by tight race in GOP-leaning Nebraska
Republican Mike Flood beat Democrat Patty Pansing Brooks with 53.2% of the vote in Tuesday's special election, according to unofficial results. Pansing Brooks received 46.8%, with less than 7,200 total votes separating the candidates. Flood and Pansing Brooks will face each other again in November to determine who will serve a full term starting in January 2023. Pansing Brooks’ campaign manager, Chris Triebsch, said the ruling “created a lot of momentum” that their team hopes to carry into the next contest. But in Lancaster County, which includes progressive-leaning Lincoln, Pansing Brooks beat him by a healthy margin.wftv.com
Nebraska GOP state Sen. Flood wins ex-congressman’s seat
Nebraska state Sen. Mike Flood has won a special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a fellow Republican who was sentenced to two years of probation earlier in the day for a conviction on charges that he lied to federal agents.
House leaders call on Nebraska Rep. Fortenberry to resign
Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry is facing growing pressure from congressional leaders and Nebraska’s GOP governor to resign after a California jury found him guilty of lying to federal authorities about an illegal $30,000 campaign donation from a Nigerian billionaire.
Multiple deaths reported in fire at home in rural Nebraska
Two school-aged children are among those killed after fire broke out early Saturday at a home in rural northern Nebraska. The Norfolk Daily News reported that firefighters were called to a home in the small town of Pierce at 5:46 a.m. The newspaper, citing an emergency responder who spoke on condition of anonymity, reported “multiple deaths.” No one was answering phones at the Pierce Fire Department office on Saturday.news.yahoo.com
Nebraska players' lawsuit seeks to restore B10 fall football
A group of Nebraska football players filed a lawsuit Thursday, hoping a jury will force the Big Ten Conference to reinstate a fall football season. The players want a court order that would keep the Big Ten from going through with its plan to push the football season to the spring. This lawsuit isn't about money or damages, it's about real-life relief, said Mike Flood, the players' attorney. Sadly, these student athletes have no other recourse than filing a lawsuit against their conference, Flood said. Particularly when they may play in the spring.Flood also represents a group of Nebraska football parents that last week sought documents and other materials related to the Big Ten decision.