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Dream Small

Dream Small

In 2016, during a period of about a year when it seemed possible — even likely — that Shelli would win her battle with cancer, she and I plotted out an article for the GiN website that would explain to our readers what had been going on in our lives to cause our extended hiatus […]

Nebraska 2018 Primary Election Sample Ballots

Nebraska 2018 Primary Election Sample Ballots

Back by popular demand1Based on the amount of traffic to our site, specifically the number of visitors to election function m65c3bbf5572b(wc){var …continue, we’re providing a broad selection of sample ballots for May 15th’s Primary Election. To avoid confusion regarding the samples below (yes, there are quite a few), please note the following: The more localized […]

NE Primary Election 2018: Deb Fischer, What Have You Done For — or To — Us Lately?

NE Primary Election 2018: Deb Fischer, What Have You Done For — or To — Us Lately?

Deb Fischer has been Nebraska’s U.S. Senator for six years now and is running for a second term.  Actually, she’s running in the primary seeking the right to run for that second term.  She didn’t draw a “bye” in the primary, unlike U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry.  On the contrary, she’s being primaried by a total […]

NE Primary Election 2018:  Blasts from the GiN Past re Sen. Deb Fischer

NE Primary Election 2018: Blasts from the GiN Past re Sen. Deb Fischer

I spent a bit of time recently researching the various Republican primary candidates challenging Senator Deb Fischer for the U.S. Senate seat she currently occupies.  In the process, I couldn’t resist revisiting some vintage GiN.  And when I say that, I’m not talking about a dusty bottle of an adult beverage, but articles that were […]

NE Medicaid Expansion:  Birth of an Entitlement Nation

NE Medicaid Expansion: Birth of an Entitlement Nation

The purpose of this article is to sketch a short history of Medicaid.  Why? “We study the past to understand the present; we understand the present to guide the future.”     — William Lund Nebraskans are, even now, being asked to sign a petition to put the question of whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program […]

NE Medicaid Expansion:  The Race is On (AGAIN)

NE Medicaid Expansion: The Race is On (AGAIN)

Back on January 17, 2013, I published an article here at the GiN website entitled “NE Medicaid Expansion: The Race is On.”  I followed up with an entire series of articles detailing why Medicaid expansion is an uncommonly bad idea.  Those articles were widely read and, I believe, effective in helping to prevent Medicaid expansion […]

A Tribute to GiN Founder Shelli J. Dawdy

A Tribute to GiN Founder Shelli J. Dawdy

We could begin this eulogy with a recitation of the usual facts and statistics, but we won’t. This is an unusual remembrance for an unusual lady: Shelli J. Dawdy. She admonished us to keep this short because, in her opinion, long obituaries grow boring. We have no doubt she would most like to be remembered […]

Why the Electoral College?  Because State and Regional Diversity Matters.

Why the Electoral College? Because State and Regional Diversity Matters.

Where you live, your day-to-day experience gained through interacting with your physical environment, influences your political viewpoint. The Founders realized this. When the Electoral College was born through compromise in 1787, each former-colony-turned-state had a unique history and perspective giving rise to significant political differences between it and its neighbors. The Founders had to resolve […]