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 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    August 4, 2021 

Countdown to the Nebraska State Fair

We’re only a month away from one of the most important annual events for our state—the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. This year, the fair will run from August 27th through September 6th....

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 28, 2021

The 30 x 30 Land Grab

On January 27, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed his “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” In this order, President Biden set a “goal of conserving at...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Creating Opportunity for All Nebraskans

Over the past year, Nebraska has been enjoying rapid growth, creating lots of great-paying job opportunities here in the Good Life.  We have the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation at...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 14, 2021

One Hundred Years of Communism in China

As America emerges from the Fourth of July weekend, there’s another important reminder this month of why we should cherish our freedom and liberty. July marks the 100th anniversary of the Chinese...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Back to Basics

Martin Luther King, Jr. once famously said that “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Reconnecting Nebraska

The coronavirus pandemic has been a long journey, but through it all Nebraskans have pulled together to keep people healthy.  On March 6, 2020, Nebraska reported its first positive case of the...

 

Celebrating and Savoring Nebraska Beef

Nebraska has long been known as the Beef State and May is Beef Month, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy a delicious burger or steak. Agriculture is our state’s largest industry, and beef is the...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Protecting Our Land and Water

Here in the Cornhusker State, agriculture and conservation go hand in hand. Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists. Agricultural families in our state have been growing...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Fighting for Our Rights

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took office a little over two months ago. In his inaugural address, President Biden dedicated himself to “bringing America together.” In the weeks since then, he has...

 

Halftime at the Unicameral

The Nebraska Legislature is halfway through its 2021 session. Senators are working on passing a budget that controls spending and delivers on Nebraskans’ top priority — property tax relief. The Un...

 

Celebrating and Growing Nebraska Agriculture

From March 21-27, 2021 we celebrate National Agriculture Week in Nebraska. It’s a great opportunity to highlight the hard work our farmers and ranchers do to produce high-quality and affordable...

 

State Achieves All-Time High in Daily Vaccines

LINCOLN – On Friday, Feb. 5, Gov. Pete Ricketts gave an update on coronavirus vaccination across the state. He noted that Nebraska administered over 14,000 vaccinations yesterday—the highest...

 

Let the States Lead

On January 20, the United States carried out a distinctive national tradition: Our country underwent a peaceful transition of power. Looking back on the history of nations, this is not typical....

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year

Christmas and New Year’s Day are welcome opportunities to slow down, connect with loved ones, and look forward to 2021. As we approach the year’s end, I am thankful for the many sacrifices...

 

Successfully Slowing the Spread

Nebraskans are known for common sense, tenacity, and grit. When faced with a major challenge, we don’t panic or abandon core principles and long-standing traditions. Instead, we pull together to do...

 

Giving Thanks in Adversity

It’s fitting to set aside time each year to express gratitude to God and to one another for the many blessings we enjoy.  In seasons of peace and plenty, as well as in times of war and loss,...

 

Giving Thanks in Adversity

It’s fitting to set aside time each year to express gratitude to God and to one another for the many blessings we enjoy. In seasons of peace and plenty, as well as in times of war and loss,...

 

Protect Our Hospitals

Sometimes the only way out is through.  That’s certainly true of the coronavirus pandemic.  We can’t stop this virus, but we can slow its spread.  Right now, there’s an urgent need for all...

 

A Vision of Nebraska's Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs creates a theme for Veterans Day each year.  For 2020, the theme is “Vision: Veterans in Focus.” It’s a reminder to remember the years of service and...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    News    October 21, 2020

Ricketts Announces Changes to Directed Health Measures

LINCOLN – On Oct. 16, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced changes to the State’s directed health measures (DHMs) that will take effect statewide today, Oct. 21.  The Governor also launched a campaign...  Website

 

Ricketts: Reject State Bailouts

As pandemic restrictions loosen, Nebraska is growing again. While some states continue to struggle through the current coronavirus impacted economy, Nebraska now has the lowest unemployment rate of...

 

Becoming the Best State for Veterans

In Nebraska, our goal is to be the most welcoming state in the country for veterans and military families. Our servicemen and women make tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. While we can nev...

 

A Successful Session

The Nebraska Legislature’s “short session” went much longer than usual this year due to coronavirus.  While the session didn’t wrap up until August, it was worth the wait for Nebraskans....

 

Marijuana Impairs Workers, Endangers Workplaces

Despite a constant push by big marijuana to promote marijuana legalization so that it can cash in on new markets, Nebraska has wisely rejected the lobbying of drug advocates.   The $13.6 billion...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Opening for Business

June is usually the month when summer hits full swing in Nebraska.  In a typical year, Omaha would be hosting the College World Series right now. The Swedish Festival in Stromsburg, Polish Days in...

 

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