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Straight From Steve: Pink Postcards

All of the signs are indicating that the U.S. economy is entering into a long-term recession. Last Wednesday the Federal Reserve raised the key interest rate by three quarters of a point and raised...

 

Straight Talk From Steve

A new political action group has been formed in our state known as Nebraska First. As you may have guessed, the name closely resembles former president Donald Trump’s political slogan, Make America...

 

Straight Talk From Steve

Two weeks ago, I addressed the reset at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) due to their failure to adequately guide the American public through the COVID-19 outbreak, and last week I...

 

Straight Talk With Steve:

Recently, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced plans to overhaul the organization due to major public mistakes it made throughout the days of the COVID-19 pandemic. This...

 

Straight Talk With Steve: Fair Time

These are now the dog days of summer and that means that it is also time to go to the fair. For the past three weeks fairs have been going on all throughout the nine counties which comprise...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

The role of religion in our public schools has taken center stage once again. In June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Joseph Kennedy, a football coach in Bremerton, Washington, had a constitutional...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    August 3, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve

Earlier this month I wrote an article on how the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services has been unable to account for $10.5 billion in State expenditures. $10.5 billion is more than the...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 27, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve

Earlier this month I wrote an article on how the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services has been unable to account for $10.5 billion in State expenditures. $10.5 billion is more than the...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 20, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve:

On July 9th delegates from across the state gathered in Kearney, Nebraska for a convention of the State Republican Party. While I did not attend this year’s convention, I was not saddened by the...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve:

As a Nebraska State Senator, I serve on the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for deciding how the State spends its money…well, to a certain...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 6, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve

Should government agencies be allowed to hire lobbyists? This is a question that has bothered me ever since 2016 when I first went to Lincoln to serve as a State Senator. Lobbyists are supposed to rep...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    June 22, 2022

Straight Talk from Steve: Double Standard

A double standard occurs whenever a set of moral principles applies to one group of people, but not to another. Today it is easy to find examples of how conservative Republicans are held to higher...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Folds of the American Flag

June 14th is flag day. Flag Day is a day to honor the American flag. It is a time to proudly fly the Stars and Stripes, to recall our American heritage, to honor our values of liberty and justice for...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    June 8, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve: License Plate Design

How about that new 2023 license plate design? Some like it; most don’t. After Nebraska’s First Lady, Susanne Shore, revealed the new license plate design at a press conference with Gov. Ricketts...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve:

Last week American school children once again became the innocent victims of yet another senseless shooting rampage. Whenever these atrocities occur, I believe society should respect the victims and...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    May 25, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve:

As our national anthem says, the United States of America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. As Americans we never tire of sharing those stories of fearless bravery which have...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    May 18, 2022

Pillen's Mess

The Nebraska primary election is now over. This year’s primary election will likely go down in history as one of Nebraska’s nastiest primary elections ever, especially in regards to the...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    May 11, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve

The big news last week was the leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, suggesting the high court’s intention to overturn the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve

Why did the chicken cross the road? Probably to get to somewhere where it’s still safe from the bird flu. The avian (bird) flu has come to Nebraska. The bird flu has been especially bad in the...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    April 27, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve

Last week the 107th Legislature came to an end. This year was the shorter 60-day session. For the past four years I have served on the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee; however, this year...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    April 20, 2022

Straight Talk from Steve: LB 873

Ever since I became a State Senator six years ago my number one priority has been to give Nebraskans meaningful and significant tax relief, especially property tax relief. The second session of the...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Straight Talk from Steve: Disappointing Bills

In the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature expectation lurks as a kind of devilish phantom farmer secretly sowing seeds of disappointment. That is what life is sometimes like inside the Nebraska State...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    March 30, 2022

Straight Talk from Steve: LB 933

State Senators in the Nebraska State Legislature recently voted to pull LB 933 out of the Judiciary Committee and up to the floor for debate. LB 933 is the Nebraska Human Life Protection Act, which...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    March 23, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve: Budget Debate

Last week the Nebraska Legislature debated the main budget bills for the State. These budget bills always tell State Senators what the State cannot afford, but we end up spending the money anyway....

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    March 16, 2022

Straight Talk from Steve: PBMs

One of the issues which has concerned me ever since I sat on the Legislature’s HHS Committee is what to do about price benefit managers, otherwise known as PBMs. Price benefit managers are the...

 

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