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 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...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    March 9, 2022

Straight Talk From Steve

I serve on the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee is charged with the task of putting together the State’s budget. In other words, we decide how the State spends...

 

Straight Talk From Steve

Whenever a bill in the Nebraska State Legislature receives no opposition testimony at its public hearing and the committee members all support the bill, it becomes eligible for the consent calendar....

 

Straight Talk from Steve: LB773

One of the bills that I have co-signed this year is LB 773. This bill would authorize private citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Currently, the Concealed Handgun Permit Act allows...

 

Straight Talk From Steve

Last Thursday the Legislature’s Revenue Committee held a public hearing at the Capitol on LR264CA, which is my resolution for a constitutional amendment for the consumption tax. The resolution...

 

Straight Talk From Steve

The public hearing for my priority bill has been set at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln for Thursday, February 3, 2022 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the hearing and to...

 

Straight Talk From Steve: LR14

Ever since being elected to the State Legislature back in 2016, I have received more emails in support of an Article V convention of the states than on any other single issue by a long shot. The...

 

Straight Talk From Steve: ARPA Funds

Nebraska’s economy has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic better than any other state in the Union. According to Politico’s State Pandemic Response Scorecard, Nebraska’s economy ranks first in the...

 

Straight Talk From Steve:

The second session of the 107th Legislature has already begun and new bills are now being introduced. Although new bills may only be introduced within the first ten legislative days of the session, I...

 

Therapeutics for COVID-19

In my July 10, 2020 article I wrote about the use of certain therapeutic re-purposed prescription drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 symptoms. I especially talked about the potential benefits of...

 

Calm Before The Storm

This is the calm before the storm. The second session of the 107th Legislature is about to convene. This year the legislative session will start on January 5 and will go into the month of April. This...

 

Christmas Is For Giving

Christmas is the season for giving. Long ago when the magi came to visit the baby Jesus at that very first Christmas, they bestowed upon him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. While these may...

 

Straight Talk With Steve

Can states ban Critical Race Theory (CRT)? Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas have already passed legislation banning the teaching of...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

What value is there in a college education today? Where can a student go today for higher education which isn’t laced with Left-wing propaganda such as Critical Race Theory? Nebraska’s state’s...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

The American economy isn’t doing so well. A new poll shows that seven out of every ten Americans now admit that rising prices are causing them to change their spending habits. This is not good news...

 

Straight Talk from Steve: Veterans Day

This week we honor and celebrate out veterans. These are the men and women who have put their very lives at risk in order to keep the rest of us safe, to protect our God-given liberties, and to...

 

Straight Talk from Steve:

As I write this article today the count remains at 26 Nebraska State Senators who are willing to sign the petition to call for a special session of the Nebraska State Legislature to deal with the...

 

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