Thank you to Sue Crawford, Candidate for Nebraska Legislature, LD 45

Thank you to Sue Crawford for her narrative, links and photograph. She is running for the Nebraska Legislature in District 45.

Other candidates are welcome to send their information to to be posted on our Nebraskan Politics blog.

Nebraska State Senator  Candidate

 Sue Crawford: Narrative

As an Olde Towne Bellevue homeowner and parent of children in Bellevue Public Schools, I am personally invested in strengthening economic development, education, and the quality of life in our Bellevue/Offutt community. My expertise analyzing budgets and policies combined with my experience knowing how policies affect families and businesses enables me to be an effective Senator.

For over 17 years, I have taught public policy at Creighton University and worked with government and nonprofit partners such as Senator Hagel’s health care committee and the Nebraska Office of Rural Health.  My connections in the Bellevue community include involvement in organizations such as the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, PTAs, and New Life Baptist Church.

My supporters include Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.  I will work with citizens and Senators from all parties to make Nebraska a better place to live, work, run businesses, and raise families. I will protect the sanctity of life.  I will work with state and local leaders to push for infrastructure and development to create jobs in the Bellevue area, ensure that teachers and parents are equal partners in decision-making, create accountability mechanisms to protect vulnerable individuals and taxpayer money, reduce retiree taxes, and support veterans and military families.

Links to learn more and connect:

Thank you to Senator Lambert: Candidate for Nebraska Legislature, LD 2

Thank you to Senator Lambert for his photography, biography and narrative. He is running for the Nebraska Legislature in District 2.

Other candidates are welcome to send their information to to be posted on our Nebraskan Politics blog.

Senator Paul Lambert

Nebraska State Senator Candidate

 Senator Paul Lambert: Biography

Appointed to Nebraska Legislature: Oct. 7, 2011, to replace Dave Pankonin, who resigned.

District: 2

Born: July 12, 1950 in Omaha.

Education: Graduate of Nehawka High School, 1968; attended Wayne State College and the University of Omaha.

Home Town: Plattsmouth

Family: Married Patty Long, Oct. 3, 1992, one child.

Occupation: Auto sales consultant.

Former: Plattsmouth mayor; sales representative; ironworker; construction foreman.

Member: First Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge #6.

Former member: Plattsmouth City Council.


On October 6, 2011 I was honored to be appointed by Governor Dave Heineman to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature. The appointment was prompted by the resignation of Senator Dave Pankonin, who left office to devote more time to his family’s business matters.

I am a lifelong resident of Cass County. My father was a farmer and factory worker, and my mother was an elementary school teacher. As a teenager I worked on the family farm, where I developed a strong understanding of and respect for Nebraska’s farm economy.

I attended Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I then earned a real estate license, worked construction as an iron worker and served as a sales consultant for companies such as Firestone, Goodyear and Michelin. I came to know and understand the strengths, challenges and unique needs of Nebraska’s labor force.

In 1999 I was appointed to the Plattsmouth City Council. I was twice elected to the Council and became the Council’s president in 2003. Later the same year I became mayor of Plattsmouth and was reelected to the position for two more terms.

My wife Patty and I have been married for 19 years, and I am an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Plattsmouth.

I am energized by the opportunity to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature. My primary goal will always be to leave our district and this state better than I found it.

TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline: “Permanent” Nebraskan Jobs Number

Our research into different views and aspects of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline continues.  As many people know who are watching this closely, whether or not a Keystone XL pipeline runs through Nebraska and what  route there would be, if approved,  has not been decided in a definitive fashion. The  recent choice by President Obama to deny permission for the pipeline merely changed the arena for this battle. The fight either way, of getting or stopping the pipeline  is not over and will most likely continue with bills in the House and Senate.

If you are interested in guest blogging on this topic or being interviewed or know someone who would be interested, please email us at  We would like very much to present as many different sides and aspects to this issue as possible.

January 27, 2012

Veterans Roundtable with Congressman Lee Terry
Bellevue Chamber: DJ Dugout
Bellevue, Nebraska

A special thank you goes out to Congressman Lee Terry for visiting  in Bellevue, Nebraska to discuss veteran affairs and other areas of interest, including the pipeline.

Thanks to Congressman Terry,  our Nebraskan Politics blog finally has some number to associate with “permanent” Nebraskan jobs.

“Permanent” for purposes of this topic and our blog is defined as jobs that last the lifetime of the pipeline, so those do not include “temporary” jobs such as those needed for the construction of the pipeline.

Congressman Terry estimates that not more than 30 Nebraskan jobs would be created by the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline.

Special thanks also goes out to the Bellevue Chamber for hosting and facilitating another great and informative event.