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:

Public Meetings to Be Held for New Healthcare Exchanges

Yesterday, Governor Heineman announced meetings to receive input for the healthcare insurance exchange for Nebraska required by the new law.

Read more about it below.

San Francisco Chronicle: Nebraska to host health care law meetings

KHAS-TV: Governor announces public meetings for new healthcare changes

KLIN: Health Exchange Hearings

Kearney Hub: Gov. Heineman seeks public opinion on health care exchange

1011now: Governor Heineman Seeks Input on Health Insurance Exchange

KLKN: Nebraskans invited to health care forums

Nebraska Radio Network: State will hold public hearings on Health Insurance Exchange options  

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.