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Stop the Common Core – Reclaiming Local Control In Education

What Is The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)? CCSSI is the effort that created and is attempting to impose on states a set of national K-12 standards (Common Core). Common Core was developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Standards cover mathematics and English language arts (although they also claim to cover “literacy” in other subjects such as science, history/social studies, and technical subjects). Currently, two consortia of states have accepted hundreds of millions in federal money to create national tests to align with the Standards. The Common Core State Standards are a set of K-12 school standards being implemented in most states in English language arts and math. Proponents of the Common Core claim that the initiative was state-led; that the states adopted the standards voluntarily; and that the standards are “rigorous” and will prepare our children for college and careers. This video shows why these claims do not ring true – and why parents, teachers, and legislators must demand that their states reconsider their hasty decisions to adopt the Common Core and again reassert
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Stop the Common Core – Reclaiming Local Control In Education

Stop the Common Core – Reclaiming Local Control In Education

What Is The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)? CCSSI is the effort that created and is attempting to impose on states a set of national K-12 standards (Common Core). Common Core was developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Standards cover mathematics and English language arts (although they also claim to
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Tell Lawmakers What You Think — With One Click

Tell Lawmakers What You Think — With One Click

They heard your complaints. Now, writing Congress is now easier than ever. During the relaunch of Congress.org, they removed the requirement that you register and log in every time you want to write your lawmakers. Now, all you need to do is click on the words “Join the Conversation, Write Your Lawmakers” in the upper-right corner of their site. You can click on the links below to be taken to a form to write all
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Gov. Heineman Appoints Linda Bauer for County Court 1st Judicial District

Gov. Heineman Appoints Linda Bauer for County Court 1st Judicial District (Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced his appointment of Linda Bauer of Fairbury to the County Court, 1st Judicial District. Read the Full Story: Source

Transparency in Government a Must

Transparency in Government a Must Since first taking office more than 30 years ago, I’ve held a firm belief that government should be conducted in an open and transparent manner. Government officials are rightly held to a higher standard of scrutiny and accountability, and that includes being truthful and forthcoming to the… Read the Full Story: Source

False and Misleading Ad from House Majority PAC Pulled From The Air

False and Misleading Ad from House Majority PAC Pulled From The Air False and Misleading Ad from House Majority PAC Pulled From The Air Omaha, NE–Today, the Lee Terry for Congress Campaign announced that a false and misleading television advertisement from Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC was pulled from KETV 7-Omaha for its false assertions about Congressman Lee Terry’s Record: “This blatantly false ad was just another desperate attempt by Washington Democrats to lie and
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Stopping the Latest Federal Power Grab

Stopping the Latest Federal Power Grab While Congress has been out of session, I have spent the last few weeks traveling Nebraska’s Third District meeting with constituents and listening to your thoughts, concerns, and ideas. One of the issues I have heard most about is the Waters of the United States (WOTUS).  This proposal would allow the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to expand federal regulatory powers over waters of the
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Ghosts, Goblins and Good Sense

Ghosts, Goblins and Good Sense One of America’s favorite childhood holidays, Halloween, is quickly approaching. Many Nebraska children will dress up in funny or scary costumes and go trick-or-treating. Most adults enjoy the thought of children getting dressed up and walking the neighborhood, barely able to contain their excitement. From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents alike Read the Full Story: Source

Gov. Heineman and Ag Leaders Encourage Nebraskans to Pump E85

Gov. Heineman and Ag Leaders Encourage Nebraskans to Pump E85 (Lincoln, Neb.) Governor Dave Heineman and state ag leaders are encouraging Nebraskans to utilize E85 fuel the next time they are at the gas pump with a flex fuel vehicle. To help located E85 filling stations, new phone apps are available for Nebraskans. Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Supports Calls for Travel Restrictions to Help Protect Americans from Ebola

Johanns Supports Calls for Travel Restrictions to Help Protect Americans from Ebola WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today announced his support for travel restrictions to help prevent the spread of Ebola. “The Ebola virus continues to prove just how dangerous and deadly it can be, warranting additional measures to protect Nebraskans and all Amer… Read the Full Story: Source

Nancy Pelosi and Brad Ashford Are Getting Desperate… And It’s Starting To Show

Nancy Pelosi and Brad Ashford Are Getting Desperate… And It’s Starting To Show Omaha, NE – The House Majority PAC recently released a new ad filled with lies about Lee Terry’s record, a desperate attempt to shore up Brad Ashford’s flailing campaign so he can go to Washington and vote to make Nancy Pelosi speaker: “Nancy Pelosi is desperate to bring Brad Ashford to Congress, and this latest attack on Congressman Terry just proves that Washington Democrats are willing to lie to elect Brad
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Metro Area Mayors Turn Out for Lee Terry

Metro Area Mayors Turn Out for Lee Terry Omaha, NE – In an extraordinary show of support, five (5) Mayors from across the 2nd Congressional District have formally endorsed Congressman Lee Terry’s reelection.  They include: Mayor Jean Stothert, Omaha                                                     Mayor Mike Dill, Springfield Mayor David Black, Papillion                                                        ​ Mayor Carroll Smith, Valley Mayor Doug Kindig, LaVista   These current Mayors are joined by former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub in their support for Congressman Terry’s reelection. All of the Mayors provided encouraging comments for the Lee Terry for Congress campaign.  Among them,
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Gov. Heineman Attends Salute to Nebraska Manufacturing Tour

Gov. Heineman Attends Salute to Nebraska Manufacturing Tour (Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman touted Nebraska’s manufacturing industry on the 2014 Salute to Manufacturing Tour. The Governor was joined by Barry Kennedy, President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry and business leaders, manufacturing employees, and students to celebrate October as Nebraska Manufacturing Month at events in four locations. Gov. Heineman today also announced that the Intern Nebraska program has reached 750 actively employed
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Operation Choke Point

Operation Choke Point Since the President’s first inauguration nearly six years ago, this Administration has a history of overstepping its legal authority and failing to operate in an open and transparent manner. So it should come as no surprise that a recent operation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and othe… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Encourages Comments on Misguided Water Rule

Johanns Encourages Comments on Misguided Water Rule WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will extend the comment period on its proposed rule to redefine U.S. waters under the Clean Water Act. The deadline to comment has… Read the Full Story: Source

Nebraska’s Ag College Harvests Successes

Nebraska’s Ag College Harvests Successes The fall semester is in full swing, and across the state students are taking advantage of new innovations and expansions at NU campuses.  One of the smallest campuses in Nebraska is growing faster than any other: the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA). Tucked among the rolling … Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns, Alexander, Walberg Lead Push For Administration To Suspend Rule That Could Dramatically Increase Home Care Costs To Seniors, Disabled

Johanns, Alexander, Walberg Lead Push For Administration To Suspend Rule That Could Dramatically Increase Home Care Costs To Seniors, Disabled WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) today led an effort urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to suspend a rule that could dramatically increase costs of non-medical, in-home personal care services, many of … Read the Full Story: Source

Questions Loom on Latest Administration Land Grab

Questions Loom on Latest Administration Land Grab Nebraskans pride themselves in taking good care of our land, its natural resources and the wildlife that depend on a vibrant ecosystem to thrive and grow. We depend on the land for more than just economic reasons, like agriculture, but also as a source of recreation. That’s why we’re … Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns, Fischer Press for Answers on Federal Land Acquisitions and Habitat Construction

Johanns, Fischer Press for Answers on Federal Land Acquisitions and Habitat Construction WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today wrote to the Army Corps of Engineers  and Fish and Wildlife Service pressing for answers about private land acquisitions and habitat construction a… Read the Full Story: Source

Nebraska is Fertile Ground for Ag

Nebraska is Fertile Ground for Ag Nebraska’s rich agricultural heritage dates far back to our state’s early days, when pioneers first tamed and tilled land that was once considered the Great American Desert. Over the years, agriculture’s importance to our state, and our state’s ag contributions to the nati… Read the Full Story: Source

Statue Honoring Johanns’ Role as Agriculture Secretary Unveiled at UNL

Statue Honoring Johanns’ Role as Agriculture Secretary Unveiled at UNL WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today participated in an unveiling ceremony of statues of former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture from Nebraska. Johanns served as Secretary of Agriculture for President George W. Bush from 2005 – 2007.  Commissio… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Votes to Fund Government, Defeat ISIL

Johanns Votes to Fund Government, Defeat ISIL WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today supported a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government – at roughly current levels – and support forces in Syria and Iraq working to defeat the Islamic State of the Levant, better known as ISIL. The House of Repres… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Weekly Podcast – September 18, 2014

Johanns Weekly Podcast – September 18, 2014 Read the Full Story: Source

EPA Wants Authority to Garnish Wages Without Court Order

EPA Wants Authority to Garnish Wages Without Court Order An avalanche of new regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has swept across the country, landing hard on American families, small businesses and ag producers. Recent examples include a proposal which could dramatically expand EPA authority over certain waterways.  Another e… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns, Thune Introduce Bill to Stop EPA from Bypassing Courts to Garnish Americans’ Wages

Johanns, Thune Introduce Bill to Stop EPA from Bypassing Courts to Garnish Americans’ Wages WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from garnishing Americans’ wages without a court order. Johanns Read the Full Story: Source

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