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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 to Highlight Good Legislative Session for Nebraska Taxpayers in 2014 Sine Die Address

Gov. Heineman to Highlight Good Legislative Session for Nebraska Taxpayers in 2014 Sine Die Address (Lincoln, Neb.) Tomorrow, Gov. Dave Heineman will deliver his 2014 Sine Die Address to the Nebraska Legislature, marking the closing of the second session of the 103rd Legislative Session. Today, previewing his address, Gov. Heineman is highlighting a good legislative session for Nebraska taxpayers, noting meaningful, responsible and sustainable tax relief. Read the Full Story: Source

Gov. Heineman Seeks Applicants for Natural Resources Commission

Gov. Heineman Seeks Applicants for Natural Resources Commission (Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman is seeking qualified candidates to the newly-expanded Natural Resources Commission. Applicants are encouraged to apply with the Governor’s Office. Read the Full Story: Source

Gov. Heineman Signs Water Sustainability Bill into Law

Gov. Heineman Signs Water Sustainability Bill into Law (Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman signed LB 1098 into law which aims to address water management, water quality and flood control issues. The Governor was joined by State Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, who introduced the bill in the 2014 Legislative Session, and State Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial, who has been a legislative advocate on water issues. Read the Full Story: Source

Lee Terry for Congress Raises $1.39 Million

Lee Terry for Congress Raises $1.39 Million OMAHA, NE – The Terry for Congress campaign today announced raising more than $1.39 million for the 2014 cycle from more than 590 contributions with more than $762,000 cash-on-hand. “I am incredibly grateful to have hundreds of supporters standing with me and investing in this campaign and in our message to combat Barack Obama’s big-government agenda,” said Terry who raised more than $196,000 in the first quarter of
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Rep. Lee Terry receives Nebraska Right to Life endorsement

Rep. Lee Terry receives Nebraska Right to Life endorsement Omaha, NE – Today, Nebraska Right to Life has endorsed Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE), over all other NE-02 congressional candidates, in their NRL PAC voter guide for the 2014 May primary election. Rep. Lee Terry had the following comments on NRL’s endorsement: “I have always believed life beings at conception and am honored Nebraska Right to Life has recognized this commitment and endorsed me in the
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Granite State ObamaCare Grief

ObamaCare And President Obama Are Proving To Be A Drag On Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) Run For Reelection. “New Hampshire’s rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been one of the rockiest in the nation, putting Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on the front lines of Republican efforts to make the 2014 elections a referendum on the health law.” (Janet Hook, “Health Law Poses A Test In New Hampshire Senate Race,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/15/14)
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Landrieu’s Fake Ad Met With Rough News Coverage

Landrieu’s Fake Ad Met With Rough News Coverage

Mary Landrieu is already suffering from a credibility deficit with Louisiana voters because of her vote for ObamaCare, and her new TV spot isn’t helping. Instead of running a straightforward ad, Landrieu decided to put on an act, reenacting a committee hearing complete with fake staffers, a fake hearing room, and even a fake news organization. The reality is Landrieu’s record of opposition to President Obama – whose agenda she supports 97 percent of the
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Johanns Writes FDA on Proposed Livestock Feed Rule

Johanns Writes FDA on Proposed Livestock Feed Rule WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb) today wrote Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging FDA to exempt raw agricultural commodities, distillers grain and other byproducts from a promised revision of a proposed rule dealing with livestock feed.  As… Read the Full Story: Source

Gov. Heineman Appoints Rachel Daugherty for District Court 5th Judicial District

Gov. Heineman Appoints Rachel Daugherty for District Court 5th Judicial District (Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced his appointment of Rachel Daugherty of Grand Island to the District Court, 5th Judicial District. Read the Full Story: Source

Taxpayers Continue To Lose On Obama’s Failed Green Energy Companies

Last Year, Fisker Automotive Filed For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. “Fisker Automotive, the moribund maker of the Karma plug-in hybrid sports cars that was backed with a loan by the U.S. government, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday after lengthy efforts by investors to salvage the company.” (Deepa Seetharaman And Timothy Gardner, “UPDATE 2-Fisker Files Chapter 11 As Investor Group Buys Company,” Reuters, 11/22/13) Reuters Headline: “Fisker Automotive Failure Could Hit U.S. Taxpayers For
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RNC Sues IRS for Illegal Stonewalling

WASHINGTON – Today the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for withholding records sought by the RNC’s 2013 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. In the initial request on May 21, 2013, the RNC sought to review documents and correspondence related to criteria used for reviewing and approving 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations. This request followed revelations that the IRS had been targeting conservative organizations, and the RNC sought to shed
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Tax Day = ObamaCare Day

As Tax Day Hits, Americans Will Start Feeling The Pinch From ObamaCare  “Tax Day And The Last Day To Sign Up For Health Exchange Coverage Under An Extension Now Both Fall On April 15.” (Paige Winfield Cunningham, Politico’s Pulse, 4/7/14) AS TAX DAY ARRIVES, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL BEGIN TO BE TAXED BY OBAMACARE’S INDIVIDUAL MANDATE Known As The “Centerpiece” Of ObamaCare – The Unpopular Individual Mandate Will Be Borne By The Middle-Class ObamaCare’s Individual
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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day Passover Message

WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following Passover message: “As Jewish families mark the start of Passover, I wish them a blessed celebration, surrounded by loved ones at the Seder table,” said Chairman Priebus. “The Passover story is one of triumph over oppression. It is a time to commemorate the ancient story of the Exodus and to celebrate the rich traditions that have endured for millennia. The
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RNC Launches “14 in ’14″ Women’s Initiative

WASHINGTON –  Today the RNC launched a new effort called “14 in ‘14” to engage women in the key 21-40 age demographic. Co-Chairman Sharon Day joined Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and West Virginia Delegate Amanda Pasdon in Charleston, West Virginia, this morning to kick off the program. “14 in ‘14” is about mobilizing volunteers to engage women in the 14 weeks leading up to the 2014 election. Efforts will be concentrated in 25 key counties with a large
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Born to Serve

Born to Serve Nebraskans are no strangers to community service. Lending a hand has been engrained in our culture since our state’s earliest days, when neighbor helping neighbor was often a matter of survival on the untamed prairie. Today, that spirit of community service is still alive and well in Nebraska…. Read the Full Story: Source

RNC Launches “14 in ’14″ Women’s Initiative

RNC Launches “14 in ’14″ Women’s Initiative WASHINGTON –  Today the RNC launched a new effort called “14 in ‘14” to engage women in the key 21-40 age demographic. Co-Chairman Sharon Day joined Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and West Virginia Delegate Amanda Pasdon in Charleston, West Virginia, this morning to kick off the program. “14 in ‘14” is about mobilizing volunteers to engage women in the 14 weeks leading up to the 2014 election. Efforts will be
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Lt. Gov. Heidemann Announces 10th Annual Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference

Lt. Gov. Heidemann Announces 10th Annual Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference (Lincoln, Neb.) Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, in his role as Director of Homeland Security for the state, announced the Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Council line-up for the 2014 Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference (NIPC). Nebraska businesses, private industry and non-profit representatives are encouraged to participate in the conference taking place April 23-24 in Omaha. Read the Full Story: Source

Gov. Heineman Encourages Nebraskans to Volunteer During ServeNebraska Week

Gov. Heineman Encourages Nebraskans to Volunteer During ServeNebraska Week (Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today encouraged Nebraskans to volunteer during ServeNebraska Week, April 20-26. Gov. Heineman and First Lady Sally Ganem will once again serve as Champions of ServeNebraska Week. Read the Full Story: Source

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day Passover Message

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day Passover Message WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following Passover message: “As Jewish families mark the start of Passover, I wish them a blessed celebration, surrounded by loved ones at the Seder table,” said Chairman Priebus. “The Passover story is one of triumph over oppression. It is a time to commemorate the ancient story of the Exodus and to
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Johanns, Fischer to Federal Agencies: Halt Scheme to Regulate Livestock Emissions

Johanns, Fischer to Federal Agencies: Halt Scheme to Regulate Livestock Emissions WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer (R-Neb) and several of their Republican colleagues today called on the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop pursuing regulations on livestock e… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Weekly Podcast – April 10, 2014

Johanns Weekly Podcast – April 10, 2014 Read the Full Story: Source

How to Save a Billion Lives

How to Save a Billion Lives Norman Borlaug might not be a name many would put on a list of American icons, but a statue of this Iowa farmer now stands with sculptures of former presidents and other great American figures in the U.S. Capitol. Inscribed on it is the phrase, “The Man Who Saved a Billion Lives.” … Read the Full Story: Source

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