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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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Making Government More Efficient Through Technology

Making Government More Efficient Through Technology Transparency is a key to good government. By using technology properly, and by embracing new techniques and technology, we can make government more productive, more efficient and more cost effective. Read the Full Story: Source

Gov. Heineman Comments on Economic Forecasting Board's Increased Revisions

Gov. Heineman Comments on Economic Forecasting Board's Increased Revisions (Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today issued a statement following the projected increases by the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board updating the forecast for Fiscal Years 15, 16 and 17. Read the Full Story: Source

Terry Campaign Demands Ashford Remove Ad Featuring Known Misogynist

Terry Campaign Demands Ashford Remove Ad Featuring Known Misogynist Omaha, NE–Today, the Lee Terry for Congress Campaign Communications Director Stephanie Kittredge released the following statement on Brad Ashford’s latest television advertisement. The Ashford ad features Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram — who last year notoriously displayed a t-shirt depicting Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert as a stripper. The connection was first reported by the blog Leavenworth Street. “This latest ad from Brad Ashford is wildly offensive
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The Appropriate Role of Government

The Appropriate Role of Government The request I hear most often from Third District constituents is to be left alone by the federal government.  We understand there is a place for the federal government, but lately its priorities do not match the needs or wants of the American people.  To instill trust we must recalculate the appropriate role for government, and focus on the national priorities where government can actually be effective. Senator Tom Coburn
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Lt. Gov. Nelson & First Lady Sally Ganem Encourage Nebraskans to Text First, Talk Second

Lt. Gov. Nelson & First Lady Sally Ganem Encourage Nebraskans to Text First, Talk Second (Lincoln, Neb.) Lt. Governor John Nelson and First Lady Sally Ganem are encouraging Nebraskans to use texts when contacting family members or loved ones to let them know they are okay during a disaster. Phone cell service is not always available in an emergency situation and Nebraskans are encouraged to use text messages to “talk” with those important to them
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Gov. Heineman Announces Nebraska Climbs in Best Tax Climate Rankings

Gov. Heineman Announces Nebraska Climbs in Best Tax Climate Rankings (Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman highlighted a study released today ranking Nebraska as having the 29th best tax climate in the U.S, according to the latest edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, released by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Nebraska climbed five places from 34th since last year due to tax reforms adopted over the past two years and a total of 16
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KFAB’s Scott Voorhees Interviews Congressman Paul Ryan

KFAB’s Scott Voorhees Interviews Congressman Paul Ryan Excerpts from Paul Ryan’s Interview with Scott Voorhees: “And so Lee is not out there trying to get attention with the cameras, he’s an important subcommittee chairman on the Commerce Committee, one of the most important committees in Congress.  He’s offered a number of bills this last year that have passed the house the problem we got is the senate won’t do anything and so lee is one of those workhorses in congress, doesn’t seek the
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​Don’t Let Brad Ashford Finish the Job

​Don’t Let Brad Ashford Finish the Job Omaha, NE–Today, the Lee Terry for Congress Campaign released their final ad of the campaign, entitled “No Way.”    “Voters of the Second District need to know that Brad Ashford has already pledged his support for Nancy Pelosi, promised not to repeal Obamacare and recently said is a confirmed supporter of Barack Obama,” said Terry for Congress Campaign Manager Kent Grisham.  “Sending Brad Ashford to Congress would only mean sending a new
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Gov. Heineman Announces Knox County Designated Livestock Friendly

Gov. Heineman Announces Knox County Designated Livestock Friendly (Center, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced the official designation of Knox County as Nebraska’s newest county to receive the Livestock Friendly County designation through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Read the Full Story: Source

Brad Ashford Supports Obamacare: In Fact, Ashford Guarantees He Won’t Vote to Repeal It

Brad Ashford Supports Obamacare: In Fact, Ashford Guarantees He Won’t Vote to Repeal It Omaha, NE–Today, the Lee Terry for Congress Campaign released the latest of “Brad Ashford Quotable Quotes,” highlighting Brad Ashford’s record of taking the wrong side of an issue, against the interests of Nebraska families. “You know, we do need to improve the healthcare system.  But I will guarantee you, I will note vote 47 times to repeal [Obamacare].”    -Ashford at his campaign kickoff   “Read Brad Ashford’s lips: no
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OPOA to Ashford in 2013: ‘Good Time’ Releasing Violent Criminals–To Commit More Crimes

OPOA to Ashford in 2013: ‘Good Time’ Releasing Violent Criminals–To Commit More Crimes Omaha, NE–Today, the Lee Terry for Congress Campaign is pointing to a press release from the Omaha Police Officer’s Association, released after the now-infamous February 2013 Judiciary Committee hearing where Brad Ashford ignored pleas from the Mayor of Omaha, a unanimous Omaha City Council, the Omaha Sheriff and the Police Officer’s Association to reform the law and take away ‘Good Time’ from violent and repeat offenders. “The warnings were
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Youth Ag Programs a Springboard for All Life's Successes

Youth Ag Programs a Springboard for All Life's Successes This week, more than 1,500 students, mentors and agriculture enthusiasts from Nebraska will join tens of thousands of others for the National FFA convention in Kentucky. Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the FFA Organization is rooted in traditional ag values. Through agricultural educ… Read the Full Story: Source

Ashford Quotable Quotes: A Vote for Brad Ashford is a Vote for the Obama Agenda

Ashford Quotable Quotes: A Vote for Brad Ashford is a Vote for the Obama Agenda Omaha, NE–Today, the Lee Terry for Congress Campaign released the latest installment of “Brad Ashford Quotable Quotes,” highlighting Brad Ashford’s record of taking the wrong side of an issue, against the interests of Nebraska families.  This installment focuses on one of President Obama’s recent quotable quotes, and Brad Ashford’s support of Obama and his policies:   “I am not on the ballot this
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Johanns Continues Fight against Administration’s Misguided Water Rule

Johanns Continues Fight against Administration’s Misguided Water Rule WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb), a member of the Senate Ag Committee, this week continued his fight against the Administration’s misguided efforts to redefine federal waters under the Clean Water Act. In two separate letters, Johanns pressed for more information on… 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

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

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

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