(CNN) - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman announced Saturday that he will not run for the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat next year, according to local media reports.
In a statement obtained by the Lincoln Journal Star and other outlets, Heineman, a Republican, said he would "keep my focus on being the best governor that I can for the citizens of Nebraska," and that a run for the Senate in 2014 would distract him "from the state's priorities of tax relief, job creation and education."
(CNN) - Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old who famously scored a touchdown during the Nebraska Cornhuskers spring game earlier this month, visited the White House Monday and had a chat with the president in the Oval Office.
Star running back Rex Burkhead befriended the young football fan and brain cancer patient last year. Burkhead helped create a play on the field in which Hoffman could run a 69-yard touchdown.
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, 62, will not seek re-election to a second term in 2014, according to an e-mail he sent to supporters Monday morning.
"During these many years, we have cherished our time together. So as we think about the next stage of our lives, we want a quieter time with our focus on each other, our family and our faith," Johanns said in the e-mail, which he signed along with his wife, Stephanie.
(CNN) – Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned on Saturday following a newspaper report that he used his state-issued cell phone to place thousands of late-night calls to women.
The Omaha World-Herald reported it had uncovered around 2,000 calls to four women. The calls were “long conversations held in the wee hours of the night,” according to the paper, which said it had requested records related to the calls.
(CNN) - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, approved Tuesday a new route proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing another hurdle for the controversial project that has pitted congressional Republicans against President Obama.
In a letter to the president and secretary of state, Heineman said the new route for the pipeline, which would extend from Canada's tar sands down to the Gulf of Mexico, would have "minimal environmental impacts" in Nebraska and bring millions into the state.
(CNN) – In Nebraska, Republican state Rep. Deb Fischer defeated former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey to win a U.S. Senate seat, according to a CNN projection.
Fischer led 58% to 42%, with 82 percent of the estimated vote total, when the projection was made. She will fill the seat currently occupied by retiring two-term Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.
(CNN) - In the race for U.S. Senate in Nebraska, Democrat Bob Kerrey received a cross-party endorsement from former senator and Republican Chuck Hagel.
Kerrey is in a heated battle with Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer to replace the retiring Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson.
(CNN) - Is the Nebraska battle to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson tightening up?
Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer is considered the clear favorite over her Democratic opponent, former Sen. Bob Kerrey, but a new poll suggests Kerrey is closing the gap. And a conservative super PAC that supports Republican candidates is going up with a new ad buy in the state in support of Fischer.
Washington (CNN) - American Crossroads and its affiliated group Crossroads GPS are going up with television commercials in six more states with competitive Senate races.
The pro-Republican independent groups, co-founded by Karl Rove, last week went up with spots in three other states with crucial contests that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate next year. And Crossroads has already dished out big bucks over the past six weeks to put up television commercials in key battleground states that are critical of President Barack Obama.
(CNN) - Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer won the Republican nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, official results showed, beating two better-funded candidacies for the opportunity to face off against a former U.S. Senator for the open seat in November.
Fischer's upset toppled state Attorney General John Bruning, seen as the establishment candidate, and state Treasurer Don Stenberg, seen as the tea party favorite.FULL STORY