Listen & Learn with Black & Pink

Join us to learn about local group Black & Pink (an organization supporting LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS impacted by the prison industrial complex) & the work of Dominique Morgan locally and nationally.

Join us on August 11th @ 12:30 PM to learn about Omaha-based organization, Black & Pink, which supports LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS impacted by the prison industrial complex. Dominique Morgan, Black & Pink’s Executive Director, will speak about their work both locally and nationally.
Join us again on August 18th @ 12:30 PM for a Black & Pink panel conversation about LGBTQIA2S+ experiences with the Criminal Legal System.

INFORMACIÓN DE ELECCIONES GENERALES

Como ciudadano de los Estados Unidos de América usted tiene el derecho a participar en el proceso político Votar es la manera más ponderosa de influenciar nuestro futuro así como el futuro de sus hijos y el de sus seres queridos quienes no pueden hablar por sí mismos.  ¡Vota!

Usted es elegible para votar si usted:

  1. Es ciudadano de EE.UU.
  2. Tiene por lo menos 18 años de edad, o cumple los 18 para el día de la elección General (3 de noviembre) 
  3. Un ex convicto después 2 años de haber completado la sentencia total incluyendo el período de libertad vigilada o libertad condicional y un período d supervisión después de haber salido de la cárcel (un delito menor o pasar tiempo en la cárcel no le limita a un ciudadano su elegibilidad para votar).

Información el condado de Douglas y Sarpy

Join Our LWV Day of Action

Tomorrow, June 25th – LWV Nationwide Virtual Lobbying Day for VRAA

Join LWV members from across the country to virtually lobby the Senate to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) on Thursday, June 25, then participate in the Twitter Storm at 1:00pm CT that day.

Why are we doing this?  June 25 is the 7th anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder, the case that invalidated the section of the Voting Rights Act that required states and local government to obtain federal approval to changes to voting and redistricting. The Supreme court told Congress they would have to pass legislation to address voting discrimination – 7 long years have passed without action

What is the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA)? The VRAA restores and modernizes the Voting Rights Act, limits certain practices that courts have found discriminate, increases transparency by requiring public notice for voting changes and authorizes the Attorney General to send observers to places where voting challenges exist. The House has passed this legislation and we want the Senate to act. This is a key issue for racial equality in our country.

What Can You Do? 

We hope LWV members form across the country participate. Make sure our Nebraska Senators hear from their LWV constituents!

LWVNE Supports Independent Redistricting

In the midst of COVID-19, the League of Women Voters of Nebraska (LWVNE) has:

  • Expanded voter education to all 93 counties in Nebraska through Vote411.org
  • Promoted vote-by-mail (early voting) for Nebraska’s May 12 primary election — which resulted in a RECORD voter turnout!
  • Initiated People Powered Fair Maps in Nebraska to produce maps that are non-partisan, fair and truly representative of the population of each district.

With People Powered Fair Maps, the LWVNE has advocated for district boundaries that put our communities, and not the needs of politicians, first. The LWVNE supported legislation intended to create a process with more safeguards to prevent partisan manipulation of voting district lines. In the 2020 legislative session, Sen. John McCollister’s bill, LB1207, included more citizen input and review, but never made it to the floor for debate.

With the support of the national League of Women Voters’ People Powered Fair Maps, the LWVNE launched a new website to give Nebraskans the tools for understanding redistricting and real-life examples of gerrymandering in Nebraska’s legislative history. Visit fairmapsne.org — a resource for students, teachers, voters and community groups — to find a PowerPoint course and quiz on redistricting, news articles, and links to informative websites on redistricting and gerrymandering. Please share the site with your contacts on social media!

In March 2020, the LWVNE joined forces with Nebraskans for Independent Redistricting, a coalition of organizations, to initiate a ballot petition that would amend Nebraska’s constitution to create an Independent Commission responsible for redrawing district lines. 130,000 face-to-face signatures must be gathered from 52 counties and submitted to the Secretary of State by July 2 so the initiative can appear on the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. Empower voters, defend democracy and add your signature when you see the petition bearers.

Sincerely,
Carol Dennison, Kate High, Sherry Miller & Sheri St. Clair
LWVNE Fair Maps Committee

Your 2020 Guide to Helping Others Register to Vote in Nebraska

Here’s everything you need to know to take the next step in your activism, by helping others register to vote for the Nov. 3, 2020 election. Candide Villard from the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha and Civic Nebraska’s Brad Christian-Sallis with key information for protest organizers interested in registering voters at events. 

Visit civicnebraska.vote for more info.

LWVUS Responds to Police Killing of George Floyd

WASHINGTON – The League of Women Voters of the United States issued the following statement in reference to the murder of George Floyd:
The League of Women Voters grieves the murders of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives that have been tragically taken at the hands of rogue law enforcement officers who are rarely held fully accountable for their actions. We also mourn those who have lost their lives or been harmed, mentally or physically, as a result of America’s pervasive culture of anti-blackness. The systems of oppression that have perpetuated the myth of white supremacy in our country must be dismantled if we are ever to become the nation we pledge to be—indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. As an organization whose mission is to empower voters and defend democracy, we stand in solidarity with all Black communities. The League shall do so not only by speaking out against racism in all forms, but by doing the work required of us to be anti-racist. We are committed to listening to and amplifying Black voices, and educating ourselves and our children on the historic and ongoing systemic racism that plagues this country.
The League acknowledges, painfully, that America is a nation founded on racism. Therefore, all who live in this country must contribute to and participate in organizations actively working to achieve full liberation and inclusive freedom. We must all advocate for anti-racist policies at every level of government. We join the League of Women Voters of Minnesota in calling on law enforcement officials to provide transparency during this investigation, and to seek justice for George Floyd, his family, and his community. Finally, we echo the call of our partners at the NAACP: we must all vote in November – the road to change lies at the ballot box.

2020 Primary Voters’ Guide: Omaha Public School Board, District 9

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha contacts candidates during each election cycle and invites them to participate in the print and online editions of the Voters’ Guide. Candidates provide their biographical information and their positions on selected issues. Candidates are aware in advance that the biographies and answers will be printed exactly as submitted without edits for content, spelling, punctuation or grammar.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any political party or candidate for office.

PDF of 2020 Primary Douglas County Voters’ Guide | Find voter information specific to your ballot at vote411.org.

The primary election is May 12. Find out more about voting by mail: Extensive guide | Quick video guide

Help us share this info! Forward these links to your friends and family. 

Candidates

Tracy Casady (D):
Occupation: Human Resource Specialist
Current Public Office, dates held: Omaha Public Schools Board of Education, Subdistrict 9
Education: Master of Arts, Communication – University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2012; Bachelor of Arts, Journalism/Public Relations, Creighton University 1997
Volunteer Experience: Relay for Life of Greater Omaha, volunteer Girls on the Run, Run Buddy

Erik Servellon (D): No response received.

Kay Wainwright (R): No response received.

Candidate Responses

How can schools use technology to foster better equity and educational outcomes?

Tracy Casady: Technology is key in our schools for so many reasons and is an area that is constantly changing. Having the right technology and continuing to keep the technology up-to-date is critical. Our schools use technology each day to teach students and prepare them for the future and any career they may choose – technology is everywhere. Technology is for everyone, it has no bias and it does not discriminate. Technology is key to providing ALL students the best possible educational outcome.

What can be done to ensure the safety of students and teachers in our schools?

Tracy Casady: Safety has become an issue that is much larger than it once was with regard to our schools. Now, we face safety concerns in every facet of our schools, from the front door to our playgrounds. Many positive steps have been taken to increase the safety of our students and staff. Ensuring that our budgets allow for funding for new technology that supports safety, such as video security devices for our entrances, SRO’s in our most vulnerable schools and building security personnel, to name a few.

What role, if any, should charter schools have in the Nebraska educational system?

Tracy Casady: I am in favor of school choice and parents making the best choice for their family. Charter schools are a viable choice for many, but they are at a cost. Public schools are free, they are available to all and are a wonderful education choice! I believe that state and local taxes must continue to support our state’s public schools. Our public schools are vital and necessary for so many who would otherwise not be able to afford an education. Public schools need continued financial support.

2020 Primary Voters’ Guide: Nebraska Public Service Commission, District 2

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha contacts candidates during each election cycle and invites them to participate in the print and online editions of the Voters’ Guide. Candidates provide their biographical information and their positions on selected issues. Candidates are aware in advance that the biographies and answers will be printed exactly as submitted without edits for content, spelling, punctuation or grammar.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any political party or candidate for office.

PDF of 2020 Primary Douglas County Voters’ Guide | Find voter information specific to your ballot at vote411.org.

The primary election is May 12. Find out more about voting by mail: Extensive guide | Quick video guide

Help us share this info! Forward these links to your friends and family. 

Candidates

Tim Davis (R):

Website: http://timjdavis.comm
Occupation: Candidate
Education: Two diplomas in Construction and Entrepreneurship.  These were received from Southeast Community College and Western Iowa Tech.
Volunteer experience: Volunteered on the Don Bacon Campaign in 2018 One of the Douglas County Republican Volunteer of the Year in 2019.

Krystal Gabel (R):

Website: www.krystalgabel.com
Occupation: Cybersecurity Technical Writer and Business Analyst
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Writing, magna cum laude, Briar Cliff University, 2002
Volunteer experience: I am a grassroots volunteer who co-owns the Peace Garden of South Omaha at 33rd Ave & R St, a community garden that grows and gives away free vegetables and herbs to anyone who stops by Free Food Saturdays from June-October.

Crystal Rhoades (D): 

Website: www.crystalrhoades.com
Current Public Office, dates held: Commissioner Nebraska Public Service Commission 2015 – present.
Past Public Office, dates held: Metropolitan Community College Board 2006-2014.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Military experience: None.
Volunteer experience: Chairwoman Douglas County Democratic Party 2016 – Present,  National Association of Regulatory Commissioners, Vice Chair of Telecommunications Committee and the Rural Broadband Expansion Task Force.

Candidate Responses

Why are you the best candidate for this position?  

Tim Davis:  When I get elected, I will work to get the most up to date broadband service to the voters ahead of schedule. I will make sure the life-saving 911 system is in place allowing for fast response times.  I will work to make sure we have the best rates available for all ride sharing options on the market.

Krystal Gabel: I am the up-and-coming conservative candidate who can win the General Election against the incumbent. I am dedicated to becoming a public servant who is transparent and accessible to all Nebraskans. I advocate for limited government and increased freedom from taxation, regulation, and oppressive laws. I believe in protecting all individuals, their natural rights and liberties, and their private properties from irrational establishment authority.

Crystal Rhoades:  This position requires a detailed knowledge of telecommunications infrastructure, consumer protection law, transportation law, and the ability to understand complex technical topics.  I have a proven track record of working with state and federal law and policy makers to produce results for constituents. During my tenure I’ve worked with the legislature to pass laws that legalized ride sharing, legislation to reduce robocalls, and improved accountability for companies receiving public grants. I

If elected, what would be your first-year priorities?

Tim Davis:  I plan to sit down and discuss with the various cellular providers in the market to discuss what issues they are having when it comes to implementing the updated broadband services.  I will also look into the Next Gen 911 system to make sure we are getting the best services possible.

Krystal Gabel:  My priorities are to make the office of PSC work entirely for The People, including our right to freely participate and succeed in commerce. I will encourage a reducton in overbearing regulations and focus on making Nebraska’s regulatory bodies more efficient with taxpayer dollars. I promise to find gaps in how PSC and our taxes are managed and push to streamline to reduce taxpayer burden. I am one of many who is saying NO to new taxes and overbearing regulations.

Crystal Rhoades:  I’ll continue to improve oversight of government funds such as 911 and universal service to ensure customers are getting high quality services at the lowest cost.  When I started at the Commission the audits for 911 were running 3-5 years behind. I advocated to get those completed so taxpayers would have confidence their money was being spent appropriately. I’ve also been an advocate at the state and local level to expand access to high speed internet for low income customers and will continue t

What are the three most important issues your community/county is facing and how would you address them?

Tim Davis:  District 2 has a number of issues they deal with.  First of which is the 911 response time.  There have been a number of instances where services took longer than it should have.  When I get elected I will review what is needed to make sure Next Gen 911 is up and running to minimize future response time.  I will work closely with the telcom providers in the state to make sure that the voters are getting the most up to date broadband services at the best possible prices.

Krystal Gabel:  1) Nebraska is facing a mismanagement of taxpayer money. 2) We are passing bonds to make ends meet in education, infrastructure, and public services, yet lawmakers are still asking for money without any sustainable solutions. This must stop. I don’t expect our residents to continue paying for everything. 3) We must be resourceful and forward-thinking in how we earn revenue and create jobs, including privatizing utilities as a solution to public sector budgetary problems and taxpayer burden.

Crystal Rhoades:  1. Funding and improving 911 call center reliability is critical in Douglas County. Currently our community has the highest call volume and contributes more to the 911 fund than any other county but we receive a fraction of the funding back to support our call center. I will work with other stakeholders to find a more equitable distribution of funding that is based on call volume and population. 2. There are frequent telephone outages in Douglas County resulting from failure to invest in our inf

2020 Primary Voters’ Guide: Douglas County Commissioner, District 7

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha contacts candidates during each election cycle and invites them to participate in the print and online editions of the Voters’ Guide. Candidates provide their biographical information and their positions on selected issues. Candidates are aware in advance that the biographies and answers will be printed exactly as submitted without edits for content, spelling, punctuation or grammar.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any political party or candidate for office.

PDF of 2020 Primary Douglas County Voters’ Guide | Find voter information specific to your ballot at vote411.org.

The primary election is May 12. Find out more about voting by mail: Extensive guide | Quick video guide

Help us share this info! Forward these links to your friends and family. 

Candidates

Clare Duda (R):
Occupation: Farmer
Current Public Office, dates held: Douglas County Commissioner since 1993
Education: B.A. in math and physics
Volunteer Experience: 44 years EMT/firefighter with Ponca Hills VFD. 22 years on the Douglas County Health Center Foundation. Still active on both.

Mike Friend (R):
Website: www.votemikefriend.com
Occupation: Agent-Farm Bureau Financial Services
Current Public Office, dates held: none
Past Public Office, dates held: Nebraska Legislature, District 10 2003 through 2009
Education: Creighton University, BA, Mass Communications

Candidate Responses

What element of the county’s government is most effective, and why?

Clare Duda: The Covid -19 outbreak has displayed the incredible effectiveness of the Douglas County Health Department and Douglas County Emergency Management as they tirelessly work to ensure residents’ safety. All Douglas County departments have coordinated together to provide needed services to the public under challenging conditions. Our preparations are being tested, and essential functions are not skipping a beat.

Mike Friend: The administrative function in all areas. County administration is a ministerial responsibility, which requires great attention to detail and sound fiduciary responsibility. Efficient appropriation of funding with the taxpayer in mind is paramount.

What are some ways to provide property tax relief? Are there any services you think should be cut, and if so, why?

Clare Duda: The vast majority of Douglas County services are statutory. We have already cut the services I view as unnecessary. Budgeting is a non stop, constant search for any efficiencies we can gain.

Mike Friend: Internal auditing of processes and programs are important. Possible redundancy in law enforcement services could be addressed, as well as redundancy in other services between the city and county governments. Interlocal agreements are also a good way to potentially relieve certain redundancies.

What do you see as the three most compelling problems facing your office?

Clare Duda: 1. The overcrowded Courthouse and the constantly growing pressures on the criminal justice system; finding consensus to move forward on reforming the juvenile justice system. 2. Meeting the community’s growing mental health needs, including in the jail. We must also find a sustainable model for our detox program. 3. We are constantly aware that we have an overtaxed property tax base.

Mike Friend: Fiduciary/financial responsibility. The need for property tax relief.  Understanding and implementing appropriate taxing authority (utilizing a vote of the people is one example)

What should the county do to address climate change issues?

Clare Duda: I spearheaded installing Nebraska’s first methane recovery system, now utilizing that methane for commercial purposes. We were the first government locally to require low impact development. We need to continue seeking energy efficiencies, and with more use of technology to aid in less travel and face to face meetings.

Mike Friend: Always implement best practices to seriously deal with our responsibility to be a good steward of the environment.