Rep. Don Bacon will continue residing in the congressional district he represents under redrawn maps advanced by the Nebraska Legislature on Friday.
Days of intense negotiating paid off Friday with Nebraska lawmakers advancing compromise plans for congressional and legislative districts.
Keep Douglas County whole, a Pulse writer says. Another writer examines the crisis in the state prison system.
Lawmakers on the Nebraska Legislature's Redistricting Committee voted along party lines to advance a congressional district map that splits Douglas County.
These changes in the Legislature's redistricting approach would ensure fairness.
Both political parties have their own proposals for redrawing legislative and congressional district boundaries. Lawmakers are taking sides largely based on party affiliation.
The Legislature's Redistricting Committee decided to put out two redistricting plans for public comment, meaning Nebraskans will have a chance to weigh in on the merits and problems of each at public hearings set for next week.
The Omaha metro area will gain a legislative district at the expense of more rural parts of the state, no matter whether Republicans or Democrats draw the new district maps.
The map would divide Douglas County, all of which currently sits in the state's 2nd Congressional District. The district became known as Nebraska's "blue dot" after Joe Biden's electoral victory there.
Amid the spirited debate, we highlight some key observations for government officials and the public to keep in mind.
State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan said the release date will give people time to study the plan before the public hearings and before lawmakers convene Sept. 13 to start a special session on redistricting.
The Legislature's Redistricting Committee got to work Monday on the process of redrawing state political district boundaries, and it wasn't long before some rough edges began showing.
Transparency and adequate time for public hearings are a must. So is keeping Douglas County whole in the 2nd District.