Campaign Connection 2012

Campaign Connection 2012 is the home for NET News state and national coverage of the 2012 elections. From the presidential race, to the struggle for control of Congress, to Nebraska's senatorial election, this year voters will make decisions that will shape our state and country for years to come. Campaign Connection 2012 provides you with the resources to inform those decisions. The highlight is our unique Voter Voices project, which allows you to get involved by videotaping questions for Senate candidates and your opinions on the issues at participating Nebraska libraries. You'll also find on this page our election-related Signature Stories, as well as links to national media coverage, the candidates' websites and political and party blogs. Campaign Connection 2012 from NET News gives you the information you need to make responsible voting decisions.

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Voter Voices

Campaign Connection 2012: Voter Voices is a unique election year project of NET News (Nebraska Public Television and Radio). At select libraries and other locations throughout the state, we're gathering your thoughts, perspective and questions to share with the candidates, and the rest of Nebraska, on television, radio, web and social media.

2012 Election

Complete 2012 state election results from the Nebraska Secretary of State's office.

Election Signature Stories

The election is over. From Lincoln to Washington D.C., new lawmakers have been sworn in and are in office. But one thing doesn’t... more››
Tuesday’s election results provided some insights for both Republicans and Democrats nationally and in Nebraska.   Republican... more››
Republican Deb Fischer will be Nebraska’s next U.S. Senator after defeating former Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey in Tuesday’s... more››
Welcome to the NET News page for Election Day 2012; throughout the afternoon and evening today, we'll be posting information,... more››
Arizona Senator John McCain urged Nebraskans today to vote for Republican Senate candidate Deb Fischer to end Washington... more››
Omaha, NE - Could the blue dot return in 2012? President Obama's chances to split Nebraska and peel off another electoral vote... more››
 Former Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican, has endorsed Democrat Bob Kerrey in this year’s Senate race. But Hagel’s former... more››
As Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race enters the homestretch, Democrat Bob Kerrey and Republican Deb Fischer are trying to win over the... more››
When Congress recessed for the election season without passing a new farm bill, many observers thought farmers would demand... more››
Taxes, spending and our trillion dollar federal budget deficit; how government collects and spends money has been on the minds... more››
Since March, Nebraskans have recorded videos on a variety of subjects for the NET News “Voter Voices” project. They’ve recorded... more››
Nebraskans will be asked to vote next month on four changes proposed to the state’s constitution: extending term limits, raising... more››
In a substantive and spirited hour, incumbent Republican Congressman Lee Terry met with Democratic challenger John Ewing in... more››
When five Lincoln residents gathered for the latest NET News Voter Voices discussion, it wasn’t difficult to get a wide range of... more››
In Nebraska’s Third Congressional District, three-term Republican Representative Adrian Smith is being challenged by political... more››
LINCOLN, NEB. - Republican Deb Fischer and Democrat Bob Kerrey came together for their 3rd and final debate under the studio... more››
Nebraska State Sen. Amanda McGill was 26 years old when she was first elected to the legislature in 2006; Sen. Danielle Conrad... more››
The presidential candidates have yet to meet in a face-to-face debate. But last week in Des Moines, Iowa, ag leaders witnessed a... more››
In Nebraska’s Omaha-area Second Congressional District, differences over economic policies are playing a major role in Democrat... more››
NET News will host a debate between Nebraska U.S. Senate candidates Bob Kerrey and Deb Fischer on Monday, Oct. 1st from 7 to 8 p... more››
Hundreds of Nebraskans gathered inside the Heartland Events Center on the state fairgrounds in Grand Island Saturday to witness... more››
Thirty-five farmers and agricultural workers applauded at the sight of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill's big blue RV pulling up... more››
On a late morning this week at the VFW Post in Plattsmouth, Neb., about three dozen people gathered for a town hall meeting with... more››
If you just watched ads on TV, you might think that the biggest issues in the Nebraska U.S. Senate campaign are where Democrat... more››
It's not easy to convince people at the Winnebago Tribe Powwow to talk about politics and the upcoming election. It's not only... more››
Note: Since March, Nebraskans have been recording their thoughts on election-year issues at local libraries for the NET News "... more››
Editor's note: The need to get Hispanic voters engaged in state and local politics dominated the concerns of the latest... more››
This Friday is the deadline for initiative petitions to be turned in to the Nebraska Secretary of State's office, and of the... more››
Maggie Smith-Hurt is in the market for her first house. On a recent afternoon in midtown Omaha, her realtor showed Maggie and... more››
On the third floor of the Blue Lion Unemployment Office in North Omaha, Shawnta Dean sat patiently and listened carefully to a... more››
Editor's note: For a map of legislative districts and who's running for which, check out this interactive map at the bottom of... more››
You may have heard of the Tea Party Express. The California-based political action committee formed in 2009 as a way to support... more››