Press Releases - Hassebrook for Governor Farmers and Ranchers, Ag Leaders Support Hassebrook <p>Lyons, Neb. – Chuck Hassebrook is setting the record straight on his positions on agriculture and environment.</p> <p>“My opponent’s ads are flatly untrue. The truth is this: I’ve spent my whole life fighting for family farms and ranches, small businesses, and small town and rural Nebraska. I oppose and have spoken out vigorously against the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, and my record shows that I have helped many farmers and ranchers overcome burdensome regulations.</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:58:31 -0500 Meg Mandy Omaha Fire Fighters endorse Hassebrook <p>Omaha Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 385, have endorsed Chuck Hassebrook for Governor.</p> <p>“Omaha Fire Fighters chose to endorse Chuck Hassebrook because we’re confident that he will make public safety his number one priority. The men and women on the front lines of delivering emergency services need to know that Nebraska’ leader has their back. We know we can count on Chuck, and strongly believe he will make an excellent Governor,” said IAFF President Steve LeClair.</p> <p>Chuck Hassebrook said, “I deeply appreciate the support of the men and women that protect our lives and property. I am honored to stand with them.”</p> <p>Yesterday, Hassebrook also received the support of the Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) and the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police, representing more than 750 peace officers in Omaha and hundreds more across the state.</p> <p>IAFF Local 385 represents 634 fire fighters and paramedics in the City of Omaha.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:57:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Omaha Police, Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police endorse Hassebrook <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="OPOA_Presser.JPG" width="412" height="367" /> </p> <p>Omaha, Neb. -- At a press conference earlier today, the Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) and Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Chuck Hassebrook in his campaign for Governor.</p> <p>“This was an easy choice to make. It is clear that Chuck Hassebrook’s number one priority is to keep Nebraskans safe, unlike his opponent Pete Ricketts, who just doesn’t seem to get it when it comes to Good Time,” said OPOA President Sargent John Wells.</p> <p>President of the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police John Francavilla reiterated support from law enforcement, “The Good Time issue is important and needs to be addressed immediately by the next Governor. Any delay will jeopardize the public safety of the citizens of Nebraskans. That’s why we’re backing Chuck Hassebrook for Governor.”</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:08:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Hassebrook will crack down on Corrections, Good Time <div><em>Chuck Hassebrook, Democratic candidate for Governor of Nerbaska, has released the following statement regarding the Omaha World-Herald's latest story (10/11/14)  on the Department of Corrections and Director Kenney:</em></div> <div><em></em></div> <p>"As Governor, I will crack down on problems in the Department of Corrections, and appoint a Director who will follow the law, on Day One.</p> <p>"No one is above the law, and if I had been the one present at the meeting where Governor Heineman and Attorney General Jon Bruning learned of the Director's illegal program, I would have taken action immediately.</p> <p>"I would also use my authority under the law to take away every day of automatically granted good time from offenders who demonstrate from their behavior in prison that they are a threat to our communities."</p> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Hassebrook quotes statute on ‘good time’ <p>"Governor Heineman has been in the press for months, refusing to accept responsibility for failing to revoke good time for inmates who demonstrate by violence in prison that they are a threat to our communities.  </p> <p>"The good time statute, and I quote, reads that good time 'may be forfeited, withheld, and restored by the chief executive officer of the facility' in response to charges of misconduct.</p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:38:22 -0500 Meg Mandy Hassebrook doubles fundraising <p><em><span>Democratic candidate for Governor Chuck Hassebrook has released the following statement about his latest campaign financial report, which is due today to the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission (NADC):</span></em></p> <p><span>Since the last report in June, Hassebrook has doubled the total amount raised in the campaign, bringing his total from $1.4 million to a record $2.8 million.</span></p> <p><span>“I am humbled to receive such strong financial support in my campaign, but am especially proud that over 95 percent of my donations are from Nebraskans, most of whom have contributed $100 or less. It means a lot to have their early vote of confidence now, and at the ballot box in November,” said Hassebrook.</span></p> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:09:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Nebraskans just aren't buying it <p>Lincoln, Neb. – Gubernatorial candidates Chuck Hassebrook and Pete Ricketts met in Lincoln this evening for their second debate, and the differences between the two couldn’t be clearer.</p> <p>“Pete continues to throw out typical partisan attacks and push the same old recycled ideas that we’ve heard from him and every other extremist, out of touch politician for years. Middle class Nebraskans can’t trust Pete to work for them when his track record works against them,” said Hassebrook.</p> <p>“Governor of Nebraska isn’t an entry-level or a part-time job. We need a proven leader who can effectively manage government and oversee state agencies – and that’s Chuck Hassebrook,” said Hassebrook Communications Director Meg Mandy.</p> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:00:29 -0500 Meg Mandy C’mon Pete, Don’t Duck Chuck <p>Omaha, Neb. – Chuck Hassebrook once again reached out to his opponent in the gubernatorial race to schedule a debate in Omaha, marking the third such attempt over the course of the election. Hassebrook proposed to keep the debate date and rules originally proposed to both campaigns by the League of Women Voters over the summer.</p> <p>Over the weekend, Ricketts again declined to debate, stating that there was no time in his campaign’s calendar.</p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:42:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Hassebrook asks opponent to debate in Omaha <p>Omaha, Neb. – Candidate for Governor Chuck Hassebrook sent his opponent a letter yesterday, asking him to agree to a debate in Omaha.</p> <p>"This is a critical election, and Nebraska voters should be educated about the candidates and our stances on the issues that are important to them. There is no better way to do that than to engage in meaningful debate, that can be broadcast to reach as many voters as possible," said Hassebrook.</p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:06:20 -0500 Meg Mandy Statement: SOS Decision on Ballot <p><em>In light of the Secretary of State’s decision to allow Mike Foley’s name to be placed on the ballot, Chuck Hassebrook has released the following statement:</em></p> <p>“The Nebraska statute is clear. Public officials must observe the rule of law if we expect to restore public trust in elected officials to truly serve Nebraskans.</p> <p>“By his own admission, my opponent knew of the problems with his running mate well before the legal deadline to replace him on the ballot. He had ample time to make a decision within the legal time frame. And now he is disrespecting Nebraska law by bending it to suit his own needs.</p> <p>“I will not go to court to challenge the ruling. I choose to take the case for my election to the people of Nebraska. But this presents another example of how one party rule has resulted in a culture of arrogant leaders that see themselves above the law. Pete Ricketts did not act in accordance with the law because he did not have to, and that attitude will only worsen the multiplying messes in state government.”</p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:58:01 -0500 Meg Mandy Hassebrook, Raybould remark on governor’s race <p>Omaha, Neb. – Chuck Hassebrook held a press conference in Omaha today to respond to recent news that has unfolded in the race for Nebraska’s next Governor and Lieutenant Governor.</p> <p>Hassebrook focused his remarks on the need to restore the public’s trust in elected officials and government.</p> <p>“It’s been like a summer downpour, eroding public trust in our state’s leaders and government. The choice Nebraskans face as they vote this fall is who is best suited to lead the state in earning back public trust,” said Hassebrook.</p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:52:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Response to Heidemann Resignation <p><em>In light of the recent news about Lieutenant Governor Lavonn Heidemann, who is also the running mate of Hassebrook's opponent, Pete Ricketts, Hassebrook Communications Director Meg Mandy has released the following statement:</em></p> <div>"The judge's decision to issue a restraining order in response to charges of domestic violence must be taken seriously. Families are the very foundation of Nebraska, and Chuck and Kate wish all members of the Heidemann family well as they deal with this troubling situation. <br><br> </div> <div></div> <div>"Nebraskans need to consider a candidate's judgment as they decide who they will support. Voters will have to decide for themselves what Mr. Ricketts' choice for Lieutenant Governor says about his judgment."<br><br> </div> <div></div> <div>Chuck Hassebrook will hold a news conference tomorrow morning. Details regarding the news conference will be released later today.</div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>###</em></div> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:45:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Ricketts too extreme for Nebraska <p>Grand Island, Neb. – Gubernatorial candidates Chuck Hassebrook and Pete Ricketts met in Grand Island this evening for their first debate, and the differences between the two couldn’t be clearer.</p> <p>“Pete showed his true colors tonight and confirmed what Nebraska voters already know about him: he’s out of touch and unprepared to be Governor,” said Hassebrook Communications Director Meg Mandy.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:20:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Raybould, Conrad celebrate Labor Day, champion minimum wage increase <p>Lincoln, Neb. – Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Jane Raybould and Senator Danielle Conrad were in Lincoln this afternoon to commemorate the Labor Day holiday and speak in support of raising the state’s minimum wage.</p> <p>Speaking from the steps of the capitol, Raybould asked the crowd, "Nebraska voters have a critically important decision to make this November about their futures: Do you want a Governor and a Lieutenant Governor who will fight for you or do you want Pete Ricketts?”</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:17:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Hassebrook: ‘Our Governor must be responsible for our government’ <p>August 18, 2014 - <span>“The revelation that Nebraska taxpayers may face another $2.5 million repayment to the federal government because the Department of Health and Human Services' repeated mismanagement demonstrates the need for a Governor who will take responsibility for the management of state government.  </span></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:05:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Hassebrook: 'The buck will stop at my desk,' <p>Omaha, Neb. – This afternoon Chuck Hassebrook was in Omaha with law enforcement officials from Douglas County Corrections and the Fraternal Order of Police to talk about the issues in the Nebraska Department of Corrections.</p> <p>Citing last week’s testimony before the Special Legislative committee by former Corrections Director Bob Houston, Hassebrook re-stated the Department has, but has never fully used, broad authority to take automatically granted good time away from inmates for breaking prison rules.   </p> <p>As a result, four Omahans died and four Omaha families lost loved ones. </p> <p> </p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:44:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Hassebrook Calls on Ricketts to Debate <p>Omaha, Neb. -- Today Chuck Hassebrook publicly called on his opponent Pete Ricketts to meet with him to plan a series of debates and town halls for the upcoming November election.</p> <p>Ten days ago, with three and a half months left in the election cycle, Hassebrook sent Ricketts a letter that outlined a proposal for six to eight televised debates, eight to ten town halls on various topics to be held around in population centers and small towns around Nebraska, and five jointly released Op-Eds on issues are important to voters.  In the letter, Hassebrook recognized Ricketts’ statements that he will conduct a positive campaign and said “this campaign gives both of us the opportunity to demonstrate to the people of Nebraska that we mean what we say.”</p> <p>In a conversation between Hassebrook and Ricketts earlier today, Ricketts claimed that his campaign’s calendar is full, and that there isn’t time to schedule any additional debates. </p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:24:00 -0500 Meg Mandy Hassebrook calls for outside special counsel to investigate sentencing failures <p><strong>Tuesday, July 29th</strong> -</p> <p><span>Omaha, Neb. -- Today </span><span>Chuck Hassebrook called on Attorney General Jon Bruning to appoint an outside special counsel to examine systemic failures in the Department of Corrections.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:30:00 -0500 Symone Sanders Hassebrook releases plan on prisons <p><strong>Wednesday, July 9, 2014<em> - </em></strong></p> <p><em>Nebraska is facing a prison overcrowding crisis that has been more than a decade in the making. At the same time, scores of violent offenders were released early through administrative failures. Four people were murdered by a prisoner released on good time, when he should and could have lost all good time under current statutes for attacking prison guards and other prisoners. These failures relieved prison overcrowding, but at the expense of human lives and public safety. Other steps need to be taken to both relieve overcrowding and provide long term solutions. Chuck Hassebrook has released his plan on how to deal with these ongoing issues and how to move our state forward:</em></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:54:43 -0500 Meg Mandy Hassebrook picks Raybould for Lieutenant Governor <p><strong>Monday, June 30, 2014 - </strong></p> <p>Chuck Hassebrook was in Lincoln this morning, where he announced that he has chosen Jane Raybould to be his Lieutenant Governor.</p> <p>“I could not ask for a better running mate than Jane,” said Hassebrook. </p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:08:00 -0500 Meg Mandy